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October 29, 2013

Oct. 29, 2013: State briefs

Bloomington takes down Spierer signs

BLOOMINGTON (AP) — City crews in Bloomington have taken down 20 large signs seeking information about the disappearance of an Indiana University student more than two years ago.

The Herald-Times reported Monday the signs scattered across the city came down last week in a decision by Mayor Mark Kruzan.

Kruzan says the city initially planned to take down the signs after IU graduation last May, but when local firefighters decided to renovate the volunteers’ signs in April, the city decided to wait another six months before taking them down. Kruzan says some in the city feel the signs should have come down long ago, while others feel they should remain while Spierer remains missing.

The 20-year-old Greenburgh, N.Y., woman vanished early on June 3, 2011. No trace of her has been found.

IU joins fight in gay marriage ban

BLOOMINGTON (AP) — Indiana University has joined a bipartisan campaign fighting a proposed state constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriages.

The university announced Monday it was joining Freedom Indiana, a coalition that includes Eli Lilly & Co., Cummins Inc. and the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce.

IU President Michael McRobbie says the amendment would turn some prospective employees away from Indiana and increase the state’s challenges remaining economically competitive.

The General Assembly approved the proposed ban in 2011, but the current Legislature would need to approve it again before it would go to voters in a statewide referendum. Indiana law already bars same-sex marriage, but backers of the constitutional ban say it would provide an impediment to potential court decisions that would overturn the state law.

Contractors find woman, 83, tied up

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis police say contractors working on a home found an 83-year-old woman in the basement tied to a chair with duct tape across her mouth.

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