Lafayette council adds vaping tocity's smoking ban

LAFAYETTE -- The use of electronic cigarettes in most public places will be banned in Lafayette under an ordinance approved by City Council members.

The council voted unanimously Monday night in favor of changing its smoking ban ordinance to include vaping. It won't include bars where everyone is over 21 and that decide to permit smoking.

State law bans smoking in most public places but doesn't address the electronic cigarettes that typically heat a liquid nicotine solution into vapor. Indianapolis, Greenwood and Bloomington are among Indiana cities that have restricted vaping.

Lafayette council President Ron Campbell says he's received complaints from several residents worried about the health dangers of vaping.

Teacher not charged over rifle in truck

COLUMBUS -- A prosecutor says a southern Indiana teacher who left a rifle visible in his pickup truck parked on school grounds won't face charges.

The (Columbus) Republic reported Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash reviewed the Columbus Police Department report about the rifle found Thursday, March 1, in Mike Metz's truck and said he didn't believe that Metz intended to bring the gun to school.

Metz, who teaches a construction class at Columbus East High School, told police he was coyote hunting the night before and mistakenly left the gun in his truck. Police say two students spotted the rifle in the front passenger side of the pickup and reported it to school officials, who then notified police.

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. officials said that Metz was suspended as the investigation took place.

Lawmakers poised to OK sexual harassment bill

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Legislature is poised to approve legislation requiring lawmakers to take training to prevent sexual harassment.

It comes after a wave of sexual misconduct allegations hit powerful men in public office, Hollywood and the news media.

The Indiana Senate passed the measure Tuesday on a 49-0 vote. It was previously approved by the House, which must sign off on change made in the Senate.

The measure would require legislators to take at least one hour of training every year. It would also require a legislative committee to develop a sexual harassment policy governing lawmakers.

Indiana lawmakers aren't currently required to take sexual harassment training and no specific sexual harassment policy governs their conduct. House and Senate policies instead require lawmakers to act with "high moral and ethical standards."

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