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House Sends Telemedicine Expansion Bill To Governor

Apr 11, 2017

House lawmakers voted to send a bill to the governor that expands Indiana’s telemedicine services, though some legislators are still uncomfortable with that expansion.

The telemedicine bill expands those remote care services to Indiana’s Medicaid patients. And it lifts a ban on prescribing certain controlled substances via telemedicine, such as Ritalin and Adderall.

Indiana Restaurant Owner Deported

Apr 10, 2017
Tyler Lake/Indiana Public Broadcasting

It’s unclear when an Indiana restaurant owner who was deported to Mexico last week might be allowed to re-enter the United States.

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Barbara Brosher reports Roberto Beristain’s case is pending in the federal court system.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say officers turned Roberto Beristain over to Mexican authorities who then took him to Juarez last week.

Attorney Adam Ansari is working as an advocate for the Beristain family.

Purdue University researchers are releasing new findings about how Indiana counties regulate big livestock farms, in hopes of determining what rules work best to help farmers get along with their neighbors.

Paul Ebner’s team at Purdue has spent years mapping out the wide range of zoning rules counties use to regulate confined animal feeding operations – known as CFOs – and their bigger, more concentrated counterparts, called CAFOs.

 

Ricker’s would be able to permanently keep its cold beer carryout permits at two locations under an amendment approved by the House.

Ricker’s recently used a legal loophole to secure restaurant alcohol permits at two convenience stores. That prompted outcry from liquor stores, which previously – along with restaurants – had sole ownership of cold beer sales.

 

Republicans rejected several attempts by Democrats Wednesday to increase pre-k funding as they voted down proposed amendments to the budget.

After a more than hour-long debate, the Indiana Senate advanced legislation that raises taxes and creates new fees to fund the state’s road and bridge maintenance.

Four Legs Better Than Two When It Comes To Relieving Stress

Apr 3, 2017
Chris Morisse Vizza/WBAA Radio

Tippecanoe County is enlisting help from man’s best friend to make court appearances less stressful for abused and neglected children.

Court Appointed Special Advocate Executive Director Coleen Connor says local members of Therapy Dogs International contacted her at the same time she and some volunteer advocates were investigating the idea of bringing a trained therapy dog into the courtroom to calm some of the most-traumatized child victims.

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) announced Sunday he’ll vote for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.

Donnelly becomes the third Democrat to back Judge Neil Gorsuch.

In a statement, Donnelly said after meeting with Gorsuch, he believes the Trump nominee is qualified and well respected.

Although Donnelly says he’s disappointed President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, wasn’t considered by the GOP-controlled Senate last year, the Hoosier Democrat says, “I can only vote on the nominee that comes to the … floor.”

Holcomb Budget Priorities: Some In, Some Out

Mar 31, 2017

The Senate GOP budget leaves out a key priority of Governor Eric Holcomb’s – reinvesting money in a state trust fund. But the Senate budget did include two Holcomb initiatives dismissed by House Republicans.

Holcomb wants to reinvest half of the state’s $500 million Next Generation Trust Fund in Indiana companies and entrepreneurs. He says changing that investment strategy is key to the state’s economic development.

Senate GOP Eliminates Cigarette Tax Hike In Its Budget

Mar 30, 2017

 

Senate Republicans rolled out their version of the budget bill Thursday, one that diverges from the House budget in a few key areas.

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