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July 17, 2013

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Panel throws out Indy redistricting plan

INDIANAPOLIS — A judicial panel split along partisan lines sided with Democrats and threw out an Indianapolis City-County Council redistricting plan that was passed by the council's former Republican majority and signed into law by Republican Mayor Greg Ballard.

A Marion Superior Court panel of three Democratic judges and two Republicans ruled 3-2 Wednesday that the redistricting plan was improper under Indiana law because the council drew the districts in late 2011 before a Democratic-majority council took office in 2012.

N. Ind. woman formally charged in infant's death

SOUTH BEND — A northern Indiana woman has been charged with neglect of a dependent after authorities found the body of a premature baby in a trash bin outside a strip mall in Mishawaka.

The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office announced the charges Wednesday against 32-year-old Purvi Patel of Granger. She was released from jail on $10,000 bond. According to a probable cause affidavit, a forensic pathologist said the baby was born Saturday about 12 weeks premature. Dr. Joseph Prahlow says baby had been had been born alive and took a breath. More tests results are pending.

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