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Wounded IMPD officer recuperating 

(Indianapolis) –  IMPD officer Dwayne Runnels remains hospitalized after being shot in the leg Monday.  Doctors initially thought to send him home yesterday, but decided to keep him an extra day for observation. Runnels was shot during a traffic stop near 42nd and Mitthoeffer Road. As Runnels approached the vehicle, Demetrius Martin, 23, opened fire. Runnels returned fire, killing Martin.  Martin has a criminal history and his family says he was determined not to return to prison. 

Family seeking answers in double murder 

(Westfield) –  The family of a two murder victims who were killed on Monday is pleading for whoever is guilty or knows information about the case to come forward. Jeremy Crane, 21 and his niece, Lyleigh Crane, 7, were shot to death in their home in the 600 block of Woodlark Drive Monday. The child was home from school sick, and her uncle was babysitting her when they were shot. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 262-TIPS.

Republican-backed smoking ban defeated

 (Indianapolis) – A City-County Council committee rejected a proposed smoking ban last night.  Had the plan been approved, the proposal would have gone to the full council on Monday for a vote.  Several Democrats opposed the ordinance proposed by Council President Ryan Vaughn, which would have extended the ban to include  bars, hotel rooms and bowling alleys.  Democrats take over control of the council in January and say they will present their own smoking ban proposal.

Anderson schools set to close

(Anderson)-  Two schools will be shut down in Anderson due to budget cuts.  The school board last night approved closing the two intermediate schools in the Anderson Community School Corporation district and reopening Edgewood Elementary.  The district will turn the former Highland High School into a new middle school for sixth through eighth-grade stude students.  The school distrist is losing around one-thousand students every school year, and expects to only have about three-thousand enrolled by 2015.

Teachers approve new contract

(Noblesville) – The Noblesville Teachers Forum has given the nod on a new contract which sets their beginning base salary at $35,100 in addition to annual pay increases of at least 3%.  The pay raises are retroactive to the start of the school year.

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