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The legislative session continues at the Indiana Statehouse… here’s a round up:

A pair of plans to take DNA samples from people not yet convicted of a crime is moving forward. The Indiana House could vote today on a proposal to allow police to take DNA from people arrested on warrants. Supporters say a DNA database will help solve crimes. Opponents say concerns about due process and protecting people from wrongful prosecutions are at issue.

School kids and their parents here in the state may soon know which test they’ll be taking next year. The Indiana House on Monday approved an I-STEP replacement exam. The new test will be called  ‘Indiana’s Learning Evaluation Assessment Readiness Network,’ or the ILEARN exam. Supporters say it’s quicker to take and easier to grade.

The Indiana Senate is voting down a measure that would have made the Superintendent of Public Instruction post an appointed position. It failed on Monday with a 23-to-26 vote. Those who opposed it said they were worried about the lack of qualifications required by the legislation, as well as taking power from the people. The House however passed similar legislation on Monday.

Members of an Indianapolis church are wondering who keeps decapitating their Jesus statue. They’ve now struck for a second time in two weeks, removing the head from the statue at the Cottage Avenue Pentecostal Fellowship. At first the pastor thought it was a random act but now that it has happened again he’s not so sure. This time, whoever did it took the head with them.

It’s also the final day to register for the Indiana “Do Not Call” list. You can add your name on the Office of the Indiana Attorney General web page at www.in.gov. Today’s deadline will help you avoid getting unwanted calls beginning on April 1. There will be another opportunity to sign up in May.

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