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ACLU slams, prosecutors welcome Sessions' call for tougher charges

May 12, 2017
 Associated Press
The American Civil Liberties Union says Attorney General Jeff Sessions is "repeating a failed experiment" by encouraging prosecutors to pursue tougher charges against most suspects.
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Doctor suspended for sex with patient sues over board minutes

May 12, 2017
John Russell
An Indianapolis doctor whose license was suspended after he admitted to having a five-year sexual relationship with a patient says he has been libeled by the Indiana Medical Licensing Board for how it recorded the matter in its official minutes.
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AP: City pays Indiana congressman's wife $20K/month for legal consulting

May 11, 2017
 Associated Press
A burgeoning Indianapolis suburb has paid the wife of an influential congressman $580,000 since 2015 for legal consulting she largely does from the Washington area, an unusually large sum even in a state rife with highly paid government contractors, according to a review by The Associated Press.
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China releases 2 prominent rights lawyers after 22 months

May 10, 2017
 Associated Press
China has released two prominent human rights lawyers detained nearly two years ago, after they allegedly confessed in court to collaborating with foreign organizations and media to smear and subvert Communist Party rule.
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US sued for warning immigrant advocacy group to stop legal aid

May 10, 2017
 Bloomberg News
A nonprofit fighting the Trump administration’s travel ban in court sued the U.S. Justice Department after being warned to stop offering legal aid to undocumented immigrants.
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Police say 100 cellphones found inside prison worker's car

May 10, 2017
 Associated Press
Authorities say an employee at a central Indiana prison was arrested after more than 100 cellphones were found concealed in his car.
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Trump seeks to dodge suit by supporters who beat protesters

May 9, 2017
 Bloomberg News
President Donald Trump asked a federal judge to throw out lawsuits filed by two former supporters who blame him for "inspiring" their violence against protesters at one of his pre-election campaign rallies.
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US Appeals Court holds crisis bailout of AIG lawful

May 9, 2017
 Associated Press
A federal appeals court has upheld as lawful the government's bailout of American International Group in the heat of the financial crisis. It overturned a lower-court decision favoring the insurance giant's former CEO.
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Appeals court hears arguments on Trump's revised travel ban

May 8, 2017
 Associated Press
After a series of stinging legal defeats, President Donald Trump's administration hopes to convince a federal appeals court that his travel ban targeting six Muslim-majority countries is motivated by national security, not religion.
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GOP-led House panel votes to overhaul Dodd-Frank

May 5, 2017
 Associated Press
House Republicans took a major step toward their long-promised goal of unwinding the stricter financial rules created after the 2008 crisis, pushing forward sweeping legislation that would undo much of President Barack Obama's landmark banking law.
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Court: Gay couple's suit against Kentucky clerk can proceed

May 3, 2017
 Associated Press
A federal appeals court says a gay couple's lawsuit seeking damages from a Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue them a marriage license can proceed. The ruling revives an issue that pulled the state into the center of a national debate over same-sex marriages following a historic Supreme Court ruling.
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Governor signs measure closing cold beer loophole

May 3, 2017
 Associated Press
Legislation closing the legal loophole used by the Ricker's convenience store chain to sell cold beer at two locations was signed into law by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, who took the opportunity to also call for a review of the state's alcohol laws.
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Young lawmakers form caucus to advocate for millennials

May 3, 2017
Olivia Covington
As millennial lawyers continue to grow in both number and influence throughout the state, millennial lawmakers are seeking to follow suit through a new initiative launched at the Indiana Statehouse.
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Holcomb signs bill sunsetting solar-power net metering

May 2, 2017
IL Staff
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb Tuesday signed a bill on solar and alternative energy that some lawmakers called the session’s most contentious — a bill that eventually will slash the guaranteed price rooftop solar users are paid for selling excess energy to the grid.
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Indiana prisons ban inmates from receiving greeting cards

May 2, 2017
 Associated Press
A recent trend of lacing mail with drugs has led to a ban on greeting cards in Indiana prisons.
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Indiana appeals order blocking abortion ultrasound mandate

May 1, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana is appealing a federal ruling that blocks a state mandate forcing women to undergo an ultrasound at least 18 hours before having an abortion.
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Supreme Court says cities can sue banks under US housing law

May 1, 2017
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States ruled Monday that cities may sue banks under the federal anti-discrimination in housing law, but said those lawsuits must tie claims about predatory lending practices among minority customers directly to declines in property taxes.
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Holcomb faces deadline on 'sanctuary campus' bill

May 1, 2017
Olivia Covington
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has just one day left to decide whether he will sign a controversial bill that would prohibit Indiana colleges and universities from adopting “sanctuary campus” policies.
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Charter school facing suit warns of potential ‘chaos’

May 1, 2017
Dave Stafford
An Ellettsville charter school affiliated with a religious institution warns that if a federal lawsuit targeting the school’s state funding is successful, similar charter schools statewide could face “chaos.”
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IU Health, HealthNet to pay $18M to settle false-claims case

April 27, 2017
John Russell, IBJ Staff
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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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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FCC chief lays out attack on 'net neutrality' rules

April 26, 2017
 Associated Press
The head of the country's telecommunications regulator says there will be a vote in May on ditching Obama-era "net neutrality" rules that keep telecoms from favoring some sites and apps.
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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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Judge cites Trump's comment in 'sanctuary city' ruling

April 26, 2017
 Associated Press
For the third time in two months, a federal judge has knocked down an immigration order by President Donald Trump and used Trump's own language against him.
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Lawmakers' push to avoid social issues draws ire from some

April 25, 2017
 Associated Press
A push from GOP leaders in the Indiana Legislature to set aside divisive social issues this session has frustrated some social conservative groups who suggest Republican lawmakers ignored what their constituents care about.
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