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  • Indiana One of Six States Awarded Funding and Related Technical Assistance by the National Governors Association (NGA) for Policy Academy on Work-Based Learning

    December 10, 2015 No comments

    Indiana Workforce Development

    INDIANAPOLIS (December 10, 2015) – Earlier today, the National Governors Association (NGA) announced Indiana as one of six states to receive $100,000 in funding and technical assistance to participate in the NGA’s Policy Academy on Work-Based Learning. Indiana will be able to leverage this grant funding to assist in determining best practices and to create programs designed to align Work-Based Learning experiences to employer demand. More specifically, Indiana will focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) industries. First established by Indiana House Enrolled Act 1002 during the 2013 session of the Indiana General Assembly, the Indiana Career Council, Chaired by Governor Mike Pence, has identified the statewide strategic goal of creating an additional 10,000 Work-Based Learning opportunities in the immediate future. Read more

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  • Secretary of State cautions fraud victims about third-party asset recovery firms

    December 10, 2015 No comments

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    INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 10, 2015) — Today Secretary of State Connie Lawson issued an advisory recommending victims of investment fraud use caution when approached by companies promising to help them recover their money or bring the perpetrator to justice – for a fee. 

    Many of these third-party asset recovery companies are not law firms, although they may advertise that they can provide legal assistance. Typically, the targeted investors have lost thousands of dollars, perhaps their entire life’s savings, to fraudulent investment schemes.  Read more

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  • IMPD investigating a person shot on the 900 block of North Denny Street

    December 10, 2015 No comments

     

    INDIANAPOLIS–On December 9, 2015 at approximately 10:48 p.m., Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) officers were dispatched to the 900 block of North Denny Street on a report of a person shot. When officer arrived they discovered an unidentified male subject with an apparent gunshot wound to the chest. EMS officials arrived a short time later and transported the victim to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition. Read more

  • Suspect shot in officer involved shooting

    December 10, 2015 No comments

    Police Tape

    INDIANAPOLIS – Detectives are investigating an officer-involved shooting that left one armed suspect injured. No officers were injured during the encounter.

    At approximately 1:43 a.m., officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department attempted to conduct a traffic stop near the intersection of South Belmont Avenue and Conrad Avenue for a license plate violation.  The white male suspect led officers on a short vehicle pursuit before fleeing from the truck on foot.  After examining the ditched truck, officers learned the truck had been stolen from New Whiteland, Indiana on November 23, 2015. Read more

  • Coats Votes to End Federal Education Mandates

    December 10, 2015 No comments

    Dan Coats

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) today voted for the Every Student Succeeds Act, bipartisan legislation that would restore education responsibility to states and local school districts and prevent the Department of Education from imposing Common Core or any other federal academic standards on states. The bill passed the Senate 85 to 12 and now heads to President Obama’s desk. 

    “Indiana educators know best how to teach Hoosier students,” said Coats. “Our education laws should increase state and local control so decisions about our education system are made by those closest to our students. This legislation will fix the broken No Child Left Behind law and end Common Core and federal education mandates.” The Every Student Succeeds Act would:

    • End the Common Core mandate
    • End the need for federal waivers
    • End federal test-based accountability
    • End national school boards
    • Allow states to decide important measures in their accountability standards

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  • State Accepting Nominations for Governor’s Century, Half Century Business Awards

    December 10, 2015 No comments

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    INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 9, 2015) – The state of Indiana is currently accepting nominations for the Governor’s 2016 Century and Half Century Business Awards, which honor Hoosier businesses that have remained in operation for at least 100 or 50 years, respectively, and have a demonstrated commitment to serving the community.  Award winners will receive a commemorative certificate and be recognized at a ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse in the spring. Applications are due by Dec. 31.  Read more

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  • Indy Chamber’s 2016 legislative agenda spotlights talent, transportation, and local economic development

    December 10, 2015 No comments

    Indy Chamber

    INDIANAPOLIS December 8, 2015 – The Indy Chamber will push the Indiana General Assembly for stronger anti-discrimination laws and forward-looking education and transportation policies in 2016. The Chamber outlined these and other priorities for next year’s legislative session today, also calling on lawmakers to give local government more authority to expand mass transit, encourage job creation and collect commuter taxes.

    The regional business group reiterated its support for expanded state civil rights protection in the wake of last session’s RFRA controversy, and is taking a leading role in the ‘Indiana Competes’ coalition lobbying to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, employment and public accommodations. Read more

  • Governor Pence Leads Caravan to Open New 27-Mile Long Section of I-69

    December 09, 2015 No comments

    120915_I-69 Announcement_2Indianapolis – Governor Mike Pence today joined state and local leaders to open I-69 Section 4 in Greene and Monroe counties. Following today’s ceremony, Governor Pence led a caravan to open the new 27 miles between U.S. 231 near Naval Support Activity Crane and State Road 37 south of Bloomington.

     

    “Hoosiers know that roads mean jobs, and this new interstate section is a key component to the economic vitality and development of southwest Indiana,” said Governor Pence. “Finishing what we’ve started with I-69 will connect an entire region of our state with improved access to jobs, education and healthcare.”

     

    Purdue University researchers tracked State Road 45 travel times within the past month and predict that the new I-69 section opening today will save commuters, on average, 18 minutes of travel-time. Purdue performed a similar study before the first I-69 sections opened in 2012 and estimated a 38-minute travel-time savings between Evansville and Crane.

