IU in the News

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August 26, 2020
IU in the News is a daily review of the important news stories relating to Indiana University. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive gathering of news, and no editorial revisions are made to the content, which is presented as it was initially published or broadcast.

Big News

IU completes on-arrival COVID-19 testing of more than 39,000 students, begins mitigation testing

This story has been covered by: South Bend Tribune, Indiana Public Media, Kokomo Perspective.

The road to women's suffrage: Events mark centennial of 19th Amendment

This story has been covered by: The Bloomington Herald-Times.

COVID-19 hurting vulnerable populations already struggling to pay utilities

This story has been covered by: Indiana Public Media, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, The Washington Post, Axios, The Indianapolis Star, The Conversation, NPR, EarthBeat, Fox 59.

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Star-Tribune

The Loyalist: VP Pence preserves own presidential prospects

Critics say Pence is deferential to Trump more than any other vice president in history. But the relationship has enabled Pence to elevate causes he prioritizes, such as the anti-abortion movement and religious freedom. And his loyalty helps preserve his own viability as a presidential candidate in 2024. "I think he's very OK with it," said Leslie Lenkowsky, professor emeritus in public affairs and philanthropy at Indiana University, who has known Pence for three decades. Still, he said, it's unclear that Pence's pursuit of the long game will pay off. "The risk is that this administration will be held in such disregard that Mike doesn't have much of a shot at moving on," added Lenkowsky, who served in President George W. Bush's administration. "He's doing his best to avoid being tarred by it."

USA Today

Attorneys say Boy Scouts is trying to limit abuse survivors from coming forward by curbing ads

The Boy Scouts of America filed a motion in bankruptcy court Tuesday to halt advertising by law firms directed at potential survivors of child sexual abuse within Scouts, a move that survivors' attorneys say is an attempt to limit the number of claims in the bankruptcy proceedings and thus the amount Boy Scouts will have to pay out. ... Pamela Foohey, an associate professor at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, said in an interview that she's never seen a similar motion filed in bankruptcy court, which is "essentially an issue of free speech." Though there's a long history of advertisements around high-profile bankruptcies and mass torts claims, Foohey says she can't recall another case where creditors asks a judge to stop law firms from advertising to obtain new clients. "If I was the bankruptcy judge here, what I'd be thinking about is 'Do I have any jurisdiction over these law firms to begin with? Can I prescribe what they say, at all?'," Foohey said. "As a matter of constitutional law, can I tell them what the content the of their advertising can be? Well, no." 

The Bloomington Herald-Times

Voting issues remain, so educate yourself and vote

Written by Lisa-Marie Napoli, director of Indiana University Political and Civic Engagement, and Ann Birch, president of League of Women Voters of Bloomington-Monroe County. The month of August suggests hot, sleepy days with summer lingering and the cooler, more hectic fall season yet to come. But for the women of this country, August means much more.
It marks the culmination of a fight for suffrage that had been going on practically since our country was founded. The passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on Aug. 18, 1920, gave 26 million women the right to vote. Now, 100 years later, we commemorate the suffrage movement, but we also recognize its shortcomings.

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