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Indiana Lawmakers Arrange A Flint, MI Donation Drive

Mar 9, 2016
Gretchen Frazee / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Members of Indiana’s Black Legislative Caucus have organized a drive to collect bottled water for residents of Flint, Michigan, where lead contamination has left municipal water undrinkable.

Here’s Sen. Lonnie Randolph (D-East Chicago), who chairs the Caucus --

“We just want to do what we can in our share, so to speak, because whenever you have talk about something like this, everybody’s involved," Randolph says. "Everybody has to do their share.”

They're also collecting diapers, baby wipes, and nonperishable food items.

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The state says at least six Indiana income-tax credits aren't accomplishing much.

Legislators last year ordered a comprehensive five-year review of all state tax incentives -- 14 tax breaks got a look in year two.

Office of Fiscal and Management Analysis spokesman Pete Holloway says four incentives for building low-income housing have had, in his words, "little to no impact" on getting such projects built. And he says the use of two credits for rehabbing historic buildings plummeted four years ago and hasn't recovered.

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An event that had been whispered about for weeks was brought into the open Wednesday at Purdue – the arrival of a $40 million grant from the Lilly Endowment.

It’s the largest single cash gift Purdue has ever received.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels alluded to the cloak-and-dagger nature of the two weeks leading up to the announcement in his remarks.

“I’m pretty sure some of you came expecting me to announce we found Amelia [Earhart]’s plane,” Daniels joked. “That’s the next announcement.”

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As he asked the school’s Board of Trustees Friday to give preliminary approval to a third year of a tuition freeze, Purdue University President Mitch Daniels indicated holding the line on tuition is causing Purdue donors to be more generous.