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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.

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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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New online tool makes region crime data available to all

New online tool makes region crime data available to all

An innovative crime mapping tool used by law enforcement agencies across Northwest Indiana to track and solve everything from car break-ins to homicides now can be accessed by anyone using their home computer or mobile device.

October 16, 2014 11:15 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

Failure to invest in infrastructure threatens economy

INDIANAPOLIS | Decades of public policy focused on reducing government spending and cutting taxes have left the United States and Indiana with a legacy of crumbling roads and bridges and no money to fix them.

October 11, 2014 12:15 pm
State revenue misses target three months in a row

State revenue misses target three months in a row

INDIANAPOLIS | State tax revenue in September failed to meet expectations for the third month in a row, the first time that's happened since Gov. Mike Pence took office in 2013.

October 10, 2014 4:30 pm Related
'Statehouse 101' explains how Indiana Legislature works

'Statehouse 101' explains how Indiana Legislature works

INDIANAPOLIS | State Rep. Linda Lawson, D-Hammond, and the League of Women Voters are teaming up to help region residents better understand the work of the Indiana General Assembly.

October 09, 2014 7:45 pm

Odds improving for Indiana land-based gaming

INDIANAPOLIS | The Legislature's gaming study committee appears poised to recommend Indiana's permanently docked riverboat casinos be allowed to move on land adjacent to their current sites.

October 09, 2014 12:00 am
Appeals court reduces penalty for Michigan City drug dealer

Appeals court reduces penalty for Michigan City drug dealer

INDIANAPOLIS | A former Michigan City high school athlete convicted last year of drug dealing may get a few years knocked off his lengthy prison term.

October 08, 2014 3:53 pm Related

Pence taking state's economic development message to Canada

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence will travel to Toronto on Wednesday for an international trade mission promoting the state's ties to Canada and encouraging Canadian companies to locate U.S. operations in Indiana.

October 07, 2014 12:30 pm
Feds not buying Pence's health proposal

Feds not buying Pence's health proposal

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence doesn't seem to be making much progress in his quest to win federal approval for his Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 alternative to Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

October 06, 2014 7:45 pm Related
Tough decisions ahead on Indiana road, bridge funding

Tough decisions ahead on Indiana road, bridge funding

INDIANAPOLIS | Facing the prospect of no new money to combat an expected rise in deteriorating bridges and crumbling highways over the next decade, state transportation officials are putting the question to Hoosiers — what road conditions are you willing to pay for?

October 05, 2014 10:45 pm Related

Crossing the Line -- Mobile phones

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: Mobile phones.

October 05, 2014 12:00 am
New online tool makes region crime data available to all

New online tool makes region crime data available to all

An innovative crime mapping tool used by law enforcement agencies across Northwest Indiana to track and solve everything from car break-ins to homicides now can be accessed by anyone using their home computer or mobile device.

October 04, 2014 11:15 pm Photos

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No decision yet on fate of Camp Summit

PLAINFIELD | The future of Camp Summit, a LaPorte County paramilitary-style youth offender rehabilitation center, remains in limbo as state prison officials await a decision by Republican Gov. Mike Pence.

October 02, 2014 5:45 pm

Pence prison changes aimed at reforming offenders

PLAINFIELD | Prison life for low-level felons making their first trip inside the barbed-wire fences is about to change.

October 02, 2014 4:30 pm
Pence to sell Obama on HIP 2.0 during Evansville visit

Pence to sell Obama on HIP 2.0 during Evansville visit

INDIANAPOLIS | An afternoon of corn harvesting and an evening campaign fundraiser kept Gov. Mike Pence from greeting President Barack Obama in Gary on Wednesday.

October 02, 2014 2:07 pm Related
State ed board skeptical of new school grading model

State ed board skeptical of new school grading model

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana education officials are on track to replace the state's hard-to-understand opaque system for rating schools using letter grades with a new hard-to-understand opaque system for rating schools using letter grades.

