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July 3, 2017

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DNR Officials On The Lookout For Intoxicated Boaters This Holiday

Conservation officers have the ability to charge intoxicated boaters the same as someone who operates a vehicle while intoxicated.

July 3, 2017

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Start Of Fiscal Year Means Tax, Fee Increases For Hoosiers

The increases include the 10 cent-per-gallon gas tax, which goes toward a road funding plan.

July 3, 2017

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Work Starts On Final Phase Of $300M Project Near Notre Dame

This phase involves building a 164-room Embassy Suites hotel, which will have rooms facing the football stadium.

July 3, 2017

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Planners Look To Pick I-69 Ohio River Bridge Route Next Year

Kentucky and Indiana signed an agreement a year ago to begin preliminary work toward building the bridge.

July 3, 2017

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Indiana Considers Adding Third Port On Ohio River

Gov. Eric Holcomb is pushing a proposal to locate a port along the Ohio River.

July 3, 2017

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Purdue Expanding Alcohol Sales At Basketball, Football Games

Athletics director Mike Bobinski says the expansion decision was made after "extensive discussions" with campus police.

July 3, 2017

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Indiana Ensures Employers Can Ask About Criminal History

A new law that went into effect July 1 prohibits laws and ordinances that restrict employers from asking job applicants about their criminal histories.

July 3, 2017

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Indiana’s ‘Hunters Helping Farmers’ Application Period Opens

The program allows people to hunt on private property where deer are damaging crops and landscaping.

July 3, 2017

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The Fourth of July is usually the busiest time for the Bloomington Animal Control animal shelter.

What To Know Before Shooting Off Fireworks

The majority of firework-related accidents occur due to mishandling and malfunction.

July 3, 2017

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How Indiana Gives School A-F Grades Is Changing

The state will now consider chronic absenteeism and how non-native speakers are learning English when calculating school A-F grades.

July 3, 2017

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Competition for low prices among meat products contributed to the low cost of July Fourth barbecue food in Indiana this year.

Farm Bureau’s July Fourth Barbecue Grocery Index Dips Again

The Indiana Farm Bureau tracks different sets of grocery prices throughout the year. For July 4, 2017, it's $51.50 for a 10-person barbecue picnic.

July 4, 2017

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Fireworks Displays Can Threaten Public Drinking Water

Indiana American Water has a warning for Hoosiers this Fourth of July as they set off – and clean up – their pyrotechnic displays.

July 4, 2017

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Fishers Man Points Gun At Police, Then Shoots Himself, Dies

Fishers Police Officer Shawn Wynn says at least one of the two officers fired a gunshot at the man, who died at the scene Monday morning.

July 4, 2017

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Indiana Mortgage Assistance Program Stops Taking New Applications

A spokesman for the Hardest Hit Fund says local housing counselors were warned of the deadline, but that appears to be the only notice of the change.

July 4, 2017

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Group Sues For Access To State Records From Carrier Deal

The Citizens Action Coalition wants records that could shed light on how the Carrier company reached a deal with the state and President Trump late last year.

July 4, 2017

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University Of Evansville President To Retire In May 2018

Thomas Kazee announced his retirement Monday. During his eight-year tenure, the university added several new academic programs.

July 4, 2017

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Spending On Opioid Addiction Medications Rises Sharply Since 2011

Medicaid spending on three important medications used to treat opioid addiction increased 136 percent nationwide between 2011 and 2016.

July 4, 2017

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The low revenue numbers are giving state lawmakers pause as they debate tax reform issues.

Indiana Will Likely Go To Court Over Online Sales Tax

Indiana lawmakers passed a law this spring claiming the state has a right to collect sales taxes from companies using only online transactions.

July 4, 2017

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Company Offers Friends For A Fee For Asian Students At Purdue

It’s called We-YouBond, and it hopes to enroll 40-50 Chinese families this fall in a sort of pay-for-friendship model.

July 4, 2017

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Photos: ‘Eclectic Mix’ Of Groups In Bloomington 4th Parade

Last year, one of the floats featured in the parade sparked outcry from some residents.

July 4, 2017

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Indiana Man Dies In Kentucky Fireworks Accident

The firework hit the man in the chest hard enough to stop his heart.

July 4, 2017

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State Historical Marker Will Honor Comic Great Red Skelton

Skelton had a big impact on early television with characters such as Freddie the Freeloader on "The Red Skelton Show."

July 4, 2017

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Vigo County Beach Patrons React To Potential Closures

Officials are considering closing the Beaches at Fowler and Hawthorn parks after repeated violations.

July 4, 2017

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The Indiana state Department of Health planned to distribute more than $150,000 worth of nalaxone last year.

Miami County To Distribute Free Naloxone Through Health Dept.

Miami County is joining 22 other Indiana counties in a state program that distributes an overdose intervention drug to Hoosiers at no cost.

July 4, 2017

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The Hearing Aid Assistance Program of Indiana helps Hoosiers afford hearing aids using state funding.

Legislation Adds Hearing Aid Assistance For Hoosier Families

Changes to the state's program bump up funding and cover younger children.

July 5, 2017

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Indiana Ranks Top 10 In Road Safety, But Room To Improve

A national report finds Indiana ahead of other states in road safety policies.

July 5, 2017

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Surgeon General Nominee Championed Policies To Curb Drug Epidemic

During his tenure overseeing public health in Indiana, Jerome Adams supervised the roll-out of the needle exchange programs legalized in 2015.

July 5, 2017

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Sheriff Starts Group To Deal With Overcrowded County Jails

Sheriffs say one of the major issues is that the state pays local jails just $35 per day to house low-level Department of Corrections inmates.

