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5:39 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Purdue President Urges Congress To Take Steps To Improve College Accessibility, Affordability

Credit Purdue University

Purdue President Mitch Daniels says Congress can do much to improve the areas of college accessibility and affordability, starting with loosening some federal regulations.

Daniels brought that message to Capitol Hill Tuesday, testifying before the House Subcommittee on Education and Workforce Training.

He says one thing the federal government can do to make it easier for students to attend college is to modernize the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

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General News
2:00 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

New State ID Would Not Require Photograph

Current state law requires identification cards to include a photograph.
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A Senate committee Tuesday easily approved legislation aimed at Indiana’s Amish community that would create a new state ID that does not require a photograph.

Lloyd Lambright represents a large segment of Indiana’s Amish community.  He says some of the most conservative members will still refuse to get any kind of state identification card.  But he says for many, the barrier to get an ID is the photograph that accompanies it.

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1:54 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Senate Panel Advances Bill Protecting Servicemember Finances

The Federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act does not necessarily extend to active duty National Guard members or reservists.
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Legislation approved by a Senate panel Tuesday aims to bolster financial protections for active duty National Guard members and reservists.

The federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act doesn’t necessarily extend to those people, so the Attorney General’s office made a state-level protection bill part of its agenda for this session.

The measure helps protect Guard members and reservists who’ve been on active duty for at least 30 days from foreclosures and default.

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General News
9:11 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Rallies Draw Hundreds For Religious Freedom Bill Hearing

RFRA opponents, wearing red, are largely made up of the same people who rallied at the Statehouse last year against the same sex marriage ban.
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The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, one of the session’s most controversial bills, drew hundreds to the Statehouse Monday to rally both for and against the measure. 

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General News
1:08 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

State Dairy Plan Calls For More Processing

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Indiana is shifting gears when it comes to dairy.

Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann announced a new "dairy strategy" for the state dairy industry today.

Indiana Department of Agriculture Director Ted McKinney says Indiana produces and ships four million pounds of milk out-of-state on a daily basis.

He says the state‘s status as "Crossroads of America" positions Indiana to be an even greater presence in the dairy industry.

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