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  • Pope Francia appoints Bishop Hying to Diocese of Gary IN

    11/24/2014 11:40:54 AM PST · by ADSUM · 17 replies
    Milwaukee JS on line ^ | 11/24/2015 | JSONLINE
    Aux Bishop Hying of Milwaukee appointed Bishop of Gary IN
  • Hoosiers divided over Obama’s executive action on immigration

    11/23/2014 11:38:54 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies
    wbez.org ^ | November 21, 2014 | Michael Puente
    In his speech Thursday night, President Barack Obama spoke about the kind of immigrants he hopes to help with his executive action. “Most of these immigrants have been here a long time. They work hard, often in tough low paying jobs. They support their families. They worship at our churches,” Obama said on national TV. The president could have been talking about St. Mary’s Catholic Church in East Chicago, Indiana. Located in a working class city, where half the city’s 35,0000 residents are Hispanic, the church is expecting lots of undocumented immigrants in the coming days. “We’re going to be...
  • Senate rejects Keystone XL bill {and Mary Landrieu}

    11/19/2014 5:00:29 AM PST · by thackney · 9 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | November 18, 2014 at 5:17 pm | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The Senate narrowly rejected legislation to authorize the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday, handing a defeat to the oil industry and dealing a major blow to Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu, who staked her political career on the outcome. The Senate voted 59-41 for the legislation, falling one vote shy of the 60 needed for passage under the deal bringing it to the floor. But Keystone supporters insisted the defeat would be short-lived. Republican leaders are vowing to try again after they take over the chamber in January — when they will have more than enough votes to get a measure...
  • Abdul-Rahman Kassig: US hostage 'killed by IS'

    11/16/2014 5:05:59 AM PST · by dennisw · 54 replies
    bbc. ^ | 16 November 2014
    <p>This is perhaps the most elaborate and graphic of all the murder videos posted online by IS.</p> <p>Much of it is taken up with a recent history lesson on Iraq and Syria as seen through the eyes of the jihadists. But the latter part shows a mass beheading of Syrian prisoners in revolting, lingering detail.</p>
  • IRS: Gary schools owe $6.7 million

    11/09/2014 10:15:59 AM PST · by John W · 30 replies
    Post-Tribune ^ | November 8, 2014 | Carole Carlson
    GARY — The Internal Revenue Service is seeking $6.78 million in unpaid payroll taxes from Gary Community School Corp. The IRS has filed two liens in the Lake County Recorder’s Office against the school district. One lien, filed Sept. 3, seeks payment of $5,270,467 for payroll taxes in 2013. The other lien, filed June 24, says the district owes $1,514,529 for part of 2012 and 2013. IRS spokesman Luis Garcia said the agency doesn’t comment on specific taxpayers. “The public document has to speak for itself,” he said. The documents state the IRS is giving notice that taxes, including interest...
  • Truthy Removes Part of Website That Monitored Conservative Hashtags

    10/24/2014 9:24:58 PM PDT · by lbryce · 13 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) project designed to track “misinformation” on Twitter has removed portions of its website that monitored political users, including conservatives who used the “tcot” hashtag. “Truthy,” the nearly $1 million research project being conducted by the University of Indiana, has redesigned its website following the Washington Free Beacon’s initial report on the study. Truthy Removes Part of Website That Monitored Conservative Hashtags Free Beacon prohibited from asking further questions about project The service is intended to monitor “suspicious memes” and “false and misleading ideas,” with a major focus on political activity online. Truthy has received increased...
  • Investigation reveals disturbing family crime network in Indianapolis

    11/05/2014 3:07:37 PM PST · by digger48 · 12 replies
    wthr ^ | Nov 05, 2014 | Rich Van Wyk
    INDIANAPOLIS - Local and federal investigators have uncovered what one source calls "an enormous cartel of characters all intertwined in crime" living in homes and apartments paid for with tax dollars. Court records obtained Wednesday by 13 Investigates reveal police seized personal financial records, check books, letters from prison inmates and other evidence. It is part of months-long investigation into public housing fraud tied to families bound by generations of crime The investigation assembled family photo albums of crime. Crimes already proven and new ones alleged. There are jail mug shots of mothers, sons and daughters, all under investigation. The...
  • Flag flap: Indiana veteran, wife battle homeowners association over Old Glory

