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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Legislative Democrats will meet next week to select their new leader in the Indiana House of Representatives. They will be picking a replacement for Minority Leader Scott Pelath of Michigan City. He says he's not seeking re-election to the House next year in order to spend more time with his family. A spokesman says House Democrats plan to meet Monday for their leadership vote.

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - Gus Ragland threw three touchdown passes and Miami (Ohio) controlled Ball State from the outset to hand the Cardinals their ninth straight loss in a 28-7 contest that served as the season finale for both teams. Ragland threw first-quarter touchdown passes of 11 and 7 yards to Sam Martin and Jared Murphy.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - A French company has obtained exclusive worldwide rights to a disease-resistant apple that's the fruit of a long-running breeding program involving Purdue University. Benoit Escande Editions SARL recently obtained the rights to the Juliet apple. The apple boasts a long storage life and crisp texture. It arose from breeding effort by Purdue, Rutgers University and the University of Illinois to develop apples resistant to a fungal disease called apple scab

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Republican legislative leaders say they want the Indiana General Assembly's upcoming session to focus on taking action to fight opioid abuse and improve job training opportunities. Lawmakers held their annual Organization Day meetings Tuesday, ahead of the 2018 legislative session starting in early January. Groups also called on legislators to adopt a state hate crimes law and establish an independent commission for drawing legislative election districts.

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