4:18 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Depending Who's Asked, State Tax Caps Will Cost Or Save $600 Million This Year

Local taxing units say more change is still needed from lawmakers at the Statehouse.
Credit Jim Nix /

The latest numbers given to a study committee of Indiana lawmakers say the state’s property tax caps are worth about $600 million – either for taxpayers or for the state’s coffers.

But the analysis also shows urban areas have been disproportionately hit by the effects of the decreased revenue – despite the fact the tax caps were enacted after residents in some cities, particularly Indianapolis, complained their taxes were rising too quickly.

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4:05 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Attorney General Zoeller Looks To Consumer Complaints For Legislative Suggestions

Zoeller will primarily ask the Indiana General Assembly to crack down on scammers.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Attorney General Greg Zoeller plans to tackle some of Indiana’s top consumer complaints with his legislative proposals for the 2015 session. 

The Attorney General’s office received nearly 1,000 complaints about home repair or construction scams last year, the third-largest consumer complaint category. 

Attorney General Greg Zoeller says he’s proposing legislation that would establish a voluntary registration system for what he calls the “good actors” – contractors who put up a bond with the AG’s office.

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Science & Medicine
6:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Purdue Blueberry Research Could Benefit Local Businesses, Osteoporosis Sufferers

The study will focus on blueberries, but they weren't necessarily researchers' first choice.
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Esther Prelock and her husband Matt have owned a blueberry farm southeast of Lafayette for 20 years.

They grow two types of the fruit on their farm and make their living letting people come pick blueberries for two-to-three weeks each summer. To the naked eye, all the plants look the same – even Esther can’t tell them apart.

“One is a little tarter flavor, one is a little sweeter," she says. "They both ripen at the same time and that’s why we have them together.”

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General News
9:56 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Advocates Speak Out Against Perceived Domestic Violence Cuts

The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute announced last week it will provide $740,000 to 43 domestic violence shelters.
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Domestic violence prevention advocates expressed outrage in the last couple of weeks after perceived cuts to domestic violence funding by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, the state agency responsible for distributing those dollars.

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9:50 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Hoosiers Push To Include Renewables In State Energy Plan

Ryan Zaricki, the founder of Whole Sun Designs, speaks at the rally on the steps of the state capitol on Saturday.
Credit Gretchen Frazee /

A group of about 75 Hoosiers gathered on the steps of the statehouse Saturday to launch a campaign aimed at convincing state leaders to make renewables a key part of the Indiana’s energy plan.

Gov. Mike Pence’s administration is in the middle of putting together a proposal for a new statewide energy plan.

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