Associated Press

SULLIVAN, Ind. (AP) – Workers spent hours unloading hundreds of pumpkins from a semitrailer that slid down an embankment along a southwestern Indiana highway.

Charles Hancock of Hancock Trucking says a crew of 15 people worked four hours Tuesday on moving the pumpkins from the wrecked trailer along U.S. 41 in southern Sullivan County.

Sheriff’s Sgt. William Snead tells the Tribune-Star ( ) the truck crashed Monday night during a storm with heavy rain and strong winds. The driver was hospitalized with cuts to his head.

Many of the 1,800 pumpkins spilled from the tarp-covered trailer into a farm field. Snead says the towing company wanted the rest removed before moving the truck.

Hancock says he expected being able to salvage about 80 percent of the pumpkins that were bound for St. Louis.

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) – Police in Evansville say a suspected shoplifter led police officers on a 25-mile-long chase sometimes before she was arrested.

The chase began Tuesday evening after the car hit another vehicle on the city’s east side, then fled from officers on Interstate 164.

Police Sgt. Jason Cullum tells the Evansville Courier & Press ( ) the 40-year-old female driver topped 100 mph and crossed the highway’s median from the northbound lanes into southbound traffic. She drove back into the city, where she stopped and was arrested.

Cullum says several items possibly stolen from a Wal-Mart were found inside the woman’s car. She faces preliminary charges including theft, resisting arrest, criminal recklessness and drug possession.

PAOLI, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he killed his wife who reported missing in June.

An Orange County judge ordered Monday that 49-year-old Jeffrey Fulton of rural Paoli (pay-OH’-lee) be jailed under $1 million bond. He was arrested on a murder charge last week after police investigating the disappearance of 34-year-old Michelle Fulton found human bones during a search of their property in southern Orange County.

The Times-Mail reports ( ) prosecutors accuse Fulton of killing his wife by hitting her in the head with a frying pan, then burning her body in the backyard of their home about 40 miles south of Bloomington.

Authorities say Fulton told police he hadn’t seen his wife since dropping her off in June near a Kmart store in Jasper.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A federal judge has thrown out the lawsuit filed by the parents of an Indiana University student last seen more than three years ago against two men who were with her the night she vanished.

Judge Tanya Walton Pratt says in her ruling issued Tuesday that Lauren Spierer’s parents didn’t present evidence showing the men had anything to do with her disappearance.

The 20-year-old Greenburgh, New York, native disappeared in June 2011 after a night of partying with friends in Bloomington. The lawsuit claimed fellow students Jason Rosenbaum and Corey Rossman gave her alcohol and didn’t make sure she returned safely to her apartment, leading to her presumed death.

Spierer family attorney Jason Barclay says ruling will be appealed as Spierer’s parents try to find out what happened to her.

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) – President Barack Obama’s visit to southwestern Indiana will include a stop at a minority-owned steel processor for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana.

Obama will visit Millennium Steel Service LLC to mark Manufacturing Day on Friday. It says there’s no time listed in a notification sent by the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. Millennium Steel is located adjacent to the Toyota plant south of Princeton.

Millennium Steel was founded in 2001 as a joint venture between Henry Jackson and Toyota. The company’s website says revenue grew from $37 million in 2001 to $250 million in 2011. Black Enterprise Magazine rates the company one of the 100 Top Black Owned Businesses.

The company started with 10 employees. Gibson County officials say it now has 58.

Now this story also has a bit of a local connection. Marine One landed at the Huntingburg Airport yesterday afternoon ahead of the president’s visit.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – An education expert says Indiana data on student discipline could make the state a target for federal review because of disproportionate numbers of males, minorities and students with disabilities being punished.

Russell Skiba of the Equity Project at Indiana University says Indiana is one of five states with male suspension rates higher than the nation for every racial and ethnic group. It also saw African Americans account for nearly a third of students who lost classroom time to suspensions and expulsions in 2012-2013.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports ( ) the number of Indiana schoolchildren facing suspension or expulsion from school has steadily declined in recent years. But students still lost nearly 590,000 days out of the classroom in the 2012-2013 school year.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – A Purdue University report shows 18 farm-related fatalities were documented in Indiana last year, reflecting a trend of fewer deadly accidents on farms.

The 2013 total is eight fewer deaths than the previous year.

The report says Indiana has had fewer than 30 documented deaths from farm-related accidents each year since 1996. Before then, many more deaths than that each year were common going back to at least 1970, with two years having at least 50.

Indiana also has seen a continued decline in the number of farm fatalities involving children and others younger than 21. Only one documented victim in 2013 was under the age of 21: a 15-year-old boy who died when a tractor overturned on him in Elkhart County.