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Sugarland to give video depositions in stage collapse suit

– Members of the country duo Sugarland will give video depositions from West Virginia next week in lawsuits over the Indiana State Fair stage collapse that killed seven people and injured dozens of others.

Attorney Ken Allen said Tuesday that Sugarland members Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush will give the depositions April 12 and 13 in Charleston.

The testimony will focus on whether Sugarland resisted delaying the start of their Aug. 13 concert despite threatening weather. The stage and rigging collapsed onto fans amid high winds.

A judge ordered the depositions last month in lawsuits against Mid-America Sound Corp., the company that owns the stage and rigging that collapsed. Allen represents some of the plaintiffs in that case.

Mid-America denies doing anything that would have led to the stage’s collapse.

Souder undergoes emergency surgery

Former Indiana Congressman Mark Souder is recovering from surgeries he underwent in Iowa for gall bladder troubles.

Souder, 61, tells the News Sun of Kendallville that he’s not sure when he’ll be released from the University of Iowa Medical Center in Iowa City, where he was in surgery for 21 hours.

Souder went to the emergency room with intense abdominal pain March 23 while returning to his Fort Wayne home after a vacation to visit family members in Colorado. Souder says he had gallstones that were attacking his pancreas and liver.

The Republican represented northeast Indiana in Congress from 1994 until 2010. He resigned after admitting to an extramarital affair with a female staffer.

Earth Day project: Give swifts a home

Organizers of an upcoming Earth Day event in Indianapolis are seeking volunteers to help build a special tower intended to provide housing for Indiana’s dwindling populations of chimney swifts.

The native birds once found plenty of nesting sites in the chimneys of homes around Indiana. But new homes and most older ones now have caps over their chimneys to prevent animals from entering, cutting the birds’ numbers.

To combat the birds’ continuing decline, the Amos Butler Audubon Society and Indianapolis’ Jewish Community Center will build a special tower that’s designed to attract nesting pairs of swifts. It will be built at the community center during the group’s Earth Day celebration April 22.

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