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Twitter troll takes over lawmaker's handle, demands apology

March 8, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana state lawmaker who says he won’t “give in to terrorists” is refusing an apology demand from an unknown person who took over his abandoned Twitter handle.
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Indiana’s civil forfeiture laws under scrutiny

March 8, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Legislation and lawsuits seek to curb the government’s ability to seize private property.
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7th Circuit opinion shapes overhaul of vaping law

March 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
Guidance from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals was the driving force behind an overhaul of Indiana’s controversial vaping law, which is now before the House of Representatives in a significantly amended form.
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Nonprofit legal groups help East Chicago residents living in environmental nightmare

March 8, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The legal aid groups are working on finding new housing for people as well as securing assistance.
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Solar bill draws heat

March 8, 2017
Dave Stafford
Homeowners, churches, schools among those who decry slashing incentives, though big arrays may thrive under the legislation.
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Lawyer seeking Pence emails wants remand after learning about private account

March 7, 2017
Olivia Covington
An Indianapolis attorney who is asking the Indiana Supreme Court to release documents sent to former Gov. Mike Pence is now asking the high court to remand the case in light of recent revelations that Pence used a personal email account for state business while governor.
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Corrections health firm to lay off nearly 700 Indiana employees

March 7, 2017
Mason King
The health care provider for the Indiana Department of Corrections has lost its contract with the state and plans to lay off nearly 700 employees by the end of the month.
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West Lafayette council aims to make immigrants feel welcome

March 7, 2017
 Associated Press
The West Lafayette City Council has passed a resolution that aims to make immigrants feel welcome and safe.
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Kokomo, Howard County officials approve bar smoking ban

March 7, 2017
 Associated Press
Officials in a central Indiana county have approved a ban on smoking in all bars and private clubs.
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Justice Department backs off request to halt ‘bathroom bill’

March 6, 2017
 Associated Press
The Trump administration is taking steps to drop the federal government’s legal fight against North Carolina’s “bathroom bill.”
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Trump signs new travel ban, targets those seeking new visas

March 6, 2017
 Associated Press
President Donald Trump on Monday signed a new version of his controversial travel ban, aiming to withstand court challenges while still barring new visas for citizens from six Muslim-majority countries and shutting down the U.S. refugee program.
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WH defends Pence's use of private email while governor

March 3, 2017
 Associated Press
A White House spokeswoman said Friday that Vice President Mike Pence "did everything to the letter of the law" after public records revealed that he used a private email account to conduct public business as Indiana's governor.
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Children’s commission bill advances

March 3, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A bill that would allow the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana to hire an executive director, costing an estimated $150,000 annually, will be presented to the Senate Committee on Family and Children Services Monday.
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Former AG Holder visits IU McKinney, discusses judicial issues in America

March 3, 2017
Olivia Covington
Former United States Attorney General Eric Holder stopped by the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law on Thursday, taking questions from Indiana’s current and future attorneys and offering his perspective on some of the issues facing the nation.
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Coalition asks EPA to act on lead in East Chicago water

March 3, 2017
 Associated Press
A coalition of community and environmental groups and law clinics has petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to act immediately to protect East Chicago residents from lead in their drinking water.
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Indiana agency rejects resident's 'atheist' license plate

March 2, 2017
 Associated Press
The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has denied a Goshen man's request to have a personalized plate that read "atheist."
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DNA tests show imprisoned Indiana man didn't commit '92 rape

March 2, 2017
 Associated Press
A central Indiana man who's spent nearly a quarter-century in prison is seeking to have his rape conviction vacated after DNA tests show he wasn't the assailant.
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Bill prohibiting sanctuary campuses moves to Indiana House

March 1, 2017
Olivia Covington
A bill meant to require Indiana colleges and universities to comply with federal immigration investigations has passed the Senate, though concerns remain about the policy’s implication on Indiana campuses.
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Mass protest study committee bill clears Indiana Senate

March 1, 2017
 Associated Press
A bill originally allowing authorities to use "any means necessary" to keep roadways clear during a protest but then reduced to a legislative study committee issue has cleared the Indiana Senate.
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Peeping drones crime bill clears Indiana Senate

March 1, 2017
 Associated Press
Anyone using the advanced technology of an aerial drone to undertake the age-old crime of voyeurism could be charged with a new offense under a measure approved by the Indiana Senate.
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Hogsett's criminal justice center could cost $575 million

March 1, 2017
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett’s administration on Tuesday estimated that its proposed new jail, courthouse and intervention center would cost between $565 million and $575 million.
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Indiana House approves ‘abortion reversal’ bill

February 28, 2017
 Associated Press
The Indiana House has approved a measure on a so-called ‘abortion reversal’ procedure despite concerns from both sides of the aisle that the method hasn’t been sufficiently vetted.
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Indiana House OKs bill on prayer in schools

February 28, 2017
 Associated Press
A legislative proposal whose author says it would put prayer back in schools has cleared the Indiana House.
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Indiana Senate approves bill to curtail solar incentive

February 28, 2017
 Associated Press
Financial incentives for installing solar panels would be eliminated in the coming years under a bill passed Monday by the Indiana Senate.
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FBI lawyer sting rattles billion-dollar whistleblower unit

February 27, 2017
 Bloomberg News
The Justice Department offers secrecy and cash to whistleblowers for information about companies that cheated the government. But one former government attorney is accused of using that information for his own gain.
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