Pence pushes Medicaid alternative with HHS chief
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Governor Mike Pence has told U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell that he wants to maintain Indiana's "freedom and flexibility" under any expansion of Medicaid.
Pence says his meeting with Burwell on Wednesday went well and that the two sides are still negotiating.
Pence spent the day in Washington seeking federal approval of his proposed state-run alternative to traditional Medicaid to expand health care coverage for low-income residents.
If approved, the program would cover up to 458,000 low-income residents without health insurance.
The Republican governor is scheduled to meet with members of the state's congressional delegation on Thursday before returning to Indiana.
NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND-INDIANA
Ind. education split plays out in No Child request
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A new critique is raising questions of whether Indiana will maintain its waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
The memo from the Center for Education and Career Innovation raises concerns with the waiver submission by Democratic Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz. CECI (SEE'-see) executive director Claire Fiddian-Green said the Ritz team made key changes in the waiver without consulting the State Board of Education.
Federal officials will decide whether Indiana keeps its waiver. An answer could come by Thursday.
Education analyst Anne Hyslop (HIGH'-slop) with the New America Foundation says the critique is more evidence of the "dysfunction" that U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan expressed frustration with earlier this year.
Still, Hyslop said federal officials are more interested in seeing states maintain their waivers.
VICTIM CLUBS ROBBER
Police: Indiana robber clubbed by victim
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Evansville police say a 50-year-old Indiana man has been arrested after he attempted to rob a gas station customer.
Police say James Worthington pulled up to a gas station on a bike early Tuesday morning. They say he approached James Shelton as he was pumping gas and demanded money.
Shelton says Worthington pointed a gun at him when he initially denied he had money. Then Shelton told Worthington he had $20 in his truck.
Shelton instead grabbed a club and fought off the would-be robber.
Police say they located Worthington and chased him down after he attempted to flee. Officers say they saw him toss a gun as he ran and it turned out to be a BB gun.
Worthington is charged with attempted robbery, pointing a handgun and resisting law enforcement.
The Vanderburgh County Jail didn't know if Worthington had an attorney.
3 now charged in Indianapolis woman's slaying
GREENFIELD, Ind. (AP) - Two Indianapolis men now also face murder charges in the fatal shooting of a woman found dead last week along a central Indiana road.
Hancock County court documents say 39-year-old Joe Meyers and 26-year-old Ronnie Westbrook both are charged with murder and kidnapping in the shooting death of 23-year-old Katrina Miller of Indianapolis.
Twenty-seven-year-old Amanda Gonzalez of Indianapolis was formally charged Monday with murder and assisting a criminal.
Gonzalez is quoted in a probable cause affidavit as telling an acquaintance that Meyers shot Miller in a dispute over missing drugs. Miller's body was found July 24 in a Hancock County cornfield just east of Indianapolis.
Telephone messages seeking comment were left for the two men's attorneys.
Boyfriend of missing C. Indiana woman arrested
SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Authorities searching for a missing central Indiana woman have discovered what they believe to be human remains and have arrested the woman's boyfriend.
Shelbyville police said Wednesday they arrested 46-year-old Scott Schuck on a preliminary charge of voluntary manslaughter in the 2010 disappearance of 33-year-old Rebecca Cassidy. Schuck was being held without bond.
Shelbyville Police Chief Keith England says officers discovered what they believe to be human remains near Schuck's home.
Schuck has maintained he had nothing to do with Cassidy's disappearance and that he has cooperated with authorities. As police and forensic anthropologists dug Tuesday, he told reporters, "They ain't going to find nothing."
Shelbyville is about 20 miles southeast of Indianapolis.
FRANKFORT POOL DEATH
Teen dies after rescue from Indiana city pool
FRANKFORT, Ind. (AP) - The mayor of a central Indiana town has decided to temporarily close the pool in which a 15-year-old boy drowned.
WLFI-TV reports that Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes announced Wednesday the public pool at TPA Park will be closed for the rest of the season. He said the decision was made out of respect to the boy's family and to allow police to conduct a thorough investigation.
Police Chief Troy Bacon says Adrian Alanis was spotted at the bottom of the pool Monday afternoon. Bacon says pool workers performed CPR on the teen until medics arrived and took him to an Indianapolis hospital. Alanis died the following day.
McBarnes says city police are still investigating the circumstances of the teenager's death and a comprehensive review of pool operations is being implemented.
LAKE MICHIGAN-CHICAGO SEARCH
Body of missing Chicago man found in Lake Michigan
WHITING, Ind. (AP) - The body of a Chicago man who vanished in May when a boat caught fire in Lake Michigan has been found along the lake's southern shoreline.
The Lake County Coroner's Office says the body that washed up Monday on Whiting Beach was identified as 30-year-old Orest Sopka through medical records from a previous surgery.
Sopka was one of four people aboard a 33-foot cabin cruiser that sank May 31 after it caught fire near Chicago's Navy Pier.
The Post-Tribune reports the lone survivor of the crash, a 29-year-old man, was found wrapped in life preservers about 12 hours after the boat sank.
The two other passengers, 26-year-old Chicago attorney Ashley Haws and an unidentified woman in her 20s, were found dead in the days after the accident.
STATE FAIR-WINE AND BEER
Indiana State Fair to feature wine, beer sales
(Information in the following story is from: The (Seymour) Tribune, http://www.tribtown.com)
SEYMOUR, Ind. (AP) - Eight local wine and beer distributors have been invited to sell their products at the Indiana State Fair for the first time in 68 years.
The Seymour Tribune reports four breweries and four wineries will be featured each day of the fair's inaugural Indiana Beer and Wine Exhibition. The event marks the first time alcohol will be served on fairgrounds since 1946.
Chateau de Pique, McClure's Orchard and Winery, Ertel Cellars Winery and Easley Winery and four breweries will participate in the exhibition Friday. Visitors will be able to purchase glasses of wine or beer and talk to distributors about their products.
The Indiana State Fair begins Friday and runs through August 17th. About 900,000 people are expected to visit.
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