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

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The American journalist beheaded by the Islamic State extremist group had gone to Iraq with Indiana National Guard soldiers during a 2008 deployment. James Foley was embedded with members of the Indiana Guard's 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Guard officials say Foley was very well liked by soldiers and had a genuine appreciation the job they were doing.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - State highway crews will open a new stretch of U.S. 31 between South Bend and Plymouth today. Crews will begin shifting traffic to the new the 20-mile section of divided, four-lane highway starting after 9 a.m. They say drivers should avoid the area until after 1 p.m. Highway officials say some lane restrictions will remain near South Bend and Plymouth through the end of the year.

BOONVILLE, Ind. (AP) - A few hundred people have gathered at a prayer vigil for women missing in Boonville. Warrick County Sheriff Brett Kruse says investigators haven't come up with an explanation for the disappearance Kristy Kelley. She was last seen leaving a Boonville veterans lodge about 1:30 a.m. Friday. Police say they don't have evidence linking Kelley with other disappearances such as that last month of Joelle Lockwood.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - A recent Indiana University graduate has won a $100,000 technology prize. The money will finance Gregory Mattes' new startup company devoted to improving hearing aids and prosthetics. He'll serve as president and CEO of the startup Analog Computing Solutions. It will operate out of IU's business incubator.

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