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Indiana is taking another try at winnowing the number of professions whose practitioners must be licensed by a state board. Legislators established a review committee in 2010 to examine the state's 35 licensing boards and decide which should be eliminated. The panel recommended...
State Police Lt. Mike Rogers displays a blowup of Indiana's new gun permit. (WIBC.com photo: Eric Berman) Starting next month, applications for gun permits go online. Lieutenant Mike Rogers says the new online application will speed the processing of the more than 100,000...
Gov. Mike Pence (WIBC.com file photo: Eric Berman) Governor Pence plans to propose incentives for high schools to give students a head start on job skills they'll need after graduation. Pence has emphasized a return to vocational education in high school, with regional "works...
Sen. Dan Coats (R-Indiana) (WIBC.com file photo) Indiana Senator Dan Coats says he'll vote Thursday to give President Obama authority to arm Syrian rebels against the terrorist group ISIS. But he still has misgivings about the overall U.S, strategy. Coats says beefing up rebel...
The legislature's oversight panel for state pension funds is looking over what might happen if the state switched to 401-k-style retirement funds. The Indiana Public Retirement System says its pensions are on solid financial footing, and says it doesn't plan any changes. But...
If you bought a new car in the last 10 years, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles may have overcharged you. The BMV will send letters to an estimated 180,000 Hoosiers over the next month who were charged too much in excise tax. Commissioner Donald Snemis says when the bureau installed...
In three weeks, Hoosiers will be able to return unused prescription drugs to pharmacies year-round, instead of waiting for periodic "drug takeback days." President Obama signed a law four years ago repealing Drug Enforcement Administration requirements that only police or DEA...
Legislators are beginning a study of business taxes in Indiana by crunching numbers on how much business pays now. Studies by Purdue and the Washington-based Council on State Taxation agree business pays about 44% of the taxes collected in Indiana, though they disagree on...
An Indiana University researcher has begun a two-year effort to preserve a language spoken by just a few thousand people in a mountainous region of Mexico. The Ayook, or Mixe, language contributed the word "cacao" to English, for the plant which produces cocoa and chocolate, but...