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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.
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.
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.
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.
Mark Kiesling, longtime staff writer and columnist for The Times, died Thursday afternoon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
INDIANAPOLIS | The Times soon will begin broadcasting Lake County civil court hearings on its website, nwi.com, as part of a pilot project intended to bring courts closer to residents.
INDIANAPOLIS | The Times won 16 awards, including four first-place honors, at Saturday's Hoosier State Press Association Better Newspaper Contest luncheon in Indianapolis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Times was recognized Saturday by the Hoosier State Press Association as second best in general excellence among the state's largest newspapers.
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.
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?
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