Government News

U.S. Attorney General William Barr is scheduled to speak at Notre Dame Law School on Friday afternoon. A spokesperson for the university says the event is private although it will provide media access. 

Frankfort Seeking Proposals To Manage City Golf Course

Oct 8, 2019
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Frankfort’s golf course may be under new management before the year is over. The city’s Board of Public Works is seeking proposals to manage the Frankfort Commons property.

Oliphant Management currently operates the course. Mayor Chris McBarnes says the search for new offers is merely a desire to see what else might be available.

“It’s definitely not a reflection on the job currently being produced by our management firm,” he says.

McBarnes says the decision is an opportunity to keep the contract competitive.

Indiana Supreme Court Hosts Pretrial Reform Summit

Oct 8, 2019

All of Indiana’s county courts are expected to use a new assessment tool come January for helping determine bail amounts and whether a person charged with a crime should be released before trial.

Religious conservative groups faced off in court Thursday against the state and four Hoosier cities over a change to the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA. 

State lawmakers are exploring the use of cameras to catch speeding motorists in highway construction zones.

City of West Lafayette

West Lafayette developers are making progress on plans for Chauncey Hill Mall development. As new construction begins, local officials are going over comments received during last month’s public comment period.

Area Plan Commission member Ryan O’Gara, who is in charge of the plan, says they received some proposals for high-rises and other housing options.

He says the plan can provide a solution for Purdue University’s housing shortage.

An Indiana county court will hear a lawsuit Thursday over the so-called “fix” to the state’s controversial 2015 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA.

Adam Pinsker / WFIU/WTIU News

A bipartisan task force to address jail overcrowding kicked off the first of three meetings with local law enforcement around the state Monday in French Lick.

State Representative Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) proposed legislation creating the task force earlier this year, after hearing about jail overcrowding problems in each of the seven southeast Indiana counties he represents.

“Building a new jail will accommodate more prisoners, but it doesn’t solve the problem, it’s more about treating the symptom,” Frye says.

The passage rate for the state’s bar exam continues to struggle, with only about 60 percent of prospective attorneys making the grade.

Taylor Haggerty / WBAA News

Proposals to extend local roads came under fire at a Montgomery County Plan Commission meeting Wednesday evening. Residents voiced concern over eminent domain, safety and other infrastructure needs as the commission considered a drafted thoroughfare plan.

The plan includes several areas for improvements or changes, including some new roads that would add more connections to existing ones.