    10/28/2014 2:09:59 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 7 replies
    my Fox Chicago ^ | Oct 28, 2014
    Flag flap: Indiana veteran, wife battle homeowners association over Old Glory Posted: Oct 28, 2014 3:16 PM CST Updated: Oct 28, 2014 3:17 PM CST Bob Willits, 82, of Greenfield, Ind., insists he'll fight a local homeowners Association over the American and POW/MIA flags outside his home. FOX News - An elderly veteran and his wife say there's “absolutely no way” the flagpole outside their Indiana home is coming down, despite threats from a homeowners association — and a local prosecutor intends to back them in court if necessary. Bob and Judy Willits insist they intend to fight multiple letters...
  • Korean War veteran fights to keep flagpole in Greenfielf neighborhood

    10/25/2014 12:34:29 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 57 replies
    WTHR ^ | 10/23/14
    A Korean war veteran in Greenfield says his flagpole stands for freedom. His homeowners association says the flagpole breaks the rules. The dispute stems from American and Missing In Action flags in Robert and Judy Willits' front yard. The couple moved to the Fieldstone neighborhood last Christmas. This summer they installed the flagpole. "It means a lot to me. We fought for that flag," Robert Willits said. Both Robert and his brother, Lester, served in the Korean War. Robert was injured. Lester never came home. "Lester is still there. So I'm going to keep it up," Robert Willits said. Last...
  • Police: Alleged serial killer tied to 7 slayings ‘basking in the glory’

    10/21/2014 9:16:26 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 26 replies
    Fox32 Chicago ^ | Oct 21, 2014
    Police: Alleged serial killer tied to 7 slayings ‘basking in the glory’ Posted: Oct 21, 2014 6:05 AM CST Updated: Oct 21, 2014 9:41 AM CST GARY, Ind. (Sun-Times Media Wire) - Darren D. Vann led Gary police on a bloody scavenger hunt this weekend. He pointed them to seven bodies of his alleged victims scattered in basements and empty, run-down buildings all over northwest Indiana's Steel City, authorities said. To the body of Anith Jones, 35, of Merrillville. And Teaira Batey, 28, of Gary. And others whose identities are still unknown. The Mayor of Gary Indiana said Tuesday morning...
  • David Harsanyi commentary: Unless you’re for polygamy, you’re not for marriage equality

    10/17/2014 8:51:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | October 10, 2014 | David Harsanyi
    This week, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected gay-marriage appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin, in essence allowing lower courts to legalize same-sex couples. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, an institution that has vigorously opposed gay marriage for some time now, conceded that the political battle over marriage is over. “As far as the civil law is concerned,” the Mormon church admitted, “the courts have spoken.” Actually, nothing is over until God says it’s over. At least, this is my understanding of how religion operates. So though I don’t want to accuse Mormons of being a...
  • 'Ebola suits' selling well at local health, nutrition store

    10/17/2014 8:07:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel ^ | October 17, 2014 | Ellie Bogue
    There is no mistaking you are at the right place: A large sign in the window of HealthKick Nutrition Center, 10174 Maysville Road, lets you know "We Have Ebola Suits." Step in and on a table just inside the door is a stack of boxes with white Tyvek suits, sizes small, medium, large and extra large. David Morris, owner of the store, said he had already sold 35 of the suits by noon Thursday. A tall blond enters the store, and Morris helps her determine her size. She buys two suits. One for her and one for her husband. The...
  • Fishers company sees jump in orders amid Ebola concerns

