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GARY, Ind. (AP) - The Gary/Chicago International Airport has reopened its main runway after a three-week closure to rebuild much of it. Airport officials say crews were able to complete work for the $7.9 million runway project on Saturday. The project involved replacing the aging asphalt with concrete on about 4,000 feet of the nearly 9,000-foot-long main runway. The work is allowing the airport to handle larger planes.

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) - A former Lake County Sheriff's Department official has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during a public corruption investigation that led to the conviction of former Sheriff John Buncich. The Post-Tribune reports that former Deputy Chief Dan Murchek appeared Monday in U.S. District Court. The 57-year-old Murchek was indicted in April. Authorities say he was recorded soliciting illegal campaign contributions from tow truck operators, including one who was an FBI informant.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Two police dogs in Indiana have received protective body armor from nonprofit Vested Interest in K9s. Indiana state police say the vests for "Smitty" and "Apache" will help keep the dogs safe from gunshots and knife attacks. Lt. Jeff Payne says "Apache" and "Smitty" are valuable assets to the community and "providing them these safety tools will only enhance their effectiveness."

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) - Authorities in Indiana are continuing an investigation into a weekend shooting that wounded two off-duty police officers. Both officers were patrons at Growlers Bar in Highland, Indiana, when they were shot early Saturday. Highland police say a preliminary investigation found that two men left the bar before returning near closing time and trying to re-enter. Security staff told them the bar was no longer allowing patrons inside, sparking a disagreement between the two men and the two officers.

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