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May 1, 2015

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Jackson County Health Dept

Rural Towns Lack Resources To Combat, Prevent HIV Outbreak

Counties near the center of the HIV outbreak don't have the money or manpower to offer HIV testing and other resources to concerned residents.

May 1, 2015

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Morning Headline Roundup: Friday, May 1, 2015

Two law professors are taking an Indiana woman's case after she was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Read more in our headline roundup.

May 1, 2015

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Take our survey and let us know what you think!

Poll: What Was The Biggest Legislative Issue In 2015?

Legislators tackled a lot of topics in the 2015 session. Take our survey and let us know which one you think was the biggest.

May 1, 2015

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Statehouse

Statehouse Update: Ethics Reform, Gaming Bill

GOP leaders say that by the time the gavel fell on the 2015 session, they were able to accomplish essentially all of their priorities.

May 1, 2015

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Nepal Earthquake

Hoosiers Should Be Smart About Nepal Relief, IU Prof Says

An IU professor says money is what organizations need immediately following a disaster, but Indiana residents need to know where the money is going.

May 1, 2015

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The bill's final language says racinos can petition the Indiana Gaming Commission for permission to add live dealers.

Lanane Says Adding Live Dealers Would’ve Created Jobs

The initial gaming bill this session allowed racinos to add a limited number of table games with live dealers.

May 1, 2015

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Marlin Stutzman Says ‘Major Announcement’ Coming Next Week

Stutzman is one of several GOP politicians considering making a run for Senator Dan Coats' seat.

May 1, 2015

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What’s That Sound? The Chime Of A Tradition’s Return

Starting May 1, "Hail To Old IU" will ring out from the campus chimes each Friday at 6 p.m.

May 1, 2015

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Lincoln Funeral Train Engine

Lincoln’s Funeral Train Stopped In Indiana 150 Years Ago

"Indiana Newsdesk" takes a look back at what was making the news in our “History Through Headlines” segment.

May 1, 2015

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Video: Watch ‘Indiana Newsdesk’ May 1, 2015

Top lawmakers say whether they’d call this session a success. Could the HIV outbreak have been prevented if the state hadn’t ignored the drug problem?

May 2, 2015

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Portable Vietnam Soldier Memorial Makes Pit Stop In Lawrence

The Moving Wall grand opening was Friday, with keynote speaker Sammy Davis, Indiana's only living Medal of Honor recipient.

May 2, 2015

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

Some Question The Need For A Balanced Budget Amendment

The amendment would enshrine in the state’s constitution a prohibition on the legislature crafting a budget that spends more than the state collects in taxes.

May 4, 2015

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Mayoral debate

Bloomington Democratic Mayoral Candidates Talk City Growth

With the primary a day away, Democratic mayoral candidates John Hamilton and Darryl Neher say voters are worried about Bloomington losing its character.

May 4, 2015

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Bosma Says Not Enough Funding For Infrastructure In 2015

House Speaker Brian Bosma says he anticipates making infrastructure a primary focus the next two sessions.

May 4, 2015

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Morning Headline Roundup: Monday, May 4, 2015

The state's primary elections are Tuesday, and the Weather Channel is looking back on the 2012 Henryville tornado. Read more in our headline roundup.

May 4, 2015

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Low Early Voter Turnout Reported In Monroe County

In-person early voter turnout was 2.9 percent in Monroe County.

May 4, 2015

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State Board Could Look Different After May Meeting

The State Board of Education gathers for its monthly meeting beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday in Indianapolis.

May 4, 2015

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New Program Gives HIP 2.0 Enrollees Access To Job Resources

About 300,000 people enrolled in HIP 2.0 will be invited them to Gateway to Work, a program run by the state’s Family and Social Services Administration.

May 4, 2015

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State Job Market For New Grads At A 5-Year Best

IDWD spokesman Joe Frank says the state has gained nearly 14,000 manufacturing jobs and 50,000 total private sector jobs in the past two years.

May 4, 2015

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Municipal Stadium

FEMA Approves Kokomo Baseball Stadium Turf Amid Legal Battle

FEMA and Kokomo have been at odds for several months, arguing for what purpose federal flood mitigation grants can be used.

May 4, 2015

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IU Professor Campaigning Against Patriot Act Renewal

Customs agents at Indianapolis International Airport detained and questioned Christine Von Der Haar in 2012.

