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Dave Dugdale /

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.

Judge Approves Overcharging Lawsuit Against Indiana BMV

Oct 13, 2015
Indiana Stan /

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles may owe Hoosiers more money.

A judge Monday approved a class-action lawsuit against the BMV and ordered another round of mediation. The agency has admitted to 112 overcharges totaling more than $30 million in recent years.

Indianapolis attorney Irwin Levin – who’s representing plaintiffs in the case -- says the agency needs to repay Hoosiers.

“The BMV will never have integrity until they give people back the money that they overcharged them,” Levin says.

Indiana Department of Child Services /

Indiana’s supply of foster parents is dwindling.

The state says more foster parents are needed because caseworkers are having to remove children from homes at an increasing rate because of parents' drug use.

Foster parent Brice Langebartels is a firefighter and has seen the drug use firsthand.

“I mean I’ve seen people unconscious on the ground with kids walking around the house, so it’s really sad,” Langebartels says. “It’s sometimes hard to be on those scenes.”

Thrive360 /

A consortium of groups including the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is sending tens of thousands of pre-packaged meals and other supplies.

Thrive360 Executive Director Jill Madinger says her group is sending 57,000 pre-packaged meals on eight pallets. She says the main staple is a dehydrated soy-rice casserole.

“It just really makes us feel good to know that through Hoosier donations and Hoosier hands, that actually packaged these meals, that we’re able to help,” Madinger says.

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

Indiana’s synthetic drug law bars the sale of certain compounds and look-alikes, while allowing the pharmacy board to add new compounds to the list of banned substances. 

Two of the first people convicted under the law challenged the statute, claiming it was too vague to be constitutional. 

They also argued the General Assembly couldn’t delegate that much authority to an administrative agency, and the state Court of Appeals agreed.  But the Supreme Court went the other way.