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Indiana state officials are kickstarting efforts to support the U.S. Census Bureau ahead of next year’s population count.

Indiana’s Judicial Nominating Commission meets this week to choose a state Supreme Court Chief Justice for a new five-year term.

State supreme courts across the country are far less diverse than their states’ populations – Indiana's included.

A new study from the Brennan Center For Justice looked at diversity on states’ highest judicial bodies.

Indiana is gearing up to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote.

Lawmakers Study Protection Measures For Older Hoosiers

Aug 13, 2019

Family members of older Hoosiers who they say have been taken advantage of urged lawmakers to better protect seniors.

Courtesy City of Bloomington Facebook Page

Bloomington’s mayor says the city is considering several options when it comes to addressing rising tensions at the farmers’ market over the presence of a vendor with alleged white supremacist ties, but he didn’t mention any specifics. 

The city won’t announce plans for reopening the farmers’ market after a two-week suspension until Tuesday, but did take questions about the market during a Facebook discussion.

Indiana National Guard Head Resigns Amid Scandal

Aug 12, 2019

Indiana National Guard leader Courtney Carr is retiring in the wake of a defamation lawsuit against him.

Gov. Eric Holcomb says he recommended Carr step down.

An overflow crowd of hundreds of Muncie residents showed up to a city council meeting Monday night to address an issue that wasn’t on the agenda – protesting against a facility that will recycle steel dust into zinc oxide.  Residents say it will pollute the city and cause a mass exodus.

Brandon Smith / IPB News

Veterans’ military pensions will be 100 percent exempt from Indiana’s income tax in the next four years. And the state is using that to recruit retiring servicemembers to Indiana.

Gov. Eric Holcomb pushed lawmakers to exempt military pensions from the income tax for years. In 2019, he finally got his wish. It will ultimately cost Indiana nearly $15 million per year in revenue when the pensions are fully exempt. Holcomb says it’s a major recruiting tool.

Members Selected For Montgomery Co. CFO Study Committee

Aug 5, 2019
Taylor Haggerty / WBAA News

Officials are one step closer to finalizing regulations on commercial-scale farms in Montgomery County, after the county plan commission selected members for a confined feeding operation study committee Monday.

The plan commission selected 13 members for the committee: four farmers, four rural residents, two realtors, two school officials and one member of the plan commission itself – Ashley Adair.

Adair says her goal is to both research the impact of CFOs and to get community input.

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