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1:56 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Indiana Employment Rate Better In February, Still Trails National Average

Indiana's rate is 5.9-percent, the national average is 5.5-percent.
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After four months without a decrease in unemployment, Indiana’s rate fell below 6-percent in February. 

Indiana’s unemployment rate rose to 6-percent in January, the first time it hit that mark in nearly a year. 

But it only lasted a month, falling back to 5.9-percent in February.  The state’s private sector also created 1,700 jobs last month. 

The slight dip in the unemployment rate is due in part to Hoosiers leaving the labor force in February, meaning fewer people looking for work. 

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Government
10:10 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Senate Suggests Live Racino Dealers -- In 2021

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Indiana‘s two racetrack casinos could hire live dealers to operate table games under a Senate proposal -- but not for six years.

A Senate committee is expected to vote Monday on an attempt to finesse Gov. Pence‘s reported opposition to live dealers at the racinos. By freezing the status quo until 2021, the proposal would let Pence stick to a vow to oppose any expansion of gambling as long as he‘s governor.

House Public Policy Chairman Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte) is noncommittal, though he predicts there will be more changes to the bill.

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Elections & Politics
9:59 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Holcomb Launches Senate Bid To Replace Coats In 2016

Holcomb and his wife Janet at the announcement Thursday.
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Eric Holcomb steered former Gov. Mitch Daniels’ 2008 reelection campaign, led the Indiana Republican Party and most recently served as State Chief of Staff to Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN).  But Thursday, Holcomb announced a personal first: a run for office:

“And that’s why today, ladies and gentlemen, I’m proud, I’m excited to announced my candidacy for the United States Senate,” Holcomb says.

Despite never serving in elected office, he says he’s not worried about making the jump all the way to a Senate run:

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Education
9:57 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Messer To Present Student Data Privacy Bill

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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, passed in the 1970s, protects student data. The law applies mainly to student records owned by a school. But as textbooks, standardized tests and homework assignments all move online, third party companies that provide these online education services gain access to student data.

That information could include anything from a student’s grades, demographic information or performance on certain activities.

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Arts & Culture
7:49 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Nick Schenkel Book Review - Little Else Than a Memory

Although there are many differences between modern-day Purdue University and the campus of 1904, the similarities are far more profound.In this week’s book review, West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel discusses Little Else Than a Memory: Purdue Students Search for the Class of 1904, ten essays by undergraduate students in Purdue’s Honors College about their forebears in the class of 1904.

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