Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:38 PM EDT2013-05-22 16:38:55 GMT
You paid for it. Now the question is, where is it? Tonight at 11:00 pm, 13 Investigates has discovered the State of Indiana has thousands of items classified as lost or missing. Some of it is stuff youMore >>
What is the state doing with a concert grand piano and a robotic deer? And why are these items - and others - missing?
Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:04 PM EDT2013-05-22 16:04:14 GMT
It's been 24 hours since news broke of a Federal Bureau of Investigation raid at the City-County Building confiscating files from the Indy Land Bank program. The federal investigation also led to the arrestMore >>
Mayor Ballard held a news conference this morning hoping to shine light on several significant construction projects going around the city this season. Instead, all anyone wanted to talk about was the federal investigation into the Land Bank program, what he knew, when and why he didn't say something sooner.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:09 AM EDT2013-05-22 15:09:50 GMT
The Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the storm over the agency's targeting of conservative groups has told Congress she did nothing wrong and has invoked her constitutional right to notMore >>
The Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the storm over the agency's targeting of conservative groups has told Congress she did nothing wrong and has invoked her constitutional right to not answer lawmakers' questions.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:56 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:56:01 GMT
Telemarketers are deploying new tactics to get your secret information - and all they have to do is get you to answer the phone. A call to a home phone this week showed up on the screen as "private name,More >>
Telemarketers are deploying new tactics to get your secret information - and all they have to do is get you to answer the phone.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:55 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:55:33 GMT
Tiger Woods says the "fried chicken" comment from Sergio Garcia was hurtful and inappropriate. Two weeks after they verbally sparred at The Players Championship, Woods says it's time to move on. GarciaMore >>
Tiger Woods says the "fried chicken" comment from Sergio Garcia was hurtful and inappropriate. Two weeks after they verbally sparred at The Players Championship, Woods says it's time to move on.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:46 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:46:45 GMT
In a community used to experiencing tornadoes, many in Moore, Oklahoma are in a state of shock. "This was the storm of storms," said Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett. Monday's tornado was categorizedMore >>
The mayor of the Oklahoma City suburb battered by a monstrous tornado says he is pushing to require safe-room shelters in all new homes.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:35 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:35:19 GMT
A $3.4 million grant from the Lilly Endowment will help place about 90 teachers in the Indianapolis Public Schools. Some $2 million of that grant to The Mind Trust will go toward adding 40 people to theMore >>
A $3.4 million grant from the Lilly Endowment will help place about 90 teachers in the Indianapolis Public Schools.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:47 AM EDT2013-05-22 12:47:25 GMT
State police say troopers found a 92-year-old woman inside a Muncie home where methamphetamine was being produced.More >>
State police say troopers found a 92-year-old woman inside a Muncie home where methamphetamine was being produced.More >>
Gov. Mike Pence has signed his first executive orders after being sworn in as Indiana's 50th governor Monday morning.
The governor signed six new orders which address ethics practices for state government, government efficiency and transparency, and impose a moratorium on new regulations.
The orders also require certain state agencies to develop family impact statements, set a goal of procuring three percent of state contracts from veteran-owned businesses, and establish a separate Office of Energy Development.
Pence proposed the family impact statements during his campaign. He says he wants to ensure that "intact married families" aren't hurt by state rules. He says the reviews aren't meant to disadvantage single-parent or other families.
Another order signed by the Republican governor switches the state board overseeing teacher contract negotiations so that it reports to the governor's office. Former Gov. Mitch Daniels transferred that board in 2011 to the state schools superintendent's office. Democrat Glenda Ritz took over that office Monday from Republican Tony Bennett.
Pence also signed eight orders continuing various boards and offices and continuing Western Governors University Indiana.
Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma, Republican Senate President Pro Tem David Long, Democratic House Minority Leader Scott Pelath and Democratic Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane met with the new governor for about an hour Monday afternoon.
The leaders said they talked mostly about workforce development during their meeting in Pence's Statehouse office. Bosma says Pence looked for areas of bipartisan agreement. Long says it will be a change for Pence from the rancor of Washington that he experienced as a congressman.
Statement from Republican Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma:
"I have known Gov. Pence since our law school days; he is a man of great integrity and will lead our state to our shared goals of fiscal integrity and job creation. I have had the privilege of working with Lt. Gov. Ellspermann when she was a legislator in our chamber. Together, we will reach our mutual goal of taking Indiana 'from good to great.' "
From Sen. Tim Lanane (D-Anderson):
"I told the governor I appreciated his comments about being the governor of all the people. While it's obvious, I think it was important for him to have said that and for the people of Indiana to hear that."
From Indiana Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker:
"We wish Gov. Pence the best on his first day in office, and we look forward to seeing his full legislative agenda soon. We hope it will focus, as he pledged, on jobs and the economy and not on issues that will divide our state and put certain Hoosiers at a significant disadvantage."
Indiana Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb:
"With Gov. Mike Pence and Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann at the helm, Indiana's greatest days lie ahead."
The contours of Pence's first-year agenda are slowly taking shape now that he has assumed office and the key strokes will likely come in coordination with the General Assembly.
Pence was set to meet with his economic development team later Monday.
New Executive Orders:
Directive to name an agency ethics officer and to hold an annual legal and ethics conference
To promote transparency and integrity, this Executive Order mandates good, sound ethical practices which are currently in practice in State government. This includes requiring every state agency to name an ethics officer and requiring the Inspector General's office to hold a legal and ethics conference every year.
