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News Minute: Here is the latest Indiana news from The Associated Press

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Police say a man has died after he was hit by a sheriff's department prisoner transport van on an Indianapolis street. Witnesses told investigators that the man was lying on the four-lane street on the city's south side when he was hit last night by the Marion County Sheriff's Department vehicle. The deputy driving the van wasn't hurt and no other people were reported riding in the van.

SANTA CLAUS, Ind. (AP) - The Holiday World amusement park says it's building a new roller coaster that will launch riders to 60 miles an hour in 3.5 seconds. Plans for the Thunderbird were announced during an event last night at the park in Santa Claus. Riders will sit in wings along the track with nothing above or below them.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann has announced grants she hopes will stabilize housing markets around the state. The goal of the federally funded Blight Elimination Program is to "prevent avoidable foreclosures." U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin says that vacant and abandoned properties can damage housing markets.

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) - A project to extend the main runway at a Kokomo Municipal Airport could be finished by next month. Airport Manager Frank Cade says dirt work has been completed. The rest of the project will include grading, asphalt and lighting upgrades to the runways and taxiways. Cade says extending the runway will allow the airport to handle more corporate and freight jets.

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