Politics & Government
3:03 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Daniels names Rush to Indiana Supreme Court

Governor Mitch Daniels named Loretta Rush to the Indiana Supreme Court Friday. Rush is only the second woman ever to serve on the court.
Brandon Smith Indiana Public Broadcasting

Tippecanoe County juvenile court judge Loretta Rush is Indiana’s newest Supreme Court justice – and the second woman to ever sit on the state’s high court.

Governor Mitch Daniels named Rush as his pick Friday.  Hamilton County judge Steven Nation and Indianapolis attorney Geoffrey Slaughter were the other two finalists.  Many in the legal community urged the governor to name a woman to the bench.  

While Daniels says he wasn’t oblivious to those calls, quality was his first concern.

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9:12 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Panel meets to discuss stage collapse compensation

Ken Feinberg is a victims compensation expert who helped develop Indiana's compensation model for State Fair stage collapse victims.
Brandon Smith Indiana Public Broadcasting

A panel met Tuesday to discuss whether the state’s formula for compensating State Fair stage collapse victims was fair, and the results could serve as a guide for responding to future tragedies.

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10:30 am
Mon September 10, 2012

State wants boost for College Success Coalitions

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education wants College Success Coalitions in all 92 Hoosier counties.  Currently, 35 exist across Indiana.

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StateImpact Indiana
9:12 am
Thu August 30, 2012

StateImpact Indiana: Why Indiana's Private Schools May See A Shortage Of Space For Voucher Students

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 10:36 am

The Indiana Department of Education has issued more than 8,000 vouchers for students to attend private schools at the state’s expense. That’s twice as many as the IDOE issued last year, but only about half of the number available.

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9:09 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Lindh prayer trial continues with chaplain, imam testimonies

Witnesses on behalf of the federal prison in Terre Haute got their say in federal court Tuesday over whether Muslims at the prison are being unfairly denied the right to pray daily as a group.

Attorneys for the government called two witnesses Tuesday: David Holston, the prison’s supervisory chaplain, and imam Ammar Amonette, the head of the Islamic Center of Virginia. 

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Politics & Government
2:42 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Restitution fund issues first check

Indiana Sec. of State Connie Lawson announced Friday the Indiana Securities Restitution Fund paid its first relief check.

Two years after its creation, Indiana’s Securities Restitution Fund – which provides relief for victims of investment scams – paid out its first check, and Secretary of State Connie Lawson says there should be more to come.

A major reason why it took two years for a single check to be issued from the fund is timing: to be eligible for relief, the scam must have taken place on or after July 1, 2010. That's the date the law creating the fund took effect.

Secretary Lawson says the time between the crime and when the victim gets relief can be lengthy.

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Politics & Government
12:07 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Gregg unveils Hoosier product export plan

Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg Thursday unveiled an eight-point plan aimed at increasing the state’s total exports by 50% in five years.

Gregg applauded the work of Gov. Mitch Daniels in expanding Indiana’s global presence and says as governor, his policies would further that work. 

They include coordinating statewide export strategies, developing tax incentives for Hoosier businesses that export at least 75% of their products and creating an export innovation fund that would provide money to trade associations and private businesses.

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StateImpact Indiana
10:48 am
Thu August 23, 2012

StateImpact Indiana: How Federal School Lunch Guidelines Are Changing Menus At Indiana Schools

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 10:32 am

What kids are eating in their school lunches has been a topic of discussion since the School Nutrition Association was created in the 1940s. That’s because the guidelines are always changing.

New rules handed down earlier this year from the United States Department of Agriculture focus less on calories and fat and more on whether all the food groups are being served.

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Politics & Government
7:01 am
Tue August 21, 2012

State conservation leaders explore major changes

Indiana conservation leaders are considering some big changes in funding and organization.
Brandon Smith Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana’s soil and water conservation leaders are exploring significant changes to the funding and organization of the state’s conservation efforts.

The Conservation Beyond 2016 Task Force was created several months ago in response to what it says were concerns over drops in conservation district funding.  

Much of the money comes from counties.  But over the last four years, funding has stagnated or decreased in more than 40% of Hoosier counties. 

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12:32 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Hoosier jobless rate rises in July

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says Indiana’s unemployment rate increased for the second straight month in July even though the state’s private sector added jobs for the ninth consecutive month. But state officials say those numbers don’t add up.

Thirty-three hundred private sector jobs were created last month and government hiring surged, leading to an increase in total non-farm employment of more than ten thousand jobs.  But Indiana’s unemployment rate increased to 8.2%. 

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