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Shooting investigated at popular mall

(Indianapolis) — IMPD says two women are at the core of a shooting at a westside mall. Lafayette Square Mall in the 3900 block of Lafayette Road was the scene of the incident after shots were reported fired around 9 p.m. outside of the Shopper’s World store yesterday. According to officers, a male suspect walking with one of the females involved in the confrontation fired a gun in the air as they left. Police took several people into custody. There were no injuries.

Mother arrested after confessing to child abuse

(Greenwood) — A mother is facing child abuse and battery charges this morning after admitting Sunday to beating two of her three children over a water cooler.  Officer were called to a home in the 1200 block of Beacon Point Drive after a relative of Sabrina Johnson, 30, told a dispatcher Johnson was fighting with her children.  Police had to force their way into the home after Johnson refused to let them in.  A 13-year-old boy with scatches on his face and bite marks on his arm told police he attempted to stop Johnson from beating his brothers, ages 10 and 6.  The mother was taken to the Johnson County Jail on a $6000 dollars bond.  The boys were placed with the Department of Child Services.

Legislators to vote on right to work referendum

(Indianapolis) — The Indiana House will vote today on whether or not to send the issue of making the state a right to work state to voters through a November referendum.  Democrats have tried to derail the legislation, but admit they don’t have the votes to block it. Right to work would ban companies and unions from approving contracts that mandate all workers join the union in order to get a job.

Group launches anti- right to work ads

(Indianapolis) — A Republican group has have created attack ads against the controversial right to work proposal.  Called Lunchpail Republicans, the group is going after Governor Mitch Daniels’ support of the issue which, according to the group, he opposed in 2004 when he first ran for governor. Lunchpail Republican founder David Fagan said he is disappointed by the change by Governor Daniels and says a right to work bill if passed would have a negative economic impact on Indiana.  The GOP group is supported by the International Union of Operating Engineers.

Party to return contributions made by embattled financier

(Indianapolis) — Campaign contributions made by indicted financier Tim Durham’s Fair Finance Company to the Indiana Republican State Committee are being returned. “The Indianapolis Business Journal” reports the state party will give Fair Finance’s bankruptcy trustee almost $88,000 dollars while the political action committee Aiming Higher will return $10,000 dollars.  That committee supported Governor Daniels, who has not yet come to an agreement on returning roughly $200,000 dollars in campaign money he received from Durham. Durham has been indicted on fraud charges for allegedly operating a Ponzi scheme involving customers with Fair Finance Company.