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For the first time in Indiana’s history Sunday, Hoosiers were able to walk into a liquor store on a Sunday and purchase a beverage of their choice.

Last Wednesday, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed into law the legalization of Sunday carry-out sales – a first in state history.

Many were excited, but liquor store customers and employees don’t expect overall sales numbers will change much.

What A (Sun)day: Sunday Alcohol Sales Begin

Mar 5, 2018

For other states it was just another Sunday.

Hoosiers commemorated an historic day by buying a cold one.

At 11:52 a.m., the first car pulls into the Village Bottle Shoppe on Sagamore Parkway in West Lafayette.

It’s eight minutes until the liquor stores opens its doors on a Sunday for the first time in state history.

Political analyst John Ketzenberger says the crowd assembling at this and other package stores is due to a cultural shift.

A Democrat initiative visited Indianapolis Friday to discuss the President Donald Trump’s tax changes. Friday’s focus was on the impact the bill will have on middle class and low-income Americans.

The Not One Penny: TrumpTax Town Hall featured an hour-long conversation with panelists concerned with the recent tax bill.

The state’s top education official plans to push for more policy and funding to improve school safety.

State officials and lawmakers say Indiana has strong school safety programs in place, but Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick says there are still gaps.

Safe Gun Storage Lags In Homes With Children

Mar 2, 2018

An estimated 39 percent of Hoosiers have firearms and a new study find many of those guns are not stored properly.

A report published in the Journal Pediatrics states only an estimated one third of Indiana households with guns store them safely.

The report from the American Academy of Pediatrics specifically asked for the mental health history of children in the home and if firearms are stored locked and unloaded.

Hemp Bill Likely Headed To Study Committee

Mar 2, 2018

Senate lawmakers want to take a big step back when it comes to opening up Indiana’s hemp industry.

Legislation overwhelmingly passed by the House would have allowed the state to establish a hemp growing pilot program. It’s similar to a program in Kentucky, which has established itself as a national leader in hemp. But the Senate made the bill a study committee proposal.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) says that’s because the state isn’t set up for such a system.

Indiana University Health is now providing genetic screenings to identify high risk strains of the human papillomavirus or HPV that causes cervical cancer. About 250 Hoosier women are diagnosed with this cancer every year.

Cytopathologist Melissa Randolph explains to Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Jill Sheridan how the screenings work and who they benefit.

Stores Across Indiana Prepare For Sunday Sales

Mar 1, 2018

With Sunday carry-out sales receiving the stamp of approval from Gov. Eric Holcomb Wednesday, stores are busy preparing for this weekend.

Most bills passed in Indiana go into effect July 1.

But at Wednesday’s signing of the Sunday sales bill, House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) said Wednesday at the bill’s signing, its implementation was expedited because the public was aware of the issue.

“We had a bona fide discussion as to why wait? Everyone knows about it, everyone’s read about it, no one could come up with a good reason,” Bosma said.

Republican leaders say they halted gun bills in each chamber Thursday to avoid debate on several gun regulation proposals.

Lawmakers say they plan to revive some of the language in those bills before the session ends.

Independent consultants investigating the Department of Child Services have identified significant potential shortages in the agency.

The consultants’ second public update shows possible challenges in legal representation, worker qualifications, and services.

A multi-state study to examine early on-set Alzheimer’s will launch soon, and it’s based at Indiana University’s School of Medicine. The Longitudinal Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease or LEADS, is the first, large scale clinical trial to research the disease.

Dr. Liana Apostolova was joined by co-researchers in Indianapolis this week as the study gets underway. The National Institutes of Health awarded the group $7.6 million to research early onset Alzheimer’s.

A Senate panel voted Wednesday to get rid of proposed alcohol regulations that would have governed where alcohol is housed in stores and who’s legally allowed to ring it up.

Some advocates decry the elimination of what they call safeguards the same day the governor signed a bill expanding alcohol sales to Sundays.

The proposed bill would have required all cashiers conducting alcohol sales to be at least 21-years-old. But a Senate committee stripped out that provision.

Health care providers across the state will be subject to new reporting requirements when it comes to complications from abortions.

That’s under legislation approved by the House Wednesday.

The bill creates a long list of potential abortion complications physicians, hospitals, and clinics must report to the state. It includes everything from blood clots and cardiac arrest to anxiety and sleeping disorders.

Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne) says the bill aims to help ensure public health.

Another possible change to education law in Indiana addresses a unique need for some students with disabilities; one piece of a bill moving through the general assembly would allow private school students to attend the Indiana School for the Deaf.

Students with disabilities in non-pulbic schools have something called Individualized Service Plans, or ISPs, and public school students with disabilities have something similar, called Individualized Education Plans, or IEPs. The Indiana School for the Deaf only accepts IEPs.

Sunday Alcohol Sales Signed Into Law

Feb 28, 2018

As expected, Hoosiers will be able to purchase alcohol on Sundays, starting this weekend.

In front of media, staffers and legislators, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the bill into law. Holcomb says the bill is giving the consumers what they want.

“This is just yet another example where the State of Indiana has sought to, and indeed modernized, our laws to meet consumer expectation,” Holcomb says.

As expected, Hoosiers will be able to purchase alcohol on Sundays, starting this weekend.

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