Bosma removes Turner from leadership post-scandal
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - House Speaker Brian Bosma has removed Rep. Eric Turner from his leadership team amid concerns over Turner's lobbying against a nursing home construction ban that would have impacted his family's business.
Bosma said Friday he had removed Turner as House speaker pro tem "many weeks ago" because of Turner's "irreconcilable conflict."
The Associated Press reported that Turner fought in private meetings of House Republicans to kill the ban. Internal documents obtained by the AP showed Turner's family business could have lost millions if the legislation had been approved.
The House Ethics Committee determined that Turner had not violated any formal rules. But Bosma said the investigation exposed holes in the state's ethics laws and said he would seek changes in the upcoming session.
Turner wasn't immediately available for comment Friday.
Ind. Gov. Pence discusses presidency in Texas stop
DALLAS (AP) - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence jokes that he's heard the argument that the next president of the United States should be a governor - and that he's "sympathetic" to it.
Pence spoke Friday in Dallas at an event held by the group Americans for Prosperity.
Pence did not offer any hints about whether he would seek the Republican nomination in 2016. But he said he didn't want a governor to promise, "Send me to Washington and I'll run the place just like I ran my state."
Instead, Pence says he'd want a president who'd promise to give governors more freedom to work on their own.
Pence gave a 20-minute speech about his work in Indiana and received a standing ovation, with several audience members calling at him to run for president.
INDIANAPOLIS BABY SEARCH
Police prepare to scour tank for Indianapolis baby
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Police were preparing to drain an old underground tank in a wooded area in Indianapolis near where a 6-week-old boy went missing two days before.
City police Sgt. Kendale Adams said officers had found the spot during their search for Delano Wilson on Friday. He said police intend to use a snake camera to search the tank once it's partially drained.
Adams and Police Chief Rick Hite say investigators are examining all aspects of the baby's disappearance, including the father's account.
An Amber Alert for the child was issued Wednesday night, about eight hours after 23-year-old Willie Wilson told police his son had been taken by a man and woman who knocked him out in an alley.
Adams says the FBI is assisting with the investigation.
DUKE ENERGY-GRID UPGRADE
Duke proposes $1.9 billion Indiana grid upgrade
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Duke Energy is proposing a nearly $2 billion electric grid upgrade that Indiana's largest power company says would help it reduce power outages.
Duke planned to file a proposal Friday with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission that would include infrastructure upgrades and adding new technology the company says will mean fewer and shorter power outages.
If regulators approve the $1.9 billion plan, Duke says its roughly 800,000 Indiana customers would see rate increases averaging about 1 percent per year between 2016 and 2022.
Citizens Action Coalition executive director Kerwin Olson says the consumer advocacy group intends to oppose elements of Duke's grid upgrade proposal.
Olson says the plan would cause significant rate increases that would harm the elderly, the disabled and those on fixed incomes.
Stewart says Ward's death will affect him forever
ATLANTA (AP) - Tony Stewart says the death of Kevin Ward Jr. will "affect my life forever" as he returned to the track for the first time since his car struck and killed the fellow driver during a sprint-car race in New York.
Stewart spoke Friday for the first time Ward died at an Aug. 9 dirt-track event in upstate New York.
The three-time NASCAR champion has not raced since Ward's death. Stewart will race in Atlanta on Sunday night for the first time in three weeks. He says he took time out of respect for Ward's family - and so he could cope with the tragedy.
Speaking quietly, Stewart says he could not answer questions about the incident and he left after reading a short statement.
Elkhart doctor, Texas firm to pay $2.6 million
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - A Texas company and an Elkhart spinal surgeon accused by the U.S. Justice Department of being involved in a kickback scheme have agreed to pay a $2.6 million settlement.
The settlement announced Friday involves payments that Omni Surgical, doing business as Spine 360, made between 2007 and 2009 to an entity controlled by Dr. Jamie Gottlieb. Although the payments were purportedly involved of intellectual property agreements, the Justice Department contended the agreements were shams, and the payments were intended to pay Gottlieb for using the company's products.
A federal law restricts the financial relationships that medical device manufacturers may have with doctors who use or prescribe their products.
Messages seeking comment were left Friday at Omni Surgical and at Gottlieb's the answering service
74-year-old man sentenced for shots at neighbors
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - A judge has sentenced a 74-year-old man to 30 years in prison for firing a shotgun at his southern Indiana neighbors who he had become convinced were Islamic terrorists.
Monroe County Judge Kenneth Todd said during Thursday's sentencing hearing he believed Robert Walp of Gosport was delusional when he attacked the married couple and their 12-year-old son who were his longtime neighbors in the rural area north of Bloomington.
A jury convicted Walp in July on three counts of attempted murder for the May 2013 attack. The Herald-Times reports Walp's neighbors weren't wounded and mental health experts determined he was sane and able to understand events taking place around him.
Walp told the judge he didn't commit the crimes and was considering whether to appeal his convictions.
INDIANA ST ENROLLMENT
Indiana State enrollment hits 42-year peak
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) - Indiana State University officials say the school's enrollment has surpassed 13,000 students for the first time in 42 years.
School officials tell the Tribune-Star that improved retention of students helped boost the school's enrollment to 13,183 the fall semester. It's the sixth year in a row of overall enrollment increases and the highest enrollment since 1972 .
The university says it has a record number of 2,739 new freshmen and 2,302 graduate students.
Rep. Bucshon to deliver Weekly Republican Address
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner has selected an Indiana congressman to deliver the upcoming Weekly Republican Address.
Rep. Larry Bucshon is set to speak Saturday morning and share ideas for the creation of jobs and a stronger economy. Bucshon's press secretary, Nick McGee, says the address is in response to President Obama's Weekly Address.
The address on Saturday also coincides with the Labor Day holiday in an effort to celebrate the nation's workforce.
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