May 5, 2015

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How Cognitive Biases Affect Efforts To Conserve Water

As California's drought draws national headlines, an Indiana University professor finds some key perceptions about conserving water at home.

May 5, 2015

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Morning Headline Roundup: Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Legislators could convene for a one-day session in June. Read more in our morning roundup.

May 5, 2015

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Pence Signs Medical Shield Bill Into Law

HEA 1145 will apply to physicians and other professionals such as podiatrists and optometrists who perform routine medical, eye and dental treatments.

May 5, 2015

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Voter Turnout Low In Monroe County

Around 5,000 people have cast ballots early, in-person or through absentee voting.

May 5, 2015

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Hamilton awaits results.

Update: Hamilton Leads Bloomington Mayoral Primary

Hamilton says the voters have spoken, but now it's just a matter of waiting.

May 5, 2015

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Martha Lake for Mayor

Martha Lake Victorious in Kokomo Mayoral Primary

Martha Lake currently works as the Howard County Auditor.

May 5, 2015

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Live Blog: 2015 Primary Election Results

Follow our live blog for 2015 primary election updates throughout the evening.

May 5, 2015

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Live Coverage: 2015 Indiana Primary Election

WFIU/WTIU will be hosting live election coverage after the polls close at 6 p.m.

May 5, 2015

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Lienhoop Defeats Mayor Brown In Columbus GOP Primary

Lienhoop, who joined the Columbus City Council in 2012, said he hopes to alleviate the “climate of uncertainty” he thinks has dominated the city's politics.

May 5, 2015

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Hamilton Defeats Neher In Bloomington Mayoral Primary

Hamilton, who ran unsuccesfully against Mayor Mark Kruzan in 2011, will now face Republican John Turnbull in November's mayoral election.

May 5, 2015

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Brad Bough has defeated Sam Shaw in the Bedford Republican mayoral primary election.

Brad Bough Will Face Incumbent In General Mayoral Election

Brad Bough won the Bedford Republican mayoral primary election with 80 percent of the votes.

May 5, 2015

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Mark Bird campaigned at the St. Patrick's Day parade in Terre Haute.

Bird To Challenge Bennett In Terre Haute Mayoral Election

Mark Bird defeated John Walters in the mayoral primary election.

May 5, 2015

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Haywood Ware campaigned at the Lincoln Day Dinner last month.

Ware To Challenge Dory In Greencastle Mayoral Race

Haywood Ware defeated Jim Wright in the Greencastle primary mayoral election.

May 5, 2015

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Shannon Kohl Campaign

Shannon Kohl Ousts Longtime Mayor In Martinsville Primary

Deckard says in his remaining time as mayor, he will continue to work on various infrastructure projects, such as installing new water lines.

May 5, 2015

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Deer Kill Debate Influences Bloomington City Council Race

Incumbent Dave Rollo, who has been a supporter of a controlled deer cull in Bloomington, narrowly won the Democratic nomination for his city council seat.

May 5, 2015

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19 counties in Indiana have switched to centralized vote centers

Trend Continues As 12 Of 17 School Referenda Pass

A majority of school-related ballot measures passed this election cycle, in keeping with what has become a May voting trend since 2008.

May 6, 2015

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Morning Headline Roundup: Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Some candidates declared victory in yesterday's primary election; some of Dr. Seuss's hat collection is making a stop in Indy. Read more in our morning roundup.

May 6, 2015

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Options Charter School is one of the first charters to receive four consecutive âFâ grades under the state accountability system. The school appealed to the State Board of Education in March to stay open, and the board gave them one year to prove they are a high quality school. (Photo Credit: Claire McInerny/StateImpact Indiana)

Fight Against Failure: Charters Struggle With Accountability

Two charter schools that cater to low-performing students are considered failing by the state, and are fighting that designation.

May 6, 2015

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Indiana Statehouse

General Assembly Could Meet For One-Day Session In June

The state's 150 legislators could meet this summer for a one-day technical session, which has been scheduled for June 8.

May 6, 2015

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More than 9,400 needles have been distributed as part a temporary needle exchange program in Scott County.

HIV Case Numbers In Southeastern Indiana Continue To Climb

The governor also signed off on a measure Tuesday allowing needle exchange programs in Indiana during specific public health emergencies.

May 6, 2015

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Indianapolis Colts RCA Dome

NFL Issues ‘Deflategate’ Report, Finds Tampering Probable

The report says it was probable that two people worked to "release air from Patriots game balls after the balls were examined by the referee."

