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Indiana’s sales tax charged on gasoline will barely change next month despite the recent sharp increase in gas prices. A calculation released Thursday by the Indiana Department of Revenue sets the state sales tax charged on gas at 24 cents a gallon for June. The rate charged during May is 24.1 cents a gallon. The steady sales tax rate means the state’s total gas tax will remain about 56 cents per gallon. Democrats are pushing for Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb to suspend the gas tax, although Holcomb says he doesn’t have authority to do so. Indiana also has a road projects tax charged on gasoline that’s currently 32 cents a gallon.

McDonald’s is selling all of its restaurants in Russia 30 years after the burger chain became a powerful symbol of easing Cold War tensions between the United States and Soviet Union. It shuttered all Russian locations in March because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Chicago burger giant said its existing licensee Alexander Govor, who operates 25 restaurants in Siberia, has agreed to buy McDonald’s 850 Russian restaurants and operate them under a new name. McDonald’s Russian operations contributed 9% of the company’s annual sales, or around $2 billion. McDonald’s was among the first Western consumer brands to enter Russia in 1990.

A jury has convicted a man in the killings of a woman and her three children slain last year in their northeastern Indiana home. An Allen County jury found 22-year-old Cohen Hancz-Barron of Fort Wayne guilty Thursday of four counts of murder following a seven-day trial in the June 2021 deaths of his girlfriend and her three children. The Journal Gazette reports that attorneys were expected to begin the sentencing phase of the trial Thursday morning. Prosecutors are asking that the jury recommend life in prison without parole for Hancz-Barron. The bodies of 26-year-old Sarah Nicole Zent; her sons, 5-year-old Carter and 3-year-old Ashton; and 2-year-old daughter Aubree were found June 2 in a Fort Wayne home.

Around 1 in 20 residents in Arkansas and Tennessee were missed during the 2020 census, and four other U.S. states had significant undercounts of their populations which could short-change them of federal funding in the current decade. That's according to figures from a survey the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday. In Florida, and Texas, undercounts appear to have cost them congressional seats too. In eight states, residents were overcounted. In Minnesota and Rhode Island, overcounts appear to have saved them from losing congressional seats. In the remaining 36 states, the overcounts and undercounts weren’t statistically significant.

A north central Indiana judge determined a hospitalized mayor was unfit for office and appointed the city’s council president to be acting mayor. Peru Mayor Miles Hewitt is still recuperating at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne following a heart attack on April 29. City Council President Patricia Russell told Miami Circuit Court Judge Tim Spahr on Wednesday that Hewitt was recently taken off a ventilator, but has trouble speaking and writing, so he can’t conduct official business. The Kokomo Tribune reports that has become an issue with deadlines looming on grants and other documents that required the mayor’s signature, leading Russell to ask to serve as interim mayor.

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The father of a western Indiana high school chemistry student severely injured during an experiment that went awry will require skin graft surgery and therapy. David Hooper said Wednesday that his son, Ethan, was airlifted Tuesday to the Eskenazi Health burn center in Indianapolis after initially being taken to Terre Haute Regional Hospital. He tells the Tribune-Star that Ethan received second and third degree burns to his left arm, primarily from the elbow to his fingertips, and to his face. Three other students also were hurt. The mishap at North Central High School near the Sullivan County town of Farmersburg is being investigated by the state fire marshal’s office.

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A prosecutor says a southern Indiana police officer who fatally shot a stranded motorist who opened fire on him was justified in doing so. , the News and Tribune reports Harrison County Prosecutor Otto Schalk said during a news conference Wednesday that the Palmyra reserve police officer nearly was struck by a shotgun blast fired by 31-year-old Justin Moore of Owensboro, Kentucky. Indiana State Police on Wednesday identified the officer as Reserve Officer Zachary Holly of the Palmyra Police Department. The shotgun blast Monday night killed a volunteer firefighter who had stopped to help, 24-year-old Jacob Tyler McClanahan of Corydon.

A north suburban Chicago boy struck and killed by a school bus has been identified. The McHenry County Coroner’s Office says the accident Monday afternoon in Cary killed 3-year-old Samuel Huddleston. It says the boy died of multiple blunt-force injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say the boy was playing in the street when he was hit by a bus that was driving through the neighborhood after high school had let out in Cary. The Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports school officials have placed the bus driver involved in the crash on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation.

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Chicago police say a mother has been charged with child endangerment after a gun in her second grader’s backpack accidentally discharged at school, injuring a 7-year-old classmate. Twenty-eight-year-old Tatanina Kelly appeared in court on Wednesday on three misdemeanor child endangerment counts. A judge ordered her release from jail on $1,000 bond. Prosecutors say the 8-year-old boy found the gun under his mother's bed and took it to school Tuesday morning. They say the gun discharged inside the boy's backpack and that the bullet ricocheted off the floor and grazed the classmate. The child was taken to a hospital in good condition.

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Indiana Republicans aren’t showing signs of putting the brakes on rising state gasoline taxes even as the state government continues its streak of fast-growing tax collections. Motorists in Indiana are now paying about 56 cents per gallon in state taxes on gasoline _ the highest-ever level shown in state records _ and it will increase next month based on rising fuel prices. Democrats have pushed over the past week for Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb to suspend the gas tax, although Holcomb says he doesn't have authority to do so. Democrats say he could also call the Legislature into a special session. Democratic Rep. Tonya Pfaff of Terre Haute said “where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

The family of an 80-year-old woman who was raped and murdered at an Indianapolis nursing home alleges in a lawsuit that her death was the “inevitable result” of poor staffing and “horrendous” conditions at the nursing home. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Marion County by Patricia Newnum’s husband and daughter against Homestead Healthcare Center’s operator and owner. The Indianapolis Star reports the suit alleges Newnum’s February killing was “the tragic culmination of constant, horrendous conditions and conduct” at the nursing home. A 60-year-old man who was also a resident at the home is charged in her killing. A Homestead spokesperson says the company does not comment on pending litigation.

Northeastern Indiana authorities have identified a 6-year-old boy who died in a weekend house fire after his father was driven back by intense flames while trying to rescue him. The Allen County coroner’s office identified the boy Tuesday as Rory McBride and said he died from thermal burns and smoke inhalation. The youth died Sunday when a fire swept his family’s home in the town of Monroeville, about 10 miles southeast of Fort Wayne. His mother, Erin McBride, and her husband, Jason, escaped with their four other children. Erin's father tells The Journal Gazette that Jason tried to save Rory, but he was driven back by the flames.

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