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Senate lawmakers have taken steps to regulate daily fantasy sports but chosen chose not to classify the practice as gambling.

A Senate bill passed easily, but the legislation’s path through the House isn’t as secure.

The Senate legislation imposed some regulation on the multi-million dollar industry, including bans on insider information and prohibiting professional athletes and officials from playing. 

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Eleven presidential candidates and 52 congressional hopefuls have filed for Indiana's primary ballot.

All eight remaining Republican presidential candidates have qualified for the ballot, along with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who quit the race the same day his campaign turned in his petition signatures.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders (D-VT) will appear on the Democratic ballot.

All seven U.S. House members seeking reelection in Indiana will first have to survive primary challenges.

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Indiana’s longest-living governor, Edgar Whitcomb, passed away Thursday at the age of 98.

Born in 1917 in southern Indiana, Edgar Whitcomb served in World War Two as a B-17 navigator.  He twice escaped from a Japanese prisoner of war camp, detailing his account in his 1958 book “Escape from Corregidor.” 

Buttery Crop Goes Pop

Feb 5, 2016
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After riding high for a few years on a wave of butter-flavored prosperity, Indiana’s popcorn production dropped by more than a quarter last year.

In 2014, Hoosier farmers planted and harvested more popcorn than they ever had before, producing more than 430 million pounds of the stuff. But last year, they produced only 310 million pounds.

Greg Matli, a statistician for the US Department of Agriculture’s Indiana field office, says Indiana popcorn became a victim of its own bounty.

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Last month’s state tax collections edged above projected levels as Indiana began the second half of its fiscal year. 

Indiana tax revenues have come in just below expectations for most of the fiscal year. 

But in January, collections through seven months of the fiscal year topped projections by about $7 million.  Collections in almost all tax categories last month were near their targets – sales tax came in just above predicted levels, individual income tax and gaming taxes were just off the mark. 

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Legislation that would allow people to get prescriptions without an in-person exam or visit from a health care provider is headed to the Senate.  But some lawmakers aren’t comfortable taking steps forward in “telemedicine” services.

Telemedicine is health care provided remotely through, for instance, videoconferencing.  The proposed bill would allow doctors, physician assistants or advanced practice nurses to write some prescriptions for a patient without seeing them in person. 

Book Review: Choices

Feb 5, 2016

  The traditional story about a young hotshot forced into a life-altering change of attitude gets flipped on its head in Choices. Author M. A. Smith sets main character Ethan in her native southern California, where the lawyer falls from grace after a horrific car accident. Dropping cases of the rich and famous and instead approaching despised pro bono work gives Ethan a surprising perspective on the world he never cared for. The huge twist at the end is sure to grip readers as well - but don't read the last chapter first.

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Now that West Lafayette has completed the bidding process on its 120-million State Street Redevelopment Project, the city, along with project partner Purdue University is ready, in the Joint Board’s words, to convert State Road 26 from “a state highway into a main street.”

An information meeting Thursday evening kicked off State Street’s next phase: educating city residents about the project and eliciting their input. More formal public hearings are to follow. 

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Two Ball State University Board of Trustee members have resigned from the school’s governing board before their appointed terms were up.  The school has known about the resignations since December.

Two of the nine trustees – Frank Hancock and Marianne Glick – submitted resignation letters to Indiana Governor Mike Pence in mid-December.  The governor appoints trustees to all public university boards for four-year terms.  Both Hancock and Glick’s appointed terms were to end in 2017.

ISTEP Repeal Bill Would Replace Test By 2018

Feb 4, 2016
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A move to replace ISTEP with a shorter test is on legislators' radar for a second straight year -- but the House and Senate have traded places.

Both chambers have passed bills calling for a study of what should replace ISTEP.

But the House bill abolishes ISTEP when the current contract runs out next year, with a new test making its debut in 2018.

Last year, it was the Senate which voted to eliminate ISTEP -- the House wanted to review the issue.

House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says both chambers agree ISTEP is what he calls “a broken brand.”

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