July 5, 2017

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Fraud Expert: Credit Card Cloning Trend “Going Skyward”

Fraud experts recommend you know what kinds of credit cards are in your wallet. Some can be more easily cloned than others.

July 5, 2017

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Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop

Ask The Mayor: Lienhoop On Tax Rates, Cummins Announcement

Lienhoops says Wednesday's announcement includes news about major upgrades to Cummins corporate headquarters and a response to the downtown railroad issues.

July 5, 2017

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New Non-Opioid Pain Med Could Be First Alternative In Years

Eli Lilly and Pfizer are working together to develop the new class of drug that is in late-trial stages.

July 5, 2017

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Cincinnati Child Dies After Being Found In Indiana Reservoir

Authorities say a five-year-old Cincinnati child has died after being pulled from a reservoir in eastern Indiana.

July 5, 2017

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Fundraising Drive Begins To Make Indiana Trail System Safer

The campaign aims to raise $50,000 by Aug. 30 for improvements.

July 5, 2017

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Indiana Expanding Opioid Treatment Programs To Five More Counties

The counties adding programs are Allen, Johnson, Monroe, Vigo and Tippecanoe.

July 5, 2017

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Synthetic marijuana, or spice, can cause severe, negative reactions to the people who abuse the drug.

Synthetic Marijuana Becoming Growing Issue For Bloomington

Bloomington community leaders are looking for the next step to get people to recovery after responding to an uptick in overdoses over the past two weeks.

July 5, 2017

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US Appeals Court Upholds Indiana Alcohol Distribution Law

The Indiana law keeping beer and liquor distribution separate still stands.

July 5, 2017

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New Railroad Overpass, Cummins Improvements Coming To Columbus

Roughly $80 million will be spent between the two projects.

July 5, 2017

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Indiana’s GOP Invites “Obamacare Horror Stories” On Facebook—And Gets The Opposite

Since it was posted July 3, the post has accrued close to 8,000 comments, most of them positive, and more than a few sarcastic.

July 6, 2017

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Mounds Greenway Hits Potential Hurdle In Anderson

Anderson Mayor Thomas Broderick wants more information about the project's funding before offering support.

July 6, 2017

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$5K Reward Offered In December Slaying Of French Lick Man

The reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

July 6, 2017

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Kokomo Smoking Ban Now Includes Private Bars, Clubs

The partial Kokomo smoking ban allowed 21 and over bars and restaurants the option of allowing smoking.

July 6, 2017

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Steel Dynamics Plans $75M Project At Fort Wayne-Area Plant

The Fort Wayne-based company said its plans for the plant include new rolling equipment, storage buildings and road improvements.

July 6, 2017

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Sen. Luke Kenley (R-Noblesville) discusses during the 2017 session what ended up being the final state budget he'd work on as Senate Appropriations Committee Chair.

Senate Budget Architect Kenley To Retire This Fall

Indiana State Senator Luke Kenley, one of the most influential lawmakers at the Statehouse, will retire later this year after 25 years in office.

July 6, 2017

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Worker Found Dead In Eastern Indiana Wastewater Plant Tank

Wayne County Coroner Ron Stevens says an autopsy and toxicology testing are planned to determine what caused the worker's death.

July 6, 2017

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Indiana Police Help Animal Shelter By Fostering Seized Dogs

Nearly 70 maltreated dogs were discovered last month in a poorly ventilated garage near Crown Point.

July 6, 2017

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Indiana Neighbors Settle Argument With Shootout Over Fence

A video provided by the Johnson County prosecutor's office shows the two neighbors trading insults before one pulled out a handgun.

July 6, 2017

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Eli Lilly To Fund Up To $52M In Purdue Life Science Research

Eli Lilly & Co. and the school are calling the agreement Purdue's largest strategic collaboration with a single company.

July 6, 2017

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I-69 Section 5 Takeover Won’t Be Impacted By Bankruptcy Filing

INDOT is still on track to take the project over by the end of July.

July 6, 2017

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Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton talks to a member of the public at a press conference concerning the city's public safety initiatives.

Bloomington City Officials Give Update On Public Safety Task Force

In an address to the public the mayor and the police chief address citizen concerns about homelessness, the drug problem and public safety in Bloomington.

July 6, 2017

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Former IU Basketball Coach Tom Crean Thanks Fans For Support

Crean took to Twitter to thank the Bloomington community and Hoosier fans for their support.

July 6, 2017

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Sen. Kenley (R-Noblesville) will retire in September. He was a leader in crafting budgets.

In Education Funding, Kenley Valued As Frugal Moderate

The future of education legislation at the Statehouse could change with Senate budget architect Luke Kenley retiring this fall.

July 7, 2017

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New Indiana Education Blueprint Open For Public Comment

The federal Every Student Succeeds Act was signed into law in 2015, replacing the No Child Left Behind law.

July 7, 2017

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ATF Seeks Tips On Theft Of Explosives In Southern Indiana

Nine 10-pound bags of ammonium nitrate blasting agent were discovered missing from a trailer at a site at the River Ridge Commerce Center.

July 7, 2017

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Indiana Has Steepest Drop In Abortions Performed Since 2013

An Indiana State Department of Health report shows 7,277 abortions were performed in the state last year.

July 7, 2017

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Some Calling On Indiana To Change Alcohol Permitting Process

Some are calling for a change in the process, but it’s unclear what that change should be.

July 7, 2017

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Census Data: Indy Suburbs’ Population Gain Is Rural Indiana’s Loss

That trend isn't new, but it deepened in 2016 census data analyzed this summer by the Indiana Business Research Center.

