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EDITORIAL: Try again for public access improvements

The Indiana General Assembly came close, but failed this year to pass a valuable new state law that would have improved public access to public records.

March 20, 2014 12:00 am

Newspaper association launches government-transparency tool

Residents can go online to find out when a neighbor's home is being foreclosed on, if a business down the block has applied for a liquor license and how a local government proposes to spend their tax dollars.

August 30, 2013 1:30 pm

EDITORIAL: Make sure A-F grading system doesn't flunk

The Tony Bennett grade-changing scandal has the nation's education community talking excitedly about how Indiana's former superintendent of public instruction handled school accountability.

August 06, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Keep legal notices in plain sight

Each year in the Indiana General Assembly, it seems, there are challenges to the principles that the public's business should be done in public and that public information should be easily accessible.

February 14, 2013 12:00 am
Veteran newsman Mark Kiesling dies

Veteran newsman Mark Kiesling dies

Mark Kiesling, longtime staff writer and columnist for The Times, died Thursday afternoon.

December 14, 2012 12:00 am Related

The Times wins 8 HSPA awards

INDIANAPOLIS | The Times won eight awards, including best website among two first-place honors, at Saturday's Hoosier State Press Association Better Newspaper Contest luncheon in Indianapolis.

December 02, 2012 5:45 pm

Times ad designers scoop HSPA awards

The Times Media Co. recently won top prizes in the 2012 Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Advertising Contest, including a first place for its creative work on the "Care & Share Food Drive" that fed thousands of school-age children.

October 13, 2012 9:42 am

EDITORIAL: Put public notices where public will find them

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management's Office of Air Quality has decided to post notices of public hearings exclusively on its website and no longer in the media. In doing so, the agency has made the public's business much more difficult to follow.

August 26, 2012 12:00 am

New law imposes fines for denying access to public records

INDIANAPOLIS | Government officials who refuse to turn over documents requested by the public can be fined under a law signed Monday by Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels.

March 19, 2012 3:45 pm
EDITORIAL: Indiana public access laws close to gaining teeth

EDITORIAL: Indiana public access laws close to gaining teeth

Indiana received high marks Wednesday for state government transparency from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, but that's not the only good news. Transparency will be improved further because of state legislation approved this year to add penalties to the state's public access laws.

March 15, 2012 12:00 am

The Times to webcast Lake County trials

INDIANAPOLIS | The Times soon will begin broadcasting Lake County civil court hearings on its website,, as part of a pilot project intended to bring courts closer to residents.

January 27, 2012 1:15 pm

The Times wins 16 HSPA awards

INDIANAPOLIS | The Times won 16 awards, including four first-place honors, at Saturday's Hoosier State Press Association Better Newspaper Contest luncheon in Indianapolis.

December 04, 2011 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Screen candidates on public access

As state laws go, Indiana's Open Door Law and Access to Public Records Act have left their dentures in the glass on the nightstand. Those laws lack the teeth they need to enforce them.

August 26, 2011 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: What would Obama say about Northwest Indiana?

DOUG ROSS: What would Obama say about Northwest Indiana?

When President Barack Obama visited Indianapolis on May 6, state Sen. Earline Rogers, D-Gary, said she wants the president to visit Gary. After Thursday's speech on the Middle East, I started wondering what he would say about Northwest Indiana.

May 20, 2011 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Access laws need more teeth

Residents eager for guidance on how to interact with their government sparked a spirited discussion on public access laws Wednesday. It was a good training session for the nearly 90 attendees. The seminar also served as a reminder that the laws themselves need some updating, too.

May 19, 2011 12:00 am

Public access laws explained at seminar

MERRILLVILLE | Local elected officials, police officers and residents were among those who received a better understanding of the state's open meetings and open records laws Wednesday.

May 18, 2011 4:17 pm

GUEST COMMENTARY: Public access seminar supports open government

To gain and maintain the trust of the public, government must be open and transparent in the way it conducts the public's business. If government officials huddle behind closed doors or refuse to release public records, they won't enjoy the public's trust. And trust is a necessity to govern.

May 12, 2011 12:00 am

Times wins 17 Hoosier State Press Association awards

The Times was recognized Saturday by the Hoosier State Press Association as second best in general excellence among the state's largest newspapers.

December 05, 2010 12:00 am
Times executive editor named to Hall of Fame

Times executive editor named to Hall of Fame

Times Executive Editor William Nangle has been named to the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame for his conspicuous contribution to the field of journalism during his more than 47-year career.

December 02, 2010 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: What is waste management board hiding?

There are two differing legal opinions on whether the Lake County Solid Waste Management District broke the law with a secret meeting. The bigger question, though, is this: What is it trying to hide?

November 11, 2010 12:00 am Related
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