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Protest bills with anti-traffic obstruction focus sweep US

March 22, 2017
Olivia Covington
In response to the increasing number of demonstrations, legislators across the country have introduced bills limiting where protesters can demonstrate or increasing fines for participation in peaceful protests that turn violent.
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Arrestee DNA collection bill Senate hearing Wednesday

March 21, 2017
IL Staff
A bill that would require Indiana authorities to collect DNA samples from people arrested for a felony will be heard by a Senate committee hearing Wednesday.
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Adjudicating on different CHINS petition allowed under Trial Rule 15(B), COA rules

March 21, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A troubled teenager found to be a child in need of services was properly adjudicated even though the juvenile court ruled the state did not meet its burden in proving the basis of its CHINS petition.
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House to consider extension of civil legal filing fee

March 21, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A bill which would extend the pro bono legal services fee on court filings has cleared a committee in the Indiana House of Representatives and is headed for a second reading Tuesday on the floor of the lower chamber.
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Indiana considers prohibiting cities from banning Airbnb

March 20, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana cities and towns wouldn’t be allowed to restrict companies such as Airbnb under a proposal state lawmakers are considering as they wade into the parochial matters of property rights and zoning disputes.
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This movie-tax lawyer might have found a way to stop Brexit

March 17, 2017
 Bloomberg News
Jolyon Maugham says being a lawyer in a controversial field requires a thick skin, which is useful for anyone willing to speak out on the subject of Brexit.
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The doctrine sure to emerge in Gorsuch hearings

March 17, 2017
 Associated Press
When Democrats question Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch at his Senate confirmation hearing next week, they'll probably ask a lot about something called "Chevron deference."
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Dan Coats sworn in as national intelligence director

March 17, 2017
 Associated Press
Former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats has been sworn in as the nation's top spy chief.
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Bar association speaks out against bill banning prospective liability releases

March 17, 2017
Olivia Covington
One of the state’s largest bar associations is speaking out against a bill in the Indiana General Assembly that would prohibit attorneys’ ability to prospectively release themselves from malpractice liability.
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Legal aid funding cut from Trump budget

March 16, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The Trump Administration’s proposed budget would eliminate funding to the Legal Services Corp., which provides grants to 134 legal aid organizations around the country including Indiana Legal Services Inc.
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Advocates of hate crime statute still pushing Legislature to act

March 16, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
With a little more than a month remaining in the 2017 Indiana General Assembly session, advocates are ramping up their efforts to get hate crime legislation through the Statehouse this year.
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Panel backs letting staffers have guns in Statehouse

March 16, 2017
 Associated Press
Legislative employees could carry guns as they go about their duties at the Indiana Statehouse under a National Rifle Association-backed measure that is advancing.
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Young wants to fill Indiana seats on federal courts quickly

March 15, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
With the deadline passed to apply for openings in the federal courts in Indiana, Sen. Todd Young’s office says it wants to move quickly to select candidates to fill the positions.
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CASA Day at Statehouse set for Monday

March 14, 2017
IL Staff
About 400 Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers will gather Monday at the Indiana Statehouse joined by Justice Steven David to highlight the program’s efforts and talk with lawmakers about issues facing children involved in the child welfare system.
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First assistant U.S. Attorney takes over after Capp resignation

March 14, 2017
IL Staff
The former first assistant U.S. attorney in Northern Indiana has now assumed the role of acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana.
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Obama’s final year: US spent $36 million in records lawsuits

March 14, 2017
 Associated Press
The Obama administration in its final year in office spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act, according to an Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data that also showed poor performance in other categories measuring transparency in government.
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City sues drugmaker for letting OxyContin flood black market

March 14, 2017
 Associated Press
As deaths from painkillers and heroin abuse spiked and street crimes increased, the mayor of Everett, Washington, took major steps to tackle the opioid epidemic devastating this working-class city north of Seattle. He sued the maker of OxyContin.
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Tight budgets could complicate Sessions’ vow to fight crime

March 14, 2017
 Associated Press
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is promising his Justice Department will lead the charge in helping cities fight violent crime, and police chiefs are ready with their wish lists. But the federal law-enforcement agencies could receive less funding in a budget plan to be introduced Thursday.
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7th Circuit rules for CSX in landowner suit

March 13, 2017
Olivia Covington
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against a Roachdale couple’s claims against CSX Transportation Company after finding that CSX has not lost its easement to a portion of its railroad track adjacent to the couple’s property.
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Indiana lawmakers weigh banning so-called sanctuary campuses

March 13, 2017
 Associated Press
As universities across the U.S. grapple with whether to adopt policies intended to protect students in the country without legal permission, Indiana lawmakers are weighing a proposal that would ban so-called sanctuary campuses.
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Western Indiana police get training on handling mentally ill

March 13, 2017
 Associated Press
Police officers in Terre Haute are among those taking a weeklong Crisis Intervention Training Program organized by local and state organizations to build stronger relationships between law enforcement, mental health agencies and the local chapter of National Association of Mental Illness.
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Senate committee OKs Coats as national intelligence director

March 10, 2017
 Associated Press
The Senate intelligence committee has voted to confirm President Donald Trump's pick for national intelligence director, advancing his nomination to the Senate floor.

The committee voted 13-2 in favor of former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats to replace James Clapper, who retired at the end of the Obama administration.
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Pennsylvania sues IBM over $170M jobless claims contract

March 9, 2017
 Associated Press, IL Staff
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's administration has sued IBM, saying the company failed to deliver on a 2006 contract to build an integrated system to process unemployment claims. IBM has been locked in a legal battle in Indiana for nearly seven years over its failed $1.3 billion contract to modernize the state's welfare system.
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Hawaii files lawsuit over Trump's revised travel ban

March 9, 2017
 Associated Press
Hawaii has become the first state to file a lawsuit against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, saying the order will harm its Muslim population, tourism and foreign students.
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East Chicago officials say $56M is needed for lead crisis

March 9, 2017
 Associated Press
East Chicago officials estimate the city needs at least $56 million to deal with its ongoing lead contamination crisis.
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