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Supreme Court focuses on jury instructions in McCowan murder appeal

Supreme Court focuses on jury instructions in McCowan murder appeal

INDIANAPOLIS | Dustin McCowan, the Porter County man serving a 60-year prison term for the 2011 murder of his former girlfriend, Amanda Bach, could win a new trial if the Indiana Supreme Court finds the jury instructions concerning his presumption of innocence were inadequate.

October 23, 2014 12:55 pm Photos

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Pence stands firm against preschool expansion

Pence stands firm against preschool expansion

INDIANAPOLIS | Democrats are continuing to pound Republican Gov. Mike Pence for his decision not to seek up to $80 million in federal funds for preschool education in Indiana.

October 21, 2014 4:30 pm

Lawmakers, experts to discuss women's issues

INDIANAPOLIS | State Rep. Linda Lawson, D-Hammond, will moderate an expert discussion Wednesday on three major issues affecting the lives of many Hoosier women: pay equity, domestic violence and sexual assault.

October 20, 2014 6:45 pm

Lawmakers eye changes to ethics requirements

INDIANAPOLIS | Experts advised the House Ethics Committee on Monday that Indiana needs to update its public disclosure requirements for state lawmakers.

October 20, 2014 2:42 pm

Pence, Rokita demand Ebola travel ban

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence insists Indiana health officials are prepared should a Hoosier be infected by Ebola, but nevertheless wants the federal government to bar travelers from West Africa from entering the United States.

October 20, 2014 12:14 pm Related
House Republicans bet on private sector for infant mortality fix

House Republicans bet on private sector for infant mortality fix

INDIANAPOLIS | House Republicans are preparing to wager the lives of some 700 Hoosier babies a year on their philosophy that the private sector is more capable of reducing infant mortality than any government program.

October 20, 2014 12:00 am
Few cases make it to Indiana Supreme Court

Few cases make it to Indiana Supreme Court

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Supreme Court is the pinnacle of a state court system that in any given year handles some 1.6 million cases filed in the state's 92 counties, including roughly 180,000 cases in Lake County and 38,000 in Porter County.

October 19, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Crossing the Line -- Campaign finance

Crossing the line separating Indiana and Illinois sometimes means dealing with different laws and customs. Readers are asked to share ideas for this weekly feature. This week: Campaign finance.

October 19, 2014 12:00 am
Pence backing Rauner but not campaigning with him

Pence backing Rauner but not campaigning with him

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence will travel this week to several New England states, including the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state of New Hampshire, to campaign with Republican candidates running for governor.

October 18, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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Porter County juvenile court magistrate may get more duties

Porter County juvenile court magistrate may get more duties

INDIANAPOLIS | A plan to convert Porter County's juvenile magistrate position into a circuit court magistrate empowered to act, under a judge's supervision, on a variety of legal matters has cleared the first hurdle at the Statehouse.

October 16, 2014 6:10 pm
Republican statewide candidates take huge fundraising lead

Republican statewide candidates take huge fundraising lead

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican candidates for secretary of state, state auditor and state treasurer combined have nearly five times as much money to spend ahead of the Nov. 4 elections than their Democratic opponents.

October 16, 2014 11:15 am
Region native heads state's educational outreach to foster children

Region native heads state's educational outreach to foster children

INDIANAPOLIS | The Department of Child Services has selected a Northwest Indiana woman to lead its efforts to improve the educational outcomes of Hoosier foster children.

October 15, 2014 5:15 pm

State Board of Education delays release of school grades

INDIANAPOLIS | The State Board of Education postponed the expected release of 2013-14 grades for thousands of Indiana schools Wednesday, instead voting to wait three weeks for five possibly incorrect school ratings to be confirmed.

October 15, 2014 3:10 pm Related

Balanced budget, school funding-fix top priorities for House GOP

INDIANAPOLIS | House Republicans promised to enact a balanced budget, reform the school funding formula, improve Statehouse ethics and promote public health and safety, if they maintain their majority following the Nov. 4 elections.

October 14, 2014 11:30 pm
Some June gay marriages likely invalid due to paperwork errors

Some June gay marriages likely invalid due to paperwork errors

INDIANAPOLIS | Same-sex couples who married in the two days after Indiana's gay marriage ban initially was struck down may want to check with their county clerks to confirm their marriages were recorded.

October 14, 2014 6:45 pm Related
Bosma declares marriage amendment dead

Bosma declares marriage amendment dead

INDIANAPOLIS | The most controversial issue of the 2014 legislative session will not even be up for debate next year.

October 14, 2014 5:45 pm Related

State asking Hoosiers to report suspicious activity

INDIANAPOLIS | As tensions rise in the Middle East, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is relaunching a program encouraging Hoosiers to report suspicious activity to law enforcement.

October 13, 2014 5:00 pm

Why wait? Vote today

Hoosiers don't have to wait until Nov. 4 to cast their ballots in this year's general election.

October 13, 2014 12:54 pm

Crossing the Line -- Minimum wage

Crossing the line separating Indiana and Illinois sometimes means dealing with different laws and customs. Readers are asked to share ideas for this weekly feature. This week: Minimum wage.

October 12, 2014 12:00 am

Gaming changes may hinge on fate of second Gary casino license

INDIANAPOLIS | A competitive advantage awarded to Gary's casinos back when the boats sailed Lake Michigan could end up sinking Majestic Star's chances to relocate its gaming facility on land adjacent to the now-moored vessels.

October 11, 2014 10:00 pm
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