Abortion-rights protesters chant during a session of the Indiana state Senate at the Capitol on July 25, 2022 in Indianapolis. The legislature held a special session to consider curtailing abortion rights in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade last month. (Jon Cherry/Getty Images/TNS)

Associated Press: Indiana abortion clinics stop providing abortions ahead of near-total abortion ban taking effect

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s six abortion clinics have stopped providing abortions ahead of the state’s near-total abortion ban officially taking effect and as a petition is pending before the state’s high court asking it to keep the ban on hold while legal action continues, clinic officials said Tuesday. Planned Parenthood’s four Indiana abortion clinics stopped performing abortions Monday in accordance with state guidance that providers received in July alerting them that on or around Tuesday abortion would become illegal in Indiana in clinic settings “with really very, very limited exceptions,” said Rebecca Gibron, CEO of the Planned Parenthood division that includes Indiana.



Willard Street and Hackley Street where the shooting took place. Multiple were injured in the shooting. Elijah Poe, DN
LOCAL NEWS

Multiple people were shot late last night on Hackley and Willard

Delaware County 911 Dispatch received a call for multiple people shot in the area of S. Hackley St. and E. Willard St. at 1:14 a.m. on July 30, according to a City of Muncie press release. One 30-year-old male has been confirmed deceased. The Muncie Police Department along with Muncie Fire/EMS responded to the scene, the initial information was that there was a large party at this location. 



Ian Walters, spokesman for the American Conservative Union, confirmed that Trump will be speaking at the group's annual Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 28. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
NATIONAL NEWS

Associated Press: With Trump newly indicted, here's what to know about the documents case and what’s next

Former President Donald Trump has been indicted on three additional charges in a case that accuses him of illegally possessing classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate, allegations that add fresh detail to the criminal case initially issued last month. Here’s a look at the charges, the special counsel’s investigation and how Trump’s case differs from those of other politicians known to be in possession of classified documents:


LOCAL NEWS

He Built This City: The Muncie Architecture of Cuno Kibele

The E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center is hosting He Built This City: The Muncie Architecture of Cuno Kibele on Aug. 4 from 10 to 11 a.m., according to a report. The program will tell the story of Kibele’s architectural impact on the city and his connection to Muncie's history with his drawings, photographs, maps and other resources. 


NATIONAL NEWS

Associated Press: UPS reaches tentative contract with 340,000 unionized workers, potentially dodging calamitous strike

NEW YORK (AP) — UPS has reached a tentative contract with its 340,000-person union, potentially averting a strike that threatened to disrupt package deliveries for millions of businesses and households nationwide. The agreement was announced Tuesday, the first day that UPS and the Teamsters returned to the table after contentious negotiations broke down earlier this month. Negotiators had already reached tentative agreements on several issues but continued to clash over pay for part-time workers, who make up more than half of the UPS employees represented by the union.



President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the recent mass shootings, imploring Congress to act to pass laws to combat the proliferation of gun violence from the Cross Hall of the White House on Thursday, June 2, 2022, in Washington, D.C. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
NATIONAL NEWS

Associated Press: The Biden administration proposes new rules to push insurers to boost mental health coverage

The new regulations, which still need to go through a public comment period, would require insurers to study whether their customers have equal access to medical and mental health benefits and to take remedial action, if necessary. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act requires that insurers provide the same level of coverage for both mental and physical health care — though the administration and advocates argue insurers' policies restrict patient access.


LOCAL NEWS

Groundbreaking ceremony celebrates the start of construction on the YMCA facility in Muncie

The City of Muncie and the YMCA broke ground on a new facility on July 18. The project will be an addition to the McKinley-Whitely Live Learn Neighborhood project, according to the report. The project is getting completed with the support of multiple donors including $1 million in Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative Funding (READI). The YMCA will be located adjacent to Muncie Central High School, and the 73,000-square-foot facility will offer a number of recreational opportunities. 


NATIONAL NEWS

Associated Press: A UPS strike could be just around the corner. Here's what you need to know

NEW YORK (AP) — The clock is ticking. As the deadline to reach a new contract nears, a potential UPS strike feels closer than ever. Negotiations broke down earlier this month and unionized workers have been holding rallies and practice pickets across the country. The Teamsters, which represent more than half of the company's workforce, will resume talks with UPS on Tuesday. That leaves less than a week to come to an agreement before the current contract expires on Monday, July 31. The union has authorized a strike and Sean M. O'Brien, a fiery leader elected last year to lead the union, has vowed to do so if their demands aren't met.


