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East Chicago’s lead crisis came up Thursday at Ben Carson’s confirmation hearing to lead the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Carson, the retired neurosurgeon from Detroit tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to lead HUD, was answering a question from U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.).

Donnelly asked if Carson would continue HUD’s response to lead contamination in an East Chicago public housing complex.

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Indiana residents will now officially be known as “Hoosiers” in all printed federal government documents. 

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A Ball State University economic forecast says the United States has fully recovered from the Great Recession and growth is coming.  The annual prediction also shows slow growth in Indiana, especially in the state’s manufacturing sector.

Ball State economist Michael Hicks predicts the national economy will grow by 2.1 percent next year.  Compared to other national forecasts, that’s conservative – some predict up to 2.4 percent growth.

 

Republican U.S. Rep. Todd Young’s victory in the Indiana Senate race Tuesday night also marked a milestone for his opponent: It was the first race Democrat Evan Bayh has ever lost.

Bayh faced an uphill battle in an election that ended in rebuke for most Democrats in Indiana and nationwide.

Older Hoosiers may have remembered Evan Bayh because his father, Birch Bayh, was a popular senator who authored Title IX and other civil rights laws and helped lower the voting age to 18.

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The East Chicago Housing Authority is requesting $8 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

It says it needs more assistance leveling a housing complex on soil contaminated with lead and arsenic hundreds of times higher than federal safety standards.

East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland announced the city’s intention to demolish the complex last June. The more than 1,000 residents are eligible for HUD relocation vouchers.

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U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) spoke about farming's past -- and where it's heading -- with farmers and fairgoers at the State Fair on Thursday.

The Senate Agriculture Committee member said he'll work to help farmers adapt to new technologies and market demands -- and that farmers and the public should talk to each other about those changes, too.

But first, he tried out some old-fashioned farm equipment at the Fair's Pioneer Village -- shucking corn, baling hay and sawing logs with a steam engine.

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Union leaders are shifting their focus to the election in the continuing fallout from Carrier's decision to move 1,400 jobs from Indiana to Mexico.

They hope their message -- that bad trade deals led to the job cuts -- will send workers to the polls in November.

In the nearly six months since Carrier's announcement, unions and politicians alike have used the layoffs to argue that free trade can hurt American jobs.

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Not long after the arrest last week of a Brownsburg teen accused of trying to join the Islamic State, U-S Senator Joe Donnelly met with FBI officials in Indianapolis Monday.

Donnelly says the FBI is working hard to protect Hoosiers but didn’t give any specifics, saying his meeting with the FBI centered on the bureau’s counterterrorism efforts, coordination with local law enforcement and what it needs from Congress.

But Donnelly provided few details about those efforts or an estimate of the number of homegrown terrorism investigations in Indiana.

Indiana Senators Weigh In On Gun Control Debate

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Indiana’s Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly participated in a nearly 15-hour filibuster on gun control in the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting.

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut started the filibuster, urging his colleagues to vote on gun control measures after 49 people died over the weekend in the country’s largest mass shooting.

Indiana’s Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly echoed some of Murphy’s sentiments, saying he’s a strong supporter of the second amendment but believes there are smart ways to reduce gun violence.

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Congress is poised to pass suicide-prevention measures for troops and veterans for a third straight year, in part thanks to an Indiana senator.

Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly says post-traumatic stress has always been a problem, but there's a better understanding of it now.

And he says the nature of the last 15 years of war has increased suicide risks, with many troops repeatedly redeployed to Iraq or Afghanistan.

He says some of them become so accustomed to living under a state of war that they have trouble readjusting to civilian life at home.

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