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7th Circuit sets hearing on gay marriage ban
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Lawyers will argue the constitutionality of gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin in about a month.
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals announced Friday on its online docket that it has rescheduled oral arguments for both states' appeals of federal court decisions for Aug. 26.
Federal judges in Indiana and Wisconsin overturned each state's gay marriage ban in separate rulings. When both states appealed, the 7th Circuit Court combined the cases and set aside the previous hearing date.
The 7th Circuit also denied requests that the states' appeals be heard before the full 10-member court instead of a three-judge panel, as is customary.
Hundreds of same-sex couples were married in both states after the bans were overturned and before stays were issued.
Measles case diagnosed in central Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - State health officials say a case of measles has been diagnosed in central Indiana and people who visited three clinics and a restaurant may have been exposed to the virus.
The state Department of Health said Friday it's working with local health departments and hospitals to identify additional measles cases.
The agency says people who visited St. Vincent Immediate Care Center in Zionsville on July 17, St. Vincent Carmel Hospital Emergency Department in Carmel on July 19 and St. Vincent Outpatient Treatment Center in Carmel on July 20 may have been exposed to the virus.
People who visited Ocean World Restaurant in Indianapolis on July 18 may have also been exposed to the highly contagious respiratory disease, which is particularly dangerous for children and can prove deadly in rare cases.
3 cyclists injured on governor's motorcycle ride
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Three motorcyclists have been injured in a crash during the annual governor's motorcycle ride from the Statehouse through southern Indiana.
The governor's office says Gov. Mike Pence wasn't involved in Friday's accident.
Indiana State Police Captain David Bursten says troopers are still investigating the accident on Indiana 356 east of Lexington, Indiana. He says four riders were involved and three were injured. Two were taken to a hospital in Kentucky.
The ride with several hundred members of American Bikers Aimed Toward Education and other motorcyclists is aimed at helping bring awareness to motorcycle safety in Indiana and raises money for the Indiana National Guard Relief Fund to assist Guard soldiers and their families.
The ride travels about 140 miles with stops planned in Columbus, Seymour and Madison.
Man dies after being hit by sheriff's prisoner van
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Police have identified a man who was found dead after he was hit by a department prisoner transport van on an Indianapolis street.
The Marion County coroner's office said Friday that the man was 64-year-old Daniel Hanley. Investigators say Hanley's injuries show he was hit by another vehicle before the Marion County Sheriff's Department van hit him Thursday night.
Police say witnesses told investigators that the man was lying on the four-lane street on the city's south side when he was hit by the van.
Wilburn says the man was pronounced dead at the scene. The deputy driving the van wasn't hurt and no other people were reported riding in the van.
Wilburn says investigators don't believe speeding or alcohol was involved in the crash.
IU prof files defamation suit against colleague
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - An Indiana University South Bend professor is suing a colleague, contending he defamed him by allegedly telling other staffers he had plagiarized research.
Accounting professor Peter Aghimien filed his defamation complaint Tuesday against Mark Fox, who teaches management and entrepreneurship at the university.
The South Bend Tribune reports Aghimien alleges Fox complained to the university that he had plagiarized research papers, sparking a university investigation.
School spokesman Ken Baierl says that probe found that Aghimien did not commit plagiarism, but Fox maintains Aghimien did plagiarize work on a paper he co-wrote.
Aghimien's complaint says Fox accused him of plagiarism in blog posts after making the allegation to school officials. He notes the school has a policy that investigations into research misconduct are confidential while they are ongoing.
Police search Gary for tiger on the loose
GARY, Ind. (AP) - Gary police searched the northwest Indiana city for a tiger after receiving several reports of a big cat on the loose.
The reports began shortly before midnight Thursday and alleged sightings continued into Friday morning. Officers in the city's Glen Park neighborhood were told to be on the lookout for a wandering tiger.
Officers didn't locate any such beast.
Cpl. Gabrielle King tells The Times that authorities believe the vague phone calls were "bogus."
Indiana Department of Natural Resources spokesman Marty Benson says no one in Lake County has a state permit to own any big cat like a tiger. Tanya Espinosa, spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, says there are no licensed traveling animal exhibits in the area.
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