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News Minute: Here is the latest Indiana news from The Associated Press

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - A coroner has ruled last week's death of a Lafayette girl who succumbed to a traumatic head injury as a homicide. The Marion County Coroner's office says the cause of Skylar Foster's death was blunt force trauma to the head. Lafayette police have confirmed that an investigation into the child's death is underway.

SYRACUSE, Ind. (AP) - A northeastern Indiana conservancy group has purchased more than 44 acres of lakefront property and wetlands that will be protected for future generations. The Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation bought the 44 1/2 acres along the southeast corner of Syracuse Lake. The property includes about 950 feet of shoreline.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana's higher education commissioner says college students should take at least 15 credit hours each semester if they expect to graduate on time. Commissioner Teresa Lubbers says data show that students who complete 15 or more credits per semester are more likely to graduate on time, earn better grades and save money earning their degrees.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - An embattled South Bend Common Council member facing two misdemeanor charges after allegedly driving drunk down the wrong way on a highway is taking a medical leave of absence. Henry Davis Jr. has admitted to drinking but denied being drunk at the time of his July 19 arrest. Davis faces a maximum sentence of 14 months in jail.

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