Indiana en Pet Owners Warned to Avoid Leaving Dogs Inside Cars on Hot Days <p>The increasingly high summer temperatures are bringing the normal reminders to avoid leaving children alone in vehicles. &nbsp;But an Evansville animal shelter says pet owners also need to be aware of the dangers of leaving dogs inside hot vehicles.</p><p>Vanderburgh Humane Society Executive Director Kendall Paul says many dog owners make the mistake of thinking it’s OK to leave their pet in a vehicle with the windows cracked. She says the temperature inside that vehicle increases very quickly.</p><p>“I always recommend to people—try it yourself. Go out there on a hot and sit in that car for a few minutes with the windows rolled up, or even with them cracked a little bit, and you’re going to start to see what kind of temperatures very fast you’re putting your animal in. But we just recommend that you don’t do it.”</p><p>Paul adds that pet owners often tell themselves they’ll only be gone for a few minutes, and that their animal will be fine inside the car without any air conditioning.</p><p>“And often times if you just run in for a few minutes, you think it’s just going to be a few minutes in the store, but then it takes a little bit longer, or something delays you,” Paul said. “It only takes a short&nbsp; amount of time—once the temperatures outside start hitting in the 70s and 80 degrees, the temperature inside that car is going to climb even higher than that.”</p><p>Published research shows a car in 84-degree weather reached an interior temperature of 110 degrees in about 18 minutes. In 88-degree weather, the car reached 110 in about 14 minutes.</p><p>The research also found that cracking a window had little effect on the car's temperature. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:12:25 +0000 Kevin Willis 50226 at Judge Strikes Down Indiana Ban on Gay Marriage <p>A federal judge has struck down Indiana's ban on gay marriage, calling it unconstitutional.<br /><br />U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled Wednesday that the state's ban violates the U.S. Constitution's equal-protection clause in a mixed ruling involving lawsuits from several gay couples.<br /><br />It wasn't immediately clear whether the ruling means same-sex marriages can begin in the state.<br /><br />The Indiana attorney general's office says it will appeal.<br /><br />Federal courts across the country have struck down gay marriage bans recently, but many of those rulings are on hold pending appeal. Attorneys on both sides of the issue expect the matter to eventually land before the U.S. Supreme Court.<br /><br />It also wasn't immediately clear what impact Wednesday's ruling might have on a faltering movement to add a gay marriage ban into the Indiana Constitution.<br /> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:17:09 +0000 Associated Press 50110 at Judge Strikes Down Indiana Ban on Gay Marriage Indiana GOP Considers Adding "Traditional Marriage" Language to Party Platform <p>Indiana Republicans will vote next month on a provision in their party’s platform that would reintroduce language about “traditional marriage.”</p><p>The Indiana GOP eliminated the language regarding traditional marriage in 2012. But party delegates &nbsp;last week decided to reintroduce the issue to the party platform. Republican delegates next month will vote on whether to add the following language to their platform: “We believe that strong families, based on marriage between a man and a woman, are the foundation of society.”</p><p>Not all Hoosier State Republicans back the effort to reintroduce marriage language into the party’s platform. <a href="" target="_blank">The Indianapolis Star-Tribune quotes</a> GOP delegate Megan Robertson—who is gay—as saying the effort is “bad for the Republican Party.”</p><p>While the proposed platform also contains language that recognizes “diverse” family structures, Robertson says the platform should focus on issues that unite the party, as opposed to dividing it.</p><p>Those backing the platform say it contains recognition of “blended families, grandparents, guardians, and loving adults” who raise children. Tue, 27 May 2014 18:01:38 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 48658 at Indiana Judge Considers Case Involving Recognition of Same Sex Marriage <p>Indiana must recognize a gay couple’s out-of-state marriage for at least a few days more as a federal judge considers whether to extend an April order requiring the state to acknowledge the union.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Richard Young heard arguments Friday in Evansville on a request that the state recognize the 2013 Massachusetts marriage of Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler of Munster. Quasney is terminally ill with advanced ovarian cancer, and the couple fears Sandler’s ability to collect Social Security and other death benefits would be harmed if their marriage isn’t recognized.</p><p>Young granted the couple a temporary restraining order last month, but it is set to expire Thursday.</p><p>Attorneys for the state say there are other legal ways for Sandler to obtain property benefits after Quasney dies.</p><p>Indiana law defines marriage as between one man and one woman. The state does not recognize same-sex marriages or civil unions conducted in other states. Mon, 05 May 2014 15:36:22 +0000 Associated Press 47568 at Indiana Hit with Third Federal Lawsuit Over Same-Sex Marriage Law <p>The third federal lawsuit this month has been filed against Indiana’s same-sex marriage ban.</p><p>The latest suit was filed Friday by 13 people who argue the Indiana law violates their Constitutional rights. Several media outlets are reporting that the latest challenge involves a widow whose same-sex marriage is not recognized by the Hoosier State, as well as gay couples who married in other states or who would like to wed in Indiana.</p><p>Friday’s lawsuit is the second this week against Indiana’s gay marriage ban, and is part of a national trend of legal action against state laws banning same-sex marriages.