    10/16/2014 7:16:32 PM PDT · by digger48 · 5 replies
    WTHR ^ | Oct 16, 2014 | Rich Van Wyk
    INDIANAPOLIS - Hospitals, emergency medical technicians, and other first responders across the country are upgrading their protective gear for the possibility of dealing with Ebola patients. A Fishers company that provides protective gear is seeing a huge spike in orders. New coveralls will provide emergency medical workers even more protection than existing ones. Open seams in the fabric will be sealed shut, reducing the possibility of first responders being infected by a patient's bodily fluids. .................... Baumgartner says orders are up a thousand percent from a few weeks ago. The Fishers company specializes in hazardous waste and infection control products....
  • Indiana Rep. Tim Wesco laments decision on same-sex marriage, warns of polygamy

    10/13/2014 5:14:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Elkhart Truth ^ | October 7, 2014 | Tim Vandenack
    There’s no wavering from Indiana Rep. Tim Wesco, a strong proponent of traditional marriage. He lobbied for the proposed state constitutional amendment, House Joint Resolution 3 (HJR-3), to define marriage in Indiana as a heterosexual union. And following the U.S. Supreme Court decision that paved the way for same-sex marriage here, he isn’t backtracking in his views. In fact, he’s warning that the move could potentially create an in for legalized polygamy. “I personally can never change my view on that,” said Wesco, a Republican from Osceola who represents District 21, which covers much of western and southern Elkhart. “I’m...
  • Purdue professor says Ebola 'primed' to go airborne

    10/12/2014 11:07:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 112 replies
    WRTV-TV ^ | October 12, 2014 | Tanya Spencer
    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The first case of Ebola transmitted between patients in America has experts across the country reviewing safety protocols. At Purdue University, Dr. David Sanders has been studying the virus since 2003 – specifically how this particular Zaire strain of Ebola enters human cells. While the virus has thus far only been shown to be transferred via bodily fluids, Sanders argues that it could become airborne. "It can enter the lung from the airway side," Sanders said. "So this argues that Ebola is primed to have respiratory transmission. "We need to be taking this into consideration," he...
  • Viral Infection Blamed As More Than 120 Students At Schererville School Stay Home Sick

    10/09/2014 6:42:22 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 36 replies
    CBS local CHICAGO ^ | Oct 8, 2014 | BRAD EDWARDS
    Viral Infection Blamed As More Than 120 Students At Schererville School Stay Home Sick October 8, 2014 10:04 PM Health, Peifer Elementary School, Schereville, schools, sick Brad Edwards Latest News Headlines: (CBS) — A viral infection is being blamed for more than a hundred sick kids at a school in Schererville, Ind. CBS 2’s Brad Edwards reports, with the sterility of operation room precision, from Hoosier Hall to nurse Schmidt’s office, it’s a scrub down at Peifer Elementary School. “It’s a little alarming just because that’s a lot of kids,” said Jennifer Howard, a parent of two kids at the...
  • US Captive Held By Islamic State Writes Parents "I'm Afraid To Die"

    10/06/2014 12:58:27 PM PDT · by Colehill1999 · 124 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10-6-14 | NA
    The parents of a US aid worker held hostage by Islamic State militants on Sunday released photographs of their son and parts of a letter he wrote them from captivity in which he says he is scared to die but at peace with his belief. Peter Kassig, 26, was taken captive a year ago while doing humanitarian work in Syria, his family has said. He was threatened in an Islamic State video issued on Friday that showed the beheading of a British aid worker. Ed and Paula Kassig of Indianapolis, Indiana, appealed for his release on Saturday in a video...
  • High court denies gay marriage appeals [legal immediately in IN, OK, UT, VA and WI]

    10/06/2014 7:07:01 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 211 replies
    AP ^ | 10/06/2014 | Mark Sherman
    he Supreme Court has turned away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion of gay and lesbian unions. The justices on Monday did not comment in rejecting appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. The court's order immediately ends delays on marriage in those states. Couples in six other states should be able to get married in short order. That would make same-sex marriage legal in 30 states and the District of Columbia. But the justices have left unresolved for now the question of same-sex marriage nationwide.
  • Islamic State fight could breathe new life into the A-10

