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2nd northern Indiana city drops gay protection proposals

August 4, 2015
 Associated Press
Officials in the northern Indiana city of Goshen have decided to put off voting on a proposal expanding anti-discrimination protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
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Elkhart mayor asks city council to withdraw LGBT ordinance

July 28, 2015
 Associated Press
Elkhart's mayor has asked city council members to withdraw his proposed ordinance seeking anti-discrimination protections for gays, lesbians and others after it sparked strong local opposition.
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Tax Court: IndyGo appeal of $800,000 budget cut may proceed

July 16, 2015
Dave Stafford
IndyGo received the green light to proceed with a Tax Court appeal of about $800,000 in budget cuts the state ordered for the public transportation service in 2012.
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Some justices dubious of synthetic drug law arguments

July 15, 2015
Dave Stafford
At least two of Indiana’s five Supreme Court justices were openly skeptical of arguments that the state’s scheme for criminalizing synthetic drugs such as Spice and bath salts is unconstitutional, as the Court of Appeals ruled.
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Local efforts to limit Fourth of July festivities fizzle

July 1, 2015
Dave Stafford
Not everyone is having a blast over the explosion of fireworks use in Indiana in recent years. But local attempts so far to curb the concussions have bombed.
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ITCA does not apply to lawsuit challenging local firearm law

June 24, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
An Evansville man suing the city for enforcing a local law prohibiting firearms in public parks is not effectively bringing a tort claim, as the city argued in its motion on the pleadings. The Court of Appeals affirmed denial of the city’s motion, finding the claim is being brought pursuant to I.C. 35-47-11.1-5, which creates a private right of action for individuals to enforce that statute’s provisions.
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Justices rule for small Arizona church in sign law dispute

June 18, 2015
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States ruled Thursday for an Arizona church in a dispute over a town's sign law in a decision that three justices said could threaten municipal sign regulations across the country.
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Annexation law gives landowners more clout

June 17, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Forty-nine days after the start of the 2015 Indiana General Assembly, many landowners fighting municipalities around the state got what they wanted. But language ending involuntary incorporation was stripped from the bill.
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Tippecanoe County Courthouse dome rusted, needs repairs

June 11, 2015
 Associated Press
Small pieces of metal are falling from the Tippecanoe County Courthouse and officials say its dome and pillars need repairs.
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Prosecutor offers parents behind on child support amnesty

June 9, 2015
 Associated Press
A northeastern Indiana prosecutor is offering parents who lost driving privileges because they're behind on child support payments a chance to get back behind the wheel.
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Indianapolis City-County Council to sue over $32M electric-car contract

June 9, 2015
 Associated Press, IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis City-County Council has voted to sue the city as a way to prevent it from implementing a $32 million plan to rent 425 electric cars for its vehicle fleet.
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Council votes not to consider revised justice center plan

June 9, 2015
IBJ Staff
The City-County Council voted 16-13 Monday night against considering a scaled-down plan for a new Marion County criminal justice center.
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Whitestown likely to appeal Zionsville case to Supreme Court

June 4, 2015
Lindsey Erdody
A ruling from the Indiana Court of Appeals allowing Zionsville to merge with Perry Township is likely to be challenged before the state Supreme Court.
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Court declines to rule on constitutionality of statute as it relates to auditors

May 26, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
Because the Marion County auditor does not have statutory or common law standing to appeal a property tax assessment board of appeals’ decision under Indiana Code 6-1.1-15-12 to the Indiana Tax Court, its judge, Martha Wentworth, held that the constitutional challenge raised regarding the statute will have to be decided another day.
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Sheriff: Federal oversight could end soon at Indiana jail

May 8, 2015
 Associated Press
A sheriff in northwest Indiana says a county jail could be released from oversight by the U.S. Department of Justice later this year.
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Capstone of criminal code reform put in place during 2015 session

May 6, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The bill establishing the funding and the mechanism to distribute the dollars needed for Indiana’s new criminal code reform had a bumpy ride through the Statehouse. But in the final hours of the 2015 legislative session, lawmakers approved language that ensured the money would be funneled through local programs and projects designed to reduce recidivism and ease overcrowding in Indiana’s prisons.
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Marion County justice center debate proves divisive

April 22, 2015
Dave Stafford
Nearly a year-and-a-half after Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Marion County Sheriff John Layton and other community leaders laid out a vision for an Indianapolis criminal justice center, its future is clouded as late opposition resulted in a major setback to the plan.
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City will push criminal justice center proposal at next council meeting

April 21, 2015
Dave Stafford
The proposed Indianapolis criminal justice center plan was not placed on the agenda of Monday’s City-County Council meeting, but Mayor Greg Ballard will seek to gather votes to pass the divisive 35-year private-public partnership next month. Ballard’s statement drew a rebuke from council chairwoman Maggie A. Lewis.
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Hope town marshal to spend 2 weeks in jail

April 17, 2015
 Associated Press
A southern Indiana town marshal will spend two weeks in jail after a jury in Columbus convicted him of felony misconduct and misdemeanor false informing.
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Council committee shoots down plan for Indy justice center

April 15, 2015
Kathleen McLaughlin, IBJ Staff
Mayor Greg Ballard's $1.6 billion justice center project suffered what could be a fatal blow in an Indianapolis City-County Council committee Tuesday night.
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Evansville residency ordinance hearing to be broadcast

April 13, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush has approved a Vanderburgh Superior judge’s request that an en banc hearing be held regarding an ordinance passed last year that says a person appointed to a board serving the city of Evansville must live in the city.
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Leaky roof, mold among repair needs at Floyd County jail

April 13, 2015
 Associated Press
A southern Indiana jail is battling a leaky roof, mold and other problems that need costly repairs sooner than later, but financial challenges could make the work a daunting task.
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Justice Center needs additional bid process for key offices

April 10, 2015
Dave Stafford
The proposed criminal justice center deal before the Indianapolis City-County Council will be just the first of at least two long-term, multi-million dollar contracts. A second contract to be presented to the council later is expected to increase total construction costs by $35 million to $54 million.
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Supporters: Justice Center needed now, will boost downtown Indianapolis

April 8, 2015
Dave Stafford
Representatives of legal, business and labor organizations said the proposed Marion County Criminal Justice Complex is a long-delayed and necessary development that would employ thousands and pump up downtown Indianapolis by vacating outdated jail and court facilities.
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Hearing to be held on proposed Indy Criminal Justice Center

April 7, 2015
IL Staff
The first of several public hearings on the proposed Indianapolis Criminal Justice Center complex will take place at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 118 of the Indianapolis City-County Building.
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