BIRTH CONTROL-NOTRE DAME
Notre Dame might appeal case to US Supreme Court
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - The University of Notre Dame might appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in its challenge to part of the federal health care law that forces it to cover contraceptives in its health insurance for students and employees.
The South Bend Tribune reported Thursday that recently filed court documents indicate the Roman Catholic university might ask the Supreme Court to review a decision from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that denied an exemption to a provision that it must cover contraceptives.
Catholic doctrine bars most forms of contraception.
A three-judge panel of the appeals court upheld a federal judge's ruling that denied the school's request for a preliminary injunction against the birth control provision in February and denied the school a new hearing in the case in May.
COUNTY'S COMPUTER WOES
Miami County struggles through computer shutdown
PERU, Ind. (AP) - A northern Indiana prosecutor has harshly criticized other officials in his county for not adequately dealing with computer problems that have effectively brought some business to a halt.
Prosecutor Bruce Embrey tells the Peru Tribune that Miami County government's servers have crashed "far too often." The week-old server crash is the third this year.
Embrey says some work can get done, but personal calendars remain down, traffic tickets are piling up and even child support payments aren't being sent out.
Commissioners Vice Chairman Larry West says everyone's frustrated and that the commissioners are working on a long-term solution. He says the county's emergency management agency and payroll have gone back online and he hopes the servers are fully operating Monday morning in the county about 80 miles north of Indianapolis.
Murder charge filed in missing C. Ind. woman case
SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (AP) - The former boyfriend of a missing central Indiana woman has told police he strangled her and buried the body.
A probable cause affidavit filed in Shelby Superior Court on Thursday says 46-year-old Scott Schuck confessed to killing 33-year-old Rebecca Cassidy after an argument in April 2010.
Schuck was charged with murder days after denying any wrongdoing.
The affidavit says investigators have found human remains and a purse with Cassidy's identification buried in Schuck's backyard.
Online court records didn't show an attorney for Schuck. He was being held on $10 million bond.
Cassidy was last seen in April 2010. Cassidy's aunt told WISH-TV the family was thankful to see an arrest in the case after years of waiting and wondering.
Shelbyville is about 20 miles southeast of Indianapolis.
TEEN PILOT CRASH-FUNERAL
Funeral held for teen pilot seeking world record
PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) - Classmates of a central Indiana teenager who died when his plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean during an around-the-world flight are remembering him as an inspirational person.
Dozens of 17-year-old Haris (Hahr-us) Suleman's classmates attended Thursday's funeral services for Suleman at the Islamic Center of North America in Plainfield, Indiana.
Eighteen-year-old Kaleb Preston played soccer with Suleman at Plainfield High School and recalled him as a "hilarious, one-of-a-kind" person whose quest to fly around-the-world inspired his classmates to pursue their dreams.
Suleman had hoped to set the record for the fastest circumnavigation of the globe in a single-engine airplane with the youngest pilot in command.
He died July 22nd when his plane crashed after leaving American Samoa. His father and co-pilot, 58-year-old Babar Suleman, remains missing.
Indy man gets 33 years for heroin, gun convictions
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indianapolis man convicted on 20 gun- and heroin-related counts has been sentenced to more than 33 years in prison
District Court Judge Sarah Evans Barker handed down the sentence of 400 months in prison to 39-year-old Anthony Lomax on Thursday following his convictions on charges including conspiring to possess heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin, distribution of heroin and illegal possession of firearms.
His attorney, Mario Garcia, said he plans to file an appeal.
U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett said two other men - Lomax's brother, Brandon, and Demond Glover - also were found guilty of charges in the case. Their sentencing dates are undetermined.
Hogsett says Lomax and associates dealt heroin in and around the Haughville area of Indianapolis between 2009 and 2012.
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