July 7, 2017

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Tonight At 6 On ‘Indiana Newsdesk’

Are changes coming to Indiana’s alcohol laws, why experts are preparing for an astronomical event and the race for Indiana’s 9th district is already heating up.

July 7, 2017

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The majority of U.S. states have cannabidiol oil available as treatment for epilepsy.

Ind. Medicinal Cannabis Law Begins, But No Access Yet

Indiana’s first medical marijuana legislation went into effect last week, but some key provisions of the law have yet to be put in place.

July 7, 2017

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Analysis: Indiana’s 9th District Congressional Race

Several democrats plan to challenge Hollingsworth in 2018.

July 7, 2017

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Passenger: Driver Killed By Indy Police Was Not Reaching For Gun

Police say two officers fired on 45-year-old Aaron Bailey early June 29 after he fled a traffic stop.

July 7, 2017

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Indiana Prosecutor Creates Documentary Warning Of Drug Use

The film has been viewed nearly 40,000 times since it was posted online in May.

July 7, 2017

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Indiana Prepares For August’s Total Eclipse

The sun will be completely obscured by the moon on August 21, and scientists say you’ll need more than a pair of sunglasses to view it.

July 7, 2017

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Bloomington Police have found that there are multiple suppliers of the drug, spice, in the community which has caused a majority of the overdoses.

IU Health Bloomington Feeling Impact Of Overdose Spike

A recent increase in the amount of overdoses related to synthetic marijuana known as spice is could be taxing Bloomington’s hospital resources.

July 7, 2017

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Yogi's will continue to operate as normal until the closing on July 22. General Manager Paddy Cullen plans to host a large Yogi's event on the final day.

Yogi’s Set to Close Its Doors Indefinitely This Month

Yogi's Kitchen and Bar was set to close in August 2018 but will now close July 22.

July 7, 2017

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Video: Watch ‘Indiana Newsdesk’ July 7, 2017

Are changes coming to Indiana’s alcohol laws, why experts are preparing for an astronomical event and the race for Indiana’s 9th district is already heating up.

July 10, 2017

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2 Kayakers Remain Hospitalized After Rescue From White River

The strength of the rushing water pulled life vests off both men.

July 10, 2017

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Indiana To Change How It Calculates Graduation Rates

Indiana’s general diploma will no longer be considered when calculating school and district graduation rates.

July 10, 2017

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New Archbishop Of Indianapolis Closes Chapter Of Priesthood

Bishop Charles Thompson walked down the aisle one last time at Saint Benedict Cathedral in Evansville.

July 10, 2017

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Indiana Governor, State GOP Form Joint Fundraising Effort

The Team Holcomb political action committee that was launched in late June will split contributions to Holcomb's campaign and the state GOP.

July 10, 2017

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West Lafayette Rep. Siegrist Named To Passenger Rail Commission

The Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission is advocating for train travel in the nation’s midsection.

July 10, 2017

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Indiana Woman Killed, 8 Wounded At Woman’s Gender Reveal Party

Autum Garrett, of Huntington, Indiana, was killed, and eight people including the pregnant woman and three young children were injured in the shooting.

July 10, 2017

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Secretaries Of State Around The Country Meet In Indianapolis

The annual conference attracted more attention this year, in part because of the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

July 10, 2017

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Land Purchases Will Close Gap In Northern Indiana Trail

The latest purchase of 11 parcels will allow construction for what is now a one-mile gap in the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail.

July 10, 2017

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Tribute For Slain Deputy Part Of 13-Day Indiana Police Ride

The 13-day Cops Cycling for Survivors ride is to begin Monday morning after a departure ceremony outside the Statehouse.

July 10, 2017

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Bobby Knight endorsing Donald Trump for president at an Indianapolis rally.

Report: FBI Investigated Claims That Bob Knight Groped Women

Authorities investigated complaints from four women that Bob Knight groped them or touched them inappropriately during a visit to a U.S. spy agency in 2015.

July 10, 2017

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Body Found In Search For Missing Kayaker In Greencastle

The state Department of Natural Resources says searchers Monday morning located the body Timothy Wells of Indianapolis along Big Walnut Creek in Greencastle.

July 10, 2017

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FAQ: How Would The Republican Health Care Bills Affect You?

This week, Republicans in Congress will try to rally votes behind a bill that proposes major changes to the way Americans get health care and how much they pay.

July 10, 2017

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A room in the basement was set ablaze, but the fire extinguished itself before it could spread to the rest of the building.

Bartholomew County Police Investigating Church Vandalism

Investigators believe someone broke into the Ohio Chapel United Methodist Church in Columbus late Friday night or early Saturday morning.

July 10, 2017

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Suzanne Crouch speaks about her friend, Connie Lawson, incoming president of the National Association of Secretaries of State.

Lawson Becomes President Of National Secretaries Of State Group

Lawson, a Republican, replaces Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill, a Democrat.

July 10, 2017

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Study: If College Kids Want Better Grades, Set Better Goals

If college students want As in their classes, new research says setting goals at the beginning of the semester increases the opportunity to earn better grades.

July 11, 2017

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Submit Your Questions For Terre Haute’s “Ask The Mayor”

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

July 11, 2017

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Restored oak savannah at the Columbia Mine Preserve in Patoka National Wildlife Refuge. The dead, brown bushes scattered throughout are invasive species that have been treated with herbicide.

Restoring The Restoration: Refuge Gives Wildlife Habitat New Life

Invasive species often take over reclaimed coal mines, but one partnership in southern Indiana is restoring a reclaimed mine to wildlife habitat.

July 11, 2017

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1 Kayaker Dead, 1 Hospitalized After White River Rescue

Battalion Chief Rita Reith says 48-year-old Lawrance Morrissey of Fishers died Sunday after he and another kayaker became stuck in the churning water.

