LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - State highway officials say an 8-mile section of Interstate 65 near Lafayette will be expanded to three lanes in each direction. The project will widen the highway between Indiana 38 and Indiana 25 in an effort to relieve congestion on the heavily traveled route between Indianapolis and Chicago. Completion of the $69 million project that will build new lanes in the existing highway median is expected in late 2016 or 2017.
CHURUBUSCO, Ind. (AP) - Crews from a northeastern Indiana fire department had to rush to put out a blaze at the home of their assistant chief. The fire was reported yesterday at the home near the Whitley County town of Churubusco (chehr-uh-BUHS'-koh) after assistant chief Kris Bair and his wife smelled smoke and began searching the house. No injuries were reported and the fire's cause wasn't immediately determined.
CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) - A Chicago man who pleaded guilty but mentally ill to murder in the New Year's Day beating death in northwestern Indiana of his former wife shortly after their divorce has been sentenced to 50 years in prison. Forty-five-year-old Margarito Valdivia admitted entering the Munster home of Erica Valdivia, then striking and chasing the woman's boyfriend from the home. He also admitted to repeatedly punching his former wife after her boyfriend fled.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - The city of Evansville will spend $274,100 to move about 70 unmarked graves near the State Hospital grounds so it can build a pedestrian bridge over the Lloyd Expressway. The skeletal remains were found nearly a year ago during environmental surveys. The remains will be excavated and moved to a cemetery. Officials say the gravesites likely date back to the early 20th century and the remains likely came from people who lived at the State Hospital. The pedestrian bridge is expected to be built in 2015.
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