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Scoops: GOP caucus set

GOP caucus to be livestreamed

On July 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Ivy Tech Community College’s Marion campus the Indiana GOP will hold a caucus to fill State Rep. Kevin Mahan’s (R-District 31) seat.

Those interested in running for Mahan’s seat should contact the Indiana Republican Party secretary at dzagone@indiana.gop to be able to fill out the forms by the deadline 72 hours before the vote occurs.

For those wishing to watch the caucus a Facebook livestream will be available at www.facebook.com/indgop.

- Staff Reports

Indiana AG says extended stop arms are OK for school buses 

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s attorney general says the state’s school districts are free to use extended stop arms to prevent other vehicles from passing school buses.

Curtis Hill says in an official opinion that no federal or state laws prohibit the use of extended stop arms on school buses.

Such opinions don’t have the force of law but are generally respected by courts.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that Hill’s opinion says a state board that sets safety standards for Indiana’s school buses can authorize the use of extra-long stop arms that extend into oncoming traffic.

Extended stop arms are already in use in other states.

Three siblings were struck and killed last October in northern Indiana by a pickup truck while boarding a bus that had stopped and lowered its stop arm.