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Lawmakers Approve Study Topics For Summer Committees

May 21, 2019
The Indiana Statehouse (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Prescription drug prices and rising health care costs, ticket scalping, and adoption subsidies are just some of the issues lawmakers will tackle in study committees this year.

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Indiana Communities are debating the future of their historic buildings as state and local leaders push for economic development and city expansion.

Some small towns are struggling to maintain these structures in the face of sometimes confusing and conflicting rules and regulations.

Indiana Black Legislative Caucus Chair Rep. Robin Shackleford (D-Indianapolis) says part of the 2019 town halls will focus on the importance of citizen advocacy. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus will hold a series of town halls in communities across the state over the next few months.

U.S. Vice President and former Indiana Gov. Mike Pence warned graduates at Taylor University’s commencement Saturday morning they should be “prepared to stand up” in the face of “opposition” to their religious beliefs.

Top Holcomb Budget Leaders Departing Administration

May 17, 2019
State Budget Director Jason Dudich, left, and Office of Management and Budget Director Micah Vincent, right, are both departing the Holcomb administration. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Leadership at Indiana’s budget agencies is undergoing major changes.

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Following the closure of the West Lafayette recycling center Monday, Tippecanoe County Commissioners say they’re open to ideas for dealing with the plastic and glass the facility used to accept.

Commissioner Tracy Brown says incineration of certain wastes has been proposed and, but he’s also interested in hearing how science might deal with the refuse.

Brown says, “if someone comes up with something or an idea and they’re looking for a beta site to test I promise them a great deal of volume in the stream, that we could be a beta for.”

Some of the state and country’s foremost political figures gathered with more than 1,000 Hoosiers Wednesday to remember and praise the life of Richard Lugar.

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A final vote on Montgomery County’s first zoning ordinance will have to wait until after elected leaders sort out the proper process to move it forward.

County commissioners removed the proposal from the agenda of their Monday meeting, citing procedural issues. Now, the proposed ordinance has to go before the plan commission a second time before the commissioners can vote on it.

Holcomb Signs Landmark Gambling Bill

May 8, 2019
Gov. Eric Holcomb (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed into law Wednesday legislation that makes seismic shifts in Indiana’s gaming industry.

Taylor Haggerty / WBAA News

Commercial wind energy technology is no longer allowed within Tippecanoe County. County Commissioners unanimously approved a ban on large-scale wind farms at their meeting Monday.

Wind farms have sparked contentious debate in several West Central Indiana counties. Tippecanoe County commissioners argue that because of the county’s high population density and potential for economic growth, the developments aren’t a good fit.

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