July 11, 2017

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Utility Replacing Streetlights With LEDs In Northern Indiana

Northern Indiana Public Service Company's says it plans to add light-emitting diode, or LED, lights to 42,000 streetlights by the year 2022.

July 11, 2017

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Storms Cause Flooding In Indiana, Spawn Possible Tornadoes

Flash flood watches and warnings were in effect Tuesday for much of central Indiana, with more severe storms possible.

July 11, 2017

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Tribal Casino In Indiana Looks Toward Filling 1,200 Jobs

Four job fairs are being planned for positions at the tribal casino that's under construction in northern Indiana.

July 11, 2017

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Nat’l Secretary Of State Group Underscores Election State Autonomy

The resolution says the National Association of Secretaries of State is committed to ensuring election security.

July 11, 2017

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Members of the Paoli School board voting at their July 10 meeting.

Paoli Superintendent’s Resignation Effective Immediately

The board voted 7 to 4 to accept the terms of resignation.

July 11, 2017

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Arts Commission Seeks Nominations For Indiana Poet Laureate

The poet laureate represents Indiana and the art of poetry through programming to the education community and general public.

July 11, 2017

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UPDATE: Monroe County Sheriff’s Naloxone Supply Restocked

The remaining kits will be reserved for emergency responders.

July 11, 2017

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Feds Probe Indianapolis Police Shooting Of Black Driver

The FBI's Indianapolis office said that it and the U.S. attorney's office are conducting a civil rights investigation into the shooting death of Aaron Bailey.

July 11, 2017

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Police Investigating Church Vandalism String In Bartholomew Co.

Bartholomew County Sheriff Matthew Myers says he believes the acts of vandalism are connected and is urging other churches to take precautions.

July 11, 2017

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The Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis.

Former Senator Tapped To Lead Alcohol Law Study Panel

Indiana Senate GOP Leader David Long chose former Senator Beverly Gard to lead the new two-year commission on the state's alcohol laws.

July 11, 2017

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Indiana's career and technical education programs are growing rapidly. Students from around the nation compete each year in job skills contests at the SkillsUSA national competition, pictured here.

High School Job Training Takes On New Life In Indiana

A new state law could allow job training programs to replace other high school graduation requirements.

July 11, 2017

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Representative Hollingsworth called out Bloomington's Planned Parenthood facility in posts on Facebook and Twitter.

Hollingsworth Sparks Controversy Over Planned Parenthood Comments

A social media post from Republican Rep. Trey Hollingsworth is causing controversy after the freshman congressman called to defund Planned Parenthood.

July 11, 2017

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Baked Of Bloomington Location Purchased By Redevelopers

After their property was bought by redevelopers, Baked of Bloomington will welcome customers at their new downtown location.

July 11, 2017

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Customers in more than 30 Indiana counties reported electrical issues to Duke Tuesday afternoon.

16,000 Indiana Duke Energy Customers Lose Power In Tuesday Storms

Customers in more than 30 Indiana counties reported electrical issues to Duke Tuesday afternoon.

July 11, 2017

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Gov. Eric Holcomb (R-Indiana) has previously evaded any commitment to releasing internal analysis of the impact federal health care legislation will have on Indiana.

Holcomb Says He’ll Release Health Care Impact Data Before Vote

Gov. Eric Holcomb has previously evaded any commitment to releasing internal analysis of the impact federal health care legislation will have on Indiana.

July 11, 2017

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Search Turns Up No Additional Asian Carp In Chicago Waterway

Indiana is among the states trying to figure out how to address the growing population of the invasive species.

July 12, 2017

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Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett

Ask The Mayor: Bennett On Budget, Drug Treatment Center

Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett answers questions about the police pension fund, Tuesday's storms and the state's new drug treatment center.

July 12, 2017

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Indiana City Doesn’t Receive Grant To Remove Lead From Homes

State data shows an unusually high number of children in South Bend had high levels of lead in their blood between 2005 and 2015.

July 12, 2017

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Indiana To Hear New Plan For Students Not On Diploma Path

Officials are expected to present a plan to the Indiana State Board of Education Wednesday.

July 12, 2017

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A Starbucks in Kokomo was leveled when a tornado touched down.

Why Does Howard County Keep Getting Hit By Tornadoes?

There's no science behind why tornadoes come through the county so often.

July 12, 2017

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House Panel To Consider Bill Preserving Great Lakes Cleanup

Congressional budget writers are proposing to overrule President Donald Trump's call for eliminating a program that funds Great Lakes cleanup efforts.

July 12, 2017

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State Confirms 2 Cases Of Tick-Borne Heartland Virus In 2 Years

The state health department says there were more than 200 cases of tick-borne illness in 2016, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

July 12, 2017

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Tuesday Set New Single-Day Rainfall Record

The National Weather Service predicts more rain this week, with possible thunderstorms Wednesday night and storms throughout the day on Thursday.

July 12, 2017

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Damage Revealed From Flash Flooding In Kokomo, Franklin

Much of the damage happened around Kokomo and in the Franklin area south of Indianapolis from waves of storms that moved across the state Monday and Tuesday.

July 12, 2017

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Indiana University School of Medicine at night.

IU Med School Gets $25M, Corporate Support To Recruit Scientists

The endowment aims to fast-track the creation of treatments from discoveries about cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's and more.

July 12, 2017

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Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson speaks at the National Association of Secretaries of State convention on July 10.

Lawsuit Seeks To Block Release Of Indiana Voter Information

Voter advocacy groups want to stop Secretary of State Connie Lawson from sharing voter information with President Donald Trump’s election integrity commission.

