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Indiana in Brief

Monday, September 3, 2012

* Hit-and-run driver badly hurts boy

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) -- Police in Fort Wayne say a hit-and-run driver who badly injured a 3-year-old boy while backing a van from a driveway has turned himself in.

Police say 38-year-old Michael T. Harris was arrested Monday on preliminary charges of with leaving the scene of an accident causing serious bodily injury and driving while suspended. No further information on Harris was available because the jail was closed for the holiday.

Police say Jaime Saldana was listed in serious condition after he suffered head injuries after being hit Sunday.

The Journal Gazette reports the boy's parents immediately scooped him up and began driving him to the hospital, being met along with way by officers who escorted them there.

The van was later found a couple of miles away.

* Musicians' pact with symphony expires

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra said Monday it is increasingly likely that at least some performances will be canceled since the contract with its musicians has expired.

The musicians union's contract expired Sunday night -- less than two weeks before the orchestra's season-opening concert Sept. 14 -- without signs of progress on a new deal that could bring big pay cuts for the musicians and end the symphony's year-round performances.

Symphony board chairman John Thornburgh said he was disappointed union leaders weren't willing to have more negotiation sessions until more than 10 days after the contract expired.

"Offering dates from mid-September through November doesn't reflect the urgency of the situation," Thornburgh said.

Richard Graef, a French horn player who is chairman of the musicians' negotiating committee, said the union offered a one-year proposal that would save $1.4 million but management didn't respond by a Saturday deadline. That offer was made with the intention that the two sides would use the extra time to agree on a longer-term deal, Graef said.

Symphony officials said the concerts scheduled for Sept. 14-15 and Sept. 21-23 would be canceled unless a new contract agreement is reached by Friday, so ticket holders could be notified.

"I really don't know what's going to happen," Graef told the Indianapolis Business Journal.

* Purdue team builds drum for Chicago contest

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Members of Purdue University's marching band are building a giant bass drum to be dropped into Lake Michigan from a glider as part of a flying machine competition.

WLFI-TV reports the Purdue glider will be launched off a 30-foot lakefront platform in Chicago on Saturday.

The goal of the "flugtag" competition is to fly a human-powered aircraft as far over the lake as possible.

Team captain Chris Yama-moto says band members chose the big drum design because it is iconic throughout the Big Ten.

The finished aircraft will be displayed outside the Neon Cactus in West Lafayette at 7 p.m. Thursday. The team will leave for Chicago on Friday.

* City celebrates with 1st parade since 1983

CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- A southern Indiana city celebrated Labor Day with its first town parade in nearly 30 years.

Louisville, Ky., station WLKY-TV reports that Clarksville last held a town parade in 1983 for the city's bicentennial.

More than 60 people took part in the parade through the city just across the Ohio River from Louisville.

Indiana State Superintendent Tony Bennett was the parade's grand marshal. Bennett is a Clarksville native. The parade Monday was intended to showcase a redevelopment area.

* Unused auto museum sells for nearly $1M

AUBURN, Ind. (AP) -- A classic car collector has bought an unused auto museum in northeastern Indiana that was put up for sale under an agreement to keep open a neighboring military museum that faced foreclosure.

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