Indiana Bill Further Restricts Panhandling

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A bill that further criminalizes panhandling awaits the governor’s signature. 

Both Indiana chambers passed the bill that would make it a misdemeanor to ask for money within 50 feet of any place where financial transactions are made, including parking meters. That effectively bans panhandling in downtown Indianapolis.

Supporters of the bill say aggressive panhandling is the biggest complaint they hear about Indianapolis from visitors. 

The new law could face legal challenges. The Indiana ACLU says the measure is unconstitutional. 

Only Essential Staff And Limited Family At NCAA Tournaments

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The NCAA is closing games to fans during the upcoming men’s and women’s Division One basketball play-offs over concerns about the coronavirus.

March Madness is one of the organization’s most profitable sporting events.

In a statement, President Mark Emmert says the decision comes after careful thought on what would be best for the public, including fans, coaches and student-athletes.

Emmert says, “We recognize the opportunity to compete in an NCAA national championship is an experience of a lifetime for the students and their families.”

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors say a northern Indiana man has been charged in the 2000 killing of a man found dead in an Indianapolis hotel room after his DNA matched DNA found beneath the victim’s fingernails.

Fifty-four-year-old William O. Swain of Elkhart was charged last week with murder, felony murder and criminal deviate conduct in the October 2000 killing of 38-year-old Arthur McPhaul.

After he was found fatally strangled in a hotel room, investigators retrieved DNA from under McPhaul’s fingernails, but were unable to find a match.

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Fewer people are traveling due to restrictions and concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. Tourism officials in the state say they’re watching the situation closely.

Steak 'n Shake Locations To Shift To Countertop Service

Mar 3, 2020
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Indianapolis-headquartered Steak 'n Shake is changing the format of its stores to speed up service and reduce operational costs. The transition comes as the company lost more than $18 million last year. 

The 85-year-old business has changed ownership a few times throughout its history. One consistent element has been the table service that separated it from other burger competitors.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — One of Indiana's largest school districts cancelled bus service Friday after too many drivers called in sick in an apparent labor dispute.

The Indianapolis Public Schools said schools remained open but students unable to get to them because of no buses would not be marked absent.

 IPS board member Diane Arnold told WTHR-TV, “This is hurting children and it hurts our most vulnerable families.”


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A man charged with shooting two southern Indiana judges outside of an Indianapolis fast food restaurant is claiming self-defense in a new court filing.

The filing Tuesday claims Brandon Kaiser was pulling on a locked door, trying to enter a downtown White Castle when the judges approached him “in a hostile manner,” slammed him to the ground, choked him and beat him.

The notice of affirmative defense says Kaiser “was reasonable to fear that this assault would result in his death or injury."

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The Indianapolis City-Council Council passed two proposals Monday night to protect the rights of renters in the city.  The move comes after a state bill was amended to restrict local governments from creating such measures.

Indiana has some of the highest rates of eviction in the country, and plans to address that issue have been laid out in Indianapolis. A package of proposals now seeks to inform tenants of their rights, expand legal assistance and penalize landlords if they are in violation of renter rights.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana woman who had given birth three days earlier says her instincts kicked in when she stopped along a highway to help save the driver of a tanker truck who was on fire.

The truck loaded with jet fuel later exploded.

Thirty-five-year-old Holly McNally helped two men smother the driver's flames Thursday and move him away from his overturned truck on Interstate 465. Officials say the 59-year-old driver remains in critical condition Friday morning.

Buttigieg Gains Backing From Indianapolis Mayor

Feb 6, 2020
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Pete Buttigieg's presidential bid has gained the backing of Indiana's other highest-profile Democrat as Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett joined in filing the paperwork to place the former South Bend mayor's name on the state's May primary ballot.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Health officials say influenza and flu-like symptoms have contributed to more visits to Indianapolis-area emergency rooms than at any point during the past decade.

The Marion County Health Department says the primary complaint of 6.2% of ER visits in the week ending Dec. 28 was flu-like symptoms.

The Indianapolis Star reports the previous high of the past 10 years was about 5.3% during the 2017-18 flu season.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An electric car-sharing service that debuted in Indianapolis in 2015 is pulling the plug on its network of rechargeable cars after residents failed to embrace the vehicles.

Blue Indy said it will end its collaboration with the city of Indianapolis on May 21, citing the service's failure to become “economically viable.”

When Bolloré Logistics launched Blue Indy in Indiana's capital in September 2015, the Paris-based company predicted it would be operating profitably by 2020, with at least 15,000 members.

2 Judges Back On Bench Following Fight-Related Suspensions

Dec 24, 2019
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Two southern Indiana judges are back on the bench after completing their suspensions for a downtown Indianapolis fight and double-shooting that followed a night of bar-hopping.

Clark County Circuit Court Judge Brad Jacobs and Crawford Circuit Judge Sabrina Bell were reinstated to the bench Monday following 30-day suspensions that took effect Nov. 22.  

A third judge, Clark County Circuit Court Judge Andrew Adams, will be reinstated Jan. 13 after completing a 60-day suspension.

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More than 100 people gathered on the steps of the Indiana Statehouse Tuesday to call on Congress to impeach President Donald Trump.

The U.S. House is expected to vote on impeachment Wednesday.

Few of those who addressed the crowd referenced the specific impeachment charges against Trump. But they were united in their ultimate message. Here’s Hoosier college student Christian Omoruyi.

UPDATE: Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over John Dillinger Exhumation

Dec 4, 2019


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit a relative of 1930s gangster John Dillinger filed against an Indianapolis cemetery that opposes his plans to exhume Dillinger’s gravesite to determine if the notorious criminal is actually buried there.

Marion County Superior Court Judge Timothy Oakes granted Crown Hill Cemetery's motion to dismiss Michael Thompson's lawsuit shortly after Wednesday's hearing, saying state law requires the cemetery's consent.

Thompson, who’s Dillinger’s nephew, sued the cemetery after it objected to his plans to exhume the grave. Thompson says he has evidence Dillinger's body may not be buried there, and may not have been the man FBI agents fatally shot outside a Chicago theater in 1934,


A judge will hear an Indianapolis cemetery's bid to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a relative of 1930s gangster John Dillinger who wants to exhume Dillinger's gravesite to determine if the notorious criminal is actually buried there.