July 12, 2017

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Ryan Lohrey was a 2005 Shenandoah High School graduate.

Indiana Man Among 16 Dead In Mississippi Plane Crash

Ryan Lohrey of Middletown was a 2005 Shenandoah High School graduate.

July 12, 2017

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Columbus Regional Health Announces Purchase Of Clarion Hotel

Columbus Regional Health purchased the former hotel, which went up for sale at a Bartholomew County foreclosure auction.

July 12, 2017

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Jennifer McCormick leads the State Board of Education meeting May 10.

McCormick Responds To New Federal Graduation Rate Requirements

A new federal education law would make thousands of diplomas known no longer count toward a school’s graduation rate.

July 12, 2017

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Bristol, England’s Trish Johnson finished four under par to win the inaugural Senior LPGA Championship.

Johnson Wins Inaugural Senior LPGA Championship In French Lick

The first-ever Senior LPGA Championship is wrapping up at the Pete Dye Golf Course this week.

July 13, 2017

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Gov. Eric Holcomb To Unveil List Of Infrastructure Projects

Gov. Eric Holcomb and the GOP-dominated Legislature made raising taxes to pay for infrastructure projects a top priority this year.

July 13, 2017

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Mount Baldy Beach To Reopen 4 Years After Boy Trapped

Officials say that even with the beach opening, the dune at Mount Baldy will remain closed for public safety and dune protection.

July 13, 2017

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AP Report: Senator Profits From Outsourcing He Slams

Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly has long blasted free-trade policies for killing American jobs.

July 13, 2017

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Dense clusters of tobacco retailers equal high smoking rates on Indianapolis' near east side.

Smoking Rates High In Low-Income Areas With Easy Cigarette Access

New research finds that in some low-income Indianapolis neighborhoods, the smoking rate is 29.4 percent, nearly twice the national average.

July 13, 2017

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Indiana Minority Health Fair Offers Free Screenings

The Indiana State Department of Health will offer attendees more than $2,000 worth of free screenings.

July 13, 2017

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Alcoa Partially Restarting Indiana Smelter It Closed In 2016

The Pittsburgh-based company will invest around $30 million to restart the lines it closed last year.

July 13, 2017

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7 Indiana Astronauts Expected At Gus Grissom Museum Events

Fundraising events for the museum honoring southern Indiana native Gus Grissom are getting a boost from some of his fellow astronauts.

July 13, 2017

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Gov. Eric Holcomb announces the priorities for the next five years of road and bridge repairs.

Holcomb Announces 5-Year, $4.7 Billion Road Funding Plans

Over the next five years, the state plans to resurface nearly 10,000 lane miles of pavement and repair or replace approximately 1,300 bridges.

July 13, 2017

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Police Investigate Possible Link Between 6 Church Break-Ins

Investigators believe three church break-ins in Brown County are connected to three in Bartholomew County.

July 13, 2017

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A roll of police tape (police line) lies on the ground outside a home being foreclosed on in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2009.

Police: Speeding Driver Crashed Into House, Killing 2 Inside

Authorities say a 17-year-old was speeding on a county road when her car went off-road and crashed into a central Indiana home, killing two sisters inside.

July 13, 2017

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Study: Immigrants Are Growing Indiana’s Population

A Ball State University study finds immigrants have made up more than a quarter of Indiana's population growth for the last decade-and-a-half.

July 13, 2017

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Investigation Finds $1 Million In Medicaid Fraud In Indiana

The fraud uncovered in Indiana include transportation billing for trips that never happened, money laundering and illegal opioid prescribing.

July 14, 2017

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Communities Struggle To Find Longterm Funding For Naloxone

There's no longterm state funding dedicated to providing emergency responders with naloxone kits.

July 14, 2017

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Tonight At 6 On ‘Indiana Newsdesk’

Police are facing strain on their supply of the overdose antidote drug, naloxone. Prosthetics can be expensive, but 3-D printers can make them more affordable.

July 14, 2017

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Soybean crops in water after flooding this week.

Farmers Are Facing Setbacks After Heavy Flooding This Week

The record rainfall this week is the latest setback farmers are facing during an unusually wet summer.

July 14, 2017

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Toxin producing blue-green algae.

Scientists Expect ‘Significant’ Algae Bloom On Lake Erie

A harmful algae bloom is expected to form in Lake Erie, though it probably not as large as some previous formations that posed health risks & hampered tourism.

July 14, 2017

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Here’s What The State Wants From The New ISTEP Vendor

The state outlines everything it wants and requires from the new test, and various vendors will submit a proposal to create the new assessment.

July 14, 2017

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How Much Money Is Included For I-69 In The State’s New Roads Plan?

Governor Holcomb’s infrastructure plan dedicates some money to the completion of I-69, but it doesn’t address ongoing issues with construction of Section 5.

July 14, 2017

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Mayor Joe Hogsett (D-Indianapolis) announces reforms to IMPD use of force practices.

Hogsett Announces IMPD Reform After Police Shooting Of Unarmed Man

The reform comes in three parts, including teaching IMPD trainers how to lead implicit bias training.

July 14, 2017

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Donnelly Selling Stock In Family Company Using Mexican Labor

Donnelly, longtime critic of outsourcing jobs to foreign countries, says he's selling his stock in his brother's arts and crafts company.

July 14, 2017

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Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Ryan Lohrey, 30, a Corpsman with 2d Marine Raider Battalion.

Indiana Native Navy Corpsman Mourned After Plane Crash

Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Ryan Lohrey was a high school football standout in Indiana who had gotten married weeks before the crash.

