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Congress may outlaw what critics call “pay for patriotism” celebrations at sports games, including some that have taken place at Indianapolis Colts games in the past.

This year’s final Defense Authorization Bill to be considered by the House and Senate contains a ban on Defense Department spending on salutes to troops at sporting events.

Between 2011 and 2014, the Colts received $620,000 from the department, the fourth-most among NFL teams, for such displays.

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More than two weeks after the first meeting of the Governor Mike Pence’s drug abuse task force, the governor is ordering state agencies to begin implementing some of the group’s initial recommendations.  

One of the drug task force’s initial recommendations urged the state to seek broader Medicaid coverage for drug treatment.  Governor Mike Pence is now directing the Family and Social Services Administration to determine the feasibility of that recommendation. 

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Carmel is a step closer to passing more legal protections for the LGBT community.

The Carmel City Council's finance committee voted to send an anti-discrimination law to the full council. But the committee did so only after amending the law to give businesses cited for discrimination one chance to remedy any issues before being fined.

Under the new form of the law, businesses will get a warning first before being fined up to $500 a day for any additional acts of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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The nation's unemployment rate held steady at 5.1-percent in September. But two top Indiana economists aren’t pleased with that trend.

Ball State Economist Mike Hicks says the economy added only 142,000 jobs last month. He says that's definitive evidence the economy is slowing.

Hicks says employment is only slightly ahead of expected population growth and that 300,000 people left the labor force. In short, he says twice as many workers quit looking for work last month compared to those who found jobs.

Hicks says he’s concerned about the entire report.

  While the power and legitimacy of religion has been questioned by atheists for ages, now comes a new perspective. Alain de Botton, a devout atheist, looks at religion from a different angle, acknowledging its role in people's life and how it helps answer the difficult questions of morality. While not a prescriptive account or one that is always easy to swallow, Religion for Atheists somehow bridges the gap between two extremes, outlining the best aspects of each for readers to take away. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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INDOT is testing something new on State Road 37 in Morgan County -- signs along that road that tell you how fast to go if you want to make the next green light.

As of now the signals are only located leading up to the State Road 144 intersection near Waverly.

INDOT spokesman Harry McGinity says the concept is rooted in safety and convenience, but that's only if drivers are willing to utilize it.

INDOT claims the signs make traffic more efficient by cutting down the number of drivers waiting for a light.

Federal Judge: Beer Wholesalers Still Can't Sell Liquor

Oct 1, 2015
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A federal judge has rejected a plea from Indiana's largest beer wholesaler to sell liquor.

Monarch Beverage sued to get rid of Indiana's law that prohibits beer wholesalers from dealing liquor (and vice versa) -- they have to choose between the two. The company says this law is an equal protection violation and thus unconstitutional.

Judge Sarah Evans Barker says Monarch, in her words, "entirely failed" to show there's any company being treated differently.

City of West Lafayette

Economic development is tricky business.

Is it worthwhile to bring in a big-name company, but only create a few jobs, or is it better to create handfuls of jobs at a time at new supermarkets and gas stations? Just how much can one high-profile company improve a city’s chances of landing similar developments in the future?

We put those questions West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis this week on Ask The Mayor.

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As Suicide Prevention Month comes to a close, Senator Joe Donnelly says America’s military still has work to do to help prevent servicemember suicides.

Servicemember suicides are on pace this year to decline for the second consecutive year.  Yet for three straight years more members of the military have taken their own lives than have died in combat.

Indiana House Republicans

Indiana House Majority Floor Leader Jud McMillin – a rising star in the GOP caucus – abruptly resigned Tuesday.  

McMillin was chosen last year by fellow House Republicans to become floor leader, one of the top ranking positions in the caucus.  In a statement, the Brookville Republican says he decided the time was right to pass the torch after five years in the General Assembly.  McMillin, an attorney and former Ohio deputy prosecutor, says he wants to focus all his attention on, in his words, “making his family’s world a better place.” 

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Communities and law enforcement agencies across Indiana are looking to the General Assembly for guidance on police body camera policies.

West Lafayette’s police force has been using body cameras for about a year.  Chief Jason Dombkowski says he used resources from, among others, the Department of Justice and the International Association of Chiefs of Police when developing a policy for those body cams.  But he says, particularly on privacy concerns and redacting video, he’d like guidance from the legislature:

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He may have been their only choice, but Lake Station Democratic Party officials insist they’re confident in former Mayor Dewey Lemley.

Lemley was selected as interim mayor, to fill ex-Mayor Keith Soderquist's position until January 1. A jury convicted Soderquist on several federal felony charges earlier this month.

Lemley says he’ll do the best he can during his short stay in office.

“I know this position, I know what kind of mess we’re in and I just want to help,” Lemley says.

Test Experts' Warning: Replacing ISTEP Isn't A Quick Fix

Sep 30, 2015
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National education leaders are cautioning Indiana to think through any attempt to replace ISTEP with a new test.

Legislators have been reviewing whether switching to an off-the-shelf test would reduce the time students have to spend on exams.

The Senate passed a bill this year to dump the ISTEP and find a shorter test, but the House called for further study.

Joint Economic Committee

Congresspeople liked the idea so much the first time he brought it up, they asked Mitch Daniels back to address it at length. 

Several months after casually mentioning individual investors might take on the cost of some students' educations, Purdue University President Mitch Daniels joined a conservative-leaning panel Wednesday to address a joint congressional committee about what he sees as the scourge of student loan debt.

WBAA's Greg Kostraba talks with organist Michael Bennett, who will be featured on the next Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society concert Sunday afternoon at 4 at St. John's Episcopal Church.