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LAWMAKER CONFLICT

Turner skips hearing, documents claim no misdeeds

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner is avoiding the House Ethics Committee's review of his case but says he did nothing wrong in filings with the panel.

Turner attended a state budget meeting Wednesday about 5 miles from the Statehouse, where legislators took up his case.

The committee is deciding whether Turner broke rules when he worked privately to block legislation that would have cost his family's company millions of dollars in profits.

Turner fought a nursing home construction ban during the 2014 session. The Associated Press reported last week that Turner's ownership stake in Mainstreet Property Group means he earns upward of $1 million on each new nursing home that it builds.

House ethics rules limit official actions, but Turner's actions came during private meetings of House Republicans.

INDIANAPOLIS OFFICER FUNERAL

Mourners honor slain Indianapolis police officer

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Mourners have honored an Indianapolis police officer who authorities say was killed by her ex-husband.

A row of officers in dress uniforms saluted Wednesday morning as Officer Kimberlee Carmack's flag-draped casket was carried into Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral.

Investigators say Sgt. Ryan Anders shot the 45-year-old officer on Thursday after breaking into her home. He then killed himself.

The couple divorced in October.

Carmack was a 20-year veteran of the police force and her son is also an officer.

Officials say Anders' funeral set for Thursday isn't considered an official police service.

PURDUE SHOOTING

Purdue shooting suspect seeks to drop lawyer

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - A judge has turned down a request from the man charged with killing a fellow Purdue University student during a classroom attack that he be allowed to fire his defense attorney and represent himself in court.

Defense lawyer Robert Gevers wrote in a motion that 23-year-old Cody Cousins no longer wants his representation but didn't give details.

The Journal & Courier reports Tippecanoe County Judge Thomas Busch on Tuesday denied Gevers' motion to withdraw, ruling it didn't meet the criteria for such action.

Cousins faces a murder charge for the January shooting and stabbing death of 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend, Wis., inside Purdue's Electrical Engineering Building on the West Lafayette campus. Police and prosecutors haven't indicated a possible motive for the attack.

VINCENNES GUNFIRE

Shots fired at cars, homes of SW Indiana officers

VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) - Investigators are seeking the public's help in finding whoever fired shots over the weekend at the cars and homes of police officers in a southwestern Indiana city.

No injuries were reported from the shootings, but Vincennes Police Chief Dusty Luking says three city and one Knox County officer had bullet damage to their marked squad cars or houses.

Luking tells the Vincennes Sun-Commercial that he doesn't believe whoever is responsible was targeting the specific officers. The damage was found on Sunday in the city about 50 miles north of Evansville and none of the officers reported hearing the shots fired.

Luking says he hopes someone who heard talk about the shootings will contact his department.

EMERGENCY ROOM CLOSING

Hospital system closing Lafayette emergency rom

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - A hospital system is shutting down the emergency and intensive care units at its campus near downtown Lafayette.

Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health officials say the action is needed to reduce the costs of having such units at both its Lafayette hospitals.

The Journal & Courier reports that the move effective Sept. 1 will leave no hospital emergency room in the center of the Lafayette-West Lafayette area as both the St. Elizabeth East and IU Health Arnett hospitals are the southeastern edge of Lafayette.

St. Elizabeth officials expect to establish an urgent care clinic at the downtown Lafayette hospital.

St. Elizabeth regional president Terry Wilson says inpatient stays at the downtown hospital have declined enough that more services can be moved to the suburban hospital that opened in 2009.

CANONIZATION-INDIANA STUDENTS

Indiana students head to Rome for canonization

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Some teenagers are traveling to Rome for the ceremony during which the namesake of their Indianapolis school will be declared a saint.

Lucas LaRosa and Abby Whalen are among four Roncalli High School students making the trip for Sunday's canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII.

LaRosa tells WTHR-TV he expects the ceremony will be a time he'll remember for the rest of his life. Whalen says her group is planning to head toward Vatican City about 2 a.m. to get a spot for the events.

Their 1,100-student Catholic school is named after Cardinal Angelo Roncalli, who became John XXIII when he became pope in 1958 until his death in 1963.

CAT-OWNER REUNION

Fort Wayne cat missing 5 years back with owner

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - A cat missing five years ago has been reunited with its owner thanks to an implanted microchip.

WOWO-AM and WANE-TV report the 10-year-old cat named Charlie showed up at Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control on Monday. Workers there scanned the cat and discovered Charlie had a microchip that identified Virginia Fryback of Fort Wayne as its owner.

Fryback says Charlie disappeared from her home five years ago and she thought she'd never see him again. She thanks the veterinarian who convinced her to get a microchip when Charlie was a kitten.

The microchip might have saved Charlie's life. Shelter spokeswoman Peggy Bender says most people choose to adopt much younger cats.

The microchips about the size of a grain of rice transmit information via radio waves.

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