State gets $8.4M from feds to fight opioid epidemic

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal agency has awarded Indiana $8.4 million to help fight the opioid epidemic by boosting access to substance abuse treatment and mental health services.

The funding was announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The agency says the funding will enable academic institutions and community health centers funded by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration to expand access to both treatment and mental health services.

The funding will also help organizations fight the opioid crisis in Indiana's rural areas.

The new funding supports the Health and Human Services' Five-Point Opioid Strategy drafted in 2017.

The agency said that between 2016 and 2018 the number of patients receiving medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction rose 142 percent nationwide at community health centers funded by the HRSA.

INDOT closing portion of Interstate 465 Friday for 15 days

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Department of Transportation says it's closing a portion of Interstate 465 on the southeast side of Indianapolis starting at 9 p.m. Friday.

INDOT says all lanes of I-465 will be closed from I-65 on the south side to I-70 on the east side for 15 days and will reopen on Aug. 24. The closure includes the intersection of I-74 taking traffic to and from southeastern Indiana and Cincinnati, Ohio.

As part of the closure, INDOT says Old U.S. 421 and the Shadeland Avenue collector lanes also will be closed.

Police: 5 dead, 2 injured after crash

SCOTTSBURG (AP) — Five young people died and two others were injured Friday after the SUV they were riding in crashed and overturned multiple times in rural southern Indiana, police said.

The sport utility vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when it crashed about 2 a.m. in Scott County near Scottsburg, said Indiana State Police Sgt. Carey Huls. The vehicle rolled several times before coming to rest in a field, he said. No other vehicles were involved.

Huls said the five who died were all from Indiana. He identified them as Christopher Paul Dry, 18, of Indianapolis; Wandella Marie Brown, 22, of Austin; Elizabeth Michelle Wagner, 20, of Lexington; Jeremiah James Akers, 18, of Deputy; and Sarah Starling, 16, of New Albany.

Investigators believe Brown was the driver. Huls said no one in the SUV was wearing a seat belt and that each of the five killed were ejected from the vehicle.

One of the injured is also from Indiana, 20-year-old Adam Wayne Parker of Austin. The other is Shelby Lynn Griffin, 21, of Dalhart, Texas. Both were in stable condition at a hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, Huls said.

Trial moved to 2020 for man charged in professor's killing

GOSHEN (AP) — The murder trial of a man charged in a 2011 home invasion that left a Goshen College biology professor dead has been moved to next year.

Twenty-four-year-old Winston Corbett was set to stand trial Aug. 26 on murder and attempted murder charges, but an Elkhart County judge on Thursday rescheduled the trial to Jan. 6, 2020.

The Elkhart Truth reports that Corbett was arrested last year in the October 2011 home invasion attack that killed Goshen College biology professor James Miller and injured his wife, Linda.

Prosecutors say James Miller died after coming to his wife's aid inside their Goshen home.

Corbett's attorney is seeking to suppress evidence in the case, arguing that a warrant used to take a DNA sample from Corbett was issued based on wrongfully obtained evidence.

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