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Indiana in Brief

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

*First Lady reschedules Indianapolis fundraiser

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- First lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to raise money in Indianapolis next week for her husband's re-election campaign.

She's set to appear at Lucas Oil Stadium in August. She cancelled plans last month after the mass shootings at a Colorado movie theater.

President Barack Obama was a constant presence in Indiana through the 2008 campaign as he fought late into the spring to secure the Democratic nomination.

Obama later became the first Democrat to win a presidential race in Indiana since Lyndon B. Johnson.

* N. Ind. judge accused of making improper comment

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- A northern Indiana judge says he'll defend himself against a charge that he violated the code of judicial conduct by making an improper comment to someone applying to be a guardian.

St. Joseph County Probate Judge Peter Nemeth said Tuesday he's confident he acted appropriately.

The Judicial Qualifications Commission filed a misconduct charge against Nemeth, saying he acted inappropriately during a 2011 hearing. The commission says he said then it would be improper for a woman to ask taxpayers to pay for a sign language interpreter when she "hadn't paid taxes for several years."

Nemeth says he was commenting on the evidence.

The commission alleges Nemeth's comments didn't promote public confidence in the independence, integrity and impartiality of judges. He has 20 days to respond to the commission.

* Sept. 7 funeral set for wife of ex-congressman

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- The funeral for Nancy Hamilton, wife of longtime Indiana congressman Lee Hamilton, will be held Sept. 7 at the First United Methodist Church in Bloomington.

The 82-year-old woman died Saturday after being run over by her own car outside a veterinarian's office in Bloomington. Police have said she apparently had not set the car in park before getting out of the vehicle.

An obituary published online by Day Funeral Home in Bloomington says she and Lee Hamilton, who also was vice chairman of the 9/11 Commission, would have celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary on Aug. 21. She also is survived by two daughters, a son and five grandchildren.

She was a graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle and taught second grade for several years.

* Man late for court clocked doing 119 mph

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- Indiana State Police say a motorist late for an Evansville court appearance was clocked doing 119 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Troopers patrolling a high-crash stretch of Indiana 62 west of Evansville Tuesday morning spotted a car passing several vehicles, then lost track of it.

Soon, another trooper spotted the car returning to the highway from a side road.

Troopers arrested 24-year-old Joshua Smith of Omaha, Ill., on preliminary charges of resisting arrest and reckless driving.

He was being held without bond in the Vanderburgh County Jail pending a Wednesday court appearance. Online jail records didn't indicate if he had an attorney.

Sgt. Todd Ringle says Smith was late for an appearance in Vanderburgh Circuit Court on charges of drug possession and failure to stop after an accident.

* Indiana pensions hit as economic doldrums continue

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana's public pension overseers are readjusting for a gloomier financial future after taking an investment hit last year.

Officials from the Indiana Public Retirement System told state lawmakers Tuesday they earned only 1 percent on investments last year. They say that wasn't a major blow to the pension funds for public employees, but it spurred them to lower expectations on future earnings.

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