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2003 May 25
Gil de Ferran won the Indianapolis 500.
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2003 Sep 13
Frank O'Bannon (73), Indiana Gov. since 1996, died. He had suffered a massive stroke in his Chicago hotel room on Sep 8. He was succeeded by Lt. Gov. Joe Kernan.
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2003 Oct 22
IRL racer Tony Renna, 26, died after crashing at close to 220 mph during a test drive at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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2003 Nov 2
Frank McCloskey (64), who represented Indiana's 8th District in Congress (1983-1995), died in Bloomington.
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2003 Nov
Cpl. Dustin Berg, a national Guardsman from Indiana, killed an Iraqi police officer and then shot himself in the stomach to give the impression of a gunfight to block investigation. In 2005 Berg pleaded guilty to negligent homicide. His sentence included 18 months in prison and a bad conduct discharge.
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2003 Dec 31
Chicago regained the title of America's murder capital. It finished 2003 with 599 homicides. That was down from 648 a year earlier and the first time since 1967 that the total dipped below 600. Gary, Ind., appeared to finish 2003 with the nation's highest per capita homicide rate for the ninth straight year.
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2004 Apr
Australian police, trying to break a large drug syndicate, supplied information that led to the arrest of the nine Australians on Indonesian resort island of Bali. The nine were allegedly carrying 11.2 kilograms (24.7 pounds) of heroin at the time and faced the death penalty on drugs charges.
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2004 May 10
In Bloomington, Indiana, Brood X of the 17-year Cicadas started emerging from the ground. Billions and possibly even trillions of cicadas were expected to emerge across much of the eastern half of the United States over the next few weeks.
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2004 May 30
Buddy Rice won the Indianapolis 500 in the rain.
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2004 Nov 2
Mitchell Daniels (R) was elected governor of Indiana with 53% of the vote.
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2004 Nov 19
In Auburn Hills, Mich., players and fans exchanged punches in one of the worst NBA brawls ever. Indiana Pacers’ Ron Artest and Stephen Jackson charged into the stands and fought with fans and forced an early end to the Pacers' 97-82 win over the Pistons win with 45.9 seconds left.
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2004 Dec 26
Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts broke Dan Marino's single-season touchdown pass record when he threw his 48th and 49th of the season against San Diego. The Colts defeated San Diego in overtime, 34-31.
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2005 May 25
In Michigan City, Ind., Gregory Scott Johnson (40) died by injection at 12:28 a.m. for beating and stomping an 82-year-old woman to death in 1985, then setting her house on fire to hide the crime. Gov. Mitch Daniels rejected a request for a reprieve to allow Johnson to donate part of his liver to his ailing sister.
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2005 May 29
Dan Wheldon won the Indianapolis 500 as Danica Patrick's electrifying run fell short. She finished fourth.
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2005 Jul 25
Corporal Dustin Berg, an Indiana National Guard soldier, pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the death of an Iraqi police officer. He was later sentenced to 18 months in military prison.
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2005 Sep 11
Chris Schenkel (82), sportscaster, died in Fort Wayne, Ind.
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2005 Sep 19
In Ohio Katelind Caudill (13) was shot and killed by Melvin Keeling (43) because she told authorities her best friend was being molested. Keeling fled the Cincinnati area. He was also sought for the killing of 2 convenience store clerks, Lisa Kendall (29) and Kendora Furr (38) at the Family Express store in Remington, Indiana. On Sep 28 more than a dozen investigators on the Keeling task force combed the woods in Gary, Indiana and found the fugitive's wallet, ID and other personal items a few blocks from where Keeling abandoned his van. Tracking dogs also followed Keeling's scent from the wooded area to nearby train tracks. He was an apparent suicide.
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2005 Oct 24
Abigail Brinkman (28), of Columbus, Ind., died and three companions spent three days floating in the stormy Caribbean off Belize after their weekend diving trip went awry.
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2005 Nov 6
A tornado ripped across southwestern Indiana and northern Kentucky, killing at least 22 people, wrecking homes and knocking out power to thousands.

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2005 Nov 13
In Lititz, Pennsylvania, David G. Ludwig (18) killed 14-year-old Kara Beth Borden's parents, Michael F. and Cathryn Lee Borden, after they and their daughter argued about her curfew. David and Kara were arrested Nov 14 in Indiana following a police chase and crash. On June 14, 2006, Ludwig agreed to a plea deal and was sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment without chance of parole.
