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The Indiana Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Monday to legalize Sunday alcohol carryout sales. It’s the first time the Senate has ever approved such legislation.

Sunday sales has historically been a highly controversial issue at the Statehouse. It’s never so much as passed a Senate committee before this year, let alone the whole chamber. Yet there was no debate on the measure Monday.

Legislation that would define how to evaluate the quality of legislative redistricting maps is headed to the Senate floor after unanimous committee approval Monday.

The bill’s Republican author calls it the “best chance” to move the redistricting reform debate forward, even as advocates say it should go further.

Mapping The Brain: Alzheimer's Research In Indiana

Jan 21, 2018

Much is still unknown about Alzheimer’s, a disease that will impact half the population if you live that long. There are no pharmaceutical treatments. Doctors cannot make a definitive diagnosis until after death, with an autopsy. Research participants are in short supply.

Advances in brain imaging offer some hope, and a key piece of that work is being done in Indiana.

Dr. Martin Farlow is a researcher at Indiana University’s Department of Neurology in Indianapolis.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos approved Indiana’s plan to adhere to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act Friday.

Indiana’s 168-page plan details how state officials will comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced the No Child Left Behind law in 2015.

Movement Biomarker Could Help In Autism Diagnosis

Jan 19, 2018

A recently published study that Indiana University researchers co-authored provides the best evidence yet that movement could be used as a biomarker or a physical measurement that doctors can use to diagnosis. The findings focus on autism.

Diagnosing autism remains dependent on a subjective assessment of a person’s symptoms. IU physics professor Jorge Jose says that can be a problem.

A House committee has approved legislation to track foster children and their success in schools.

The bill would require the Indiana Department of Education and the Department of Child Services to gather data on foster care students in public schools – specifically, the graduation rates and enrollment data for those students.

Deb Brewer is the regional director of a foster care and family services group called The Villages of Indiana, and she says that data could mean more support for foster children.

Legislative leaders confirm that a push to allow grocery and convenience stores to sell cold beer is dead for the 2018 session. But those same leaders offer supporters hope for the future.

A group of Democratic women political and business leaders announced the creation Thursday of a program aimed at getting more Democratic women into positions of power throughout the state.

The initiative is called Hoosier Women Forward, a nine-month long leadership training program that will work with 20 to 25 Indiana Democratic women each year.

Senate Rejects Amendment To Sunday Sales Bill

Jan 18, 2018

The Indiana Senate soundly rejected Thursday a change to legislation that legalizes Sunday alcohol carryout sales.

The bill eliminates the ban on Sunday sales but would only allow alcohol carryout on the seventh day between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sen. Karen Tallian’s (D-Portage) proposed amendment would remove that restriction and make Sunday sales like every other day – 7 a.m. to 3 a.m.

Momentum Grows For CBD Oil Legalization

Jan 18, 2018

Legislative leaders say there’s growing momentum to legalize the controversial cannabidiol, or CBD, for all Hoosiers.

Supporters of proposed House legislation say the measure would kick start Indiana’s industrial hemp industry. The bill would conform state law with the 2014 federal farm bill, which legalized hemp product and any of its derivatives – which includes CBD.

A House committee heard testimony on a bill Wednesday that would help the state identify schools facing financial problems, but the bill has already been met with criticism. Both Gary and Muncie Schools were taken over by the state last year after their finances reached crisis levels.

New Guidelines Address Acute Pain Management

Jan 17, 2018

Indiana health leaders unveiled new guidelines for prescribing pain medication at the Statehouse Wednesday.  They are part of state efforts to combat the opioid epidemic says Indiana drug czar Jim McClelland.

“The crisis that is resulting in economic costs approximating $1.5 billion in the state and incalculable human costs,” McClelland says.

Cold Beer Expansion Bill Fails In Senate Committee

Jan 17, 2018

A push to allow grocery and convenience stores to sell cold beer was dealt Wednesday what’s likely a death blow for the 2018 session.

A Senate committee overwhelmingly rejected a bill to expand cold beer sales after hours of testimony from groups on both sides of the debate.

Democrat Harper Announces Bid For Secretary Of State

Jan 17, 2018

Indiana Democrats have their first declared candidate for Secretary of State.

Valparaiso attorney Jim Harper announced Wednesday his bid to unseat incumbent Republican Connie Lawson this fall.

In his announcement video, Harper says he wants to promote small businesses, help protect investors against fraud, and advocate for election reforms.

“Like expanded early voting, same-day registration, and an end to political gerrymandering,” he says.

A bill to legalize Sunday alcohol sales took a step closer to passage in the House Wednesday as a committee approved the measure 12-1.

The bill is simple – any retailer that sells alcohol Monday through Saturday could now sell it on Sunday, but only from 12 p.m to 8 p.m. Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) drafted an amendment to expand those hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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