July 14, 2017

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Daviess County Struggles With Road Damage From Amish Buggies

The wear and tear on Daviess County roads isn’t caused by Mother Nature – it's the result of horses.

July 14, 2017

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The federal courthouse in downtown Indianapolis.

State To Appeal Ruling Partially Blocking New Anti-Abortion Law

Federal Judge Sarah Evans Barker temporarily blocked three provisions of the controversial measure dealing with underage girls who seek abortions.

July 14, 2017

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Senate Health Bill Would Affect Special Education? Yes, Here’s How

School districts rely on Medicaid reimbursements for special education, transportation for children with disabilities, social workers and more.

July 14, 2017

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A CPR demonstration.

Indiana Black Expo: Fun Pays Off Later In Health Initiatives

The fair offers over $2,000 worth of health screenings. Organizers say this is the world’s largest minority health fair.

July 14, 2017

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Video: Watch ‘Indiana Newsdesk’ July 14, 2017

Police are facing strain on their supply of the overdose antidote drug, naloxone. Prosthetics can be expensive, but 3-D printers can make them more affordable.

July 15, 2017

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Hoosier astronauts take pictures with some members of the Grissom family.

Slideshow: Hoosier Astronauts Gather To Celebrate Gus Grissom

Seven astronauts came together in Mitchell on Saturday for the largest gathering of Indiana-born astronauts to commemorate Hoosier Astronaut Gus Grissom.

July 17, 2017

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Divers Find Missing Indiana Man’s Body In Lake

Divers with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources retrieved the body of 41-year-old Jeremy D. Bunker early Sunday.

July 17, 2017

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Prof. Linda Prokopy speaks to a crowd at Wolf Park about why people have the attitude they do toward climate change.

What Shapes Attitudes On Climate Change?

A Purdue University professor says our worldview shapes our attitudes on climate change.

July 17, 2017

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3-D Printers Revolutionize How To Make, Cost Of Prosthetics

3-D printing technology has had an impact on countless industries, but there are few areas where it shows more potential than medicine.

July 17, 2017

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The League of Women Voters of Bloomington- Monroe County held an event Sunday featuring a nearly 2 mile route along lines separating 3 districts in Bloomington.

‘Gerrymander Meander’ Brings Attention To Redistricting Reform

The League of Women Voters of Bloomington- Monroe County held an event Sunday featuring a nearly 2 mile route along lines separating 3 districts in Bloomington.

July 17, 2017

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Notre Dame Adds 3 Geothermal Fields To Reduce Carbon Output

The school is investing $113 million in renewable energy sources and projects.

July 17, 2017

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Central Indiana County Debates Continuing Needle Exchange

A Madison County Council member is pushing an ordinance that would effectively end the county's two-year-old program.

July 17, 2017

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Convenience Stores Praise Pick To Lead Alcohol Study Committee

The two-year study committee is tasked with finding ways to modernize Indiana’s complex rules for the sale of beer, wine and liquor.

July 17, 2017

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Indiana Opioid Crisis Highlights Shortage Of Social Workers

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that social worker employment will grow by 19 percent between 2014 and 2024.

July 17, 2017

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Study: Indiana Maintains Healthy Fiscal Balance For Years

The project, from The Pew Charitable Trusts, looks at state fiscal balance.

July 17, 2017

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Purdue Collects Record $352M In Donations Over Past Year

Purdue officials say the money came from some 85,000 individual donors, along with corporations and foundations.

July 17, 2017

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Police say the man in this photo and composite sketch is a white male weighing 180 to 220 pounds, with reddish-brown hair and unknown eye color. Police are asking the public to focus on the person's facial features as the depiction of the hat may be inaccurate.

Police Release Sketch Of Suspect In Delphi Murder Investigation

Indiana State Police are seeking the public's help in identifying a person suspected of murdering two teen girls in Delphi in February.

July 17, 2017

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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, along 15 miles of Lake Michigan.

Water Clean After Chemical Spill At Lake Michigan Tributary

Burns Waterway has been tested weekly for hexavalent chromium following April's spill at a U.S. Steel facility.

July 17, 2017

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Sen. Ryan Mishler (R-Bremen).

Sen. Mishler Named New Chairman Of Indiana Senate Appropriations

GOP Senate leader David Long announced Monday that Republican Sen. Ryan Mishler will take over for longtime chairman Luke Kenley, who is stepping down.

July 17, 2017

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Rally attendee Greg Bowes shows off House District 99, which he says is his favorite illustration of gerrymandering in the state.

Redistricting Reform Advocates Look To Grassroots Support

Some looking for redistricting reform say a groundswell of public support might prove necessary for lawmakers to take action.

July 17, 2017

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The intake photo for Speck Mellencamp, arrested July 16 in Bloomington.

Speck Mellencamp Facing Preliminary Charges After Weekend Arrest

Police say 22-year-old Speck Mellencamp was arrested Sunday after he and his 23-year-old brother, Hud, were involved in a fight outside a restaurant.

July 17, 2017

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The Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit organization that promotes business interests in the community.

Bloomington Chamber Of Commerce President Resigns

President and CEO of the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce Jeb Conrad is resigning from the position, which he's held for four years.

July 18, 2017

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Indiana's career and technical education programs are growing rapidly. Students from around the nation compete each year in job skills contests at the SkillsUSA national competition, pictured here.

Educators, Employers Will Use State Data To Tackle Local Job Needs

It's the next phase of the state's SkillUp program, which aims to help localize training efforts for an estimated one million job openings in the next decade.

July 18, 2017

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A Dallas, Texas billboard hosts the same message as planned in Delaware County.

PETA Plans Memorial Billboard For Delaware Co. Cattle Truck Crash

A national animal rights organization says it will post a billboard message in Delaware County to remember the cows killed in a mid-July truck crash on I-69.

