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Indiana’s U.S. Senators say they want to dig more into the details of President Donald Trump’s strategy for the war in Afghanistan.

Trump addressed the nation Monday on America’s 16-year presence in the east Asian nation. He promised a focus on eliminating terrorists, not “nation-building.” The president also declined to set a timetable for the conflict’s de-escalation and announced an increase in troop numbers.

Sen. Bernie Sanders Brings Pro-Worker Rally To Indy

Aug 21, 2017

Sanders' speech hit many of the same topics he focused on during the 2016 election – tuition-free college, universal healthcare, and higher taxes for the wealthy. (Photo by Drew Daudelin)

Former Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders spoke with local union workers in Indianapolis Monday to kick off a Midwest tour.

Sanders' speech hit many of the same topics he focused on during the 2016 election – tuition-free college, universal healthcare and higher taxes for the wealthy.

Anti-Discrimination Groups Launch Hate Crimes Database

Aug 17, 2017

Anti-hate groups from across central Indiana want to better track hate crimes in the state. The groups met at a conference Thursday to launch a hate crimes database.

Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate executive director Amy Nelson says the group launched a hate crimes database because anti-discrimination organizations worry hate crimes are underreported in the state.

After operating for four years without a full-time leader, Indiana’s children’s commission finally has an executive director.

The Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana was established in 2013, but has never had a person whose entire job was dedicated to the commission.

Julie Whitman leaves the Indiana Youth Institute to become the executive director of the commission.

City of Frankfort

A severe burn to one of his arms has required medical care for Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes.

“It was a nasty burn," says city Human Resouces Director Jack Dodd. "And so he received treatment down in Indianapolis and it required an overnight stay in the hospital. So he underwent some surgery and is doing well.”

Dodd declined to say how the mayor burned his arm, but did say McBarnes is expected to return to the office within a few days.

An Indiana hate crimes law may become reality next year after House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) endorsed the idea in the wake of white supremacist violence in Virginia last weekend.

Gov. Eric Holcomb called the events in Charlottesville – in which a woman was killed when a car allegedly driven by a white supremacist protester plowed into a crowd of counter protesters – “sickening.”

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The first section of West Lafayette's State Street overhaul has reopened on schedule.

Cars had begun going back up Chauncey Hill from River Road to University Street on the Purdue campus by early evening Sunday.

Earlier in the summer, heavy rains had threatened the timetable for the road's reintroduction to public life, but construction firm Rieth Reilly had removed all its equipment from the main thoroughfare's open section Sunday.

Vice President Mike Pence returned home to Indiana for a reveal of his official gubernatorial portrait.

Pence leans against his desk with his hands crossed in his portrait, an open Bible to his right with a photo of his wife and children, and on his left a stack of law books, and the United States and Indiana flags behind him.

Each portion of the portrait has significance to Pence, including a stack of law books that belonged to his father, that now are with him in Washington, D.C.

Pence Talks Anti-Violence Efforts At Indy Luncheon

Aug 11, 2017

Talking about violent crime in cities like Indianapolis, Vice President Pence says "We can't just arrest our way out of the problem, we've got to create opportunities for people." (Photo by Drew Daudelin)

Vice President Mike Pence visited Indiana Friday. He was the keynote speaker at a luncheon for The Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition, a nonprofit focused on reducing violent crime.

Ten Point President Charles Harrison says they want resources to help citizens police their own communities.

Indiana 2018 Fiscal Year Off To Slow Start

Aug 10, 2017

Indiana’s 2018 fiscal year began not with a bang, but a whimper, as all of its tax revenues came in below expectations.

The last fiscal year – which ended in June – finished with total state tax collections just barely ahead of projections. Sales and corporate taxes slightly exceeded expectations but individual income taxes failed to hit their target.

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