Government

Scalia vacancy boosts prospects for Obama’s carbon-cutting plan

February 17, 2016
 Bloomberg News
The U.S. Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death improves the outlook for President Barack Obama’s controversial plan to cut carbon emissions from U.S. power plants, just a week after the court raised doubts about its viability.
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Future uncertain for state environmental policy limit

February 16, 2016
 Associated Press
The future remains uncertain for a proposed limit on Indiana's authority to make its own environmental policies. The Senate Environmental Affairs Committee heard hours of testimony Monday on the bill, which has already passed the House.
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Adoptee birth records bill advances to full House

February 15, 2016
IL Staff
A House committee voted 11-2 Monday in favor of passage of a bill that would provide thousands of adopted Hoosiers with access to their birth and adoption records.
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Supreme Court vacancy highlights stakes in presidential race

February 15, 2016
 Associated Press
The unexpected death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia — and the immediate declaration from Republicans that the next president should nominate his replacement — adds even more weight to the decision voters will make in November's general election.
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Donnelly hopes Senate gets to vote on an Obama nominee

February 15, 2016
 Associated Press
U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, a Democrat from Indiana, says he hopes the Senate will get the chance to vote on whoever President Barack Obama nominates to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
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Lawmakers zeroing in on anti-meth plan

February 15, 2016
 Associated Press
Pharmacists say there are tell-tale signs that a customer is buying cold medicine to make methamphetamine: They peer behind the pharmacy counter, ask for the highest dosage and make multiple purchases in the same hour.
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Challenges to Peabody Energy's coal mine self-bonding grow

February 15, 2016
 Associated Press
A Midwestern environmental group has followed through on its promise to formally challenge Peabody Energy's ability to guarantee it has enough money for future cleanup of its Illinois and Indiana coal mines.
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US joins Syrian refugee case against Pence

February 12, 2016
Dave Stafford
A federal judge had tough questions Friday for the lawyer representing Gov. Mike Pence as he tried to make a case for state sovereignty in attempting to block the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Indiana. Oral arguments came on the heels of the U.S. Justice Department entering the case, claiming Pence’s actions discriminated on the basis of national origin.
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Slave-labor loophole closed by US Senate after 8 decades

February 12, 2016
 Bloomberg News
For 85 years, the U.S. government has turned a blind eye to companies that import goods derived from slavery – so long as domestic production couldn’t meet demand for those goods. That’s about to change.
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Fantasy sports companies defend embattled industry

February 11, 2016
 Associated Press
Fantasy sports sites say their contests aren't gambling because a player's skill level is more of a factor than chance in determining success, but some states have declared them gambling games and either banned them outright or required operators to get gambling licenses.
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7 innocent people spend time in Indiana jail for new TV show

February 11, 2016
 Associated Press
Seven innocent civilians agreed to spend two months in an Indiana jail and have their experiences filmed for an A&E Network series, "60 Days In," that will air starting next month.
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East Chicago looks at video attendance for jailed councilman

February 11, 2016
 Associated Press
The city of East Chicago is looking into whether a City Council member jailed on allegations of drug crimes and a homicide could attend meetings by video.
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Justice Department enters Ferguson court case in strong position

February 11, 2016
 Associated Press
The Justice Department enters its court fight against the city of Ferguson with the apparent upper hand, given a months-long investigation that found vast problems in the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb.
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Senate panel plans changes to limits in police video bill

February 11, 2016
 Associated Press
An Indiana Senate committee is considering an overhaul of a bill that would give Indiana police departments broad authority to withhold body camera video amid opposition from open-government advocates.
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East Chicago City Council seeks guidance on jailed member

February 10, 2016
 Associated Press
The East Chicago City Council has decided to ask the Indiana attorney general and the State Board of Accounts for guidance as one of its members remains jailed.
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Obama vows to press ahead on Clean Power Plan after setback

February 10, 2016
 Associated Press
The administration of President Barack Obama is vowing to press ahead with efforts to curtail greenhouse gas emissions after a divided U.S. Supreme Court put his signature plan to address climate change on hold until after legal challenges are resolved.
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From McKinney to mayor

February 10, 2016
Dave Stafford
Shane Evans went home to Delphi, Indiana, after graduating from law school last year and walked straight into the top job in city hall.
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Suit alleges pattern of illegal detentions in Fort Wayne

February 10, 2016
Dave Stafford
Three Fort Wayne residents – and perhaps scores more – were illegally detained by police without warrants, probable cause or even the accusation that they had broken the law, a federal lawsuit alleges.
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Former foes support Indiana lawsuit funding bills

February 10, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Harsh regulations in other states are inducing the legal financing industry to compromise.
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General Assembly leaders honor Dickson

February 9, 2016
IL Staff
A resolution honoring the service of retiring Indiana Supreme Court Justice Brent Dickson unanimously passed both houses of the General Assembly, and House and Senate leaders praised the second-longest-serving justice in state history Tuesday.
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ICJI opens grant process to aid domestic violence victims

February 8, 2016
IL Staff
Agencies and organizations that serve victims of domestic violence may apply for grants from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute through March 4.
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Officials accused of hampering probe of high school coach

February 5, 2016
 Associated Press, IBJ Staff
Federal court documents released Thursday allege Park Tudor School officials and their attorney impeded authorities as they investigated allegations of an inappropriate relationship between the school’s former basketball coach and a 15-year-old female student at the school.
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Too many toys? Mattel-Hasbro fate rides on antitrust math

February 5, 2016
 Bloomberg News
A proposed merger of Hasbro Inc. and Mattel Inc., an entity that could account for close to half the toys sold in U.S. mass-market outlets, would need to win approval from antitrust officials in Washington who are increasingly saying no to deals marrying the dominant players in an industry.
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Ex-Gov. Whitcomb, lawyer, POW, adventurer, dies at 98

February 5, 2016
 Associated Press, IL Staff
Former Indiana Gov. Edgar Whitcomb, who escaped from a Japanese prisoner camp by swimming overnight during World War II and then made an around-the-world solo sailing trip while in his 70s, has died at age 98.
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Exonerated Gary man readjusts to life outside of prison

February 4, 2016
 Associated Press
A 47-year-old Gary man is readjusting to life outside of prison after he spent nearly 24 years behind bars for robbery and murder convictions that were overturned in appeal.
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