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Democrats say Indiana Republicans are putting party over country by refusing to withdraw support for presidential candidate Donald Trump over his remarks about sexually assaulting women. Democrats call it the GOP’s “deafening silence.” Republican candidates for federal and statewide offices condemned Donald Trump’s remarks from a 2005 video in which he talks about kissing and inappropriately grabbing women without their consent. But almost all of those same candidates say they’ll continue...

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A clearer picture of the progress and the challenges for the Hoosier State passenger rail service is emerging as the books close on Amtrak’s first fiscal year of operating the route in conjunction with the state, the cities served by the line, and private contractor Iowa Pacific Holdings. At the end of August, Amtrak reported ticket sales of $886,000 for the first 11 months of the 2016 fiscal year, a 30 percent increase over the previous year. Ridership was down 3.5 percent, reflecting a...

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State revenues are still falling short of projections, three months into the fiscal year. Revenue numbers released Friday show Indiana earned nearly $26 million less in sales tax than it expected in September. Those revenues have fallen short of expectations for 19 of the past 21 months. Corporate tax revenue was also lower than expected in September, but individual income taxes and gambling revenues were higher than estimates -- putting Indiana just under $25 million below its total mark for...

Central Indiana Glass & Glazing

The Lafayette City Council Tuesday night passed the first reading of an ordinance that would give the mayor and other elected officials a 5.5-percent raise. City Controller Mike Jones says Lafayette employees are all on a salary grid and the increase will bring the incomes of elected officials up to par with other personnel. “[We’re] trying to get everybody caught up and the hope is that as things look better and better in the private sector, that we can entice the good people that we have to...

Courtesy Governor Mike Pence

The head of Exodus Refugee Immigration says Syrian refugees in Indiana are relieved and feeling positive after a federal court blocked Governor Mike Pence’s efforts to keep them out of the state. Governor Pence, citing security concerns about Syrian refugees, sought to cut off federal funding to organizations like Exodus Refugee Immigration that resettle refugees in Indiana. A federal Appeals Court this week upheld a lower court ruling to block Pence from denying those funds. Exodus Executive...

Gretchen Frazee / Indiana Public Broadcasting

The U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled against Governor Mike Pence in a lawsuit seeking to block federal funds for resettling Syrian refugees in Indiana. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana sued the state on behalf of Exodus Refugee Immigration last November, after Pence announced the suspension of accepting Syrian refugees to the state. In the Monday ruling, Seventh Circuit judges Richard Posner, Frank Easterbrook and Diane Sykes say the State of Indiana provided no proof that Syrian...

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A debate over a specific way to generate transportation funding dollars resurfaced during the third meeting of the state roads task on Thursday. The discussion focused on funding sources. And an idea promoted by a Purdue expert testifying before the panel provoked debate among its members: specifically, the value of vehicle miles traveled, or VMT, fees. In a VMT system, people pay for how many miles they drive. Republican Sen. Brandt Hershman, (R-Buck Creek), says he has issues with using...

Annie Ropeik / Indiana Public Broadcasting

A new bill in Congress would fast-track new affordable housing development in East Chicago. The bill, from U.S. Rep. Todd Young (R-Ind.), aims to help more than 300 families who have to move out of the city's West Calumet Housing Complex in the next couple of months. That's after federal officials told the city this summer that the neighborhood's soil contained high levels of lead . In a statement, Young says he hopes the bill would create housing for residents that leave the city to return...

Indiana lawmakers are exploring changes to the way money is dispersed from the state’s Military Family Relief Fund. Debate in a study committee hearing Monday centered, in part, on whether some veterans can be “trusted” with the money. The Military Family Relief Fund helps combat veterans and their immediate families who are struggling financially. The fund subsidizes food, housing, utility, transportation and medical bills. Some veterans organizations, including AMVETS and Disabled American...

Study Gives Indiana Poor Grade For Gender Wage Gap

Sep 26, 2016
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A new study ranks Indiana near the bottom when it comes to gender pay equality. An American Association of University Women study finds Indiana women on average earn only about three-quarters of what their male counterparts do. The study cites weak state laws as part of the reason Indiana ranks 40 th out of the 50 states. Indiana Institute for Working Families policy analyst Erin Macey says a Cornell University study showed women are often penalized just for being mothers. “Participants are...

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