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2005 Nov 15
Nearly 3 dozen tornadoes hit Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee destroying dozens of homes and killing 2 people.
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2005 Dec 28
A bus collided with a truck on a highway in western India and burst into flames, killing at least 30 people.
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2005
There was a measles outbreak among school children in Indiana. In 2006 the CDC attributed it to home-schooled children whose parents avoided vaccinations out of safety concern. The outbreak was later traced to a 17-year-old girl who had traveled to Romania without getting vaccinated.

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2005
Indiana passed legislation requiring voters to provide a government issued photo ID. In 2008 the US Supreme Court upheld the law.
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2006 Jan 14
It was reported that Dr. Alexandra Imre and colleagues of the Univ. of Notre Dame, Indiana, had constructed logic gates from tiny magnets. Until this time electrical charge was used for data processing, while electrical spin was used for data storage.
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2006 Feb 17
A fierce storm system swept across the Midwest moving eastward, ripping the roof off an Indiana church, pelting Arkansas with hail and cutting power to thousands in Michigan.
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2006 Feb 28
In Gas City, Indiana, a museum chronicling the short life of James Dean closed after struggling financially since its opening in 2004. David Loehr said he would soon be setting up a small display in the National Automotive & Truck Museum in Auburn.
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2006 Mar 11
Rural house fires in Tennessee and Indiana killed 15 members of two families, and most of the victims were children.
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2006 Mar 12
2006 Mar 13
Swarms of tornadoes killed at least 10 people across the Midwest states of Indiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. It caused so much damage in Springfield, Ill., that the mayor compared it to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
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2006 Mar 13
South Korea’s Kia Motors Corp. said it will build a $1.2 billion factory in West Point, Ga., its first in the US. Toyota said it will build a plant in Lafayette, Ind.
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2006 Mar 19
Boxer Kevin Payne, 34, died one day after winning an eight-round welterweight bout in Evansville, Ind.
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2006 Apr 1
It was reported that Iowa had counted at least 515 cases of mumps this year, where it had previously averaged 5 cases per year. Another 100 cases were reported in Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Illinois.

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2006 Apr 12
The Indiana Toll Road was leased for $3.8 billion to a Spanish-Australian consortium that is to maintain and run it for 75 years.
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2006 May 28
Sam Hornish Jr. won the second-closest Indianapolis 500 ever.
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2006 Jun 1
In Indiana 7 Covarrubias family members, the youngest just 5 years old, were shot to death in their Indianapolis home. The next day police arrested suspect James Stewart (30) without incident after a traffic stop. A second suspect, Desmond Turner (28), turned himself in on June 3. Robbery was the suspected motive.

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2006 Jul 23
In southern Indiana 2 sets of sniper attacks within hours of each other left one man dead, another wounded and four vehicles peppered with bullet holes. On July 25 police said a Gaston youth (18) confessed to weekend sniping.
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2006 Aug 8
In Indianapolis, Indiana, a fatal stabbing boosted the homicides to 13 in just one week in the midst of an upsurge of violence that has police working longer shifts and saturating high-crime areas.
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2006 Aug 13
In Michigan City, Indiana, fire swept through a two-story house, killing at least six people. An unknown number of others were missing. It was not clear whether they had left the scene or were still inside the home.
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2006 Sep 10
Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts defeated Eli Manning and the New York Giants 26-21 in the first NFL game to feature two brothers starting at quarterback.
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2006 Oct 25
A US federal judge ruled that Indiana’s do-not-call list applies to political telemarketers in a House race.
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2006 Nov 1
In Indiana Stephanie Wagner, a missing 16-year-old girl, was found dead in a field. Authorities jailed Danny R. Rouse (51), her restaurant co-worker and a convicted child murderer, who confessed to killing the teen. Rouse was released from prison in March after serving more than 26 years for murdering a 5-year-old Kansas boy in 1979.
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2006 Dec 15
In Indianapolis health officials closed an Olive Garden restaurant after receiving over 300 calls from people who said they had become ill after eating there.
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2006 Dec 18
In South Bend, Indiana, Daniel Sharp (56) began killing homeless men suspected in stealing scrap metal. In February 2006 Sharp admitted that he and Randy Lee Reeder (50) killed 4 men between Dec 18 and Dec 21 for stealing metal that he and Reeder had collected to sell for salvage. In 2007 Sharp pleaded guilty to the killings.
