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US senators reach deal to reduce prison time for some offenders

October 1, 2015
 Associated Press, IL Staff
A bipartisan group of senators unveiled legislation on Thursday that would overhaul the nation's criminal justice system, allowing some nonviolent drug offenders to get reduced prison sentences and giving judges greater discretion in sentencing.
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Ex-Lake Station mayor wants delay in 2nd criminal trial

September 29, 2015
 Associated Press
The former mayor of Lake Station and his wife have asked for a delay in their second criminal trial and for a federal judge to recuse himself.
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Statehouse services set for longtime state Rep. Crawford

September 29, 2015
 Associated Press
Longtime Indiana state Rep. William Crawford will lie in state in the Indiana Statehouse Rotunda ahead of his funeral this week.
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Communities request more funds than DOC has available

September 28, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
In advance of lower-risk offenders staying in local jails instead of going to state prisons, counties across Indiana have requested more than $17 million from the state. However, for the first round of appropriations this fiscal year, the Department of Correction only has $5 million to give.
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Ex-US House speaker's lawyers talking possible plea deal

September 28, 2015
 Associated Press
Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's attorneys are talking with prosecutors about a possible plea deal in the Republican's hush-money case, both sides told a federal judge Monday.
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Complaint targets Quicken Loans' employee free speech rules

September 28, 2015
 Associated Press
Mortgage giant Quicken Loans overly restricts employees' free speech and should rewrite its rules for workers and educate employees about their rights, according to a National Labor Relations Board complaint.
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Volkswagen to be subpoenaed in probe by 27 states

September 25, 2015
 Bloomberg News
A majority of U.S. states, including Indiana, have begun a joint investigation of Volkswagen AG in the widening fallout from the company’s admission that 11 million of its diesel vehicles use software to cheat emissions tests.
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TDSIC settlement agreement rejected by state utility regulators

September 25, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Citing the Indiana Court of Appeals’ ruling, the state utility regulatory agency rejected a power company’s attempt to use a new state statute to charge customers more.
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Embrace immigrants, Pope Francis urges Congress

September 24, 2015
 Associated Press
Standing before a rapt Congress, Pope Francis issued a ringing call to action on behalf of immigrants Thursday, urging lawmakers to embrace "the stranger in our midst" as he became the first pontiff in history to address a joint meeting at the U.S. Capitol.
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Longtime attorney, public servant’s book asserts perks prevail

September 23, 2015
Dave Stafford
Indianapolis attorney Donald P. Bogard started writing a critique of some of America’s most intractable political problems in 2006. His book is out, but the problems haven’t changed.
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First TDSIC tracker petition short circuits, but power turned on

September 23, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Three months after legislation was approved at the Indiana Statehouse allowing utility companies to pass along the costs of upgrading their infrastructure to consumers, Northern Indiana Public Service Co. took the new law out for a test drive.
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Carmel tables sexual-orientation ordinance

September 18, 2015
 Associated Press
A proposal to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity has been tabled by city officials in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel.
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LGBT rights supporters begin campaign seeking civil rights

September 10, 2015
 Associated Press
The anti-discrimination group Freedom Indiana launched a campaign Wednesday pushing for a new law giving equal rights and protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people statewide.
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Panel sets hearing on medical malpractice caps

September 8, 2015
Dave Stafford
A General Assembly panel this week will study whether caps on damages in Indiana’s medical malpractice statute should be changed.
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Exhibit will recreate drafting of Indiana's first constitution

September 8, 2015
 Associated Press
The Indiana Historical Society will pay homage to the state’s upcoming bicentennial with an exhibit recreating the setting where Indiana's first Constitution was drafted in 1816.
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Attorney monitor tracks $2.5 billion settlement

September 8, 2015
 Bloomberg News
Independent monitor Thomas Perrelli released his third report this year giving details of Citigroup Inc.’s progress in complying with a settlement valued at $2.5 billion.
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Feds: Fogle colleague pleads to exploiting 12 children

September 1, 2015
Dave Stafford
The former director of ex-Subway pitchman Jared Fogle’s anti-childhood obesity foundation sexually exploited 12 minor children in Indiana, federal authorities said Tuesday in releasing an information against Russell Taylor. Some of the children depicted in videos Taylor shared with Fogle were as young as 6, authorities said, ranging to age 14.
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COA affirms IURC has no jurisdiction over gas vendor

August 28, 2015
Dave Stafford
A northern Indiana business that filed a complaint with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission when its gas bills were higher than expected lost its appeal of the agency’s dismissal of the complaint Friday.
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Lawmakers to study more time for creditors’ estate claims

August 28, 2015
IL Staff
An Indiana General Assembly panel next week will consider a proposal to extend the time a creditor has to bring a claim against an estate from the current limit of nine months.
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Union wins closely watched labor case over who’s the boss

August 28, 2015
 Bloomberg News
More companies may be held responsible for labor-law violations committed by contractors and forced to negotiate wages and benefits with their workers under a decision by a politically split U.S. labor board.
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Lawmakers hear from advocates on police body-camera rules

August 27, 2015
 Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers studying possible restrictions on the public release of police body-camera footage heard an impassioned plea Wednesday from a woman who is fighting to get a video of her husband's shooting death by Indianapolis police.
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Lawmakers discussing police body camera footage rules

August 26, 2015
 Associated Press
Two weeks after a fatal Indianapolis police shooting led to calls for increased body camera use, state lawmakers will hold an advisory hearing to discuss restrictions on what police body camera footage should be publicly released.
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DNA proposal highlights worries over privacy

August 26, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana Sen. Tim Lanane and his colleagues in the Indiana Statehouse are once again wrestling with when to collect genetic material from individuals in the criminal justice system.
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Americans with Disabilities Act turns 25

August 26, 2015
Teryn Armstrong
Also known as the largest civil rights act in the U.S., the ADA has resulted in gains for those with disabilities. However, there is still more work to be done.
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Indiana Tech Law School restarts accreditation process, welcomes Zoeller

August 25, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana Tech Law School, which began the fall semester Aug. 24, is welcoming a new class of first-year students and mounting another effort to gain preliminary accreditation.
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