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Attorney General Greg Zoeller Wednesday announced another round of grant funding to distribute the overdose intervention drug naloxone to first responders around the state. Zoeller says a more sustainable funding source is necessary.

Previous grants for naloxone provided kits of the drug to law enforcement and first responders in about 45 counties.  Zoeller says new funding – $400,000 – will expand that further, with the eventual goal of statewide supply.

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Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller joined a federal complaint Tuesday challenging new rules concerning overtime pay.

Under the final version of the rules, unveiled in May, salaried employees making less than $47,476 a year will earn time-and-a-half for working overtime.

It’s twice the old threshold, and some small businesses have expressed concern about being able to make the switch.

The complaint, which includes Indiana and 20 other states, urges a federal court to block the new rules before they take effect on Dec. 1st.

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A Marion County judge Thursday rejected a request Thursday to halt Indiana’s new e-liquid regulations that are set to take effect next month. 

The trade group Hoosier Vapers filed a lawsuit last year challenging new rules that dictate how liquids for e-cigarettes can be manufactured in Indiana.

Hoosier Vapers says the law is unconstitutional and the state is overstepping its regulatory authority.

As part of its lawsuit, the group asked for a preliminary injunction that would stop the regulations from going into effect July 1. The judge ruled against them. 

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Federal, state and local law enforcement are increasing public awareness and enforcement efforts surrounding human trafficking as Indiana prepares for the Indianapolis 500. 

Officials say Indiana is a “hub” for human sex trafficking because of the large sporting events it often hosts.

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Indiana's primary was notable for its domino effect, which went something like this:

1. A sitting senator decides to retire.

2. Two sitting congressmen run to replace him.

3. Those two seats need filling, sparking hotly-contested races in the northeast and south-central parts of the state.

Young Wins Senate Contest

Representative Todd Young (R-9th) Tuesday easily defeated fellow U.S. House member Marlin Stutzman (R-3rd) to secure the Republican nomination for Indiana’s open U.S. Senate seat. 

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A federal court says an Indiana law banning robocalls can bar political calls without violating the First Amendment. 

Indiana law bars anyone from making autodialed phone calls with just three exceptions – schools sending messages to parents, students and employees, employers calling workers about their schedule, or callers that have an existing relationship with a subscriber. 

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Four Indiana health centers will receive more than $1.5 million in federal funding to address heroin and opioid abuse.

The funds are part of a $95 million initiative from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services distributing funds to federally-recognized clinics called health centers.

Julia Wernz is the Director of Behavioral Health at Valley Professionals Community Health Center near Terre Haute, which is getting $406 thousand.

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One of the many unsigned bills sitting on Governor Pence’s desk tries to protect homeowners going through the tax sale process from being the victims of fraud. The bill comes as a follow up to a lawsuit from the attorney general.

The legislature and Attorney General Greg Zoeller were able to pass a bill that would ensure the original owner of a home going through a tax sale receives any surplus funds from that sale.

“It really focuses on struggling Hoosier property owners,” Zoeller says.

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Former Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter visited his hometown of Lafayette Thursday to make his first public statements in a bid to regain his former position.

Before his current tenure as the state’s top lawyer, Greg Zoeller served as deputy under then-Attorney General Steve Carter. Now that Zoeller is vacating the position to vie for a seat in the U.S House of Representatives, Carter wants his old job back.

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The Attorney General's office has filed the expected appeal of the ruling that blocks Governor Mike Pence's plan to deny assistance to Syrian refugees settling in Indiana.

The state questions the federal screening process for those entering the country from overseas.

Federal Judge Tanya Walton Pratt found Pence's position discriminatory and threw it out.

It's up to Judge Pratt to decide whether to grant a request to set aside her order until the appeal is resolved.

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