Mayor-Elect Hogsett Wants To Address Crime First

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Bill Shaw

Even though Indianapolis Mayor-Elect Joe Hogsett has to wait until next year to be sworn in, he’s already making public safety a priority for a city he says has been witness to a violent crime wave.

Hogsett says he’ll at least name a public safety director and police chief before his term begins so they can start alongside him. As soon as he’s sworn in, he plans on convening a meeting of safety officials immediately.

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Indiana will request a five year extension for when high school teachers are required to hold a master's degree and additional college credits so they can teach dual credit courses.

But now state education officials and lawmakers have to figure a way for nearly 2,000 teachers to earn and pay for additional college-level credentials.

Indiana Superintendent Glenda Ritz says if lawmakers don't incentivise going back to college or teaching dual credit, educators could leave the profession.

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The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Gov. Mike Pence to stop him from blocking federal funds that help Syrian refugees move to Indiana.

The ACLU is seeking a preliminary injunction on behalf of Exodus Refugee Immigration, a nonprofit corporation that assists refugees with federal money funneled through the state.

Exodus Executive Director Carleen Miller refuted claims that accepting refugees from Syria poses a security risk, citing the minimum 18-month vetting process each refugee goes through to move to the United States.

Purdue University

Purdue University President Mitch Daniels has been pondering a number of racially-charged issues in the last month.

He’s of Syrian heritage and has watched as his state has tried to deny refugees fleeing civil war from coming to Indiana.

And his campus was the site of a protest similar to one at the University of Missouri decrying racial disparities at Purdue.

Those are just two topics we cover on November’s Monthly Conversation With Mitch Daniels.

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Indianapolis Mayor-elect Joe Hogsett has ordered a top-to-bottom review of city agencies before his inauguration Jan. 1.

The review is a page from Greg Ballard's playbook -- Hogsett has even hired the same Indianapolis accounting firm which reviewed city government when Ballard was first elected in 2007. Crowe Horwath will report how many workers each department has, what projects are in progress, and what their priorities are.