Government

Forgiving student debt

October 21, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The American Bar Association launched a campaign in response to proposed changes to federal loan forgiveness and repayment programs.
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New law part of effort to block school-to-prison pipeline

October 21, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
National statistics show Indiana is the wrong kind of leader in school discipline.
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Indiana programs help public sector attorneys with loans

October 21, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Along with the government repayment and forgiveness programs designed to help new attorneys in the public sector pay their student loans, law schools and bar associations have established similar programs.
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Officials, groups push for hate crime law in Indiana

October 20, 2015
 Associated Press
At least two Indianapolis-based officials and two organizations are calling upon state lawmakers to establish a hate crime law.
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Study panel to hear proposal to open adoption records

October 19, 2015
Dave Stafford
Whether some 350,000 adopted people born between 1941 and 1993 should be allowed access to their birth certificates – and knowledge of who their biological parents are – will be considered Tuesday by a legislative study panel.
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Health law penalty on uninsured getting stiffer

October 19, 2015
 Associated Press
The math is harsh: The federal penalty for having no health insurance is set to jump to $695, and the Obama administration is being urged to highlight that cold fact to help drive its new pitch for health law sign-ups.
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Hastert attorney says former speaker intends to plead guilty

October 15, 2015
 Associated Press
Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert intends to plead guilty in a multimillion-dollar hush-money case linked to allegations of sexual misconduct from decades ago, a defense attorney told a federal judge Thursday.
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Investigation prompts reorganization at Marion County Jail

October 15, 2015
 Associated Press
An internal investigation at the Marion County Jail has prompted the facility to discipline staff and demote its jail commander.
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Judge hears lawsuit challenging Indiana ballot photos law

October 15, 2015
 Associated Press
A federal judge seemed critical of a new Indiana law that prohibits voters from taking photos of their election ballots and sharing the images on social media during a hearing on a lawsuit challenging the law.
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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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