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CAPITOL CROSSROADS

INDIANAPOLIS — When conservative Sen. Mike Delph went on an extended Twitter rant during a debate over a proposed gay marriage ban, he said it was about his principles and his anger at Senate Republican leadership. But it was also likely about something else: "Name ID." The term is commonplace inside the world of politics and refers to the most basic need of a politician to be seen and known by the public. Much of the attention Delph received was negative, but any chance to pump up "Name ID" is money in the bank in the world of politics. By Tom LoBianco. SENT: 570 words.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

ELECTRICITY-DEREGULATION

INDIANAPOLIS — Rising electricity costs have put deregulation on the table in Indiana as Gov. Mike Pence crafts an energy policy that's due this summer. Policymakers say the idea is only a topic of discussion right now, but the fact that the state is even considering allowing consumers to choose their energy supplier signals just how concerned Indiana leaders are about losing their edge when attracting businesses. SENT: 460 words.

GOVERNORS

WASHINGTON — The nation's governors sound every bit as divided as Washington lawmakers on how best to help the nation's economy. Democratic governors such as Maryland's Martin O'Malley and Connecticut's Dannel Malloy made pitches Sunday to raise the minimum wage, while Republican governors such as Louisiana's Bobby Jindal and Indiana's Mike Pence called for more freedom from federal regulations, particularly those that are part President Barack Obama's health insurance overhaul. By Kevin Freking. SENT: 620 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

INDIANAPOLIS-HOUSE FIRE

INDIANAPOLIS — Two young children died Sunday from injuries they sustained in a house fire that killed two of their siblings and their parents, an Indianapolis Fire Department spokeswoman said. Miranda Guerra, 14, and her 6-year-old brother, Fuentes, were pronounced dead Sunday afternoon at Riley Hospital for Children, Capt. Rita Reith said. SENT: 320 words, photo.

CANCER STUDY

HARTFORD CITY — Four natives of Hartford City want to know why Blackford County has so many residents dying of cancer. Blackford County Concerned Citizens formed in 2011 after state officials reported in 2006 that the county had the highest overall cancer rate in the state. The data showed Blackford ranked highest in breast and lung cancer, second highest in colon/rectal cancer and 22nd in prostate cancer. The county also had a higher rate of ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. SENT: 320 words.

CHAPLAIN's PURPLE HEART

FORT WAYNE — A chaplain with the Indiana Air National Guard's 122nd Fighter Wing has received a Purple Heart for injuries he received while serving in Afghanistan. Capt. Michael Frese was pinned with the medal Saturday in Fort Wayne. SENT: 220 words.

EXCHANGE-TREE CAMPUS

FRANKLIN — Walking from one end of Franklin College's campus, visitors can count more than 1,100 trees. Students heading to class pass under towering oak trees, shady maples and even native persimmon trees. An urban forest planted on the outskirts of campus eventually will provide the type of old-growth habitat that was common in Indiana 500 years ago. The college has been recognized by the International Society of Arboriculture and the Arbor Day Foundation. But the greater value is in making the student body more appreciative of the trees around them. By Ryan Trares. Daily Journal. SENT: 1,100 words, photos requested.

EXCHANGE--GENESIS CENTER

GARY — The Genesis Convention Center was never the start of anything. The civic center opened three decades ago around the time the much larger Allstate Arena did in Rosemont, but never packed in the same crowds. Taxpayer subsidies kept the lights on, and the facility broke even last year after expenses were slashed by 30 percent. An economist and an urban affairs expert say the Genesis Center could bring people downtown if it were a regional home for local college basketball teams or if it offered a wider variety of events. The facility across from City Hall was dreamed up in the 1970s, and never lived up to the promise of rebirth for downtown Gary. By Joseph S. Pete. The Times. SENT: 1,200 words.

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