May 6, 2015

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Gov. Pence Signs Regional Cities Initiative Into Law

Pence says the IEDC has spent months traveling around the country, talking to leaders in areas that adopted a regional economic development approach.

May 6, 2015

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Common Construction Wage Repeal Will Take Effect July 1

Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill repealing the kind of minimum wage for construction workers on public projects Wednesday.

May 6, 2015

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I Voted

2015 Election Wrap-Up: Find All Our Coverage Here

Take a look back on all our coverage of Tuesday's primary elections.

May 6, 2015

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IU Researchers Search For Links To Postpartum Depression

IU researchers studying postpartum depression have found the hormone oxytocin increased activation in a reward-sensitive area of the brain of women.

May 7, 2015

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Morning Headline Roundup: Thursday, May 7, 2015

Some Indiana students want the firefly named as the official state insect; the governor is expected to sign the budget today. Read more in our headline roundup.

May 7, 2015

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Members of the State Board of Education hear public comment at their May meeting. (Photo Credit: Rachel Morello/StateImpact Indiana)

State Board Approves New A-F System Rules

The State Board of Education approved a final framework for the state's A-F school accountability system Thursday, following more than two years of discussion.

May 7, 2015

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Commission Approves Demolition Of Historic Cumberland Church

Giant Eagle, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based grocer, wants to demolish the century-old church and build a convenience store and gas station in its place.

May 7, 2015

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Calculating Taxes Up And Down

With April Revenue Report, State Sits Ahead Of Projections

Coming into April, tax collections had only exceeded expectations twice in the first nine months of the fiscal year.

May 7, 2015

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Coming Up Friday at 6 p.m. On ‘Indiana Newsdesk’

This week’s primary saw some upsets. A complete election recap coming up. Plus, our journey that takes us high onto the roof of the West Baden resort.

May 7, 2015

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Town At HIV Outbreak’s Epicenter Will Open New Clinic

The new clinic is part of a partnership between the town of Austin and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

May 7, 2015

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Pence Budget Signing

Pence Signs $31 Billion Two-Year Budget Into Law

The governor signed the budget in front of students at an elementary school highlighting the largest funding increase for K–12 schools in state history.

May 8, 2015

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Grissom Air Museum Receives $150,000 For Repairs

The money will be used to repaint airplanes that were used in Vietnam and World War II.

May 8, 2015

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FEMA Restores Hazard Grant Funds To Indiana — But Not Kokomo

The agency's decision restores access to more than $6.1 million in funds suspended over unresolved compliance issues with Kokomo’s baseball stadium project.

May 8, 2015

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Morning Headline Roundup: Friday, May 8, 2015

A Purdue researcher has DEA approval to grow hemp; some changes are being proposed to a Bloomington-area shelter. Read more in our morning roundup.

May 8, 2015

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The EPA spoke this week to residents in Martinsville about their investigation of a contaminated site.

EPA, IDEM Building Community Engagement Plan In Martinsville

The EPA is investigating a site in Martinsville where chemicals have contaminated one of the city's drinking water wells.

May 8, 2015

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Hidden Angels Watch Over West Baden Resort

In a small room on the top of the West Baden resort in South Central Indiana, mysterious angels keep watch.

May 8, 2015

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Shalom Center Creates Artwork To Sway Negative Perceptions

Bloomington’s Shalom Community Center along with other community members are attempting to change negative perceptions of the homeless in a creative way.

May 8, 2015

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Data: IREAD-3 Passing Rate Dips From Last Year

The passing rate for the state's third grade reading assessment dipped from last year.

May 8, 2015

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Gov. Pence Vetoes Casino Bill, Lets Two Others Become Law

The casino bills aim to help the state's gaming industry compete against casinos in neighboring states.

May 8, 2015

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Video: Watch ‘Indiana Newsdesk’ May 8, 2015

This week’s primary saw some upsets. A complete election recap coming up. Plus, our journey that takes us high onto the roof of the West Baden resort.

May 8, 2015

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Nursing Home Moratorium To Become Law

Governor Pence says he hesitates supporting any restriction on commerce, but notes that 85 percent of nursing home revenue comes from taxpayers.

May 8, 2015

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Gov. Pence Vetoes Public Records Fee Bill

In vetoing the measure, Pence says, in his words, “the cost of public records should never be a barrier to the public’s right to know.”

