Big revenue drop expected for corn, soybean crops
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An agriculture economist is projecting a nearly 20% drop in revenue for Indiana's corn and soybean crops this year.
That prediction from Purdue University professor Chris Hurt comes after Indiana farmers faced several weeks of planting delays because of persistent spring rainfalls, followed a long summer dry spell.
Hurt says those troubles and the ongoing U.S. trade fight with China could lead to a $1.3 billion revenue drop for Indiana's corn and soybean crops from last year's $6.8 billion.
Purdue agricultural experts spoke Monday during a program at the Indiana State Fair. They said the state's farmers face a risk that late-planted corn and soybeans won't mature before the fall freeze.
Democratic legislator won't join governor's race
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A possible Democratic challenger to Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb has decided against entering the 2020 campaign.
State Rep. Karlee Macer of Indianapolis had traveled around the state in recent months as she considered entering the governor's race, but announced Tuesday she wouldn't do so.
Macer has been critical of the Holcomb administration over its leadership of the state Department of Veterans Affairs, which awarded grants to some of its employees that were intended for struggling military veterans.
Business executive and former state health commissioner Woody Myers is the only declared Democratic candidate so far, while state Sen. Eddie Melton of Gary is considering a bid.
Holcomb has raised more than $6 million toward his re-election campaign.
Historic block saved from demolition, restored
HUNTINGTON (AP) — A block of historic buildings once headed for demolition has been renovated into loft apartments and office space.
The United Brethren block in Huntington has been converted into 37 loft apartments with first-floor space for a community arts program and a university entrepreneurial initiative.
The (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette reports that the three century-old brick buildings that comprise the block were blighted by the time city officials took possession of the property in 2014 and began threatening to raze the site.
But the $9 million restoration was spearheaded by a company that worked to finance and redevelop the project with city officials and local historic preservationists.
2 teens arrested in fire at vacant warehouse complex
TERRE HAUTE (AP) — Authorities say two teenagers are suspected in a fire that swept a vacant warehouse complex our months after another blaze damaged the same site.
Fire officials say a 13-year-old was arrested Sunday night and a 14-year-old was arrested Monday. They were reportedly both at the building and one started the fire.
No injuries were reported in the fire near Terre Haute's Coy Park.
Terre Haute firefighters who were called to the warehouses on the city's north side around sunset Sunday battled flames as a large plume of smoke rose from the complex. Arson had been suspected.
Fire crews responded to a fire at the same complex on April 28. Investigators say they don't believe the teens are responsible for that fire.
Boy with gun said he 'might have to shoot' people
MUNCIE (AP) — A 15-year-old boy arrested with a handgun outside a central Indiana high school allegedly told an acquaintance he "might have to shoot a couple of people."
The Muncie Central High School student was arrested Aug. 7 outside the school.
Court records filed in delinquency proceedings against the juvenile say he showed an acquaintance a handgun outside the school, saying he was bringing it to school because he had a "beef" with some people there.
That witness texted a school guard about the armed youth after he allegedly told her "he might have to shoot some people."
Officers found a handgun and two fully loaded magazines in the boy's shorts pocket.
Prosecutors say he'd be facing six charges, including possession of a handgun on school property, if he was an adult.
State legislator jailed on drunken driving, other charges
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A state legislator from Indianapolis was arrested over the weekend on drunken driving and other charges.
An Indianapolis police report says Democratic Rep. Dan Forestal was arrested after officers were called late Saturday about a man impersonating a police officer. Forestal was booked into jail on preliminary charges of impersonating a public servant, driving while intoxicated and resisting law enforcement.
The 36-year-old Forestal is an Indianapolis firefighter who was first elected to the Indiana House in 2012.
Prosecutors haven't yet filed formal charges against Forestal, who was released from jail Sunday on $150 bond.
Defense attorney Jim Voyles and a House Democratic spokesman declined to comment on the arrest.
Funding boost proposed for Indianapolis police cameras
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis police chief says a budget proposal dedicating $1.2 million toward officer body cameras doesn't mean they're coming quickly.
A city spending plan released Monday by Mayor Joe Hogsett includes the body camera funding boost as the police department is in the midst of a pilot program in which some officers are using such cameras from three companies.
Police Chief Bryan Roach says a decision on how to proceed with the cameras for the department's some 1,100 street officers is months away. Roach says the $1.2 million would be enough to start a body camera program, but estimates that is about half of what would be needed each year.
The fatal police shooting of a 45-year-old man earlier this month involved Indianapolis officers without body cameras.
Broken bumper leads to charges in hit-and-run death
EVANSVILLE (AP) — A woman has been charged in a hit-and-run death after police matched a section of bumper found at the accident scene to her car.
Forty-six-year-old Charlote Ann Zell of Mount Vernon faces one count of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.
She's charged in the June death of 60-year-old John Johnson, who died after being struck by a car as his wife pushed his wheelchair across an Evansville road.
The Evansville Courier & Press reports that police matched a broken bumper section to a missing section of bumper on Zell's car.
A judge entered a not guilty plea on Zell's behalf during a Monday hearing.
She's being held on $100,000 bond. Online court records don't list an attorney who could speak on Zell's behalf.