5 things to know for Friday in Indiana

    We have 5 stories to start your Friday in Indiana, including the trial date for a 20-year-old accused of murder, extended ISTEP+ dates and an Elkhart woman who collects rare photos of The Beatles. 

    Posted on Feb. 6, 2014 at 11:41 p.m.

    1. Murder suspect from April incident will go to trial Feb. 17

    The man accused of fatally shooting Eddie Johnson in April will go to trial on Feb. 17.

    Leeshawn Rodgers, 20, faces 65 years in prison if he is convicted. 

    2. ISTEP+ test dates extended statewide

    After more than a week of snow days in many schools across the state, the Indiana State Board of Education decided Thursday to extend the dates of ISTEP+ testing to accommodate the time spent away from the classroom. 

    The applied skills portion of the exam is extended from March 3 until March 21. That testing had been scheduled for March 3 through March 12.

    The board also extended ISTEP’s IRead-3 testing from March 17 until March 21, providing two more days of testing for third-graders.

    3. Rare Beatles photos collected by Elkhart woman will be featured in new book released Friday

    Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the first time the Beatles set foot on U.S. soil for their American debut on The Ed Sullivan show, which was Feb. 9, 1964.

    Gina Smith, of Elkhart collects rare photos of the Fab Four and a few will appear in "Some Fun Tonight," a new book being released Friday by author Chuck Gunderson. 

    4. INDOT now working 24-hours to fix potholes statewide

    Gov. Mike Pence says Indiana Department of Transportation crews will work alternating 12-hour shifts to fix as many potholes as they can, even using portable lighting so that their pothole-patching work can continue during nighttime hours.

    Pence says the repair “surge” will continue until all holes created on state highways by the winter freeze-thaw cycle are repaired.

    5. Elkhart County Prosecutor says decriminalizing marijuana won't solve drug problems

    Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill delivered his keynote speech at the Elkhart Chamber's 2013 annual meeting Thursday, Feb. 6. In it, he took a hard stance against marijuana reform, saying sentencing laws are fair and that the drug isn't the reason for jail overcrowding. U.S.

    Attorney General Eric Holder made an August speech in which he said the opposite. 

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