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2007 Jan 17
A US snow and ice storm was blamed for at least 64 deaths in nine states. These included 20 deaths in Oklahoma, 9 in Missouri, 8 in Iowa, 4 in New York, 5 in Texas, 4 in Michigan, 3 in Arkansas, and 1 each in Maine and Indiana.
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2007 Jan 21
Lovie Smith became the first black head coach to make it to the Super Bowl when his Chicago Bears won the NFC championship, beating the New Orleans Saints 39-14; Tony Dungy became the second when his Indianapolis Colts took the AFC title over the New England Patriots, 38-34.
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2007 Feb 4
Peyton Manning added the missing ingredient to his Hall of Fame credentials by leading the Indianapolis Colts to a 29-17 victory over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.
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2007 May 27
Dario Franchitti won a rain-abbreviated Indy 500.
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2007 Aug 10
In southern Indiana 3 men were killed in a coal mine when a nylon sling used to transport supplies up and down a shaft got caught, causing the bucket the men were riding in to tip and send them plummeting more than 500 feet to their deaths.
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2007 Dec 16
Street and highway crews were at work trying to clear roads across the Great Lakes states into New England as a storm blamed for three deaths spread a hazardous mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain. The storm was blamed for at least 10 deaths including 4 in Indiana, 2 in Michigan and Wisconsin, one in Pennsylvania and one in Nova Scotia.
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2007 Dec 23
High wind and ice coated power lines blacked out tens of thousands of people in the Midwest. The storm was blamed for at least 22 deaths. At least 8 people in Minnesota, 5 in Wisconsin, 3 each in Indiana and Wyoming and one each in Michigan, Texas and Kansas were killed in traffic accidents.
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2008 Jan 8
Flooding in northern Indiana left 3 people dead.
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2008 Jan 14
In Indianapolis two mothers and their 2 babies were shot and killed. 2 men were seen running form the victim’s home. Four men were later arrested in connection with the fatal shootings.
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2008 Mar 19
Flooding forced hundreds of people to flee their homes and closed scores of roads across a wide swath of the US midsection as a huge storm system poured as much as 10 inches of rain on the region. Flooding was reported in parts of Arkansas, southern Illinois, southern Indiana, Missouri and Kentucky with over a dozen deaths.
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2008 Apr 28
The US Supreme Court upheld Indian’s voter-ID law, passed in 2005. It ruled that states can require voters to produce photo identification without violating their constitutional rights, validating Republican-inspired voter ID laws.
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2008 May 6
Sen. Barack Obama climbed within 200 delegates of clinching the Democratic presidential nomination. In the Indiana primary Clinton won 51% to 49%. In North Carolina Obama won 56% to 42%.
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2008 Jun 8
Wicked weekend storms pounded the US from the Midwest to the East Coast, forcing hundreds of people to flee flooded communities, spawning tornadoes that tore up houses and killing at least eight people in Indiana (1), Michigan (6), Connecticut (1). Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle declared a state of emergency in 29 counties and President Bush declared a major disaster in 29 Indiana counties, freeing up aid. Iowa Gov. Chet Culver declared an emergency in nearly a third of the state's 99 counties.
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2008 Oct 3
The Great Lakes Governors (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin) applauded President George W. Bush for signing a joint resolution of Congress providing consent to the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact. It barred new diversions beyond the Great Lakes Basin.
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2008 Nov 4
Mitchell Daniels (R) was re-elected governor of Indiana with 58% of the vote.
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2008 Nov 26
Edna Parker (115), the world’s oldest person, died in Shelbyville, Indiana.
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2009 Jan 11
Marcus Schrenker's plane went down en route to Destin, Fla., from Anderson, Ind. Schrenker (38), an Indiana investment manager, had reported that the windshield imploded and that he was bleeding profusely. Federal marshals believe he faked a distress call before parachuting from his plane over Alabama and disappearing on a motorcycle he had stashed in advance. US Marshals apprehended Schrenker on Jan 13 at a northern Florida campground. Officers had to tend to Schrenker's self-inflicted gash to the wrist before he was airlifted to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. In August Schrenker pleaded guilty was sentenced in Florida to 4 years and 3 months in federal prison.
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