October 01, 2014 4:55 pm Related

Voter registration deadline is Monday

INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosiers have only until Monday to register to vote in the Nov. 4 general election.

September 30, 2014 6:51 pm
Auditor candidate wants state action on Toll Road bankruptcy

Auditor candidate wants state action on Toll Road bankruptcy

INDIANAPOLIS | The Democratic candidate for state auditor is demanding Attorney General Greg Zoeller directly intervene in the Indiana Toll Road bankruptcy case to protect the state's financial interests.

September 30, 2014 5:00 pm
Pence to visit New Hampshire

Pence to visit New Hampshire

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence will travel to the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state of New Hampshire next month.

September 29, 2014 6:45 pm Related
Lawmakers find simplifying taxes difficult

Lawmakers find simplifying taxes difficult

INDIANAPOLIS | A panel of Hoosier lawmakers has discovered that supporting tax simplification is a lot easier than actually simplifying Indiana's tax code.

September 29, 2014 3:30 pm Related
Tax cuts, land-based gaming top casino wish lists

Tax cuts, land-based gaming top casino wish lists

INDIANAPOLIS | A panel of Hoosier lawmakers seeking strategies to stem the state's gaming tax revenue decline and preserve 13,000 casino jobs listened closely late last week as Indiana casino operators shared their ideas.

September 28, 2014 10:45 pm Related

Crossing the Line -- Income Tax

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: Income tax.

September 28, 2014 12:05 am

Zoeller wants new tools to halt theft of public funds

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Public Integrity Coalition, led by Attorney General Greg Zoeller, wants state lawmakers to approve new tools to crack down on theft and corruption by local government officials.

September 26, 2014 11:08 am

Turn in unwanted medicines Saturday at police stations

INDIANAPOLIS | Attorney General Greg Zoeller is encouraging Hoosiers to drop off unwanted prescription drugs and over-the-counter pills Saturday as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

September 25, 2014 12:05 am

Lake County preschool leaders meet in Indy to share strategies

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana's pilot preschool program inched closer to reality Wednesday as community leaders from the five selected counties, including Lake County, met with one another and state officials to coordinate implementation strategies ahead of an expected 2015 launch.

September 24, 2014 8:00 pm
State closely monitoring Toll Road operator bankruptcy

State closely monitoring Toll Road operator bankruptcy

INDIANAPOLIS | The state official overseeing the Indiana Toll Road lease assured Hoosier lawmakers Tuesday that the private operator's bankruptcy will not affect highway functions, force toll hikes or put state funds at risk.

September 23, 2014 6:30 pm
Student attacked in Gary school to get $120K

Student attacked in Gary school to get $120K

INDIANAPOLIS | A former West Side High School student attacked in 2006 by at least two fellow students is set to receive $120,000 in damages from the Gary Community School Corp.

September 22, 2014 9:00 pm Related
Hoosiers tell feds HIP 2.0 not good enough

Hoosiers tell feds HIP 2.0 not good enough

INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosiers overwhelmingly told federal health officials they oppose Gov. Mike Pence's proposed Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 alternative to Medicaid expansion for low-income residents.

September 22, 2014 9:00 pm Related
Supreme Court OKs lawsuit against stadium beer vendor

Supreme Court OKs lawsuit against stadium beer vendor

INDIANAPOLIS | A trial will determine whether companies selling alcohol at stadiums, ballparks, festivals and other events with multiple bartenders are financially responsible for damages resulting from continued sales to an intoxicated patron.

September 22, 2014 6:10 pm Related

New app puts voter registration in palm of hand

INDIANAPOLIS | A voter registration application for mobile devices is one of two new programs from Secretary of State Connie Lawson aimed at encouraging Hoosiers to register to vote before the Oct. 6 deadline, and to cast a ballot on Election Day, Nov. 4.

September 21, 2014 11:15 pm
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