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Scoops: Fire on Sherman Street

Fire on Sherman Street

A house fire at 805 E. Sherman St. may have been intentionally set, according to Marion Fire Department Assistant Chief Justin Planck. Planck said the incident called firefighters out around midnight Sunday to find a small fire in the basement of a one-story ranch. The fire was contained to the basement, Planck said. The resident was in the process of moving out, had shut off gas and electricity to the home and had not lived there in weeks, according to the assistant chief. The damage was contained to the basement, with fire, water and smoke damage totalling an estimated $5,000. The incident is still under investigation by Planck and MFD Fire Investigator Brad Myers. 

– Carolyn Muyskens

Republicans pushing target for Ind. schools spending

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican legislators want to push Indiana schools districts toward spending a higher percentage of state funding they receive on teachers and other classroom costs.

House Republican leaders announced Monday they will advance a proposal setting a target of districts spending at least 85 percent of state money on such expenses.

Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma says numerous school districts are short of that target, although it isn’t clear how many. The proposal wouldn’t force spending changes on districts, but would require a state report listing their performance.

Bosma says the target could help boost teacher salaries while the state budget remains tight.