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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indiana Senate committee overwhelmingly voted down legislation that would have allowed grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations to sell cold beer. The 9-1 vote against the measure Wednesday all but dooms the effort during this year's legislative session. The sale of carryout cold beer is now primarily limited to liquor stores, whose owners say expanded cold beer sales would force many to close.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The former director of Indiana's child welfare agency is joining the state attorney general's staff nearly a month after she quit her state post while accusing Gov. Eric Holcomb's administration of hurting her ability to protect children. Attorney General Curtis Hill's office announced Wednesday that Mary Beth Bonaventura will join his staff as special counsel. Bonaventura accused Holcomb's administration of service cuts that "all but ensure children will die."

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) - A coalition is accelerating opposition efforts against a proposed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in northern Indiana ahead of a county rezoning decision. The proposed detention center would have up to 1,200 beds for ICE detainees about 10 miles east of South Bend in Elkhart County. County commissioners say the facility would be managed by CoreCivic, a private prison company previously known as Corrections Corporation of America.

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) - An environmental group is suing U.S. Steel is suing U.S. Steel, alleging that one of the company's northwestern Indiana plants has repeatedly violated its wastewater permit with illegal discharges. The federal lawsuit filed by the Chicago Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation contends that discharge violations are ongoing at U.S. Steel's Portage plant and include an April 2017 spill of a potentially carcinogenic chemical. U.S. Steel says the lawsuit is "unnecessary."

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