The federal government might be partially shut down, but we’re not.  Here’s some political news from across the state you might find interesting.

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Federal agencies began at midnight Friday to shut down as a furious round of budget talks between the White House and congressional leaders failed to break the impasse over funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall.  (POLITICO)

Indiana’s unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in November, up one-tenth of 1 percentage point from the previous month and up two-tenths of a point from November 2017, the state Department of Workforce Development said Friday.  (Journal Gazette)

A lawmaker who plans to introduce legislation to legalize sports wagering wants Indiana to be able to cash in on the latest round of state-sanctioned gambling.  (The Statehouse File)

A new bill written by Democrats in the Indiana Senate would protect pre-existing condition coverage for Hoosiers if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. The provision is one of the most popular parts of the law, which was ruled unconstitutional last week.  (Indiana Public Media)

If your property is damaged by a Bird or Lime scooter, you could spend weeks working with the company just to find out that they won’t pay the full cost of the damage. A bill filed in the Indiana House by Rep. Cherrish Pryor, D-Indianapolis, would change that.  (Indy Star)

Indiana’s population grew by less than half a percentage point in 2018, putting it in the middle of the pack nationally for population growth, according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau estimate.  (Kokomo Perspective)

The Boone County Economic Development Corp. (Boone EDC) announced that 16 companies chose to expand or locate in Boone County in 2018.  (Inside Indiana Business)