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Gary Democrat Earline Rogers, one of the longest-serving members of the General Assembly, is retiring. Rogers says she won't run for a sixth Senate term, ending a 34-year statehouse career -- eight years in the House and 26 in the Senate. Rogers never served in the majority in...
As legislators ponder adding civil rights protections for gays and lesbians, they'll also revisit the religious-freedom law which sparked the whole debate. Senators will consider a bill repealing RFRA and replacing it with a new version. Indianapolis Republican Mike Young says...
Gov. Mike Pence (WIBC.com file photo: Eric Berman) Governor Pence has released a 14-point agenda for this year's legislative session. Pence had already announced most of his agenda items, including extra funding for roads and for the Regional Cities Initiative, steps to combat...
Five years after Indiana banned texting while driving, legislators may look at clamping down on other cell phone distractions. The law prohibits sending texts or emails while driving, but neglected to cover surfing the web. Avon Senator Pete Miller (R) says as phones have gotten...
A northwest Indiana state senator will try again to legalize medical marijuana, but acknowledges she's not expecting to get far. Portage Democrat Karen Tallian says she'd prefer to join the states which have decriminalized marijuana across the board, but argues the medicinal...
Senate Education Committee Chairman Dennise Kruse (left) will push a bill essentially holding schools harmless for lower ISTEP scores (Indiana Senate Republicans photo) It appears the Democratic State Superintendent and a Republican legislative leader are on the same page for a...
(image courtesy of RTV6) Lebanon Police are trying to identify a woman who was found dead near a tire store. The woman's body was discovered next to Big O Tire on North Lebanon Street around 7:30am by an employee of the store. Police say they don't know yet how the woman died,...
A top Indiana fiscal expert says one of the biggest challenges for Indy's new mayor will be addressing the city's $60 million annual deficit. Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute President John Ketzenberger says in recent years, the city has been able to navigate around the shortfall...
The city of Bloomington now has a new mayor. John Hamilton began his term as mayor of Bloomington at a swearing-in ceremony Friday. The man who had the job for the last 12 years decided to not seek reelection, but is proud of his legacy. Mark Kruzan says even before he came into...