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EDITORIAL: Legislators again drag feet again on township reform
Monday, February 18, 2019
Every Hoosier convicted of a felony could find themselves listed on new state website
Monday, February 18, 2019
Revised hate crime bill heads to full Indiana Senate
"You can't commit a thought crime in the U.S.; you can only commit a crime of action," author of bill says to critics
Monday, February 18, 2019
Indiana Senate Bill 162 seeks to manage pain without opioids
“This would let people have a choice of going to physical therapists, occupational therapists, chiropractic care, somethings other than opioids," author says
Monday, February 18, 2019
Town overreach Indiana Senate bill advances 39-8 to House
Monday, February 18, 2019
Mounds Greenway supporters starting land acquisition for Anderson to Muncie trail
No timeline for construction or financing
Monday, February 18, 2019
OPINION: Hoosier achievement lauded
Eye on the pie
Monday, February 18, 2019
COMMENTARY: Indiana's neighbor could soon legalize recreational marijuana
Sunday, February 17, 2019
Project Swaddle tackles infant mortality by serving rural mothers
Franciscan Health's program has conducted 300 home visits for mothers in rural areas with high-risk pregnancies.
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Southern Indiana parents, educators debate civics test requirement bill
It passed the Indiana Senate on third reading Jan. 14 on a 31-17 vote and now awaits a House vote
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Russiaville tax business denies service to local gay couple, citing religion
Denying a gay couple service is perfectly legal in parts of Indiana that haven’t passed ordinances specifically protecting people who are LGBT
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Charter schools bill reading in Indiana House prompts LGBTQ debate
"It's not our place in the General Assembly to tell churches and church-related schools, faith institutions, what their internal policies are," Speaker Brian Bosma says
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Indiana House panel shoots down bill to tighten oversight of huge farms
Indiana is one of the largest states in pork, chicken and egg production with over 1,800 CFOs
Friday, February 15, 2019
Gary leaders seeking greater city role in Buffington Harbor development compact
Want to make sure the are equal partner in effort to develop area into a logistic center bypassing crowded Chicago railyards
Friday, February 15, 2019
Deceased former Evansville priest accused of sexual abuse in Indiana Senate testimony
Raymond Kuper oversaw all city diocese schools in the 1970s
Friday, February 15, 2019
PATH MAY FILL GAP IN TRAIL: Group applies for grant to build route near Notre Dame
Friday, February 15, 2019
House approves bill to lift light-rail ban in central Indiana
“We need to make sure the city has the tools it needs to continue to be attractive and to compete,” local legislator says
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Report: A million plus might gamble in Terre Haute if it gets casino
A state analysis puts estimates higher than 2017's projections
Thursday, February 14, 2019
EDITORIAL: Give other NWI Region cities with casinos an equal bite at land-based apple
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Data center tax incentives for Hammond lakeshore development headed to full Indiana House
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Statewide hepatitis: A outbreak reaches the Delaware County jail
Thursday, February 14, 2019
'F'-rated Muncie schools get federal aid
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Logansport Re-Imagined kicks off speaker series in looking at downtown improvements
Improving city center identified as one of the top three quality-of-life items critical to making xommunity an attractive place to live
Thursday, February 14, 2019
La Porte County to study internet connectivity in rural areas
Thursday, February 14, 2019
CATALYSTS OF CHANGE: Shootings spur local schools to improve security
School officials say the tragic incidents have also emphasized the importance of the "see something, say something" mentality
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Senate Bill 551 adds better protections for abuse victims and potential victims
Would allow protective orders to be filed against an adult who is conditioning a minor for sexual activity
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Bill could allow one Gary casino to move anywhere in state, not just Terre Haute
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Voters could be asked to pay higher taxes for Indiana school safety improvements
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Replica driver's license for phones gets Senate approval
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Vape juice used in electronic cigarettes may be subject to new Indiana tax
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Teachers not appointed to governor's teacher compensation commission
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Seymour Main Street looking to recruit and retain downtown businesses
Ball State students to provide assistance and supporting activities for implementing trends and best practices for attracting businesses
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Township boards stay in place in this round of debate in 2019 Indiana Legislature
Trustees would have had their budgets reviewed by county; summer study commission dead
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Sheriff warns Jefferson County Council its overcrowded jail is a 'powder keg'
Eight other counties said they had no room for housing extra inmates
