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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vanderburgh County has been chosen as one of five counties in Indiana that will take part in the Pre-K pilot program beginning early next year.
Gov. Mike Pence’s office announced the selections Tuesday from among 18 finalists. This year’s Indiana General Assembly established the pilot program, which is intended to prepare low-income four-year-olds for kindergarten.
“Every Indiana child deserves to start kindergarten ready to learn and to begin a lifetime of learning,” said Governor Pence in a written statement. “Today, I am pleased to accept the recommendations of our working group. The state looks forward to partnering with these counties and working to ensure that these resources are made available to assist some of our most vulnerable children early next year.”
The governor’s office says the selections were based on need and ability of each county to meet that need.
The four other Indiana counties include Allen, Jackson, Lake and Marion.
An Indiana transportation panel is making recommendations that could lead to the start of a new corridor linking southern Indiana with Daviess County, Kentucky, within five to ten years.
The road will be called the Mid-State Corridor, and will run from Pike County, Indiana, to the Natcher Bridge east of Owensboro. That road was formally known as I-67, but the name was dropped because only federal officials can create a new interstate.
The Messenger-Inquirer reports the Indiana Blue Ribbon Panel on Transportation Infrastructure also believes construction should start on the proposed Interstate-69 bridge at Henderson within five years. Funding concerns are a major issue for the projects, however, with the federal Highway Trust Fund running out of money.
If a creative solution isn’t found, blue ribbon panel member Hank Menke told the paper that the Mid-State Corridor might have to be built as a toll road.
The corridor is expected to cost Indiana $444 million, with Kentucky chipping in $177 million.
The Indiana panel’s recommendations now go to Governor Mike Pence.