July 18, 2017

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Indiana Asks Public To Report Wild Turkey Production

The Department of Natural Resources wants volunteers to use a web-based survey to record wild turkey sightings through the end of August.

July 18, 2017

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A student paints on an easel at Day Early Learning in Indianapolis, run by Early Learning Indiana.

Early Learning Indiana Gives Out $72,500 In Awards

The education advocacy group Early Learning Indiana has awarded $72,500 to programs across the state designed for youngsters.

July 18, 2017

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Surveillance video from Blue River Chapel in Harrison County shows two young men suspected in five church burglaries in the area.

String Of Thefts Reported At Southern Indiana Churches

The Harrison County Sheriff's Department says the string of six thefts was reported early Sunday at churches in the Corydon area.

July 18, 2017

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Muslim Organization Countering ‘Offensive’ Billboard With Own Sign

The GainPeace billboard is a response to the controversial 'Perfect Man' billboard put up in early June on Interstate 465.

July 18, 2017

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The new expansion is located on Firecracker Hill, just outside downtown Nashville.

Lawsuit Filed In Dispute Over Utilities Of New Quaff ON! Location

Brown County Water Utilities sued the Nashville Town Council last month for the rights to provide water to a multi-million dollar Quaff ON! expansion.

July 18, 2017

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Bloomington residents at a protest against one of the GOP proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

For Pro-Obamacare Groups, A Wary Reprieve

Health care advocacy groups are tentatively celebrating news that the Senate’s latest health care bill is dead, without calling it a victory.

July 19, 2017

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Vigo County Courthouse Considers New Rule Banning Electronics

The proposed new rule states that anyone entering a courtroom building is prohibited from having electronic devices in their possession, including cell phones.

July 19, 2017

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Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton discusses I 69, opioid treatment centers, and accessory dwelling units.

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington’s Hamilton On Meeting With Governor

Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton discusses I 69, opioid treatment centers, and accessory dwelling units.

July 19, 2017

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Police say the man in this photo and composite sketch is a white male weighing 180 to 220 pounds, with reddish-brown hair and unknown eye color. Police are asking the public to focus on the person's facial features as the depiction of the hat may be inaccurate.

Sketch Of 2 Teens’ Suspected Killer Draws Surge Of Tips

Indiana State Police are seeking the public's help in identifying a person suspected of murdering two teen girls in Delphi in February.

July 19, 2017

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Critics Oppose Indiana’s Proposed Medicaid Work Requirement

The state submitted its proposal May 25 to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services before receiving public comment in Indiana on the measure

July 19, 2017

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New Indiana Nature Preserve Was Shaped By Last Ice Age

A state commission has approved a new nature preserve in a section of central Indiana shaped by glaciers during the last ice age.

July 19, 2017

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Group Chooses Private Developer For Convention Center Expansion

The Convention Center Advisory Commission recommended Sun Development and Management as the private developer for the expansion project.

July 19, 2017

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FBI Confirms Investigation In Terre Haute

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is conducting 'investigative activity' at the Terre Haute Wastewater Treatment administration building.

July 19, 2017

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Former NFL Receiver James Hardy’s Death Ruled A Suicide

The former Indiana star was found June 7 at a dam along the Maumee River in his hometown of Fort Wayne.

July 19, 2017

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The state also closed with a reserve of $1.77 billion. That’s about $400 million less than the year before.

State Ends Fiscal Year With Small Surplus, Healthy Reserve

The state also closed with a reserve of $1.77 billion. That’s about $400 million less than the year before.

July 20, 2017

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Officials: Swine Flu Risk Insignificant Despite Ohio Incident

Hoosier hog farmers have been expressing concerns after two hogs tested positive for swine flu at the Clinton County, Ohio fair last week.

July 20, 2017

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Fear Of Arrest Still Hinders Some From Helping People Who Overdose

A majority of people say after giving Naloxone they did or would call 911, but 27 percent said they would not.

July 20, 2017

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Heat Wave Bringing Highs In The 90s Through The Weekend

Recorded temperatures haven't been as high as what's forecasted for the next few days since 2013, when they hit nearly 96 degrees.

July 20, 2017

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BMV Lawsuit Means More Refunds For Motorists

The BMV is repaying motorists more than $62 million it collected in excessive fees.

July 20, 2017

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Indiana AG Warns Public About Tech Support Computer Scams

Attorney General Curtis Hill says the scams use pop-up alerts resembling security alerts used by legitimate computer and technology companies.

July 20, 2017

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Layoffs Begin At Carrier Plant That Drew Trump’s Criticism

Thursday is the last day for nearly 340 workers at Carrier's gas furnace plant.

July 20, 2017

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The Utilities District of Western Indiana Rural Electric Member Cooperative serves several counties in south-west Indiana.

In The Midst Of An FBI Investigation UDWI Hires Interim Leader

The UDWI rural electric co-op has named an interim CEO that has 42 years experience managing REMCs.

July 20, 2017

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Paoli Bridge Repairs Nearing Completion

After more than a year and a half of repairs, a historic Paoli bridge that collapsed under the weight of a semi will soon reopen to traffic.

July 20, 2017

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Trump Adds Two Indiana Officials To Administration

Ted McKinney and Brandye Hendrickson have been named to positions in the Trump administration.

July 20, 2017

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Doctor Gets Grants To Protect Troops From Mosquito-Borne Viruses

Soldiers are more susceptible to mosquito bites because of the amount of time they spend outdoors.

