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Pennsylvania sues IBM over $170M jobless claims contract

March 9, 2017
 Associated Press, IL Staff
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's administration has sued IBM, saying the company failed to deliver on a 2006 contract to build an integrated system to process unemployment claims. IBM has been locked in a legal battle in Indiana for nearly seven years over its failed $1.3 billion contract to modernize the state's welfare system.
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Hawaii files lawsuit over Trump's revised travel ban

March 9, 2017
 Associated Press
Hawaii has become the first state to file a lawsuit against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, saying the order will harm its Muslim population, tourism and foreign students.
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East Chicago officials say $56M is needed for lead crisis

March 9, 2017
 Associated Press
East Chicago officials estimate the city needs at least $56 million to deal with its ongoing lead contamination crisis.
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ABA report sees role for lawyers in repairing public trust

March 8, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A report from the American Bar Association is calling upon attorneys to help their communities repair the mistrust that divides law enforcement and residents of the communities they serve.
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Indiana bill creates emergency contact database

March 8, 2017
 Associated Press
Law enforcement officers responding to a tragic car accident could quickly notify an emergency contact under an Indiana bill.
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Indiana gun measures head toward final approval

March 8, 2017
Dave Stafford
Two firearms bills moved closer to final approval in the Indiana Legislature Wednesday.
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Twitter troll takes over lawmaker's handle, demands apology

March 8, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana state lawmaker who says he won’t “give in to terrorists” is refusing an apology demand from an unknown person who took over his abandoned Twitter handle.
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Indiana’s civil forfeiture laws under scrutiny

March 8, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Legislation and lawsuits seek to curb the government’s ability to seize private property.
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7th Circuit opinion shapes overhaul of vaping law

March 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
Guidance from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals was the driving force behind an overhaul of Indiana’s controversial vaping law, which is now before the House of Representatives in a significantly amended form.
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Nonprofit legal groups help East Chicago residents living in environmental nightmare

March 8, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The legal aid groups are working on finding new housing for people as well as securing assistance.
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Solar bill draws heat

March 8, 2017
Dave Stafford
Homeowners, churches, schools among those who decry slashing incentives, though big arrays may thrive under the legislation.
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Lawyer seeking Pence emails wants remand after learning about private account

March 7, 2017
Olivia Covington
An Indianapolis attorney who is asking the Indiana Supreme Court to release documents sent to former Gov. Mike Pence is now asking the high court to remand the case in light of recent revelations that Pence used a personal email account for state business while governor.
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Corrections health firm to lay off nearly 700 Indiana employees

March 7, 2017
Mason King
The health care provider for the Indiana Department of Corrections has lost its contract with the state and plans to lay off nearly 700 employees by the end of the month.
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West Lafayette council aims to make immigrants feel welcome

March 7, 2017
 Associated Press
The West Lafayette City Council has passed a resolution that aims to make immigrants feel welcome and safe.
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Kokomo, Howard County officials approve bar smoking ban

March 7, 2017
 Associated Press
Officials in a central Indiana county have approved a ban on smoking in all bars and private clubs.
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Justice Department backs off request to halt ‘bathroom bill’

March 6, 2017
 Associated Press
The Trump administration is taking steps to drop the federal government’s legal fight against North Carolina’s “bathroom bill.”
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Trump signs new travel ban, targets those seeking new visas

March 6, 2017
 Associated Press
President Donald Trump on Monday signed a new version of his controversial travel ban, aiming to withstand court challenges while still barring new visas for citizens from six Muslim-majority countries and shutting down the U.S. refugee program.
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WH defends Pence's use of private email while governor

March 3, 2017
 Associated Press
A White House spokeswoman said Friday that Vice President Mike Pence "did everything to the letter of the law" after public records revealed that he used a private email account to conduct public business as Indiana's governor.
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Children’s commission bill advances

March 3, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A bill that would allow the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana to hire an executive director, costing an estimated $150,000 annually, will be presented to the Senate Committee on Family and Children Services Monday.
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Former AG Holder visits IU McKinney, discusses judicial issues in America

March 3, 2017
Olivia Covington
Former United States Attorney General Eric Holder stopped by the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law on Thursday, taking questions from Indiana’s current and future attorneys and offering his perspective on some of the issues facing the nation.
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Coalition asks EPA to act on lead in East Chicago water

March 3, 2017
 Associated Press
A coalition of community and environmental groups and law clinics has petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to act immediately to protect East Chicago residents from lead in their drinking water.
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Indiana agency rejects resident's 'atheist' license plate

March 2, 2017
 Associated Press
The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has denied a Goshen man's request to have a personalized plate that read "atheist."
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DNA tests show imprisoned Indiana man didn't commit '92 rape

March 2, 2017
 Associated Press
A central Indiana man who's spent nearly a quarter-century in prison is seeking to have his rape conviction vacated after DNA tests show he wasn't the assailant.
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Bill prohibiting sanctuary campuses moves to Indiana House

March 1, 2017
Olivia Covington
A bill meant to require Indiana colleges and universities to comply with federal immigration investigations has passed the Senate, though concerns remain about the policy’s implication on Indiana campuses.
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Mass protest study committee bill clears Indiana Senate

March 1, 2017
 Associated Press
A bill originally allowing authorities to use "any means necessary" to keep roadways clear during a protest but then reduced to a legislative study committee issue has cleared the Indiana Senate.
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  1. He TIL team,please zap this comment too since it was merely marking a scammer and not reflecting on the story. Thanks, happy Monday, keep up the fine work.

  2. You just need my social security number sent to your Gmail account to process then loan, right? Beware scammers indeed.

  3. The appellate court just said doctors can be sued for reporting child abuse. The most dangerous form of child abuse with the highest mortality rate of any form of child abuse (between 6% and 9% according to the below listed studies). Now doctors will be far less likely to report this form of dangerous child abuse in Indiana. If you want to know what this is, google the names Lacey Spears, Julie Conley (and look at what happened when uninformed judges returned that child against medical advice), Hope Ybarra, and Dixie Blanchard. Here is some really good reporting on what this allegation was: http://media.star-telegram.com/Munchausenmoms/ Here are the two research papers: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0145213487900810 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0145213403000309 25% of sibling are dead in that second study. 25%!!! Unbelievable ruling. Chilling. Wrong.

  4. Mr. Levin says that the BMV engaged in misconduct--that the BMV (or, rather, someone in the BMV) knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged fees but did nothing to correct the situation. Such misconduct, whether engaged in by one individual or by a group, is called theft (defined as knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of another person with the intent to deprive the other person of the property's value or use). Theft is a crime in Indiana (as it still is in most of the civilized world). One wonders, then, why there have been no criminal prosecutions of BMV officials for this theft? Government misconduct doesn't occur in a vacuum. An individual who works for or oversees a government agency is responsible for the misconduct. In this instance, somebody (or somebodies) with the BMV, at some time, knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged. What's more, this person (or these people), even after having the error of their ways pointed out to them, did nothing to fix the problem. Instead, the overcharges continued. Thus, the taxpayers of Indiana are also on the hook for the millions of dollars in attorneys fees (for both sides; the BMV didn't see fit to avail itself of the services of a lawyer employed by the state government) that had to be spent in order to finally convince the BMV that stealing money from Indiana motorists was a bad thing. Given that the BMV official(s) responsible for this crime continued their misconduct, covered it up, and never did anything until the agency reached an agreeable settlement, it seems the statute of limitations for prosecuting these folks has not yet run. I hope our Attorney General is paying attention to this fiasco and is seriously considering prosecution. Indiana, the state that works . . . for thieves.

  5. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

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