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The co-owner of a film company whose movie led a police officer to fire his gun at an actor in Crawfordsville says he thinks police probably acted appropriately.

Philip Demoret was also acting in the film that his company, Montgomery County Movies, was shooting at a brewery in downtown Crawfordsville.

In it, actor Jim Duff was playing the role of an armed robber. When he walked out of the brewery, he was met by officers training guns on him and ordering him to drop the air pistol he was holding.

2017 Indiana School Grades: More As, Fewer Bs

Oct 4, 2017

The State Board of Education approved school A-F grades for the 2016-2017 school year Wednesday. It reports an increase in the number of schools receiving As and fewer receiving Bs.

Yet the overall percent of schools that received As and Bs is the nearly the same as last year.

State lawmakers want to figure out how to identify and help school corporations before they fall into financial distress.

Monday a study committee heard about possible ways to evaluate a district’s income and debt.

Indiana State Police

Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby says his office is investigating an Indiana man arrested in Colorado for allegedly threatening people along a trail, but he says there’s not yet reason to believe it’ll be a break in the case of two Delphi girls murdered earlier this year.

“So this guy is not necessarily any more of a person of interest than, you know, John Doe that we investigated three weeks ago," Leazenby says. "As far as my overall feeling, two words I’ve been using the last 24 hours is ‘cautiously optimistic.’”

Hoosiers Outspoken On Confined Animal Farms

Sep 22, 2017

A legislative study committee took nearly six hours of public testimony and heard a slew of policy recommendation Tuesday on confined animal feeding operations, or CAFOs.

About 100 people showed up to provide comments as the committee considers CAFO and animal agriculture regulations in Indiana.

Malcom DeKryger, CEO of Belstra Milling, which provides animal feed to Hoosier farms, told a story about two brothers in Pulaski County who wanted to expand their family’s operations, but were denied a CAFO because of restrictive zoning ordinances.

U.S. Senate Republicans will try once again to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The new legislation would by some estimates cost nearly 500,000 Hoosiers their health care coverage and cut off hundreds of millions in federal funds to the state.

Chris Smalliege has attended numerous events to save health care outside of U.S. Sen. Todd Young’s (R-Ind.) office in Indianapolis over the past few months.

“I mean even Congress is feeling ACA fatigue right now,” Smalliege says. “We all are. We’d like this to end.”

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) was one of just six U.S. Senators invited to a White House dinner Tuesday to discuss President Donald Trump’s tax reform agenda.

Political analysts say Donnelly’s inclusion is a boost to his reelection campaign.

In a statement, Donnelly called the dinner a “good conversation.” He focused on his proposal to address outsourced jobs and use tax reform to punish companies that send positions overseas while rewarding those who return jobs to the U.S.

People who experience extreme weather events, such as droughts, hurricanes or tornadoes, aren’t highly more likely to support climate change change adaptation policies, according to a new study involving an Indiana University researcher.

While climate change does not cause extreme weather events, it can make them more intense, or happen more frequently.

UPDATE: Indianapolis officials have since announced their plans to formally bid for the Amazon project. Read the story here

State officials won’t say if Indianapolis will join the race to house Amazon’s next headquarters. And despite the Hoosier capital’s push to become a tech hub, analysts say the it may face an uphill battle if it opts to bid on the massive project.

An Indianapolis think tank wants to highlight what it calls successes and concerns across a wide range of areas in Indiana’s 11 largest cities – Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Muncie, Gary, Hammond, Carmel, Fishers, Evansville, South Bend, Lafayette and Bloomington.