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An e-mail obtained by WBAA News appears to show a Frankfort city councilman and the now-head of the county’s embattled Humane Society teaming up against Mayor Chris McBarnes as the shelter tries to explain how it spends its money – an e-mail McBarnes says he was dismayed to read.

Indiana Unemployment Rate Worsens Again

Sep 21, 2018
Indiana's unemployment rate is the highest it’s been in nearly a year at 3.5 percent. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana’s unemployment rate rose again last month to 3.5 percent – its highest rate this year.

That’s despite other, positive signs for the Hoosier State’s economy.

The Indiana private sector added 3,600 jobs last month. Gains came from the financial sector and the construction industry.

Child Welfare Agency Proposes Changes To State Law

Sep 19, 2018
The Department of Child Services wants legislators to change some of the laws that govern the child welfare agency. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Department of Child Services wants legislators to change some of the laws that govern the child welfare agency.

Lawmakers debated those proposed changes in a study committee Wednesday.

Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush discusses the 2018 edition of the Supreme Court's annual report. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush says she’s encouraged by progress shown in a new type of specialty court.

There are several types of so-called “problem-solving” courts. They include drug courts to help with the state’s addiction epidemic and others aimed at military veterans. Rush says one of the newest types is family recovery courts.

Emilie Syberg / WBAA

Board member resignations. Viral rumors on social media. Tax-paying citizens turning out en masse to demand answers. At the center of it all? The Clinton County Humane Society. What started out as a personnel dispute may turn out to be a harbinger of much larger financial problems in the county.

The Indiana commission tasked with a reform of the state’s alcohol laws will finalize its recommendations for the General Assembly at the end of the month. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana commission tasked with a reform of the state’s alcohol laws will finalize its recommendations for the General Assembly at the end of the month.

The Indiana Supreme Court could overturn a state law that bars cities from charging more than $5 in annual fees to landlords for their rental properties. (FILE PHOTO: Peter Balonon-Rosen/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana Supreme Court could overturn a state law that bars cities from charging more than $5 in annual fees to landlords for their rental properties.

Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) was in a serious motorcycle accident in northern Michigan. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

One of Indiana’s top state lawmakers was involved in a serious motorcycle accident Wednesday morning.

Indiana officials say at least 70 percent of unwanted phone calls reported by Hoosiers are scams. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana officials say the vast majority of unwanted telephone calls reported by Hoosiers are scams.

And officials say that’s the problem with the state’s Do Not Call list – it wasn’t designed to prevent scams.

Indiana Deputy Attorney General Marguerite Sweeney says at least 70 percent of unwanted phone call complaints are about scams. And that’s in part why the Do Not Call list won’t stop them.

Alcohol Law Revision Commission Debates Permit Quotas

Aug 31, 2018
The Indiana Alcohol Code Revision Commission debated whether to change the state's alcohol permit quota system. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana Alcohol Code Revision Commission – responsible for a potential rewrite of Indiana’s alcohol laws – debated Friday whether to change the state's alcohol permit quota system, which limits how many permits are allowed in a community.

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