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  • Ballot question may slow down same-sex marriage ban amendment

    One of the issues slowing down the proposed same-sex marriage ban amendment is the question of how to remove it from the 2014 ballot if the U.S. Supreme Court rules this summer that such bans are unconstitutional.

    January 31, 2013

  • Criminal records expungement bill moves forward

    Legislation that would allow more people the opportunity to erase their criminal records if they could show they’d redeemed themselves passed a critical vote Wednesday.

    January 30, 2013

  • Legislation calls for new state water management agency

    Legislation that has support from both conservationists and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce calls for the first-ever statewide water management plan and a gubernatorial-appointed administrator to execute it.

    January 29, 2013

  • Maureen Hayden Maureen Hayden: Indiana getting little in return on vocational education money

    Republican Gov. Mike Pence and Democratic Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz made headlines last week when they appeared at an “innovation” summit and said they were in agreement that Indiana needed to do more to support vocational education.

    January 27, 2013 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0115 - Pence inauguration -AP.jpg Expert: State lacks in getting students to jobs

    Indiana has an abundance of vocational education opportunities but a poor record of keeping students in the programs and getting them trained in well-paying jobs. That was the message delivered Friday by an economic development expert to a group of 150 vocational education and workforce development officials.

    January 25, 2013 1 Photo

  • images_sizedimage_056073529 Lawmakers looking for ways to patch road repair funds

    Freshman lawmaker Alan Morrison and a Democrat from a neighboring district, state Rep. Clyde Kersey, have signed on as co-authors of legislation aimed at freeing up millions of more dollars for local road repair.

    January 23, 2013 1 Photo

  • news_stateofstate.jpg Pence calls for more vocational training to close ‘skills gap’

    Vocational education — in which students focus on skilled trades that require an increasing amount of technical know-how — can provide students “with a pathway to success,” Gov. Mike Pence said in his State of State speech.

    January 23, 2013 1 Photo

  • FEA - HB0123 - Vintage campers 1 - HS.jpg Vintage campers aren’t just a job for Peru native

    Dan Piper says he has an incurable disease. He calls it “silver fever.” The main symptom? According to 54-year-old Piper, it’s the obsessive urge to collect shiny, metallic vintage camping trailers.

    January 22, 2013 1 Photo

  • Maureen Hayden Maureen Hayden: Another Daniels may get state’s criminal code on track

    Two years ago, Gov. Mitch Daniels set out to reform prison sentencing in Indiana, convinced that the state’s spiraling prison costs were eventually going to squeeze out other budget priorities, including education.

    January 20, 2013 1 Photo

  • Bill offers re-write of state’s criminal code

    Indiana may join a growing number of states that are reducing penalties for low-level drug crimes while increasing the punishment for violent criminals and sexual predators.

    January 16, 2013

  • NWS - HB0115 - Pence inauguration -AP.jpg Pence calls on Hoosiers to do their part

    Moments after taking the oath of office at his outdoor inauguration, Gov. Mike Pence called on Hoosiers to do their part to boost the state’s economy, education and quality of life, saying “each of us has a role to play.”

    January 14, 2013 1 Photo

  • 1204 news Parks and Rec 03.jpg ‘Parks and Rec’ episode shot in Indianapolis airs Thursday

    What do actor Rob Lowe, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich have in common?

    January 14, 2013 2 Photos

  • Pence to take oath in outdoor ceremony

    Indiana’s 50th governor spent his pre-inaugural weekend dining and dancing with contributors at a fancy ball, greeting supporters at a “family fun” event at a race car factory, and worshiping with several hundred people at a prayer service where some requests to heaven may have been weather-related.

    January 14, 2013

  • Lawmaker sees support growing for arming teachers

    Republican state Sen. Jim Tomes says there may growing support for his proposal to train more school teachers in the use of firearms.

    January 13, 2013

  • Support for gun-carrying teachers is growing, Republican senator says

    Republican state Sen. Jim Tomes says there may be growing support for his proposal to train more school teachers in the use of firearms.

    January 13, 2013

  • Bill would allow some criminal records to be expunged

    Republican State Rep. Jud McMillin calls himself a “do-the-crime, do-the-time kind of guy” but says it’s time for Indiana to build some more forgiveness into the criminal justice system.

