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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is praising a Supreme Court ruling that says states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax. The 5-4 decision Thursday overturns earlier rulings, which determined companies shipping products to states where they didn't have a physical presence weren't obligated to collect the state's sales tax. Holcomb says he's taking a close look at the ruling to see how it will impact Indiana. But either way, he says it will "level the playing field."

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Demolition has begun on a 3,400-seat theater in northwestern Indiana that has hosted Bob Dylan, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and other entertainers over nearly four decades. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports contractor Environmental Cleansing Corp. is tearing apart the Star Plaza Theatre at the intersection of Interstate 65 and U.S. 30 in Merrillville. Spokeswoman Kathleen Sebastian of owner White Lodging says the demolition should take about three months.

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) - Democrats in Howard County will determine who will be the party's nominee for a county council seat after a recount of ballots cast in May's primary ended in a tie. The Kokomo Tribune reports the race between incumbent Les Ellison and challenger Leslie Fatum ended in a 578-578 tie after a recount was finished Tuesday. Now 18 Democratic precinct committeemen will determine during a June 30 caucus who will advance to the general election.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A gas tax increase will soon go into effect in Indiana. Lawmakers passed a bill last year that raised the 18-cent per gallon tax by 10 cents in order to fund road repairs. The Journal Gazette reports that the 1-cent increase going into effect next month was part of a smaller section of the bill. The increase is part of an annual inflationary adjustment that'll continue through 2024.

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