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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) - Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in western Indiana is planning to work on improving the diversity of its faculty and staff with a $1.1 million donation. The Terre Haute school says that graduate Richard L. Conn gave the money to the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering. Rose-Hulman says it has worked to diversify its student body, with women now making up nearly a quarter of its students.

PORTER, Ind. (AP) - A northwestern Indiana land trust has donated more than 17 acres of protected natural lands to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The Shirley Heinze Land Trust's donation consists of four parcels adjacent to the park's boundaries the nonprofit says will reconnect fragmented natural areas while adding to a buffer zone for the national lakeshore's holdings. The 13,000-acre national lakeshore spans a strip of Lake Michigan beaches, dunes and marshes.

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) - A former northwestern Indiana sheriff has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison on convictions of accepting tens of thousands of dollars in bribes from towing businesses. A federal judge ordered the sentence Tuesday for John Buncich. He was removed from office as Lake County sheriff after a jury convicted him in August of bribery and wire fraud charges. He denied all wrongdoing.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Advocates say Indiana has a reputation for intolerance that will continue unless the state Legislature approves a hate crimes law. Bill targeting hate crimes have failed in recent years and the state is one of just five without laws against crimes motivated by biases, such as race, gender, religion and sexual orientation. Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and GOP House Speaker Brian Bosma have both expressed a willingness to consider it.

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