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January 2, 2017

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Environmentalists Set 2017 Legislative Goals

Environmentalists want more money for clean energy, public transportation and the Department of Environmental Management.

January 2, 2017

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Indiana Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly meets with a constituent.

Donnelly Says Dems Shouldn’t Change Basic Game Plan

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly says he doesn’t feel added pressure as the leader of the Indiana Democratic Party after its substantial losses.

January 2, 2017

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Some South Bend bar owners worry the ban will cost them customers.

South Bend Joins Indiana Cities With Smoking Ban For Bars

The expanded South Bend smoking ban ordinance takes effect Tuesday after winning City Council approval in March.

January 2, 2017

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The mayor's office says Cunningham will be acting chief for up to 10 days as Hogsett considers candidates for the position.

Indianapolis Police Force Veteran Named Temporary Chief

Mayor Joe Hogsett's office announced Saturday that he had appointed Valerie Cunningham as acting chief.

January 2, 2017

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Indiana GOP Senator Says Bill Aimed At Islamic Law Concerns

A bill filed for the Legislature's 2017 session would block judges from using foreign law to impose a restriction that would violate constitutional rights.

January 2, 2017

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Auditor Tera Klutz and Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb interviewed by reporters

Allen County Auditor Tera Klutz Named Next Indiana Auditor

Klutz will replace the state’s current auditor, Suzanne Crouch, who was named the next lieutenant governor.

January 3, 2017

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Advocacy Groups To Train Families Of Addicts To Use Naloxone

Advocacy groups in northwestern Indiana plan to train family and friends of drug addicts how to use the overdose antidote naloxone.

January 3, 2017

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2017 Indiana Legislative Session Kicks Off Today

Indiana lawmakers are returning to the Statehouse for the start of their annual legislative session.

January 3, 2017

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Health Groups To Focus On Challenges Facing Indiana

The Alliance for a Healthier Indiana says reducing smoking became their first priority because it is linked to many other health problems.

January 3, 2017

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Indianapolis To Receive More Than $5 Million To Fight Homelessness

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett is poised to announce that the city will receive more than $5 million in federal money to help fight homelessness.

January 3, 2017

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Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) is the incoming Chairwoman of the House Ethics Committee.

Ind. Rep., House Ethics Committee Chair Responds To Rule Changes

Incoming House Ethics Committee Chairwoman Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) said in a statement the reforms are "worthy of discussion and debate."

January 3, 2017

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The site will be known as Valena Woods after the previous property owners Lynn and Jose Valena.

Conservancy Group Buys Woodland Areas Along White River

The Red-tail Land Conservancy says it paid $84,000 for the Delaware County property near Yorktown.

January 3, 2017

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(From L to R) Sen. Jean Breaux (D-Indianapolis) and Sen. Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis) look on as Sen. Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) discusses his caucus' agenda for the 2017 session.

Senate Democrats Push Hate Crimes Bill

Sen. Greg Taylor says recent incidents – including vandalized churches – underline the need for such a bill, which he’ll author this session.

January 3, 2017

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Paoli Peaks Suspends Operations Due To Warm Weather

The ski business closed temporarily because of weather conditions Monday.

January 3, 2017

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Forest River makes RVs like this one in Elkhart and LaGrange counties.

N. Indiana Expansion Drives Hope For Banner Year In RV Industry

Forest River will add more than 400 new jobs in LaGrange County in the next two years, as the region's mainstay industry continues to rebound.

January 4, 2017

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Milan High School senior Evan Smith has limited internet access at home, so he often tries to complete his homework at school. Milan Community Schools is the rare rural school district that invested in high speed internet.

Rural School Districts To Legislators: Support Our Internet Access

Reliable internet access is not just about fun experiences, like a virtual field trip. Online tools are necessary in today’s classrooms.

January 4, 2017

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Tree Trimming

More Than 100 Dying Trees To Be Cut Down In Southwestern City

Princeton, Indiana residents will receive a 48-hour notice before trees near their homes come down.

January 4, 2017

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Body Found Outside Evansville High School

Authorities in Evansville say the body of a 15-year-old boy was found outside a high school as students were returning to school after the winter break.

January 4, 2017

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Documentary, Museum Receive Grants From Indiana Historical Society

A documentary film project and the Indiana Medical History Museum are among the latest recipients of grants from the Indiana Historical Society.

January 4, 2017

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House Republicans Set To Unveil Legislative Agenda, Road Plans

House Republicans are set to unveil their agenda, including their plan to fund infrastructure improvements across Indiana for years to come.

January 4, 2017

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Rolls Royce To Open Research, Development Facility In W. Lafayette

The project is part of the $1 billion Purdue Innovation District, a partnership between the Purdue Research Foundation and Browning Investments LLC.

January 4, 2017

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Union Wants Program To Help Teachers Deal With Student Trauma

The state’s largest teachers’ union laid out their legislative priorities Wednesday.

