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Changes continue 2 years after Ind. stage collapse

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tuesday marks two years since the Indiana State Fair's deadly stage rigging collapse, with surviving victims and the fair still dealing with the aftermath.

The 2011 collapse happened at the fairgrounds grandstand, which is no longer hosting large outdoor concerts. This year's fair doesn't include any big-name concerts. Those are expected to return next year as indoor events when a $53 million renovation of the fairgrounds coliseum is completed.

Fair spokesman Andy Klotz tells WISH-TV the lack of concerts doesn't have a big impact on attendance, but they do draw new people to the fairgrounds.

Laura Magdziarz of Morocco tells The Indianapolis Star her 5-year-old daughter still is scared at outdoor events after her arm was badly gashed in the state fair collapse.


Ind. school bus rear-ended, 10 taken to hospitals

MEMPHIS, Ind. (AP) — Officials say 10 southern Indiana children were taken to hospitals after their school bus was rear-ended by a distracted driver.

West Clark Community Schools assistant superintendent John Reed tells The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., that no children were seriously hurt in Tuesday morning's crash, but several complained of soreness. Ten students were taken to hospitals either in Jeffersonville or nearby Louisville.

Clark County sheriff's Maj. Chuck Adams tells WHAS-TV a woman driving a car became distracted while tending to an infant. He says she looked up just before the impact to see that the bus had stopped on a county road near an Interstate 65 interchange at the community of Memphis.

Reed says the bus was carrying 35 kindergarten to high school age students to the Henryville schools.


Driver finds 2-year-old naked in SW Ind. forest

(Information in the following story is from: WTHI-TV,

LINTON, Ind. (AP) — Police are investigating how a naked 2-year-old child ended up wandering around a state forest in southwestern Indiana.

The Greene County sheriff's department says a man driving on a gravel road at the Greene-Sullivan State Forest spotted the child who was covered in bug bites but otherwise unharmed.

Chief Deputy Michael Hasler tells WTHI-TV that the child's mother told investigators that the child had gotten away from their home nearly two miles away.

Hasler says child welfare officials are also investigating what happened before the child was found Friday in the rural area about 30 miles south of Terre Haute. No charges were immediately filed and police aren't releasing more information about the child.


State reaches $14M deal with Ind. teachers union

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State officials say the Indiana State Teachers Association and its parent organization have agreed to a tentative $14 million settlement over the union's defunct health insurance program.

Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced Tuesday that the deal with the ISTA and the National Education Association would end the state's federal lawsuit against the groups.

State officials sued the teachers unions in 2009, alleging they violated Indiana securities law by offering a health care plan for school districts that was actually unregistered securities. Those plans were sold to 27 school districts.

The $14 million settlement would go to those districts. If any of them don't sign onto the settlement, Indiana's lawsuit will proceed to trial.

Lawson calls the settlement "the right result for teachers and schools."


Libraries see run on Zinn book after Daniels flap

(Information in the following story is from: South Bend Tribune,

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Historian Howard Zinn's 1980 book offering alternative views of U.S. history is in high demand after a report that former Gov. Mitch Daniels tried to keep it out of Indiana classrooms.

Many libraries have ordered extra copies or have waiting lists after The Associated Press published emails last month in which Daniels referred to the book as "a truly execrable, anti-factual piece of disinformation" and sought assurance that it wasn't being used in Indiana's K-12 classrooms or counting as credit in teacher training classes.

The South Bend Tribune reports libraries around the state have seen a run on the book. The St. Joseph County Public Library has ordered 19 additional print copies and four electronic copies. Several other libraries have all copies checked out and lengthy waiting lists.


Fort Wayne board denounces A-F school grades

(Information in the following story is from: The Journal Gazette,

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Leaders at one of Indiana's largest school districts have decided to stop recognizing schools based on results of the state's A-F grading system.

The Fort Wayne Community Schools board voted 6-1 Monday night in favor of the resolution expressing concerns about how the school grades have been calculated.

The vote comes after The Associated Press published emails showing former state schools chief Tony Bennett and his staff changed the school grading formula last year to raise the score of a campaign donor's charter school from a C to an A.

The Journal Gazette reports Fort Wayne board vice president Steve Corona said it was right for district leaders to say "no more shenanigans."

Board president Mark GiaQuinta says he believes other school boards will join in similar resolutions.


Rider's 3,500-mile bike journey takes him to Asia

(Information from: The Republic,

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — A Columbus man plans to spend the next five months traveling through southeastern Asia on a bicycle while working on charitable projects and experiencing local culture.

The 3,500-mile bike trip will be the longest to date for Loran Bohall. His top distance previously was a 1,000-mile journey through western Europe.

Bohall tells The Republic ( ) he'll travel with former Cummins engineer Kevin Altevogt. The two plan to keep a journal and document their journey with videos in hopes of publishing the material later.

Bohall's charitable projects likely will include building homes through Habitat for Humanity.

The trip is expected to cost about $5,000. The duo hopes to defray some of the cost through a campaign.


1800s-style craft village proposed in NE Indiana

(Information in the following story is from: The News-Sun,

LAOTTO, Ind. (AP) — An 1800s-style craft village with cabins and more than a dozen shops is being proposed for a rural site in northeastern Indiana.

Plans for Moose Lake Christian Craft Village call for shops where craftsmakers would work their trades, offering items for sale or lessons in crafts such as pottery, blacksmithing and woodworking. Doug and Kimberly Jennings own the site near the Noble County community of LaOtta.

Doug Jennings tells The News Sun his aim is to offer visitors a chance to experience some of what 19th century life was like.

The county plan commission is scheduled to consider the proposal on Aug. 21. If approved, Jennings says he hopes to open the village next year at the site about 15 miles north of Fort Wayne.