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  • NWS-PT020314 interfaith clergy event.jpg What would Jesus do?: Faith at center of gay marriage lobbying INDIANAPOLIS -- State Rep. Kevin Mahan expected to be inundated with calls and emails from advocates in Indiana's big cities demanding that he oppose the state's same-sex marriage amendment. Mahan said he was more struck in the months before the vote

    February 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • Expungement restrictions may loosen INDIANAPOLIS -- Residents with a criminal record may find it easier to erase that history under a measure making its way through the Legislature. A bill passed this week by the House would loosen restrictions in the state's "Second Chance" law, whic

    January 31, 2014

  • Some Republicans distancing GOP party from marriage amendment INDIANAPOLIS -- If you want to irritate the chairman of the Howard County Republican Party, just call the proposed amendment to ban gay marriage a Republican measure. GOP leaders may be jumping through political hoops to carry the amendment through t

    January 29, 2014

  • Lawmakers push for temporary remedy for school transportation woes INDIANAPOLIS -- A temporary fix is in the making for school districts losing millions in transportation funds, but only the hardest hit may see relief. On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously passed a bill to essentially stall f

    January 24, 2014

  • NWS-PT012314 jean leising.jpg Bigger prizes may be jackpot for charity bingos INDIANAPOLIS -- Bingo players in church basements and American Legion halls could hit much bigger jackpots this summer if legislators raise the limits on prize money. A bill passed by the Senate Public Policy Committee would up the limit on cash priz

    January 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS-PT012214 school bus.jpg Legislators scrambling for school bus solution INDIANAPOLIS -- School officials and state legislators from around the state are searching for ways to keep the school buses running -- and children safe on the streets -- pending the loss of millions of dollars for school transportation. More than 5

    January 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Statehouse considering tornado siren bill INDIANAPOLIS - When a potent weather system moved through Indiana last November, bringing 28 tornadoes, it was up to local officials to decide if and when to trigger their emergency warning systems. Some sounded their outdoor storm sirens as soon the

    January 19, 2014

  • nws-gb011714 Land Zeppelin 2 (front page pic) Inventor hopes Bike Zeppelin takes off GREENSBURG - A local civil engineer has created a Zeppelin-shaped apparatus that allows bicyclists to ride in the rain without getting wet. Greensburg resident Jim Gorman remembers the day that inspiration struck: Nov. 22, 2011. It rained all day, an

    January 17, 2014 3 Photos

  • Lottery privacy bill an early loser INDIANAPOLIS -- If you won millions in the Hoosier Lottery, would you want to keep it secret? That the question an Indiana lawmaker was hoping his colleagues would consider with a bill that would give lottery winners the choice of anonymity, with the

    January 16, 2014

  • Proponents of erasing business personal property tax up against dry alternative revenue streams. INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana General Assembly has barely begun, but Gov. Mike Pence's push for a full elimination of the business personal property tax already appears to be on life support. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, is calling for in

    January 15, 2014

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