5 things to know for your Friday in Indiana

An Elkhart County Coroner said he’s seen more methadone-related overdose deaths, 21 Elkhart County same-sex couples were issued marriage licenses and three other stories to start your day.

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 2:46 a.m.

Methadone: Elkhart’s Leading Overdose

Elkhart County Coroner John White said methadone has taken the lead in overdose deaths. There were 49 deaths in Elkhart County since 2007 in which methadone overdose was a prominent or sole cause. The drug is meant to dissuade heroin addicts and acts as a monitored replacement, but it’s noted for being almost just as addictive.

21 Elkhart County same-sex couples issued marriage licenses

Twelve same-sex couples in Elkhart and seven in Goshen were issued marriage licenses Thursday, June 26. The total number of licenses issued to same-sex couples in Elkhart County is now up to 21, including the two licenses issued Wednesday, June 25. The county clerk’s office is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, and all couples can apply for marriage licenses at that time.

Same-sex marriage legal challenges could eventually lead to U.S. Supreme Court

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller issued an emergency request Wednesday, June 25, to stay a ruling that struck down Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriages. Once the stay is enacted, marriages will only be able to resume once the case is heard in the appellate court in Chicago. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals could also issue its own stay then. Those who were married between the ruling and stay may have to face legal battles.

Concord schools replacing 15-year-old buses with increased property tax collections

Concord Community Schools’ assistant superintendent Tim Tahara said during a school board meeting Thursday, June 26, that increased property tax money will make it possible for the school corporation to purchase three new buses. School officials have said that some of the buses in Concord’s fleet are more than 15 years old.

Germany beats the United States 1-0 in Group G

Germany scored a 1 - 0 victory against the United States in their World Cup Group G matchup Thursday, June 26, in Brazil. Even though the U.S. is tied for points with Portugal in Group G, the Americans still advance to the next stage of the World Cup because they have a higher goal difference.


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