May 9, 2015

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Marlin Stutzman

Congressman Marlin Stutzman To Run For Senate

Stutzman seeks to replace Sen. Dan Coats, who announced earlier this year he is retiring.

May 10, 2015

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Sen. Karen Tallian

State Senator Karen Tallian To Run For Indiana Governor

Sen. Tallian has been an outspoken critic of Gov. Mike Pence and is the second Democrat to officially enter the race.

May 11, 2015

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Ebola Survivor Tells Graduates Not To Forget The Big Picture

A doctor who gained national and global attention for being infected by the ebola virus—then treated for it with experimental drugs—spoke at his alma mater.

May 11, 2015

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Governor Heads To China In Hopes Of Increasing Investment

China is Indiana’s fifth largest trading partner, generating $1.4 billion for the Hoosier State last year.

May 11, 2015

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Morning Headline Roundup: Monday, May 11, 2015

The field for the 2016 race for governor is growing; the parents of a Hoosier killed by ISIS accepted a diploma on his behalf. Read more in our morning roundup.

May 11, 2015

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Notre Dame Announces Partnership With Historic Irish Abbey

The University of Notre Dame plans to offer a variety of programs and courses as part of a new partnership with Kylemore Abbey beginning in 2016.

May 11, 2015

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Concussions More Frequent In Football Practice Than Games

About 58 percent of concussions in high school and college football players occur during practice, a newly published report finds.

May 11, 2015

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The goal of the renovations is to restore the pavilion to a yearlong destination for dining and recreation, says Dan Bortner, Director of the Department of Natural Resources State Parks and Reservoirs.

Plan To Renovate Historic Dunes Pavilion Sparks Concern

Statewide environmental organizations have spoken out against the plans, but DNR officials say they're conservation-minded and are open to feedback.

May 11, 2015

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Report Reveals Leadership Problems At The BMV

An outside consulting firm's evaluation says the catalog of about 1,200 fees and taxes the bureau is responsible for is riddled with errors.

May 11, 2015

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IPS Addresses Social Media Use During School Fights

Indianapolis Public Schools wants to give consequences to students who post videos of fights online, which could lead to legal issues with the First Amendment.

May 11, 2015

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Deadly Bird Flu Shows Up In Backyard Flock Near Fort Wayne

The strain, called H5N8, is similar to the influenza strain that has killed millions of chickens, turkeys, and other birds across the Midwest in recent months.

May 11, 2015

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Sen. Jim Banks To Run For U.S. House

Sen. Banks says he plans to address supporters Tuesday afternoon at Allen County Republican Headquarters.

May 11, 2015

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Tom Brady Suspended, First Game Back Will Be Against Colts

The NFL is suspending New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady for the teams' first four regular season games.

May 12, 2015

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Morning Headline Roundup: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Kokomo reports a high number of heroin overdoses; the NFL suspends quarterback Tom Brady in connection to "Deflategate." Read more in our morning roundup.

May 12, 2015

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ISU To Help FAA Develop Commercial Drones Rules

Indiana State University is one of 16 education institutions partnering with the FAA to determine the best way to regulate commercial unmanned aerial vehicles.

May 12, 2015

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Howard County Police Say Heroin Overdoses Are Unusually High

Howard County Coroner Jay Price says heroin overdoses have killed 11 individuals so far this year. Pending toxicology tests could raise that number to 17.

May 12, 2015

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Karen Tallian To Run For Governor On Her Progressive Record

State Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Portage, will face John Gregg in the 2016 Democratic primary.

May 12, 2015

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Bloomington Students Create Electricity By Walking On Tiles

Every time someone steps on a Pavegen tile installed at Bloomington High School South, the kinetic energy from the footstep creates a few watts of energy.

May 12, 2015

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The outbreak likely began in Scott County and is being spread through needles used to inject the prescription opioid drug Opana.

HIV Cases In Southeastern Indiana Rise Above 150

Despite efforts to quell the outbreak caused by the sharing of dirty needles, the number of new HIV infections in and around Scott County continues to rise.

May 12, 2015

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Autopsy Of Man Who Died In Police Custody Is Inconclusive

Indiana State Police are investigating Myers' death. He was reportedly taken to the emergency room where doctors were unable to save his life.

