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DOC recommends stretching $5 million to 41 counties

October 13, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The Indiana Department of Correction, going against previous advice, has proposed spreading newly available state money around to several counties to help provide rehabilitation and treatment for the low-level offenders who will be coming to county jails.
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Attorney: Fort Wayne clerk to resign weeks before election

October 13, 2015
 Associated Press
An attorney for Fort Wayne's longtime city clerk says she will resign weeks before the general election because of health reasons.
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Indiana attorney general attending Mexico City conference

October 13, 2015
 Associated Press
Indiana's attorney general is traveling to Mexico City for a conference discussing issues such as human trafficking, drug trafficking and online privacy crimes.
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Indiana BMV admits in class-action case to 112 overcharges

October 13, 2015
 Associated Press
Indiana's Bureau of Motor Vehicles has admitted to more than 100 weight-class overcharges in court documents stemming from a class-action lawsuit alleging that the agency overcharged motorists by tens of millions of dollars.
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Billboard company suing city over digital sign ban

October 12, 2015
Scott Olson, IBJ Staff
A local billboard firm is suing the city of Indianapolis, claiming a recent Supreme Court of the United States decision makes the city's sign ordinance unconstitutional.
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Lawmakers may spoil fantasy sports party

October 12, 2015
Anthony Schoettle, IBJ Staff
The biggest showdown looming for fantasy football goliaths DraftKings and FanDuel has nothing to do with which one can nab the biggest share of the exploding daily fantasy sports market. Instead, state and federal lawmakers are taking a serious look at the legality of their services – a move that could put them out of business in Indiana and other states.
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Lines being drawn for Indiana's next fight over LGBT rights

October 12, 2015
 Associated Press
Months after a divisive religious objections law thrust Indiana into an unwanted national spotlight, gay rights supporters and religious conservatives are preparing for another potentially bitter debate – this time over enshrining LGBT protections into state law.
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Tippecanoe County program helps inmates with mental illness

October 12, 2015
 Associated Press
A new volunteer program offered by the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office is offering support to inmates with mental illnesses.
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New US clean water regulations blocked nationwide by court

October 9, 2015
 Bloomberg News
A U.S. appeals court has put on hold new federal environmental regulations governing American water bodies while it reviews a legal challenge from 18 states.
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Director: Indiana child services case managers leaving

October 9, 2015
 Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Child Services is seeing a higher percentage of its family case managers leave the agency, its director told the DCS Oversight Committee.
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Attorneys: City handling of police shooting a national model

October 9, 2015
 Associated Press
North Charleston, South Carolina, did not erupt in violence — as other cities in similar circumstances did — after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black man. Attorneys for both the city and the family say that is because of the quick actions both sides took to preserve the peace and to come to an agreement.
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BMV: Reforms underway but will take years to complete

October 9, 2015
 Associated Press
Significant reforms are underway at the troubled Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, officials said Thursday, but noted those will likely take several years to carry out and won't come from "quick fixes" to the agency, which in recent years has overcharged motorists millions of dollars in fees.
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Lawsuit wants plans mandated for dealing with big oil spills

October 8, 2015
 Associated Press
An environmental group sued the federal government Thursday, contending it gives pipeline owners and operators a free pass on developing legally required plans for dealing with oil spills into lakes, rivers and other inland waterways.
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BP to pay $138 million in fees in DOJ deal

October 8, 2015
 Bloomberg News
The value of BP Plc’s settlement with the U.S. government and five Gulf states over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill rose to $20.8 billion in the latest tally of costs from the U.S. Justice Department.
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Prosecutors seeking DNA sample in Gary officer's slaying

October 8, 2015
 Associated Press
The Lake County Prosecutor's Office wants to obtain a DNA sample from a 27-year-old man accused of killing a Gary police officer.
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Drug statutes not vague, but justices dismiss ‘spice’ charges

October 7, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
Two men who challenged their criminal charges for possessing chemical compound XLR11 had their charges dismissed by the Indiana Supreme Court Wednesday, but not because the statutes relating to the drug are unconstitutional as they had argued.
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Federal jury rules against DCS, awards family $31.3 million

October 7, 2015
Dave Stafford
The family of a 14-year-old Pulaski County girl who died as a result of prescription error has been awarded $31.3 million in a judgment against state agents who wrongly removed the couple’s children from their home and prosecuted the parents for their daughter’s death.
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Indiana's high court takes up lawmaker email case

October 7, 2015
 Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court will hear an appeal involving a lawsuit seeking a lawmaker's emails and other correspondence with utility company officials over solar power legislation he sponsored.
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The waiting game delays medical malpractice claims going to court

October 7, 2015
Dave Stafford
Lawmakers recently received conflicting diagnoses for review panels that evaluate medical malpractice claims. Some see them as broken, while others say they represent an ideal system that just needs some TLC.
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Attorneys: Indiana feticide conviction was absurd use of law

October 6, 2015
 Associated Press
Attorneys for an Indiana woman seeking to overturn her conviction in the death of her premature baby have argued prosecutors relied on an absurd use of the state's feticide law.
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Smoking law under review in Legislature

October 6, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The legislative Interim Study Committee on Public Policy will review the state’s smoking policy, including a look at e-cigarettes and an increase in the cigarette tax, at its first meeting Oct. 6.
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Ex-Secretary of State Charlie White begins serving home detention

October 6, 2015
 Associated Press
Former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White has started serving his one-year sentence of home detention more than 3½ years after being convicted of perjury and other charges that forced him from office.
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Carmel City Council passes anti-discrimination ordinance

October 6, 2015
Lindsey Erdody, IBJ Staff
Carmel City Council approved a human rights ordinance with a 4-3 vote Monday night after hearing about two hours of divided public testimony.
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Indiana seeks more foster parents because of growing need

October 5, 2015
 Associated Press
The number of children in Indiana in foster care rose to 13,134 in June, up from 10,550 a year earlier, according to state records. The shortage of foster families is putting pressure on the pool of people who are licensed to foster and making it more difficult for caseworkers to find local placements.
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Zoeller, other attorneys general urge OK of addiction law

October 5, 2015
 Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and 37 other attorneys general are urging the Senate to pass the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015.
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