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GARY OFFICER SLAIN

Slain officer's fiancee wants death penalty sought

GARY, Ind. (AP) - The fiancee of a slain Gary police officer says she believes the death penalty should be sought against the man charged in the shooting.

Lake County authorities announced Thursday that a murder charge had been filed 24-year-old Carl Le'Ellis Blount Jr. of Gary for the July 6 shooting death of Officer Jeffrey Westerfield.

Denise Sheaks-Cather tells the Post-Tribune that Westerfield's family can no longer see or talk with him and that Blount should be treated the same. Sheaks-Cather says she'll attend every court hearing and doesn't want to see any other families go through same tragedy.

Lake County Sheriff John Buncich says the prosecutor's office will review the case before deciding whether to seek the death penalty.

A telephone message seeking comment was left for Blount's public defender.

INDIANA-RIGHT TO WORK

State asks judge to delay right-to-work ruling

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) - The Indiana attorney general's office has asked a judge to put on hold his order striking down the state's right-to-work law.

The request filed Thursday asks Lake County Judge George Paras to delay enforcement of his decision, citing a Sept. 4 hearing scheduled by the state Supreme Court on another judge's ruling against the law.

Paras determined the law violates the state constitution by forcing unions to provide services to workers without payment. He ruled the law was immediately "null and void."

The Times of Munster reports Paras took no immediate action on the stay request. The attorney general's office also has appealed the judge's ruling to the state Supreme Court.

The Republican-dominated Legislature in 2012 approved the law prohibiting union contracts requiring all workers to pay bargaining fees.

INTERSTATE 69-BONDS

State sells $244 million in bonds for I-69 segment

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A state agency says it has sold nearly $244 million in bonds to help pay for construction of the latest segment of Indiana's Interstate 69 extension.

The Indiana Finance Authority says the private developer chosen to build the stretch of highway from Bloomington to Martinsville will directly repay the tax-exempt bonds. The agency says I-69 Development Partners is investing more than $40 million on its own toward the project.

The project will upgrade Indiana 37 to interstate standards. It's part of the I-69 extension that will connect Indianapolis and Evansville.

Construction could begin this year, with the section expected to open in 2016.

The state is paying $80 million up front and making annual payments to I-69 Development Partners to maintain the highway for 35 years.

AMTRAK-INDIANA

Indianapolis pulls future support for Amtrak line

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - City officials in Indianapolis have cast the future of an Amtrak passenger line between Indianapolis and Chicago into doubt after deciding not to provide any additional money to subsidize that line.

Indianapolis leaders had signed onto a one-year deal last year to provide $300,000 for the Hoosier State line, which runs four times a week between Indianapolis and Chicago, with stops along the way.

But Indiana Department of Transportation official Bob Zier tells the Journal and Courier Indianapolis officials aren't interested in providing any additional money. The city's decision comes after the state announced that a private vendor had been selected to run the line.

Indianapolis Department of Public Works spokeswoman Stephanie Wilson says the city might reconsider its decision if that vendor significantly improves service on the line.

PENCE-MOTORCYCLE RIDE

Pence leading annual governor's motorcycle ride

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Gov. Mike Pence is leading the annual governor's motorcycle ride from the Statehouse through southern Indiana.

Pence donned a helmet and drove off from downtown Indianapolis Friday morning with several hundred members of American Bikers Aimed Toward Education and other motorcyclists for the ride going about 140 miles with stops planned in Columbus, Seymour and Madison.

The ride is aimed at helping bring awareness to motorcycle safety in Indiana and raises money for the Indiana National Guard Relief Fund to assist Guard soldiers and their families.

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