Republican supermajority: still okay to shoot teachers with plastic bullets; Indiana loansharks still in business; and Julian Assange arrested

Republican supermajority: still okay to shoot teachers with plastic bullets; Indiana loansharks still in business; and Julian Assange arrested

Indiana active shooter training would again allow teachers to be shot with pellets, after lawmaker panel changes course
Projectiles, like the plastic pellets used in a January incident that left Indiana teachers with bruises, welts and abrasions, would be allowed in teacher training sessions if those teachers agree to it. This practice was barred by the same committee last week. (Indystar)

Ali Brown Releases First Radio Ad in Indianapolis City-County Council Race
Ali Brown, Democratic candidate for Indianapolis City-County Council District 5 released her first radio ad for the 2019 Democratic Primary. (Indiana Talks Network)

Amended ‘loan shark’ bill passes committee, moves to full Indiana House
An Indiana House committee passed a bill that would allow some lenders to charge interest rates on small loans that are higher than Indiana law currently allows. (Fox 59)

Walk-ins at city schools to back public education
The Fort Wayne Education Association will host walk-in demonstrations at four schools before classes begin. Supporters of public education, parents, educators and community members may participate, the union announced Monday. (Journal Gazette)

Colman Watson on Indiana Talks
Colman Watson, Democratic candidate for Indianapolis City-County Council District 3, sits down with Gary Snyder of Indian Talks to discuss his run for Indianapolis City-County Council. (Indiana Talks Network)

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Is Arrested in London
Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who released reams of secret documents that embarrassed the United States government, was taken into police custody on Thursday after being evicted from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he has lived for almost seven years. (New York Times)
First ever black hole image released
Astronomers have taken the first ever image of a black hole, which is located in a distant galaxy. It measures 40 billion km across – three million times the size of the Earth – and has been described by scientists as “a monster”. (BBC Radio)

U.S. deficit swells by $691 billion in first half of 2019
The Treasury Department revealed in a budget report on Wednesday that the country’s deficit grew by $691 billion in the first half of the 2019 fiscal year — beginning Oct. 1, 2018 — compared with the $600 billion in the comparable period last year, Reuters reports. (Axios)

AP Interview: Pelosi: ‘I don’t trust Barr; I trust Mueller’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday questioned Attorney General William Barr’s independence from President Donald Trump, arguing Barr’s pursuit of Trump’s claims about “spying” during the 2016 campaign undermines his position as the nation’s top law enforcement officer. (AP)

Bernie Sanders introduces new ‘Medicare for All’ bill as he tries to set 2020 health-care agenda
Sen. Bernie Sanders unveiled a universal health-care plan on Wednesday as he tries to set the tone on a pivotal issue in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. (CNBC)

Bill Barr Is Trying Hard to Be President Trump’s Roy Cohn
During Senate testimony on Wednesday, William Barr was asked if, as Bloomberg News reported, he was planning to review how and why the Federal Bureau of Investigation launched an investigation into possible conspiracy involving Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia.  (Bloomberg)

The Latest: Treasury to miss deadline for Trump tax returns
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO’-shin) says his department is unable to provide President Donald Trump’s tax returns to Congress by Wednesday’s deadline. (Q)

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