May 13, 2015

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Morning Headline Roundup: Wednesday, May 13, 2015

IU basketball player forward Devin Davis receives a marijuana citation; Hoosiers needed for the Bicentennial Torch Relay. Read more in our morning roundup.

May 13, 2015

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute’s Duke Bennett

Mayor Bennett answers your questions and talks about the future of Terre Haute.

May 13, 2015

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Gov. Mike Pence visits a factory in China that develops Cummins engines

Governor Talks Business, Human Rights On China Trade Mission

Gov. Pence is half way through his week-long trade mission to China.

May 13, 2015

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Scott County Commissioners Plan Needle Exchange Hearing

The hearing is part of the process counties must go through in order to legalize needle exchange programs under a recently-passed law.

May 13, 2015

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One of the referendum proposed for Brownsburg would have helped fund renovations to the districtâs only high school, which opened in 1907. (Photo Credit: Rachel Morello/StateImpact Indiana)

It’s Complicated: How Indiana Schools Find Funding

District budgets rely on a number of moving parts – like whether voters agree to pay extra taxes, or how the legislature decides to calculate state funding.

May 13, 2015

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Coats Proposes Bipartisan Commission to Appoint Fed. Judges

Current recommendation system creates a political tug-of-war, says the Republican senator.

May 13, 2015

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Study: More Ticks Moving Into Southern Indiana

May is one of the worst months for ticks and IU biologists have gradually seen more types of ticks in the area.

May 14, 2015

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Morning Headline Roundup: Thursday, May 14, 2015

Leadership changes expected at the Indiana BMV; Vigo County Council approves tax breaks for a solar farm project. Read more in our morning roundup.

May 14, 2015

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BMV Commissioner Responds To Report On Overcharges

Commissioner Kent Abernathy says he's working with state lawmakers to begin fixing problems within the BMV.

May 14, 2015

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Indy Pre-K Scholarship Program Holding Lottery This Week

Indianapolis' preschool scholarship program will hold a lottery this week to award scholarships to 1,300 eligible three and four-year-olds.

May 14, 2015

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More than 9,400 needles have been distributed as part a temporary needle exchange program in Scott County.

HIV Cases Continue To Climb As Addiction Services Ramp Up

A total of 155 people in Southeastern Indiana have tested positive for the virus this year.

May 14, 2015

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The total annual loss of honey bees in Indiana neared 50 percent this past year.

Despite Progress, Honey Bee Population Continues To Decline

A new study shows the trends in the declining honey bee population across the United States.

May 14, 2015

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Indiana education officials have agreed to sign a contract with Pearson to operate the ISTEP+ beginning in the 2016 school year. (Photo Credit: Robbie/Flickr)

Indiana’s New Test Vendor Finds Itself In Hot Water

Pearson, the testing company hired to produce Indiana's standardized testing system the next two years is in trouble over security concerns in other states.

May 14, 2015

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Attorney General Creates Crime Victim Advocacy Network

The network aims to coordinate services across the state for victims of violent and sexual crimes.

May 14, 2015

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The Indiana University Global Research Network Operations Center uses a video wall to track open alarms and manage open network issues.

Grants Fund IU International Network Connectivity Efforts

Indiana University’s efforts to enable data sharing for research and education programs across the world are getting a multi-million dollar boost.

May 14, 2015

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Davis, Mosquera-Perea Dismissed From IU Basketball

IU Athletics said Thursday Devin Davis and Hanner Mosquera-Perea were "not living up to their responsibilities."

May 15, 2015

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Morning Headline Roundup: Friday, May 15, 2015

Baron Hill announces he'll run for the U.S. Senate next year; stormy weather is coming to Indiana. Read more in our morning roundup.

May 15, 2015

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Former Congressman Baron Hill To Run For U.S. Senate

Former Democratic Congressman Baron Hill says he’s running for the U.S. Senate because Indiana needs someone who will fight for the working class.

May 15, 2015

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How The Trans-Pacific Partnership Could Affect Hoosiers

The partnership would have an impact on several of Indiana's industries, including agriculture, the automotive industry and the grocery business.

May 15, 2015

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(Photo Credit: Loyola Fine & Performing Arts/Flickr)

Music Program Cuts Worry Some IPS Community Members

Indianapolis Public Schools is changing its framework for staffing special classes like music, which may result in decreased program offerings in some schools.

