Indiana

Regional
2:26 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Indiana Governor Kills Idea for State-Run "News" Service

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

Indiana Governor Mike Pence is ditching a plan to create a state-run news site.

Pence told state agencies Thursday he was backing off plans to launch a website that was to be called Just IN.

The Indianapolis Star obtained planning documents this week about the proposed website.

The plan was to have Indiana’s governmental press secretaries write so-called “stories” and have the state-run “news service” compete with independent news agencies across the region.

The plan came under fire, with critics saying it amounted to passing off pro-government propaganda as news.

Indiana journalists objected to the idea of taxpayer dollars being used to support pro-Pence stories.

In a memo to staff Thursday, Pence said he had made the decision to pull the plug on the Just IN website idea.

Health
10:26 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Indiana Set to Reform Medicaid, Update Health Plan for Low-Income Residents

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 4:48 pm

Indiana has gained approval from the federal government to use an updated version of the state’s Health Indiana Plan, or HIP, instead of Medicaid.

The updated version will be called HIP 2.0, and it will provide health care to 350,000 uninsured Indiana residents.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced the expansion Tuesday.

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Politics
5:00 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Bayh Not a Candidate for Indiana Governor in 2016

Former Indiana Governor and Senator Evan Bayh says he won't run for another gubernatorial term in 2016.

The pool of high-profile Indiana Democrats running for Governor in 2016 has shrunk by one. Former Governor and Senator Evan Bayh says he won’t seek a return to the office he held from 1989 to 1997.

Bayh is a moderate Democrat who strongly considered a presidential run in 2008, before deciding not to run and endorsing Hillary Clinton’s campaign. He served two terms in the U.S. Senate but didn’t seek re-election in 2010.

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Regional
2:33 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Indiana Asks Supreme Court To Settle Gay Marriage

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller

Indiana is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether gay marriage should be legal in all 50 states.

The state attorney general's office on Tuesday asked the high court to reverse a ruling last week by the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which declared Indiana and Wisconsin's bans against same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

Indiana says its case offers a perfect opportunity to settle the national debate once and for all.

Attorneys for gay rights group Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana say they will file separate responses within 24 hours.

The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals last Thursday upheld a federal district judge's decision that found Indiana's same-sex marriage ban violated the constitution.

Regional
2:54 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Court Rules Against Gay Marriage Bans In Indiana, Wisconsin

A U.S. appeals court in Chicago has ruled that gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana are unconstitutional.

Thursday's decision by a three-judge panel at the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals bumps the number of states where gay marriage will be legal from 19 to 21. The decision was unanimous.

The Wisconsin and Indiana cases shifted to Chicago after their attorneys general appealed separate lower court rulings in June tossing the bans. The 7th Circuit stayed those rulings pending its own decision.

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Regional
2:51 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Community Bands Together in Effort to Find Missing Southern Indiana Woman

Friends, family, and residents in the Boonville, Indiana, area are searching for missing 27-year-old Kristy Kelly.

Hundreds of volunteers are assisting in the effort to find a missing Warrick County, Indiana, woman.

Twenty-seven-year-old Kristy Kelley of Boonville was last seen at the local VFW post on the morning of Friday, Aug. 15. She was later reported missing after she didn’t show up for work.

Volunteers have searched the area where Kelley was last scene, looking for any clues related to her disappearance.

Kelley is white, with a petite build, blue eyes and long, brown hair.

Investigators have also not been able to locate Kelley’s car, a silver 2003 Nissan Xterra.

Anyone with information on Kelly's whereabouts is encouraged to call the Warrick County Sheriff's Department at 812-897-6180.

Warrick County Sheriff Brett Bruse told the Evansville Courier and Press that investigators have no evidence that foul play was involved. Kruse is asking area businesses that use video surveillance cameras to check their footage from early Friday morning to see if they captured any images of Kelley or her vehicle.

A candlelight vigil for Kelley is being held tonight on the Boonville square.

Education
11:43 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Students In Kentucky, Tennessee And Indiana Show ACT Test Score Improvement

ACT scores in Kentucky and Tennessee, where all students are required to take the test, showed a 0.3 improvement from 2013
Credit ACT

ACT test scores for high school graduates in Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana all saw improvement this year.

The company that administers the test is calling the gains in Kentucky and Tennessee particularly promising.

Every high school graduate in Kentucky and Tennessee and nine other states takes the ACT as part of statewide assessment.  This year, both Tennessee and Kentucky saw a 0.3 percent gain in composite score as compared to 2013.

The composite score in Kentucky was 19.9, while Tennessee students scored a 19.8. 

Meantime, Indiana’s average composite score was 21.7, but only 40 percent of Indiana students took the test.

Regional
2:35 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Rush Sworn In As Indiana's First Woman Chief Justice

Indiana Supreme Court Justice Loretta Rush
Credit State of Indiana

For the first time in state history, Indiana has a female Supreme Court chief justice. 

Loretta Rush, who was appointed to the high court in 2012 by Governor Mike Pence, was sworn in as chief justice Monday. The Evansville Courier and Press reports the ceremony took place inside the Supreme Court law library at the Indiana Statehouse.

Rush takes over for chief justice Brent Dickson, who will remain as an associate justice.

Transportation
2:30 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Federal Appeals Court Rejects Lawsuit Over Ohio River Bridges Project

An artist's rendering of the new Ohio River Bridges project in Louisville and southern Indiana.
Credit Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

A federal appeals court is upholding the dismissal of a lawsuit related to the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges project.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled unanimously that the organization that brought the lawsuit failed to prove that Kentucky and Indiana violated federal law. The group Coalition for Advancement of Regional Transportation—or CART—filed suit against the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the Indiana Department of Transportation, and the Federal Highway Administration.

The group claimed the $2.6 billion dollar bridges project would cause environmental damage by clearing trees and harming wildlife and water quality along the two spans' proposed routes. The suit also said the project violated the 1964 Civil Rights Act by negatively impacting minority communities where construction would occur.  

CART’s lawsuit had been previously dismissed by U.S District Judge John G. Heyburn. The group appealed, setting up the showdown at the federal appeals court level.

The Ohio River bridges project includes the creation of a new bridge for I-65 north, the renovation of the Kennedy Memorial bridge that carries I-65 south, and a new bridge that will connect the Gene Snyder Freeway with the Lee Hamilton Highway in southern Indiana.

Regional
12:01 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Indiana's Right-To-Work Law Suffers Second Legal Defeat; Heading For State Supreme Court

Another judge has ruled against Indiana’s two-year-old right-to-work law.

Lake County Judge George Paras ruled this week the law forcing unions to provide services for workers who don’t pay dues, is against the constitution. The Evansville Courier & Press reports that led Indiana’s attorney general to request a stay of that ruling until the State Supreme Court takes up another judge’s ruling at a September 4th hearing. 

The right-to-work legislation was passed in 2012 by a Republican-dominated legislature.

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