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Rush to Work job training center officially opens
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Holcomb talks of need for teacher raises; names compensation commission
“The linchpin to a great workforce is a great education from great teachers,” he says
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
DLGF orders cut to South Knox schools operating fund because of lower farm values
Money to be made up out of emergency funds
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Bill transforming state tourism office clears hurdle in Statehouse
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
New state-city entity could oversee Gary lakeshore development following casino move
To create a single entity responsible for the overall development of alternative facilities to the crowded Chicago rail yards that could lure businesses to instead transfer, warehouse and ship their products at Gary
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
House unanimously OKs plan to ensure Chicago hospital access for sick NWI Region children
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Senators crafting list of permitted recreational activities along state-owned Lake Michigan shoreline
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Indiana House Bill 1596 makes a sudden detour, redirected to another committee
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Indiana House Bill 1641 Bill loses provision sharing referendum tax funds
Amendment takes possibility off table for additional research
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Indiana's township reform effort pushed to 2019 summer legislative study
“We support, as others have suggested, that we should look for ways to incentivize township mergers," says Indiana State Farm official
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Historic downtown theaters in South Bend, Goshen and Niles face very different futures
1921 State Theater in South Bend is for sale, while 1905 venue in Goshen is well on its way to restoration
Monday, February 11, 2019
Bill requiring majority of property owners' consent to be annexed passes Indiana Senate
Monday, February 11, 2019
Major changes coming to Pendleton Interstate 69 exit 219
Monday, February 11, 2019
State economic development leader hopes for growth regionally with mini grants
Sunday, February 10, 2019
Indiana senators OK tougher penalties for damaging steel mills, oil refineries
Sunday, February 10, 2019
'We need action': Indiana schools chief lists legislative priorities
The superintendent warned against complacency and encouraged educators to organize, send emails to legislators and contact the General Assembly
Sunday, February 10, 2019
Indiana House Bill 1192 would let localities go after money taken by officials
Would allow judge to order garnishment to recoup losses
Sunday, February 10, 2019
Fight over public notice advertising in Indiana newspapers could grow wider
Bill sponsor's past remarks suggest she may have a broader ambition to eliminate requirements for newspaper publication of any kind of public notice.
Sunday, February 10, 2019
EDITORIAL: Redistricting, sans politics
Sunday, February 10, 2019
COMMENTARY: Let There Be Light: I'm not a gambler, never have been
Sunday, February 10, 2019
Applying in Indiana for township assistance could become online pilot program
The online process could reduce misconduct, proponents suggest
Sunday, February 10, 2019
Hepatitis A outbreak hits hard in Jennings County
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Progress made in Rushville's Stellar Main Street Streetscape Project
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Hoosier State train route could derail without state cash
The line’s ridership is the smallest of Amtrak’s state-supported routes, and its ridership has declined over the past five years
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Longtime legal battle over Miami County dams heading to Marion County
Owners of six deteriorating dams hope to avoid paying for expensive repairs
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Indiana Senate bill could reduce local jail populations by sending some to state DOT
Could mean some facilities would not have to enlarge now
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Legislation that would dissolve township boards in Indiana gets House committee OK
2,988 township board members who would lose their posts if House Bill 1650 is passed by the Indiana General Assembly and signed into law
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Henry County legislator helping local officials look at a regional jail
Several counties would help finance such a facility, but it could be run by private company
Friday, February 8, 2019
EDITORIAL: It's time for a 'real' ban
Friday, February 8, 2019
New ATV parts manufacturer plans to launch operations in Madison
Friday, February 8, 2019
Appeals court tosses Elkhart conviction over concealed hypnosis of sole eyewitness
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Technology helping Knox County's VanGo improve performance
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Lawmakers want to snuff out teen smoking by making tobacco purchase minimum age 21
Legislators have yet to act on a separate proposal to hike the cigarette tax rate by $2 per pack as a way to reduce smoking rates
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Indiana House Bill 1596 advances out of committee after heated testimony
Measure's author claims it's impact of use of TIF funds is "...about workforce alignment and accountability.”
Thursday, February 7, 2019
COMMENTARY: Incivility: Where are we headed?
