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South Bend Tribune Employees Trying To Form A Union

Jan 15, 2020
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Today the South Bend NewsGuild announced that the staff of the South Bend Tribune has taken a major step toward forming a union. 

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The South Bend Board of Public Safety postponed action on the discipline matrix for the city’s police department at its meeting Wednesday morning.

The discipline matrix is meant to clearly lay out punishments for officer misconduct.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb proposed a new plan to free up state dollars for teacher pay in his State of the State address Tuesday. That plan could be implemented this year – but Holcomb wants to wait for 2021.

Republicans insist that further efforts to boost educator salaries must wait until the 2021 budget session. Holcomb’s new plan (targeted for next year) would use one-time dollars to pay down part of a teacher pension fund.

In turn, $50 million a year will be generated to redirect to teacher pay,” Holcomb says.

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More affordable housing could soon become available near downtown Elkhart. The City’s redevelopment commission approved money Tuesday to help a local organization build more affordable homes.

Lacasa is planning on creating a total of eight units for families whose income is 60 percent below the median household income in Elkhart County.

Eli Lilly Announces Two Discounted Insulin Pens

Jan 14, 2020
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Eli Lilly announced plans Tuesday to offer less expensive versions of two of the company’s insulin pens, eight months after introducing a reduced-price liquid insulin. 

State and federal lawmakers have criticized drug companies for a jump in insulin costs in recent years.

The company plans to sell discounted versions of Humalog Mix75/25 KwikPen and Junior Humalog Junior KwikPen for 50 percent less than current list price. Both pens will be available by mid-April. The insulin will carry a list price around $265 for a package of five.

Michigan House Votes To Lift State's Ban Against Stun Guns

Jan 14, 2020

Michigan would lift its ban on stun guns under legislation advanced by lawmakers. 

The bill would allow the sale, possession and “reasonable use” of a stun device by those 18 and older.

Michigan currently allows law enforcement and people with a concealed pistol license to use a Taser, which is a different type of self-defense device than a stun gun.

The Republican-led Senate will consider the measure next after it cleared the GOP-controlled House on an 84-24 vote Tuesday.

Supporters say the stun gun ban contradicts court rulings.

Courtesy of StatsAmerica Opportunity Zone Map

Indiana University Kelly School of Business has developed a tool for the federal government to help developers invest in opportunity zones that are supposed to boost low-income areas. While some say the zones don’t help those in need, one federal official says the tool will help areas in critical need.

The U.S. Economic Development Administration announced today Tuesday a new web-based map that shows the median income, population and much more in each area across the country.

Indiana Black Legislative Caucus Unveils 2020 Agenda

Jan 14, 2020
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The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus wants the state to push forward measures that will improve prescription drug costs, children’s health and jail overcrowding.

Rep. Robin Shackleford (D-Indianapolis) – head of the black caucus – says rising health care costs are a pervasive problem throughout Indiana, and particularly in minority communities. To help address that, she wants to cap the amount insurance companies can charge for a 30-day supply of insulin at $100.

“One in four diabetics are sharing their insulin," Shackleford says. "They’re not taking their insulin.”

Jail Task Force Urges Overhaul Of Michigan Bail System

Jan 14, 2020
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A task force says Michigan should reclassify many traffic offenses as civil infractions, release more defendants before trial without requiring them to pay money and take other steps to reduce jail populations that tripled in under 40 years.

The 21-member group was created by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer with support from Republican legislative leaders.

It delivered its findings and 18 recommendations to lawmakers Tuesday.

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More than 200 General Motors temporary workers were let go over the weekend at the Fort Wayne Assembly plant.

Under the terms of the latest contract, GM recently converted more than 900 temporary workers to full-time status in plants around the U.S., including about 150 workers at the Fort Wayne Assembly location.

Officials with GM and United Automobile Workers local 2209 say they were unable to come to an agreement to hire the laid-off temporary workers. A GM spokesperson said in a statement they were willing to hire the group part-time.

Franklin College Fires Its President

Jan 14, 2020
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STURGEON BAY, Wis. (AP) — Franklin College in Indiana has fired its president after he was arrested in Wisconsin on suspicion of using a computer to facilitate a sex crime and attempted child enticement.

Thomas Minar was arrested by Sturgeon Bay police on Jan. 6 and released on $7,500 cash bond after a hearing.

Franklin College says its Board of Trustees Executive Committee “felt it was essential to act immediately and sever his relationship” with the college.

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The black mayor of Iowa's most racially diverse city is endorsing Pete Buttigieg for president.

The endorsement by Waterloo Mayor Quentin Hart gives the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor a boost as he struggles to attract voters of color.

Hart told The Associated Press he was supporting Buttigieg in part for what he called the Democrat's effort to address racial economic disparity in South Bend.

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Both chambers of the General Assembly approved legislation Monday to press pause on state school accountability as Hoosiers transition to a new state exam.

State and school officials have called for the “hold harmless” measure since last fall, after results from the new ILEARN test showed a significant drop in student achievement. 

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