    10/04/2014 1:48:47 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 38 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | September 26, 2014 | Jennifer H. Svan
    Months after staving off a trip to the boneyard, the embattled A-10 Thunderbolt II is headed to the Middle East where it could be used to fight Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria. An Indiana Air National Guard unit that flies the Cold War-era gunships, known as Warthogs, is planning to deploy about 300 airmen and an unknown number of its aircraft to the U.S. Central Command region early next month, says a Sept. 17 news release from the unit. The 122nd Fighter Wing, located at Fort Wayne Air National Guard Base, Ind., has 21 aircraft, though it’s uncertain how...
  • Peter Kassig, former U.S. soldier and current aid worker, threatened as next ISIS victim

    10/03/2014 2:08:55 PM PDT · by Chgogal · 28 replies
    The Daily News (New York) ^ | October 3, 2014 | Debora Hastings and Corrnine Lestch
    The former U.S. Army Ranger from Indianapolis was deployed to Iraq in 2007, and he decided to aid Syrian refugees after his service. He started his own aid group called Special Emergency Response and Assistance (SERA). ISIS has threatened to execute former U.S. soldier Peter Kassig, who has given most of his young life to others, next in the gruesome video showing the beheading of British citizen Alan Henning. A former U.S. Army Ranger from Indianapolis who was deployed to Iraq in 2007, Kassig went to help Syrian refugees in a Lebanese hospital and, in the spirit of humanitarianism shared...
  • Islamic State fight could breathe new life into the A-10

    09/27/2014 12:18:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | September 26, 2014 | Jennifer H. Svan
    An A-10 Thunderbolt II banks after a strafing run on Aug. 21, 2014, during the Red Flag-Alaska 14-3 exercise at the Yukon Training Area, Alaska. Months after staving off a trip to the boneyard, the embattled A-10 Thunderbolt II is headed to the Middle East where it could be used to fight Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria. An Indiana Air National Guard unit that flies the Cold War-era gunships, known as Warthogs, is planning to deploy about 300 airmen and an unknown number of its aircraft to the U.S. Central Command region early next month, says a Sept. 17...
  • Trailer full of guns, ammo stolen from Indy business

    09/23/2014 12:05:05 PM PDT · by rktman · 31 replies
    wishtv.com ^ | 9/22/2014 | Staff Reports
    Detectives in Indianapolis are investigating after a trailer loaded with guns and ammunition was stolen from a west side business. Shortly before 8:30 a.m. Saturday, an IMPD officer was dispatched to Profire Firearms, located at 7341 Rockville Road. The business owner told the officer that sometime between 8 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday someone stole a white 2014 Stealth Titan box trailer from behind the store.
  • IU Southeast on lockdown after report of armed gunman on-campus

    09/11/2014 10:45:37 AM PDT · by Bratch · 37 replies
    WDRB.com ^ | September 11, 2014 | WDRB dispatch
    Posted: Sep 11, 2014 1:19 PM EDT Updated: Sep 11, 2014 1:23 PM EDTLOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A tweet from the official Twitter account of Indiana University Southeast states that an armed gunman is on-campus. The tweet stated as follows: "IU Southeast Emergency! An armed person is on campus. Go into nearest room and lock door. Follow instructions from authorities." The claim could not be verified by any official sources. Stay with WDRB News. We'll have more information as soon as it becomes available. Copyright 2014 by WDRB News. All rights reserved
  • Indiana's gay marriage ban ruled unconstitutional

    09/04/2014 12:54:37 PM PDT · by John W · 39 replies
    Fort Wayne Journal Gazette ^ | September 4, 2014 | Niki Kelly
    INDIANAPOLIS - The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday issued a lightning-fast ruling finding Indiana's gay marriage ban unconstitutional. It came just nine days after the Indiana and Wisconsin cases were argued before the three-judge panel. "The challenged laws discriminate against a minority defined by an immutable characteristic, and the only rationale that the states put forth with any conviction - that same-sex couples and their children don't need marriage because same-sex couples can't produce children, intended or unintended - is so full of holes that it cannot be taken seriously," the ruling said. Attorney General Greg Zoeller is...
  • 3 Columbus churches vandalized with graffiti overnight

