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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

Events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the area Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Second Missionary Baptist Church, 819 Apperson Way N., 11:30 a.m. group activities for children, lunch, 1:30 to 4 p.m. youth performances, sponsored by Omicron Phi Omega…

Indiana’s largest privately-held telecom says it has launched a $2.7 million project that will bring increased internet services to rural residents in southern Howard County and northern Tipton County, encompassing the Sharpsville area.

Police are currently looking for a man they believe to be involved in an armed robbery Thursday morning at the Security Federal Savings Bank, 519 E. Markland Ave.

New details have emerged about a major planned investment by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles into Kokomo’s Indiana Transmission Plant II, including information about significant tax credits likely headed to the company.

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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 …

The following couples have been issued marriage licenses by the Howard County Clerk’s office:

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