UAW says tentative agreement reached with Lear
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) - The president of a United Auto Workers local in northwest Indiana says a tentative agreement has been reached to settle a strike at Lear Corporation plant that makes automotive seats.
UAW Local President Jaime Luna says details of a tentative agreement reached Sunday would be released after a contract is ratified. A date for the ratification vote has not been set.
Workers at the plant in Hammond, about 28 miles southeast of Chicago, walked off the job Saturday seeking to eliminate a two-tiered pay system that capped wages at $16 an hour for newer hires. The plant employs 760 workers who make seats for the Explorer and Taurus models produced at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant.
The Associated Press left a telephone message Sunday seeking comment from a Lear spokesman.
At least 5 Indiana universities have military gear
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - At least five universities in Indiana have armed campus police with military-grade equipment since 2010 through a program that distributes surplus military supplies.
A review of public records by The Indianapolis Star found Indiana University, Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, Purdue University Calumet, Valparaiso University and Vincennes University have received such supplies, including body armor, military vehicles and M-14 and M-16 rifles.
Purdue University Calumet Faculty Senate Chairman Feng-Song Wang says he was shocked to learn campus police at a regional college of 9,400 students would have military-grade gear. He says he has requested an inventory of equipment acquired.
Jerry Minger, who oversees seven campus police departments at Indiana University, said it is appropriate for campus police to have such equipment because they protect the community.
'Transparent' Indiana government often elusive
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The promise of transparency in government is a popular one among politicians because it evokes the vision of a democratic government that answers to the people and supports the concept of public trust.
But it often remains just a talking point.
That was evidenced last week when Governor Mike Pence unveiled his new $9-million government management system. Pence listed ways it would make state government work better and avoid duplication.
But he wouldn't say which programs it would eliminate, and even answers to the question of how much the system cost were hard to pin down.
Washington and Lee University assistant professor Kevin Finch says many politicians want open government but run into roadblocks once elected.
Indiana, Kentucky governors to attend bridge event
MADISON, Ind. (AP) - The governors of Indiana and Kentucky are scheduled to attend a dedication ceremony for the new $103 million Madison-Milton Bridge next month.
The Madison Courier reports Indiana Governor Mike Pence and Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear will attend the October 1st event.
The bridge was moved from temporary piers to its permanent spot in April. It took about 16 hours to slide the 30-million-pound steel truss. Highway officials say the truss, nearly a half-mile long, is the longest in North America to be slid laterally into place.
The bridge reopened to traffic on April 17th. Work is continuing on a pedestrian sidewalk.
Police investigate shootout involving officer
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Evansville police are investigating a shootout involving an officer in which a person was shot.
Police spokesman Sgt. Jason Cullum tells the Evansville Courier and Press that authorities aren't sure whether the person was shot by police or someone else. Cullum says the person shot also was armed.
Cullum says there was gunfire in the gas station parking lot before the officer arrived. The officer, who has not been identified, was not injured.
Cullum says the officer fired his weapon, but Cullum did not know how many times. He says investigators found about 15 shell casings at the scene.
Cullum says the person shot was taken to a hospital and was being treated for multiple gunshot wounds. He says the injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.
Gary police investigate deaths of 2 found in car
GARY, Ind. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the deaths of a Gary man and woman found shot in car.
The Lake County coroner's office identified the victims as 32-year-old Tanika Ewing and 38-year-old Alex McKenney. Both had been shot multiple times.
Gary Corporal Gabrielle King The Times of Munster police received a report of a suspicious vehicle about a half-mile from Gary City Hall about 3:25 a.m. Sunday. Ewing was in the driver's seat and McKenney was in the passenger seat. Both were unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene about 4:40 a.m.
17-year-old dies after motorcycle accident on I-69
ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) - Anderson police say a 17-year-old was killed when he was unable to stop for traffic slowed on Interstate 69 because of construction work.
Anderson Police Department spokesman Joel Sandefur told The Herald Bulletin Kendall Nicholson was pronounced dead about 4:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital. He was a senior at Anderson Preparatory Academy.
Sandefur says witnesses told accident investigators that Nicholson was weaving in and out of traffic and was unable to stop for the traffic. His hit the ground and slid under a sport utility vehicle. The motorcycle caught fire but was quickly extinguished by the Anderson Fire Department.
SOUTH BEND-PARK RANGERS
South Bend draws fire over disarming of rangers
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Some South Bend officials are questioning the city's decision to disarm its three park rangers.
The city in June disarmed the rangers after police Chief Ron Teachman raised concerns about a lack of training and liability concerns.
Councilwoman Valerie Schey says it doesn't seem safe to ask the rangers to protect the parks without proper equipment.
Police say the parks are safe and that most incidents involve vandalism or vagrants.
Crime data obtained by the South Bend Tribune show 10 incidents between August 19th, 2013, and August 19th, 2014. They include four larcenies, two assaults, two possession of marijuana, one vandalism and one sex offense.
They don't include the fatal shooting of 2-year-old John Swoveland or the May rape of a 42-year-old woman at Veterans' Memorial Park.
SOUTH BEND INVESTIGATION
State police investigate South Bend allegation
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - State police will investigate whether South Bend city employees did work at the private residence of the mayor's chief of staff.
Mayoral spokeswoman Kara Kelly told the South Bend Tribune the city's legal department informed the Common Council on Friday about the investigation. It comes in the wake of photographs an administration critic says shows city workers working on the patio of Kathryn Roos.
Roos issued a statement last week saying a private contractor was hired to do the work. She says she never asked or instructed a city employee to do work on her property.
Deputy Mayor Mark Neal says when the investigation is complete, the administration will act promptly. Neal is filling in while Mayor Pete Buttigieg serves as a Naval Reserve intelligence officer in Afghanistan
FIGHTER WING COMMAND
New commander takes over 122nd Fighter Wing
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - Colonel Patrick Renwick has taken over as commander of the 122nd Fighter Wing based in Fort Wayne.
The Journal Gazette reports Renwick officially took over Saturday during a change of command ceremony before about 700 personnel, family members and others. He replaces 50-year-old Colonel David Augustine, who decided to retire after a medical condition prevented him from flying.
Augustine says the timing of his retirement is ideal because 300 of the more than 1,000 airmen at the base will be deployed later this fall. He says it's a good time for Renwick to be coming in.
Renwick was vice commander of the 181st Intelligence Wing, based in Terre Haute (TEHR'-uh HOHT). It had been a fighter wing until a re-designation in 2008.
Indiana University to honor alumnus actor Kline
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Indiana University alumnus Kevin Kline is receiving an honorary doctoral degree from his alma mater.
The Indianapolis Star reports the Academy Award-winning actor will be in Bloomington on Monday for an afternoon ceremony at IU Auditorium and will attend an evening screening of "A Fish Called Wanda" at IU Cinema.
Kline says he remembers his days at Indiana University fondly, saying he thinks he knew he was happy to be there. He says he's still a student because he loves to learn.
His new film, "My Old Lady," is an adaptation of a 2002 play and also stars Maggie Smith.
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