January 4, 2017

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Endangered Whooping Crane Found Fatally Shot In SW Indiana

The crane was found in an agricultural area not far from where another whooping crane was killed a few years ago.

January 4, 2017

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3 Longtime Pence Aides Named To White House Jobs

The appointments include one man who kept a lucrative state lobbying contract while he also had a paid position with the Republican presidential campaign.

January 4, 2017

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Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) discusses the House GOP road funding plan while surrounded by members of his caucus.

House GOP Rolls Out Road Funding Plan

The proposed first steps would cover less than half of the state’s needs.

January 5, 2017

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Two To Four Inches Of Snow Expected By Thursday Evening

Snow isn't expected to start falling until the early morning hours of 2 a.m. Thursday.

January 5, 2017

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Indiana’s Gaming Industry Awaiting Trump’s Policies

Indiana’s $2 billion gaming industry is waiting to see what a Donald Trump presidency will mean for casinos throughout the state.

January 5, 2017

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Former ITT Students File Motion To Be Creditors In Bankruptcy Case

The filing argues that the former students' debt qualifies them as creditors in the case.

January 5, 2017

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House Minority Leader Scott Pelath Wants Citizen-Led Referenda

Pelath’s proposal would require changing the Indiana Constitution.

January 5, 2017

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Initiative Looks To Plant 3,000 Acres Of New Forests In Indiana

A new state-run program backed by nearly $1 million in federal funding will enlist southern Indiana landowners to plant 3,000 acres of new forests.

January 5, 2017

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FBI Raid

Former Sheriff, VCSC Employee To Receive Pension After Indictment

Frank Shahadey is accused in an over-billing kickback scheme that cost the school district over $80,000.

January 5, 2017

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U.S. Navy Awards Donnelly Medal For Distinguished Public Service

The medal is the highest award a private citizen or politician can receive from the department.

January 5, 2017

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FBI agents searched the Building Commissioner's office at Muncie City Hall on Thursday morning.

FBI Investigators Seize Documents At Muncie City Hall

The FBI served a search warrant at City Hall Thursday morning.

January 5, 2017

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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg

South Bend Mayor Announces Run For DNC Chair

Buttigieg is serving his second term as mayor of South Bend.

January 5, 2017

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Trump To Select Former Senator Dan Coats As Intelligence Director

Coats announced his retirement last year after spending decades in Congress.

January 5, 2017

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Winter Weather Advisory Canceled, Snowfall Totals Coming In

Colder air arrives later today with sub zero temperatures expected into Sunday.

January 5, 2017

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Governor-elect Eric Holcomb, with Lieutenant Governor-elect Suzanne Crouch at his side, discusses his agenda for the 2017 legislative session.

Holcomb Rolls Out Legislative Agenda

Holcomb's agenda includes a 20-year road plan with potential tax increases, expanded pre-k and making the State Superintendent an appointed position.

January 6, 2017

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Captain Simratpal Singh was granted a religious accommodation from the U.S. Army to wear his beard and turban as required by his Sikh faith.

Ind. PAC: Army’s Religious Accommodation For Sikhs Is A Milestone

This week, the Army decided Sikh soldiers no longer have to cut their hair or shave their beards, and can wear religious turbans with their uniforms.

January 6, 2017

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Holcomb Wants To Overturn Syringe Exchange Restrictions

Holcomb says he wants a new law that will allow local officials to establish their own needle exchanges.

January 6, 2017

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DNR Ramps Up ATV Safety Efforts Following Deadliest Year On Record

Department of Natural Resources law officials say 21 people died in ATV accidents in 2016.

January 6, 2017

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Three New Telehealth Clinics Open In Southern Indiana Schools

The effort to increase access to healthcare for children in rural Indiana started when the state's first school telehealth clinic opened in Elwood.

January 6, 2017

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Loogootee Fire

Tonight At 6 On ‘Indiana Newsdesk’

A preview of the 2017 legislative session, the state of downtown Loogootee, the lifestyle of farmers and a toboggan ride that is having a record breaking year.

January 6, 2017

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Cummins Unveils Downtown Indianapolis Office

The nine-story office building can house up to 450 employees.

January 6, 2017

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Two Years After Fire, Future Of Loogootee’s Downtown Uncertain

More than two years after a fire destroyed several businesses downtown, it's unclear what could happen to the empty lots downtown.

January 6, 2017

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Experts: Indiana Black Bear Hibernating In Wildlife Refuge

The bear is one of two black bears confirmed in Indiana in the past year.

January 6, 2017

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Switchyard Brewing To Occupy Former Elm Heights Bloomingfoods

The brewery originally planned to build a facility on South Rogers Street.

January 6, 2017

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Holcomb Wants Top Education Official To Be Appointed, Not Elected

Holcomb wants to eliminate the elected state superintendent of public instruction position, in favor of an appointed secretary of education.

January 6, 2017

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Jeff Bailey is a part-time farmer in Bloomington. He's one of few Indiana farmers younger than the average age of 58.

