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Indiana lawmaker at center of ethics furor resigns

Indiana lawmaker at center of ethics furor resigns

INDIANAPOLIS | Three weeks after losing his House leadership post for failing to disclose a major conflict of interest, state Rep. Eric Turner, R-Cicero, announced Friday he's quitting the Legislature.

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Fate of 3,800 Lake adoptions hangs on justices' ruling

Fate of 3,800 Lake adoptions hangs on justices' ruling

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Supreme Court heard oral arguments Thursday in a dispute that could void 3,800 Lake County adoptions approved over the past 14 years.

September 18, 2014 5:03 pm Related
Should annoying drinkers go to jail?

Should annoying drinkers go to jail?

INDIANAPOLIS | What does it mean for a drunk person to "annoy?"

September 18, 2014 3:17 pm Related

AG accuses abortion docs of paperwork errors

INDIANAPOLIS | The medical license of Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, a former Gary abortion provider, could be revoked after Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed a 1,833-count compliant against him Wednesday with the Indiana Medical Licensing Board.

September 17, 2014 4:30 pm

Zoeller warns of IRS telephone scam

INDIANAPOLIS | Attorney General Greg Zoeller is warning Hoosiers to be on guard following a recent uptick in scam phone calls from fraudsters claiming to work for the Internal Revenue Service and demanding an immediate tax payment.

September 17, 2014 3:45 pm
Donnelly wants military suicide prevention plan OK'd

Donnelly wants military suicide prevention plan OK'd

INDIANAPOLIS | U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., expressed frustration Wednesday his legislation aimed at preventing military suicides likely won't get a final vote until after Election Day.

September 17, 2014 3:30 pm Video
Senator's aide visiting Lake, Newton counties Tuesday

Senator's aide visiting Lake, Newton counties Tuesday

A staffer for U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind, will be available in Lake and Newton counties Tuesday to meet with Northwest Indiana residents needing assistance with federal government issues.

September 17, 2014 10:05 am

Big changes to public pensions may be on horizon

INDIANAPOLIS | Region residents considering a career in state or local government, including public education, may want to begin working in the next few years or risk losing a guaranteed pension benefit at retirement.

September 16, 2014 6:30 pm

BMV admits more overcharges, blames computer program

INDIANAPOLIS | Oops, they did it again.

September 16, 2014 2:00 pm
Appeals court affirms sentence in M'ville drive-by slaying

Appeals court affirms sentence in M'ville drive-by slaying

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Court of Appeals on Monday upheld the 11-year prison term issued to a Merrillville teenager who participated in a fatal drive-by shooting.

September 15, 2014 5:49 pm Related

Key lawmakers divided on more business tax cuts

INDIANAPOLIS | A split appears to be developing between two powerful Republican state senators over whether Indiana businesses need more tax cuts.

September 15, 2014 5:40 pm

Senator: Indiana protected in Toll Road bankruptcy

INDIANAPOLIS | A top Hoosier lawmaker believes the state will suffer no harm if the operator of the Indiana Toll Road declares bankruptcy and sells its 75-year lease to run the highway after just eight years in business.

September 15, 2014 4:00 pm
Few comments submitted on Pence's HIP 2.0 proposal

Few comments submitted on Pence's HIP 2.0 proposal

INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosiers interested in telling the federal government what they think of Gov. Mike Pence's proposed Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 alternative to Medicaid expansion have less than one week to do so.

September 14, 2014 11:00 pm Related

Crossing the Line -- Presidents

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: Presidents.

September 14, 2014 5:00 pm
Bayh not running for governor in 2016

Bayh not running for governor in 2016

INDIANAPOLIS | Democrat Evan Bayh will not run in 2016 for a second stint as Indiana governor.

September 13, 2014 12:00 am
Bennett pays $5,000 ethics fine for campaign violation

Bennett pays $5,000 ethics fine for campaign violation

INDIANAPOLIS | Tony Bennett, the Republican former state superintendent of public instruction, has paid the $5,000 fine imposed in July for ethics violations associated with his unsuccessful 2012 re-election campaign.

September 11, 2014 8:30 pm Related
Bayh seeks end to partisan divisiveness for America's sake

Bayh seeks end to partisan divisiveness for America's sake

MERRILLVILLE | Former Democratic U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh proclaimed Wednesday the future of the United States hinges on Americans eschewing divisive partisanship, agreeing to set aside their differences and working together for the good of all.

