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Suicide Prevention Group Wants Help From Indiana Schools

Feb 10, 2016
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Suicide-prevention activists want Indiana schools and colleges to make themselves the first line of defense.

Eight states require schools to have suicide-prevention policies. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention wants Indiana to be the ninth.

And Indiana-Ohio area director Lisa Brattain says universities need more counselors trained in suicide prevention, and should make information about counseling resources part of freshman orientation.

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The election of an openly-gay bishop and the carrying out of same-sex marriages have led to the sanctioning of the Episcopalian Church by the Anglican Communion.

The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church is expected to reaffirm the Church’s commitment to a progressive approach to the LGBT community today.

The Anglican Communion, is a voluntary organization of protestant bishoprics and parishes that has 86 million members worldwide.

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Indiana’s longest-living governor, Edgar Whitcomb, passed away Thursday at the age of 98.

Born in 1917 in southern Indiana, Edgar Whitcomb served in World War Two as a B-17 navigator.  He twice escaped from a Japanese prisoner of war camp, detailing his account in his 1958 book “Escape from Corregidor.” 

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Now that West Lafayette has completed the bidding process on its 120-million State Street Redevelopment Project, the city, along with project partner Purdue University is ready, in the Joint Board’s words, to convert State Road 26 from “a state highway into a main street.”

An information meeting Thursday evening kicked off State Street’s next phase: educating city residents about the project and eliciting their input. More formal public hearings are to follow. 

Conservative Groups Hope To Use RFRA To Quash Four Cities' LGBT Protections

Feb 3, 2016
Joseph Hren / WFIU

Four Indiana cities are facing a lawsuit challenging LGBT protections in their human rights ordinances.

The complaint alleges the local laws in Bloomington, Columbus, Indianapolis and Carmel violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act lawmakers passed last year.

Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop says the city stands behind its human rights ordinance.  

“The people that are suing us, they didn’t tell us, they told the newspaper, so I think it gives you a little bit of insight of what their motives are, but nonetheless, we intend to defend ourselves,” Lienhoop says.

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The state's highest court says Indiana is not liable for the damages assessed to Mid-America Sound, the company that provided the stage rigging that collapsed at the state fair.

Seven people were killed that night in August of 2011.

About 100 others were injured.

The state has already paid $11 million to victims.

Mid America argued it had no liability under its agreement with the State Fair Commission.

The State Supreme Court finds no "explicit language" to provide for that.

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Advocates on either side of the religious liberty/LGBT rights debate at the Statehouse say they’re not surprised a bill aiming to rewrite last year’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act died Wednesday without even receiving a vote. 

The proposed bill would’ve labeled certain constitutional rights – including freedoms of religion, speech, thought, and assembly – as “fundamental” and required judges to give deference to them. 

LGBT rights group Freedom Indiana opposed the bill, arguing it threatened to promote discrimination against the LGBT community. 

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Indiana’s unemployment rate ended 2015 by remaining stable at 4.4-percent, according to a year-end jobs report. 

The state’s private sector made no ground in adding jobs last month.

The Hoosier State’s unemployment rate remained unchanged for four consecutive months to end the year, holding steady at 4.4-percent since September. 

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Indiana Legal Services, or ILS, provides legal aid for Hoosiers in all 92 counties. Tuesday, Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced a new grant aimed at supporting their foreclosure prevention services for low-income residents. The grant will also be used to fund a partnership between Indiana law schools and ILS.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller says this grant will help residents who need legal aid during the foreclosure process.

Energy Companies Warn Consumers Against Phone Scam

Jan 18, 2016
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A familiar scam targeting energy customers is popping up around the state again.

Duke Energy is among those warning its customers to be on the lookout for a phone call which sounds like it comes from the company.

On the other end is usually a threat – someone claiming to be from the utility who says they’ll shut off services if a bill isn’t paid immediately.

But the scam has one major hole – the person on the other end asks for a pre-paid debit card so they can drain the balance.

Duke Energy officials say that’s a practice they do not employ.

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