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8:13 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Ritz files lawsuit against SBOE action

State superintendent Glenda Ritz has raised the stakes of her showdown with Indiana’s top education panel, naming all ten members of the State Board of Education as defendants in a lawsuit she filed Tuesday in Marion County Circuit Court.

At issue is the calculation of A-F school letter grades, which Superintendent Glenda Ritz’s office would typically handle. But State Board of Education members sent a letter last week asking the Indiana General Assembly to intervene.

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Government
4:22 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Lafayette to begin land acquisition for Sagamore Pkwy project

Work on a half a mile section of Sagamore Parkway in Lafayette could impact 16 property owners.

The road project is still in the design phase and runs from just north of McCarty Lane to just south of Main Street.

Engineering consultant Jeromy Grenard with American Structurepoint says they first thought the work would impact only seven parcels.

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Government
4:09 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Oversight panel disagrees with Pension Board's privatization

Members of a legislative panel are asking the Indiana Public Retirement System Board (INPRS) to back down from its decision allowing a private company to manage part of public employees’ pensions. 

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Government
9:32 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

Issues facing Hoosier children may wait next legislative session

After a 2013 session that produced several significant bills on children’s issues – including creation of the Commission on Improving the Status of Children – lawmakers say the 2014 session could be much quieter on the subject.

The panel has purview over more than 30 boards and committees dealing with children’s issues.  Those issues include access to resources for vulnerable youth, mental health issues, drug abuse among young people and infant mortality.

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Government
1:18 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

IN to lose tobacco settlement money

Indiana is poised to lose more than $60 million it was supposed to get from a landmark tobacco settlement in the 1990s.  That's money intended for health programs across the state.

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Government
8:43 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Rokita opposes budget, debt ceiling bill; Coats and Donnelly vote for it

Representative Todd Rokita (R-IN4) joined four other members of Indiana's congressional delegation in voting against the federal funding bill that also raises the debt ceiling. Senators Dan Coats (R-IN) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN) were among the 81 members of the Senate who helped pass the bill Wednesday night.

Rokita released the following statement after the House passed the measure on a 285 to 144 vote:

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Government
3:49 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

INDOT, Amtrak reach 1 yr agreement on Hoosier State line

The Hoosier State passenger rail line will keep running for another year after the state reached an agreement Tuesday with Amtrak just hours before funding was scheduled to run out. 

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Government
3:13 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

IN House Dem leader wants answers to A-F grade changes

Indiana House Minority Leader Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City) says the state Inspector General’s investigation into the school grade changing scandal involving former State Superintendent Tony Bennett is taking too long.

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Government
2:25 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

IN's new voter registration forms

The Indiana Secretary of State’s Office is introducing new voter registration forms meant to reduce fraud. The new process is designed to make it easier for county clerks to enroll voters in election years.

During an election year, it’s common to find voter registration drives on college campuses and at community events encouraging people to register to vote. But sometimes the people collecting the registrations will hold onto them until right before the deadline, overwhelming county clerks with lots of last-minute paperwork.

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Government
8:34 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Lafayette officials await health care costs before finalizing budget

Lafayette residents passed on their chance to offer official comments on the city’s proposed budget for next year.

The public hearing Wednesday night for the spending plan, which totals a little more than $55 million, did not produce any suggestions or complaints.

While the budget is a 4.5% increase over the current year, Controller Mike Jones says the numbers are conservative because some items remain unknown.

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