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A House bill seeks to challenge an Indiana Supreme Court decision that secured the public’s right to use Lake Michigan beaches that are in front of private property. 

Advocates Push For Dementia Protection Bills

Jan 13, 2020
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Advocates are pushing for two proposals that would offer more protections for people living with dementia

Members of the Indiana’s chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association made their case Monday at the Statehouse.

Annacaroline Caruso

A group of local faith leaders gathered today Monday to call on the South Bend Board of Public Safety to approve the proposed discipline matrix for the police department.

The discipline matrix lays out a series of consequences for different categories of offenses. The goal is to be more clear about what the consequences of an officer's actions will be.

Holcomb Declares Day Honoring Late Auschwitz Survivor

Jan 13, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Eric Holcomb has declared Jan. 27 “Eva Education Day” in honor of the late Eva Kor, the Holocaust survivor who dedicated much of her life to educating the world about the experiments of Nazi doctor Josef Mengele.  

Jan. 27 is the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp where Kor and her twin sister, Miriam, were subjected to Mengele's experiments.

Courtesy of Purdue University Center for Commercial Agriculture

The December Ag Economy Barometer shows farmers are less confident about current conditions, but are more optimistic looking into the future.

The national survey asks 400 agriculture producers a range of questions each month from financial plans to perspectives on current economic issues including the trade war with China.

Report co-author Jim Mintert says the December responses showed no overall shift in sentiment.

Democratic 2020 Candidates Vie For Unions, Latinos In Nevada

Jan 12, 2020
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Democratic presidential candidates are in Nevada seeking to build relationships with Latino voters and win the coveted endorsement of a powerful casino workers union.

Indiana University Set To Commemorate 200th Anniversary

Jan 12, 2020
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Indiana University officials plan to toast the school's bicentennial later this month with the dedication of a new supercomputer, the inaugural chiming of a rare collection of bells and a speech by Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis.

 

Community education advocates gathered Saturday to discuss the Purdue Polytechnic Charter High School coming to South Bend.

 

Purdue was granted a charter by the state to open a Purdue Polytechnic charter high school in South Bend. There are two Purdue Polytechnic High Schools operating in Indianapolis. 

What’s up for debate is whether or not Purdue will partner with South Bend Community Schools to make the charter an innovation school that would operate within Washington High School as a STEM focused program.

State Agency Director Challenging Indiana Attorney General

Jan 10, 2020
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The head of the Indiana Department of Revenue has decided to challenge embattled state Attorney General Curtis Hill’s bid seeking the Republican nomination for the office.

Adam Krupp says he would resign as the revenue department’s commissioner by the end of January to run full-time for attorney general. 

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb appointed Krupp to the position in 2017 after he previously was an attorney in then-Gov. Mike Pence’s office.

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Fulton County prosecutors say a special prosecutor should be appointed to determine whether a northern Indiana woman will be charged in an attack on a woman who had just been sentenced in a crash that killed her three children.

Fulton County prosecutors told a judge in a filing Thursday that they cannot be unbiased in deciding charges against Brittany Ingle.

The attack unfolded Dec. 18 after Alyssa Shepherd was sentenced to four years in prison in the deaths of Ingle's three children.

Two Children Die From The Flu In Michigan

Jan 10, 2020
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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed that two children have died in the state as a result of the 2019-2020 flu season. 

Annacaroline Caruso

South Bend residents gathered Friday to discuss the affordable housing crisis which has been an ongoing issue in the city. 

Finding housing issues to discuss was easy for the group - things like homelessness, unaffordable rent, and income gaps. But they had a bit more trouble coming up with solutions.

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Several major pieces of legislation are already on the move as the General Assembly got the 2020 session underway. Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

Hold Harmless Legislation

Lawmakers wasted no time as the short session began – both House and Senate education committees almost immediately approved legislation to shield teachers and schools from penalties after a sharp drop in student test scores.

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Legislation to extend Indiana’s Election Day voting by two hours – to 8 p.m. – got a hearing this week in the House Elections Committee.

Current poll hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Indiana is one of only three states whose polls close that early. It’s also one of only 18 states where polls are open just 12 hours. The Hoosier State also regularly ranks near the bottom of the country for voter turnout.

Rima Shahid leads Women4Change, a nonpartisan advocacy group. She says extending poll hours to 8 p.m. would help Hoosiers.

Michigan Sees a Third Vaping-Related Death

Jan 10, 2020
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Today the Michigan Dept. of Health and Human Services announced there has been another vaping-related death in the state.

You can read the department's release about it below. 

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