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March 12, 2014

Local briefs: March 12


GARY — The city of Gary plans to work with residents and other agencies to come up come up with strategies to improve schools and education in the city.

The city of Gary will host a community conversation about creating a network of support for the kindergarten through 12th grade education system in Gary. The support network will include afterschool programs, mentoring programs, summer programs and other efforts that would help students do well in school.

Judge wants dead man’s dad to stop posts

EVANSVILLE — A southern Indiana judge has instructed prosecutors to ask the father of a man killed in crash while fleeing a burglary to stop posting comments on Facebook about the case of a man charged with murder in his death.

Ira Beumer of Evansville is facing charges of murder, attempted murder and aggravated battery stemming from a car chase that began after being robbed at gunpoint in his home by four men. Authorities say the chase ended when Beumer rear-ended the men’s car, killing 22-year-old Antuan Jenkins. His father, Steve Jenkins of Milwaukee, has made Facebook posts urging others to join him at the trial.

Insurance enrollment jumps 36 percent

INDIANAPOLIS — Nearly 65,000 Indiana residents have signed up for private insurance under the federal health care law, but the number is still far short of initial projections as the open enrollment deadline nears.

Federal officials said Tuesday that 64,972 Indiana residents had signed up as of March 1. That’s an increase of about 17,700, or 36 percent, from the previous month but is well short of the 100,000 people originally expected to have signed up during the first five months of enrollment.

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