Here is the latest Indiana news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EDT

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana magistrate entered a not guilty plea on behalf of a man charged in the death of a Gary, Indiana woman who disappeared last month after attending a concert in Illinois. James E. McGhee is charged with murder in the death of 27-year-old Sidney-Nichole Buchanan, a mother of three. Authorities say after the July 27 concert in Tinley Park, they believe the 38-year-old McGhee took Buchanan back to his apartment in Gary where he beat her to death. Her body was found Monday in Illinois.

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana mayor says state environmental officials waited several days before notifying his city about a chemical spill that has caused a fish kill and prompted the closure of beaches along Lake Michigan. Portage Mayor John Cannon said Friday that the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and others learned Monday about a steel mill’s spill of cyanide and ammonia-nitrogen, but didn’t inform the city until Thursday. IDEM did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — An eastern Indiana woman has been convicted of neglect and other charges stemming from a highway crash that killed her 6-year-old daughter. A Delaware County jury convicted 30-year-old Jessica Skeens of seven of nine charges Thursday, including neglect of a dependent resulting in death and driving while intoxicated. The Farmland woman was charged after the van she was driving crashed in in May 2017 along the Muncie Bypass, killing Taelyn Ann Marie Woodson. Skeens’ three other children survived.

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — The deeply held biblical convictions of many religious black voters in South Carolina could impede support for the 2020 race’s only gay candidate: Pete Buttigieg. The historically diverse field of Democratic presidential hopefuls is overflowing with options. But it is also forcing conversations about the roles that gender, race and, for the first time, sexuality should play in voters’ decisions.

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