Fish kill closes Mesker Park Zoo to the public
EVANSVILLE (AP) — A fish kill in a lake has prompted Evansville's Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden to temporarily close to the public.
The zoo posted a notice on its website Monday morning saying it was closed temporarily because of the overnight fish kill. The notice said the investigation and cleanup were expected to take a few hours.
Zoo officials say hundreds of fish died, but no other aquatic life in the lake was affected.
The cause of the fish kill was under investigation. Zoo officials say staff veterinarian Dr. Carrie Ullmer was examining a sample of the fish to try to determine the cause.
Elnora man killed in New York crash
SPRINGWATER, N.Y. (AP) — State police say an Indiana man is dead following a two-car crash in central New York.
Troopers say 42-year-old Lisa Price was trying to turn left into a parking area on state Route 15A in the Livingston County town of Springwater Sunday morning.
Police say Price entered the path of an oncoming car and the vehicles collided.
Price's 67-year-old passenger, Carl Edwards of Elnora, Indiana died at the scene. Her 59-year-old passenger, Deborah Edwards, was flown to a hospital. Price was rushed to a hospital in an ambulance.
The condition of the other driver remains unknown.
It's unclear if Price will be cited.
Springwater is 35 miles south of Rochester.
Groups unsure whether ruling impacts state abortion laws
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Groups on both sides of the debate say they're reviewing the U.S. Supreme Court ruling against Texas' regulation of abortion clinics to see whether it could impact similar Indiana laws.
Indiana Right to Life President Mike Fichter says the court "showed an utter disregard for women's health" with Monday's decision striking down Texas' requirements that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and clinics to meet hospital-like standards for outpatient surgery.
Indiana law says doctors performing abortions must have hospital-admitting privileges, but lets them reach an agreement with another doctor who does.
Indiana Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Ali Slocum says the group is first awaiting a federal judge's ruling expected this week on whether to block a new Indiana law banning abortions sought because of a fetus' genetic abnormalities.
Nonprofits can raise money working at Indiana State Fair
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana State Fair says groups can raise money for their churches, schools or clubs with fundraising opportunities at the Aug. 5-21 event.
The fair says it takes about 600 people to staff parking and gates. It says about $85,000 is expected to go to fundraising organizations this year. Participants will earn $7 per hour for their groups.
Registration is open online at indianastatefair.com until July 15. Eligible groups can submit their information, along with a registration fee of $25 per shift up to four shifts that later will be reimbursed. Group leaders then will be given a link for all participants to complete training before starting at the fair.
Organizations must be registered nonprofits. They'll be paid after the fair ends.
Columbus apartment building fire leaves 28 people homeless
COLUMBUS (AP) — An apartment building fire in Columbus has left 28 residents without homes.
Columbus Fire Department spokesman Capt. Michael Wilson says the fire reported late Saturday left all 12 units in a building at the Stonegate Apartments on the city's east side uninhabitable for the time being.
Wilson says smoke alarms were sounding and residents already were evacuating when firefighters and police arrived shortly before midnight. No one was injured.
He says heavy smoke and fire were coming from the south side of the two-story building when firefighters arrived.
The Republic reports the cause of the fire remains undetermined.
Health officials stress importance of HIV testing
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials are urging Indiana residents to get tested for the human immunodeficiency virus as part of National HIV Testing Day.
That day is being observed on Monday this year.
More than 540 Indiana residents were diagnosed in 2015 with HIV, which can develop into AIDS.
The virus has no cure and can be contracted through blood and other bodily fluids. Intravenous drug users and people who have unprotected sex are the most at risk to contract the virus.
The Indiana State Department of Health says getting tested is a good idea because nearly 13 percent of people who live with HIV in the U.S. don't know they have it.
Serious injury avoided when truck goes through tennis court
LAFAYETTE (AP) — Authorities say a high school gym class escaped serious injury when a truck barreled across tennis courts at a northwestern Indiana high school.
They say two students complaining of pain went to the school nurse's office as a precaution.
Lafayette Police Officer Mark Roberts says a Ford Ranger pickup came through a metal fence Monday morning and drove through a tennis net at Jefferson High School before crashing into another fence and bleachers.
Gym teacher Ron Whiteman was on the courts with his summer gym class when the incident occurred. He says the truck went airborne.
Roberts says the driver was taken to a hospital. The driver's name and what may have prompted the truck to enter the courts were not immediately released.