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Sports wagering, casino bill clears first Indiana legislative hurdle
Would allow two casinos in Gary to relocate, accelerate when horse-track casinos could begin offering live table games from 2021 to this year and legalize sports gambling
Thursday, February 7, 2019
It's a nightmare on I-69 in Madison County: Fog, potholes create havoc for drivers
Because the area along I-69 near Anderson is under contract for widening – it’s up to that contract holder, and not IDEM, to fix any potholes
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Indiana bill would restrict public access to child abuse death cases
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Lawmakers consider changes to allow more alcohol permits in growing communities
Would also create a special food hall permit meant to benefit the $300 million Bottleworks development that is under construction at College and Massachusetts avenues in Indianapolis

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Greenfield, Hancock County Stellar Communities group launches website
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
School bus cameras get green light from Indiana Senate committee
The legislation imposes significantly higher fines than most traffic infractions
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Unwanted telephone calls bill advances through Indiana House, now in Senate
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
South Shore eyes new rail cars, other upgrades in capital plans
The money for the new rolling stock is included in a 2019-2024 capital plan that tops $1.3 billion
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Nixing partisan voter challenges at state primaries wins in Senate
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
House approves plan exempting military retirement pay from Indiana's income tax
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Crown Point's $100 million complex a beacon for development
Officials say construction is moving forward and attracting the attention of national restaurant and hotel chains
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Bill would extend polling hours, offer same day registration in Indiana
Terre Haute legislator claims keeping polls open two more hours would increase turnout
Monday, February 4, 2019
OPINION: Sales tax: the next frontier?
Eye on the pie
Monday, February 4, 2019
'No magic bullet' in spurring Dubois County economic growth, EDC president says
Monday, February 4, 2019
Indiana Senate bill approaches cemetery financial woes from a different angle
Monday, February 4, 2019
Final stretch for 2013 Stellar Communities projects in Bedford, officials report
The city received an initial investment of $19.8 million from the state
Monday, February 4, 2019
Indiana victims' families argue for stiffer penalties for drunken drivers
Under Senate Bill 186, the penalty for causing the death of another person when operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated would increase from a Level 5 felony to Level 4 in certain instances.
Sunday, February 3, 2019
COMMENTARY: Let There Be Light: Lamp of open government dimmed this week in Indiana
Sunday, February 3, 2019
Indiana Senate Bill 255 advances for cultural arts district funding
Measure would allow use of some sales, income tax revenue
Saturday, February 2, 2019
An Indiana driver's license on your phone? It could be just 2 years away
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Greater Lafayette task force aims to broaden conversation beyond pro-life vs pro-choice
Proponent says there is hope that politicians on both sides of the aisle can see the value in bill that supports family planning in all of its forms
Saturday, February 2, 2019
House bill jeopardizes Jeffersonville's Promise and similar measures in state
Education-funding program for local high school graduates attending Ivy Tech set to launch this fall
Saturday, February 2, 2019
COMMENTARY: We need more than just a civics exam
Saturday, February 2, 2019
COMMENTARY: Time running short for Indiana redistricting reform
Citizen-led process lacks GOP support in House
Saturday, February 2, 2019
COMMENTARY: Senate can still preserve public access for Indiana residents
Friday, February 1, 2019
'What's best for them:' State Sen. Koch authors two bills focusing on recovery efforts
Senate Bill 111 provides grant opportunities for community- and faith-based substance abuse programs
Friday, February 1, 2019
Federal shutdown could force SNAP recipients to wait weeks to receive assistance
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities stated about 30 million Americans would have a gap of 40 days or more between when they received February and March benefits
Friday, February 1, 2019
Indiana House Bill would let townships get one-time transfer to spend surpluses
As proposed, 451 of Indiana’s 1,005 townships would be required to submit a capital improvement plan
Friday, February 1, 2019
Sellersburg residents make the case to state for divorce from West Clark Schools
Participants expressed displeasure with what they see as inadequate facilities and limited educational opportunities – especially at Silver Creek High School – due to overcrowding and outdated buildings
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Huntingburg 56-unit workforce housing project's cost jumps to $8 million
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Huntington County talks jail improvements and looks to Legislature for relief
Local officials have seen opportunities for alternative sentencing programs and problem-solving courts, like the drug court, veteran’s court and family court
Thursday, January 31, 2019






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