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Crossing the Line -- Early Learning

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: Early learning.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am
GOP state treasurer candidate quits job to focus on campaign

GOP state treasurer candidate quits job to focus on campaign

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican candidate for state treasurer is quitting her staff job in the treasurer's office to focus on her campaign.

July 25, 2014 6:35 pm

Pence: No need for state health exchange, despite court ruling

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence has no qualms about his decision to not create a state health exchange under the Affordable Care Act, even after a federal appeals court ruled this week that residents in states lacking an exchange are not entitled to federal subsidies for health insurance purchases.

July 25, 2014 4:58 pm

Pence stands by right-to-work law

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence is not giving up on the state's right-to-work law, even though two Lake County judges have ruled it incompatible with the Indiana Constitution.

July 25, 2014 4:52 pm
State asks Lake judge to stay ruling in right-to-work case

State asks Lake judge to stay ruling in right-to-work case

INDIANAPOLIS | Lake Circuit Judge George Paras appears unlikely to grant Attorney General Greg Zoeller's request that Paras delay his decision finding the state's right-to-work law unconstitutional until the Indiana Supreme Court weighs in.

July 24, 2014 9:00 pm Related

State halts enrollment in Healthy Indiana Plan

INDIANAPOLIS | The Pence administration halted enrollment Thursday in the Healthy Indiana Plan because state funding for the program no longer can support additional participants.

July 24, 2014 8:38 pm

Ellspermann stands with Indiana coal

INDIANAPOLIS | Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann is defending Indiana's coal industry and coal-fired power plants from proposed federal regulations aimed at reducing air pollution primarily caused by coal use.

July 24, 2014 5:30 pm
Conservative group attacks Pence health plan

Conservative group attacks Pence health plan

INDIANAPOLIS | A politically conservative think tank is targeting Gov. Mike Pence and his proposal to provide health coverage to some 400,000 low-income Hoosiers using the Healthy Indiana Plan as an alternative to expanding Medicaid eligibility.

July 23, 2014 7:47 pm Related
Drop in military suicides doesn't deter prevention efforts

Drop in military suicides doesn't deter prevention efforts

INDIANAPOLIS | U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., remains committed to expanding suicide-prevention screening to all military service members, even as the number of soldier suicides dropped by 8 percent last year.

July 23, 2014 6:00 pm Related

Two groups meet new state license plate standards

INDIANAPOLIS | Just two out of seven requests for new special group license plates won approval Tuesday by a legislative committee tasked with ensuring groups with plates meet strict quality standards.

July 22, 2014 6:50 pm
Lake County selected for state's preschool pilot program

Lake County selected for state's preschool pilot program

INDIANAPOLIS | Hundreds of Lake County children from low-income families will be among the first in the state to take advantage of Indiana's new prekindergarten voucher program.

July 22, 2014 11:00 am Related
New data hub tracks state, local government effectiveness

New data hub tracks state, local government effectiveness

INDIANAPOLIS | Already a mainstay of businesses and baseball teams, "big data" has arrived in Indiana, which hopes to improve the effectiveness of state agencies and local governments — and Hoosiers can play along.

July 21, 2014 6:15 pm
Lawmakers often use study committees to develop legislation

Lawmakers often use study committees to develop legislation

INDIANAPOLIS | In addition to the gaming study, Hoosier lawmakers this summer and fall will take a closer look at issues ranging from juvenile justice to digital privacy, and state-based health exchanges to bike trails.

July 20, 2014 12:00 am Related

Crossing the Line -- Motorcycle helmets

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: Motorcycle helmets.

July 20, 2014 12:00 am
Gaming study may be last chance to save casino industry

Gaming study may be last chance to save casino industry

INDIANAPOLIS | The fate of Indiana's gaming industry and the 14,000 Hoosiers it employs may hinge on decisions made this summer by a small group of state lawmakers.

July 19, 2014 7:00 pm Related
Appeals court knocks time off LaPorte child molester's prison term

Appeals court knocks time off LaPorte child molester's prison term

INDIANAPOLIS | A LaPorte murderer and child molester likely will die in prison, despite an Indiana Court of Appeals ruling Friday adjusting his potential time off for good behavior.