Young People Joining Agriculture Industry Face Tough Conditions

Young farmers are necessary to sustain the agricultural economy in the state, but they face a difficult farming environment.

January 6, 2017

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Up to four people can ride on a toboggan at the Pokagon State Park toboggan run.

Video: Watch ‘Indiana Newsdesk’ January 6, 2016

A preview of the 2017 legislative session, the state of downtown Loogootee, the lifestyle of farmers and a toboggan ride that is having a record breaking year.

January 7, 2017

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Statehouse Update: Holcomb Agenda, House GOP Road Funding Plan

Governor-elect Eric Holcomb rolled out his legislative agenda this week while House Republicans unveiled their road funding plan.

January 7, 2017

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Up to four people can ride on a toboggan at the Pokagon State Park toboggan run.

Pokagon State Park’s Toboggan Run Breaks Attendance Records

A 90-foot vertical drop shoots each toboggan down a quarter mile ice track at the park in northeastern Indiana.

January 7, 2017

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Kokomo’s Historic Train Depot Re-Opens For Business

City officials hope the area becomes a tourist attraction for downtown Kokomo.

January 7, 2017

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Sen. Dan Coats represented Indiana in Congress for nearly two decades.

Trump Confirms: Former Sen. Coats To Be Intelligence Director

Coats is a conservative who spent nearly two decades representing Indiana in Congress, from 1981 to 1999, serving in both the House and Senate.

January 9, 2017

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Commission To Consider City’s Increased Offer To Buy Night Moves

The city of Bloomington would like to see a business that better aligns with future plans for Switchyard Park.

January 9, 2017

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Debra Morrow is the newly-appointed executive director of Middle Way House.

Middle Way House Names New Executive Director

Debra Morrow will lead the Bloomington emergency women's shelter, taking over for former executive director Toby Strout.

January 9, 2017

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Purdue Aims To Expand Corporate Sponsorships For Research

Corporate funding has increased while public funding has decreased.

January 9, 2017

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More Drivers Expected To Use Transponders For Tolling

Tolling began Dec. 30 on three bridges connecting Indiana to Kentucky.

January 9, 2017

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Republican Eric Holcomb To Be Sworn In As 51st Governor

The Republican will be sworn in during a Monday morning ceremony. His term formally began at 12:01 a.m. on Monday.

January 9, 2017

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Indiana Legislator Looks To Raise Age Of Consent

Indianapolis Democratic Rep. Karlee Macer says her bill would create a criminal offense called "indiscretion."

January 9, 2017

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An Indiana University student says Guo Ping Wang sexually assaulted her on campus.

Former IU Prof. Charged With Sexual Battery Asks For Venue Change

Indiana University terminated Jacobs School of Music lecturer Guo Ping Wang in May after a six-week internal investigation.

January 9, 2017

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Indiana Police: Man Dies After Deputies Use Stun Guns On Him

Police say the 34-year-old man was huffing from an aerosol can and became combative. Sheriff's deputies stunned him twice.

January 9, 2017

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Inmates at the Monroe County Correctional Center will have the option to do video visitations in addition to in-person visitations.

Monroe County Jail To Add Online Visitation Option For Inmates

The tablets will cost 15 cents a minute to use, compared with 24 cents a minute for phone calls.

January 9, 2017

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Scales of Justice.

Indiana Judge Lets Death Penalty Appeal Go To High Court

A Lake County judge is allowing a man to file an appeal to the Indiana Supreme Court on the basis that the state's death penalty law is unconstitutional.

January 9, 2017

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Eric Holcomb (left) and other statewide officials were sworn into office Monday.

Holcomb, Four Others Inaugurated For Statewide Offices

New Governor Eric Holcomb took the oath of office at the State Fairgrounds in front of a crowd of thousands to become Indiana’s 51st governor.

January 9, 2017

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Commission Approves Proposed Purchase Price For Night Moves

The resolution allows the city to offer $775,000 for the property and negotiate if the owners don't accept the bid.

January 9, 2017

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The Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis.

Appeals Court Rules For Pence In Open Records Suit

The Court of Appeals ruled former Governor Mike Pence did not have to disclose certain documents related to challenging President Obama’s immigration orders.

January 10, 2017

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Report: Indiana’s Teacher Evaluation Law Needs Update

Researchers studying Indiana methods for evaluating teacher performance say districts should develop clearer and more consistent reviews.

January 10, 2017

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Elkhart Officials Temporarily Suspend Use Of Police Body Cams

Elkhart police will continue using dashboard-mounted cameras in patrol cars.

January 10, 2017

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Submit Your Questions For Terre Haute’s ‘Ask The Mayor’

We're getting ready to visit with Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett for Wednesday's show. Submit your questions by noon today!

January 10, 2017

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Former Indy High School Basketball Player Found Dead At University

Northwestern women's basketball player Jordan Hankins has been found dead in her room at the university.

January 10, 2017

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IU Fraternity Suspended Due To Problems With Hazing

Delta Tau Delta Fraternity voted to suspend its Indiana University chapter on Monday effective immediately.

