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200 NYC marathoners run in Indy race

– About 200 runners who had planned to run in the New York City Marathon joined Indianapolis’ Monumental Marathon at the last minute after the Big Apple’s race was canceled in superstorm Sandy’s aftermath.

Race organizers say participation in Saturday’s downtown Indianapolis race was up by 15 percent with nearly 11,000 runners and walkers taking part.

About 200 of those runners had planned to run in today’s New York City Marathon, which was canceled Friday days after Sandy battered the city.

New York City resident Amanda Royalty was one of the runners who took part in Saturday’s Indianapolis race.

She told WTHR-TV that after New York City’s race was canceled, she booked a flight to Indianapolis and arrived about 11:30 p.m. Friday, in time for a night’s rest before Saturday’s race.

Bayh keeps options open, cash on hand

Former U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh, who left the Senate two years ago, says he’s keeping his options about his future as he holds on to most of his $10 million in campaign money.

Bayh has no publicly stated plans for using that cash beyond providing aid to other Democrats.

But he told the Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., he’s keeping his options open for his future.

Bayh is currently an adviser for a Washington law firm.

Federal election filings show the Evan Bayh Committee reported $10.1 million on hand as of Sept. 30. Bayh’s All America PAC reported more than $400,000 in its accounts.

Since filing those reports, Bayh has doled out campaign donations to the Indiana Democratic Party, Democratic Senate candidate U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly and a few other Democrats.

Budget woes hit wildlife rehab site

A southern Indiana wildlife rehabilitation center that has cared for ailing animals for more than a decade has indefinitely stopped accepting new wildlife amid a budget crisis.

Wildcare Inc. recently began turning away people bringing injured or sick animals because it has too many animals, not enough cash and volunteers can’t handle the strain.

Wildcare volunteer Amanda Wrigley told the Herald-Times the center is “growing faster than we can currently keep up with.”

She says the summer’s drought and heat wave were hard on wildlife, resulting in an influx of animals that needed to be cared for longer. Wrigley says that combination led to the center’s current financial woes.

WildCare recently boosted its fundraising efforts in an effort to overcome its budget troubles.

Great-grandma wins 2nd big lottery prize

A 91-year-old Indianapolis woman is planning to do some traveling after beating astronomical odds to win two big lottery payouts in the past three months.

Lena Eaton won $300,000 in August with a Quick Draw ticket.

On Thursday, the great-grandmother claimed an additional $99,999 at the Hoosier Lottery headquarters by turning in a winning Scorchin’ Hot 9s scratch-off ticket.

The Indianapolis Star reported the odds of winning both are 1-in-5.7 trillion.

Eaton told lottery officials she had already started some home improvements after her $300,000 August win. With her second big win, the longtime lottery player plans to indulge herself and do some traveling.

She also says “it’s a pleasure” being able to financially help her six children, 16 grandchildren and more than 20 great-grandchildren.

Former police chief admits to gun count

The former West Terre Haute police chief has pleaded guilty to a federal firearms charge.

Court documents show 38-year-old Mark Arnold pleaded guilty this week to a charge of making a false statement in connection with guns. His sentencing is expected to be scheduled within 60 days.

U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett said Friday that Arnold falsely told a firearms dealer he was buying the guns for the police department to use in official duties. Court documents indicate the purchase occurred in 2007.

A spokesman for Hogsett said the weapons were handguns. He said he doesn’t know why Arnold was buying them.

Arnold’s attorney could not be reached for comment.