INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indiana House speaker says the governor and legislative leaders have reached broad agreement on some of the biggest items under consideration this session. House Speaker Brian Bosma says a series of business tax cuts, an early childhood education program and spending for roads are all set to win approval before lawmakers finish work this week. House and Senate negotiators are close to approving a grant program that would pay for low-income children to attend preschool.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The former director of a central Indiana child welfare office is accused of lying to a federal grand jury investigating a high school counselor who's charged with sexually exploiting students. Officials say 58-year-old Michael Fleming of New Castle was arrested today. Fleming had been director of the Indiana Department of Child Services' New Castle office.
CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) - A 31-year-old man accused of killing a mother and her two young children in Colorado has a violent criminal past that spans at least a decade. Jaacob Vanwinkle was sentenced in 2004 to seven years in prison in Indiana after being convicted of child molestation and other sex crimes. In 2012, Vanwinkle pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence and was sentenced to 18 months behind bars.
MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service says someone has been trying to obtain income tax refunds that are owed to employees of a northwestern Indiana school district. Munster schools Superintendent Richard Sopko says the IRS has notified him that tax returns for a few district employees had already been submitted when they tried to file them. The IRS says it is investigating.
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