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State rep's campaign news releases called into question

GARY | At least three news releases promoting the re-election of Rep. Vernon Smith, D-Gary, were sent within a week using resources from the Indiana University Northwest School of Education.

April 08, 2014 8:38 pm
Vernon Smith

Vernon Smith

Vernon Smith

April 08, 2014 9:55 am
House OKs naming road for Rudy Clay

House OKs naming road for Rudy Clay

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana House voted 93-0 Tuesday to join the Senate in urging that the state transportation department rename Gary's Fifth Avenue for the late Gary Mayor Rudy Clay.

March 04, 2014 5:36 pm Related

NWI legislators all back South Shore expansion

INDIANAPOLIS | Northwest Indiana's legislative delegation stands united in supporting expanding the South Shore Line, but members are skeptical the state will play a significant role in extending the commuter train to Dyer -- despite the best efforts of some region lawmakers.

February 09, 2014 6:00 am Related

Marriage amendment fight begins in Indiana House

INDIANAPOLIS | The marriage amendment and an unprecedented companion measure aimed at limiting the impact of the broadly worded amendment were filed Thursday in the Indiana House by state Rep. Eric Turner, R-Cicero. 

January 09, 2014 5:30 pm Related

GUEST COMMENTARY: Indiana State Board of Education should resign

The entire Indiana State Board of Education should resign.

October 24, 2013 12:00 am

Free school supplies offered at school jamboree

GARY | The first 300 students who attend the back-to-school jamboree Saturday at Indiana University Northwest will receive free school supplies.

September 05, 2013 12:00 am

The Week Ahead - Lake County

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September 01, 2013 12:00 am

Indiana forgives charter school loans

Many local educators and politicians are calling outrageous a recent law forgiving $91.2 million in loans to charter schools, in light of tight finances faced by public schools across the region and districts that have had to raise taxes to maintain programs and quality teachers. Moreover, t…

August 31, 2013 7:58 pm

Students sought for 3 on 3 basketball tourney Sept. 7

GARY | Elementary, middle and high school  students are being sought to enter a 3 on 3 basketball tournament to be held as part of the 13th annual back to school jamboree.

August 25, 2013 12:15 am
Most Indiana lawmakers back Chamber of Commerce policy positions

Most Indiana lawmakers back Chamber of Commerce policy positions

INDIANAPOLIS | A new vote analysis of the 2013 legislative session shows the Republican-controlled General Assembly — except for a handful of region Democrats — was practically a wholly owned subsidiary of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

July 05, 2013 7:45 pm Related
Ball State defends spending on charter school oversight

Ball State defends spending on charter school oversight

A state legislator from Gary questions whether Ball State University has fully used the money it receives to support charter schools for the funds' intended purpose.

June 29, 2013 9:00 pm Related
ISTEP+ vendor to tell lawmakers what went wrong

ISTEP+ vendor to tell lawmakers what went wrong

INDIANAPOLIS | Three top executives from CTB/McGraw Hill, the company that administers the annual ISTEP+ standardized exams, are expected to explain to state lawmakers Friday why at least 78,269 Hoosier students experienced test interruptions in April and May.

June 20, 2013 7:00 pm Related
GUEST COMMENTARY: Use ISTEP debacle to rethink education aims

GUEST COMMENTARY: Use ISTEP debacle to rethink education aims

For many of us, there is a sad air of inevitability about the computer problems that plagued the ISTEP across Indiana.

May 29, 2013 12:00 am

Speedway bailout crosses finish line

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence has agreed to loan the Indianapolis Motor Speedway $100 million in state funds to pay for renovations, video boards and other improvements to the home of the Indianapolis 500 auto race.

May 10, 2013 7:15 pm Related

Taxpayers may get hit with 'convenience fee' under new pay-to-pay law

INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosiers soon may be forced to pay a "convenience fee" when using a credit or debit card to pay municipal or utility charges under a new law signed by Republican Gov. Mike Pence.

April 30, 2013 12:45 pm Related

Pence backs study of county government reforms

INDIANAPOLIS | State lawmakers are expected to study the structure of Indiana county government this summer with an eye toward establishing a single county executive.

April 28, 2013 1:03 am Related

Black lawmakers seek veto on Calumet Twp. spending limits

INDIANAPOLIS | Northwest Indiana's black state lawmakers want Gov. Mike Pence to veto legislation that would force Calumet Township to reduce its administrative spending and potentially enable Griffith to leave the township.

April 22, 2013 2:32 pm Related

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Veteran college progams among new laws signed by Pence

INDIANAPOLIS | Military veterans should have an easier time navigating the state's universities thanks to a new law sponsored by state Rep. Shelli VanDenburgh, D-Crown Point, that was signed last week by Republican Gov. Mike Pence.

April 14, 2013 8:33 pm Related
Gary lawmaker tapped for Midwest education policy review

Gary lawmaker tapped for Midwest education policy review

INDIANAPOLIS | A Gary state lawmaker and education expert has been selected to help shape education policy throughout the Midwest.

March 29, 2013 11:07 am
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