NATIONAL NEWS

Associated Press: Tony Bennett, masterful stylist of American musical standards, dies at 96

NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Bennett, the eminent and timeless stylist whose devotion to classic American songs and knack for creating new standards such as "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" graced a decadeslong career that brought him admirers from Frank Sinatra to Lady Gaga, died Friday. He was 96, just two weeks short of his birthday. Publicist Sylvia Weiner confirmed Bennett's death to The Associated Press, saying he died in his hometown of New York. There was no specific cause, but Bennett had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2016.



LOCAL NEWS

Indianapolis Colts great and receivers coach Reggie Wayne held an autograph session at tent sale July 19

The 2023 Kia of Muncie and Toyota of Muncie held their tent sale at the parking lot of Scheumann Stadium yesterday. The event kept its annual tradition of having an athlete from the Indianapolis Colts visit and sign autographs. Last season, then-starting quarterback Matt Ryan stopped by. But when it was announced that this year's guest was Colts great and receivers coach Reggie Wayne, many first-time attendees like Phil Vinson made the stop. 


People work on equipment at a farm in Albany, Ind. Jessi Haeft and Emily Placke, Photo Provided
WORLD NEWS

Associated Press: Why allowing Ukraine to ship grain during Russia's war matters to the world

LONDON (AP) — Russia has suspended a wartime deal designed to move grain from Ukraine to parts of the world where millions are going hungry. The Black Sea Grain Initiative, brokered by the U.N. and Turkey, has allowed 32.9 million metric tons (36.2 million tons) of food to be exported from Ukraine since August, more than half to developing countries, according to the Joint Coordination Center in Istanbul.


Writers Guild of America members have gotten support on the picket line from SAG-AFTRA, which announced Thursday that it is also going on strike. (Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
NATIONAL NEWS

Associated Press: Hollywood's actors are joining screenwriters on strike. Here's why and what happens next

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood actors are joining screenwriters in the first dual strike from the two unions in more than six decades, with huge consequences for the film and television industry. Here is a look at how it has played out, why it's happening, and what could come next. More than a month of talks on a new three-year contract between the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the studios, streaming services and production companies that employ them led to little progress, and the tone became openly hostile in the days before union leaders voted to begin a strike on Friday. A last minute intervention from a federal mediator didn't bridge the gap.


McKinley Avenue on Ball State University's campus is home to Shafer Tower, photo taken August 18, 2022. Shafer Tower was completed in 2001. (Michaela Ayeh/DN)
LOCAL NEWS

Road work on McKinley Avenue

Repairs are being made to McKinley Avenue between Riverside and Neely beginning today. The repairs will be complete by the end of July 20, according to a Facilities Planning and Management report. Riverside and Neely will remain open during the road work on McKinley. The Northbound lane of McKinley will be closed from Neely to Riverside today and will be open again at 5:00 p.m. 


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NATIONAL NEWS

Associated Press: 2024 GOP candidates desperate to make debate stage are finding creative ways to boost donor numbers

With six weeks until the first 2024 Republican presidential debate, some hopefuls are finding creative ways to boost their donor numbers and ensure they make it on stage. Biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy rolled out a plan to let people who raise money for his campaign keep 10% of what they take in from other donors. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is offering $20 Mastercard or Visa gift cards in return for campaign donations of as little as $1. Businessman Perry Johnson is offering copies of his book in exchange for donations.


A college student's guide to pregnancy-preventing pills, patches and shots
NATIONAL NEWS

Associated Press: First over-the-counter birth control pill gets FDA approval

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials have approved the first over-the-counter birth control pill, which will let American women and girls buy contraceptive medication from the same aisle as aspirin and eyedrops. The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it cleared Perrigo’s once-a-day Opill to be sold without a prescription, making it the first such medication to be moved out from behind the pharmacy counter. The company won’t start shipping the pill until early next year, and there will be no age restrictions on sales.


NATIONAL NEWS

Associated Press: Senators call for Supreme Court to follow ethics code like other branches of government

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, responding to Associated Press investigative stories on the Supreme Court, said Tuesday it was time for the justices to bring their conduct in line with the ethical standards of other branches of government. “If they just establish the basic standards of every other branch of government, it would give us much more confidence in their integrity,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said. He commented in Vilnius, Lithuania, where he was attending the NATO summit as part of the U.S. delegation.






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