Politics & Issues

10:09 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Appeals Court Questions Approval Of Utility Rate Increase

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The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission recently allowed Duke Energy to pass the costs of building its Edwardsport plant on to its customers.
A state appeals court is asking the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission for more information on why it's allowing Duke Energy to pass on costs of one of its power plants to consumers. To cover the costs of building its coal gasification plant in Edwardsport, Duke Energy has asked the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to let it make up those costs in the form of rate increases.
10:27 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Law Enforcement Considers Fewer Arrests To Reduce Crime

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Law enforcement officials are looking for ways to reduce the number of incarcerations because many local communities have shrinking budgets.
Photo: Brandon Smith/IPBS Indiana law enforcement officials met with U.S. Attorneys from around the country in Indianapolis this week to discuss ways to address the problem of violent crime. Acting U.S.
10:25 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Speaker Brian Bosma To Carry Ethics Bill

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Advocate groups are concerned Bosma's decision to sponsor a comprehensive ethics reform bill will weaken the reform's potential strength.
Photo: Brandon Smith/IPBS Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma said he would be the lead sponsor of ethics reform legislation while announcing his decision to strip Republican lawmaker Eric Turner from a leadership position. Turner's role in advocating against a bill that would have cost his family millions of dollars exposed what Bosma said are holes in the state's ethics rules.
10:23 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Cooperation Key In Developing Statewide Water Plan

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A legislative study committee, tasked with studying the need for a statewide water plan, met for the first time today.
The need for regional cooperation and collaboration was a common theme heard in testimony Tuesday about Indiana's water resources. An Indiana Chamber of Commerce report released last month detailed the critical need for a state-driven water plan to identify resources and develop ways to deliver water to underserved areas.
10:13 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Appeals Court Upholds Indiana’s Right To Work Law

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The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling comes two days before the Indiana Supreme Court hears a case challenging the law.
The federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld Indiana's right to work law as constitutional. The ruling comes just two days before the law is challenged at the Indiana Supreme Court. Indiana's right to work law bans union contracts that require nonmembers pay fees for representation.
9:47 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Gay Rights Advocates Rally Before Appeals Court Hearing

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Advocates of same-sex marriage rallied Monday in several cities as they made their way to Chicago in preparation for Tuesday's appeals court hearing.
Photo: Sam Klemet/WFYI A roving marriage equality rally made its way north from Indianapolis to Chicago on Monday, stopping several times along the way to decry what supporters say is unfair treatment of GLBT couples. The rally was in preparation for Tuesday's oral arguments in the lawsuit challenging Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage.
7:44 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

State Health Commissioner Announces Resignation

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Dr. William VanNess's resignation will go into affect October of this year.
The Indiana state health commissioner is resigning for what he says is strictly personal reasons. Dr. William VanNess has been commissioner at the state health department for over a year and a half, after being appointed by Governor Pence last January. VanNess said, in a statement, that he plans to leave the department in October.
10:20 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Former Governor Bayh Says He’s Unlikely To Run Again

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Former Indiana Governor Evan Bayh says the partisan nature of modern politics has dismayed him from committing to another run.
Photo: Gretchen Frazee Former U.S. Senator and Former Indiana Governor Evan Bayh said it's more unlikely than likely that he will make another run for governor of the state. But he does know which candidate he would support locally. Bayh told WFYI Public Radio that he won't make a final decision until after Labor Day.
9:18 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Ruling Says Indiana Must Recognize Some Same-Sex Marriages

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A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Indiana must recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states.
U.S. District Court Judge Richard Young ruled that it is unconstitutional for Indiana not to recognize legally-performed same-sex marriages, but the ruling will not take effect just yet. Judge Young granted the state's motion to stay the ruling, until the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals makes a ruling on whether Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional.
7:44 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Proposal Would Create Financial Safeguards For Military

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Zoeller’s proposed bill builds on protection provided by the federal Service Member’s Civil Relief Act.
Photo: Gretchen Frazee Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller wants to enhance consumer protection measures for active-duty military servicemembers. Zoeller's proposed bill which the legislature will consider next session, builds on protection provided by the federal Service Member's Civil Relief Act.

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