General News

Indiana wrapped up a celebration of its 200-year history Friday with a Statehouse ceremony for the last bicentennial project.

In the past two weeks, 44 trees native to Indiana have been planted around the Statehouse, as a way to wrap up the Bicentennial celebration.

Division of Forestry director John Seifert says the celebration is important as more residents move to cities.

The Indiana Democratic Party says a Congressional vote to repeal and replace Obamacare takes health care away from millions just to fulfill a political promise.

The Republican health care bill includes a trillion dollar tax cut – mostly for wealthier Americans – and cuts billions in government spending. And U.S. Rep. Luke Messer (R-Shelbyville), speaking on the House floor, says, most importantly, it repeals Obamacare.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act Thursday afternoon with support from seven of Indiana’s Republican representatives.

But as NPR reports, the bill is likely never to become law, at least as currently written, because the Senate is expected to make significant changes.

Gleaner’s Food Bank of Indiana is expanding produce distribution with a new regional processing center. The Indianapolis center will now be able to supply produce to more than 40 food banks in 7 states including Indiana.

Gleaners Chief Financial and Operations Officer Joe Slater says more fruits and vegetables are their number one request.

“This product that you’re seeing here, those apples came in this morning, those watermelon came in this morning and this will all we shipped back out tomorrow,” Slater says.

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is appealing the federal ruling against a state law requiring women to wait at least 18 hours between an ultrasound and an abortion.

10 School Districts Posing Referenda Tuesday

May 1, 2017

School districts across the state are once again asking voters to help fund public schools, with nine districts asking for property tax increases Tuesday.

School districts can ask voters through a ballot referenda process to raise property taxes to help fund their schools. Basically, the ballot question asks voters to pay more in property taxes so the schools have more funding.

Lead Paint Found In East Chicago Emergency Housing

Apr 28, 2017

Lead paint was discovered outside emergency housing units in East Chicago, Indiana. The units are being held for residents of the lead contaminated West Calumet Housing Complex.

Through a public records request, The Times of Northwest Indiana found evidence of lead paint on the exterior of nearly half of the 27 units.

 

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed Indiana’s first medical cannabis law Wednesday. It legalizes a form of cannabis – cannabinoid oil or CBD – for the treatment of epilepsy.

Duke Energy

Duke Energy says they now expect to have power returned to customers on the near south side of Lafayette by 6 p.m. today.

Duke Energy spokesperson Meghan Miles says a tree fell on power equipment near South 14th Street and Central Street.

“We do have crews that are working in that area to install a new pole and they’re working as quickly and as safely as they can,” she says.

Miles says because Duke has to replace equipment, it will take longer to fix than this morning’s original estimate.

 

Convenience store owner Jay Ricker says he’s been targeted by the General Assembly in proposed legislation on alcohol carryout permits.

The proposed legislative language would bar Ricker from renewing his permits next year.

At issue are restaurant permits Ricker’s was able to secure at two convenience stores. Those permits allow them to sell cold beer and hard liquor for carryout – previously, the sole right of liquor stores and restaurants.

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