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Half of Indiana police don't report hate crimes data to FBI

June 6, 2016
 Associated Press
More than half of Indiana's police agencies failed to file hate crime reports with the FBI between 2009 and 2014, a trend advocates say is troubling and one reason why state lawmakers need to change the state's standing as one of five states without a hate crime law.
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More than 230 attorneys suspended for CLE, fee noncompliance

June 6, 2016
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court on Friday released its list of attorneys who have failed to pay attorney registration fees, have not complied with continuing legal education requirements and/or failed to submit Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts certifications.
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Obama commutes drug sentence of South Bend man

June 6, 2016
 Associated Press
President Barack Obama has commuted the 20-year sentence of a South Bend man imprisoned in 2004 after pleading guilty to federal drug-trafficking charges.
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Federal jury rejects ex-prosecutor's pay bias claims

June 3, 2016
 Associated Press
A federal jury in Massachusetts has rejected the claims of a former prosecutor in the Suffolk District Attorney's office who alleged she was paid less than male colleagues because of her gender.
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Judge allows state vaping law to move forward

June 2, 2016
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
A Marion County judge has ruled a state law regulating the manufacturers of vaping “e-liquids” can take effect July 1, shutting down an attempt to get a preliminary injunction on the law that they say will put them out of business.
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Justice lawyer who defended Obamacare at high court leaving

June 2, 2016
 Associated Press
The top Justice Department official who defended the president's health care law at the U.S. Supreme Court is leaving his job.
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DOC to close southern Indiana prison this month

June 2, 2016
 Associated Press
The state Department of Correction will close its minimum-security Henryville Correctional Facility in southern Indiana by July 1 in a cost-saving move, the agency announced Wednesday.
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ILS collaborates with East Chicago Housing Authority to help young adults

June 1, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Starting this summer, Indiana Legal Services will partner with the East Chicago Housing Authority to help local youths who have criminal records overcome the barriers to jobs, housing and education.
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Children's asylum approvals vary by US region

June 1, 2016
 Associated Press
For unaccompanied immigrant children seeking asylum in the U.S., where they apply seems to make a world of difference.
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Application period opens for crime victim program grant

June 1, 2016
IL Staff
More than $45 million in grants for programs that help victims of violent crime is being made available through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, which announced Wednesday that grant applications will be accepted through July 1.
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Column: Federal Trade Secrets Act signed into law

June 1, 2016
On May 11, President Barack Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 into law, thereby creating, for the first time, a federal system of trade secrets law.
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Darryl Pinkins’ freedom a long, emotional battle for IU professor, students

June 1, 2016
Dave Stafford
Darryl Pinkins walked out of prison a free man in April after almost 25 years, exonerated in a heinous 1989 rape by advances in DNA forensics. But before the science could free him, Pinkins needed someone to believe in his innocence.
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High-profile cases deplete county's public defender fund

May 31, 2016
 Associated Press
Officials are blaming an increase in drug-related activity and crime spilling over from Indianapolis for draining a suburban county's $500,000 public defender fund.
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Federal judge weighs order to halt homeless camp sweeps

May 27, 2016
 Associated Press
A federal judge is weighing whether to issue an order barring Fort Wayne from conducting periodic sweeps of the city's homeless camps.
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Indiana ministry sues zoning board over dairy farm approval

May 27, 2016
 Associated Press, IL Staff
An eastern Indiana ministry that operates a children's church camp is suing zoning officials over their approval of a large dairy farm that would be built within a half-mile of the camp.
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Man charged in Madison bombings targeting police, judge

May 27, 2016
IL Staff
Federal authorities announced Friday a 37-year-old Madison man has been charged in connection with two pipe bombings that rattled the Ohio River city in March.
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Michigan governor halts internal Flint probes after prosecutors object

May 26, 2016
 Associated Press
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday called for an end to civil and administrative investigations into how two state agencies contributed to Flint's lead-tainted drinking water crisis, after being warned they are hampering state and federal criminal probes.
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Indiana law change reduces state audits of local government

May 26, 2016
 Associated Press
A change in Indiana state law has meant that audits of local governments are being done less often.
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Recount set in Drake v. Orentlicher congressional primary race

May 26, 2016
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Election Commission on Thursday ordered a recount in a Democratic congressional primary election that pitted two attorneys vying to run against three-term incumbent Republican Rep. Larry Bucshon.
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IU challenges part of new abortion restrictions law

May 26, 2016
 Associated Press
The Indiana University board of trustees and three of the school's research officials filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday seeking to block part of the state's new abortion law that bars them from acquiring fetal tissue for scientific purposes.
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Governor: Texas suing over Obama's transgender directive

May 25, 2016
 Associated Press
The state of Texas is suing the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity, Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday.
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Legislative study committee will examine LGBT civil rights

May 25, 2016
 Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers will have a committee study the possibility of adding LGBT civil rights protections into state law.
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IBM contests judge’s removal petition in welfare-privatization suit

May 25, 2016
Dave Stafford
The state’s petition to remove a trial court judge who oversaw the civil lawsuit over the canceled $1.3 billion contract with IBM to overhaul Indiana’s welfare system is “factually incorrect,” according to an attorney representing IBM.
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Senate report: Illegal immigration costs state $131M

May 25, 2016
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
Indiana lawmakers studying the issue of illegal immigration in the state will view a report Wednesday that finds undocumented people will cost the state’s taxpayers $130.7 million this year.
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Judge: Substantial progress in Volkswagen emissions talks

May 24, 2016
 Associated Press
Volkswagen and attorneys for vehicle owners affected by the company's emissions cheating scandal are on target to meet a June deadline for a final settlement proposal, a federal judge said Tuesday.
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