July 18, 2014 5:00 pm Related
Four state judges seeking 10-year terms

Four state judges seeking 10-year terms

INDIANAPOLIS | In addition to electing Indiana's secretary of state, state auditor and state treasurer, Hoosier voters on Nov. 4 will decide whether to keep two Supreme Court justices and two state appellate judges on the bench for the next decade.

July 17, 2014 4:30 pm Photos

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Indiana abortions drop again

INDIANAPOLIS | For the fifth year in a row, the number of abortions performed in Indiana was less than the year before.

July 16, 2014 5:30 pm
Appeals court denies LaPorte tourism bureau claim to web address

Appeals court denies LaPorte tourism bureau claim to web address

INDIANAPOLIS | A six-year battle over a website address between a LaPorte resort and the LaPorte County Convention and Visitors Bureau appears headed for the Indiana Supreme Court.

July 16, 2014 4:30 pm Related

Region native to manage Pence's legislative agenda

INDIANAPOLIS | A Crown Point native will lead the effort to persuade the Republican-controlled Indiana General Assembly to enact Republican Gov. Mike Pence's legislative agenda.

July 15, 2014 7:35 pm

Indiana GOP candidates crush Democrats in fundraising

INDIANAPOLIS | The three Republican candidates running this year for statewide office clobbered their Democratic opponents in fundraising during the second quarter.

July 15, 2014 7:30 pm

New lawsuits in fight over cold beer sales

INDIANAPOLIS | A coalition of Indiana convenience stores and gas stations is heading back to court hoping to overturn a state law that gives package liquor stores the exclusive right to sell cold beer.

July 15, 2014 5:30 pm
Bayh not ruling out run for governor

Bayh not ruling out run for governor

INDIANAPOLIS | Former Indiana governor and U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh hinted Monday that another run for governor could be in his future.

July 14, 2014 5:40 pm Photos

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State ends budget year with surplus, despite revenue drop

State ends budget year with surplus, despite revenue drop

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana took in more money than it spent during the 2014 budget year, even as Republican Gov. Mike Pence's tax cuts dropped total state revenue below the prior year for the first time since the Great Recession.

July 14, 2014 5:30 pm Related

Crossing the Line -- Elections

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: Elections.

July 13, 2014 12:00 am
Cost of corruption weighs heavily on state budgets

Cost of corruption weighs heavily on state budgets

Corrupt government officials sometimes pay a hefty personal price for their misdeeds. Just ask former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, whose 2008 attempt to sell President Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat and shake down a children's hospital earned him 14 years in federal prison.

July 12, 2014 9:30 pm Photos

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Appeals court overturns Shelby man's child molesting conviction

Appeals court overturns Shelby man's child molesting conviction

INDIANAPOLIS | A south Lake County man convicted last year of child molesting and currently serving a 30-year prison term has won a new trial.

July 11, 2014 6:15 pm Related
Pence seeks halt to federal pollution standards

Pence seeks halt to federal pollution standards

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence is urging U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, and the other members of Indiana's congressional delegation, to use their "power of the purse" to deny funding for implementation of stricter power plant pollution standards.

July 10, 2014 4:20 pm Related
Ethics panel OKs state officers using gov't equipment for campaigning

Ethics panel OKs state officers using gov't equipment for campaigning

INDIANAPOLIS | The seven statewide elected officials can use state property for campaign purposes, so long as they approve a policy statement authorizing themselves to do so.

July 10, 2014 12:18 pm Related

State school board sidelines Ritz

INDIANAPOLIS | The members of Republican Gov. Mike Pence's State Board of Education seized total control of the school policy panel Wednesday by reducing its statutory chairwoman Glenda Ritz, the elected Democratic state superintendent of public instruction, to a mere figurehead.

July 09, 2014 6:30 pm
Legislature in no rush to take on gun violence

Legislature in no rush to take on gun violence

INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosiers hoping for fast action by state lawmakers addressing the gun violence responsible for the recent shooting deaths of Gary and Indianapolis police officers probably shouldn't hold their breath.

July 08, 2014 7:00 pm
Rudy Clay road naming ceremony set for Friday

Rudy Clay road naming ceremony set for Friday

Gary officials will unveil a street sign honoring the late Mayor Rudy Clay at 10 a.m. Friday on the front steps of City Hall, 401 Broadway.

