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GARY — The cash-strapped Gary school district is aiming to prevent its student population from shrinking further in the new school year by instituting longer class days for elementary students, adding more computers and updating the northwestern Indiana district's cafeterias. The changes that will be in place when classes begin Aug. 13 are part of a push to hold onto current students and lure others to return to the struggling school district, which has lost thousands of students to charter schools, The Post-Tribune reported. SENT: 300 words.


BURNS HARBOR, Ind. —Environmental regulators aren't sure where pollution from a northwest Indiana steel mill ends up after it's released by the Chicago-area mill that's the nation's largest industrial source of lead, a newspaper has found. The Chicago Tribune reported that its analysis of federal records found that ArcelorMittal's steel mill in Burns Harbor, about 20 miles southeast of Chicago, emitted nearly 18,000 pounds of lead and 173,000 pounds of benzene in 2016. That makes the complex along Lake Michigan the nation's largest source of industrial source of both pollutants. UPCOMING: 400 words.



LAFAYETTE — While not his official job title, Tom Easterday has become quite the tour guide. The Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. executive has been known to do as many as a handful a month around the company's Lafayette manufacturing facility. Whether leading top industry officials or a group of young students, he has a favorite opening line. "I always like to say that if someone stops for a cup of coffee on their way into the plant," Easterday said, "then they have put more trash into the landfill than we have for the entire year." Actually, that coffee cup would be more than the entire plant — with 5,600 employees producing 350,000 cars annually — has put in a landfill in nearly the last 15 years. By Sarah Bowman. The Indianapolis Star. SENT: 1,100 words, photos requested.


GREENWOOD — The tiny blade was no bigger than a piece of grass. But when Ron Brown used a scroll saw, small cuts on thin pieces of wood became works of art. Elaborate scrollwork accented replicas of Gothic cathedrals. Intricate details brought carousels and Ferris wheels to life. The girders and arches of the famed Eiffel Tower add a small touch of Paris to the models he created. Brown was a dedicated woodworker for much of his life, relying primarily on the scroll saw to create beautiful models, working clocks and other decorations. Macular degeneration has taken his eyesight, and with it the ability to use the small blades. By Ryan Trares. Daily Journal. SENT: 900 words, photos requested.


— NEW LAW-PRESCRIPTION DRUGS: An Indiana lawmaker says a new state law promises to be an important step toward helping hold down Hoosiers' prescription drug costs. The law allows pharmacies and pharmacists to provide patients with information about their cost options for prescriptions.

— DANGEROUS INTERSECTION-DOG BONE: State officials want to revamp one of Indiana's most dangerous intersections by turning it into what's known as a "dog bone" interchange.

— BEDFORD-RESTAURANT SHOOTING: The trial of a southern Indiana man charged with killing another man in a McDonald's drive-thru is set to begin.


—COLTS-CASTONZO: WESTFIELD — Andrew Luck could be missing his blind-side protector in Thursday night's preseason opener at Seattle. Left tackle Anthony Castonzo did not practice Sunday and coach Frank Reich says he is expected to miss "some time" after apparently re-injuring his right hamstring in Friday night's practice. SENT: 130 words. AP Photo


WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Denny Hamlin's No. 11 will start from the pole Sunday for NASCAR's Cup road race at Watkins Glen International. The Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was the first car through the morning inspection process. All 12 drivers who made the final round of qualifying passed. SENT: 150 words. With AP Photo.


ELKHART LAKE, Wis. — Christian Fittipaldi plans to retire from driving after the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the January race he was won three times. The 47-year-old Brazilian racer announced the decision Saturday at Road America. SENT: 250 words moved late Saturday.


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