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Criminal Justice
2:46 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Appeals Court Rules For Indiana Roofer In State's Biggest-ever Defamation Suit

The $14.5 million price tag in the original decision has risen to almost $17 million over time.
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The State Court of Appeals upheld the Indiana‘s largest ever defamation award, overturning a second appeal by State Farm Insurance.

State Farm has already paid a judgment to roofing contractor Joseph Radcliffe. Courts had previously ruled that State Farm had made statements that damaged Radcliffe‘s reputation, upholding a Hamilton County jury award of $14.5 million, which grew to almost $17 million with interest by the time the Indiana Supreme Court upheld the ruling.

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Government
2:12 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Ask The Mayor: Frankfort's Chris McBarnes

The mayor talks about the changing face of his city's roads, business sector and blighted neighborhoods.
Credit City of Frankfort

Some questions for the mayor this week:

Shortly after we spoke last month about the city’s plans to possibly demolish blighted buildings, the state announced another round of funding to cities trying to do exactly that. Is Frankfort getting any of that cash?

You’re getting set to knock down your first home following the creation of the Hearing Authority, right?

You and I also talked last month about INDOT’s plan to rehab SR 28 leading into town and you said you thought it was on the near horizon. How quickly do you think that will start in earnest?

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General News
11:08 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Questions Loom About State Funding For Domestic Violence Programs

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Advocates for victims of domestic violence say the state will consider cutting money to programs for those victims. The state agency in charge of the money says it isn‘t true.

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Government
10:36 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Constitution Day Sheds Light On Knowledge, Congressional Differences

Rep. Sheila Klinker (D-Lafayette) and Purdue Fire Chief Kevin Ply compete in the school's Constitution Day quiz.
Credit Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

Here’s a quick and easy way to make public officials nervous: get them to play a quiz show about the laws they’ve sworn to uphold.

That sort of competition, complete with game show-style buzzers, is the cornerstone of Purdue’s yearly Constitution Day events, hosted by the Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship.

Two teams of local notables, including State Rep. Sheila Klinker (D-Lafayette) and West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis faced off, answering questions in a number of constitution-related categories.

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General News
4:37 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Part Of One Gay Marriage Suit Against Indiana Reinstated

Four couples who married outside the state have been told they can proceed with their suit to make Indiana recognize their unions.
Credit Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

The federal judge who declared Indiana‘s gay marriage ban unconstitutional has reinstated part of a separate marriage lawsuit against the state.

In an order filed on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Richard Young restored a suit from four same-sex couples who were married outside Indiana.

The couples sued Governor Pence in an effort to get the state to recognize their marriages as legal. Attorney General Greg Zoeller‘s office asked that the lawsuit be dismissed, saying the governor did not have the authority to affirm the legality of marriages.

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