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The repeal of Indiana’s requirement for a permit to carry a handgun in public has forced police agencies to change how they handle encounters with armed people. The repeal comes into force Friday. Republicans pushed it through the state Legislature over the vocal opposition of the state police superintendent and several law enforcement groups, who argued eliminating permits would remove a screening tool for quickly identifying those who shouldn’t have guns. The change will allow anyone age 18 or older to carry a handgun in public except those with a felony conviction, who face a restraining order or have a dangerous mental illness. Supporters argue the permit requirement undermined Second Amendment protections.

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ELKHART — The community gathered Thursday not only to celebrate what would have been Rio Allred’s 13th birthday, but also to make sure her legacy lives on.

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GOSHEN — A Nappanee man testified about the night two years ago when he pulled the trigger on two friends, killing one.

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ELKHART — The Elkhart Police Department is warning residents that a warrant phone scam has returned to the area, and that police or court officials will never call residents to request money or gift cards to have a warrant removed.

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ELKHART — The Elkhart chapter of Indiana Black Expo is mourning founding member Leroy Robinson even as it looks ahead at its fifth decade.

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ELKHART — A law enforcement officer with nearly three decades of experience has been hired to serve as the newest officer with the Concord Community Schools Police Department.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Local legislators said three agencies serving Elkhart County recently received a funding boost through a new Health Issues and Challenges Grant program aimed at tackling public health challenges.

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GOSHEN — County health officials say a COVID-19 testing site at Silverwood Mennonite Church, 1745 W. Lincoln Ave., Goshen, is scheduled to close permanently Thursday.

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ELKHART — “Elkhart Proud” is the theme for this month’s ArtWalk, a free, self-guided, public event downtown from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday featuring food, music and, of course, art.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Two Indiana State Police troopers serving primarily in Elkhart County were honored during an annual awards ceremony for their dedication, service, bravery and devotion to the department and citizens of Indiana.

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SOUTH BEND — Appellate justices have ruled that a man convicted of robbing a bank while in disguise was sentenced appropriately based on the evidence.

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MIDDLEBURY — For 15 years, quilt gardens has helped make Elkhart County a tourism destination, organizers said.

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GOSHEN — A 2-year-old was flown to a hospital in Fort Wayne after she was run over by a pickup truck backing out of a driveway.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Top Indiana Republicans said Friday that they expect to see action toward tightening the state’s abortion law during the Legislature’s special session scheduled to start next month.

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ELKHART — The Indiana chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union highlighted the number of preventable deaths among mothers that could increase in reaction to the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.

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GOSHEN — A Goshen man received a suspended sentence after admitting that he hid a camera in a girl’s bathroom.

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ELKHART — Although no records have been broken, the area is seeing above-normal temperatures as astronomical summer begins.