5:00 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Indy's City-County Council Adopts 'Homeless Bill Of Rights'

The Circle City's homeless would be guaranteed a number of privileges if the bill is signed by Mayor Greg Ballard.
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Indianapolis has become one of a handful of cities to adopt a so-called Homeless Bill of Rights.

By a vote of 16-13, the Indianapolis-Marion County Council narrowly adopted the ordinance Monday night. 

Modeled after similar laws in Illinois and Rhode Island, it spells out certain rights for homeless people, including the right to move freely in public places, the right to emergency medical care, the right to vote and the right to equal treatment by city agencies. 

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General News
1:05 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Expert Says Opposition To Obamacare Waning

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A top Indiana medical ethicist says the latest Supreme Court challenges to the Affordable Care Act may fizzle out.

IUPUI law professor David Orentlicher, who also holds a medical degree from Harvard, says the longer the law remains in effect, the more people receive healthcare coverage and get used to having it.

Therefore, he adds, the more difficult it becomes to repeal.

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General News
11:26 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Counties Finalizing Bid To Buy Indiana Toll Road

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The Indiana Toll Road could become a government-run road again for the first time in nine years.

The operating company formed by the Spanish-Australian consortium which leased the Toll Road emerged from bankruptcy last year with a plan to sell the lease.

Lake and LaPorte Counties, through which the road runs, plan to submit a cooperative bid to buy it.

The state concluded under then-Governor Mitch Daniels the road couldn‘t possibly pay for itself, and I-T-R Concession Company has now concluded it can‘t make enough money to make the road worthwhile.

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General News
11:15 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Legislative Leaders Consider Supporting Pseudoephedrine Prescription Bill To Curb Meth Problem

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Legislative leaders say they‘re ready to support requiring prescriptions for cold remedies such as Sudafed, to prevent drug dealers from using it to make methamphetamine.

But rank-and-file legislators may not be ready to go along.   

State law already limits how much medication containing pseudoephedrine a person can buy, and requires pharmacies to keep it behind the counter.

But Indiana still led the nation in meth lab busts in 2013, and House Speaker Brian Bosma says he’s now convinced the state needs to go further.

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General News
5:30 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Struggling To Get Teens To Practice Their Musical Instruments? Purdue May Have An App For That

The West Lafayette High School wind ensemble.
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Getting teenagers to practice their musical instruments can be a struggle. But a new app being developed at Purdue is attempting to change that, by turning practicing into a game.

It takes a lot of practice to play music at the level of the West Lafayette High School wind ensemble.

“It’s like a love hate relationship that I have with practicing," says senior Ryan Kim, who plays clarinet for the wind ensemble. He has also been playing classical piano since he was 5 years old, and now “dabbles” in the saxophone as well.

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