September 10, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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State revenue short of target again

State revenue short of target again

INDIANAPOLIS | State revenue failed to meet expectations in August for the second month in a row, coming in $27.9 million below the revenue forecast.

September 10, 2014 4:21 pm Related
Pence claims DOC wanted Camp Summit closed

Pence claims DOC wanted Camp Summit closed

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence revealed Tuesday the decision to close Camp Summit, a LaPorte paramilitary-style youth offender rehabilitation center, originated with the Indiana Department of Correction.

September 09, 2014 4:40 pm Related
Pence: High-tech management office worth expense

Pence: High-tech management office worth expense

INDIANAPOLIS | A newly renovated basement office in the Indiana Statehouse is home to the men, women -- and machines -- Gov. Mike Pence believes are the future of state government.

September 09, 2014 4:22 pm

Zoeller requests Supreme Court review of marriage ruling

INDIANAPOLIS | Attorney General Greg Zoeller asked the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday to hear his appeal of lower court decisions declaring unconstitutional Indiana's prohibition on same-sex marriage and its refusal to recognize gay marriages performed elsewhere.

September 09, 2014 3:30 pm Related
Dems question state spending on marriage law defense

Dems question state spending on marriage law defense

INDIANAPOLIS | The leader of the Indiana Democratic Party wants to know how much the state is spending to defend its law limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples; a law that federal district and appellate courts have ruled is unconstitutional.

September 08, 2014 2:35 pm Related
Were the 2010 Indiana elections cursed?

Were the 2010 Indiana elections cursed?

INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosier voters in 2010 elected three Republicans to four-year terms as Indiana's secretary of state, state auditor and state treasurer.

September 07, 2014 11:00 pm Photos

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Crossing the Line -- medical marijuana

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: Medical marijuana.

September 06, 2014 8:24 pm
Wedding bells not yet ringing for gay Hoosiers

Wedding bells not yet ringing for gay Hoosiers

INDIANAPOLIS | Despite Thursday's federal appeals court ruling that Indiana's prohibition on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, gay Hoosiers still may have to wait nearly a year or more before they can walk down the aisle.

September 05, 2014 11:45 am Photos

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Appeals court strikes down Indiana gay marriage ban

Appeals court strikes down Indiana gay marriage ban

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana's prohibition on gay marriage and refusal to recognize gay marriages performed in Illinois and elsewhere violates the U.S. Constitution, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

September 04, 2014 6:05 pm Photos

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Ritz requests more money for Indiana schools

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Department of Education is seeking a 3 percent bump in public school funding and the elimination of textbook rental fees in the state's 2016-17 budget that takes effect in July.

September 04, 2014 5:45 pm
Supreme Court considers constitutionality of Indiana right-to-work law

Supreme Court considers constitutionality of Indiana right-to-work law

INDIANAPOLIS | The five justices of the Indiana Supreme Court struggled during oral arguments Thursday to pin down precisely how the state's right-to-work law is unconstitutional.

September 04, 2014 10:50 am Related
Appeals court awards new trial to Gary man convicted of rape

Appeals court awards new trial to Gary man convicted of rape

INDIANAPOLIS | A Gary man convicted last year of rape and sentenced to 60 years in prison has won a new trial.

September 03, 2014 6:30 pm Related
State Board of Education settles illegal meeting claim

State Board of Education settles illegal meeting claim

INDIANAPOLIS | The State Board of Education has agreed — without admitting misconduct — to settle a lawsuit alleging it held an illegal meeting Oct. 16 when board members privately drafted and approved a letter via email requesting legislative assistance in calculating 2012-13 school grades.

September 03, 2014 6:30 pm Related
Right-to-work took long journey to Supreme Court

Right-to-work took long journey to Supreme Court

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Thursday in Attorney General Greg Zoeller's first appeal of two Lake County judicial rulings finding the state's right-to-work law violates the Indiana Constitution.

September 03, 2014 6:30 pm Related

Indiana turnout not affected by voter ID requirement

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana's nearly decade-long experiment requiring voters produce photo identification to obtain a ballot likely isn't to blame for the state's lackluster voter turnout.

August 31, 2014 9:30 pm
Pence: Budget will maintain Indiana's strong balance sheet

Pence: Budget will maintain Indiana's strong balance sheet

INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosiers should not expect any significant increases in state spending, though businesses could see another round of tax cuts under the 2016-17 Indiana budget now being crafted by Gov. Mike Pence.

