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St. Joseph County Prosecutor Kenneth Cotter has been named as special prosecutor to handle the investigation into the shooting death of Aaron Bailey by Indianapolis police.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry says Cotter’s appointment was aimed at avoiding the appearance of conflict in the case.

He says he believes his office could handle the case but was worried about public perception.

Three top federal officials visited Indiana in August: Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.

The trips were tightly scripted and large parts were closed to the public.

While federal officials have visited Indiana in the past, there has been an uptick in visits since President Donald Trump took office.

A special legislative study committee discussed whether to eliminate Indiana’s license requirement to carry a handgun. The proposed move is part of a nationwide shift known as “constitutional carry.”

Twelve states currently have laws allowing people to carry guns in public without a permit. Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) proposed a bill to eliminate Indiana’s restrictions last session. He says the right to carry is clear in the U.S. Constitution and in Indiana.

Indiana’s U.S. Senators say they want to dig more into the details of President Donald Trump’s strategy for the war in Afghanistan.

Trump addressed the nation Monday on America’s 16-year presence in the east Asian nation. He promised a focus on eliminating terrorists, not “nation-building.” The president also declined to set a timetable for the conflict’s de-escalation and announced an increase in troop numbers.

Sen. Bernie Sanders Brings Pro-Worker Rally To Indy

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Sanders' speech hit many of the same topics he focused on during the 2016 election – tuition-free college, universal healthcare, and higher taxes for the wealthy. (Photo by Drew Daudelin)

Former Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders spoke with local union workers in Indianapolis Monday to kick off a Midwest tour.

Sanders' speech hit many of the same topics he focused on during the 2016 election – tuition-free college, universal healthcare and higher taxes for the wealthy.

The Indiana Department of Education offered schoolchildren around the state an opportunity to view Monday’s solar eclipse through an instructional live stream.

The department partnered with an Indianapolis-area school district to provide a safe alternative to viewing the eclipse.

In Christy Overton’s fourth grade class on the west side of Indianapolis, the students are getting personalized instruction from their scientist in residence, Rick Crosslin.

Awareness Is Aim Of Early Alzheimer's Advisor

Aug 21, 2017

An Indiana woman will play a role in steering the national Alzheimer’s Association when it comes to the disease’s early stages.

Mary Kay Tarbell was recently named as an Early-Stage Advisor for the Alzheimer’s Association. The position provides an opportunity to advance awareness about the importance of early diagnosis.

Tarbell knew the signs of Alzheimer’s.

“I kind of felt the creeping questions,” she says she started asking. “Why am I forgetting this?”

Gen Con Partners With Child Advocates For Charity

Aug 18, 2017

Gen Con is underway in Indianapolis and every year the popular event names a charity partner. This year’s partner is Child Advocates which is Marion County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, organization.

CASA volunteers, provide a voice in court for children who have been removed from their homes. The Marion County branch of this organization hopes to reach the estimated 200,000 people attending Gen Con.

Executive director Cindy Booth says the need for CASA services is growing with the opioid epidemic.

Indianapolis Considers Moving Confederate Monument

Aug 18, 2017

Democrats on the Indianapolis City-County Council are calling for the relocation of a Confederate monument in a city park in wake of the racial violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The 35-foot granite marker sits in Garfield Park on the city’s Southside. It was built in 1912 to honor 1,616 Confederate soldiers and some slaves who died from disease and starvation at a prisoner of war camp in the city.

Indiana’s unemployment rate rose last month for the first time in five months even as the state’s private sector added jobs.

The Indiana unemployment rate went up 0.1 percent rising to 3.1 percent in July. That’s the first increase since February. But it still keeps the unemployment rate well below the national average and lower than all neighboring states.

Research: Biomarkers Could Help Prevent Suicide

Aug 17, 2017

New research helps identify people at risk for suicide using so-called biomarkers in blood tests. The study promotes what’s called precision medicine to help prevent suicide.

Indiana University School of Medicine researcher Alexader Niculescu’s years of research uses biology to determine who is more at risk of dying from suicide. He says it’s really no different then the work cardiologists do to prevent heart attacks.

Anti-Discrimination Groups Launch Hate Crimes Database

Aug 17, 2017

Anti-hate groups from across central Indiana want to better track hate crimes in the state. The groups met at a conference Thursday to launch a hate crimes database.

Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate executive director Amy Nelson says the group launched a hate crimes database because anti-discrimination organizations worry hate crimes are underreported in the state.

Opposing sides made one final pitch Wednesday to the Whitley County Plan Commission over buffers for confined animal feeding operations, or CAFOs.

Farmers and lakefront homeowners attended the meeting decked out, respectively, in green and blue shirts. They’ve disagreed for months on temporary buffers for confined animal feeding operations and ultimately failed to reach a compromise.

Homeowners asked the commission for a two mile buffer between CAFOs and nearby lakes; farmers wanted 1,000 feet. In the end, the commission decided on half a mile.

Purdue University will help train thousands of new Infosys employees in Indiana and nationwide.

The five-year agreement comes as the technology and consulting company readies a new hub in Indianapolis.

For years, Infosys hired mainly visa workers from overseas. The company said in May it’s shifting course, hiring 10,000 American employees – including 2,000 in Indiana.

President Donald Trump disbanded two of his economic advisory councils, after many members resigned in protest of his response to racist violence.

Trump tweeted Wednesday he was “ending” his Manufacturing Council and Strategic & Policy Forum, all made up of CEOs and other industry and workforce leaders.

Among those who resigned from the manufacturing group before that tweet were national AFL-CIO union president Richard Trumka and his chief of staff.

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