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10:31 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Lawmakers Disagree Whether RFRA Overshadowed 2015 Session

Gov. Mike Pence addresses concerns about the state's religious objections law a day after a poorly-received national interview about it on a Sunday TV talk show.
Credit Gretchen Frazee / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Republican lawmakers and the governor say while the controversy around the religious freedom law overshadowed a part of the session, they’re confident its shadow will fade over time.  Democrats agree, but for a different reason.

Governor Mike Pence says he regrets not being able to foresee the controversy that erupted over the religious freedom law known as RFRA.

“And as I’ve said, I regret the difficulty that Indiana passed through during a time of great misunderstanding about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act," Pence says.

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Arts & Culture
7:45 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Nick Schenkel Book Review: Resilience

The book explains how people can better use an inborn ability to get through tough times.
Credit Nick Schenkel / West Lafayette Public Library

Unexpectedly in 2012, former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens heard from a former colleague, who was struggling without a sense of purpose, plagued by PTSD, and masking his pain with heavy drinking. As they corresponded every day, Greitens set down his thoughts on what it takes to build resilience in our lives.

These letters, drawing on both his own experience and wisdom from ancient and modern thinkers have been gathered and edited into a guidebook.

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Elections & Politics
4:28 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

John Gregg Announces Another Run For Gov, But Some Dems Want More Options

Gregg ran what was seen as a lackluster campaign in 2012, but stayed closer to Mike Pence in the vote county than many forecasts predicted.
Credit Indiana Public Media / https://www.flickr.com/photos/wfiupublicradio/8409284742

Indiana’s 2016 gubernatorial race could be a repeat of 2012 after Democrat John Gregg Thursday announced he’ll run for governor again.  But he might have competition for the nomination this time.

Gregg indicated back in 2013 he wouldn’t seek another shot at the governor’s office, but in the months since, rumors start circulating that the former House Speaker was changing his mind. 

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General News
1:02 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Wet Weather Puts Planting Season Behind Schedule

The longer planting is delayed, the bigger the impact it will have on this year's yields.
Credit Sylvia Bao / http://indianapublicmedia.org/news/

Weeks of consistently wet weather are causing problems for Indiana farmers, who are now about three weeks behind schedule planting corn.

And that delay could have a financial impact on the rest of their year.

Vanderburgh County farmer Randy Kron has been itching to get out in his fields for a couple of weeks. But frequent rain means the ground’s been too wet to plant.

“Today is the first day that we’re doing any planting, so that’s kind of like a little bit of therapy to be in the tractor seat and be doing something finally,” Kron says.

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General News
12:48 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Legislature Won’t Approve Indy Eleven Stadium This Year

Renderings of the proposed Indy Eleven stadium. The idea will have to wait until next session, at least, since lawmakers couldn't agree on a funding plan.
Credit Indy Eleven / http://www.indyeleven.com/

It‘s "wait till next year" for the Indy Eleven soccer team in its attempt to win state financing help for a new stadium.

Negotiators deadlocked on how much money to commit to a plan to expand IUPUI‘s Carroll Stadium, the Eleven‘s current home.

Avon Republican Pete Miller, the bill‘s Senate sponsor, says they couldn‘t reach agreement on how the cost should be divided.

"Trying to find the right split between what's the state's share and the city's share and the university's and the team," says Miller. "And we just didn't get there." 

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