</p><p>The national ACLU and the group’s Indiana chapter are representing the plaintiffs, and argue current state law unconstitutionally denies same-sex couples the benefits given to heterosexual couples when they marry.</p><p>Some Indiana lawmakers are in favor of putting before voters a state constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriages. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:17:14 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 45085 at Indiana House Passes Measure Placing Gay Marriage Ban Into State Constitution <p>Indiana's House of Representatives has approved a proposal that would write the state's gay marriage ban into the constitution.</p><p>The Republican-led House narrowly voted 57-40 Tuesday in favor of the measure. The proposed ban now heads to the Indiana Senate.</p><p>The vote followed weeks of uncertainty for a measure that swept through the General Assembly with ease just three years ago.</p><p>"This amendment has jumped the shark," said Democratic Rep. Mat Pierce, who voted against the measure. "History has really passed it by. And that’s why I think we need to give up on it."</p><p>The House measure leaves open the door for approval of civil unions and employer benefits for same-sex couples.&nbsp; It also would potentially reset the clock on Indiana's lengthy process of amending the constitution.</p><p>But Senate Republicans could potentially place the measure back on course to appear on the November ballot. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:03:20 +0000 Rick Howlett 43038 at Indiana Democratic Leaders to GOP: Let's Avoid Gay Marriage Fight <p></p><p>Indiana’s House and Senate Democratic leaders are asking their Republican counterparts to avoid a gay marriage battle during the 2014 session.</p><p>House Minority Leader Scott Pelath and Senate Minority Tim Lanane said a fight on the highly charged issue would keep lawmakers from addressing more important matters during their upcoming session. Lawmakers returned Tuesday to the Capitol for a formal, one-day meeting before they begin the 2014 session in January.</p><p>Social conservative groups are pushing lawmakers to write the state’s ban on same-sex marriage into the state constitution. If they win passage during the session, the issue would go to voters next November.</p><p>Opponents of the amendment who include members of the business and higher education communities argue that it will paint Indiana as an unfriendly state. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 19:56:56 +0000 Associated Press 40120 at Indiana Democratic Leaders to GOP: Let's Avoid Gay Marriage Fight Report: Indiana's New School Grading System Implemented Poorly <p></p><p>A report from a pair of bi-partisan former budget and policy officials says the Indiana Department of Education botched the implementation of the new “A to F” grading system for schools.</p><p>According to the report, former Indiana schools superintendent Tony Bennett didn’t properly prepare for the different ways schools in the Hoosier State are organized, and was left to make last-minute changes to grading formulas right before the rankings were released to the public.</p><p>The Courier-Journal reports that Indiana teachers and administrators had complained ahead of last year’s release of the rankings, which they said wouldn’t accurately reflect the quality of work taking place in schools.</p><p>In addition, an Associated Press reporter obtained e-mails showing Bennett ordered his staff to find ways to inflate grades for a charter school he had been touting and whose founder had contributed to his campaign. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 19:49:00 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 36764 at Report: Indiana's New School Grading System Implemented Poorly Scandal Prompts Indiana to Review "A-F" Grading System <p>Indiana's top lawmakers are creating a task force to review the state's "A-F" school grading system following the revelation former state schools superintendent Tony Bennett changed the grading formula for a Republican donor's charter school.</p><p>Republican Senate President Pro Tem David Long and Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma announced Friday the creation of an independent task force to review the school grading system. Bennett resigned from his job as Florida's schools chief Thursday after emails obtained by The Associated Press were published.</p><p>Those emails detailed his efforts to change the school grading formula for the Christel House charter school in Indianapolis.</p><p>Long said Tuesday he would seek an independent audit of the grading system. Democratic state schools superintendent Glenda Ritz says her office is conducting an internal review. Fri, 02 Aug 2013 18:09:09 +0000 Associated Press 34958 at Funds Raised to Bring Replica of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to Southern Indiana <p></p><p>A Spencer County, Indiana, man hopes a replica version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall will bring healing to those in the region who served in that war.</p><p>Frank Richey was in the Army for twenty years, including tours in Vietnam in 1969 and 1970. Richey has led the effort to bring to the southern Indiana region a traveling replica of the Vietnam Wall known as "The Wall That Heals."</p><p>Richey and a small committee of family members and supporters have raised over $10,000 to pay for the costs associated with bringing the replica wall to the town of Grandview, Indiana.</p><p>Richey hopes Vietnam veterans and their family members from southern Indiana and northwestern Kentucky will come to Grandview this fall to see the exhibit.</p><p>“That’s what this traveling wall is for. It’s for people who can’t actually make it to Washington D.C. to see the real wall,” said Richey.</p><p>You can learn more about The Wall That Heals by clicking <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:58:57 +0000 Kevin Willis 33790 at Funds Raised to Bring Replica of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to Southern Indiana