Public Safety

State sentencing overhaul to take another year

January 14, 2012
Associated Press
Legislators stung last year by county prosecutors who opposed a sweeping plan to overhaul Indiana's criminal sentencing scheme won't push the issue this year. Sheriffs now are worried that an attempt to reduce crowding in state prisons could aggravate overpopulation in their jails.
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Indy tests its snow-removal plan for Super Bowl

January 13, 2012
Associated Press
A light snowfall that's blanketed Indianapolis is giving the city's street crews a chance to test their snow-removal strategy for the Super Bowl.
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Indiana county leaders worried over 911 funding

January 12, 2012
Associated Press
County officials across Indiana scrambling to find money to pay for 911 emergency services say they aren't confident of getting help from state legislators, who might be leery of boosting cellphone fees during an election year.
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Indiana House panel backs smoking-ban bill

January 11, 2012
Associated Press
The House health committee voted 9-3 in favor of the bill Wednesday after adding an exemption for retail tobacco shops. The bill would prohibit smoking in most public places and workplaces, including bars.
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Indiana Senate backs tougher sex-trafficking law

January 10, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has approved a bill to toughen penalties for sex trafficking, and supporters hope it will become law before football fans converge on Indianapolis for the Super Bowl in less than a month.
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New push set for broad Indiana smoking limits

January 5, 2012
Associated Press
The bill announced Thursday by Republican Rep. Eric Turner of Cicero would prohibit smoking in most public places and workplaces, including bars.
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Daniels rescinds crowd limits at Indiana Statehouse

January 4, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has rescinded new Statehouse security rules that put a 3,000-person limit on the number of people allowed in the building at any one time.
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Indiana officials standing by Statehouse crowd limits

January 3, 2012
Associated Press
State officials vigorously defended a new 3,000-person Statehouse capacity limit on Tuesday, saying it was driven by public safety concerns and not by political motives as labor unions and other opponents maintain.
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Indiana Statehouse capacity limit angers Dems

December 30, 2011
Associated Press
A plan by Indiana officials to limit the number of people who can be inside the Statehouse at any given time has angered Indiana Democrats and union officials.
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House Speaker: State lawmakers may seek smoking ban

December 15, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says lawmakers may seek passage of a statewide smoking ban before the nation's attention turns to Indianapolis for the February Super Bowl.
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Group plans another push for Sunday alcohol sales

December 14, 2011
 Franklin College News Bureau
A coalition of convenience and grocery stores said Wednesday that they will renew their push for Sunday carry-out alcohol sales and cold sales of beer, but with a twist.
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City-County committee nixes tougher smoking ban

December 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The City-County Council's Rules and Public Policy Committee voted 6-2 Tuesday night against sending a tough smoking-ban proposal to a full council.
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Consultant: IPL's downtown network needs closer eye

December 13, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Atlanta firm says IPL underground system "well designed and regularly maintained" but may need upgrades to avoid more explosions.
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Downtown getting blast-resistant manhole covers

December 9, 2011
Associated Press
Utility crews are installing about 100 new manhole covers in downtown Indianapolis that are designed to reduce the extent of damage from underground explosions and fires.
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DeLaney calls for action to boost safety at convenience stores

December 7, 2011
Greg Andrews
State Rep. Ed DeLaney, an Indianapolis Democrat, said at a Wednesday morning press conference that he has asked the Indiana Department of Labor to convene a forum about worker safety with police, convenience store operators, Department of Labor officials and other interested parties.
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City-County Council Republican to propose tougher smoking ban

November 15, 2011
 IBJ Staff, Associated Press
The Republican president of the City-County Council in Indianapolis says his party plans to introduce an expanded smoking ban that would take effect before the Super Bowl.
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Presidential visit to Super Bowl would up security ante

October 29, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Security for Indianapolis’ Super Bowl—already ramped up from regular-season NFL games—could get even tighter. Sources said there has been talk of President Obama attending the February event.
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Small claims court could move from City-County Building

September 19, 2011
Scott Olson
Citing budget cuts and a rent increase, Center Township Trustee Eugene Akers wants to move the small claims court into the Julia Carson Government Center, against the judge's wishes.
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Pan Am Plaza damage subject of court battles

September 15, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The owner of Pan Am Plaza’s parking garage, which the city partially closed on Wednesday over safety concerns, has fought legal battles over the damage with Indiana Sports Corp. and Central Parking System.
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Costs of State Fair stage collapse investigation could be steep

September 9, 2011
Scott Olson
Officials say it's too early to know how much the state will pay for the investigation of the tragedy. But fees stipulated in contracts with investigators show costs easily could surpass seven figures.
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Sheriff's department concerned about budget crunch

August 30, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Officials from the Marion County Sheriff’s Department say they are concerned that a $10 million gap in this year’s budget will hurt their ability to pay critical bills.
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Fire heavily damages Aristocrat restaurant

August 25, 2011
The restaurant at 5212 N. College Ave. sustained $1.5 million in damage. Firefighters were called to the two-story, 6,000-square-foot building early Thursday morning.
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State launches program to help employ ex-offenders

August 24, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The state is launching an initiative aimed at helping ex-offenders find jobs, particularly with large businesses that tend to have the most trepidation about hiring them.
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Indiana hires outside firm to review state fair disaster

August 18, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana has hired an outside firm to help with its investigation into a fatal stage collapse at the state fair after questions were raised about the state's ability to conduct an objective probe itself.
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Marion County prosecutor plots white-collar strategyRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Cory Schouten
Terry Curry expects his creation of a task force will start paying off with new cases—ranging from employee theft and investment fraud to political corruption—in the next few months.
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