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6:00 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Former Party Chairs Agree With Push To Reform Indiana's Voting Process

While they were on campus, Dean and Steele had some ideas for how to get people interested again in voting.
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A group led by Common Cause Indiana announced this week it'll push state lawmakers to adopt a non-partisan redistricting process and end the gerrymandering of the state’s political boundaries.

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General News
4:05 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Atheist Group Sues Franklin County Over Courthouse Nativity Display

County officials says the same display has been graced the courthouse lawn each holiday season for generations.
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It’s become almost as much of a holiday tradition as chestnuts roasting on an open fire: a court battle over where a nativity display may be erected.

In Southeast Indiana’s Franklin County, such a display on the county courthouse lawn has prompted the atheist Freedom From Religion Foundation, in cooperation with the ACLU of Indiana, to sue the county.

County commissioners president Tom Wilson says the plaintiffs are late to the party, as it’s a display that’s gone up for the last 60 years.

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Education
12:46 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Indiana Afterschool Network Receives $1 Million Lilly Grant

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Indiana afterschool programs are receiving a boost with the help of a $1 million grant from the Lilly Endowment, which will be used to create an online training program for Hoosier youth workers and expand Science, Technology, Engineering and Math initiatives.

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Elections & Politics
11:15 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Still No GOP Candidate For Indianapolis Mayor

State Senator Jim Merritt has decided not to seek the GOP nomination for mayor of Indianapolis.
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Indianapolis Republicans are still without a candidate willing to throw a hat in the ring for next year’s mayoral election.

Republican State Senator Jim Merritt of Indianapolis says he will not seek the mayor’s office in 20-15. In a statement Merritt says he is humbled by the support for a potential candidacy, but that quote—“my responsibilities as state senator and majority caucus chairman are my top priorities”—unquote.

He goes on to say that he would be unable to fully commit to a campaign for the first four months of 20-15, due to his Statehouse responsibilities.

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Education
6:00 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Show Me The Money: Fundraising Efforts For On My Way Pre-K

The Pre-K pilot will begin in January, and fundraising efforts have proven to be a challenge for some of the counties.
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The state’s new preschool pilot program, On My Way Pre-K, launches in January in four of the five pilot counties.

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