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The state’s unemployment remained unchanged between December and January, resting at 4.6 percent – that’s nearly a percentage point less than it was a year ago and better than all of Indiana’s neighboring states.  And, over the past six years, from the height of the recession, Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped more than 6 percent.

Indiana Lawmakers Arrange A Flint, MI Donation Drive

Mar 9, 2016
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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.

Courtesy Governor Mike Pence

Governor Mike Pence joins 39 other governors in a bid to keep more National Guard military technicians from becoming federal employees. Section 1053 of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act states that a portion of uniformed employees would need to transition into civilian roles.

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Indiana’s tax collections remain just barely above target through eight months of the fiscal year. 

The state brought in about 45-million more tax dollars in February than expected, more than 6.5-percent above target. That’s despite sales and corporate tax revenues that came in below projections. 

The state’s positive revenue month was almost entirely due to individual income tax collections – $65 million, or 131-percent better than expected. 

Included in the annual publication "Black Homicide Victimization in the United States: An Analysis of 2013 Homicide Data." March 2016.Credit Violence Policy CenterEdit | Remove

A new study finds Indiana has the highest rate of black homicide victims of any state in the country.

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Exodus Refugee Immigration is expecting to resettle several Syrian refugee families in Indiana over the next few months, despite Gov. Pence’s continued opposition.

A judge ruled Monday in a civil lawsuit against Gov. Mike Pence, saying that Pence cannot deny state funds to Syrian refugees. The ACLU of Indiana is suing Pence on behalf of Exodus.

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A winter storm is expected to dump between 5 and 7 inches of snow in the Greater Lafayette area.

The snow, combined with winds gusting up to 35 miles per hour, are expected to diminish visibility and exacerbate travel problems on slick roads.

Amanda Lee, a meteorologist at the Indianapolis National Weather Service office, says rain will change to snow as temperatures begin to drop from the low-to-mid 30s Wednesday morning.

"There is a chance before changing over to snow that we'll have some sleet mixed in," she says. 

Scott Pelath / Indiana House Democrats

House Democrats say the closing of Carrier plants in Indianapolis and Huntington shows Republicans have gotten the economy wrong.

Minority Leader Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City) argues the move of 2,100 to Mexico proves Republican initiatives, from right-to-work to corporate tax cuts to the repeal of the common construction wage, haven't worked.

“We continue to have very low economic growth,” Pelath says. “We continue to have negligible, if not negative, wage growth and we don’t see any real improvements here.”

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A proposed $1.1 billion plan includes $920 million for ‘cooperative agreements with states,’ which could include programs in Indiana. Zoeller says he’d like to have Indiana first in line for that funding.

“The numbers of people we’re talking about are really beyond our capacity to address,” Zoeller says. “So we really are going to need federal help. “

The proposal is part of President Obama’s overall budget, which must be approved by Congress.

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The Indiana Youth Institute’s annual Kids Count Data Book is out Monday and much of the information focuses on the health of Hoosier kids.

In Indiana, five percent of kids have been diagnosed with serious behavioral problems, four percent with anxiety and three percent with depression. All those rates are higher than the national average.