    09/02/2014 3:36:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 44 replies
    WTHR ^ | 8/31/2014
    Columbus Police said they've never had anything like it - three churches vandalized in the same night. Someone spray painted them on the outside. It's the words used, though, that have some people asking if this was more than a prank. “It was just one word. It said ‘Infidels!'” Father Doug Marcotte said of what was spray painted on Saint Bartholomew's Catholic Church in Columbus overnight Saturday. Parishioners saw that, along with the word "Qur'an 3:151" on their way into mass Sunday morning. “It's certainly not a warm and fuzzy verse. It talks about the infidels, their refuge being the...
  • Valero restarts ethanol plant

    08/29/2014 5:14:28 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 28, 2014 | Vicki Vaughan
    Valero Energy Corp. has restarted production at a corn ethanol plant in Indiana that was shuttered more than two years ago by its previous owner. San Antonio-based Valero bought the plant in March from Illinois-based Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings Inc. for $34 million, boosting the number of its ethanol plants to 11. Valero has been preparing the plant for a restart since its purchase. Because the plant has been shuttered for almost two years, “it took a lot of preparation and maintenance,” Valero spokesman Bill Day said, but the company didn’t have to add any new equipment. During the time...
  • Fire out after BP Whiting refinery explosion

    08/28/2014 5:53:26 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 28, 2014 | Collin Eaton
    An explosion shook BP’s biggest U.S. refinery late Wednesday in Whiting, Indiana, but appears to have left no serious injuries after a fire was extinguished. A spokesman for the Whiting Fire Department said Thursday a compressor at the refinery exploded, causing a blast that was felt at the station one-half mile away from the refinery. It caused a fire at the facility, but no injuries were reported, he said. One worker was taken to the hospital as a precaution, but was later released, BP spokesman Scott Dean said in an emailed statement. The London oil company said the fire was...
  • Judges chide state lawyers over gay marriage bans

    08/27/2014 4:23:45 AM PDT · by John W · 48 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | August 26, 2014 | Michael Tarm
    CHICAGO (AP) — Federal appeals judges bristled on Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites. Richard Posner, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, hit the backers of the ban the hardest. He balked when Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General Timothy Samuelson repeatedly pointed to "tradition" as the underlying justification for barring gay marriage. "It was tradition to not allow blacks and whites to marry — a tradition that got swept away," the 75-year-old judge said. Prohibition of...
  • A Dozen States File Suit Against New Coal Rules

    08/02/2014 7:55:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 1, 2014 | By CORAL DAVENPORT
    Twelve states filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration on Friday seeking to block an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to regulate coal-fired power plants in an effort to stem climate change. The plaintiffs are led by West Virginia and include states that are home to some of the largest producers of coal and consumers of coal-fired electricity. The suit was filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The other plaintiffs are Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming. The E.P.A. rule, announced by President Obama on June...
  • Pence wants child immigrants sent home

    07/30/2014 2:58:30 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    nwitimes.com ^ | July 29, 2014 | Dan Carden
    INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence wants the 245 unaccompanied child immigrants recently placed with Indiana relatives or sponsors sent back across the nation's southern border as soon as possible. In a letter sent Tuesday to President Barack Obama, the Republican said while he feels "deep compassion" for the children and believes they should be "treated humanely and with decency and respect," there is no place for them here. "Failure to expedite the return of unaccompanied children thwarts the rule of law and will only continue to send a distorted message that illegally crossing into America is without consequence," Pence said....
  • The NRA's Top Lawyer Was Once Convicted Of Murder (ZOT!)

