Politics & Issues

3:31 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Hidden Hills Residents To Meet With DNR Over Dam Controversy

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Residents of a neighborhood in Miami County will meet with DNR officials during a pre-hearing conference next month.
Photo: Bill Shaw A group of Northern Indiana residents will meet with the Department of Natural Resources to discuss an ongoing disagreement over the condition of six dams. The DNR sent homeowners living in Miami County's Hidden Hills neighborhood violation letters last month saying repairs on the dams needed to start by the end of October.
2:24 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Fuel Tax Changes Recommended To Help INDOT Funding Needs

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The Indiana Chamber of Commerce says the state faces a $750 million funding gap to maintain its roads. Changes to the state's fuel taxes could help.
The Indiana Department of Transportation is in the middle of a comprehensive two-year study to determine its future infrastructure funding needs. But Chamber of Commerce CEO Kevin Brinegar says there are some changes the legislature can make right away that will help move the state in the right direction.
2:21 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Senators Say Political Game Preventing Medicaid Expansion

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Senate President Pro Tem David Long is warning of far-reaching consequences if the government rejects Indiana's request to expand the Healthy Indiana plan.
Photo: Brandon Smith/IPBS Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long and House Speaker Brian Bosma both accuse the Obama administration of politicizing the debate over Indiana's proposal to use the state's insurance plan as a vehicle for the Medicaid expansion envisioned by the Affordable Care Act.
2:19 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Hundreds Remember Abdul-Rahman Kassig At Memorial Service

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Friends and family paid tribute to Abdul-Rahman Kassig during a memorial service Sunday.
Photo: Barbara Harrington Butler University's Clowes Memorial Hall was packed Sunday night, as hundreds of people came together to honor Indianapolis-native Abdul-Rahman Kassig. ISIS released a video last week revealing they'd killed the 26-year-old aid worker. The memorial service was centered around an important aspect of Abdul-Rahman Kassig's life - his faith.
2:13 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Counties To Lose $19 Million Dollars Over BMV Tax Refund

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BMV's excise tax refund will affect all Indiana counties, but only three percent of motorists.
Photo: BMV All 92 counties in Indiana will be affected by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles' excise tax refund, starting in June of next year. A miscalculation occurred within BMV causing some motorists to overpay excise taxes on vehicles registered between 2004 and 2014.
2:08 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Northern Indiana Counties Submit Bid For Toll Road Lease

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Lake and LaPorte counties joined forces and submitted a bid for the remainder of Indiana's Toll Road lease.
Photo: Barbara Harrington Two Northern Indiana counties have joined together and submitted a bid for the Indiana Toll Road lease. The current operator filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September and is looking for someone else to take over the remainder of the lease.
10:11 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Hoosiers Have Strong, Opposite Reactions To Immigration Plan

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President Obama says he will not deport undocumented immigrants who have been in the U.S. for at least five years and are parents of U.S. citizens.
Photo: White House President Barack Obama's announcement that the federal government will not deport up to 5 million unauthorized immigrants is receiving strong, but mixed reactions from Hoosiers. Using executive power, Obama said he is ordering immigration services not to deport unauthorized immigrants who have lived in the U.S.
10:39 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Superintendents Meet With Obama On Classroom Tech

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Eight Indiana school superintendents will meet with President Obama to spotlight the ways they've incorporated technology into the classroom.
Eight Indiana superintendents are among 117 nationwide invited to a White House summit to compare notes on how they've used computers and other devices to make teaching more effective. Yorktown Superintendent Jennifer McCormick says her district is using software in areas from teaching kindergartners to read to advanced-placement chemistry.
10:37 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Indiana State Senator Sworn In From Afghanistan

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Twenty-five Indiana state senators were sworn at the legislature’s Organization Day, but one had a very different ceremony.
Photo: Brandon Smith State Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, was sworn in Tuesday morning from Afghanistan. Banks is an officer in the Naval Reserve. He received word earlier this year he'd be called up to service from September through April, meaning he'd miss the entire legislative session.
10:33 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Republican Indiana Legislators To Focus On Education In New Session

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Republican legislative leaders say education will be their top priority in the upcoming session.
Photo: NYC Department of Education When House Republicans unveiled their legislative agenda last month, increasing public education funding was near the top of the list. During his address at the swearing in ceremony for House members, Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, told lawmakers the GOP will support initiatives to ensure dollars are spent in the classroom.