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Democrats Say Their First Bill Will Focus On Strengthening Democracy At Home

Democrats will take control of the U.S. House in January with big items topping their legislative to-do list: Remove obstacles to voting, close loopholes in government ethics law and reduce the influence of political money. Party leaders say the first legislative vote in the House will come on H.R. 1, a magnum opus of provisions that Democrats believe will strengthen U.S. democratic institutions and traditions. "It's three very basic things that I think the public wants to see," said Rep....

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Regionally Speaking With Chris Nolte

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Regionally Speaking, Thursday, November 15, 2018

Today: On this "Reporters Roundtable Thursday," we asked "Chicago Tribune" and "Post-Tribune" reporter Michael Hawthorne to talk about his story this week on how an industrial neighbor to homes in Whiting has reportedly contaminated the air, an area already loaded with contaminated soils. Giles Bruce of the "Times" also joins us, along with "Post-Tribune" reporter Greg Tejeda, to talk about their stories in print and online. And Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson has a conversation with...

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2018 Midterm Elections

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A national credit rating agency is lauding Indiana voters' ratification of a constitutional amendment that obligates the General Assembly to pass balanced budgets.

Moody's Investors Service deemed Indiana's new mandate as "credit positive" in its Weekly Credit Outlook that regularly reviews policy decisions that impact state and national government finance.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — On a night Democrats nationwide rode a blue wave of opposition to President Donald Trump to pick up governorships and take control of the House, their momentum stalled in the red state of Indiana.

Instead, Republican Mike Braun's victory over the lone remaining Democrat elected statewide helped turn Indiana an even darker shade of crimson.

The multimillionaire auto parts magnate ousted Sen. Joe Donnelly, offering a strong indicator of where the state and its middle-of-the-road reputation could be headed politically.

Porter County Seeks FBI Probe of Election Woes

Nov 7, 2018

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Officials in a northwestern Indiana county plagued by vote counting delays are asking the FBI to investigate alleged violations of state election law.

Porter County's commissioners asked the FBI on Wednesday to investigate "scores of alleged violations of Indiana Election Law submitted by poll workers, voters and the public" that the commissioners had received.

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East Chicago Lead Contamination Crisis

Residents Express Frustrations As EPA Updates On Cleanup

Environmental Protection Agency representatives spoke with East Chicago residents about tentative cleanup plans for the former public housing complex in the Superfund site.

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FACT CHECK: President Trump's False Claims On Migrant Caravan, Tax Cuts

Updated at 5:22 p.m. ET President Trump is campaigning hard with just two weeks to go until the midterm elections, and he is keeping the fact-checkers busy. Never a stickler for the truth , Trump has introduced a number of fresh falsehoods during the wide-ranging monologues he has been offering to adoring crowds in packed arenas around the country. Here's a look at some of the the president's latest false claims. Migrant caravan With conservative news outlets glued to a caravan of Central...

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A black bear was hit by a driver on Interstate 64 near New Albany Sunday night before fleeing into some nearby brush. 

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Throughout last year, Ivanka Trump sent hundreds of emails to government officials using a personal email account. That's according to The Washington Post. Carol Leonnig is one of the reporters who broke the story and joins us now. Welcome.

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Throughout last year, Ivanka Trump sent hundreds of emails to government officials using a personal email account. That's according to The Washington Post. Carol Leonnig is one of the reporters who broke the story and joins us now. Welcome.

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