    07/30/2014 7:49:34 AM PDT · by PlasticMan · 100 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 7/29/14 | Pamela Engel
    The National Rifle Association's top lawyer, who has been instrumental in shaping gun policy in the U.S., was once convicted of murdering a woman in Indiana.... Robert J. Dowlut, general counsel for the NRA, reportedly admitted to police in 1963 that he killed his girlfriend's mother. He was 17 years old at the time. Dowlut reportedly led police to the graveyard where he buried the gun and also copped to attempting to rob a pawnshop the same night as the killing. Bullets from the gun Dowlut unearthed at the graveyard matched those found at the site of Anna Marie Yocum's...
  • Indiana Is A Secret Border State

    07/29/2014 10:42:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 29, 2014 | Tony Katz
    Indiana has been forced to accept 245 illegal invaders, without a vote or knowledge of who they are, where they come from nor what diseases they may carry. Without knowledge of whether they - here illegally - were placed with other people (known as sponsors) that are here illegally. Without knowledge of what the cost will be to care for them, nor how much the taxpayers of Indiana will be forced to pay,or else be called racist, bigots and xenophobes. Reps. Andre Carson (D-IN 7th) and Todd Rokita (R-IN 4th), Senators Donnelly (D) and Coats (R,) Gov. Mike Pence (R)...
  • Intruder shot, killed by Indianapolis homeowner

    07/27/2014 8:54:53 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 11 replies
    wthr 13 (tv station) ^ | 7/27/14 | n/a
    INDIANAPOLIS - Police are investigating after a homeowner shot and killed an intruder Sunday afternoon on the near north side. The incident happened in the 3100 block of N. College Avenue around 1:00 p.m. Police say several men were in the house on the west side of College Avenue when three men tried to get into the house. Gunfire was exchanged and one of the suspected intruders was killed...
  • Former police lieutenant doesn’t receive jail time for stealing $150K

    07/23/2014 10:17:45 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 38 replies
    wlfi.com ^ | 7-23-14 | Krista Henry
    CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – A former Frankfort police lieutenant was sentenced to three years probation after pleading guilty to stealing more than $150,000 from his part-time employer. Forty-eight year old Randy Emery is accused of stealing the money from the BP gas station on State Road 28, just off of Interstate 65 in Clinton County, where he worked transporting money from the gas station to the bank.
  • Four Statist Policies Gov. Mike Pence Champions

    07/23/2014 10:37:41 AM PDT · by Gipper08 · 22 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 14, 2014 | Joy Pullman
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence would like to ride into the presidency as he has his governorship: On the coattails of his predecessor, former Gov. Mitch Daniels. Unlike his years in Congress, PenceÂ’s governorship has been largely marked, not by forging crucial and substantive policies that reign in the administrative state and advance the cause of liberty, but by a refusal to make waves. In our current climate, that means governing as a technocratic Progressive. So while treating Hoosiers to essentially the stable status quo Daniels earned making tough and politically risky decisions, Pence has been traveling the country, proclaiming his...
  • Unions Putting the Squeeze on Home Health Care Workers

    07/19/2014 11:09:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 19, 2014 | Ed Feulner
    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) likes to present itself as the champion of the little guy. But officials of SEIU Healthcare—“the fastest-growing union of healthcare, child care, home care and nursing home workers in the Midwest”—aren’t averse to a little high-living. For example, in FY 2013 officials of SEIU’s Illinois-Indiana healthcare division (SEIU-HCII) chalked up more than $1.1 million in travel expenses—$13,000 of it on D.C. hotel expenses rung up at President Obama’s second inaugural. The union designated all that travel as “representation activity.” Also claimed as a “representation” expense: a $6,000 liquor store tab for “beverages for...
  • Indiana won't recognize same-sex marriages

    07/09/2014 3:14:20 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    AP ^ | 7/9/2014 | CHARLES D. WILSON
    Indiana won't recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages that were performed before a federal court halted a lower-court's decision to lift the state's gay marriage ban, the governor's office said Wednesday. Gov. Mike Pence's decision, first announced in a memo from chief counsel Mark Ahearn, applies only to state agencies that report to his governor's office and would affect state services controlled by those agencies, such as food stamps or the ability to file jointly for state taxes. Hundreds of couples were married from June 25, when a U.S. district court judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban, to June...
  • 1 dead, several injured in Marion GM explosion