January 10, 2017

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Hoosier ACA enrollment as of Dec. 24, 2016.

HHS: Hoosiers Signing Up For Health Care As Deadline Approaches

For coverage that begins Feb. 1, Hoosiers face a Jan. 15 deadline. Open enrollment continues through Jan. 31.

January 10, 2017

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Highway officials diverted traffic on the Rockville Rd. bridge.

Indiana Highway Staff Assessing Damaged Bridge Over I-465

A truck hauling a large load collided with the Rockville bridge, damaging four of the concrete beams.

January 10, 2017

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Plans for a residential building sitting near 6th and Dunn in Bloomington.

More Residential Spaces Are In The Works For Bloomington

The Bloomington planning commission approved site plans for two residential buildings last night.

January 10, 2017

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A proposed bill would require women to get an ultrasound 48 hours before an abortion.

Proposal Would Mandate Ultrasound 48 Hours Before Abortion

The proposal would require an ultrasound 48 hours before an abortion and require a woman to listen to the heartbeat and look at the ultrasound image.

January 10, 2017

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Senate Republican Leadership, led by Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne), center, discuss the caucus' 2017 priorities.

Senate GOP Priorities: Road Funding, New ISTEP, Vaping Reform

The caucus’ top priorities include a long-term road funding plan, replacing the ISTEP test and addressing vaping liquid regulations.

January 10, 2017

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Office of Management and Budget Director Micah Vincent presents Governor Holcomb's budget alongside State Budget Director Jason Dudich.

Holcomb’s Budget Proposes Modest Education Increase

The Holcomb administration's proposed budget, as presented to lawmakers, contains only a modest increase in education spending.

January 10, 2017

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The prow of the original USS Indiana battleship sits outside Memorial Stadium.

Navy Officials Visit IU Stadium To Learn About New ‘USS Indiana’

A new Virginia-Class submarine will be coined the USS Indiana, but it’s not the first vessel to be named after the Hoosier state.

January 10, 2017

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President Obama gave his farewell address in Chicago Tuesday night.

Watch: Pres. Obama’s Final Address With Live Fact Checking

The NPR Politics team added fact-checks and background to Obama's comments in real time. The full annotated transcript is available.

January 10, 2017

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Jennifer McCormick beat incumbent Glenda Ritz in November for the state's top education position.

McCormick’s Department Of Education Lays Off 34 Employees

The Department of Education fired 34 of 250 employees, a 14 percent staff reduction.

January 11, 2017

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute’s Bennett On Casino And 2017 Outlook

Mayor Bennett says a casino would do well in Terre Haute due to it's location near Illinois and proximity to Indianapolis.

January 11, 2017

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Senate Republicans Want To Overhaul Restrictive Vaping Law

Indiana's vaping law has given seven producers control of the Indiana market and one security firm the authority to certify the producers.

January 11, 2017

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$2,500 Reward For Information About Shooting Of Endangered Crane

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says remains of the female crane were found Jan. 3 in a field near the Goose Pond State Fish and Wildlife Area.

January 11, 2017

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President-elect Donald Trump is scheduled to hold a press conference at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

Watch: President-Elect Trump Press Conference Fact Checked By NPR

President-elect Donald Trump held his first press conference since July on Wednesday. Reporters from NPR provide fact checking and context.

January 11, 2017

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Former Indiana Coach Kevin Wilson Hired At Ohio State

Wilson coached the Hoosiers for six seasons. He will be co-offensive coordinator at Ohio State.

January 11, 2017

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Indy Community Groups Win National Redevelopment Award

Community groups on the east side of Indianapolis won a national award to redevelop an abandoned industrial site.

January 11, 2017

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Monroe County AB BioTechnologies Expanding In Bloomington

The Monroe County company says the new manufacturing facility will create up to 33 jobs in Bloomington.

January 11, 2017

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Ball State Accidental Email Violated Federal Student Privacy Law

Ball State University sent an email to 59 students with an attachment that included personal information like names, student ID numbers and GPAs.

January 11, 2017

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The group plans to closely monitor the Statehouse this session and present a unified message on reproductive rights issues.

Ind. Group Delivers Petitions Against Proposed Abortion Ban

The group plans to closely monitor the Statehouse this session and present a unified message on reproductive rights issues.

January 11, 2017

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State Board Of Education Releases 2016 School District A-F Grades

More than 150 schools saw their rating dip, with 90 percent of Indiana schools receiving a B or C rating.

January 11, 2017

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Allen Wilson, 59, says he has debt collectors calling him over bills that should have been paid by Anthem, his former HIP 2.0 insurer.

IN’s Medicaid Model Could Spread—But It’s Not Working For Everyone

If confirmed, Seema Verma will work in the Trump administration, bringing experience designing Indiana’s unique Medicaid expansion to national conversations.

January 11, 2017

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New IMPD Chief Bryan Roach has been with the department since 1991.

