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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed into law measures expanding the state's preschool pilot and allowing local governments to establish their own needle exchange programs. The preschool pilot will expand from five counties to up to 20 under the bill. Funding also increases by $9 million yearly. Holcomb says it gives more students "a great start" to their educations. He also signed drug-related measures Wednesday.

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) - Indiana State University's president plans to step down after leading the school for more than nine years and growing its enrollment by nearly one-third. The school announced Wednesday that President Daniel Bradley intends to leave office effective January 2018. Indiana State's enrollment had fallen to about 10,500 students when Bradley arrived in 2008. The school set an enrollment record of nearly 13,600 in 2015.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indiana Supreme Court turned down the request of a Gary man accused of slaying seven women to look at the constitutionality of the state's death penalty statute before he goes to trial. The Chicago Tribune reported the court denied 46-year-old Darren Deon Vann's request Thursday, following suit with rulings in previous challenges in other Indiana cases. Vann argued the statute possibly violates the 8th Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) - Authorities say they don't know how long it will take to extinguish a fire in a northern Indiana landfill that's produced a huge plume of smoke and prompting warnings for people to stay indoors. The fire at the Waste Management landfill just south of Elkhart was reported about 3:45 a.m. Wednesday. The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department is recommending that people in much of Elkhart remain indoors.

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