    07/01/2014 8:50:12 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 2 replies
    rtv6abc ^ | 7-1-14 | Kara Kenney, Katie Heinz
    INDIANAPOLIS - A chemical explosion Tuesday at a General Motors metal-stamping plant in Indiana killed a contractor and injured five other people, authorities said. The blast killed James L. Gibson, 48, Grant County Coroner Stephen Dorsey said. Marion General Hospital was treating five other people with non-life threatening injuries, hospital spokeswoman Ann Vermilion told the Marion Chronicle-Tribune. However, GM issued a statement saying four employees were under observation for non-life-threatening conditions at the hospital and that four others were transported there, but required no treatment. "The situation is contained. Everybody has been evacuated," GM spokeswoman Stephanie Jentgen said in a...
  • Police looking for suspects after Wal-Mart shooting, robbery

    07/01/2014 8:45:04 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 4 replies
    rtv6abc ^ | 7-1-14 | Katie Heinz & Chris Proffitt
    BEECH GROVE, Ind. - Police were still searching for the suspect who shot and robbed a man in a crowded Wal-Mart parking lot in Beech Grove on Monday evening. The incident happened in the 4600 block of South Emerson Avenue around 6:30 p.m., officials with the Beech Grove Police Department said. Police said 22-year-old Jacob Faulkner was shot in the arm and chest in the apparent preplanned robbery. He was still recuperating in a hospital Tuesday. Officials said the passenger in Faulkner’s truck, 27-year-old Daniel Witter, was not injured. At first, police believed the men were making an exchange that...
  • Indiana: Pro-Gun Legislation Takes Effect Today

    07/01/2014 3:50:05 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 3 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 1 2014 | Daily Caller
    Today, July 1, Senate Bill 229 goes into effect. As previously reported, SB 229 protects law-abiding gun owners from becoming unintentional felons by allowing legally possessed firearms to be locked in a vehicle, out of plain sight, while parked on school property. SB 229 also prohibits the use of taxpayer dollars for gun “buybacks” and removes the misguided “roaming school zone” language set to return on the books today. Senate Bill 229 was signed into law by Governor Mike Pence (R) on March 26.
  • LIVE: Derecho Aims East, Threatens Chicago, Detroit

    06/30/2014 7:52:56 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 53 replies
    Severe weather will lash through areas from the Midwest to the Great Lakes into Tuesday, hitting some of the major cities in the United States, including Chicago, St. Louis and Detroit.
  • The Democrats' best shot in Mississippi

    06/27/2014 2:20:15 PM PDT · by Innovative · 206 replies
    Politico ^ | June 26, 2014 | ANNA PALMER
    Democrats were crossing their fingers that Chris McDaniel would be the Republican nominee in Mississippi. But since Sen. Thad Cochran has prevailed, they are trying to do the unthinkable — unseat a six-term GOP senator. McDaniel supporters are irate that Cochran won a GOP primary by reaching across the aisle. Now some of his backers are ambivalent about whether they’ll come out at all in November — and if they don’t, that could create a rare opening for a Democrat here.
  • Gay Marriage Bans Struck Down in Utah and Indiana by Federal Court

    06/26/2014 6:55:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/26/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Utah and Indiana became the latest U.S. states to see their bans on same-sex marriage struck down following separate rulings in federal court on Wednesday. "It is wholly illogical to believe that state recognition of love and commitment of same-sex couples will alter the most intimate and personal decisions of opposite-sex couples," a three-judge panel in the Utah case said while upholding a lower court ruling, NPR reported. Back in December, Utah briefly became the 18th state where gay couples received the right to marry, after a federal district judge ruled that the state's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional. The...
  • Marion County clerk's office wed 186 gay couples [Uh, no, Indiana...it ain't marriage]

