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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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GOP governors ask FCC to address illegal prison cellphones

May 24, 2016
 Associated Press
Ten Republican governors, including Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, want the Federal Communications Commission to give states more autonomy to apply technology that can stop prison inmates from using smuggled cellphones.
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Judge faces Supreme Court removal petition in State v. IBM case

May 24, 2016
Dave Stafford
Petitions filed Monday with the Indiana Supreme Court argue a Marion County judge defied a Supreme Court order and overstepped his authority in ruling on remand that the state could prove no damages from its canceled $1.3 billion welfare-privatization contract with IBM.
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Officer cleared in black man's death, prosecutor criticized

May 24, 2016
 Associated Press
After two trials and no convictions, Baltimore's top prosecutor faces criticism that she moved too quickly to file charges against six officers in the case involving a 25-year-old black man who died a week after he was critically injured in police custody, triggering protests and riots a year ago.
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COA deals blow to AG’s foreclosure lawyer consumer suit

May 23, 2016
Dave Stafford
An effectively disbarred Florida attorney whose company hired Indiana lawyers to represent people in foreclosures must face a consumer lawsuit brought by the Indiana Attorney General’s Office, but her company is largely exempted, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Monday.
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Reality show leads to departures at southern Indiana jail

May 23, 2016
 Associated Press
A southern Indiana sheriff says five corrections officers have been fired and four have resigned over the past five months, mostly as a result of a reality show.
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New OT rules force hard choices on small businesses

May 18, 2016
 Associated Press
The regulations being issued by the Labor Department today would double to $913 a week from $455 the threshold under which salaried workers must be paid overtime. In terms of annual pay, the threshold rises to $47,476 from $23,660. The rules take effect Dec. 1.
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New York could become 1st state to ban cat declawing

May 17, 2016
 Associated Press
New York would be the first state to ban the declawing of cats under a legislative proposal that has divided veterinarians. Advocates say the procedure is misguided and cruel.
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Ex-lawmaker, McKinney professor want recount in Congress race

May 17, 2016
 Associated Press
A former state legislator and an IU McKinney School of Law professor wants a recount of the Democratic primary for a southwestern Indiana congressional seat.
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$60 million project to fight for 1st Amendment

May 17, 2016
 Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The First Amendment is getting a new champion, with some deep pockets.

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Illinois turf company disputes Westfield's lawsuit

May 13, 2016
Lindsey Erdody, IBJ Staff
The out-of-state turf company that Westfield is suing for unsatisfactory work at Grand Park Sports Campus is disputing the lawsuit, arguing the city wrongfully terminated its contract.
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