Archive for April 2014

April 1, 2014

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IU To Debut New App To Manage Campus Electricity Use

Indiana University will debut a smartphone app that alerts students when energy use on campus is exceeding certain amounts.

April 1, 2014

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Community Concerned About Brown Co. Courthouse Expansion

Last night community members shared concerns about the proposed location and cost of a courthouse expansion.

April 1, 2014

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Peru Residents Disagree With DNR Over Dam Maintenance

Dams in the Hidden Hills subdivision in Peru are falling apart, and residents disagree with the Department of Natural Resources over who should maintain them.

April 1, 2014

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Critics: New Academic Standards Too Similar To Common Core

Indiana is writing new academic standards after it pulled out of the national standards known as the Common Core.

April 1, 2014

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Rape Survivor Fights For Change In Prosecution Law

The man who raped Jenny Wendt confessed this year but he can't be prosecuted because of Indiana's statute of limitations.

April 1, 2014

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Casey’s General Stores To Open Terre Haute Distribution Site

The new distribution center is expected to be open by November 2015 and create 185 jobs by 2019.

April 1, 2014

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Indiana offers complete Medicaid coverage for tobacco cessation treatments , but the state still has the seventh highest smoking rate in the country.

CDC: Indiana Medicaid Provides Good Anti-Smoking Treatment

Indiana offers health coverage to Medicaid patients for tobacco cessation programs, but anti-smoking advocates say that's not enough.

April 1, 2014

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Safety Concerns Keeps Historic Crump Theatre Closed

A number of code violations and structural safety hazards will keep the doors to the 135 year- old Crump Theatre in Columbus, closed.

April 2, 2014

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Indiana Suffered Some Of The Worst Storm Damage In 2013

15,000 claims were filed in 2013 in Indiana after wind and hail damaged Indiana homes.

April 2, 2014

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INDOT Seeks Competition For Amtrak Rail Line

The Indiana Department of Transportation is asking companies for proposals on how they would make the Hoosier State line more cost efficient.

April 2, 2014

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High-Poverty Public Schools Outperform Charters

One analysis of 2013 ISTEP+ pass rates at high poverty schools shows traditional public school students passing more frequently than their peers at charters.

April 2, 2014

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Ask The Mayor: Greencastle’s Sue Murray

Listen to Mayor Murray explain revisions to the downtown parking plan and when road construction will be ready to begin this month.

April 2, 2014

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Indiana Lawyer Key In SCOTUS Campaign Contribution Case

Terre Haute lawyer Jim Bopp represented the plaintiffs in a Supreme Court case that struck down campaign contribution limits.

April 2, 2014

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FIFA Tells Senator It Won’t Ban Russia From World Cup

Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana, requested FIFA ban Russia from the World Cup because of its involvement in Ukraine.

April 2, 2014

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FEMA Denies Indiana Winter Storm Assistance

Indiana asked the federal agency for assistance in cleaning up after winter storms hit the state in January.

April 2, 2014

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Boehner Backs Indiana Rep’s Changes To Affordable Care Act

The GOP proposes changes to the 30 hour work week provision of the Affordable Care Act

April 2, 2014

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Bloomington Fire Department Completes Organic Gardens

Bloomington fire fighters will soon be enjoying fresh produce grown at their own station.

April 3, 2014

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Indianapolis Ranks Lowest In Country For Food Access

A recent report ranks Indianapolis as the worst city in the country for food access options.

April 3, 2014

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2013-14 Winter Costs State Transportation Dept. $57 Million

INDOT typically spends about $30 million in road repairs and maintenance each winter.

April 3, 2014

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Pretrial Hearings For Mellencamp Sons Begin

Ty Smith and Hud and Speck Mellencamp are being charged with battery.

April 3, 2014

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Nine School Districts Will Pursue Referenda In May Election

Nine Indiana school districts will ask for 10 tax levy increases on the May ballot.

April 3, 2014

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State Chemist Seeks Permission To Regulate Industrial Hemp

Indiana law puts hemp regulation under the state chemist's office pending federal approval.

April 3, 2014

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Thousands Of Artifacts Seized At 91-Year-Old Man’s Home

Federal agents, have taken control of a huge collection of artifacts from Native American, Russian, Chinese and other cultures.

