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10:10 am
Mon March 30, 2015

School Intervention Overhaul Faces Increased Scrutiny

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Turf war, moral imperative and a wolf in sheep’s clothing are all descriptions used to explain proposed legislation to overhaul the state intervention laws for failing schools. A bill that began as an initiative of Gov. Mike Pence has faced pushback and considerable changes from opponents --- and supporters alike.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are moving cautiously towards approving legislation that rewrites how the state intervenes in failing schools.

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General News
10:00 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Proposed Bill Ensures Training For Reserve Police Officers

Reserve police officers are unpaid volunteers – they have the same police powers as regular law enforcement but don’t have to go through the same level of training.
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Proposed legislation moving easily through the General Assembly would ensure reserve police officers throughout the state receive much-needed training.

Reserve police officers are unpaid volunteers. They have the same police powers as regular law enforcement but don’t have to go through the same level of training.

Rep. Dan Leonard, R-Huntington, wants to include reserve officers in the same yearly training courses professional police have to go through on the job.

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General News
9:50 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Anti-RFRA Rally Draws Thousands

Members of Freedom Indiana, which has opposed RFRA, rally at the statehouse.
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About 3,000 people converged at the Indiana Statehouse Saturday to protest Indiana’s new ‘religious freedom’ law, known as RFRA. The rally is part of a backlash that’s only picked up steam since Gov. Mike Pence signed the bill in a private ceremony last week.

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Business
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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