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INDIANAPOLIS — Clark and Floyd counties are among 25 counties that will share more than $1 million the federal government is awarding Indiana to train workers to help deal with widespread opioid use, addiction and overdoses.

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CLARK COUNTY — A local attorney with longtime Jeffersonville roots has been named the new Clark County chief public defender, following the vacancy left by Abe Navarro when he was appointed by Gov. Eric Holcomb to serve as a Clark County judge. 

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JEFFERSONVILLE — A rail company in Clark County has filed a civil lawsuit against the River Ridge Development Authority after it says an appraisal was improperly done on train tracks the authority intends to dismantle for redevelopment in the River Ridge Commerce Center. 

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CLARKSVILLE — A suspect is in custody in connection with a homicide and possible arson after firefighters responding to a fire at a Clarksville apartment complex Tuesday found a woman deceased. Neither the victim nor suspect has been identified.

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JEFFERSONVILLE — The Clark County Council has approved initial budgets for two new judges seated at the start of the month — funding that will allow the new courts to hire staffing and purchase supplies.

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JEFFERSONVILLE — A Clark County man accused of carjacking two drivers, shooting at a bystander and hiding from police for hours last year has for the second time requested his $1 million cash bond be lowered; the court has taken the request under advisement.

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NEW ALBANY — The Indiana Attorney General’s Office has filed a court document opposing a sentence modification for a man serving 65 years for killing his wife and dismembering her body in New Albany in 2020. However, the Indiana Court of Appeals has not yet ruled on the matter.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Body cameras have been distributed to nearly one-third of frontline Indiana state troopers almost a year after the governor announced the step as part of the state’s response to racial injustice concerns, state police officials said Thursday.

Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston and Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray are tentatively planning on completing new congressional, state House and state Senate districts by Oct. 1, using so-called “legacy” data from the U.S. Census Bureau that will become available in mid-August.

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JEFFERSONVILLE — Retired U.S. Army Specialist Jason Kendall was on his first tour in Iraq in June 2007 when he and two others were injured in an explosion while heading back to base. On Tuesday, he was recognized for his sacrifice 14 years ago.

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JEFFERSONVILLE — Police are investigating two separate non-fatal shootings that happened at local bars in Jeffersonville over the past week; a suspect is in custody in one case and a person of interest identified in the other.

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CLARKSVILLE — Attorneys representing Clarksville in a civil case related to adult business Theatair X have again asked a judge to uphold the town’s decision to revoke its business license. A jury trial is now scheduled for early 2022.

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NEW ALBANY — A man convicted in August of killing his wife and hiding her body for nearly a month is appealing his 65-year-sentence with a court document stating his quick guilty plea should have gotten more favorable consideration from the judge.

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