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

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WHITING, Ind. (AP) - BP officials have notified the state of Indiana that more than 500 pounds of sulfur dioxide were released into the air following an explosion at refinery in northwestern Indiana. Department of Environmental Management spokesman Dan Goldblatt says the agency is still preparing a report but the initial indication is that the release didn't cause any air quality problems. The plant is in Whiting, just east of Chicago along Lake Michigan.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The first-term state lawmaker picked by Governor Mike Pence to lead Indiana's workforce development efforts will earn more than $31,000 more than his predecessor. The Journal Gazette reports Republican state Representative Steve Braun of Zionsville will earn $150,000 per year as commissioner for the Department of Workforce Development. Pence's office says Braun intends to resign his legislative seat and will begin his new position on November 24th.

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) - A plan to save the historic Wigwam gymnasium has been approved by Anderson Redevelopment Commission and the Anderson Community Schools board of trustees. The Herald-Bulletin reported yesterday that unless there's some last-minute complications, Indianapolis-based BWI and Pinebrook Properties will take control of the property next Tuesday.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - A former Bloomington pain management doctor has left federal prison more than a year early. A U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokesman says Kamal Tawari was released from prison August 8th. The Herald-Times reports he'll be confined to his Bloomington home until November 11th, when he will begin three years on probation.

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