RFRA

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Almost every day this month, hundreds of prospective students will visit Indiana University’s campus. They either recently committed, or are trying to get one last feel for the university before choosing a school by the May 1 deadline.

Liam Dixon is one of those students taking an April campus tour. He applied to 18 universities and has spent the majority of his senior year at his home in Irvine, Calif. trying to decide which one is the best fit for him. He recently settled on IU.

Ask The Mayor: Lafayette's Tony Roswarski

Apr 9, 2015
City of Lafayette

As the State Street project looms in West Lafayette, its impact is likely to be felt across the river as well. Will putting a new West Lafayette downtown so close to Lafayette’s make the two competitors? Or can the cities quite literally bridge the downtowns together and create an additional synergy? We put that idea to Tony Roswarski this week on Ask The Mayor…

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29-percent of Hoosiers live in places with local ordinances protecting gays and lesbians from discrimination. And that proportion could grow in the wake of last week‘s religious freedom controversy.

Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard blasted the now-revised religious objections law as "ridiculous." Carmel already has an executive order prohibiting discrimination against gays and lesbians in city hiring -- Brainard says he‘ll send the city council an ordinance to add sexual orientation to local civil rights laws.

Purdue Athletics

When the Big Ten Conference suggested limiting the participation of freshmen athletes, it was all but laughed at. But Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke says it’s no laughing matter, even as he acknowledges the fact his conference can’t go it alone.

As the NCAA tournament gets set to conclude this weekend, we talk about whether Kentucky coach John Calipari is wrecking the spirit of intercollegiate athletics with his open endorsement of the “one-and-done” philosophy of recruitment.

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More than a dozen Indiana business leaders stood behind Republican lawmakers Thursday as they announced legislation aimed at repairing the damage caused by controversy around Indiana’s religious freedom bill.  But not all are convinced the fix goes far enough.

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Though he says he hasn’t had any conversations with potential investors about the state’s so-called “religious freedom” bill, West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis acknowledges he’s fighting against the bad press it’s created.

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After hours of closed doors meeting with lawmakers, businesses and community leaders over the last few days, Republican legislative leaders Thursday announced their plan to clarify the controversial religious freedom bill.  Concerns that the measure known as RFRA would be used to discriminate against gays and lesbians blossomed into national outrage since the governor signed the bill a week ago. 

City of West Lafayette

West Lafayette’s mayor spent much of last summer speaking out in favor of allowing gay marriage in Indiana.

This week’s he’s taken a similar tack, speaking against the state’s so-called religious freedom bill.

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we ask John Dennis if discrimination (and those who are for it) are winning or losing the ultimate policy battle in the state.

We also take a number of listener questions during this half hour.

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House Speaker Brian Bosma says his caucus is close to final agreement on a legislative fix for the controversial religious freedom bill. 

Fishers Passes Anti-RFRA Resolution

Apr 1, 2015
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Fishers is the latest Indiana city to distance itself from the Indiana’s so-called "religious freedom" law.

Fishers‘ all-Republican city council has unanimously approved a resolution drafted by Mayor Scott Fadness affirming the city‘s commitment to diversity as the lifeblood of the entrepreneurial community it‘s seeking to promote.

Council president Pete Peterson says the war over the Religious Freedom Restoration Act threatens to hit cities in the pocketbook.

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