A rural region of Indiana has become the center of the state’s worst-ever HIV epidemic. For the first time, that state’s legislature passed a bill this week allowing drug users in high-risk areas to trade used needles for clean ones. In collaboration with Kaiser Health News, special correspondent Sarah Varney reports on how health officials, lawmakers and residents are grappling with the crisis. Continue reading
A southeastern Indiana county at the epicenter of a drug-related HIV crisis has seen a significant uptick in new cases of the virus since it began a temporary needle exchange program more than two weeks ago. Continue reading
Editor’s Note: Indiana’s passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in March immediately sparked criticism that the bill would allow private business to discriminate against LGBT individuals. Teacher Brad Layman describes how the bill, though disappointing to his students, also spurred an … Continue reading
Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana closed its doors this week after receiving a spate of threats in response to the owners’ statements that they would not cater gay weddings. The controversy is part of a larger national discussion about religious freedom laws in Arkansas and Indiana, which have been criticized as anti-gay. Continue reading
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the week’s top news, including the newly reached agreement framework for Iran’s nuclear program and the controversy over Religious Freedom laws and discrimination. Continue reading
After the uproar over Indiana’s Religious Freedom act, lawmakers in that state and Arkansas worked to revise or create new legislation to prove the laws do not allow discrimination. Gwen Ifill talks to Pastor Tim Overton of Halteman Village Baptist Church, Micheline Maynard of Arizona State University and Ron Brownstein of National Journal about the crossroads of business, religion and politics. Continue reading
Republican leaders in the Indiana legislature announced today a proposal aiming to clarify the state’s controversial religious freedom law, which has come under fire under the belief that the new rules would allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT customers under the protection of religious belief.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said he wanted to clarify his state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, defending the law he signed last week as not discriminatory. In the last few days, gay rights groups have protested while high-profile companies have come out against the bill, with potential economic consequences for the state. Political editor Lisa Desjardins updates Judy Woodruff. Continue reading
Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Tuesday will speak on his state’s new controversial religious freedom law. The legislation, which Pence signed into law on Thursday, has come under a steady stream of criticism from civil rights groups and businesses that claim the new rules would allow discrimination against LGBT individuals.
In our news wrap Monday, Indiana’s state house speaker said the language in a new religious freedom statute will be modified to make it clear that discrimination is not allowed. The bill sparked protests after opponents, who say it permits businesses to refuse service to gays and lesbians. Also, a coalition led by Saudi Arabia stepped up a Yemen military campaign with a naval blockade. Continue reading