August 31, 2014 9:30 pm

Crossing the Line -- College tuition

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: College tuition.

August 31, 2014 5:09 pm

Eight ways Indiana could improve voter turnout

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana's 58 percent voter turnout in the 2012 presidential election was among the worst in the country. Just 11 states saw fewer eligible voters cast a ballot.

August 30, 2014 9:00 pm

Will Hoosiers stay home on Election Day?

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana's election season traditionally kicks into high gear after Labor Day, but this year it seems few Hoosiers are paying attention to state and local candidates and issues — setting the stage for potentially the lowest general election voter turnout in history.

August 30, 2014 9:00 pm

Indiana health insurance marketplace set to offer many more plans

INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosiers purchasing health insurance on Indiana's federally run marketplace next year will select from at least 975 plans offered by nine companies, up from four companies and 278 plans this year.

August 28, 2014 5:45 pm

Pelath warns Camp Summit on governor's chopping block

INDIANAPOLIS | House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath warned Thursday that 70 state employees in LaPorte County will lose their jobs if the Indiana Department of Correction closes the Camp Summit youth offender boot camp program.

August 28, 2014 4:16 pm
Lawmaker to lead Indiana unemployment agency

Lawmaker to lead Indiana unemployment agency

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence has tapped a suburban Indianapolis state representative to head the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

August 28, 2014 12:00 pm

Ad targeted to inform students of Lifeline Law

INDIANAPOLIS | An advertising campaign targeting students at Indiana's residential colleges and universities is spreading the message about the state's expanded Lifeline Law.

August 27, 2014 5:15 pm

Gov't employee retirements not tied to annuity change

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana is seeing a retirement surge among state and local government employees and teachers this year, but it appears a state-ordered change to an optional retirement benefit isn't what's driving workers to end their careers.

August 26, 2014 6:00 pm
Supreme Court may consolidate Lake right-to-work cases

Supreme Court may consolidate Lake right-to-work cases

INDIANAPOLIS | Attorney General Greg Zoeller's appeals of two Lake County judicial rulings finding the state's right-to-work law unconstitutional appear likely to be consolidated before the cases are heard by the Indiana Supreme Court.

August 25, 2014 7:00 pm Related

Crossing the Line — chief justices

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: chief justices.

August 23, 2014 5:24 pm
Pence: 'Indiana is a right-to-work state'

Pence: 'Indiana is a right-to-work state'

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Department of Labor no longer is enforcing the state's right-to-work law that two Lake County judges ruled unconstitutional, but Gov. Mike Pence believes it's only a matter of time before the labor law is back on the books.

August 22, 2014 6:00 pm Related
Pence hints run for president might not be in his future

Pence hints run for president might not be in his future

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence frequently is listed among a dozen or so Republican governors and members of Congress considering a 2016 run for president of the United States.

August 22, 2014 4:45 pm
Top state doc calls it quits

Top state doc calls it quits

Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. William VanNess announced Friday he is resigning for personal reasons.

August 22, 2014 2:15 pm
Lugar backs Obama actions in Iraq

Lugar backs Obama actions in Iraq

INDIANAPOLIS | Former U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Ind., supports President Barack Obama's decision to send military advisers into Iraq and believes the American people need to back the president's efforts to protect the United States.

August 21, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Lake judge denies stay in right-to-work case, law is unconstitutional

Lake judge denies stay in right-to-work case, law is unconstitutional

INDIANAPOLIS | Lake Circuit Judge George Paras has rejected Attorney General Greg Zoeller's request that Paras postpone his decision finding Indiana's right-to-work law unconstitutional.

August 20, 2014 6:15 pm Related
State Rep. Shelli VanDenburgh holds 'office hours' in region Aug. 29

State Rep. Shelli VanDenburgh holds 'office hours' in region Aug. 29

INDIANAPOLIS | State Rep. Shelli VanDenburgh, D-Crown Point, will hold "office hours" at three Lake County locations Aug. 29 to assist constituents with state government issues.

August 20, 2014 3:09 pm
Hoosier Lottery hits jackpot with record sales, profit

Hoosier Lottery hits jackpot with record sales, profit

INDIANAPOLIS | The decision to outsource Hoosier Lottery marketing, sales and distribution to a private company is starting to pay off for Indiana.

August 19, 2014 11:30 pm
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