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NORTH VERNON, Ind. (AP) - An Indiana man who pleaded guilty to assault charges for punching a punching a man and woman who were demonstrating against a white nationalist protest in Virginia faces nearly a year in jail. The Indianapolis Star reported Friday that Dennis L. Mothersbaugh, of Vernon in southern Indiana, has been sentenced.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has avoided taking a public stance on some major policy issues since his election roughly a year ago. The Republican has ducked questions about everything from abortion and gun rights legislation, to federal health care policy and whether convenience stores should be able to sell cold beer. Holcomb says that frees him up to focus on his own agenda. But it also allows him to avoid unpopular public stances, or alienating Republican Statehouse leaders.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The longtime director of the Indiana Department of Child Services is stepping down after nearly five years as its chief. Gov. Eric Holcomb's office says Mary Beth Bonaventura notified the governor Friday that she will resign, effective Dec. 27. Holcomb said in a statement that his office has begun searching for the next leader of what he called "this critical state agency." Then-Gov. Mike Pence appointed her DCS director in January 2013.

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) - Hundreds of people gathered at a recent public meeting in opposition to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility proposed in northern Indiana. More than 300 people attended the meeting Thursday in Elkhart to voice their concerns of the potential 1,240-bed facility. The meeting follows a November protest in Goshen. Residents say the ICE detainee center will drive away a large portion of the population.

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