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GPS ankle bracelet company grows rapidly in Indianapolis

December 27, 2016
 Associated Press
A GPS ankle bracelet company is likely to grow rapidly in Indiana as authorities increasingly use tracking devices to increase compliance with pretrial release, probation or parole conditions among accused and convicted offenders.
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AG releases report, recommendations on human trafficking in Indiana

December 22, 2016
Olivia Covington
In 2016, there were at least 178 known cases of human trafficking in Indiana, with some of the victims as young as only 7 years old.
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DOE details Charlotte School of Law’s troubles

December 22, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
In explaining its decision to boot Charlotte School of Law from the federal student financial aid program, the U.S. Department of Education provided a rare inside look at how the American Bar Association evaluated and ultimately placed the institution on probation.
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2016 marks low point for death sentences since 1970s

December 22, 2016
 Associated Press
Only 30 people were sentenced to death in the United States this year, the lowest number since the early 1970s and a further sign of the steady decline in use of the death penalty.
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ABA lawsuit targets changes to loan forgiveness program

December 21, 2016
IL Staff
Public sector attorneys hoping to have some of their student loans erased could find out they owe more money than they previously thought.
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Incoming Indiana governor picks controversial DOC leader

December 21, 2016
 Associated Press
Indiana's incoming Gov. Eric Holcomb has appointed a man with a controversial history in state government to lead the Indiana Department of Correction.
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Feds bring charges in alleged fraud scheme that stung CNO Financial

December 20, 2016
Greg Andrews, IBJ Staff
Prosecutors on Monday lowered the boom on the New York-based hedge fund Platinum Partners, alleging it carried out a $1 billion fraud that left hundreds of victims—including CNO Financial Group.
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Indiana man among Obama's granted clemencies nationwide

December 20, 2016
 Associated Press
President Barack Obama has shortened the sentence of an Indiana man convicted of a federal drug crime.
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Trial date set in Vigo County School Corp kickback scheme

December 20, 2016
 Associated Press
A trial date has been set for two former Vigo County School Corp. employees accused in an over-billing kickback scheme that cost the school district over $80,000.
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Obama sets rule to protect streams near coal mines

December 19, 2016
 Associated Press
The Obama administration on Monday set final rules designed to reduce the environmental impact of coal mining on the nation's streams, a long-anticipated move that met quick resistance from Republicans who vowed to overturn it under President-elect Donald Trump.
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Cities, counties mull immigrant legal fund after Trump's win

December 19, 2016
 Associated Press
Major U.S. cities and counties are beefing up legal services for immigrants to help them fight deportation and avoid fraudulent lawyers in the wake of Donald Trump's election and his hard-line immigration enforcement promises.
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Indiana clerk who refused same-sex marriage license loses lawsuit

December 19, 2016
Dave Stafford
A southern Indiana deputy clerk who was fired after she refused to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple lost her civil-rights lawsuit against the county clerk. Her suit claimed religious discrimination on the basis of her avowed Christian belief that same-sex marriage is “against God’s law,” which is “above legal law.”
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COA: Case for relief against INDOT may continue

December 16, 2016
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals allowed a local government entity to continue seeking relief against the Indiana Department of Transportation Friday, holding that the local unit of government had standing to seek both injunctive and declaratory relief.
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Retired senator named executive director of vaping group

December 16, 2016
 Associated Press
A recently retired Indiana lawmaker who voted in favor of a controversial vaping bill has been hired as the executive director of the Vapor Association of Indiana.
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AG-elect says drug offenders need to be held accountable

December 15, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Since the Legislature revised the state’s criminal code to provide drug treatment and recovery services to low-level drug offenders, Indiana has been brutalized by an opioid epidemic that has led to a resurgence of HIV along with needle exchange programs in eight counties and counting.
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Gov-elect Holcomb keeping Bonaventura in child services post, names general counsel

December 15, 2016
 Associated Press, IL Staff
Indiana Republican Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb has reappointed Mary Beth Bonaventura as director of the Indiana Department of Child Services and selected his general counsel.
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Anthem-Cigna merger goes to judge for ruling that could end deal

December 14, 2016
 Bloomberg News
The first phase of the U.S. Justice Department’s lawsuit to halt Anthem Inc.’s planned takeover of rival insurer Cigna Corp. is in the hands of a federal judge after the government wrapped up its arguments Tuesday that the deal would harm competition in the national insurance market.
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Agreement with Gary to resolve Clean Water Act violations

December 14, 2016
 Associated Press
Federal and Indiana authorities have reached an agreement with the city of Gary to resolve longstanding violations of the Clean Water Act, including the release of raw sewage.
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Kokomo mayor signs ordinance reversing pinball machine ban

December 14, 2016
 Associated Press
The mayor of Kokomo has approved an ordinance that will reverse a more than 60-year-old ban on pinball machines in the city.
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Northwest Indiana man gets clemency after 18 years in prison

December 14, 2016
 Associated Press
A northwest Indiana man who served 18 years in prison on drug convictions is enjoying life as a free man after being among the 214 people granted clemency by President Barack Obama this summer.
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Zoeller reflects on 8 years as Indiana attorney general

December 14, 2016
Olivia Covington
When outgoing Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller leaves behind his Statehouse office in January, there are a number of projects in the private sector he plans to pick up.
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Hogsett unveils vision for jail, criminal justice reform

December 12, 2016
Dave Stafford
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett outlined his vision Monday — one he called “bold in its concept and immense in its scope” — for a new jail and a reformed criminal justice system that would prioritize mental health and addiction treatment for non-violent offenders.
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Lawmakers to file plan for reducing youth suicide

December 12, 2016
 Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers plan to file a plan in January aimed at reducing the number of children, teens and young adults who kill themselves.
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Indianapolis mayor to unveil new jail, criminal justice changes

December 12, 2016
 Associated Press
Indianapolis’ mayor is proposing construction of a new jail and changes to the local criminal justice system to place a greater emphasis on assessing inmates for mental illness and substance abuse problems.
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Washington state suing agrochemical giant over PCB pollution

December 9, 2016
 Associated Press
Washington has become the first U.S. state to sue the agrochemical giant Monsanto over pervasive pollution from PCBs, the toxic industrial chemicals that have accumulated in plants, fish and people around the globe for decades. The company said the case "lacks merit."
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