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This undated image taken from video provided by attorney Susan Otto shows Christopher Vialva in the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind. Otto, the lawyer for Vialva, the first Black inmate set to die in a series of federal executions this year says race played a central role in landing him on death row for slaying a white couple from Iowa. Otto says just one juror was Black and 11 white at Vialva's 2000 federal trial in western Texas. Vialva's execution is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Susan Otto via AP)

Feds put first Black inmate to death since execution restart

Sep. 24, 2020 10:52 PM EDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A man who killed a religious couple visiting Texas from Iowa was executed Thursday, the first Black inmate put to death as part of the Trump administration’s resumption of federal executions after a nearly 20-year pause. Christopher Vialva, 40, was pronounced dead shortly...

U.S. government puts first Black inmate to death since resumption of federal executions this year

Sep. 24, 2020 6:50 PM EDT
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — U.S. government puts first Black inmate to death since resumption of federal executions this year.

IU chief to ask trustees to strike name of eugenics backer

Sep. 24, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The president of Indiana University announced Thursday he will recommend the school's trustees remove from the Bloomington campus the name of one of his predecessors who was a proponent of eugenics. President Michael A. McRobbie said he will ask the trustees next week to removed...

Minnesota Vikings' Alexander Mattison (25) is tackled by Indianapolis Colts' Darius Leonard (53) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Colts' defense hoping to build on strong start against Jets

Sep. 24, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts used the offseason to beef up their defense. They traded for Pro Bowl defensive tackle DeForest Buckner. They moved defensive tackle Denico Autry to defensive end. They signed Pro Bowl cornerback Xavier Rhodes. After two games, a franchise known for winning...

FILE - In this April 29, 2020, file photo, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb prepares to host a virtual media briefing in the Governor's Office at the Statehouse to provide updates on COVID-19 and its impact on Indiana, in Indianapolis. Gov. Holcomb's statewide mask mandate and six months of other coronavirus restrictions has stirred discontent among conservatives, complicating his front-runner campaign against underfunded Democratic challenger Woody Myers. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Indiana to track COVID-19 in schools with new data dashboard

Sep. 24, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new online tool designed to help track COVID-19 cases in Indiana schools is expected to be released by the end of the month. The data dashboard will reflect the new and cumulative numbers of positive COVID-19 cases among students, teachers, and in a given school. It will be updated on...

FILE - In this June 2, 2020 file photo, voters wait in a line outside Broad Ripple High School to vote in the Indiana primary in Indianapolis. Indiana election officials are bracing for perhaps 10 times more mail-in ballots for this fall's election than four years ago. The secretary of state office's projection of 1.3 million to 1.8 million mailed ballots means more than half of Indiana's voters might choose that option rather than heading to polling sites for the Nov. 3 election amid coronavirus exposure worries (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

US judge blocks Indiana's limits on voting time extensions

Sep. 24, 2020 2:34 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge blocked a law unique to Indiana that prevents voters from asking courts to extend voting hours beyond the state's 6 p.m. closing time because of Election Day troubles. The judge’s preliminary injunction issued Tuesday blocks a law passed last year by...

2 found dead, 1 shot, in burning home in small Indiana town

Sep. 24, 2020 11:22 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Police investigating the deaths of a man and a woman whose bodies were found in a burning home in a small north-central Indiana town say the woman was fatally shot but it's unclear how the man died. An autopsy performed Tuesday found that Anna Downham, 35, died from a gunshot wound...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2017 file photo Indiana Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush speaks at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. The Indiana Supreme Court says Rush has tested positive for a COVID-19 infection and has been quarantined. The court said Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, that Rush learned about her infection on Sunday and underwent the test after a family member tested positive for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Indiana chief justice recovering from COVID-19 illness

Sep. 24, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush said Thursday she is still dealing with her COVID-19 illness as she joined the first state Supreme Court arguments held since she tested positive for the coronavirus infection 11 days earlier. Rush and the four other justices all joined online as they...

A woman wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus walks past a shopping mall on a rainy day in Beijing, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Even as China has largely controlled the outbreak, the coronavirus is still surging across other parts of the world. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China lifts pandemic bar on entry by foreigners

Sep. 23, 2020 11:50 PM EDT

BEIJING — Chinese officials say foreigners holding certain types of visas and residence permits will be permitted to return to China as the threat of the new coronavirus continues to recede. The decision lifts a months-long blanket suspension covering most foreigners apart from diplomats and those in...

Former union head sentenced for ordering assault on workers

Sep. 23, 2020 9:50 PM EDT

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A former Indiana union leader was sentenced Wednesday to 42 months in prison for his role in an assault on a group of non-union ironworkers at a church. Jeffery Veach, of Portage, pleaded guilty in January to extortion conspiracy for attacking non-union workers who refused to join a...