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HARRISBURG, Pa. — A former Pennsylvania Roman Catholic bishop who now serves in Indiana has denied an allegation of misconduct. The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend told in a statement Thursday that former Harrisburg bishop Kevin Rhoades "adamantly denies" the accusation and that he "did nothing wrong." Rhoades served as bishop in Harrisburg from 2004 to 2009 before he was named bishop of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese in Jan. 2010. SENT: 280 words.



WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University's nonprofit online program is ending its practice of requiring faculty to sign confidentiality agreements following criticism from a national group of professors. The Journal & Courier reports that Purdue Global Chancellor Betty Vandenbosch told nearly 2,000 faculty members Wednesday that officials are eliminating the "confidentiality and restriction agreement" professors previously had to sign before teaching. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.


— GARY-DECRIMINALIZING MARIJUANA: A proposal to decriminalize marijuana in Gary fell one vote short of passage amid concerns that it would overstep Indiana law.

— DOUBLE SLAYING-SENTENCE: A southern Indiana man has been sentenced to 133 years prison for his convictions in the fatal shootings of two men.

— INDIANA UNIVERSITY-GIFT: The Media School at Indiana University plans to launch an independent investigative journalism center in 2019 after getting a $6 million gift.

— MISSING STATUE'S RETURN: A statue of a 19th century Indiana businessman that vanished when a building was razed in the 1960s is returning home years after its rediscovery.

— FREE STATE PARK ADMISSION: Admission to most Indiana's State Parks and State Forest recreation areas where entrance fees otherwise are charged will be free on Sept. 22 in recognition of National Public Lands Day.

— SEPT. 11-SURVIVOR TREE: A sapling from a tree that survived the 9/11 attacks in New York will be planted at the Indiana World War Memorial in Indianapolis.



SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Ball State visits No. 8 Notre Dame on Saturday. The Cardinals are coming off an easy win in their season opener behind quarterback Riley Neal and running back James Gilbert. Neal threw for 259 yards and scored three touchdowns against Central Connecticut. Ball State's coach says he is concerned about Fighting Irish quarterback Brandon Wimbush, who had a solid game on the ground and through the air in the win against Michigan last week. SENT: 680 words, photos.


Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall sees the growth all over Indiana's football program. He detects a more defined identity. He senses more confidence, and he can tell there's more continuity on the Hoosiers' offense and defense this season. Mendenhall doesn't need a game tape to explain what's changed — he knows it's a natural progression in Tom Allen's second full season as coach. "I think there is just a little bit more certainty as to who they are," Mendenhall said. "Under a new head coach, Year 2 always seems to bring some momentum, brings a little bit more clarity." It also makes Saturday's matchup more intriguing. By Michael Marot. SENT: 870 words, photos.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Work has continued around the clock applying the finishing touches to Louisville's $63 million football stadium renovation to ensure it is ready for when the Cardinals host Indiana State. Louisville coach Bobby Petrino and the Cardinals also have been working feverishly to rebound in their home opener Saturday after the opening-game shellacking they endured against top-ranked Alabama. The Cardinals were outgained 519-268, including 222-16 on the ground. They trailed 34-0 before getting on the scoreboard late in the third quarter, then allowed long kickoff and interception returns for scores. Not quite how they expected to start the season. Louisville aims to regroup against an Indiana State program coming off a 49-0 rout of NCAA Division II Quincy on Aug. 30 that ended a 14-game losing streak dating back to the 2016 season. By Gary Graves. SENT: 630 words, photos.


UNDATED — Purdue coach Jeff Brohm thought his defense looked every bit as bad on tape as it did in person last week. It gave up 31 points, more than 400 total yards, forced no turnovers and struggled to get off the field. When the Boilermakers did get a crucial third-down stop with 2:31 to go, Lorenzo Neal was called for a personal foul and Northwestern ran out the clock to seal its win. By Sports Writer Michael Marot. SENT: 600 words.


INDIANAPOLIS — Kasey Kahne won't defend his Brickyard 400 victory because of dehydration issues that have given him an elevated heart rate while he's driving. Regan Smith will drive the No. 95 Chevrolet at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend. Kahne says he's not sure when he can race again. He is scheduled to retire from NASCAR competition at the end of this season. Kahne said he felt so poorly he should not have been driving the final 100 laps of last week's Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. SENT: 130 words.


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