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  • Judges may get more control INDIANAPOLIS - Judges who've been clamoring for more control over prison sentences may be exercising some of that discretion this summer. A long-in-the-making rewrite of Indiana's felony criminal code removes some mandatory sentences added during de

    February 28, 2014

  • Police should be notified about fake jury duty calls Several Indiana trial courts have alerted the Division of State Court Administration and Indiana Judicial Center about a possible scam involving fake jury duty phone calls. "There have only been a few incidents, but court leaders are alerting the pub

    February 18, 2014

  • Finding it is easier to erase history INDIANAPOLIS - Residents with a criminal record may find it easier to erase that history under a measure making its way through the Legislature. A bill passed recently by the House would loosen restrictions in the state's "Second Chance" law, which

    February 14, 2014

  • Indiana propane supply dwindling Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) joined other Hoosier lawmakers Jan. 29 in sending a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx urging him to extend the current emergency exemption for motor carriers should the ongoing propane shortage

    February 4, 2014

  • Computer system keeps track of prison inmates Indiana Department of Correction officials are rolling out a new and improved notification system that will allow law enforcement authorities from across the state to keep tabs on prison inmates. The Law Enforcement Notification System (LENS) is a fr

    February 4, 2014

  • Legislators join cancer fight State Rep. Jud McMillin (R-Brookville) wore sneakers at the Statehouse Jan. 23, along with other House legislators and staff, in support of the Suits and Sneakers challenge to help raise awareness about cancer and showcase the importance that nutriti

    February 4, 2014

  • Flu blamed for 11 Hoosier deaths The number of influenza-related deaths in Indiana this season has now reached 11. "St. Joseph County has been hit particularly hard, experiencing six deaths," reported Kenneth Severson, Indiana State Department of Health spokesman. No other Indiana

    January 28, 2014

  • Stakeout, pursuit net two arrests, four kilos of heroin GREENSBURG - After a stakeout at a Greensburg hotel and tailing suspected drug dealers through four counties, police arrested two people after recovering four kilograms of heroin, with a street value of about $320,000. Late last Wednesday afternoon,

    January 21, 2014

  • Bill would set statewide standards for storm sirens INDIANAPOLIS - When a potent weather system moved through Indiana last November, bringing 28 tornadoes, it was up to local officials to decide if and when to trigger their emergency warning systems. Some sounded their outdoor storm sirens as soon the

    January 21, 2014

  • McMillin authors drug testing bill INDIANAPOLIS - Welfare recipients may face drug testing in an effort being revived by Republican lawmakers. A bill would require adults receiving cash welfare payments, under a program known as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, to be tested for

    January 14, 2014

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