Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

State News

April 24, 2014

Coats to call for Russian sanctions

INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Sen. Dan Coats wants tougher sanctions against Russia for its growing involvement in Ukraine, despite signs of wariness back home.

“If there is a bully in the schoolyard, the sooner you realize that and stand up to that bully, the less grief you’re going to endure,” said Coats, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Coats, in Indiana for Congress’ Easter recess, stops short of calling for the United States to arm the Ukrainian military to combat pro-Russian forces, as some of his Republican colleagues have done. But he’s pushing for action by the United States and its European allies before civil war erupts in Ukraine.

During an interview in Indianapolis, Coats said when he returns to Washington next week, he plans to join a group of Senate Republicans who will call on the Obama administration to ratchet up sanctions against Russia’s banking and energy industries.

A former U.S. ambassador to Germany, Coats said he’s scheduled to have dinner with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and plans to push her to adopt a more hardline approach against Russia, the biggest supplier of natural gas to the European Union.

“I’m for taking tough diplomatic, economic and financial sanctions now,” he said, “so we can send a message to Russia that this is going to hurt them in the long run.”

Coats is a prominent critic of Russia’s military actions in the disputed Ukrainian territory of Crimea. In early March, he joined Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois in a resolution calling for harsh international punishment for Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government.

He followed that with legislation to prevent the United States from recognizing Russian sovereignty in Crimea. It also would prohibit U.S. investment in Crimea involving Russia, and it would oppose international assistance to Crimea via Moscow.

Text Only
State News
  • nws-gb073014 Supreme Court pic 1 'Wide open' process of picking of next chief INDIANAPOLIS – State Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Dickson surprised observers in June when he decided to step down after a brief tenure in the leadership post.Another surprise may be in store when his replacement is named.A seven-member panel of

    July 31, 2014 5 Photos

  • Police make arrest in Shelbyville investigation SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — A man who lives in a Shelbyville home that was searched by police officers on Tuesday as part of an ongoing investigation into a woman’s disappearance has been arrested.Police say 46-year-old Scott Wayne Schuck is facing a

    July 31, 2014

  • Indiana sheriff charged in prostitution probe NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana sheriff who authorities say gave a prostitute a deputy’s badge and uniform so she could get hotel discounts, then paid her for a sex act, has been charged with lying to FBI agents investigating the case.A fe

    July 31, 2014

  • Soldiers get $92M in debt relief under settlement ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Thirteen states have settled an investigation into improper lending with a court agreement that is expected to provide $92 million in debt relief for 17,800 U.S. military personnel.Deceptive practices by Rome Finance Co., more rec

    July 31, 2014

  • Investigating Lafayette toddler's homicide LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Lafayette Police Department says it’s investigating the homicide of a toddler.Police issued a statement Tuesday saying they continue to investigate the death of 14-month-old Skylar Foster last week.The Marion County Coroner’s o

    July 31, 2014

  • I-74 repair project begins next week BATESVILLE, Ind.—A $1.2 million Indiana Department of Transportation project to repair and patch failing concrete pavement on Interstate 74 between mile markers 143 and 168 is scheduled to begin next week—weather permitting.Milestone, the state’s con

    July 31, 2014

  • Court allows education board lawsuit to proceed INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Marion County judge has cleared the way for a lawsuit to proceed against members of the State Board of Education that alleges public access violations.Marion County Judge Cynthia Ayers denied the state’s request that the case be

    July 30, 2014

  • Mitchell departs state job for treasurer's race INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Republican nominee for state treasurer is leaving her job with the state to focus more on her campaign.Kelly Mitchell announced Friday she was leaving her job as an investment director in the state treasurer’s office Aug. 1. M

    July 29, 2014

  • sta-gb072914 In doc ebola photo Mother: Doctor with Ebola sought to be missionary INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis woman whose son contracted Ebola while working in Liberia says family members are praying for his recovery.Dr. Kent Brantly is the medical director for the Ebola care center of the aid group Samaritan’s Purse in th

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Medicare hospital fund to last 4 years longer WASHINGTON — Medicare’s finances are looking brighter, the government said Monday. The program’s giant hospital trust fund won’t be exhausted until 2030 — four years later than last year’s estimate.Meanwhile, Social Security’s massive retirement prog

    July 29, 2014