Friends and family members release balloons in Montana Lopez's honor in Muncie, June 23, 2021. After Lopez was shot and killed June 19, family members organized a balloon release, funeral and candle lighting. Blake Smith, Photo Provided

Students and teachers reflect on June 2021 shooting of Ball State freshman Montana Lopez

After a few hours at Brothers Bar & Grill on a Saturday night, senior telecommunications major Blake Smith received a University Police Department (UPD) text alert that said officers were investigating reports of shots fired on her street. She was the first of her group of roommates and friends to go back to her house, and texted her friend and neighbor Montana Lopez to check on him. Smith had been at Lopez’s house for a party before going to Brothers.

Simone Biles at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Biles dropped out of the competition at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, but returned to compete on the balance beam and won bronze. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia

Five national stories of the week

Simone Biles returns to the Olympic competition, bipartisan bill leaves out key climate and clean energy steps, the US hits a 70 percent vaccination rate amid the COVID-19 surge, US employers ratchet up the pressure on the unvaccinated and garden to open for El Paso Walmart shooting second anniversary makes up this week's five national stories. 

This aerial photograph shows houses surrounded by a wildfire which engulfed a Mediterranean resort region on Turkey's southern coast near the town of Manavgat, on July 30, 2021. (AFP/Getty Images/TNS)

Five international stories of the week

US expands Afghan refugee program, Belarus Olympian plans to seek asylum in Poland, Turkey battles wildfires for the sixth day, Europe's vaccine passes reveal some pockets of resistance and death toll triples to more than 300 in recent China flooding makes up this week's five international stories. 


Saying Yes to The Dress

Lexi Hubenak says she was never really a crier. She didn’t believe in getting emotional over a piece of clothing and used to think people who did were overdramatic, until she found her wedding dress. 

California and New York City government workers are required to get vaccinated. If workers are not vaccinated, then they will have to face weekly tests. Unsplash, Photo Courtesy

Five national news stories of the week

Last victim ID'd in Florida condo building collapse, Jacoby wins swimming gold for the US, California and New York City require government workers to get the coronavirus vaccine, Biden says US combat mission in Iraq to conclude by year end and warming rivers in US West are killing fish and imperiling the industry makes up this week's five national stories. 

In a photo taken from a television, Tunisian President Kais Saied announces the dissolution of parliament and Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi's government on Sunday, July 25, 2021 at Carthage Palace after a day of nationwide protest. (Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)

Five international stories of the week

Tunisia on edge as the president suspends parliament and fires the prime minister, two COVID patients dead after power outage at a Jordan hospital, 28 abducted Baptist school students freed in Nigeria, pandemic Olympics endured heat, and not a typhoon's en route and the Vatican trial opens into financial scandal rocking papacy makes up this week's five international stories. 

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