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President Obama is scheduled to make an announcement on gun regulations Tuesday morning, expected to include executive orders that may affect how guns are sold, which could affect an unregulated type of sale that takes place throughout Indiana.

IU Professor and former head of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Paul Helmke expects Obama to use his executive order to reinterpret existing laws, which would then affect open air gun markets.

Fueled In Part By Women, Gun Sales Hit Historic High

Dec 28, 2015
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Gun sales are breaking records. Numbers have been soaring all year, and on Black Friday alone, the FBI ran more than 185,000 background checks.  At a time when many are requesting stricter legislation on gun sales, the number of firearm purchases has risen, and many say a lot of it has been driven by an increase of handgun sales to women. 

More than 800,000 gun background checks were completed in Indiana from January through November.  December numbers haven’t been released.

Indiana Scores Better Than Average On LGBT Equality Index

Dec 21, 2015
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The city of Bloomington is one of only 47 in the nation that received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index, an annual report grades cities on LGBT inclusion.

The report scores cities based on several factors, including non-discrimination laws, employment policies, inclusiveness of city services and law enforcement.

Seven of Indiana’s largest cities were included in the analysis. The average score in the state was 60 out of 100 points – that’s above the national average.

Bloomington, Indianapolis, and South Bend scored even higher.

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Indiana’s unemployment rate held steady for the third consecutive month in November, still its lowest level in 14 years. 

The Hoosier State’s private sector added 3,400 jobs last month, helping keep the unemployment rate at 4.4 percent.  It’s been at that level since August, the lowest since the summer of 2001. 

Indiana’s unemployment rate is also lowest among its neighboring states and has been lower than the national average for seven consecutive months. 

Purdue University

9:30 a.m. Saturday Update:

Purdue's Board of Trustees has now officially voted for this policy change on the second day of its regularly-scheduled December meeting. The policy change takes effect on Jan. 1, 2017, giving unmarried same-sex couples using the school's benefits just more than a year to make other plans.

Earlier:

Purdue’s Board of Trustees is set to sign off on the removal of same-sex partner benefits from the school’s offerings.

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Indianapolis Republican Senator Mike Delph says he felt morally compelled to share the stories of proud, law-abiding Muslim-Americans in the wake of terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino.  During a press conference Tuesday, members of Indiana’s Islamic community decried the attacks perpetrated by what they say are not Muslims, but criminals and terrorists.

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Despite flat numbers, insiders says there's good news on the housing starts front in Central Indiana.

The Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis says new building permits for the nine-county area remained steady last month compared to November 2014.

There were 4,760 single-family building permits issued in November 2015 compared with 4,759 in November of last year.

Some might argue that could indicate discouragement in the market, but BAGI CEO Steve Lains says the market typically sees a dip in permit numbers in late fall into winter.

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Indiana began the countdown to its 200th birthday Friday with the unveiling of the Bicentennial Torch, which will be used for a relay next year that will travel more than 23 hundred miles to all 92 counties.

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Indiana faith leaders will meet Friday with Syrian refugee families in Indianapolis.

Leaders from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths will gather with Syrian refugee families Friday night to send the message that they’re welcome in the Hoosier State.

The Syrian American Council organized the gathering.

Council spokesperson Omar Hossino says Governor Mike Pence was invited to attend Friday night’s meeting but has declined because of a scheduling conflict. However, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller will attend the meeting.

State Could See Record-Breaking Warm Weather This Weekend

Dec 10, 2015
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Much of Indiana could see record-breaking temperatures over the next few days. Indianapolis-based National Weather Service Meteorologist Dave Tucek says temperatures on Saturday could top 65 degrees--the record for that date back in 1991.

Tucek says high temperatures today through Sunday should remain in the low-to mid-60s.

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