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Indiana State Fair Adds New Alcohol Venue In 2019

Aug 2, 2019

The Indiana State Fair is adding a second alcohol venue, a Wine Garden that will feature local Hoosier wineries. 

Jim Merritt Will Not March at Indy Pride

Jun 6, 2019

Republican mayoral candidate Jim Merritt says he will not march in the Indy Pride parade out of respect for the feelings and wishes of the organizers and participants of the event.

This comes after a statement from Indy Pride on Tuesday which said while Merritt is permitted at the event, he is not welcome.

Hepatitis C Program Aims To Connect Care, Fight Stigma

May 14, 2019

An estimated 50,000 people in Indiana live with the Hepatitis C. Many contracted the virus through intravenous drug use. A new project called HepConnect will work to expand screening, link people to care and support programs like syringe exchanges.

You might hear about water infrastructure and rural broadband in Indiana’s upcoming legislative session. But if Wednesday's legislative conference in Indianapolis is any indication, you might not see more bills pushing energy efficiency. 

In his speech Mayor Joe Hogsett focused, as he has during much of his first term, on public safety, infrastructure and education. (Drew Daudelin/WFYI)

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett will run for a second term. The Democrat announced his re-election bid during an event Wednesday night at the downtown Phoenix Theatre.

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An Indiana lawmaker wants the state to take the next step toward making Indiana’s drug database more effective at preventing opioid addiction.

Fourteen states currently require both physicians and pharmacists to check someone’s prescription history before dispensing certain powerful medicines, but Indiana isn’t one of them.

The FDA has approved a device developed in Indiana that helps reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms. The NSS-2 BRIDGE is a nerve-stimulating device placed behind the ear which sends electrical pulses to the brain.

It’s been shown to reduce severe effects of opioid withdrawal, such as nausea and vomiting. Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) says the technology fills a gap in treatment.

 

A key Indiana state lawmaker wants to dramatically increase penalties for certain drug and gun crimes.

The General Assembly rewrote its criminal code in recent years. Its aim was to drive more nonviolent, mostly drug offenders out of the prison system and into local treatment programs. And part of that was by giving judges more discretion in sentencing – to be able to decide what’s best for an individual offender.

Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) wants to undo some of that.

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Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton has found himself up against some powerful competition recently.

He appears to have prevailed in a battle against the world’s largest company, Wal-Mart, in a battle over a road near the big box chain’s Crawfordsville location.

But he may also be up against several cell phone companies – and the lawmakers they appear to be bankrolling.

This week on WBAA’s Ask the Mayor, we quiz Mayor Barton about what he’s learned from his recent skirmishes. 

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A new bill offered in the Indiana legislature would levy harsher penalties for crimes against public safety officials. It also strengthens penalties for crimes against their relatives.

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