Indiana http://wfpl.org en Federal Judge Tells Indiana to Recognize Couple's Same-Sex Marriage http://wfpl.org/post/federal-judge-tells-indiana-recognize-couples-same-sex-marriage <p>EVANSVILLE — A federal judge has ruled that the state must recognize the marriage of a gay couple before one of the women, who has cancer, dies.</p><p>The Indiana attorney general's office says U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Young granted the couple's request for a temporary restraining order Thursday to keep the state from enforcing its ban on same-sex marriages against the couple.</p><p>Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler wanted Indiana to recognize their 2013 marriage in Massachusetts, one of 17 states where same-sex marriage is legal.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:37:01 +0000 Associated Press 9112 at http://wfpl.org Federal Judge Tells Indiana to Recognize Couple's Same-Sex Marriage Lane Restrictions Planned for Clark Memorial Bridge on Monday http://wfpl.org/post/lane-restrictions-planned-clark-memorial-bridge-monday <p>The southbound approach to the Clark Memorial Bridge will be reduced to one-lane beginning Monday morning.</p><p>Crews will be dismantling historic limestone pylons and railings, officials from the project said.&nbsp; The structures will be reincorporated into the bridge once ramp construction is complete.</p><p>The work will eventually move into the northbound approach, closing one lane in each direction.</p><p>The existing four travel lanes on the Clark Memorial Bridge will not be affected during the work.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:00:06 +0000 Jacob Ryan 8811 at http://wfpl.org Lane Restrictions Planned for Clark Memorial Bridge on Monday Indiana Committee Approves Same-Sex Marriage Ban Amendment http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-committee-approves-same-sex-marriage-ban-amendment <p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; margin-bottom: 14px !important; line-height: 22px !important;">A House committee has approved House Joint Resolution-3, a measure that would amend the state constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 18:01:15 +0000 Brandon Smith | Indiana Public Media 8335 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Committee Approves Same-Sex Marriage Ban Amendment Southern Indiana School Corporations Get 'C' Grades, New Albany-Floyd Drops to 'B' http://wfpl.org/post/southern-indiana-school-corporations-get-c-grades-new-albany-floyd-drops-b <p>Southern Indiana school corporations remained relatively flat in the education department’s letter grade release Wednesday.</p><p>The A-F letter grade system is part of Indiana’s two-year-old accountability system that’s now subject to change pending a special panel’s recommendations expected this year.&nbsp;</p><p>Around two-thirds of school corporations received the same letter grade as last year, according to our friends at <a href="http://indianapublicmedia.org/stateimpact/2014/01/15/state-board-approves-letter-grades-school-corporations/#more-28494">State Impact Indiana</a>.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 18:57:29 +0000 Devin Katayama 8249 at http://wfpl.org Southern Indiana School Corporations Get 'C' Grades, New Albany-Floyd Drops to 'B' Indiana Looks At Early Child Education, But Faces Challenges http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-looks-early-child-education-faces-challenges <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Despite a push from prominent Indiana lawmakers who to want expand access to childcare and preschool programs, it may be difficult for the General Assembly to pass any such measures in a non-budget writing year, according to&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bill&nbsp;Stanczykiewicz, </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute.</span></p> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Devin Katayama 7958 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Looks At Early Child Education, But Faces Challenges Southern Indiana Authorities Missed Opportunities to Arrest Richard Hooten Before Teen's Murder http://wfpl.org/post/southern-indiana-authorities-missed-opportunities-arrest-richard-hooten-teens-murder <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Richard </span>Carley<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Hooten<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> had two warrants out for his arrest and a wife who ratted him out to police. Yet for six months, he still evaded capture by Clark County authorities.</span></p><p>Hooten apparently didn’t go far, didn’t run, didn’t hide. The 50-year-old roamed free, worked at a Louisville furniture store, consorted with other women and, by his own admission, even sexually assaulted one of them.</p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 19:00:00 +0000 R.G. Dunlop | Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting 8004 at http://wfpl.org Southern Indiana Authorities Missed Opportunities to Arrest Richard Hooten Before Teen's Murder Indiana Charter School at Heart of Grade-Change Flap Drops to 'F' http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-charter-school-heart-grade-change-flap-drops-f <p>INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis charter school at the center of Indiana's grade-changing scandal has dropped from an "A'' to an "F'' in newly released school grades.</p><p>The Christel House Academy benefited last year from grading changes made by former schools Superintendent Tony Bennett. But grades released for the 2012-2013 school year showed a precipitous drop for the school founded by top GOP donor Christel DeHaan.</p><p>The grades are used to determine a range of important funding issues. The State Board of Education approved the grades at its meeting Friday.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 17:01:43 +0000 Tom LoBianco | Associated Press 7970 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Charter School at Heart of Grade-Change Flap Drops to 'F' Indiana's Legal System Gave Richard Hooten Many Chances—Then a Teenager Died http://wfpl.org/post/indianas-legal-system-gave-richard-hooten-many-chances-then-teenager-died <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For nearly three decades, Richard </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Carley</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Hooten<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> blazed a trail of lawlessness from his hometown of Louisville to Georgia and back.</span></p><p>He bounced in and out of prison, his rap sheet growing conviction by conviction. Rape. Stabbing. Sexual assault. Prison escape. Drug dealing. He did them all.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 19:01:34 +0000 R.G. Dunlop | Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting 7779 at http://wfpl.org Indiana's Legal System Gave Richard Hooten Many Chances—Then a Teenager Died Indiana Jobless Rate Drops to Pre-Recession Level http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-jobless-rate-drops-pre-recession-level <p>Indiana's unemployment rate has dropped to 7.5 percent, marking its lowest level since late 2008 as the recession deepened.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Figures released Friday by the state Department of Workforce Development show Indiana's jobless rate fell three-tenths of a percentage point for October.&nbsp;&nbsp; It’s nearly a full point lower than the 8.4 percent rate in June and July.</span></p><p>Indiana's jobless rate is slightly higher than the national rate of 7.3 percent. The new report shows nearly 223,000 people were looking for jobs last month in Indiana.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:59:48 +0000 Associated Press 7659 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Jobless Rate Drops to Pre-Recession Level Preparation Begins for Indiana's Bicentennial http://wfpl.org/post/preparation-begins-indianas-bicentennial <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Indiana turns 200 years old and state officials are beginning to prepare for the celebration.</span></p><p>The bicentennial will be aimed at building on the legacy of past generations, while working to provide future Hoosiers a memory to be thankful for.</p><p>State officials are encouraging communities to focus on four key components when planning their contribution to the 2016 celebration.</p><p>Nature conservation, youth education, community involvement and historical celebration are the themes of the bicentennial.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Jacob Ryan 7571 at http://wfpl.org Preparation Begins for Indiana's Bicentennial