Government

IU Health, HealthNet to pay $18M to settle false-claims case

April 27, 2017
John Russell, IBJ Staff
Indiana University Health and HealthNet Inc. have agreed to pay a total of $18 million to resolve a whistleblower lawsuit alleging they submitted claims to the government in violation of anti-kickback laws. Federal and state authorities announced the settlement agreement Thursday afternoon.
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Trump repeats criticism of court that halted 1st travel ban

April 27, 2017
 Associated Press
President Donald Trump is once again taking aim at a federal appeals court district that covers Western states, saying he is considering breaking up a circuit that is a longtime target of Republicans and is where his first travel ban was halted.
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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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Michigan company's highway sign trademark ruled not harmful

April 26, 2017
 Associated Press
A federal judge has rejected an argument from state officials that a northern Michigan company's trademark of the highway sign M-22 violates federal law.
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Judge cites Trump's comment in 'sanctuary city' ruling

April 26, 2017
 Associated Press
For the third time in two months, a federal judge has knocked down an immigration order by President Donald Trump and used Trump's own language against him.
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Lawmakers' push to avoid social issues draws ire from some

April 25, 2017
 Associated Press
A push from GOP leaders in the Indiana Legislature to set aside divisive social issues this session has frustrated some social conservative groups who suggest Republican lawmakers ignored what their constituents care about.
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Indiana governor says he will sign several contested bills

April 25, 2017
 Associated Press
Statehouse employees will be able to carry guns at the Statehouse, people with epilepsy will be able to use marijuana-derived oil as medicine and parents will see a modest increase in abortion notification rights when it comes to their minor children, under measures Gov. Eric Holcomb on Tuesday said he will sign into law.
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Suit takes aim at Indiana religious-affiliated charter schools

April 25, 2017
Dave Stafford
A Monroe County nonprofit organization has sued the state and a charter school, seeking to block its funding because the group argues that taking tax dollars from public schools for the benefit of private religious institutions violates the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
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Republicans in position to reshape federal bench

April 24, 2017
 Associated Press
Republicans have put President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee on the bench, and they're now in a position to fill dozens more federal judgeships — and reshape some of the nation's highest courts.
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Legislature passes vaping overhaul that removes controversial security firm scheme

April 24, 2017
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
The Indiana General Assembly — on the last day of the session — put its final stamp of approval on a proposal to overhaul the rules for Indiana’s vaping industry after two years of controversial actions.
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Indy judges to have closed-door interviews before retention nod

April 24, 2017
Dave Stafford
Marion Superior judges would appear behind closed doors before a committee comprised mainly of political appointees who would recommend whether jurists should or should not be retained in office, according to a bill that passed the General Assembly.
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Indiana Lawyer wins 2 journalism awards

April 24, 2017
IL Staff
Indiana Lawyer took home two Society of Professional Journalists Indiana Professional Chapter awards Friday.
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Justice Dept. threatens sanctuary cities in immigration fight

April 21, 2017
 Associated Press
The Trump administration intensified its threats to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration authorities, sending letters Friday to nine jurisdictions warning it would withhold coveted law enforcement grant money unless they document cooperation.
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Lawmakers nearing new deal on Ricker's beer carryout issue

April 21, 2017
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
Two Ricker's convenience stores in Indiana would be able to continue sellling cold beer for carryout, but only for another year, under the latest version of a bill being considered by state lawmakers.
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Indiana to conduct audit of untested sexual assault kits

April 21, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana State Police plan to conduct an audit of untested sexual assault kits that may have lingered in evidence collection rooms across the state for years.
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Crack open a lukewarm one: Indiana's quirky rules about beer

April 20, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana law allows someone to walk out of a convenience store and crack open a beer purchased there, but it can't be a cold one.
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EPA chief makes first Superfund site visit with Indiana stop

April 20, 2017
 Associated Press
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency toured an Indiana public-housing complex on Wednesday where roughly 1,000 people were ordered evacuated because of lead contamination, his first visit to a Superfund site that some environmental advocates called a major leadership test.
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Playground case touches on separation of church and state

April 19, 2017
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States signaled Wednesday that it will decide an important case on the separation of church and state in favor of a Missouri church that wants state money to put a soft surface on its preschool playground.
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Data privacy attorneys consider future of consumer protections

April 19, 2017
Olivia Covington
A rule designed to provide internet users with an extra layer of control over their web use history is dead before it ever fully came to life, but data privacy law experts say there’s little reason for consumers to panic.
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Domestic violence bill joined to study of ‘constitutional carry’ effort

April 19, 2017
Dave Stafford
Supporters of a bill that would have allowed victims of domestic violence to carry handguns without a license say a broader effort to eliminate all carry permit requirements delayed needed protections for a vulnerable population and could muddle the issues.
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Pardoned man discusses his story with Notre Dame students

April 18, 2017
 Associated Press
Keith Cooper, a former Elkhart resident wrongfully convicted of a 1996 armed robbery, recalls the moment he walked out of prison in 2006, nine years into a 40-year sentence for a crime he did not commit.
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Senate Judiciary Committee sends 3 issues to study committee

April 17, 2017
Olivia Covington
The effect that revisions to Indiana’s Criminal Code are having on the population of county jails is now a topic up for further legislative review after the Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee passed a resolution to recommend the issue for a summer study committee.
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Holcomb signs off on provision removing AG residence requirement

April 14, 2017
IL Staff
Indiana’s attorney general no longer has to reside in Indianapolis to hold office now that Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed a bill to remove the residency requirement.
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Judge to hear arguments against Trump sanctuary city order

April 14, 2017
 Associated Press
A federal judge in San Francisco will hear arguments in the first lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's executive order to withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with immigration authorities.
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Indiana Senate OKs new hurdle for minors seeking abortions

April 13, 2017
 Associated Press
The Indiana Senate sent Gov. Eric Holcomb a measure Wednesday that would make it tougher for a minor to have an abortion without her parents knowing about it, after legislators changed the wording to leave open the possibility that the procedure could still be kept private under some circumstances.
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