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BODY FOUND-FOREST PRESERVE

FBI: Body found in forest believed to be missing Gary woman

(Information from: WLS-TV.)

THORNTON, Ill. (AP) — The FBI says a body found this week in a northeastern Illinois forest preserve is believed to be that of a Gary, Indiana, woman who vanished in July.

The agency also said Wednesday that it’s offering up to a $10,000 reward for information that leads authorities to a Gary man who’s considered a person of interest in 27-year-old Sidne-Nichole Buchanan’s death.

The FBI says 38-year-old James McGhee was the last person Buchanan was known to be with before she vanished July 27 after attending a concert in Tinley Park.

The FBI says a body believed to be that of Buchanan was found in the Thornton-Lansing Road Forest Preserve in south suburban Chicago.

An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday on the body.

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Anyone with information about the whereabouts of 38-year-old James McGhee, Gary, Indiana, are asked to call the FBI at 219-942-4655. Tips can remain anonymous. McGhee is 5-foot-9, 235 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. He’s known to frequent Gary, Indiana; Hammond, Indiana; and Chicago.

AP-US-EAST-CHICAGO-EXPLOSION

Explosion at northwestern Indiana business injures 3 workers

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — An official says an explosion at a chemical tank cleaning business in northwestern Indiana injured three workers.

The blast happened about 7:20 a.m. Wednesday at T.A.C. East Inc. in an industrial area of East Chicago. City Fire Chief Anthony Serna tells The (Northwest Indiana) Times that three employees suffered first-, second- and third-degree burns to their arms and legs and were taken to a hospital in stable condition.

Serna says the explosion happened in the garage portion of the business, with fire spreading to its office area.

Television helicopter video shows the roof collapsed on part of the two-story building and some large overhead doors blown out from the blast.

AMAZON-INDIANA FACILITY

Amazon hiring for new facility in suburban Indianapolis

GREENWOOD, Ind. (AP) — Online retail giant Amazon is hiring more than 1,000 full-time workers for a packaging center in suburban Indianapolis.

Seattle-based Amazon is preparing to open the so-called fulfilment center after last year signing a lease in Greenwood, where a FedEx distribution center was planned before that company backed out. The Amazon facility is expected to open in September. Online job applications are being accepted.

Greenwood’s council approved tax breaks on property taxes for the building and equipment.

The company has said it planned to invest $45 million in property improvements and $35 million in equipment, and could bring about 1,250 jobs to the area in the coming years.

FARMERS MARKETS SUSPENDED

Indiana city resuming farmers market after alleged threats

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana city says Saturday farmers markets are resuming this weekend with increased security after being suspended due to alleged threats of violence.

Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton last month suspended the Bloomington market for two weeks after learning of “threats from individuals who have connections to past white nationalist violence.” Officials said this week some nearby streets will be closed and more police will be on hand.

Hamilton says in statement the community needs to “confront the remaining challenges of racism and bigotry.”

Bloomington cited public safety concerns amid escalating tension between protesters and a vendor alleged to have ties to a white supremacist group. One protester was escorted out of the market by police after she didn’t comply with requests to move to the market’s designated protest area.

MAYORAL CANDIDATE CHALLENGED

Democratic mayoral candidate kicked off Indiana city ballot

(Information from: The Journal Gazette, http://www.journalgazette.net)

DECATUR, Ind. (AP) — A Republican-controlled election board has kicked a Democratic mayoral candidate off the ballot in northeastern Indiana.

The Adams County Election Board voted 2-1 along party lines Tuesday to disqualify Daniel Rickord as the Democratic nominee for mayor of Decatur. That decision leaves Republican Mayor Kenneth Meyer unopposed in November’s city election.

The (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette reports Republicans maintained that Rickord failed to declare his candidacy in writing before the state’s June 30 deadline to fill the ballot spot after no Democrats ran in May’s primary.

County Democratic Chairwoman Barb Engle argued the necessary paperwork was submitted to the county clerk before a different July 3 deadline. She called the challenge to Rickord’s candidacy “a political game” to prevent a contested mayoral election.

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LAKE STURGEON PROTECTION

Federal agency to consider protections for lake sturgeon

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it will consider whether to list the lake sturgeon as an endangered or threatened species.

The agency said Wednesday there is “substantial information” to justify a study of whether the ancient fish should receive federal protection.

Lake sturgeon are members of a family of fish that reach back to the dinosaur era. Their range extends from Hudson Bay to the southern Mississippi River. They are the largest native freshwater fish in the Great Lakes.

Their numbers were once in the millions but have fallen drastically in the past century because of pollution and overfishing.

The Fish and Wildlife Service also said it would consider changing the Gila topminnow’s status from endangered to threatened. It rejected a proposal to protect the Siskiyou Mountains salamander.

ELECTION 2020-BUTTIGIEG

Buttiegieg says rural Americans embrace immigrants they know

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tuh-juhj) says rural Americans embrace immigration when they see it as the solution to their employment needs and a shrinking population.

The South Bend, Indiana, mayor discussed his rural economic policy proposal with reporters Tuesday while taking a walk through the Iowa State Fair. His proposal calls for towns and counties, and not just corporations, to be able to seek employment visas.

Buttigieg says if residents are part of the decision to invite immigrants to their communities, “it does change the way we look at things,” and they are less likely to fear outsiders.

Buttigieg has embarked on a three-day trip through Iowa, including rural counties carried by Democrat Barack Obama in 2008 and Republican Donald Trump in 2016.

SPORTS BETTING-INDIANA

Anderson casino hiring for sports betting, live dealers

(Information from: The Herald Bulletin, http://www.theheraldbulletin.com)

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — A horse track casino in central Indiana is looking to add 170 new workers for the start of sports betting and the addition of live table games.

The hiring will increase the workforce size at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson by more than 25%. Casino owner Caesars Entertainment plans to open Hoosier Park’s sports betting parlor by mid-September and a new state law will allow live table games such as blackjack starting Jan. 1 there and at the Indiana Grand horse track casino near Shelbyville.

Caesars Entertainment executive Trent McIntosh tells The (Anderson) Herald Bulletin that Hoosier Park’s hiring campaign is targeting Anderson and central Indiana.

Hoosier Park expects adding about 20 employees for its sports betting parlor and 150 workers to begin dealer training in September.

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