April 3, 2014

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$200 Million Highway Expansion Could Begin This Year

The money will be used to add lanes to Interstate 65 just south of Indianapolis and around Lafayette.

April 3, 2014

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House Passes Rep. Young’s Bill Redefining Full-Time Workers

Young's legislation would allow companies to hire part-time employees that work up to 39 hours per week without providing them health care coverage.

April 3, 2014

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Coming Up Friday at 6 p.m. on “Indiana Newsdesk”

We talk to a rape survivor about her decision to make it her life's mission to change the law and Google Glass technology in the operating room.

April 4, 2014

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Flood Warning In Effect Until 9 p.m.

Hundreds of low crossings in hilly parts of the state are flooding.

April 4, 2014

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How Google Glass Is Changing Health Care

Physicians are exploring the application of Google Glass, a new wearable device that could replace medical equipment in the operating room.

April 4, 2014

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Pence Says Revenue Report Shows Progress

The March revenue report for Indiana shows improvement from February, but it doesn't make up for previous months' revenues that have fallen below predictions.

April 4, 2014

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Experts are urging Indiana residents to use free tools on their taxes.

Indiana Ranked Among Worst States For Providing Tax Help

Financial site WalletHub ranked Indiana the third worst state in terms of helping residents prepare their taxes.

April 4, 2014

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Indiana National Air Guard Helps In Search For Missing Plane

A branch of the Indiana National Air Guard is allowing the Australian government to use sonar buoys that look for transmitter signals.

April 4, 2014

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Adult Education Centers Now Administering New, Harder Exam

A new high school equivalency exam has replaced the GED in Indiana — and some students say it's harder to pass.

April 4, 2014

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Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” April 4, 2014

We talk to a rape survivor about her decision to make it her life's mission to change the law and Google Glass technology in the operating room.

April 4, 2014

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Rape Survivor Advocates For Change In Statute Of Limitations

Sexual assault survivor Jenny Wendt is advocating a change to legislature that allows her accused rapist - who confessed to the crime - to walk free.

April 7, 2014

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Purdue Students Develop Soybean 3D Printer Material

'Filasoy' is a recyclable soybean-based, material that could be used in 3D printing.

April 7, 2014

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Pence Administration To Develop New Energy Conservation Plan

After lawmakers eliminated the Energizing Indiana program, Governor Mike Pence says the state needs to rethink its energy strategy.

April 7, 2014

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Five Takeaways From The 2013 Educator Effectiveness Ratings

The vast majority of Indiana educators received 'effective' or 'highly effective' ratings during the first year of state-mandated teacher evaluations.

April 7, 2014

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Voter Registration Deadline For Primaries Is Today

The deadline to register to vote in the May primaries is tonight, and a new law has changed some rules around registering voters.

April 7, 2014

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State Hopes New Big Data Technology Will Solve Big Problems

The Management and Performance Hub project collects and analyzes data from multiple agencies to provide insight into social issues and government efficiency.

April 7, 2014

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College Spending On Athletics Rises Faster Than On Academics

A report released today indicates athletic funding at public institutions is increasing 25 times faster than academic funding.

April 8, 2014

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Purdue Study: Tornadoes In Indiana Hit In Cities And Forests

The study looked at years of tornado climatology data to determine where tornadoes in Indiana touched down most frequently.

April 8, 2014

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Ethics Hearing For Former Superintendent Bennett Postponed

The Indiana Inspector General continues to investigate an ethics complaint against former state superintendent Tony Bennett.

April 8, 2014

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Former IU, DePauw, ISU Coach Royce Waltman Dies

Royce Waltman was the assistant coach for IU and the head coach for DePauw, UIndy and ISU during his career.

April 8, 2014

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FSSA Announces $23 Million More For Daycare Voucher Program

The FSSA announced Monday more money will be available to low income families in Indiana who use a federal voucher program to pay for daycare.

April 8, 2014

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Indiana Primary Likely To Have Lower Voter Turnout

Latest voter registration numbers show 13,000 fewer people are registered for this year's primary than four years ago.

April 8, 2014

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Democrats: Indiana Needs To Do More On Equal Pay

Hoosier women earn about 73 cents for every dollar men make for the same work.

