School district with lead scare will resume using tap water

By RICK CALLAHAN Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A rural school district in central Indiana struggling with elevated lead levels in its water will allow students...

Military beginning to recruit women for combat positions

By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The military services are already beginning to recruit women for combat jobs, including as Navy SEALs, and...

N-B sets Holy Week information deadline of Wednesday, March 16

The News-Banner will publish a roundup of Holy Week services — Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter — on Friday, March 18. The deadline for...

El Nino leaves much of drought-stricken California in the dust

By JOHN ANTCZAK Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ed Heinlein surveys the steep mountainside that has repeatedly unleashed tons of mud into the backyard of...

U.S. seeks to end Yellowstone grizzly protections

By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The federal government is proposing to lift threatened-species protections for hundreds of Yellowstone-area grizzlies, opening the door...

Bundy, 18 others are indicted in 2014 range standoff in Nevada

By LYNNE TUOHY and KEN RITTER Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal authorities rounded up 12 people in five states on Thursday, bringing to 19...

BHS bomb threat ends with 2 students held

By MATTHEW LeBLANCTwo Bluffton High School students are in police custody after allegedly making a bomb threat Thursday morning.“We have confessions as to what...

Bill could impact area schools’ 1-1 technology

By MATTHEW LeBLANC The Bluffton-Harrison Metropolitan School District will wait on a change in state law before moving forward with plans to upgrade some of...

Beyond prison bars

Local group assisting family impacted by incarceration By MARK MILLER Christmas Behind Bars was started when Lemuel Vega felt called to reach back into the prisons which he...

Romney: Trump’s a ‘phony’

By STEVE PEOPLES, JULIE PACE and KATHLEEN HENNESSEY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney charged into the increasingly divisive 2016 GOP...