Site to help dedicate expanded Lewis and Clark trail

CLARKSVILLE (AP) — A site in southern Indiana has been selected for a national ceremony next month dedicating a 1,200-mile expansion of the Lewis and Clark Historic Trail.

The Jeffersonville and New Albany News & Tribune reports national, state and local leaders plan to join area residents May 13 at the Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center in Clarksville to officially recognize the expansion of the trail.

The expanded recognition includes areas in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and new portions of trail in in Illinois and Missouri.

New signage will help tell the story of the expedition across the western U.S.

The expedition by explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark officially started in 1804, but Lewis and Clark met up a year earlier in Clarksville, as they prepared for the journey.

Nashville music center to debut with August Vince Gill show

NASHVILLE (AP) — An indoor performing arts center is set to open this summer in a southern Indiana tourist mecca a decade after an arson fire destroyed its longtime music venue.

Brown County Music Center officials said Monday that country singer Vince Gill will perform Aug. 24 in the first show at the new 2,000-seat indoor venue in Nashville.

Executive director Dana Beth Evans tells The Indianapolis Star the $12.5 million concert hall will have beer and family gardens and state-of-the-art sound and lighting.

Brown County attracts more than 3 million visitors each year to the rustic, forest-filled county.

But the county has lacked a big concert venue since the Little Nashville Opry venue was destroyed by a 2009 arson fire. That venue brought in Johnny Cash, Kenny Chesney and other big acts.

Notre Dame donating $100K to renovation of Paris cathedral

SOUTH BEND (AP) — The president of the University of Notre Dame says the school will donate $100,000 toward the renovation of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral following a devastating fire.

The Rev. John Jenkins announced the donation Tuesday, a day after the fire destroyed the cathedral's spire and roof.

Jenkins says the bells of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the university's campus will toll 50 times Tuesday evening to represent the 50 Hail Marys of the rosary and to mark the start of the cathedral's rebuilding.

Jenkins says the cathedral's "exquisite Gothic architecture has for centuries raised hearts and minds to God. We join in prayer with the faithful of the cathedral and all of France as they begin the work of rebuilding."

Marion County hospitals end flu-related visitor restrictions

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis hospitals are lifting temporary visitor restrictions with a decline in flu activity.

The restrictions began in early January at the recommendation of Marion County Public Health Department to protect patients, hospital staff and others during a time of high flu activity.

The health department says the percentage of patients visiting Marion County emergency rooms with influenza-like illnesses dropped significantly last week and is now below the level typically used when considering the need for temporary visitor restrictions.

Health Department Director Dr. Virginia Caine says it's important for anyone with the flu or flu-like symptoms to avoid visiting a patient in the hospital and stay home from work or until symptoms are resolved.

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