April 8, 2014

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State Renews Talks With Pakistani Fertilizer Company

The state withdrew economic incentives for the Pakistani company to build a fertilizer plant in the state after concerns it had terrorist ties.

April 8, 2014

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Governor Calls For Summit To Simplify Tax Code

Gov. Pence announced a summit aimed at simplifying the tax code and making Indiana's taxes more competitive with other states.

April 9, 2014

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The Election Performance Index allows policymakers to pinpoint what is working, also identifying areas where improvement is possible

Indiana Ranks 3rd For Election Performance Improvement

A Pew Charitable Trusts report shows Indiana has improved its election performance but is still fares poorly compared to other states.

April 9, 2014

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute’s Duke Bennett

Mayor Bennett talks about the effects of new legislation ending certain TIF districts and Terre Haute's move to embrace the Wabash River.

April 9, 2014

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Students Will Not Take Two Standardized Tests Next Month

The State Board of Education agreed Wednesday to drop a plan to administer a second test next month after schools give ISTEP+.

April 9, 2014

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Indianapolis And ACLU Reach Agreement On Panhandling

The ACLU filed a lawsuit against the City of Indianapolis last summer over rules for panhandling downtown.

April 9, 2014

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Fairview Elementary Gets Reading Tutors To Improve Scores

Indiana University students are volunteering to help Fairview Elementary students with their reading.

April 9, 2014

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Governor Mike Pence’s Chief Of Staff Resigns

Bill Smith has worked for Mike Pence for 14 years and is now leaving to start a political consulting firm.

April 9, 2014

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Indianapolis Solar Farm Opens On Former Contaminated Site

The site used to be a 43-acre site used to be a railroad tie coating facility.

April 10, 2014

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State Superintendent Glenda Ritz, right, and her A-F accountability panel co-chair, Steve Yager, prepare for the group's second meeting.

Ritz And State Board Want To Overhaul Teacher Evaluation Law

State Board members say Indiana’s teacher evaluation law needs an overhaul after data released this week shows the most educators were above average.

April 10, 2014

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Bloomington City Council Votes To Allow Deer Sharpshooting

The Bloomington City Council voted late last night to allow sharpshooters in Griffy Lake Nature Preserve to combat the overpopulation of deer.

April 10, 2014

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Gov. Pence speaks at a podium at a press conference.

Pence Leaves For Germany This Weekend For Trade Mission

The trip to Germany is Governor's Pence second trade mission as governor.

April 10, 2014

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Bedford Begins Work On Stellar Grant Projects

The City of Bedford signed a contract this week to begin building new trails and streetscapes in Bedford, the first moves with the city's Stellar Grant.

April 10, 2014

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Chief Judge Richard L. Young ruled in Evansville that Indiana must recognize the marriage of one same-sex couple.

Judge Rules Indiana Must Recognize One Same-Sex Marriage

A U.S. district court judge ruled today that Indiana must recognize the out-of-state marriage of a woman who has stage four ovarian cancer.

April 10, 2014

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Charter School Board Considering Dugger Schools’ Application

Residents of Dugger, Ind., are trying to keep the schools in their tiny town open.

April 10, 2014

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Heartbleed Bug: How To Protect Your Information Online

An IU computer sciences professor gives advice on how to protect online information from the Heartbleed Bug.

April 10, 2014

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IU Increases Minimum Wage To $8.25 Per Hour

Indiana University is raising the minimum wage for its employees from $7.25 to $8.25 per hour.

April 10, 2014

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Report Shows Number Of Uninsured Children Is Decreasing

The number of children without health insurance in Indiana has dropped nearly 1.5 percent in the past four years.

April 11, 2014

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Beauty Retailer To Bring More Than 500 Jobs To Greenwood

Greenwood's mayor says the distribution center will be an economic boon to the area.

April 11, 2014

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IU Research and Technology Corporation currently is located on Tenth Street in Indianapolis.

Indiana University Research Center To Move Locations

Indiana University plans to spend $100 million on a new research and technology center.

April 11, 2014

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Nursing Homes Aim To Cut Billions Spent On Hospitalizations

OPTIMISTIC seeks to reduce Medicaid and Medicare costs by treating patients in nursing homes instead of transferring them to the hospital.