July 20, 2017

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State Officials To Visit Bloomington, Discuss Opioid Epidemic

Gov. Eric Holcomb and Mayor John Hamilton last week discussed the need for coordination between state and local officials in fighting the opioid epidemic.

July 20, 2017

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Bloomington’s North Side Marsh Will Reopen As Kroger

The company hasn't announced what will happen to the former Marsh on Kingston Drive.

July 20, 2017

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Indiana Department of Agriculture director Ted McKinney (left, seated) signs a friendship agreement with China's Hebei Provincial Department of Agriculture during a trade mission in 2015.

Indiana Ag Chief Tapped To Be USDA’s First Trade Undersecretary

Ted McKinney has directed Indiana's Department of Agriculture since 2014, after working at Dow AgroSciences and Eli Lilly subsidiary Elanco.

July 21, 2017

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Nonprofit First In US To Pilot Preventative Mental Health Program

Preventure screens adolescents for personality traits, which can indicate higher risk for substance abuse or a mental disorder.

July 21, 2017

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Holcomb Asks Feds To Allow Medicaid Work Requirements

Holcomb is seeking permission to require some adults to have a job or to enroll in a work-readiness program to qualify for Medicaid.

July 21, 2017

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3 Options Remain For I-69 Bridge Connecting Indiana To Kentucky

I-69 Ohio River Crossing is holding open houses this month to get feedback on the plans.

July 21, 2017

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The League of Women Voters of Bloomington- Monroe County held an event Sunday that they called the Gerrymander Meander.

Tonight At 6 On ‘Indiana Newsdesk’

Some Indiana residents are calling for redistricting reform. They say political districts are being drawn to favor political parties.

July 21, 2017

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Illinois Steel Company Hopes To Move Plant To Indiana

The move would create about 100 new jobs in Gary.

July 21, 2017

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53 Cases Allege Sexual Misconduct By University’s Employees

Almost 50 percent of reports fell into the sexual harassment or gender discrimination category.

July 21, 2017

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Crouch was invited by the Hoosier Hills Food Bank to learn about the food bank's services and programs in the 6 counties that it serves.

Lt. Gov. Crouch Meets With Food Bank To Discuss Food Insecuirty

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch made a trip to Bloomington’s Hoosier Hills Food Bank Friday.

July 21, 2017

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Indiana Unemployment Rate Continues Steady Decline

The Hoosier labor force shrank for the second month in a row.

July 21, 2017

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Increasing Number Of Indiana Connections In Trump Administration

A political scientist says the number of people in the Trump administration with Indiana connections isn't surprising.

July 21, 2017

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The League of Women Voters of Bloomington- Monroe County held an event Sunday that they called the Gerrymander Meander.

Questions Over Political Redistricting Rise To Supreme Court

The case deals with a challenge to a redistricting plan from Wisconsin. Steve Sanders is a law professor at Indiana University.

July 21, 2017

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A judge ordered Sallee to repay the full amount he embezzled.

Judge Sentences Bloomington Accountant For Federal Fraud Scheme

Court documents say Michael Sallee embezzled more than $1 million from a widow over a decade.

July 21, 2017

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State Supreme Court Ruling Means No Monopoly For Monarch Beverage

The court sided with Indiana's Alcohol And Tobacco Commission, which denied Spirited Sales LLC's liquor wholesaler permit request.

July 21, 2017

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IU Participates In Global Physics Experiment

The experiment will study neutrinos and detect supernovas.

July 21, 2017

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Barbara Wolanin was one of around 30 people protesting the legislature's failure to adopt redistricting reform. (Nick Janzen/IPBS)

Video: Watch ‘Indiana Newsdesk’ July 21, 2017

Some Indiana residents are calling for redistricting reform. They say political districts are being drawn to favor political parties.

July 22, 2017

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DNR Workshop Encourages Bowfishing Invasive Carp Species

Asian carp are an invasive species that threaten native fish.

July 24, 2017

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5-Vehicle Crash Near Bloomington Kills 3 Greenwood Residents

Officials say a Miller Transportation bus struck the minivan from behind about 1:45 p.m., triggering a collision involving three other vehicles.

July 24, 2017

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Milk Bank Expands Services, Breastfeeding Support

Lactation and bereavement services are a part of the bank's mission to provide human breast milk to babies in need.

July 24, 2017

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Cast Iron Restoration Work Planned At Culbertson Mansion

Mansion site manager Jessica Stavros says the project will cost nearly $1 million. Of that amount, $489,000 comes from state coffers.

July 24, 2017

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State Investigating Controversial Herbicide Dicamba

The controversial herbicide is allegedly drifting from neighboring fields and damaging other crops.

July 24, 2017

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Advocates Fear Trump Budget Will Erode Progress In Housing

The Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority reports the state had 3,200 homeless people on Jan. 25.

July 24, 2017

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Notre Dame Starts Using Solar Energy To Power Warehouse

Notre Dame announced in 2015 that it would stop burning coal within five years and cut its carbon output by more than half by 2030.

July 24, 2017

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Man Injured In Michigan City Police-Action Shooting

Police say the shooting about 3:30 a.m. Sunday left a 29-year-old LaPorte man with a graze wound to his arm.

July 24, 2017

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Falcon chicks are banded by the DNR before they have the ability to fly.

DNR Monitors State Falcon Population After Chicks Hatch

Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources recently finished banding efforts for the state’s Peregrine Falcon population.

July 24, 2017

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Tribal Casino Opens Employment Office In South Bend

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians says the new office was scheduled to open Monday in downtown South Bend's Union Station.

July 24, 2017

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Prescription Drug Distributor Opens Central Indiana Facility

The distribution center will package, process and ship pharmaceuticals to U.S. health care providers, veterinary practices and livestock producers.

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