Home birth supporters praise new Ind. law
LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - A new Indiana law that will create standards of care and open opportunities for midwives is winning praise from supporters of home births.
The Journal & Courier reports the law will require new regulations to be written that allow certified professional midwives to conduct home births so long as they meet licensing requirements.
Certified professional midwives had previously been locked out of the home birth market and faced felony charges if they delivered a baby at home. Only certified nurse midwives could deliver babies in home settings.
The new law takes effect in July. It will create a midwifery committee that will begin setting out licensing rules and standards of care.
POSTAL SERVICE-DOG BITES
Postal Service: Dog bites on Ind. carriers rising
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A recent increase in dog attacks on Indiana letter carriers has prompted the U.S. Postal Service to urge the state's dog owners to do a better job of keeping their canines under control.
The Postal Service says it has recorded 83 dog bite incidents since October involving carriers in its Greater Indiana District. That's up from 77 such incidents a year ago.
The alert to Indiana residents comes a week after an Indianapolis letter carrier needed 14 staples for a head wound he suffered when he fell down concrete steps after a dog lunged at him.
Indianapolis Postmaster Mary Sullivan says residents should keep their dogs inside or on a leash when letter carriers approach. Those who don't will have to pick up their mail at their local post office.
LAND BANK INDICTMENTS
Indy fires 2 officials in alleged land bank scheme
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The city of Indianapolis has fired two officials with a city program that sells vacant and tax-delinquent properties following their indictments on charges of accepting bribes and kickbacks.
Twenty-9-year-old Reggie Walton and 27-year-old John Hawkins had initially been suspended without pay, but Mayor Greg Ballard's office said Friday that both men have been fired.
The Indianapolis Star reports federal prosecutors announced Tuesday that Walton and Hawkins had been indicted on federal wire fraud charges for the alleged scheme involving the Indy Land Bank.
Walton had been the Department of Metropolitan Development's assistant administrator of abandoned buildings and Hawkins was the department's special projects manager.
Three other people connected with property buyers have also been charged in the alleged scheme.
'Hoosiers' team reunites for IU commercial
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - A creative team that helped make the movie "Hoosiers" has reunited to create a 60-second commercial touting the benefits of an Indiana University education.
Filmmakers Angelo Pizzo and Fred Murphy teamed up for the commercial that follows an aspiring opera singer through her audition for IU's Jacobs School of Music to a professional performance.
Associate vice president for branding and marketing Valerie Pena tells The Herald-Times that the new commercial aims to set IU apart from other university ads that often air during sports events on ESPN and the Big Ten Network.
Pizzo grew up in Bloomington and has recently moved back to the city. He says it's a "privilege" to give something back to IU.
Chief justice encourages grads at Ind. alma mater
LAPORTE, Ind. (AP) - U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts told graduates of the northern Indiana Roman Catholic boarding school he graduated from 40 years ago that the key to success is persistence.
Roberts told the La Lumiere School graduating class on Friday that persistence was more important than intelligence, education and talent, because many people with those traits fail. He told them diligence can solve the problems they face.
Roberts says no better example of that is President Abraham Lincoln. He pointed out the nation's 16th president had numerous failures, including losing his only Supreme Court case, but he says Lincoln was determined not to fail.
Roberts told the school's 62 graduates that how they respond to life's challenges will determine what kind of life they'll lead.
Southern Indiana garden honors Thomas Jefferson
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Elementary school students in southern Indiana have worked with a volunteer beautification group to create a garden honoring Jeffersonville's namesake and the nation's third president.
The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., reports the Thomas Jefferson garden is located near a 10-foot bronze statue of Jefferson and reflects garden designs used at his Virginia estate.
Jeffersonville CityPride co-chairman Peggy Duffy says the site was designed to highlight Jefferson's interest in gardening. It includes perennials and trees used at his estate, Monticello.
Duffy says Steel Dynamics donated several thousand dollars in materials and labor for the project.
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