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Hoosier teams bring home We the People honors

April 28, 2017
IL Staff
Two Indiana teams triumphed at the We the People national finals this week in Washington, D.C.
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‘Purge’ shooter pleads guilty to murder, robbery

April 28, 2017
 Associated Press, IL Staff
A suspect in Indianapolis’ May 2016 “purge” killing has pleaded guilty to murder and felony armed robbery, the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office announced Friday.
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Summary judgment for DCS on age, sex discrimination charges affirmed

April 28, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Department of Child Services did not discriminate against a former employee seeking to come out of retirement when it declined to move him through the interview process, the Indiana Court of Appeals decided Friday.
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COA affirms closing of unsupervised estate

April 28, 2017
Olivia Covington
In a dispute between two northern Indiana sisters, the Indiana Court of Appeals has affirmed the trial court’s decision to close the unsupervised estate of the sisters’ father, finding that the trial court did not apply the wrong legal or statutory standards when closing the estate.
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Appeals court upholds decision to block Anthem bid for Cigna

April 28, 2017
 Associated Press
A federal appeals court on Friday left in place a decision blocking Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc.’s bid to buy rival health insurer Cigna Corp, saying that a bigger company is not better for consumers.
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CASA therapy dogs lighten mood at Tippecanoe courthouse

April 28, 2017
 Associated Press
Navigating the local court system is just one more traumatic experience for children who have been abused or neglected. But Tippecanoe County advocates believe a therapy dog to pat or scratch could ease their stress and lighten their moods.
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Man sentenced to 75 years for killing pregnant girlfriend

April 28, 2017
 Associated Press
A northern Indiana man has been sentenced to 75 years in prison for fatally stabbing his pregnant girlfriend and leaving her body in their apartment while he took a vacation.
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2 convicted of roles in $2 million Hoosier Lottery scam

April 28, 2017
 Associated Press
Two people have been convicted of taking part in a scheme to claim a $2 million Hoosier Lottery prize.
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Judges make it official: Indy courts moving to justice center

April 28, 2017
IL Staff
Judges of the Marion Circuit and Superior Courts formally announced Thursday that civil and criminal courts will move from the Indianapolis City-County Building to a proposed Criminal Justice Complex on the city’s near-southeast side.
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IU Health, HealthNet to pay $18M to settle false-claims case

April 27, 2017
Indianapolis Business Journal, John Russell
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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Justices consider use of ‘dark box’ properties in assessments

April 27, 2017
Olivia Covington
Discerning the true meaning of the term “market value-in-use” is the central task now before the Indiana Supreme Court as it considers whether to accept review of a tax case that attorneys say will have a far-reaching effect on Indiana’s assessment system.
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Man gets life in prison for Indianapolis officer's killing

April 27, 2017
 Associated Press
A man who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting an Indianapolis police officer was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Thursday following emotional testimony from the officer's widow and mother.
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COA: Vectren projects fail to meet TDSIC requirements

April 27, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The Indiana Court of Appeals has pulled the plug on a power company’s plan to hike rates without allowing the public to view and comment on the proposal.
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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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Justices seem to favor limits on revoking US citizenship

April 27, 2017
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States seemed ready Wednesday to impose limits on when the government can strip an immigrant of U.S. citizenship for lying during the naturalization process.
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OWI charge vacated on double jeopardy concerns

April 27, 2017
Olivia Covington
A divided Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed one count of operating while intoxicated against a Columbus man, finding that merging the two counts together for sentencing purposes does not satisfy double jeopardy concerns.
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Justices consider case involving rejected doctrine of res gestae

April 27, 2017
Olivia Covington
In a case that defense counsel warns could allow the concept of res gestae to be reintroduced into the Indiana judiciary, the justices of the Indiana Supreme Court considered whether a gun that was not brandished during a northern Indiana altercation was relevant evidence that led to the appellants’ convictions.
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COA reverses protective order on basis of res judicata

April 27, 2017
Olivia Covington
In a case that Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Rudolph Pyle described as a “prime example of forum shopping,” the appellate court has reversed the grant of a petitioner’s third petition for a protective order because the petition is barred by the doctrine of res judicata.
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7th Circuit affirms summary judgment to casino employees

April 27, 2017
Olivia Covington
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed summary judgment for two security agents at a northern Indiana casino, finding the plaintiff’s argument that she never received a copy of the motion for summary judgment unpersuasive.
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Supreme Court: General contractor assumed duty to sub-subcontractor through contract

April 27, 2017
Olivia Covington
A general contractor assumed a non-delegable duty of care to the employee of a sub-subcontractor through its contractual language, the Indiana Supreme Court decided Wednesday, reversing summary judgment to the general contractor on the issue of duty.
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Law school dean placed on leave sues university

April 26, 2017
 Associated Press
The dean of the University of Cincinnati's law school is suing the university, saying she was illegally placed on administrative leave.
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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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Laid-off DOC teachers get partial victory in appeal challenging protocol

April 26, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Department of Correction followed appropriate protocol when it laid off several institutional teachers in 2009, a divided Indiana Court of Appeals found Wednesday. The court did find, however, the DOC erred in the process of selecting those employees for re-employment in other positions.
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COA reverses dissolution decree imputing potential income to mother

April 26, 2017
Olivia Covington
A divided Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed the terms of a marriage dissolution decree, finding the trial court erred in imputing potential income to the mother based on the fact that she should now be able to work full-time because her children are older.
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Indiana Supreme Court denies death penalty statute appeal

April 26, 2017
 Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court has turned down the request of a Gary man accused of slaying seven women to look at the constitutionality of the state's death penalty statute before he goes to trial.
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