Indiana sheriff linked to prostitute taking leave
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) - A southern Indiana sheriff will take an administrative leave of absence after being charged with providing a prostitute with a deputy's badge and uniform.
Defense attorney Larry Wilder said Wednesday that going on paid leave was Clark County Sheriff Danny Rodden's decision and takes effect immediately.
The announcement comes the day after a federal indictment was unsealed charging Rodden with lying to FBI agents and advising the prostitute to destroy the badge and uniform, which could be used as evidence against him. Authorities say Rodden provided the materials so she could get hotel discounts.
Wilder says Rodden wasn't forced to take the leave and will pay for his own legal fees.
Chief Deputy John Kahafer will head the department in Rodden's absence.
Pence pushing Medicaid alternative during DC trip
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is heading to Washington to seek federal approval of his proposed state-run alternative to traditional Medicaid in order to expand health care coverage for low-income residents.
The governor's office says Pence is scheduled to meet Wednesday afternoon with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell. They are expected to discuss the governor's request to use billions of dollars in federal aid through a version of the state's Healthy Indiana Plan.
If approved, the program would cover up to 458,000 low-income residents without health insurance.
The Republican governor is scheduled to meet with members of the state's congressional delegation on Thursday before returning to Indiana.
SOUTH BEND MAYOR-DEPLOYMENT
South Bend mayor sees Afghan political struggles
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - The mayor of South Bend says he's been watching the political struggle for the presidency of Afghanistan during his military deployment to that country.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tah-juhj) stepped down from office in late February to serve as a Naval Reserve intelligence officer in Afghanistan. He says his work includes trying to block narcotics trade money from reaching insurgents.
Buttigieg told South Bend television stations via Skype on Tuesday that others on the deployment sometimes use "mayor" as a nickname for him, but he shares living space in a converted shipping container.
Buttigieg says the Afghan election was a challenge because many people are nomadic and many can't read.
The mayor expects he'll return to South Bend in October.
July 2014 on pace for record coolest Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - If you think it's been cooler than normal this month in Indiana, you're not imagining things.
The National Weather Service says July 2014 will likely become the coolest July on record at Indianapolis as a result of a cool spell this week. It says the average temperature for this month is forecast to be nearly 70 degrees, or more than 5 degrees below the July norm of 75.4 degrees. It would be about half of a degree cooler than July 1947, currently the coolest July on record in Indianapolis.
Only two years ago, the Indianapolis area experienced the hottest month on record. The weather service says the average temperature for July 2012 was 84 degrees, or nearly 14 degrees warmer than this month.
MEDICAID FRAUD REPORT
Feds cite Indiana Medicaid fraud unit over notices
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A federal agency says the Indiana attorney general's office didn't give proper notice in nearly a quarter of the Medicaid fraud cases it helped prosecute in recent years.
A report from the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general's office found state officials didn't notify the agency within 30 days in about 25 of its 105 convictions between fiscal years 2010 and 2012. In 11 of those cases, the federal government wasn't notified at all.
The Indianapolis Star reports the director of Indiana's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit blames the delays on the office not always being updated by county prosecutors.
Federal officials say Indiana's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is performing well overall, recovering more than $110 million in civil and criminal convictions between fiscal year 2010 and 2012.
DOUBLE LOTTERY WINNER
Indianapolis man buys 2 $1M tickets in 3 months
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indianapolis man has won two $1 million lottery prizes in the past three months.
Hoosier Lottery officials say Robert Hamilton won $1 million from a scratch-off ticket he bought last week at an Indianapolis convenience store. His other big winner came in April in western Indiana's Jasonville while traveling to a conference.
Hamilton says he used his first prize to pay off debts, buy a home and invest in his business. He now plans to buy a motorcycle.
The lottery says Hamilton's tickets are among eight top prizes for its $120 Million Cash Spectacular Scratch-off game. Lottery officials say the odds of winning a top prize from the game are one in 2.1 million.
WALKING TRAIL SHOOTING
Man charged with wife's death on walking trail
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indianapolis man has been charged with murder in the 2012 shooting death of his wife whose body was found along a White River State Park walking path near the city's downtown.
State police say 53-year-old Eugene Bingham Jr. was arrested after a nearly 20-month investigation into the December 2012 death of 51-year-old Sherese Bingham. She was found shot about 6:30 p.m. with her two dogs protecting her body on the trail that's along the edge of the IUPUI campus.
Eugene Bingham was being held Wednesday at the Marion County Jail. Court records don't yet list a defense attorney for him.
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