INDIANA SCHOOLS-HEALTH CARE
24 more Ind. school districts join lawsuit vs. IRS
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The state attorney general's office says two dozen more school districts have joined a lawsuit filed by the state of Indiana and 15 other school districts against the IRS. It challenges rules it imposed to implement the federal health care overhaul.
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis contends the federal health care law does not allow financial penalties in states that didn't create their own online marketplaces where people can buy insurance. Such states instead ceded that task to the federal government.
The amended lawsuit asks the federal court to issue an injunction blocking the IRS and other federal agencies from applying the law and the penalties it calls for.
The federal government has not responded to the lawsuit.
Ind. food stamp distribution dates being changed
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana residents receiving food stamps will begin receiving their monthly benefits on new dates under a state law approved earlier this year.
Officials with the state Family and Social Services Administration said Monday that they will begin spreading out the dates when the more than 900,000 residents enrolled in the program receive their benefits. But the amount each person receives will remain the same.
Currently, residents receive their benefits during the first 10 days of each month, divided by the first letter of their last name. But the new system will deliver benefits to one group every other day from the 5th day of the month through the 23rd.
The new calendar will go into effect after a one-month transition period beginning in January.
Some worry about eliminating Ind. business tax
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A proposal to eliminate Indiana's property tax on business equipment and machinery has many local government leaders worried about another big revenue hit.
The plan backed by Gov. Mike Pence would end a tax that now brings in about $1 billion as many cities and counties are dealing with budget troubles since statewide property tax caps were enacted five years ago.
Indiana Association of Cities and Towns director Matt Greller tells the Tribune-Star that local governments would need replacement sources of tax revenue or face cutting public safety or other vital services.
The Times of Munster reports House Speaker Brian Bosma says he supports allowing local governments to decide whether to eliminate the tax. He says that would help those communities attract more business investment.
Teen hero, 16, fatally shot in Indiana home
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) - An Indiana teenager honored for helping save two children from icy waters in 2010 has died in a weekend shooting.
Noblesville police say 16-year-old Aubrey Peters was pronounced dead late Sunday after suffering a gunshot wound to the chest inside a home in the Indianapolis suburb.
Twenty-year-old Jacob Travis McDaniel faces preliminary charges of criminal recklessness and pointing a firearm.
Lt. Bruce Barnes says the case is under investigation. Three people were inside the house with Peters at the time of the shooting.
The Red Cross honored Peters for helping to save two young girls who fell through the ice on Morse Reservoir in 2010. Peters was a seventh-grader when she heard the screams of 7-year-old and 4-year-old sisters and alerted 911 and her grandparents, who helped save the girls.
Indianapolis boy dies after collapsing in snow
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Police in Indianapolis say a seventh-grade boy has died after being found face down in the snow.
Police Lt. Chris Bailey says firefighters heading to another call came upon the boy Monday morning about the same time a 911 call came in from an apartment complex on the city's far south side. He says firefighters performed CPR on the boy before he was taken to a hospital, where he died.
Bailey says the boy's parents told emergency workers he had a pre-existing medical condition that could've caused him to collapse.
Ind. city chopping through tornado's limb debris
KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) - The huge number of tree limbs knocked down across Kokomo when two tornadoes hit the city three weeks ago is disappearing.
City crews have largely picked up the branches from around the city and hauled them to a factory parking lot. That's where large wood chippers have been used to grind them up for use as mulch in city parks.
Parks superintendent Randy Morris tells the Kokomo Tribune he estimates that 22,000 cubic yards of branches have been collected since the severe storms hit Nov. 17.
Up to 10 dump truck loads a day in wood chips have been hauled from the factory to a lot near the city's parks and recreation building.
Morris says the wood chips will eventually be used along trails in city parks.
Northeast, Mid-Atlantic seek anti-pollution action
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Eight Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states are petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency to require nine upwind states to cut down air pollution emissions.
The petition is aimed at Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. It seeks a reduction in emissions carried by prevailing winds that contribute to the formation of ozone in the downwind states.
States filing the petition Monday are Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
The petition seeks what it says are long-overdue commitments from the upwind states to protect the health of downwind residents and to level the playing field for businesses.
The EPA is required to approve or disapprove of the petition within 18 months.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.