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Time running out on drug settlement

Mar 24, 2017
drugs.com

The deadline is approaching for people with sleep disorders to file a claim in a $125 million dollar lawsuit settlement. 

Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois are among 48 states and the District of Columbia participating in the settlement with drug-maker Cephalon for what is known as “pay for delay”.

“Pay for delay” happens when a pharmaceutical company tries to make money from its high-priced patented drug by paying another company to delay introduction of a cheaper, generic alternative.

Hatfield's redistricting bill dies again

Mar 21, 2017

Indiana House Republicans have again voted down a measure from an Evansville State Representative that would create a non-partisan redistricting commission. 

Democratic State Rep. Ryan Hatfield says in a news release that his measure would have given an independent, nonpartisan commission the power to draw districts for the Indiana General Assembly and the state’s congressional delegation.

But Hatfield says House Republicans voted down his attempt to add the measure to Senate Bill 417.

Lloyd, I-69 work to affect traffic

Mar 20, 2017

Starting next month, there will be major disruptions of traffic at the Lloyd Expressway and I-69 interchange.

For the month of April, drivers will have to navigate a series of closed ramps at the interchange.  A release from the Indiana Department of Transportation says work will begin on some ramps at the interchange on April 3, and others beginning a week later on the 10th.

April 3:

EVPL a finalist for national medal

Mar 20, 2017
John Gibson

The Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library system is among 30 finalists for a national award.

The Director and CEO of the EVPL, Cyndee Landrum, told a gathering at Central Library about a message she received from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Landrum said she was notified that the local library system made the final 30.

Workers install top beam on med school

Mar 17, 2017
John Gibson

Officials celebrated a milestone in the construction of the IU medical school in Downtown Evansville. 

Iron workers hoisted the final 30-foot beam to the top of the building Friday morning, completing the building’s structural frame.

Participants signed the beam before it was lifted into place, including Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, who joked he was "beaming today."

Winnecke publicly thanked the people who got the project to this point, the iron workers.

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Deaths from drug overdoses have continued to increase in Indiana, mirroring national trends reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week.

According to the CDC report, the national drug-related death rate has increased more than two and a half times since 1999.

 

A lead-contaminated public housing complex in East Chicago, Indiana could soon become a lead-contaminated vacant lot – and if local and federal officials can’t resolve a key dispute, it might stay that way for a long time.

That’s because the city and Environmental Protection Agency are at odds over redevelopment plans for the neighborhood.

Supporters Press On For Planned Parenthood

Feb 23, 2017

 

A rally for Planned Parenthood was held at the Indiana Statehouse Thursday. Supporters continue to tout all the health care services provided by the nonprofit, as anti-abortion advocates push to defund the organization.

Public affairs manager for Planned Parenthood Wanda Savala says more people are supporting the group than ever before.

“We’ve seen our donations tick up by factors of 10, we have seen thousands of folks coming in every month and saying I want to stand with Planned Parenthood, tell me how I can help,” Savala says.

 

A Senate committee approved a bill that requires parents and guardians to be notified if their child tries to seek an abortion – without exceptions, even in cases of rape and incest.

Indiana abortion law requires a child under age 18 to receive parental consent for an abortion. If the child doesn’t want to inform her parents, she can go to court to receive a judicial waiver.

Senate Committee Scales Back Vaping Liquid Regulations

Feb 22, 2017

 

Senate lawmakers amended a bill to eliminate many of the state’s e-liquid manufacturing regulations and some manufacturers say the bill would pave the way for their return to the state.

Indiana’s existing vaping regulations shut out all but seven manufacturers, and that’s prompted lawsuits and an FBI inquiry.

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