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A Senate committee on Monday approved a bill that would extend Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits — also known as SNAP or food stamps — to former offenders convicted of certain drug-related offenses.

A federal law prohibits former criminals convicted of, for example, trafficking controlled substances, from receiving food stamp benefits. States can choose to do away with the federal ban with a positive legislative vote.

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Even though a relatively mild winter has helped county highway departments save money on salt, it’s causing problems for Montgomery County.

Officials there have issued a travel advisory asking people to stay off gravel roads – mostly in rural areas of the county – for the rest of the week.

And highway crews are out fixing some which have become inundated with rain, causing potholes and soft spots.

“Right now they’re taking care of the complaints, which…just about every road’s a complaint right now," says  County Highway Director Jeremy Phillips.

Thousands Gather At Indianapolis Women's March

Jan 21, 2017

Around 7,000 people gathered near the Indiana Statehouse Saturday to rally for women’s rights and protest the elections of Donald Trump and former Indiana Governor Mike Pence as President and Vice President.

 


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Purdue Bands & Orchestra will host the 27th annual Purdue Jazz Festival through January 21st. The weekend will feature concerts and clinics from esteemed jazz musicians as well as competitions for 95 high school and middle school bands and combos. John Clare spoke with Mo Trout and Tim Coffman about the 2017 Festival.

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Small Indiana cities struggling to fight back against blight and deadbeat landlords may get another tool this legislative session.

Last year, lawmakers allowed the use of so-called “land banks” for medium-size, or Class II, cities. But smaller Class III cities were not afforded the same right. A similar bill this year would change that.

Land banking lets cities scoop up delinquent properties in hopes of selling them to developers who will take care of the land and make it profitable again.

Cartoon books are becoming increasingly popular among new readers, and Kevin McCloskey is just one of many breaking into the genre. His two books We Dig Worms! and The Real Poop On Pigeons! bring the common animals to the forefront. Both worms and pigeons are featured as interesting species with lots of little-known facts, all depicted through beautifully illustrated storyboards. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

City of Frankfort

Frankfort Police spent a lot of extra effort interdicting drugs and cracking down on suspected drunk drivers in 2016.

It’s resulted in nearly 50-percent more DUI citations and a rise in drug arrests as well.

So is this the tip of the iceberg or do these numbers represent the start of a solution that gets at the core of both problems?

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During a Senate grilling of Health and Human Services Secretary nominee Tom Price at the Georgia Representative’s confirmation hearing this week, Indiana Senator Todd Young expressed support for a lesser-known part of the Affordable Care Act.

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In light of the ongoing antitrust trial playing out in Washington, Indianapolis-based health insurer Anthem has extended the deadline to complete a merger with Connecticut-based Cigna until April 30th, according to a form filed this week to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The merger between the two healthcare giants originally had a deadline of January 31st. However, the agreement left the door open to extending it three more months.

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The newly-reformed Crawfordsville Commission on Human Rights is looking to tackle what the city says is a growing number of issues concerning diversity in the Montgomery County community.

The 12-person commission is intended to serve as an advising body to the mayor and city council on affairs concerning diversity and human rights in the community. The commission was officially created in 1979 but involvement had lapsed in recent years.

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