INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A proposal from Indiana Senate Republicans would extend state civil rights protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity, while providing exemptions for religious institutions and some small businesses.
The bill would also override more than a dozen city or county ordinances around the state that provide such local civil rights protections.
Republican Senate President Pro Tem David Long said Tuesday he believed the proposal strikes the right balance between providing LGBT civil rights and protecting religious freedom.
Democrats and gay rights advocates have been pushing for greater LGBT protections since the national uproar last spring over Indiana's religious objections law.
Crowds on both sides of the issue held rallies Tuesday in the Statehouse as lawmakers held their Organization Day meetings.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University police say someone stole a 12-foot-tall, 200-pound sculpture of a pencil from the school's campus.
This large pencil statue is at Purdue University. (Source: https://goo.gl/9N7DNp License: https://goo.gl/sZ7V7x)Purdue police Capt. Carol Baunach says the pencil sculpture was reported missing Monday from the West Lafayette campus' Pickett Park, but is believed to have been missing since Nov. 11.
The Journal & Courier reports the sculpture is made of cedar, weighs about 200 pounds and is valued at about $9,000.
The pencil sculpture was originally placed outside of Beering Hall near Purdue's Loeb Fountain in 2010 but was moved to Pickett Park during the current fall semester.
A suspect in a kidnapping was shot and killed by police during a standoff at a Benton Harbor, Mich., hotel on Wednesday morning, Nov. 18.
Michigan State Police officers responded to the American Inn on East Napier Avenue after a man armed with a gun walked into The Willows assisted living facility in St. Joseph, Mich., and abducted a woman who worked there, WOOD-TV reported.
The woman is the ex-wife of the suspect. No names have been released.
Family screaming "they killed him they killed him." Hostage was a caretaker and suspects ex wife, she was taken at gunpoint from the willows
— Alexandra Koehn (@AlexKoehnABC57) November 18, 2015
Police surrounded the American Inn just before 10 a.m. Wednesday. The suspect began shooting at officers, who then shot back at the suspect, hitting and killing him.
The woman was in the hotel during the standoff. She was taken to a nearby hospital, though it's not clear how seriously she was injured.
A spokesperson for The Willows told WOOD-TV that their facility is on lockdown but that the residents are safe.
South Bend, Ind. -- The Christmas tree that will be lit at the U.S. Capitol will make a stop in South Bend en route to Washington, D.C. this weekend.
The 74-foot tree is making the 4,000 mile expedition by land and sea in a semitrailer.
They even have a website, dedicated to the tree and its journey, so you can track it.
Known as the "People's Tree", it was cut on October 27 near Seward, Alaska. A different national forest has been selected to provide the U.S. Capitol tree every year since 1970. This is the first time it has come from Alaska.
South Bend is one of 14 stops it is making this year. You can see it at the corner of Michigan and Washington streets this Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m.
The official tree lighting will happen in early December. A date has not been announced yet