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A bill that would require schools to test for lead in drinking water passed the state House on Thursday. The measure was originally aimed at Lake County schools, but it was recently amended by Rep. Sue Errington (D-Muncie) to include all Indiana schools. 

Indiana Black Legislative Caucus Unveils 2020 Agenda

Jan 14, 2020

The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus wants the state to push forward measures that will improve prescription drug costs, children’s health and jail overcrowding.

The bill signing took place at the Goodwill Nurse-Family Partnership in Merrillville. (Photo courtesy of Indiana Governor's Office)
Jill Sheridan

Gov. Eric Holcomb traveled to northern Indiana Wednesday to sign new legislation that will create a state perinatal program. It aims to address Indiana’s high infant and maternal mortality rates.

East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland seems to have changed his mind about what should be done with the area where the former West Calumet Public Housing Complex once stood. But it’s unclear if that will change the Environmental Protection Agency’s cleanup plans for the site. 

Indiana Black Caucus Lays Out 2017 Agenda

Jan 26, 2017

 

The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus’ agenda for the 2017 session is nearly as much about bills they want to halt as measures they hope to pass.

The caucus’ agenda includes bias crimes legislation, a measure to ban private prisons, a healthy food initiative and a bill to improve student discipline and behavior.

And while Rep. Greg Porter (D-Indianapolis) acknowledges the difficulty in getting many of those bills passed, he says the caucus constantly seeks common ground.

An employee rights complaint by a former Valparaiso Menards clerk led this week to a labor victory for all 45,000 of the home improvement chain's workers across the Midwest.

The issue was over mandatory arbitration, which is legal -- companies can require employees settle complaints out of court, but they have to make sure employees know what rights they're giving up.

Former Indiana Judge Seeks Attorney General Bid

Aug 19, 2015
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A former judge from Northwest Indiana is seeking the Democratic nomination for attorney general. 

Judge Lorenzo Arredondo was a Lake County circuit court judge for more than three decades. He was also the first Latino judge elected in the state of Indiana and the longest serving elected Latino state trial judge in the U.S. when he retired in 2010.

Arrendondo hasn’t made an official campaign announcement but has filed the paperwork to form a campaign committee.

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A team of archeologists discovered mummified human remains that could be 2,000 years old at the site of a proposed stone quarry near Lowell.

Lake County Sheriff John Buncich told the "Times" the remains were found could be from a native-American burial ground.

Counties Finalizing Bid To Buy Indiana Toll Road

Mar 3, 2015
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The Indiana Toll Road could become a government-run road again for the first time in nine years.

The operating company formed by the Spanish-Australian consortium which leased the Toll Road emerged from bankruptcy last year with a plan to sell the lease.

Lake and LaPorte Counties, through which the road runs, plan to submit a cooperative bid to buy it.

The state concluded under then-Governor Mitch Daniels the road couldn‘t possibly pay for itself, and I-T-R Concession Company has now concluded it can‘t make enough money to make the road worthwhile.

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Indiana’s pre-k pilot program launches in four of the five participating counties in January. But many leaders in those counties say they’re still finalizing the details – crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s of fundraising, getting providers up to speed and children into the classrooms.

The clock is ticking. A little less than a month remains until a new flock of learners makes their way into pre-k classrooms in Allen, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh counties.

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