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Freedom Indiana Announced Campaign to Defeat HJ6R

Freedom Indiana, a bipartisan statewide coalition of Indiana businesses and groups announced yesterday their campaign to defeat amendment HJ6R, which could permanently alter the Indiana Constitution’s definition of marriage. The grassroots campaign will focus on the 2014 legislative session, where Indiana lawmakers will choose either to table or vote down the amendment or send it to voters for a statewide …

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Pence Signs Controversal Education Executive Order

Indiana Governor Mike Pence announced today that he has created a new educational agency, named the Center for Education and Career Innovation. Other educational initiatives such as the Indiana Career Council, the Indiana Works Councils, the Education Roundtable and the State Board of Education will now be under CECI, though each will operate independently. Pence said he also hopes the …

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MCPL offers free parking cheat sheet

The Monroe County Public Library is advising patrons on how best to save money on parking now that most spots near the Library are metered. At a meeting August 21st of the Library’s Board of Trustees, Executive Director Sara Laughlin held up a brochure the Library designed to help patrons deal with what she called a complicated picture. Tickets for …

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MCPL may end test proctoring

The Monroe County Public Library may soon end its test proctoring service, which a Library employee said has become too popular. Christine Eykholt-Friesel, the coordinator for the Library’s Indiana Room, where the tests are proctored, says the increased use of electronic devices in schools has also made test proctoring more difficult. The Library charges 30 dollars to proctor a test. …

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Monroe County Community School Board eyes bonds

At a work session August 13th, the Monroe County Community School Board discussed if and how to issue another multi-million dollar bond. During a wide-ranging discussion about the Corporation’s finances, school corporation officials said they would like to issue a bond to replace two other bonds that will be paid off in the next few years. Corporation Superintendent Judy DeMuth …

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ISTA Settles $14 million lawsuit

Last Tuesday, Secretary of State Connie Lawson and her office reached an agreement regarding terms of a 14 million dollar settlement with the Indiana State Teachers Association and the National Education Association. The ISTA offered teachers and other school employees a medical plan that allowed school corporations to invest their excess balances to offset future health care costs. But, according …

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State Road 54 closed this week

State Road 54 in Greene County is closed to traffic beginning today. Railroad contractor crews closed off the road from the junction of State Road 57 to the junction of State Road 67, and will be making repairs to the crossing 0.30 miles east of S.R. 67.  Work began today around 8:00 a.m.  It is anticipated that, weather permitting, the …

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Cate takes stand against government data collection

By Kat Carlton IU Law Professor Fred Cate is taking a stand against a court order that allowed the government to collect telephone data from Verizon Communications. Professor Fred Cate, along with a group of other law experts, filed an amicus brief curiae The brief supports of a motion to strike down the order, which came out of the Foreign …

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Monroe County Election Board Addresses HAVA Complience

At a meeting July 19th, the Monroe County Election Board approved a plan aimed at making voting sites more accessible for people with disabilities. The Board voted to have a team of workers inspect voting locations for compliance with the Help America Vote Act, or HAVA. That federal law includes requirements that sites have appropriate parking and equipment such as …

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Donnelly Opposes Regulations on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Indiana Democratic Party Senator Joe Donnelly has joined Republican Party members of the state Congressional delegation in opposing increased regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. Donnelly, GOP Senator Dan Coates and Indiana Republicans in the House of Representatives, sent President Obama a letter last week, requesting that he reject new proposals from the federal Environmental Protection Agency. …

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