Public Safety

FEMA rejects Indiana's appeal of tornado aid request

January 8, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana may seek low-interest federal loans for six counties hit by tornadoes and other severe November weather now that federal officials have rejected the state's disaster aid request.
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Indianapolis mayor wants another day of closures

January 6, 2014
Associated Press
Mayor Greg Ballard said he will be lifting the city's ban on non-emergency travel at noon Monday although he wants schools and businesses to remain closed another day until the worst of the severe cold passes.
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Winter storm puts freeze on state government

January 5, 2014
 The Statehouse File
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Sunday closed state government offices Monday, and the General Assembly postponed the start of its 2014 session until Tuesday due to severe weather.
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Mayor raises travel emergency level in Indy to 'red'

January 5, 2014
Associated Press
The level makes it illegal for anyone other than emergency personnel to drive except for emergency purposes or if they are seeking shelter. It's the first time Indianapolis has issued such a warning since the 1978 blizzard.
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City inviting proposals for new courts-jail complex

December 11, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Marion County criminal-justice complex project could rival Indianapolis airport terminal in cost, entail public-private financing deal.
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Council to weigh probe of public safety lease deal

October 11, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The City-County Council will decide Monday whether to create a committee to scrutinize the Regional Operations Center, which Public Safety Director Troy Riggs vacated in September over safety concerns.
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Supreme Court weighs arguments in smoking-ban case

October 4, 2013
 The Statehouse File
At issue in part is whether one business or industry can make enough money to be exempted from rules that apply to all others. The decision could have repercussions in communities throughout the state.
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Union calls for probe into unsafe operations center

September 10, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis Public Safety Director Troy Riggs removed about 150 workers from a city police department regional operations center Monday because city fire and building inspectors deemed the building unsafe.
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Combatants draw partisan distinctions in debate over sheriff's budgetRestricted Content

September 7, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Marion County sheriff can't control the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, but Mayor Greg Ballard can't tell the sheriff how to operate jails or secure the City-County Building, and, much to his frustration, he's been unable to control the sheriff's spending.
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HETRICK: It's time to put money behind our crime-prevention push

July 20, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
New Haven should have everything going for it. Yet, in 2010, FBI data showed it to be the fourth most dangerous city in the United States
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Indianapolis to beef up police presence on streets

July 7, 2013
Associated Press
More than 100 uniformed police officers will be deployed within weeks on Indianapolis' streets to combat a rise in violent crime, under a plan unveiled by the mayor and other city officials.
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New rules taking effect despite Pence moratorium

June 29, 2013
Associated Press
Dozens of new rules and regulations have been implemented in Indiana in recent months despite an executive order Gov. Mike Pence signed on his first day in office.
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Business heavyweights raising cash for cops through foundationRestricted Content

June 22, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
A new foundation supporting the Indianapolis Department of Public Safety starts work in July, and its board is stacked with business and political leaders eager to help Director Troy Riggs advance the city’s cash-strapped operation.
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Ballard veto hints at plan to increase police on streets

June 21, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Instead of freeing up $6 million in Rebuild Indy funds for new recruits, city officials will soon debut a plan to move 100 officers from desk jobs to patrol, according to the mayor.
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Aromatherapy stores challenge Indiana's 'lookalike' law

May 29, 2013
Associated Press
Four store owners say Indiana's efforts to curb "lookalike" drugs have gone too far.
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Pence signs sentencing, IEDC-transparency bills

May 7, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed three bills into law Tuesday, one involving government transparency in economic development deals, one related to school safety and another overhauling criminal sentencing.
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Councilors poised to ban criminal-history questionRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Democratic City-County Councilor Vop Osili said he expects to draft a “ban the box” ordinance this spring or summer.
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Bill banning secret videotaping at businesses fails

April 26, 2013
Associated Press
Rep. Bill Friend, R-Macy, said he withdrew the bill he sponsored at the request of Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma.
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BENNER: Reflection, but no solutions, after yet another tragedyRestricted Content

April 20, 2013
Bill Benner
As I cradled my new granddaughter, I couldn’t help but wonder—again—just what kind of world we had welcomed her into.
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Indiana stage-rules extension approved by legislators

April 17, 2013
Associated Press
State lawmakers have given final approval to a two-year extension of regulations on temporary outdoor stage rigging developed after the deadly Indiana State Fair stage collapse.
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Extra security set for this weekend's Little 500

April 17, 2013
Associated Press
Heightened security measures and an expanded police presence will greet visitors at this weekend's annual Little 500 bicycle races in response to Monday's deadly explosions at the Boston Marathon.
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Safety chief says more security likely at events

April 16, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis will increase security at upcoming events such as the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Komen Race for the Cure, but spectators likely won't notice the changes, Troy Riggs said.
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Bill for tighter cold-medication limits heads to Pence

April 16, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana legislators have given final approval to a bill tightening the limits on how much consumers can buy of cold and allergy pills often used to make methamphetamine.
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Officials express confidence in Indy 500 security plan

April 16, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials and Indiana State Police feel good about their security plan for this year's Indy 500 and won't remove trash cans from the track in response to deadly blasts at the Boston Marathon.
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Senate passes new criminal sentencing rules

April 10, 2013
Associated Press
Supporters hope changes to sentencing laws will direct more people convicted of low-level felonies to work release and other local programs. It also would require those convicted of the most-serious crimes to spend more time in prison.
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