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  • IN Focus: Indy unveils ambitious climate change plan

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The City of Indianapolis released a first-of-its kind plan to address climate change, symbolizing a growing trend among cities nationwide that are not waiting for action from the federal government. The 90-page report gives examples of how climate has already changed in the Circle City, challenges the city faces and dozens of action plans to implement in the coming years. “The big focus is going to be on our buildings and transportation sectors,” said Katie Robinson, the Director of […]

  • IN Focus: Indiana lawmaker pushing for legalization of medical marijuana

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Lawmakers in several states are pushing forward proposals this week aimed at legalizing marijuana, including in New Jersey. On Monday, lawmakers began discussing a package of measures before a standing-room-only crowd. In Indiana, both recreational and medical marijuana use is illegal. But advocates are preparing to pressure lawmakers to legalize medical marijuana. State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) is helping spearhead the effort and will introduce a bill in January. “This is a people issue,” he said in […]

  • Brett Kavanaugh confirmed as next Supreme Court justice by 50-48 final Senate vote

    WASHINGTON  — The bitterly polarized U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday to join the Supreme Court, delivering an election-season triumph to President Donald Trump that could swing the court rightward for a generation after a battle that rubbed raw the country’s cultural, gender and political divides. The near party-line vote was 50-48, capping a fight that seized the national conversation after claims emerged that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted women three decades ago — which he emphatically denied. Those […]

  • IN Focus: Senate race tight amidst other major news in DC

    INDIANAPOLIS – A new Marist poll shows Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) with a slim lead over his opponent, Republican Mike Braun. Donnelly leads 49-43 in a head-to-head matchup, but that lead slims to 44-41 when the Libertarian candidate, Lucy Brenton, is included in the poll. Indiana’s U.S. Senate race will be one of the most expensive and closely-watched in the country.  Donnelly is trying to hold onto his seat, as Democrats try to take control of the Senate, while Braun […]

  • Hoosiers Divided: The Purpose

    <– Return to the Hoosiers Divided home page One year since the inauguration of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, we wanted to hear directly from Hoosier voters. During the past month we gathered 16 voters in two focus groups at City Market in downtown Indianapolis. Panelists from our Sunday morning show IN Focus picked the participants. Eight voted for Hillary Clinton, seven voted for Donald Trump and the final participant (who was too young to vote on […]

  • Gov. Holcomb: Excise police to check retailers, issue warnings on CBD oil products for next 60 days

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has directed Indiana Excise Police to check stores and issue warnings regarding products that contain cannabidiol (CBD) oil for the next 60 days. The issue came to a head last week, when Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill said CBD products were illegal to sell or possess in Indiana. Hill’s determination came after state legislators passed a new law allowing CBD oil to be used to treat epilepsy. The state requires people using CBD […]

  • IN Focus: Public policy chair hopeful for Sunday alcohol sales

    INDIANAPOLIS – A panel studying Indiana’s alcohol laws voted Tuesday to recommend allowing the sale of alcohol on Sundays. The measure would allow stores that currently sell alcohol to sell between noon and 8 p.m. on Sundays. The recommendation will be part of a larger report given to state lawmakers that still needs final approval. The measure comes days after a public agreement between two powerful lobbying groups – the Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers and the Indiana Retail Council – essentially a […]

  • Holcomb unveils 2018 legislative agenda, wants felony murder charges for people who manufacture deadly drugs

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Gov. Eric Holcomb unveiled his 2018 legislative agenda Wednesday morning. Holcomb will focus with lawmakers on five pillars – the economy, infrastructure, workforce, the state’s drug epidemic and government service. The goals, administration officials said, will be implemented both administratively and through new legislation. Holcomb wants to spur economic growth by in part enticing Hoosiers who have left the state to return to Indiana. The governor also hopes to increase education and training that will directly link Hoosiers […]

  • Gov. Christie discusses opioid crisis in Indianapolis, responds to indictments in Mueller investigation

    INDIANAPOLIS – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie underscored the nation’s opioid crisis in Indianapolis Monday, days before a White House commission Christie leads is poised to release its final report and list of recommendations to President Trump and Congress. Christie was Monday’s keynote speaker at an annual conference hosted by Indiana’s attorney general focused on the state’s prescription drug and opioid crisis. He said he wants mandatory ongoing classes for doctors on recognizing signs of prescription pill abuse. “The people who […]

  • Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney alleges sexual abuse by team doctor

    Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney says she was molested by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar from the time she was 13 to her retirement from the sport last year. The 21-year-old posted a lengthy statement on Twitter on Wednesday that detailed the allegations of abuse. She says the abuse began at one of her first team training camps and also occurred before events at the 2012 Olympics. She and her teammates won gold for the U.S. in London and […]