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2:14 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Bill Would Make Regions Collaborate, Compete For Dollars

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A bill that would create an initiative granting funding to collaborating groups in regions around the state is moving through the Indiana Senate.

The Regional City Fund would grant or loan regions money to improve the area based on a proposed growth plan.

Indiana Economic Development Corporation President Eric Doden says it’s similar to the state’s existing Stellar Communities grants, but the new initiative is more collaborative.

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Government
5:00 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Indy's City-County Council Adopts 'Homeless Bill Of Rights'

The Circle City's homeless would be guaranteed a number of privileges if the bill is signed by Mayor Greg Ballard.
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Indianapolis has become one of a handful of cities to adopt a so-called Homeless Bill of Rights.

By a vote of 16-13, the Indianapolis-Marion County Council narrowly adopted the ordinance Monday night. 

Modeled after similar laws in Illinois and Rhode Island, it spells out certain rights for homeless people, including the right to move freely in public places, the right to emergency medical care, the right to vote and the right to equal treatment by city agencies. 

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Government
3:10 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Pence: I'm Against Gambling Expansion (But What Does 'Expansion' Mean, Anyway?)

The governor has been very vague about his opposition, leaving any gambling legislation in limbo if it's passed.
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Governor Mike Pence says he’s opposed to expansion of gaming in Indiana but won’t tell the public how he defines expansion.

This year's gaming bill allows riverboats to move inland on existing property, gives casinos a tax credit for new construction, and allows racetrack casinos to switch out some of their electronic games with tables that have live dealers. 

Though a House committee included extensive tax changes to the bill, those changes were taken out before the measure left the House this week -- and that’s something Governor Pence takes credit for.

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Government
7:00 am
Thu February 26, 2015

State Could Provide 'Safe Haven' Baby Boxes For Parents

Fire stations are among the Safe Haven locations where the boxes would be located.
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Indiana could become the first state to put out boxes designed for parents to put babies in when giving those children up.

The Safe Haven Baby Boxes bill was passed unanimously by the House as an alternative to parents abandoning children in unsafe areas.

Fort Wayne firefighter and paramedic Monica Kelsey says not enough parents know about the Safe Haven Law and there need to be more options for desperate parents.

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Government
3:56 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Senate Budget To Follow House, Increase School Funding

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Senate President Pro Tem David Long says the Senate’s version of the budget will follow the House’s lead in steering more money to schools.

House Republicans’ budget gives schools a nearly half-billion-dollar increase over two years, double what Governor Pence proposed.

Long (R-Fort Wayne) suggests the governor lowballed the figure to give legislators room to increase it. Long says legislators will give schools as much as they can while keeping the budget balanced.

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