Hogsett Picks 26-Year IMPD Veteran As New Chief

Bryan Roach was named Chief of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department by Mayor Joe Hogsett Wednesday.

January 12, 2017

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Fines Issued To Hunters Claiming Residency In Illinois And Indiana

"Operation Double Dip" started in early 2015 and ran through 2016. Fifty-seven citations were issued in Indiana.

January 12, 2017

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Senators Todd Young (R) and Joe Donnelly (D) in a video announcement about the federal government's decision to call Indiana residents

US Government To Call Indiana Residents ‘Hoosiers’

A letter sent last year from Indiana lawmakers is the reason for the change.

January 12, 2017

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Dozens of Indiana Recovery Alliance supporters attended the Bloomington City Council meeting.

Indiana Recovery Alliance To City Council: ‘We Need Support’

The Indiana Recovery Alliance established its needle exchange in Monroe County a little more than a year ago.

January 12, 2017

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Bill Filed To Repeal ISTEP With Yet-To-Be Decided Replacement Test

Proposed legislation would end the state’s controversial ISTEP+ exam in 2018 and pave the way for a yet-to-be determined replacement.

January 12, 2017

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A tax on Indiana's 170 strip clubs would provide funding for 2/3 of counties.

Night Moves Accepts City’s Offer Of $800,000 To Buy Property

The redevelopment commission still has to approve the sale.

January 12, 2017

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Purdue Student Dead In Dorm; Foul Play Not Suspected

The young man was found Tuesday night in a locked room at Hillenbrand Hall.

January 12, 2017

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House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) looks ahead to Governor Eric Holcomb's State of the State address as he speaks with reporters in the House Chamber.

GOP Leaders Want Holcomb To Take Charge On Tax Hikes

Republican legislative leaders say it’s “critically important” that Governor Eric Holcomb support their charge to raise taxes for road funding.

January 12, 2017

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Dr. Ben Carson responds to Indiana U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly at his confirmation hearing to lead the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Carson Addresses East Chicago Lead Contamination At HUD Hearing

Carson was answering a question from U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) at the confirmation hearing to lead the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

January 13, 2017

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Three Wholesalers To Begin Distributing Yuengling In Indiana

Monarch Beverage, Five Start Distributing and Indiana Beverage will begin distributing Yuengling in March.

January 13, 2017

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

We're getting ready to visit with Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton for Wednesday's show. Submit your questions by 10 a.m. today!

January 13, 2017

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Mayor Bennett Optimistic About Proposed Terre Haute Casino

State Senator Jon Ford says the proposal will be a “heavy lift” to get through the legislature.

January 13, 2017

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Deputy Shoots Suspect In Greencastle Domestic Disturbance Incident

Police say the 35-year-old man came to the door with a handgun and pointed it at the special deputy.

January 13, 2017

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What Happens To Hoosiers Covered By HIP 2.0 If Obamacare Repealed?

Under former Governor Mike Pence, Indiana expanded Medicaid, with the Healthy Indiana Plan, or HIP 2.0.

January 13, 2017

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National Search Underway To Replace Town’s Police Force

Bunker Hill has been without a police force since December when the former marshal and his four deputies resigned.

January 13, 2017

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Eric Holcomb (left) and other statewide officials were sworn into office Monday.

Tonight At 6 On ‘Indiana Newsdesk’

Governor Holcomb's legislative priorities, why the American Legion of Indiana might join the push for legalization of marijuana and we travel to South Bend.

January 13, 2017

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The FBI raided the VCSC offices in Terre Haute in June.

Trial In Vigo Co Schools Kickback Scheme Delayed Until July

Two former Vigo County School Corp. employees are accused in an over-billing kickback scheme that cost the school district over $80,000.

January 13, 2017

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Mishawaka Officers Personally Purchase Body Cams

About 10 officers are wearing their own cameras and about a dozen others are considering buying them.

January 13, 2017

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Seymour Man Wanted In ’99 Abduction, Assault Caught In Oregon

In a court filing, the FBI says DNA evidence linked Charles Hollin to the abduction and sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl.

January 13, 2017

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The History And Legacy Of Indiana Tattooing Culture

How has the culture changed through time and what does it mean for tattooing going forward?

January 13, 2017

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A few of the organizations receiving a grant from the Lilly Foundation.

Lilly Endowment Gives $100 Mil. In Grants To Indiana Organizations

The grants are designed to complement the endowment's regular funding.

January 13, 2017

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Switchyard Brewing Hosting Community Information Meetings

Residents will have the opportunity to ask questions about the project Saturday.

January 13, 2017

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Friday UPDATE: Freezing Rain Expected Tonight Through Sunday

There's a chance for freezing rain Friday night into Saturday changing over to rain Saturday afternoon before another round of freezing rain Saturday night.

January 13, 2017

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Ind. Veteran Pushing For Legalization Of Medical Marijuana

The American Legion of Indiana could consider backing the proposal this weekend.

