INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Indiana House Speaker Patrick Bauer has decided to retire after 50 years in the Legislature, ending the Democrat's career known for his clashes with former Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels and leading a five-week legislative boycott trying to block passage of a state …

One of Kokomo’s most popular downtown eateries, Main Street Café, announced on social media Monday that it expects to expand this spring.

INDIANAPOLIS — More Indiana businesses would have to allow pregnant women to take longer breaks, transfer to less physical work and take unpaid time off after childbirth under a proposal state lawmakers are considering.

The Howard County Republican Party on Monday announced the date for an upcoming caucus that will fill the seat left vacant by former Kokomo Common Councilman Greg Jones.

When Hill Harper spoke on issues with incarceration in America Thursday night, it was hard to tell if it was a keynote speech or a revival. The 360 people crowding Bel Air Conference Center responded his words with “Here, here!”-type enthusiasm. Heads nodded around the room when he mentioned…

INDIANAPOLIS — A plan to spend an unexpected jump in state tax revenue on college campus construction projects is on its way to Indiana’s governor without any of the Democratic proposals to use some of that money to boost teacher pay.

Kokomo has partnered with an Indiana accounting firm to analyze the city’s finances, an initiative that has yet to reveal its full scope but has been promoted by local officials as something meant to “align” city money with the new administration’s outlook.

Court documents recently released in the Jan. 2 shooting death of a Kokomo teenager claim the teenager was shot during a drug deal on the city’s northwest side.

A board member with the Northwestern School Corp. has filed a lawsuit against the school district, claiming he was wrongly denied a lucrative school bus contract.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers have rolled back a proposal that aimed to require a poster with the national motto “In God We Trust” and the American and state flags be displayed in all public school classrooms.

Despite the emergence of construction plans at a public meeting this month, Dollar General says it has not yet made a formal decision on whether it will locate a store on Kokomo’s north end.

A Kokomo man has been issued a warning by the state, and a criminal investigation is pending, after health officials found nearly 100 dead animal carcasses on his property, some of which were inside a pen and being eaten by pigs.

The roof of the upside-down Honda Civic resting at the end of a driveway on U.S. 36 was crushed and deployed airbags obscured the tiny spaces inside where a 91-year-old driver once sat.

An Illinois man is now under arrest for what police believe is his connection to the shooting death of a 16-year-old Kokomo boy earlier this month.

The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump has moved to the Senate, and local residents shared their opinions on the proceedings.

After years of hard work, practice and determination, Western High School senior Madelyn Kunkle will have the opportunity to do what most other musicians only dream of: play at Carnegie Hall in the Big Apple.

According to a Indiana State Police media release, a 2010 Lincoln MKZ, driven by Patricia Hargesheimer, 57, Noblesville, was traveling eastbound on 500 South when she allegedly failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection of 300 West.

Police have now arrested three teens — two of whom are just 14 years old — in the shooting death of a 15-year-old Kokomo boy near the Lincolnwood Apartments last month.

A couple weeks ago, Jimmy Rayl Jr. — son of 1959 Indiana Mr. Basketball and local legend Jimmy Rayl — was at a fifth grade basketball game with former Kokomo High School boys basketball coach Carl McNulty.

A group of prominent Kokomo projects either progressed or were OK’d last week by the Kokomo City Plan Commission, bringing initiatives ranging from downtown apartments to a new credit union branch closer to fruition.

Second Missionary Baptist Church hosted the Community Ecumenical Service Honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday.

The last temporary workers at the Kokomo General Motors Components Holdings plant were laid off last month just weeks before the company announced it was moving 1,350 temporary employees to full-time at 14 U.S. facilities.

NAPPANEE — From celebrity designer Joanna Gaines in Waco, Texas, to local theater lovers, interest has been growing for the upcoming auction of the Amish Acres property. The property is scheduled to be auctioned Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. in 16 tracts. The sale and auction of the property is being handled by Schrader Realty and Auction of Columbia City.

INDIANAPOLIS — Unfunded and increasing training mandates for teachers in recent years have been a growing concern for schools, but bills before the Indiana General Assembly would provide greater flexibility and ease what some describe as over-regulation.

Kokomo Common Councilman Greg Jones, R-4th District, has announced his resignation after Facebook posts from 2015 were uncovered this week showing him calling Muslims “Goat-Humpers” and referring to Islam as “a Theocratic Moon Cult.”

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Here is the February calendar of support groups and classes offered by Community Howard Regional Health. For more information, go to

United Way serving Howard and Tipton Counties will kick off its tax preparation program Feb. 1. United Way will provide a free, convenient and professional tax preparation experience for individuals and families in Howard and Tipton Counties.

FORT WAYNE — The American Red Cross has extended its urgent call for donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets. With influenza escalating across the country and preventing some donors from giving, and winter weather threatening to cancel blood drives, the Red Cross now has a criti…

Marion Thomas Aytes, sentenced in Howard Superior Court 4 for possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a syringe, to 30 months, all executed on work release, with 78 actual days and 156 days of jail time credit served. The counts will run concurrently. The defendant was also …

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