    06/26/2014 6:30:04 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 6/26/14
    Marion County Clerk's office says 186 same-sex couples were wed at its downtown Indianapolis office Wednesday after a federal judge overturned Indiana's gay marriage ban... Indiana's attorney general has asked U.S. District Judge Richard Young to stay his order allowing gay marriages as the state appeals the ruling.
  • Judge Strikes Down Indiana Ban on Gay Marriage

    06/25/2014 12:32:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway
    ABC News ^ | Jun 25, 2014 | Charles Wilson
    A federal judge struck down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday in a ruling that immediately allowed gay couples to wed. The court clerk in Marion County, home to Indianapolis, began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couple about an hour after U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled that the state law violates the U.S. Constitution's equal-protection clause. "Same-sex couples, who would otherwise qualify to marry in Indiana, have the right to marry in Indiana," he wrote.
  • Judge Strikes Down Indiana Ban on Gay Marriage

    06/25/2014 10:07:03 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 56 replies
    AP ^ | 6/25/2014 | CHARLES WILSON
    federal judge struck down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday in a ruling that immediately allows gay couples to wed. U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled that the state's ban violates the U.S. Constitution's equal-protection clause because it treats couples differently based on their sexual orientation. "Same-sex couples, who would otherwise qualify to marry in Indiana, have the right to marry in Indiana," he wrote. "These couples, when gender and sexual orientation are taken away, are in all respects like the family down the street. The Constitution demands that we treat them as such."
  • First westbound natural gas flows begin on Rockies Express Pipeline

    06/18/2014 10:55:51 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | JUNE 18, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    The Rockies Express Pipeline (REX) announced on Monday that it expects service to commence as soon as today for the first 0.25 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of capacity on its 0.60 Bcf/d Seneca Lateral pipeline in southeast Ohio. The 14.3-mile lateral will flow gas north from the MarkWest Seneca natural gas processing plant to the REX mainline, where a newly built compressor station will allow this gas to be delivered to points west in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. No new pipelines will be added to the mainline; the project will allow bidirectional flows—both east and west—to occur on...
  • Delegates Aiming at December Finish for Rules (COS)

    06/15/2014 2:00:25 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 10 replies
    Northwest Indiana Times ^ | June 13th, 2014 | Dan Carden
    INDIANAPOLIS | The Assembly of State Legislatures concluded its work at the Indiana Statehouse on Friday, having tasted the difficulty of getting different states to agree on even minor matters, but still optimistic about the prospects for a future Convention of the States. The 94 delegates from 29 states spent the morning polishing a resolution officially changing the group's name from the Mount Vernon Assembly and urging other states, especially states with Democratic legislatures, to join the mostly Republican members of The Assembly of State Legislatures at its planned December session. Questions over whether delegates to the December meeting should...
  • Historic win for school choice in Oklahoma

    06/13/2014 6:11:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 13, 2014 | Mike Turner
    Secretary of Education Arne Duncan can threaten us all he wants; we’re finished with Common Core in Oklahoma. Last week Governor Mary Fallin made it official, signing into law legislation repealing the law’s impact on our state’s education standards. As a state representative, I was proud to have voted to stop Common Core. As a conservative, I’m outraged I had to in the first place. We need to be standing up for school choice, not whitewashing standards that are better for bureaucrats than parents and children. At any rate, the Obama administration is none too happy with us. “We partner...
  • Article V Constitution: Mount Vernon Assembly [Live Web Stream Now! Today (6-12) & Tomorrow]

    The Mount Vernon Assembly – Indianapolis FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Skip Brown skip.brown@iga.in.gov 317-232-9521 The Mount Vernon Assembly to Meet at Indiana Statehouse June 12 and 13 INDIANAPOLIS (June 9, 2014) – More than 100 state legislators representing 33 states will meet at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis on June 12 and 13 to continue establishing the rules and procedures needed for a future state-led convention for proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution, as authorized by Article V of the Constitution. The meeting is a continuation of efforts that began in December 2013 at George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon estate...