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DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit priest who focused his ministry on the poor and needy has been beatified by the Roman Catholic Church, a key step toward sainthood. The Rev. Solanus Casey was known as Father Solanus, a member of the Capuchin Franciscan order of priests. He died in 1957. More than 60,000 people attended the beatification Mass Saturday in Detroit. Italian Cardinal Angelo Amato read a letter from Pope Francis, who described Father Solanus as a "humble, faithful disciple of Christ."

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) - A former councilman for the northwest Indiana town of Merrillville has admitted taking bribes in a federal plea agreement. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that 51-year-old Thomas Goralczyk of Merrillville was indicted on felony bribery charges Wednesday by a grand jury in Hammond. The plea agreement was entered Friday. Court records show that he accepted two vehicles among other items in exchange for a towing contract.

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) - School districts across Indiana are considering stocking up on a drug antidote amid the state's opioid epidemic. The Indianapolis Star reports that while overdoses on public school property aren't common, districts are still weighing having naloxone because of protections from a new law. Under the law school districts are allowed to stock naloxone as an "emergency medication," the same category as albuterol for severe asthma and auto-injectable epinephrine, for severe allergies.

PERU, Ind. (AP) - Local officials are looking for ways to boost military-related business around northern Indiana's Grissom Air Reserve Base. The Miami County Economic Development Authority has been awarded a $45,000 contract to analyze business opportunities in a six-county area surrounding the base near Peru. The agency says the region saw an 8 percent decline in defense-related jobs between 2009 and 2015.

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