January 13, 2017

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Health Department Reports More Flu Deaths, Urges Vaccination

Health officials say getting a flu shot is the most effective way to protect against the influenza virus.

January 13, 2017

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Congress Once Again Proposing Repeal Of Medical Device Tax

Several of Indiana's U.S. Representatives are co-sponsoring the legislation.

January 13, 2017

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Video: Watch ‘Indiana Newsdesk’ January 13, 2016

Governor Holcomb's legislative priorities, why the American Legion of Indiana might join the push for legalization of marijuana and we travel to South Bend.

January 13, 2017

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Lawmakers Propose Aid For East Chicago Lead Crisis

Four state lawmakers from northwest Indiana want state aid for the lead contaminated Calumet neighborhood of East Chicago, IN.

January 14, 2017

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South Bend's downtown area is being revitalized through redevelopment.

Downtown South Bend Works Towards Significant Rebuild

The population of South Bend is increasing, partly because young professionals are moving in. The city is embracing what some are calling its renaissance.

January 14, 2017

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Watch: Womens’ Groups Organize To Protest Proposed Abortion Bills

Organizations like Indy Feminists and the new Indiana Reproductive Justice Coalition plan to protest proposed bills that restrict abortion.

January 14, 2017

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Locals Hope Endangered Status Will Help Protect Bee Population

The Rusty Patched Bumblebee is native to the Midwest.

January 15, 2017

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Cities throughout Indiana will host events for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events Throughout Indiana

Cities throughout the state will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with events ranging from lectures to volunteering. See the events near you below.

January 15, 2017

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Hoosiers Clean Up Turnover Trouble, Defeat Rutgers

It was the Hoosiers (12-6, 2-3 Big Ten) second win in six games.

January 16, 2017

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Seven Oaks Classical School is a charter in Ellettsville, Indiana.

Seven Oaks Charter School Expanding Despite Low Enrollment

The Ellettsville charter school will move forward with plans to add a ninth grade class despite lower than anticipated enrollment.

January 16, 2017

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Pence Speaking On Russia: “Trump Won The Election Fair And Square”

Pence said Sunday the incoming administration believes there is "no evidence of impact on voting machines."

January 16, 2017

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Soldiers and Sailors Monument Fountain

Soldiers And Sailors Monument Wins Historic Landmark Status

The 115-year-old limestone tower and its grounds were named to the National Historic Landmarks list on Jan. 11.

January 16, 2017

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Protestors At Statehouse: Keep Your Hands Off The A.C.A.

The overarching theme at Sunday’s “Rally to Save Healthcare” was “health is a human right.”

January 16, 2017

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American Legion Of Indiana Wants Medical Marijuana Legalized

The organization passed a resolution Sunday asking Indiana legislators to develop a medical marijuana program.

January 16, 2017

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The event was part of a number of activities put on by Indiana University and the city of Bloomington.

Bloomington Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

Speakers discussed inequality, social justice and role of the individual in spurring on social change.

January 16, 2017

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Legislative leaders say naming too many specific infrastructure projects in this session’s road funding bill could be damaging.

Legislators Avoid Specifics In Future Infrastructure Projects

Legislative leaders say naming too many specific infrastructure projects in this session’s road funding bill could be damaging.

January 16, 2017

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MLK Ceremony Attendees Hope For Progress With New Administration

Donald Trump's inauguration seemed to be on everyone's mind at a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration last night in Bloomington.

January 17, 2017

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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.

Bill Introduced To Raise Cig Tax, Increase Prevention Spending

The state legislature will consider a law to curb Indiana’s smoking rate, which is one of the highest in the nation.

January 17, 2017

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Incoming VP Mike Pence To Be Sworn In Using Ronald Reagan’s Bible

Mike Pence will use Ronald Reagan's family Bible when he's sworn in as Donald Trump's vice president later this week.

January 17, 2017

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Indiana Forest Alliance Attempting To Block V.A. Cemetery Project

An environmental group plans to appeal a judge's ruling that rejected its bid to block a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs cemetery project.

January 17, 2017

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Gov. Holcomb To Call For Road Plan In State Of The State Address

The address will mark the first time Holcomb has spoken before a joint audience of both the Indiana Senate and House.

January 17, 2017

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Delaware Co. Prosecutor Changing How His Office Handles Drug Cases

Delaware County Prosecutor Jeffrey Arnold's office will have one staff member, chief deputy prosecutor Zach Craig, overseeing all drug cases.

January 17, 2017

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Indiana Cancer Agency Hacked For Data Won’t Pay Ransom

Hackers demanded about $43,000 for access to the data.

January 17, 2017

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Ind. Vaping Laws Have Consumers Looking For Other Options

Some customers are going to Illinois for e-liquids.

January 17, 2017

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Legislators passed a balanced budget amendment this session, but some question whether it was really necessary.

Ind. Senate Committee Approves Language Requiring Balanced Budget

Former Governor Mike Pence proposed a balanced budget amendment in 2015.

