*Daniels nudged on White House run
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The head of a group that helped fuel the tea party movement says he encouraged Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels to enter the 2012 presidential race.
Former U.S. House majority leader Dick Armey says Daniels would be a serious candidate for the Republican nomination and could gain the support of tea party supporters.
Armey is chairman of the conservative group FreedomWorks. He presented Daniels with an award during an Indiana Statehouse ceremony Thursday for controlling government spending and growth.
Daniels told reporters he still hasn't decided whether he'll make a presidential run but knows he can't wait too much longer.
FreedomWorks helped many tea party-backed candidates win races across the country last year. It is holding workshops for conservative activists Friday and Saturday in Indianapolis.
* Bedford man receives 65 years
BEDFORD, Ind. (AP) -- A 21-year-old Bedford man has been sentenced to 65 years in the death of his aunt, who was stabbed more than 80 times.
The Herald-Times of Bloomington says Jeremiah Hancock will spend at least the next 32½ years in prison. Indiana law allows a day of credit for a day served, meaning Hancock could be released when he's in his mid-50s.
In December, he entered a guilty plea to murdering Diana Tabor.
The paper reports Lawrence Superior Court Judge Michael Robbins found only aggravating circumstances Thursday before handing down the sentence.
* Renovations worries sheriff
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) -- A northern Indiana police chief and sheriff are warning that proposed changes to a plan to convert Fort Wayne's main municipal government building into a new police headquarters threaten to compromise the building's security.
The Journal Gazette reports that Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries (Frees) and Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York say a decision to consider less-costly bids in the City-County Building's conversion was ill-considered.
They included their concerns in a letter sent Monday to the county commissioners and Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry.
* State Senator injured in car crash
CARMEL, Ind. (AP) -- State Sen. Mike Delph was left bruised but otherwise unhurt when his car collided with another vehicle as the Republican legislator was returning to his suburban Indianapolis home.
The Indianapolis Star reports that Delph was driving home Wednesday when his car was struck on the driver's side door by a car whose 19-year-old driver swerved to avoid a slowing car. Delph says the accident could have been worse but afterward he was "really out of it for a while."
Delph says he was examined at the hospital and declared in good shape but that his left side was still bruised and sore Thursday.
The Carmel Republican gained attention this year as the sponsor of a tough immigration bill that would give police authority to check on people's immigration status.
* Man accused of bribing witness
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) -- A northern Indiana man faces charges alleging that he tried to bribe a pair of witnesses to change their testimony in a court case.
Thirty-two-year-old Augustine Galvan of Fort Wayne was charged Wednesday one felony count of bribery. He previously faced two counts each of robbery and attempted murder for allegedly trying to rob people Sept. 30 in a store's parking lot.