Promoting government efficiency, transparency, and superior performance through Program Assessment Comprehensive Evaluation (PACE)
This Executive Order ensures that taxpayer dollars are being spent efficiently and that Hoosiers can more easily see how their tax dollars are being spent. The order calls for a review of programs (PACE) that will allow the Pence Administration to review all agency performance metrics and requires OMB to develop a plan for performance-based budgeting. The review will help create user-friendly measures of performance that will be reported on the Indiana Transparency Portal. It also requires that the State develop a plan for making all state contracts electronically searchable on the portal.
Promoting job creation, economic development, and freedom by ordering a moratorium on regulations
In an effort to cut red tape, this Executive Order temporarily stops the creation of new regulations until the Office of Management and Budget can assess the costs and benefits of current regulations and recommend ways to reduce regulatory burdens. Exclusions are made for regulations needed to create jobs, reduce state spending, repeal existing rules, or address cases of emergency, health or safety.
Creation of family impact statements in certain Indiana state departments and agencies
Recognizing the economic advantages that intact married families offer children, this Executive Order requires the following agencies to assess the impact any new regulation will have on families by developing a Family Impact Statement:
· Family and Social Services Administration
· Department of Workforce Development
· Department of Child Services
· State Department of Health
· Department of Correction, and
· Criminal Justice Institute, including its Victim Services Division
The Family Impact Statements are a tool agencies will use to ensure that new regulations do not discourage the formation and well-being of intact married families, ensuring that all families have a level playing field.
Establishment of the "veteran business enterprise preference" presumption
This Executive Order establishes a goal of procuring three percent of state contracts from veteran-owned businesses, similar to, but not competing with the goals for, women-owned and minority-owned businesses. It recognizes the higher-than-average unemployment among veterans and seeks to increase job opportunities and encourage entrepreneurship among veterans.
Creation of the Indiana Office of Energy Development
Acknowledging the importance of low-cost energy to Indiana's economy, this Executive Order separates the Office of Energy and Defense Development (OEDD) into the Office of Energy Development (OED) and the Office of Defense Development (ODD). It tasks OED with developing and implementing a comprehensive energy plan for the state. It calls for ODD to focus on the growth of the state's defense assets and industries.
Rescinding Executive Order 11-07:
This Executive Order requires the Indiana Education Employment Relations Board to return to its historical practice of reporting to the Governor.
Continuing Executive Orders:
Continuation of the Governor's Emergency Advisory Group
Continuation of the Indiana Toll Road Oversight Board
Continuation of the Indiana State Trauma Care Committee
Continuation of the Office Of Public Finance
Continuation of the Indiana State Historical Records Advisory Board
Continuing WGU Indiana in partnership with Western Governors University to expand higher education opportunities for Hoosiers through on-line competency-based education.
Continuation of the Office of Disaster Recovery
Continuing the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and the Indiana Commission on Community Service and Volunteerism
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:37 PM EDT2013-05-22 01:37:26 GMT
A South Bend teenager who angered a judge by smirking during his sentencing for killing a 16-year-old boy has received the maximum time behind bars allowed under a plea agreement. St. Joseph SuperiorMore >>
A South Bend teenager who angered a judge by smirking during his sentencing for killing a 16-year-old boy has received the maximum time behind bars allowed under a plea agreement.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:21 AM EDT2013-05-22 09:21:57 GMT
State health officials are urging people to be careful as they head for Indiana's lakes and other bodies of water for summer recreation. The Indiana State Department of Health this week issued a listMore >>
State health officials are urging people to be careful as they head for Indiana's lakes and other bodies of water for summer recreation.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:50 PM EDT2013-05-21 22:50:23 GMT
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is searching offices at the Indianapolis City-County Building Tuesday. Several city employees have been arrested. The Department of Metropolitan Development DirectorMore >>
Two city employees and three others are accused of using a city program aimed at tackling the abandoned house problem and turning it into a money-making venture. The five face charges involving wire fraud and bribery.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:52 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:52:29 GMT
We've seen the damage from Oklahoma, hundreds of homes leveled. You have also seen those that survived a direct hit did so in a storm shelter. Storms shelters have not caught on in Indiana like otherMore >>
Storm shelters haven't caught on in Indiana like in some states along Tornado Alley, but more Hoosiers are making the investment to keep their families safe.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:24 AM EDT2013-05-22 08:24:20 GMT
Organizers of a summer camp for children of military families say the program will go on this summer at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore despite losing federal funding. Operators of Indiana Operation:More >>
Organizers of a summer camp for children of military families say the program will go on this summer at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore despite losing federal funding.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:22 AM EDT2013-05-22 08:22:57 GMT
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to add three Superfund sites in Indiana to its highest priority cleanup list for hazardous waste sites. The EPA proposed Tuesday adding Superfund sites inMore >>
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to add three Superfund sites in Indiana to its highest priority cleanup list for hazardous waste sites.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:44 PM EDT2013-05-21 21:44:57 GMT
Cody Zeller's decision to leave Indiana University and head to the NBA looks like it may be paying off. Zeller's stock has gone up considerably after his performance last week at the NBA Combine in Chicago.More >>
Cody Zeller's decision to leave Indiana University and head to the NBA looks like it may be paying off.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:01 PM EDT2013-05-22 01:01:00 GMT
Police arrested a semi driver with a blood-alcohol content more than three times the legal limit after a tip from a motorist in Grant County. State troopers monitoring a work zone on I-69 near the 271More >>
Police arrested a semi driver with a blood-alcohol content more than three times the legal limit after a tip from a motorist in Grant County.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:47 AM EDT2013-05-22 11:47:04 GMT
After a quiet start to the week, things heat up today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Community Day. And the track has a lot of family-friendly events planned. Community Day is a fan favoriteMore >>
After a quiet start to the week, things heat up today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Community Day and a Pacers playoff game tonight. Threre are plenty of fan-friendly events planned for both.More >>