Politics & Issues

1:20 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

What’s Likely To Replace Indiana’s Energy Efficiency Program

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Indiana's energy efficiency program is being eliminated, so lawmakers need to decide on an alternative next year.
Photo: Gretchen Frazee After Indiana's energy efficiency program Energizing Indiana is eliminated at the end of the year, lawmakers plan to consider whether to implement an alternative program or continue without a state mandate. The legislature won't debate the issue until the next legislative session in January, but the public debate is already unfolding.
1:12 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Work Requirement For SNAP Benefits To Be Reinstated

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Starting in March, able-bodied Hoosiers without dependents will need to be employed or attend a job training program to continue receiving SNAP benefits.
Indiana food banks say they fear stricter requirements for people on food stamps will create a spike in demand. Beginning in March, able-bodied Hoosiers without dependents will only be allowed supplemental nutritional assistance, or SNAP benefits, for three months unless they're employed a minimum of 20 hours a week or participate in a job training program paid for by the government.
1:37 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Illinois’ Medical Marijuana Program Won’t Impact Indiana

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State Police don't think a neighboring state's medical marijuana program will cause increased trafficking in Indiana.
Illinois will become the second state bordering Indiana to start administering medical marijuana to patients. More than 6,000 residents have applied under the state's Medical Cannabis Pilot Program since September. Legal marijuana will be available starting in the spring. But Indiana State Police said they don't expect the program to cause an influx of marijuana in Indiana.
1:35 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

BMV Prepares For Moped Registrations

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Hoosiers must register their mopeds with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles beginning January 2nd.
The moped law, passed last session, requires Hoosiers to either have a driver's license, driver's permit, or a state ID card with a special endorsement. People can begin getting that endorsement at the start of 2015 if they take a 25 question written exam similar to a driver's test.
1:26 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Secretary Of State Candidate Alleges Voter Intimidation

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The Democratic candidate says Indiana inappropriately labeled some voters' registrations as "inactive" during a cleanup of the state's voter rolls.
Photo: Sam Klemet, WFYI Democratic Secretary of State candidate Beth White says Republicans are trying to intimidate and disenfranchise Hoosiers on the state's inactive voter list. During Indiana's recent voter list cleanup effort, hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers were labeled as "inactive," meaning they didn't respond to the state's outreach effort.
1:23 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

IU Says Twitter Study Does Not Aim To Limit Free Speech

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A U.S. House committee plans to investigate a grant that funded an Indiana University project called Truthy.
Photo: Gretchen Frazee/WFIU News A U.S. House committee is looking into an Indiana University study that some media outlets have alleged is an attempt to limit free speech on social media. Indiana University officials say those reports are a gross mischaracterization of the study's goals. In a statement released Tuesday, Rep.
9:44 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Bock and Walorski only face off once in debate for Indiana's 2nd District Congressional seat

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Did you know there was a debate between incumbent GOP U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski and Democratic challenger Joe Bock Tuesday night? Too bad, if you missed it. It's the only chance you will have to see both candidates take questions in the same room, at the same time. The Elkhart Truth streamed the debate live and has posted a video.
WABASH - U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski and Democratic challenger Joe Bock didn't break much new ground in their one and only debate. But they touched on a wide range of topics at the encounter Tuesday night, Oct. 21, in Wabash. And the debate provided a contrast for voters in the 2nd District U.S.
9:14 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Indiana National Guard’s Umbarger Will Retire Next Year

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Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger has announced that he will retire next year, after 45 years of service at the Indiana National Guard.
Photo: Jim Greenhill ( Flickr) The Adjutant General of the Indiana National Guard says he'll retire next May after 45 years of service. Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger's announcement came in a letter Tuesday morning after his meeting with Gov. Mike Pence on Monday night.
10:43 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Lifeline Law Advocates Use Social Media To Ease Confusion

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The author of the law says the measure is still misunderstood among students and parents.
State and youth advocates are using social media to educate Hoosiers about a law meant to prevent underage drinking deaths. The Lifeline law, which was initially passed in 2012, provides immunity from underage drinking charges for drunken minors seeking medical attention or police help for themselves or someone else.
10:36 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Lawmakers Aim To Align State, Federal Sexual Assault Laws

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College, state and federal leaders say there needs to be more uniformity among state and federal laws to help reduce sexual assault among college students.
State and federal leaders emphasized the need to standardize laws relating to sexual assault during a meeting today aimed at addressing sexual violence on college campuses. Sexual assault prevention advocates, elected officials, and representatives from 21 of Indiana's colleges and universities attended the event in Indianapolis sponsored by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

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