April 11, 2014

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Same-Sex Couples Still In Limbo After Court Decision

All of the lawsuits challenging the state's gay marriage ban are being handled by the same Evansville judge who issued yesterday's ruling.

April 11, 2014

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New $70 Million IU School Of Medicine Opening In Evansville

Four proposals were submitted for the new medical school location, but officials say Evansville was the overwhelming favorite.

April 11, 2014

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Schools Triple-Checking Online System Before ISTEP+ Test

Indiana schools gearing up to administer the spring ISTEP+ test are worried computer problems could again disrupt students’ exams.

April 11, 2014

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Workshop Teaches Doctors New Painkiller Prescription Rules

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is urging physicians to change their practices to prevent prescription drug overdoses.

April 11, 2014

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The Indiana Senate will soon vote on a bill that could temporarily stop construction of new nursing homes in the state.

Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” April 11, 2014

The first challenge to Indiana’s same sex marriage ban heads to court. And we explain potential changes that favor treating the elderly in nursing homes.

April 13, 2014

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The old Milton-Madison bridge connecting Indiana and Kentucky is scheduled to come down Thursday.

Video: Crews Slide Milton-Madison Bridge Into Place

The Milton-Madison Bridge on the Kentucky, Indiana border is now the longest bridge in North America to be slid laterally into place.

April 14, 2014

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Summer Study Committee Will Look At New Adoption Credit

Legislation passed this session will give a tax credit to Indiana parents who adopt children.

April 14, 2014

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Federal Legislation Wants To Change FEMA Aid Requirements

Legislation making its way through Congress would change how states qualify for FEMA assistance.

April 14, 2014

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Rain To Change Over To Snow Tonight

A freeze watch is in effect for southern Indiana for Tuesday night and Wednesday morning as temperatures fall to 25 degrees.

April 14, 2014

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USDA And State Create Partnership To Expand Meat Sales

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Indiana are working together to certify small meat producers in Indiana to USDA standards.

April 14, 2014

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Submit Your Questions For Bloomington’s ‘Ask The Mayor’

We're on our way to visit with Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan for Wednesday's show.

April 14, 2014

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Evan Bayh Unsure Whether He Will Run For Office Again

At an event today, former U.S. Senator and Indiana governor Evan Bayh said he has not decided whether he will re-enter politics.

April 14, 2014

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Former Rep. Peggy Welch Named Local Govt. Liaison

Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann has named the former Democratic state representative to become the director of intergovernmental relations.

April 15, 2014

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Make up snow dates are begging handle differently by school corporations.

Schools Using Different Methods To Make Up Snow Days

Schools in south central Indiana are using a variety of methods to make up snow days from this winter, in preparation for the spring ISTEP+ tests.

April 15, 2014

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State Transfers Volunteer Organizations To New Agency

The Department of Workforce Development will adopt the new program, Serve Indiana, which encompasses volunteer groups like AmeriCorps.

April 15, 2014

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St. Vincent’s Opens Kidney Transplant Center In Portage

A new kidney and pancreas transplant center in Portage will reduce the wait time for kidney transplants in Indiana.

April 15, 2014

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K-12 educators and subject matter experts reviewed the state's academic standards during a two-day workshop in Indianapolis last week.

Officials Release Final Draft Of Proposed Academic Standards

The third and final draft of Indiana's next academic standards will go before the Education Roundtable and State Board later this month.

April 15, 2014

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Ivy Tech To Consolidate Evansville And Terre Haute Campuses

The newest administrative mergers of Ivy Tech Community College regions will be between Evansville and Terre Haute.

April 15, 2014

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I-69 Contract From Bloomington To Martinsville Finalized

The state plans to upgrade State Road 37 to interstate standards by 2016.

April 15, 2014

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Hoosiers Remember Boston Bombing One Year Later

Today marks one year after the bombings, which killed three people.

April 15, 2014

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Congressman, State Rep. Launch Health Care ‘Listening Tour’

Indiana Congressman Larry Bucshon and State Representative Tim Brown say the state needs to increase access to health care.

April 16, 2014

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington’s Mark Kruzan

Listen to the full interview with Mayor Kruzan here!

April 16, 2014

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Morel Mushroom Hunters Can Now Hunt Off Trails

A new law in Indiana allows foragers to legally hunt for mushrooms off trails.

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