Federal agencies

Court vacates union representation, citing unclear deciding vote

June 21, 2017
Olivia Covington
The regional director of the National Labor Relations Board erroneously counted a ballot in favor of union representation of a northern Indiana company and impacted the outcome of an election to determine whether the union would represent the company, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals held Tuesday.
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Trump administration calls for overhaul of Wall Street rules

June 13, 2017
 Bloomberg News
The Trump administration laid out its highly anticipated plan for overhauling bank rules, calling on the government to ease, though not eliminate, many of the strictures that were imposed on Wall Street after the financial crisis.
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McKinney grad named to rural affairs USDA post

June 13, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana native and graduate of Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law has been named to a U.S. Department of Agriculture post overseeing rural issues. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Monday that Anne Hazlett will lead the USDA's rural development agencies.
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No bond for woman accused of leaking top-secret documents

June 9, 2017
 Associated Press
A federal judge in Augusta, Georgia, ordered a young woman charged with leaking classified U.S. documents to remain jailed until her trial after prosecutors argued she might possess more stolen government secrets.
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Comey's release of Trump memo to newspaper: Was it legal?

June 9, 2017
 Associated Press
When former FBI Director James Comey revealed Thursday that he orchestrated a disclosure of damaging details about his conversations with President Donald Trump, he demonstrated his savvy use of media and his skills as a Washington operator. He also kicked up a hornet's nest of questions about the legal and ethical implications of the move.
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Labor secretary defends merging anti-discrimination agencies

June 7, 2017
 Associated Press
Cutting and merging two agencies that investigate workplace discrimination won't reduce the government's enforcement power, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said Wednesday. But Democrats pointed to what they say is President Donald Trump's broader effort to roll back decades of civil rights protections.
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US contractor arrested after leak of Russia hacking report

June 6, 2017
 Associated Press
A federal contractor has been arrested following the leak of a classified intelligence report that suggests Russian hackers attacked at least one U.S. voting software supplier days before last year's presidential election.
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Bosma Enterprises files lawsuit over VA contracting changes

May 25, 2017
 Associated Press, IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based not-for-profit Bosma Enterprises and other advocacy groups for the blind on Wednesday sued the Department of Veterans Affairs in federal court, alleging the agency ignored a long-standing law when it changed contracting rules that have been used for decades to give jobs to the visually impaired.
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Justice Department: School bullying persists, sex assaults up

May 16, 2017
 Associated Press
One in every 5 middle and high school students has complained of being bullied at school and the number of reports of sexual assault on college campuses has more than tripled over the past decade, according to a federal study released Tuesday.
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Indy HeartBeat targets youth violence with $1M federal grant

May 16, 2017
 Associated Press
A new program targeting youth violence and public safety in Indianapolis is set to launch with help from a $1 million grant from the U.S. Justice Department.
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Trump launches commission to investigate voter fraud

May 12, 2017
 Associated Press
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday launching a commission to review alleged voter fraud and voter suppression, building upon his unsubstantiated claims that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election.
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Trump: Comey better hope there are no ‘tapes’ of talks

May 12, 2017
 Associated Press
President Donald Trump, in a warning to his fired FBI director, said Friday that James Comey had better hope there are no “tapes” of their conversations. Trump’s tweet came the morning after he asserted Comey had told him three times that he wasn’t under FBI investigation.
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ACLU slams, prosecutors welcome Sessions' call for tougher charges

May 12, 2017
 Associated Press
The American Civil Liberties Union says Attorney General Jeff Sessions is "repeating a failed experiment" by encouraging prosecutors to pursue tougher charges against most suspects.
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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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FCC chief lays out attack on 'net neutrality' rules

April 26, 2017
 Associated Press
The head of the country's telecommunications regulator says there will be a vote in May on ditching Obama-era "net neutrality" rules that keep telecoms from favoring some sites and apps.
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Lawsuit alleges SEC investigation, financial cover-up at Celadon

April 20, 2017
Susan Orr, IBJ Staff
A Celadon Group Inc. investor has filed a lawsuit alleging that the Indianapolis-based trucking company is misleading shareholders about its financial status and covering up a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into the company.
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Sessions: Ferguson emblem of tense relationship with police

March 31, 2017
 Associated Press
Ferguson, Missouri, has become "an emblem of the tense relationship" between law enforcement and those it serves, especially minority communities, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Friday during a visit to St. Louis.
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Lawsuit seeks data over searches of electronics at US border

March 28, 2017
 Associated Press
A group of First Amendment attorneys sued the Trump administration on Monday over access to data showing how often U.S. citizens and visitors had their electronic devices searched and the contents catalogued at American border crossings.
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SCOTUS takes securities-fraud clash involving Indiana pensions

March 27, 2017
 Bloomberg News
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to use a case stemming from a New York City contract fraud to clarify investors’ ability to sue companies for omitting information from shareholder reports. Investors led by the Indiana Public Retirement System urged the Supreme Court not to take up the dispute.
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Disability claims approval getting tougher

March 22, 2017
Dave Stafford
New rules could set the evidence bar higher despite sharp court rebukes of claim denials.
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Dan Coats sworn in as national intelligence director

March 17, 2017
 Associated Press
Former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats has been sworn in as the nation's top spy chief.
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CIB ordered to give deposition in IRS-Simon lawsuit over Pacers deal

March 15, 2017
Greg Andrews, IBJ Staff
Indianapolis' Capital Improvement Board has failed in its effort to avoid getting entangled in a legal dispute between the IRS and Mel Simon’s widow stemming from Mel’s sale of his half of the Indiana Pacers to his brother Herb in 2009.
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Obama’s final year: US spent $36 million in records lawsuits

March 14, 2017
 Associated Press
The Obama administration in its final year in office spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act, according to an Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data that also showed poor performance in other categories measuring transparency in government.
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Tight budgets could complicate Sessions’ vow to fight crime

March 14, 2017
 Associated Press
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is promising his Justice Department will lead the charge in helping cities fight violent crime, and police chiefs are ready with their wish lists. But the federal law-enforcement agencies could receive less funding in a budget plan to be introduced Thursday.
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7th Circuit rules for CSX in landowner suit

March 13, 2017
Olivia Covington
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against a Roachdale couple’s claims against CSX Transportation Company after finding that CSX has not lost its easement to a portion of its railroad track adjacent to the couple’s property.
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