8:28 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Christmas Caroling

Joseph Vasquez (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)

As my wife and I were strolling through the neighborhood this week, we noticed a group of people walking toward us along the street. Most were teenagers, and they all seemed to be carrying sheets of paper. I said, “They must be Christmas carolers.” My wife said, “People don’t do that anymore, do they?” But as they were passing us, one of the adults said, “We’re going caroling. Would you like to join us?” He was obviously the youth minister, and it was clear to us now that they had come from the church at the end of the block.

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4:43 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Jim Brickman: "On a Winter's Night" at The Morris PAC

  Jim Brickman will bring together the sounds of the season with "On A Winter's Night."  Hailed by the Boston Herald as a "Crowd-pleaser," Jim celebrates this in a one-of-a-kind concert event filled with lush instrumentals and soaring vocals.

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10:37 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Senator To Propose Bill Legalizing Medical Marijuana

The announcement comes after a new provision in the federal spending bill, which does away with federal raids in states where medical marijuana is legal.
State Senator Karen Tallian, D-Portage, says she plans to introduce a bill that legalizes medical marijuana in Indiana. The announcement comes after a new provision in the federal spending bill, which does away with federal raids in states where medical marijuana is legal.
6:01 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Wife Of Deployed Naval Officer Sworn In As State Senator

Amanda Banks, a former public policy expert, was sworn in Tuesday at the Statehouse.
Photo: Senate Republican Media Staff In a historic first for the Indiana General Assembly, Amanda Banks was sworn in Tuesday as the newest state senator, replacing her husband while he's serving in the Navy. Naval officer Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, found out earlier this year he would be deployed to Afghanistan for about seven months, meaning he will miss the entire 2015 legislative session.
5:58 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

New Complaint Accuses WellPoint Of Inflating Premiums

The class-action lawsuit seeks refunds for the alleged inflated premiums.
Photo: Gretchen Frazee A new complaint filed as part of a class-action lawsuit t accuses the Indianapolis-based insurance company WellPoint, which recently changed its name to Anthem, of inflating customers' premiums as part of a large health insurance monopoly. The lawsuit claims WellPoint holds 61 percent of the health insurance market in Indiana as the result of an 'illegal conspiracy.'
5:43 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Group Leaders Form Independent Redistricting Coalition

Leaders of “good government” groups say Indiana can’t wait any longer to explore changing the way it redraws its legislative maps every 10 years.
Indiana's voter turnout in the last election was the lowest in its history and the worst in the country. Common Cause Indiana's Julia Vaughn says that's in part because voters don't have enough choices, noting that 44 out of the 100 state representatives ran unopposed.
7:30 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Christmas Cookies

Thirty-five years ago, my Grandmother Graber - from Goshen, Indiana - sent me a birthday card.  A simple yellow card with a picture of some flowers and a duck.  Inside was folded a well-worn ten-dollar bill.  For some reason, probably because we were living in England at the time, the card was put aside, together with its contents, and came to rest in a box of old family letters.  And there it stayed.  For decades.  Only this fall did the card, and the money, finally make its way back to me. 

This is what she said:

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10:04 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Senate Passes Resolution Honoring Indianapolis Aid Worker

The measure expresses condolences to Kassig's family and pays tribute to Peter’s humanitarian work.
Photo: The Kassig Family The U.S. Senate honored Abdul-Rahman Kassig, formerly known as Peter Kassig, the Indianapolis native who was beheaded by ISIS militants last month, with a resolution passed yesterday. The resolution was introduced by Senators Joe Donnelly and Dan Coats.
10:03 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Universities Talk Funding Formula At State Budget Committee

The legislature will begin meeting in January to write a new state budget.
Photo: Flickr Leaders from Indiana's public universities made their biennial trip to the State Budget Committee on Wednesday in advance of a new state budget that legislators will debate early next year. A big part of the universities' presentations is proving to the committee how much work they've put into improving their institutions.
9:27 am
Thu December 11, 2014

IUB To Allow Preferred Names On Transgender Students’ IDs

The university says the change is an effort to accommodate and support transgender students who go by a different name than their legal name.
Students at Indiana University's Bloomington campus will be able to apply to use a preferred name, instead of a legal name, on their university-issued identification cards beginning this week, the university announced Monday. The university says the change is an effort to accommodate and support transgender students who go by a name different than their legal name.