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Report: School counselors doing less counseling

May 21, 2014
A new report finds school counselors in Indiana are focusing an increasing amount of time on work that’s not associated with their primary roles as advisers and less time helping kids deal with life issues or college and job preparation.
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Pence names first woman to top utility regulatory post

May 20, 2014
Carol Stephan, who was first appointed a commissioner earlier this year, will take over the post vacated by Jim Atterholt, who stepped down this month to become the governor’s chief of staff.
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Preschool education bill could be in trouble

February 19, 2014
The chairman of the Senate education committee said some senators are concerned about the bill–which would create a five-county pilot preschool program–due to its cost and connection to the state’s private school voucher system.
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Sen. Delph wants last-ditch edit to gay-marriage amendment

February 17, 2014
After an extended Twitter tirade over the weekend stemming from a Senate move stalling the amendment, Sen. Mike Delph on Monday pledged to use a procedural maneuver to resurrect deleted language.
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House panel takes corporate tax increase out of mass transit bill

February 12, 2014
If the House approves the bill as amended, it will set up a debate between the Republican-controlled chambers about who pays for expanded transit.
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Statehouse update: Teacher evaluations, Christmas, meth disclosure, more

February 4, 2014
Indiana lawmakers made decisions on a number of bills Monday at the Statehouse, including legislation involving hunting and fishing, home health care, cardiac arrest and more.
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Senate bill seeks to cut corporate income and property taxes

January 9, 2014
The proposal from Republican leaders would make small companies exempt from tax on business equipment, and cleave the state's corporate income tax to the second-lowest in the nation.
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Report: Ditching business property tax shifts burden to others

December 26, 2013
Gov. Mike Pence's plan to eliminate the tax on business equipment would mean significantly higher taxes for other property owners if the state took no specific action to protect them, according to a new analysis.
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Ritz proposes veterans-to-teacher scholarship program

November 11, 2013
Veterans could receive scholarships and college credits for their military experience if they pursue K-12 teaching in Indiana under a bipartisan proposal.
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State AG moves to block Ritz's lawsuit against ed board

October 24, 2013
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has asked the Marion Circuit Court to dismiss a lawsuit Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz filed this week against 10 members of the State Board of Education she chairs.
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  1. Liberals do not understand that marriage is not about a law or a right ... it is a rite of religous faith. Liberals want "legal" recognition of their homosexual relationship ... which is OK by me ... but it will never be classified as a marriage because marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman. You can gain / obtain legal recognition / status ... but most people will not acknowledge that 2 people of the same sex are married. It's not really possible as long as marriage is defined as one man and one woman.

  2. That second phrase, "...nor make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunitites of citizens..." is the one. If you can't understand that you lack a fundamental understanding of the Constitution and I can't help you. You're blind with prejudice.

  3. Why do you conservatives always go to the marrying father/daughter, man/animal thing? And why should I keep my sexuality to myself? I see straights kissy facing in public all the time.

  4. I just read the XIV Amendment ... I read where no State shall deprive any person of life, liberty, or property ... nor make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunitites of citizens ... I didn't see anything in it regarding the re-definition of marriage.

  5. I worked for Community Health Network and the reason that senior leadership left is because they were not in agreement with the way the hospital was being ran, how employees were being treated, and most of all how the focus on patient care was nothing more than a poster to stand behind. Hiring these analyst to come out and tell people who have done the job for years that it is all being done wrong now...hint, hint, get rid of employees by calling it "restructuring" is a cheap and easy way out of taking ownership. Indiana is an "at-will" state, so there doesn't have to be a "reason" for dismissal of employment. I have seen former employees that went through this process lose their homes, cars, faith...it is very disturbing. The patient's as well have seen less than disireable care. It all comes full circle.

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