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Indiana told to honor other states' gay marriages

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A federal judge has ruled Indiana must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states but says the ruling doesn't take effect until the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals rules on the matter.

U.S. District Judge Richard Young decided Indiana must recognize the marriage of Michelle and Shannon Bowling of Indianapolis, who were married in Polk County, Iowa, on Jan. 18, 2011. Shannon Bowling is employed by the Indiana Department of Correction, and couple sued to seek state benefits for Michelle Bowling and her children from a previous relationship.

The 7th Circuit is scheduled to hear oral arguments next week on the state's appeal of a previous ruling by Young throwing out Indiana's same-sex marriage ban.

The Indiana attorney general's office had no immediate comment on the latest ruling.


Death penalty sought in Indy officer's slaying

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A prosecutor is seeking the death penalty against the man accused of fatally shooting an Indianapolis police officer with an assault rifle.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry filed court papers Tuesday seeking a death sentence against 25-year-old Major Davis Jr. of Indianapolis in connection with the slaying of Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officer Perry Renn on July 5.

Curry says there's been 22 incidents in which police officer were shot at in the past 18 months. He says "it's clear that there are those in our city who believe our police officers are fair game."

Davis is charged with murder in the case. Davis' attorney could not be reached for comment Tuesday because his voice mailbox was full and a new message could not be left for him.


Police: 2 missing women's cases unrelated so far

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Authorities investigating the disappearances of two women in the Evansville area say there's no evidence yet that the cases are related.

Twenty-seven-year-old Kristy Kelley of Boonville was last seen leaving a veterans lodge in that city around 1:30 a.m. Friday.

Evansville resident Joelle Lockwood, 30, was reported missing last month. Evansville Police Department Sgt. Jason Cullum told the Evansville Courier & Press that investigators working on the Lockwood case have been in contact with Warrick County authorities handling the Kelley case.

WFIE-TV reports more than 600 people showed up Monday to search for Kelley. WEHT-TV reported Tuesday that flyers with her name and photograph have been posted around Boonville, about 15 miles east of Evansville, and a vigil is planned for Wednesday evening.


Delaware County cuts polling places from 70 to 50

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - Delaware County commissioners have approved reducing the number of polling places for the Nov. 4 general election, in part to save money.

The plan approved Monday cuts the number of polling places from 70 to 50 in the county. It doesn't affect its 77 precincts, only where persons living in those precincts cast their votes.

County Clerk Steve Craycraft told the commissioners that consolidating polling places could eliminate the need for as many as 100 of the county's 500 poll workers, saving $25,000.

Another consideration is the difficulty in securing locations. The Star Press reports ( ) the county about 40 miles northeast of Indianapolis has moved polling from some schools after the schools complained.

Craycraft says another concern is too many poll workers not showing up on Election Day.


Fire closes Lake County government building

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) - A small fire has forced the closure of a building at the Lake County Government Center in northwestern Indiana.

Lake County Commission President Michael Repay told the Post-Tribune ( ) that the fire Tuesday morning forced the evacuation of the building in Crown Point so workers can clean up the damage and air the structure out.

The county courts and clerk's office remained open in a separate building in Crown Point, about 12 miles south of Gary.


Hoosier Lottery operator just misses profit goal

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Hoosier Lottery director says she's pleased with the performance of the lottery's private management company even though it fell slightly short of the profit goal during its first year.

Lottery officials announced Tuesday that profits came within $1.6 million of the $256 million goal included in the contract that Rhode Island-based GTECH Corp. was awarded in 2012. The lottery says GTECH is paying to make up that shortfall.

Officials say GTECH's lottery management brought in total revenue of $1 billion during fiscal year 2014, up 9 percent from the previous record two years ago. The lottery profit turned over to the state also set a record.

Illinois officials said last week it would end its contract with a GTECH affiliate after it didn't meet state lottery sales goals.


Indiana wants ban on abortion pill law lifted

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - State attorneys asking a federal judge to lift an order blocking an Indiana abortion pill law that critics claim targets a Planned Parenthood clinic in Lafayette say women could seek the procedure elsewhere.

The Indiana attorney general's office filed a brief Monday supporting its request for summary judgment in the case. Both sides asked Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson to rule in their favor after she issued a preliminary injunction blocking the 2013 law in November.

The law mandates that clinics performing drug-induced abortions meet the same standards as those that perform surgical abortions. The Lafayette clinic offers only the abortion-inducing pills.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana president Betty Cockrum says the group won't close the Lafayette clinic if it loses the case, but the might stop offering abortions there.

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