    January 9, 2013

  • More GOP lawmakers questioning same-sex marriage ban

    Both publicly and privately, GOP lawmakers are expressing doubts about a measure that saw wide support in past sessions and they cite changing public opinion on whether the state’s current ban on same-sex marriage should be locked into the state’s constitution.

    January 8, 2013

  • State legislators plan push to require cursive writing in school

    A bill that would require Indiana’s public schools to teach cursive writing is one of the first items that may come up for debate as the Indiana General Assembly begins its 2013 session.

    January 7, 2013

  • Bosma Photo 2.jpg Legislature enters budget session with cash surplus

    The Indiana General Assembly starts its 2013 session Monday in some unfamiliar but welcome territory: Flush with more than $1 billion in new revenue to spend — plus $2 billion in reserves — while crafting the state’s two-year budget plan.

    January 6, 2013 1 Photo

  • news_danielsendofyear.jpg Daniels extols the power of a 'tiny example'

    Much of what Mitch Daniels has done, from consolidating procurement across state agencies to selling off a fleet of unused state vehicles, has been about making government more efficient, he said.

    January 5, 2013 1 Photo

  • Bill seeks to put more police in state schools

    Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is backing legislation that could put more police officers in schools.

    January 3, 2013

  • elex_donnellywins.jpg Indiana’s new US senator stakes place in the ‘middle’

    In a conference call with reporters before he was sworn in as Indiana’s newest senator Thursday, Joe Donnelly said he’ll be traveling the state next week seeking the support of Hoosiers to help him forge a stronger role for what he called “the middle.”

    January 3, 2013 1 Photo

  • Mitch Daniels RV for WEB.jpg Daniels, RV-1 hit the end of the road

    Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels took his final trip in RV-1 Wednesday, traveling from Indianapolis to the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart.

    December 19, 2012 1 Photo

  • Bosma Photo 2.jpg Bosma may face divisions within party

    Speaker of the Indiana House Brian Bosma says his pledge to restore civility to the chamber remains in force as the Indiana General Assembly prepares to take on some contentious social and fiscal issues when it convenes in January.

    December 18, 2012 1 Photo

  • Maureen Hayden Maureen Hayden: Treat gun deaths as major health problem

    Last Friday afternoon, in the wake of the unfathomable tragedy that struck the community of Newtown, Conn., Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels directed that flags throughout the state be flown at half-staff until sunset Tuesday.

    December 16, 2012 1 Photo

  • 1107 news Ritz 1 .jpg New school leader making allies, even across party lines

    Indiana’s new schools superintendent, Glenda Ritz, is making some allies in the Statehouse: Republican legislators who pushed the education-reform laws that triggered a wave of voter discontent that carried the Democrat Ritz into her new job.

    December 15, 2012 1 Photo

  • Ed Clere 2.jpg Support for gay-marriage ban wavering

    Noting what he called the “rapidly evolving” shift in public opinion reflected in a poll released Thursday, an influential, conservative Republican state senator said he’ll oppose such a measure if, as expected, it comes up for debate in the 2013 session.

    December 13, 2012 1 Photo

  • Survey finds support for lighter pot law, opposition to same-sex marriage ban

    A majority of Hoosiers are ready to support the decriminalization of marijuana and oppose putting a same-sex marriage ban into the state constitution, according to a new survey released today.

    December 13, 2012

  • cnocrane1 - Copy.jpg Navy's top admiral visits Crane

    The highest ranking admiral in the U.S. Navy visited NSA Crane on Monday and assured the facility will grow even if the government goes off the fiscal cliff.

    Adm. Jon Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations, came to the base with Sen. Dan Coats, Sen.-elect Joe Donnelly and Congressman Todd Young. Indiana Lt. Gov.-elect Sue Ellspermann also joined the tour later.

    December 11, 2012 1 Photo 1 Slideshow

  • 1128 news Lapel kindergarten classes20a.jpg Full-day kindergarten enrollment up 19 percent after state boosts dollars to local schools

    Indiana’s decision to increase funding for full-day kindergarten has led to an increase in students enrolling in kindergarten programs across the state and more state dollars doled out to local schools.

    December 10, 2012 1 Photo

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