     

    “Projects like I-69 illustrate the Indiana Department of Transportation’s strong commitment to modernizing Indiana’s transportation infrastructure,” Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Brandye Hendrickson said. “The more than $1 billion invested in Indiana’s roads over the last two years combined with Governor Pence’s 21st Century Crossroads plan have Indiana positioned to remain the Crossroads of America for generations.”

     

    The new I-69 section has three new exits at State Road 45, State Road 445 and State Road 37. Teardrop-shaped roundabouts are used to control State Road 445 traffic at the I-69 Exit 104 ramps near the Greene-Monroe county line.

     

    “The new I-69 will easily connect the third largest naval installation in the world’s national experts with DoD, industrial and academic leaders to develop advanced war-fighting technology,” said Capt. JT Elder, commanding officer for the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division.

     

    “Our infrastructure is one of the many reasons Indiana is recognized as a great place to do business,” said Becky Skillman, former Lieutenant Governor and president and CEO of Radius Indiana. “This new-terrain interstate with sections wide open for development will be a game changer for many communities.”

     

    “Interstate 69 construction continues to progress north at a steady clip,” said Kevin Brinegar, chair of the Hoosier Voices for I-69 Board of Directors. “Today’s opening of I-69 Section 4 is the first, important link in establishing a direct, four-lane that connects Evansville and Indianapolis with the global economy.”

     

    Although Section 4 is now open to traffic, I-69 construction continues. Inspections and punch-list items will require occasional lane closures into 2016 between Crane and Bloomington. Traffic should expect delays at traffic shifts and lane closures as State Road 37 is upgraded to I-69 from Bloomington to Martinsville.

     

    For more about the I-69 extension in southwest Indiana, visit www.i69indyevn.org, and a video to assist in navigating the new roundabout interchange can be found here: https://youtu.be/x70zD6ntRuU

     

    Aerial footage of the new I-69 section, including 360-degree views of exits and major bridges can be found at https://youtu.be/41Pqh2DHsK4.

     

    Attached are photos from today’s ceremony.

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  • Indiana unveils Bicentennial Plaza sculpture designs

    December 09, 2015 No comments

    2729INDIANAPOLIS – In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Indiana’s statehood, the Indiana Department of Administration, in conjunction with the Indiana Arts Commission, announced today the winning bids for centerpiece sculptures for the Indiana Bicentennial Plaza.

     

    The projects calls for the installation of two art pieces within the Plaza, located at the intersection of Robert D. Orr Plaza and Senate Avenue on the grounds of the Indiana Government Center complex. The first sculpture is called Enduring Flame, and will be located at the north end of the plaza, and the second sculpture, Living Time Capsule, will be installed near the south end.

     

    Following a nationwide call for artists and submissions of 104 proposals, the selection committee awarded the creation of the Enduring Flame sculpture to New York artist Osman Akan, and the Living Time Capsule piece to Dale Enochs from Bloomington, Indiana.   

     

    Akan, whose wife is from Indiana, has been featured in the New York Times, Trendsetter Magazine and Sculpture Magazine. His work integrates natural and artificial light, utilizing reflective and refractive qualities of various materials and creative perspective points.  Enochs is an internationally known artist, best known for his talent as a limestone sculpture. Enochs has previously designed and sculpted various public works throughout Indiana, including a spherical, limestone sculpture outside the Governor’s Residence.   

     

    Enduring Flame symbolizes the torch of the Indiana flag and will incorporate the torch’s flame and its rays, as well as the 19 stars that represent Indiana’s place at the 19th state admitted to the Union.  Living Time Capsule will incorporate three main elements – a dwarf tulip poplar, a limestone square from Indiana and its major waterways carved into the upper face of the stone, and a polished stainless steel ring standing 21 feet tall.

     

    “Both sculptures speak to Indiana’s rich heritage and provide a robust investment to the State of Indiana,” said IDOA Commissioner Jessica Robertson. “Our state is fortunate to have such talent contribute to the Statehouse grounds for visitors to enjoy.” 

     

    Artist conceptual drawings and video renderings are available to download here.

     

    The Plaza construction work currently underway is expected to be completed by October 2016, and installation of the two art pieces is anticipated for July 30, 2016.

     

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  • INDIANA MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT MUSEUM (IMEM) FILM SERIES DEBUTS 12/11

    December 09, 2015 No comments

    screen_shot_2015-02-23_at_4_18_18_pm_categoryThe first IMEM Film Series event is Friday, December 11, 7 pm at the Wheeler Arts Community Theater at 1035 Sanders Street in Fountain Square, Indianapolis.  The program is curated and hosted by renowned film preservationist Eric Grayson and features “A Christmas Wish” aka “The Great Rupert”, a 1950 Christmas family comedy starring Jimmy Durante.  The program also includes a rare short featuring Indianapolis footage post World War 1 and a vintage, rarely seen cartoon.  All are projected on actual vintage film.  Admission is $5 at the door. Beverages and snacks will be available.

     

    IMEM is now accepting donations of historical music, film, and broadcasting artifacts, along with monetary donations.  Donations are tax deductible.

     

    This is the fourth major event held by IMEM in 2015.  Previously IMEM hosted a pop-up exhibit in April, an open house and display at the Marion County central library in August, and a music fest at The Vogue Theater in September.

     

    Imagine being able to stroll into a museum and be able to listen to, view and discover Indiana music, film and broadcasting history.  The founders of the museum are working diligently to help make this a reality.  Find out more about how you can help at imemindiana.org or on Facebook at facebook/imemindiana.

    Posted by in Statewide News

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