January 18, 2017

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Leaders Respond To Gov. Eric Holcomb’s State Of The State Address

Holcomb’s address drew praise from Republican and Democratic legislative leaders. But there were criticisms, too.

January 18, 2017

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington’s Hamilton On Convention Center

Hamilton says a local food and beverage tax to fund the expansion of the convention center would create a downtown economic anchor for Bloomington.

January 18, 2017

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Psychiatrist Writes Guide For Caregivers On Senior Mental Health

By 2030, there will be only one geriatric psychiatrist for every 27,000 seniors.

January 18, 2017

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Indiana National Guard Members To Attend Inauguration

Members of the Indiana National Guard will be in Washington on Friday helping with the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

January 18, 2017

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IU Geology Department Plans To Change Name, Curriculum

IU's geology department is planning a name-change and new curriculum in response to students' growing interest in majors with a clearer career path.

January 18, 2017

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LGBT Organization Indiana Youth Group Moves To New Headquarters

Indiana Youth Group said Tuesday its 15,000 square feet of office space on Indianapolis' north side is about five times the size of its former location.

January 18, 2017

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Vigo County Approves Resolution Endorsing Terre Haute Casino

State Sen. Jon Ford has authored legislation that would move unused gambling slots from southeastern Indiana's Rising Sun casino to Terre Haute.

January 18, 2017

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Authorities: Woman Arrested In Muncie Murder-For-Hire Plot

Police say the woman arrested is the girlfriend of the man who planted an explosive device in Muncie's downtown in December.

January 18, 2017

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New Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb delivers his first State of the State address on Jan. 17, 2017. In his address, Holcomb outlined five goals for his administration including road funding and preschool.

Four Takeaways From Holcomb’s First State Of The State Address

Here are four things you need to know about GOP Gov. Eric Holcomb's first State of the State address and what it means for the state moving forward.

January 18, 2017

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airbnb listings for the 2016 Indy 500 weekend.

Carmel Sends Letter Asking Residents To Stop Short-Term Rentals

A state legislator is proposing a bill that would prohibit cities from banning short-term rentals.

January 18, 2017

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Judge Says Farm Labor Recruiter Must Pay $56K In Back Wages

A farm labor recruiter didn't pay at least three-quarters of the promised wages to workers from Mexico, as required by federal law.

January 18, 2017

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The Hornbeam Nature Preserve is within Whitewater Memorial State Park.

State Approves Three New Nature Preserves

With the addition of the three properties, the Hoosier state now has 277 state-designated sites protected by the Nature Preserves Act of 1967.

January 18, 2017

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The Indiana Supreme Court Chamber at the Indiana Statehouse.

Chief Justice Focuses On Justice Partners In Address

Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush wants more attention paid to people who work in, and with, the state’s court system.

January 18, 2017

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Indiana Supreme Court Justice Robert Rucker has served since 1999.

Indiana Supreme Court Justice Rucker To Retire In 2017

Rucker is the court's last remaining Democratic appointee and its only black justice.

January 18, 2017

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State Lawmaker Wants To Require Helmets For ATV Drivers, Kids

The proposal comes after the DNR saw a record number of ATV deaths in 2016.

January 19, 2017

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200+ Republican Hoosiers Head To D.C. For Inauguration Activities

Hundreds of Hoosiers will be participating in the inaugural activities this weekend, with over 200 in the Indiana Republican delegation alone.

January 19, 2017

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Lawmakers Delay Vote On Bill To Clear Protesters From Roads

The proposal raised alarm with lawmakers and members of the public Wednesday at its first hearing.

January 19, 2017

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Indiana Joins Move To Block Obama’s Rules To Protect Streams

Texas and 12 other states have asked a federal court to block final rules designed to reduce coal mining's impact on streams.

January 19, 2017

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Reward In Death Of Endangered Whooping Crane Grows To $10K

The 5-year-old female crane was found dead near the Goose Pond State Fish and Wildlife Area, apparently killed by a high-powered rifle.

January 19, 2017

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The WFIU/WTIU news team is looking for photos, videos and voice memos about Hoosiers' experiences on inauguration day.

Attending Inaugural Events Or Protests? Share Your Story With Us

Send photos, videos and voice memos about your experience at the Presidential Inauguration to the WFIU/WTIU news team.

January 19, 2017

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Many people suffereing from addiction use HIP 2.0 to pay for medications such as Suboxone, which helps control cravings for opioids.

What Happens To Ind. Addiction Treatment If Obamacare Is Repealed?

Scrapping the Affordable Care Act puts health coverage in question for roughly 11 million Americans, including 250,000 Hoosiers on the Healthy Indiana Plan.

January 19, 2017

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Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Rucker discusses his pending retirement.

Justice Rucker: Grandkids, Desire To Travel Drove Retirement

Rucker was the first black man appointed to Indiana’s Supreme Court and is the last Democratic appointee.

January 19, 2017

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A sign from the Environmental Protection agency warns residents not to play in the soil, which is contaminated with lead and arsenic.

