Longtime Ind. senator absent for cancer treatment

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A longtime Republican state senator is expected to miss much of this year's Indiana legislative session while being treated for lung cancer.

Sen. Sue Landske (LAND'-skee) of Cedar Lake announced in November that she had been diagnosed with cancer and was beginning treatments at a Chicago hospital.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long told senators Wednesday that Landske has asked to be excused for most of the session but hopes to return to the Statehouse before the Legislature's scheduled adjournment in mid-March.

Long said Landske is in good spirits and thanks her fellow senators for their continued support and prayers.

Landske was first elected to the Senate in 1984 and represents Lake, Benton and Newton counties in northwestern Indiana.

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