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1:55 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Medical Services At County Jail Being Turned Over To Outside Vendor

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Inmates at the Tippecanoe County Jail will soon have access to expanded health care services.

The county has entered into a contract with Muncie-based Quality Correctional Care to manage the facility’s medical staff.

Sheriff Barry Richard says the agreement includes a 60% increase in mental health treatment hours and a 35% increase in skilled nursing hours.

He says it also takes the responsibility of hiring nurses away from jail staff.

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General News
11:38 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Prescribed Fire In Natural Areas Promotes Biodiverse Landscapes

The landscape following a prescribed fire at Fisher Oak Savanna Preserve in Jasper County.
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As Indiana approaches its bicentennial, conservation organizations across the state work to acquire and preserve natural areas that reflect more of what the Hoosier landscape would have looked like 200 years ago. One of those preserves in Jasper County recently was the site of what is known as a prescribed fire.

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General News
1:58 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Despite Proposed GOP Fix for RFRA, Democrats Still Calling For Repeal

House Speaker Brian Bosma Bosma says there’s still work to be done, but he hopes to send the "clarifying language" to the governor's desk for his signature today.
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After hours of closed doors meeting with lawmakers, businesses and community leaders over the last few days, Republican legislative leaders Thursday announced their plan to clarify the controversial religious freedom bill.  Concerns that the measure known as RFRA would be used to discriminate against gays and lesbians blossomed into national outrage since the governor signed the bill a week ago. 

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General News
1:26 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

House Committee Considers Expansion Of Death Penalty

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A House committee has approved one expansion of the death penalty, but put another on hold.

The Senate responded to last year‘s murder of a Purdue student in a classroom on campus with a bill allowing the death penalty for school shootings or shootings during worship services.

But Public Defender Council executive director Larry Landis says the bill would break new and questionable legal ground by allowing the death penalty based where the murder took place.

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General News
7:36 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Rokita Touts Plan To Expand School Choice Through Tax Credits

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Indiana Congressman Todd Rokita was in West Lafayette earlier this week, meeting with teachers, students, and cafeteria workers at Harrison High School and Burnett Creek Elementary School.

Rokita serves as the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education.

He says the visit was the start of “an education tour” of Indiana.

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