Politics & Government

Politics & Government
7:11 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Mayor Henry proposes changes for bike safety

On Tuesday Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced proposed changes to the current City Code related to bike safety that has not been amended since 1985. 

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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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Politics & Government
6:51 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Pence explains his college completion plan

Only 28 percent of Hoosier students pursuing a bachelor’s degree finish in four years.  That puts Indiana 40th in the nation in on-time completion rate.  GOP gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence says, “we know Indiana can do better.  But it will take shared commitment from the state, our colleges and universities and from students and families themselves to get the job done.”

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Politics & Government
5:41 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Donnelly and Bayh hit the campaign trail together

Donnelly and Bayh will tour the state in the next few days in what they’re calling a “main street tour” of Indiana.  Bayh thinks appearing with Donnelly is not about trying to rally the Democratic base around a conservative Democrat saying, "Oh I think the Democratic base is squarely in Joe Donnelly’s camp and we need to build on that and reach out to independents and Republicans because not only is that the politically sensible thing to do, it’s the only way we’re going to make progress in Washington.”

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Politics & Government
9:04 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Gubernatorial candidates talk policy at forum

Republican Rep. Mike Pence talks state policy with former Ind. Chief Justice Randall Shepard August 22 at IUPUI.
Brandon Smith Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana’s three gubernatorial hopefuls discussed Indiana’s policy future during a forum at IUPUI Tuesday.  Led by former Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard, the forum was not a direct debate between candidates, but a public conversation between Shepard and each hopeful, one at a time.

Brandon Smith prepared several reports on key issues addressed in those policy discussions.

Workforce Development

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Politics & Government
5:45 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Pence reacts to Health Care Act

Governor Daniels requested input last month from all three gubernatorial candidates on two key decisions the state must make in the next few months regarding implementation of the Affordable Care Act.  One is a choice between establishing a state- or federally-run health care exchange, a kind of marketplace for insurers and consumers.  The other is determining the state’s essential health benefits package, which sets a minimum level of coverage insurers must offer.  Pence says, with so much uncertainty surrounding the measure, he advises against setting up a state-run health care exchange. 

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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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081512DEBATE
6:52 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Lt. Governor candidates square off at State Fair

Indiana's candidates for lieutenant governor had their only scheduled debate Wednesday at the Indiana State Fair.
Brandon Smith Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana's drought and the ethanol industry took center stage as the running mates in this year’s gubernatorial race took shared their views Wednesday at the Indiana State Fair in their only scheduled debate.  

As severe drought impacts most of Indiana, a debate over where the corn that does survive should go exists not just in the state but across the country.  And the ethanol industry is a major part of that debate.  Up to 40 percent of U-S corn crops could be needed to fulfill the federal government’s mandate for ethanol usage.  

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081412HAMILTON
10:29 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Nancy Hamilton, wife of former Rep. Lee Hamilton, dies in weekend accident

Nancy Hamilton, wife of former Indiana Rep. Lee Hamilton, died in an accident over the weekend.
Indiana Public Broadcasting

The wife of former Indiana Rep. Lee Hamilton died this weekend after being run over by her own car. She died from her injuries hours later at the hospital.

Bloomington police captain Joe Qualters says 82-year-old Nancy Hamilton was taking her pet to College Mall Veterinary Hospital off east Third Street in Bloomington Saturday afternoon.

“When she went to retrieve her animal from the back of her car, apparently the vehicle had not been placed in park and was still in gear,” Qualters said. “It was determined the vehicle knocked her down but then also rolled over her.”

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