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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana's top elections official is planning to use more than $7.5 million in federal funding on improving the state's election security but won't upgrade its voting machines Republican Secretary of State Connie Lawson has announced plans for using the federal assistance to strengthen voting systems ahead of the November election. Indiana was among the states and territories to receive money from the $380 million approved by Congress amid ongoing threats from Russia and others. SENT: 400 words.



DETROIT — Michigan seismologists are studying a meteor that exploded in the atmosphere over the state in January with the help of scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego. The University of Michigan seismologists and the California scientists will publish their combined data on Michigan's celestial event in a research paper, the Detroit Free Press reported. The Jan. 17 meteor showered small fragments down toward Earth near Livingston County's Hamburg Township west of Detroit. People in Illinois and Indiana also reported seeing the meteor. SENT: 400 words.


ELKHART, Ind. — Picture boards plastered with photos of a smiling Melissa Axsom lined Billings Funeral Home's walls last month, illuminating her charismatic personality throughout her life. She always, her sisters explained, found a way to get into photos. Melissa was a caring and protective daughter, sister and mother who's personality was contagious and could always make someone laugh. What they'd like to push aside is the 36-year-old's 20-year battle with an opioid addiction. She was more than that, said Jennifer Knowles, Melissa's sister. She may have lost her battle on July 28 when she was found dead of a suspected overdose, but her addiction didn't define her. By Lincoln Wright. South Bend Tribune. SENT: 1,500 words, photos.


COLUMBUS, Ind. — A new mural is bringing visual interpretations of Columbus' famous architecture to Northside Middle School's library. The 210-foot mural, with installation completed just before school started, features different compositions and color schemes created by 40 high school students and 65 college students from Ivy Tech. Students examined different aspects of Columbus' architecture, including showing how light and shadow played with lines and form — and included those interpretations in the designs. By Matthew Kent. The Republic. SENT: 400 words, photos.


— JACKSON COUNTY CRASH: Authorities say four people have died from a two-vehicle crash in southern Indiana. The Jackson County Sheriff's Department says the crash happened about 11 p.m. Saturday on Indiana 258 in the rural community of Cortland about 50 miles south of Indianapolis.

— CEMETERY VANDALISM: A central Indiana company has finished repairing nearly two dozen headstones that vandals damaged in cemetery dating to the early 1800s. The 22 headstones toppled, broken or otherwise damaged at the Davis-Bennet Cemetery in Morristown included one belonging to a Revolutionary War veteran and his wife.

— LOGANSPORT COAL PLANT: A northern Indiana city's coal-burning power plant won't be reopening despite the Trump administration's plan to relax restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions from such facilities.



INDIANAPOLIS — The Colts lost defensive end John Simon with a neck injury and tackle Denzelle Good with a knee injury in the second half of Saturday's victory over San Francisco. They're hoping to get both back before the Sept. 9 season opener against Cincinnati — along with starting left tackle Anthony Castonzo, who has been out with a hamstring injury. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

— With FBN--PACKERS-COLTS TRADE: The Indianapolis Colts traded linebacker Antonio Morrison to the Green Bay Packers for cornerback Lenzy Pipkins. SENT: 130 words.


MADISON, Ill. — Scott Dixon hasn't done anything wrong the past three races, finishing in the top five of each of them. But it hasn't kept his lead in the IndyCar championship chase from shrinking from seen 62 to 26 points over Alexander Rossi, and from allowing Will Power to sneak into contention. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


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