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Indiana Lawmaker Resigns in Sex Video Scandal

Rep. Jud McMillin says he wants to 'spend more time with his family'

(Newser) - A formerly ambitious Indiana lawmaker resigned to "spend more time with his family" Tuesday, one week after a sexually explicit video was texted from his cellphone, the Indianapolis Star reports. Republican Rep. Jud McMillin sent the following text to his contacts last week after claiming his phone was stolen... More »

Indiana Driver's Traffic-Stop Selfie Resonates

'Neither of us are the enemy,' Greg Barnes writes on Facebook

(Newser) - Greg Barnes was in a hurry to get home on Friday, so when he saw police lights behind him on State Road 332 in Muncie, Indiana, "immediately I knew I was in the wrong," he tells WISH . What followed was "a simple interaction" that has touched hundreds... More »

Millions May Still Be Out There From '70s Murder

FBI agent investigating heiress's murder may have lifted cash: reporter

(Newser) - During the last few months of her life, Marjorie Jackson became wary of keeping her inherited fortune in the bank, so she withdrew $8.6 million and stashed it in garbage bags, drawers, and toolboxes all over her Indianapolis home, the Indianapolis Star reports. And she may have had even... More »

Indiana Mayor Declares Walmart a Public Nuisance

Police have been called to Beech Grove store more than 1.2K times since 2014

(Newser) - An Indiana mayor has finally reached his breaking point after a third serious incident in as many months led police to a local Walmart store on Thursday—so he's declared it a public nuisance. Police say Gillace Samples, 42, waved a gun at employees of the Beech Grove location... More »

Pity This US Police Force

In Gary, Indiana, the troubles are mounting

(Newser) - Times are tough for at least one American police force. With five recent resignations, the force in Gary, Indiana, has seen 20 cops quit this year. Now the city budgeted for 235 officers has fewer than 200, the Chicago Tribune reports. Seems it's about money: In the city of... More »

Mummified Remains Found in Indiana

The head and torso could be 2K years old

(Newser) - Workers exploring the site of an intended quarry in rural Indiana stumbled upon a mummified body that experts say could be anywhere from 500 to 2,000 years old, the Times of Northwest Indiana reports. "They could distinguish a head and a torso," says a local sheriff. "... More »

Midwest Mayor's Op-Ed Makes Waves

Pete Buttigieg of South Bend: Being gay is 'part of who I am'

(Newser) - The Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is speaking out about his support for gay marriage—though not for the first time—and offering up a very personal reason: "I was well into adulthood before I was prepared to acknowledge the simple fact that I am gay," Pete... More »

Rural School Suspends 5th-Graders for Role in 'Gang'

At least 4 could be expelled for rest of school year

(Newser) - A rural school in the small Indiana town of Bunker Hill, home to just 888 people, is down four students after they were suspended for suspected gang activity. The kicker: They're believed to be between 10 and 11 years old. Though Maconaquah Elementary School is still investigating the incident,... More »

Cops: Fake Social Worker Killed Mom, Took Newborn

Baby found safe; suspect traced to hospital

(Newser) - The only known witness is just weeks old, and the only suspect is in a Texas hospital being treated for depression, but police know something horrible happened to a young mother in Gary, Ind. Police believe a woman claiming to be from the Department of Child Services lured 23-year-old Samantha... More »

Indiana County Struggles With 100-Plus HIV Cases

Outbreak in rural Scott County tied to sharing of needles

(Newser) - More than 100 people in southeastern Indiana have tested positive for HIV in an outbreak linked to the sharing of intravenous needles. The state's Joint Information Center said there had been 95 confirmed HIV cases and 11 preliminary positive cases tied to the outbreak as of Thursday. All of... More »

Indiana's Memories Pizza Reopens—$842K Richer

Owner Kevin O'Connor says his views on gay marriage haven't changed

(Newser) - Memories Pizza is open and ready to serve once again, assuming you're not a gay couple looking for a wedding caterer. The Indiana pizzeria gained either fame or infamy , depending on your views, after the owner backed the state's controversial religious freedom law and said he would happily... More »

Santorum: Should Gay Printers Have to Make Westboro Signs?

He invokes 'God Hates Fags' church in RFRA debate

(Newser) - Rick Santorum has weighed in on the debate over Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act using what appears to have been the most provocative comparison he could think of. "Tolerance is a two-way street," he told CBS News yesterday, arguing that businesses should have the "ability to... More »

Funds Still Pouring In for Memories Pizza: $840K

Co-owner's anti-gay comments in Indiana generates windfall

(Newser) - It's still not clear when or even if a small-town pizzeria will reopen after being caught up in the controversy over Indiana's religious freedom law, but the owners are getting a massive cushion in the meantime. The online fundraising campaign for Memories Pizza in Walkerton has now passed... More »

Arkansas, Indiana Put Revised Laws on the Books

Lawmakers in both states modify legislation after uproar over gay rights

(Newser) - New "religious freedom" laws are now on the books in Arkansas and Indiana—they're just not as controversial as they used to be after lawmakers toned them down. In Indiana, for example, an amendment clarifies that the law can't be used to refuse service to gay people,... More »

Please, Internet, Calm Down About Indiana Pizza Shop

Bloggers: This out-of-proportion abuse is crazy

(Newser) - So the owners of a small-town pizzeria in Indiana responded to a question by saying they would not cater a gay wedding because of their Christian beliefs. Bigoted and small-minded? Lots of people think so. But worthy of arson threats , death threats, and merciless, unrelenting online harassment? Apparently so, according... More »

Here's How Indiana GOP Wants to 'Clarify' the RFRA

Republicans, business leaders to announce clarifying measure

(Newser) - Those calling for a "fix" are getting it, Indiana's top Republicans said at a press conference this morning. Senate President Pro Tem David Long and House Speaker Brian Bosma announced changes this morning that "clarify" the state's controversial new religious freedom law and aim to protect... More »

Indiana Pizzeria Owners Are 'in Hiding, Basically'

As a high school coach is suspended over a tweet

(Newser) - The owners of the pizzeria in Walkerton, Ind., that told a local TV station they would refuse to cater a gay wedding has seen their world turn upside down since Tuesday night. In an interview with TheBlaze TV , Crystal O'Connor says Memories Pizza has been closed since the comments... More »

Suggested Dues for First Church of Cannabis: $4.20

Founder Bill Levin's response to Indiana law puts pot front and center

(Newser) - The first commandment of Indiana's newest religious establishment is pretty straightforward: "Don't be an asshole ." The First Church of Cannabis—given the thumbs-up as a religious corporation by Indiana's secretary of state after the Religious Freedom Restoration Act was signed into law last week—also... More »

Indiana Pizzeria Hammered for Gay-Wedding Comments

Memories Pizza of Walkerton tells news station it wouldn't cater gay nuptials

(Newser) - We've heard plenty of public outcry about Gov. Mike Pence signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law last week. So who is cheering the law on? A family-owned pizza joint in Walkerton, Indiana. "If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their... More »

The Indianapolis Star Puts It Bluntly: 'Fix This Now'

The 'NYT,' 'WSJ' weigh in, too

(Newser) - "Only bold action—action that sends an unmistakable message to the world that our state will not tolerate discrimination against any of its citizens—will be enough to reverse the damage," write the editors at the Indianapolis Star today. And bold action is what they took: Their editorial... More »

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