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United Auto Workers Leadership Campaigns For Bayh

Oct 3, 2016
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The head of the United Auto Workers was in Indiana on Monday, urging union members to vote for Democratic Senate candidate Evan Bayh.

His tour included a stop in Kokomo, where big Chrysler and GM plants make the UAW local the largest in Indiana and Ohio, with around 7,000 members.

UAW international president Dennis Williams told a group of them he hasn't always agreed with Evan Bayh. But he said this year, Bayh's pro-labor history sets him apart -- Bayh passed collective bargaining as Indiana governor in the 1980s.

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The Kokomo City Council has passed an ordinance expanding civil rights protections to the LGBT community.

Monday’s vote was 5-4 – the same as a preliminary tally earlier this month -- and it did not come without some controversy.

Some business owners wanted assurances that the new ordinance would not be used to force them to do something against their conscience or to make them a target for saying no to a gay couple.

And Council member Robert Hayes says at least one of his colleagues received a threat prior to the vote.

Kokomo May Be Next City To Adopt LGBT Protections Law

Mar 8, 2016
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UPDATE: March 8

The Kokomo City Council has preliminarily voted to expand civil rights protections to LGBT individuals.

The council's 5-4 vote came after a contentious meeting.

The ordinance will receive a second reading March 14. If the council approves it again, Mayor Greg Goodnight says he’ll sign it into law.

More than a dozen Indiana cities have adopted similar protections, with many taking action since last spring’s uproar over Indiana’s religious objections law.

EARLIER:

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Lafayette city leaders made it official Tuesday: a summer league baseball team will call Columbian Park’s Loeb Stadium home, starting next summer.

The city has been in negotiations with Milwaukee-based sports marketing firm MKE Sports and Entertainment since spring, and this week inked a deal that leases the city’s stadium to the firm,  which will develop a new team to become part of the collegiate wooden-bat Prospect League.

Kokomo Pro Soccer Team To Start In 2016

Sep 15, 2015
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Kokomo is set to get its own professional soccer team.

Mayor Greg Goodnight and MKE Sports & Entertainment made the announcement Monday. Goodnight says the games will begin next year.

“Basically the latter part of May through July and I think they play seven or eight home games, seven or eight away games,” Goodnight says.

He says there's no taxpayer investment and the squad will share a home stadium with the Kokomo Jackrabbits summer college league baseball team.

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A major hurdle that could have kept Kokomo’s new baseball team from playing in their home stadium is being removed.

FEMA and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security are approving the city’s plan to put turf on the baseball field.

The decision comes in the midst of a legal dispute over the use of FEMA flood mitigation grants.

FEMA alleges Kokomo is not allowed to build a baseball stadium on six parcels of land it bought with federal grants because the areas were supposed to be kept as green spaces.