July 08, 2014 6:45 pm
Appeals court upholds 50-year sentence for Porter County stabbing

Appeals court upholds 50-year sentence for Porter County stabbing

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed Tuesday the 50-year sentence issued to a Valparaiso woman who brutally attacked a Center Township resident after he allowed her in to make a phone call following a traffic accident.

July 08, 2014 3:57 pm Related
State senator deploying to Afghanistan

State senator deploying to Afghanistan

INDIANAPOLIS | For the second year in a row, an Indiana state senator will miss the entire legislative session.

July 08, 2014 12:20 pm

Crossing the Line -- Gas prices

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: Gas prices.

July 06, 2014 12:00 am
Most lawmakers in tune with Chamber of Commerce agenda

Most lawmakers in tune with Chamber of Commerce agenda

INDIANAPOLIS | If you picture the 150 members of the General Assembly as a choir, this year they sang their loudest hosannas for the business-first agenda of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

July 04, 2014 8:00 pm Related

Many new laws take effect Tuesday

INDIANAPOLIS | Dozens of Indiana state laws take effect Tuesday. Here are some of the new laws that may directly affect area residents:

June 28, 2014 10:30 pm

Crossing the Line -- Fireworks

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: Fireworks.

June 28, 2014 5:56 pm
Appeals court rules Hammond demolition order improper

Appeals court rules Hammond demolition order improper

INDIANAPOLIS | A Hammond man may get to keep his home after the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday the city panel that ordered it demolished was not impartial.

June 25, 2014 6:00 pm Related

Reactions to court ruling legalizing gay marriage in Indiana

Gov. Mike Pence spokeswoman, Kara Brooks:

June 25, 2014 2:15 pm

Pence tax conference focuses on simplification

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence enthusiastically embraced the mantra of tax simplification that participants attending his tax conference Tuesday claimed is urgently needed in Indiana.

June 24, 2014 12:51 pm
Region senator skeptical of Pence tax conference

Region senator skeptical of Pence tax conference

INDIANAPOLIS | The top region Democrat on the State Budget Committee isn't expecting much good to come Tuesday from Republican Gov. Mike Pence's Tax Competitiveness and Simplification Conference.

June 23, 2014 5:30 pm

Pence signs criminal code corrections into law

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence has signed into law a measure correcting drafting errors in the new state criminal code that takes effect July 1 and preserving a tax credit for natural gas-fueled vehicles.

June 23, 2014 4:00 pm

Second effort to identify outdated voter records underway

INDIANAPOLIS | Secretary of State Connie Lawson has identified 727,000 potentially inaccurate voter registration records across Indiana.

June 19, 2014 7:00 pm
Region can't join other cities in hiking minimum wage

Region can't join other cities in hiking minimum wage

INDIANAPOLIS | As cities across the country increase the minimum wage businesses must pay their employees, Northwest Indiana communities won't be joining the trend — it's illegal.

June 18, 2014 5:30 pm Related

Legislature meets to correct errors in new laws

INDIANAPOLIS | State legislators interrupted their summer breaks Tuesday for an unprecedented one-day session to correct errors and omissions in several new laws before they take effect July 1.

June 17, 2014 6:00 pm

Key state agency leader resigns

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence's Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 and preschool education program face uncertain futures after the head of the state agency responsible for implementing them announced Monday she's quitting.

June 16, 2014 5:45 pm
Pence sets big goal for Hoosier skills achievement

Pence sets big goal for Hoosier skills achievement

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence has vowed to take whatever actions are needed to ensure that by 2025 at least 60 percent of Hoosier workers have earned college degrees or other post-high school credentials sought by Indiana employers.

June 16, 2014 5:45 pm Related

Separate Lake E-911 center not lawmakers' intent

INDIANAPOLIS | The plan by Schererville, St. John and Cedar Lake to opt out of Lake County's E-911 network by establishing their own emergency dispatch center is not what state lawmakers had in mind when they authorized two Public Safety Answering Points, or PSAP, per county.

June 15, 2014 12:00 am
Delegates aiming at December finish for rules

Delegates aiming at December finish for rules

INDIANAPOLIS | The Assembly of State Legislatures concluded its work at the Indiana Statehouse on Friday, having tasted the difficulty of getting different states to agree on even minor matters, but still optimistic about the prospects for a future Convention of the States.

June 13, 2014 2:30 pm Related
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