Photo: Gretchen Frazee The HIV epidemic in Southeastern Indiana has spread to a second county, but health officials say those cases are isolated and they have no plans for changing their strategy. Jackson County borders Scott County, where the recent HIV epidemic is believed to have originated.
Indiana's unemployment rate fell in March to its lowest level in five months, but the state's private sector also lost jobs last month. The Hoosier unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percent to 5.8 percent in March, the second month in a row the rate went down.
For the fourth session in a row, legislative language creating a program to drug test welfare recipients appears dead. The author of this year's version has changed his mind about passing the measure in its current form. Rep. Terry Goodin, D-Crothersville, last week crafted an amendment to a health care bill that would allow the state to randomly drug test welfare recipients.
Photo: Bill Shaw Senator Dan Coats, R-Indiana, says he's confident Indiana can recover from negative publicity surrounding its controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act. During a stop in Bloomington on Monday, Coats said backlash over the law was overblown and gave people the wrong perception of Hoosiers. But, he says the damage could be short-lived.
Photo: Noah Coffey (Flickr) Senate Republicans Tuesday rejected a slew of amendments to the state budget offered by Democrats. That includes one aimed at continuing a recent discussion over the civil rights of gays and lesbians.
For the second year in a row, the Senate shot down a bill regulating Indiana's high-fenced deer hunting preserves. The legality of the state's high-fenced hunting facilities has been the subject of legislative debate and court proceedings for a decade. This year's legislation would have limited the industry to the four existing preserves and imposed significant regulation.
Indiana contractors plan to rally today at the Statehouse to stop a proposed repeal of the 80-year-old Common Construction Wage law. The Indiana General Assembly plans a vote this week on the bill. Its changes create new regulations for contractors - including requirements for training workers and a ban on paying them in cash.
Community leaders across Indiana are updating their ordinances to make sure people can't be discriminated against based on sexual orientation in response to the state's new Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Some Hoosiers feared the original version of the law that aims to protect religious liberties would nullify local non-discrimination ordinances.
Governor Mike Pence's proposed balanced budget amendment narrowly survived a House committee vote Tuesday. The balanced budget amendment that Governor Pence proposed in his State of the State address would prohibit the state from spending more in its budget than it's expected to collect in taxes.
Indiana Department of Transportation officials have reached an agreement in principal with the Federal Railroad Administration to keep the Amtrak Hoosier State Rail Line running indefinitely. The line, which has faced several threats of closure in recent months, was set to cease operation at the end of this month if a deal wasn't reached.