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News Minute: Here is the latest Indiana news from The Associated Press

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Five counties have been chosen for Indiana's first state-funded preschool program. Low-income families of 4-year-olds in Allen, Jackson, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh counties will receive grants to attend public or private preschools. Marion, Lake and Allen counties have the largest populations.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - State officials say an Indianapolis accounting firm has agreed to pay $1.8 million to settle a lawsuit over its work for a convicted Ponzi schemer. Secretary of State Connie Lawson says DeWitt and Shrader had a responsibility to check the work of Fishers money manager Keenan Hauke, who is serving a 10-year sentence for securities fraud. His victims lost $9 million.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A Lowe's call center in Indianapolis could have as many as 1,000 workers in a couple of years. The retailer is spending $20 million on the facility in a business park on the city's northwest side. The state offered the company up to $5.5 million in tax credits. Lowe's has other call centers in North Carolina and New Mexico.

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Repairs are almost finished at a storm-damaged elementary school near Lafayette and it should be ready for the first day of classes in about three weeks. Mintonye Elementary School and a neighboring middle school were hit by a tornado last November. The middle school will be closed for at least several more months.

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