Indiana legislators consider basketball tourney bill

The Senate's education committee conducted a hearing Wednesday afternoon on a bill that would force a return of the state's old single-class basketball tournament, along with provisions to block school districts from starting their academic year before Labor Day and require the teaching of cursive writing.

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Herff Jones jumps into cheerleading

Yearbook-and-class-ring maker Herff Jones on Aug. 1 bought Memphis-based Varsity Brands, the top supplier of cheerleader uniforms, as well as the force behind cheerleading’s evolution into a stand-alone sport. Varsity will bring Herff about $250 million in annual revenue through its uniform sales, training camps and competitions.

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Skillman gives $1M to Center Grove schools

In exchange for donating $1 million to Center Grove schools so athletes don’t have to pay a new participation fee, local auto dealer Ray Skillman gets to post advertising signs on several athletic facilities, scoreboards and concession stands.

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