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MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) - A hole similar to one that trapped a 6-year-old Illinois boy beneath 11 feet of sand has been found on the same northern Indiana dune.

National Park Service Ranger Bruce Rowe says a crew setting up ground-sensing equipment to examine Mount Baldy at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Monday spotted a 10-inch wide hole resembling the size and shape of the pocket described by the boy's family.

Rowe says the hole is about 100 yards east of where Nathan Woessner, of Sterling, Ill., was trapped and is about 5-feet deep. He says the dune will remain closed until scientists determine what is causing the holes.

Emergency workers freed Nathan after he was trapped for more than three hours on July 12. He was hospitalized for two weeks.

 
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indiana Supreme Court has upheld the nation's broadest school voucher program, clearing the way for its expansion.

Critics had argued that the program primarily benefited religious institutions that run private schools.

But the program's supporters say parents can send their children to any school they want, whether it's public or private, religious or not, and the Supreme Court agreed with that Tuesday. In a 5-0 decision, the justices said the program does not violate the state constitution.

The Indiana case has been closely watched because its voucher program is open to middle-class families, while most state voucher programs are limited to low-income families or those in failing schools. More than 500,000 Indiana students qualify for vouchers.

Also, lawmakers have introduced a bill to expand the program to kindergarten.
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