Holcomb: Fly flags at half-staff today for Patriots Day

NDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is directing flags statewide to be flown at half-staff today in honor of Patriot Day.

Flags should be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset, his office said.

Holcomb also requested businesses and residents across the state to lower their flags to half-staff in remembrance of the victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Democrat gains GOP backer in Indiana attorney general race

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s Republican state schools superintendent is crossing party lines again to endorse the Democratic state attorney general candidate.

Democrat Jonathan Weinzapfel announced the endorsement Thursday from schools Superintendent Jennifer McCormick. She said in a statement that Weinzapfel “has a well-earned reputation for bipartisan problem solving, for listening and for making a real difference in every job he’s had.”

The former Evansville mayor is running against Republican Todd Rokita, a former congressman who defeated current Attorney General Curtis Hill for the GOP nomination in July.

McCormick won election as state schools chief four years ago but has clashed repeatedly with other Republican leaders over education policy. The GOP-dominated Legislature has eliminated the elected schools superintendent position and the governor will appoint the state education department leader beginning in January.

The state Republican Party said McCormick’s endorsement of Weinzapfel wasn’t surprising after she supported Democratic state Sen. Eddie Melton of Gary during his unsuccessful bid for governor.

“Todd Rokita is far-and-away the best candidate in this race to defend our constitutional rights and deliver on the issues Hoosiers are most concerned about,” GOP spokesman Jake Oakman said.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — A jury was seated Wednesday to hear the case of a southern Indiana man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating parts of her body in 2014.

Prosecutors and attorneys for Joseph Oberhansley selected the remaining five jurors and alternates needed Wednesday for the Jeffersonville man’s trial on murder, rape and burglary charges in Tammy Jo Blanton’s killing.

Jury selection began Tuesday in northeastern Indiana’s Allen County, but the 12 jurors and four alternates will hear the case against Oberhansley, 39, in southern Indiana’s Clark County.

The court will now make arrangements for their travel to Clark County for the remainder of the trial, with opening statements scheduled to start this morning, the News and Tribune reported.

Prosecutors say Oberhansley broke into Blanton’s Jeffersonville home in September 2014, raped her, fatally stabbed the 46-year-old, and ate parts of her body.

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