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1:30 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Attorney General Gives Clerks Suggestions For Processing Same-Sex Unions

The attorney general has now issued at least two sets of guidelines for clerks in the last week regarding gay marriage.
Credit courtesy Indiana Attorney General's Office / http://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2354.htm

Attorney General Greg Zoeller has given further direction to county clerks on the same-sex marriage licenses issued last week before a federal appeals court put the practice on hold.

The guidelines are meant to help clerks navigate what some say is confusion about the status of the licenses issued between a federal judge‘s ruling last Wednesday that the state could not bar same-sex couples from getting married and early Friday evening, when the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals delayed the rule pending Zoeller‘s appeal.

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10:36 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Lead Contender Identified For Hoosier State Line

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A leading contender has emerged to replace Amtrak in operation of the Hoosier State passenger rail line, which runs between Chicago and Indianapolis. 

The state and local communities will now try to reach an agreement with Corridor Capital.

Federal funding for the Hoosier State Line ran out last year and the state, along with local communities along the line that include Lafayette, Indianapolis and Rensselaer, stepped in to subsidize it for a year. 

The state also began seeking proposals to improve the line and make it less costly to taxpayers. 

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General News
10:29 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Soaring Gas Prices Expected For Holiday Weekend

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The Triple-A Hoosier Motor Club says the coming holiday weekend will see the highest Independence Day weekend gas prices since 2008.

Spokesperson Greg Seiter says worldwide petroleum prices are being impacted by the current unrest in Iraq.

"Anytime there is unrest in the Middle East crude oil prices are adversely affected and that, of course, is then passed on to the consumer via gas prices," says Seiter. "A lot of speculation goes into what's going to take place, and with all of this unrest things are really out of balance right now."

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General News
10:20 am
Tue July 1, 2014

State Fire Marshal: Fireworks Are Legal, But Still Dangerous

Indiana's State Fire Marshal is reminding residents to follow the law and use common sense to prevent fireworks-related injuries and fires during the Fourth of July holiday.
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Fireworks and the Fourth of July may go hand-in-hand, but Hoosiers are being reminded to use common sense when celebrating this week. Consumer fireworks such as firecrackers, bottle rockets, and roman candles are legal in Indiana, but State Fire Marshal James Greeson says they are still dangerous.

"There's many more fires usually reported on Fourth of July weekends, or those days right around Fourth of July," says Greeson. "It's that time of year when more injuries occur, and over a third of those injuries are people under 18 years of age - primarily children."

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General News
6:00 am
Tue July 1, 2014

As Archery Popularity Spikes, Indiana Inventor Finds His Target Audience

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Sales of archery equipment have spiked in the last couple years – especially among fans of movie heroes wielding bows and arrows. That archery craze has helped bolster sales for a small Indiana company that builds its business around people shooting each other. It's a game that’s sort of like dodgeball and paintball meeting The Hunger Games.

One of the first things I did when I went to see Archery Tag played was get shot with an arrow. At close range. By someone who shoots arrows for a living.

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General News
3:52 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Status Of State's Hundreds Of Same-Sex Marriages In Doubt

Federal benefits will be easier to access than state ones until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on gay marriage.
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The status of marriages between same sex couples in Indiana is still up in the air after a federal appeals court Friday stopped same-sex marriages until the state’s appeal can be heard. 

Last Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Young ruled Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.  Within hours, same-sex couples across the state were getting legally married. 

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General News
10:04 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Rewrite Of Indiana Criminal Code Goes Into Effect Tomorrow

The rewrite of Indiana's criminal code takes effect July 1.
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The top-to-bottom rewrite of Indiana‘s criminal code takes effect tomorrow.

The revised criminal code creates seven classes of felony instead of five, allowing finer distinctions between sentencing ranges.

And legislators reviewed the appropriate category for each crime, moving several nonviolent crimes lower on the sentencing scale.

Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council executive director David Powell says prosecutors are "as ready as we can get" for the transition.

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9:58 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Hot Summer Weather Puts Pets In Peril

Taking Fido for a ride is one of the joys of summer. But veterinarians caution against leaving a pet in a vehicle unattended, even with the windows cracked.
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Dogs left in hot cars are an all too common summertime sight. Animal experts say it's extremely dangerous for animals, and could land their owners in hot water.

Courtney Thomas, president and CEO of Great Plains Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said animals left in cars can suffer heatstroke within minutes. Temperatures can soar inside a vehicle, even with the windows cracked.

"The side effects of that can ultimately result in the death of the pet," said Thomas. "Other neurological and sometimes permanent situations can arise as well."

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General News
5:01 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Purdue Energy Camp Sparks Interest In STEM for Students, Teachers

Students at the Duke Energy Academy at Purdue test wind turbines they built themselves.
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About 50 high school students and 30 teachers spent the past week on the Purdue campus learning about energy related topics.

It was part of a program designed to spark their interest in fields related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

WBAA's Kristin Malavenda has more.

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General News
11:18 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Like Other States Before, Indiana's Gay Marriage Decision Is Stayed

Chicago's federal building, which houses the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
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The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Friday halted same-sex marriage in Indiana, granting a motion by Attorney General Greg Zoeller to stay the effects of a ruling that struck down the state’s gay marriage ban. 

District Court Judge Richard Young Wednesday handed down a decision ruling Indiana’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional and ordered counties to license marriages for same-sex couples. 

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