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FILE - In this June 24, 2020, file photo, Antonio Mingo, right, holds his fists in the air as demonstrators protest in front of a police line on a section of 16th Street that's been renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza, in Washington. Thousands of Black activists from across the U.S. will hold the 2020 Black National Convention on Aug. 28, 2020, via livestream to produce a new political agenda that builds on the protests that followed George Floyd’s death. Organizers of the gathering shared their plans with The Associated Press on Wednesday, July 1, ahead of an official announcement. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Movement for Black Lives plans virtual national convention

Jul. 1, 2020 9:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Spurred by broad public support for the Black Lives Matter movement, thousands of Black activists from across the U.S. will hold a virtual convention in August to produce a new political agenda that seeks to build on the success of the protests that followed George Floyd's death. The 2020...

Body found in field ID'd as Gary teen who vanished last year

Jun. 22, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

GARY, Ind. (AP) — Human remains found in March in a northwestern Indiana field have been identified as those of a Gary teenager who was reported missing last November. The Lake County Coroner's office said Saturday that dental records were used to identify 18-year-old Devante Johnson's remains. The Gary...

Long-deserted inn in Gary torn down under mayor's initiative

Jun. 14, 2020 10:21 AM EDT

GARY, Ind. (AP) — An abandoned motel in Gary that residents had long complained was an eyesore has been razed as part of the mayor's initiative to revitalize the financially strapped northwestern Indiana city. Eric Reaves, executive director and senior advisor to Mayor Jerome Prince, confirmed that...

Suspect killed, Indiana trooper wounded in I-65 shootout

Jun. 13, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — An armed robbery suspect was killed and a state trooper was wounded and hospitalized following a shootout on Interstate 65 in northwestern Indiana, police said. Following a carjacking Friday night at a truck stop in Remington, about 60 miles (96 kilometers) south of Gary, two...

Gary to establish a police reform commission

Jun. 9, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

GARY, Ind. (AP) — Elected Gary officials are planning to reexamine how the city's police department operates after George Floyd's death energized a movement and pushed for nationwide calls for reform. Mayor Jerome Prince pledged on Monday to sign an executive order this week establishing a police reform...

Gary mayor addressing illegal dumping to combat city's decay

Jun. 7, 2020 9:19 AM EDT

GARY, Ind. (AP) — The new mayor of Gary said he's found a litany of sites around his financially struggling city that are littered with illegally dumped trash which can be found “in every crack and crevice." Mayor Jerome Prince, who took office in January, said he’s seeking innovative...

Voters wait in a line outside Broad Ripple High School to vote in the Indiana primary in Indianapolis, Tuesday, June 2, 2020 after coronavirus concerns prompted officials to delay the primary from its original May 5 date. Voters waited up to two hours to cast their ballots. Nearly 550,000 voters requested mail-in ballots, more than 10 times the number of those ballots cast during the 2016 primary. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Indiana primary sets up tough race for congressional seat

Jun. 3, 2020 12:08 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s first election to feature widespread mail-in balloting concluded Tuesday with long lines in Indianapolis delaying the closure of some in-person voting locations by three hours. Nearly 550,000 voters requested mail-in ballots — more than 10 times the number cast...

Tight congressional races top Indiana's delayed primary

May. 30, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The final votes will soon be cast for Indiana’s primary election after it was upended by the coronavirus outbreak amid aggressive campaigns for two congressional seats where incumbents are retiring. Health concerns prompted state officials to delay Tuesday’s primary by...

Gary police ask police for help in fatal shooting of boy, 12

May. 18, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

GARY, Ind. (AP) — Gary police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the assailant who fatally shot a 12-year-old Chicago boy in the northwestern Indiana city over the weekend. Demetrius Townsel Jr. was pronounced dead Saturday night at a Gary hospital, the Lake County Coroner’s Office...

Indiana panel hears Gary school's plan to end state takeover

May. 17, 2020 9:25 AM EDT

GARY, Ind. (AP) — Representatives of the debt-plagued Gary Community School Corp. have presented an Indiana panel with a three-year plan for ending the state’s takeover of the northwestern Indiana school district. Indiana's Distressed Unit Appeal Board, the state entity responsible for overseeing...