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Indiana woman pleads guilty in abuse death of daughter, 3

May 2, 2017
 Associated Press
A southern Indiana woman has pleaded guilty in her 3-year-old daughter's abuse death and injuries suffered by the girl's older sibling.
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Common Cause, NAACP sue over Marion County early voting

May 2, 2017
Dave Stafford
Marion County’s single location for early voting provides unequal access to the ballot, argues a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday by Common Cause and the NAACP. Plaintiffs in the case allege Indianapolis’ sole early voting precinct is discriminatory and constitutes voter suppression.
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Indiana appeals order blocking abortion ultrasound mandate

May 1, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana is appealing a federal ruling that blocks a state mandate forcing women to undergo an ultrasound at least 18 hours before having an abortion.
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Indiana Supreme Court ends lawyer's legal quest for Pence emails

May 1, 2017
 Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court is denying a request from a lawyer who wanted his public records case against Vice President Mike Pence to be given a fresh look.
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Appeals court won't reconsider net neutrality ruling

May 1, 2017
 Associated Press
A federal appeals court said Monday it won't reconsider its ruling to uphold the government's "net neutrality" rules that require internet providers to treat all online traffic equally.
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Supreme Court says cities can sue banks under US housing law

May 1, 2017
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States ruled Monday that cities may sue banks under the federal anti-discrimination in housing law, but said those lawsuits must tie claims about predatory lending practices among minority customers directly to declines in property taxes.
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Kansas judges back off effort to keep jurors' names secret

May 1, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana is one of several states where courts don't have to release jurors' names.
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Man convicted in IU student's death appeals 80-year sentence

May 1, 2017
 Associated Press
A man serving an 80-year prison sentence for the beating death of an Indiana University student is appealing his sentence.
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Charter school facing suit warns of potential ‘chaos’

May 1, 2017
Dave Stafford
An Ellettsville charter school affiliated with a religious institution warns that if a federal lawsuit targeting the school’s state funding is successful, similar charter schools statewide could face “chaos.”
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City court judge resigns same day Supreme Court issues reprimand

May 1, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a northern Indiana judge Friday convicted of felony battery against a public safety official after an altercation with a local police chief. As part of the agreement, the judge resigned effective immediately.
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Supreme Court rejects ‘dark box’ case, lets Tax Court ruling stand

April 28, 2017
Olivia Covington
A divided Indiana Supreme Court has denied review to a tax case involving the use of vacant, or “dark,” retail store properties in determining tax assessments for similar-functioning retail properties, allowing the Indiana Tax Court’s ruling in the case to stand.
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‘Purge’ shooter pleads guilty to murder, robbery

April 28, 2017
 Associated Press, IL Staff
A suspect in Indianapolis’ May 2016 “purge” killing has pleaded guilty to murder and felony armed robbery, the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office announced Friday.
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Summary judgment for DCS on age, sex discrimination charges affirmed

April 28, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Department of Child Services did not discriminate against a former employee seeking to come out of retirement when it declined to move him through the interview process, the Indiana Court of Appeals decided Friday.
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COA affirms closing of unsupervised estate

April 28, 2017
Olivia Covington
In a dispute between two northern Indiana sisters, the Indiana Court of Appeals has affirmed the trial court’s decision to close the unsupervised estate of the sisters’ father, finding that the trial court did not apply the wrong legal or statutory standards when closing the estate.
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Appeals court upholds decision to block Anthem bid for Cigna

April 28, 2017
 Associated Press
A federal appeals court on Friday left in place a decision blocking Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc.’s bid to buy rival health insurer Cigna Corp, saying that a bigger company is not better for consumers.
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CASA therapy dogs lighten mood at Tippecanoe courthouse

April 28, 2017
 Associated Press
Navigating the local court system is just one more traumatic experience for children who have been abused or neglected. But Tippecanoe County advocates believe a therapy dog to pat or scratch could ease their stress and lighten their moods.
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Man sentenced to 75 years for killing pregnant girlfriend

April 28, 2017
 Associated Press
A northern Indiana man has been sentenced to 75 years in prison for fatally stabbing his pregnant girlfriend and leaving her body in their apartment while he took a vacation.
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2 convicted of roles in $2 million Hoosier Lottery scam

April 28, 2017
 Associated Press
Two people have been convicted of taking part in a scheme to claim a $2 million Hoosier Lottery prize.
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Judges make it official: Indy courts moving to justice center

April 28, 2017
IL Staff
Judges of the Marion Circuit and Superior Courts formally announced Thursday that civil and criminal courts will move from the Indianapolis City-County Building to a proposed Criminal Justice Complex on the city’s near-southeast side.
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IU Health, HealthNet to pay $18M to settle false-claims case

April 27, 2017
John Russell, IBJ Staff
Indiana University Health and HealthNet Inc. have agreed to pay a total of $18 million to resolve a whistleblower lawsuit alleging they submitted claims to the government in violation of anti-kickback laws. Federal and state authorities announced the settlement agreement Thursday afternoon.
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Justices consider use of ‘dark box’ properties in assessments

April 27, 2017
Olivia Covington
Discerning the true meaning of the term “market value-in-use” is the central task now before the Indiana Supreme Court as it considers whether to accept review of a tax case that attorneys say will have a far-reaching effect on Indiana’s assessment system.
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COA: Vectren projects fail to meet TDSIC requirements

April 27, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The Indiana Court of Appeals has pulled the plug on a power company’s plan to hike rates without allowing the public to view and comment on the proposal.
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Trump repeats criticism of court that halted 1st travel ban

April 27, 2017
 Associated Press
President Donald Trump is once again taking aim at a federal appeals court district that covers Western states, saying he is considering breaking up a circuit that is a longtime target of Republicans and is where his first travel ban was halted.
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Justices seem to favor limits on revoking US citizenship

April 27, 2017
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States seemed ready Wednesday to impose limits on when the government can strip an immigrant of U.S. citizenship for lying during the naturalization process.
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OWI charge vacated on double jeopardy concerns

April 27, 2017
Olivia Covington
A divided Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed one count of operating while intoxicated against a Columbus man, finding that merging the two counts together for sentencing purposes does not satisfy double jeopardy concerns.
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