Pence Administration Denied East Chicago Emergency Declaration

The City of East Chicago informed residents last week that the Pence administration denied the request for an emergency declaration.

January 19, 2017

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Bloomington Mayor Questioning Progress Of I-69 Section 5

The letter says the Indiana Finance Authority, Isolux Corsan, and I-69 Development Partners are negotiating to come up with a "Memorandum of Understanding."

January 19, 2017

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Anthem-Cigna Merger Deadline Extended Three Months

The merger between the two healthcare giants originally had a deadline of January 31.

January 19, 2017

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Young Stands Up For ACA-Funded CMS Innovation Center During Price Confirmation Hearing

New Indiana Senator Todd Young questioned Trump's pick for Health and Human Services Secretary about the Affordable Care Act.

January 20, 2017

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New Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb delivers his first State of the State address on Jan. 17, 2017. In his address, Holcomb outlined five goals for his administration including road funding and preschool.

Tonight At 6 On ‘Indiana Newsdesk’

Bloomington’s comprehensive development plan, the governor's first state of the state address and we tour an exhibit on the state’s tattooing legacy.

January 20, 2017

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Mike Pence has spent nearly two decades in politics.

Mike Pence Through The Years: From Columbus To Washington D.C.

Pence began his political career in Indiana nearly two decades ago.

January 20, 2017

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A Timeline Of Obama’s Eight Visits To Indiana

A look back at President Barack Obama's visits to Indiana since taking office.

January 20, 2017

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WFIU and WTIU will provide comprehensive inauguration coverage from PBS and NPR.

Watch: Trump Inauguration With Analysis, Annotations

Comprehensive coverage of Friday's Presidential Inauguration with live video streaming and analysis from PBS and real-time annotations from NPR.

January 20, 2017

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NPR will provide real-time annotations to Trump's inaugural address.

NPR Live Blog: Inaugural Events As They Happen

NPR is live-blogging the inaugural events as they happen throughout the day.

January 20, 2017

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Police: A Dramatic Decline In 2016 Indiana Meth Labs

The Indiana State Police attribute the decline, in part, to imported synthetic meth.

January 20, 2017

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WATCH: Former Ind. Governor Mike Pence Sworn In As Vice President

Former Indiana Governor Mike Pence was sworn into office shortly before Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States.

January 20, 2017

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Columbus Erects Signs Honoring Vice President Mike Pence

City workers installed the signs Friday morning, honoring Columbus native Vice President Mike Pence the day he was sworn into office.

January 20, 2017

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Hundreds of Hoosiers, inspired by former Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, traveled to D.C. to watch him take office.

Hoosiers In D.C.: An Indiana Perspective On The Inauguration

Here's what Hoosiers have to say about attending Inaugural events in Washington, D.C. on Friday.

January 20, 2017

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Elizabeth Payne from Rushville knitted three hats and sent them to Washington, D.C. for the Women's March on Washington.

Meet A Hoosier Woman Participating In The Women’s March From Afar

The Pussyhat Project is a nationwide initiative encouraging people to wear pink hats to the Women's March on Washington, scheduled for Saturday.

January 20, 2017

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Bloomington officials are working on a plan that accommodates a growing population and still maintain the things that make Bloomington a good place to live.

The City Prepares For Downtown Bloomington In 2040

Bloomington officials are working on a plan that accommodates a growing population and still maintain the things that make Bloomington a good place to live.

January 20, 2017

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Bloomington Bagel Company will occupy its site on Kirkwood Avenue for about a year until the development is completed.

Video: Watch ‘Indiana Newsdesk’ January 20, 2016

Bloomington’s comprehensive development plan, the governor's first state of the state address and we tour an exhibit on the state’s tattooing legacy.

January 20, 2017

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The Terre Haute bypass took more than a decade to complete.

Terre Haute Bypass Open; $150M Project Took 13 Years

Construction on the project began in 2003 and was beset by numerous delays.

January 20, 2017

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Soybeans grow in LaPorte County.

Indiana Ag Hopes Trump’s Pick For USDA Chief Will Preserve Trade

They hope former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue's background in commercial farming means he'll advocate for trade deals Trump has railed against.

January 20, 2017

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ACLU executive director Jane Henegar leads a crowd of more than 100 in the People's Oath, the same President Donald Trump took on Friday.

More Than 100 Celebrate Inclusion As Trump Is Sworn In

The non-partisan event was created to affirm values of inclusion and respect as President Donald Trump was sworn into office.

January 21, 2017

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Statehouse Update: State Of The State, Protesters Bill Stalls

Governor Holcomb delivered the State of the State, a bill aimed at protesters who block traffic stalled, and a committee approved a balanced budget amendment.

January 21, 2017

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Organizers estimate more than 10,000 people participated in the Women's March in Indianapolis.

10,000+ Hoosiers Gather In Indy For Women’s March

Protests in six Indiana cities partnered with the Women's March on Washington in D.C., which attracted an estimated 500,000 participants.

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