May 15, 2015

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Rarity Of Voice Disease Makes Finding A Cure Difficult

Spasmodic dysphonia reduces a person's voice to a whisper, but researchers don't know what causes the disorder.

May 15, 2015

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Coming Up Friday At 6 PM On ‘Indiana Newsdesk’

What could be the largest multi-national trade deal in history sharply divides Hoosiers. We explain at 6 p.m. on Indiana Newsdesk.

May 15, 2015

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Boston Bomber Sentenced To Death, May Be Held In Terre Haute

The Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute has a special unit for inmates convicted of terrorist-related offenses.

May 15, 2015

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State Rep. Calls For Summer Committee To Scrutinize BMV

Dan Forestal, D-Indianapolis, is proposing outside scrutiny of the agency saying it cannot be trusted to act on its own.

May 16, 2015

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Watch Indiana Newsdesk: May 15, 2015

What could be the largest multi-national trade deal in history sharply divides Hoosiers, and a voice disorder puzzles researchers.

May 16, 2015

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Eastern Tent Caterpillars Swarm Region

The insects are having a prolific year, but there's an end in sight.

May 18, 2015

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Morning Headline Roundup: Monday, May 18, 2015

A controversial proposal allowing high-powered rifles; cars going airborne at the Indy 500; Indy's nonsmoking law challenged. Read more in our morning roundup.

May 18, 2015

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Public Meetings This Week On Final Stretch Of I-69

The first meeting will take place Monday at Center Grove Middle School North in Greenwood.

May 18, 2015

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Analysts Weigh In On The GOP Race For Dan Coats’ Senate Seat

Congressman Marlin Stutzman's opponent, former state GOP Chair Eric Holcomb, seems to have the monetary advantage with strong ties to the business community.

May 18, 2015

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Commission Considers Legalizing High-Powered Rifle Hunting

The Indiana Natural Resources Commission is considering a proposal to allow hunting with higher caliber rifles.

May 18, 2015

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Former state superintendent Tony Bennett delivers a speech in Indianapolis. (Photo Credit: Kyle Stokes/StateImpact Indiana)

Indiana Hasn’t Heard The Last Of Former Supt. Tony Bennett

The state will not file criminal charges against former superintendent Tony Bennett – but it may not be the last time Hoosiers hear of the educator.

May 18, 2015

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

We're on our way to visit with Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan for Wednesday's show. Submit your questions now!

May 18, 2015

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‘Tree Doctor’ App To Help Homeowners With Emerald Ash Borer

The app provides information about the effects emerald ash borers have on trees and how to treat them.

May 18, 2015

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SCOTUS Ruling Could Slightly Change Indiana Tax Policy

The Supreme Court ruled Maryland could not double tax its residents on income they earn out of state.

May 18, 2015

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French Lick Hopes To Bring In $20M With PGA Tournament

About 40,000 visitors are expected in French Lick this week to watch the 2015 Senior PGA Championship.

May 18, 2015

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Gov. Mike Pence To Run For Re-election

Gov. Pence could face a tougher election bid than he did in 2012.

May 19, 2015

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Morning Headline Roundup: Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Businessman Bob Thomas says he'll focus on a run for governor; Westfield police will discuss last month's stage collapse. Read more in our morning roundup.

May 19, 2015

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Businessman Bob Thomas To Focus On Possible Run For Governor

Thomas says he'll appeal to the average Republican voter by advertising himself as an alternative candidate more focused on fixing what's wrong with Indiana.

May 19, 2015

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State Takes I-69 Feedback At Greenwood Public Meeting

INDOT is weighing the pros and cons of 14 alternative paths for I-69—the original plan and ones utilizing routes to the east and west of the SR 37 corridor.

May 19, 2015

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State Park Mountain Biking Fee Approved For 2016

Mountain bikers will be required to have a $5 daily permit or an $20 annual permit when cycling on state park trails.

May 19, 2015

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Interactive: What Routes Interstate 69 Could Take

There are more than a dozen possible routes being considered for the last leg of I-69.

May 19, 2015

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High-Powered Hunting Rifle Proposal Voted Down

The Natural Resources Commission voted against a proposal that would have allowed hunters to use high powered rifles currently prohibited under Indiana law.

May 19, 2015

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John Gregg, Karen Tallian and Gov. Mike Pence have all thrown their hats into the ring for the 2016 gubernatorial race.

Where Do Gubernatorial Candidates Stand on Education Issues?

Education has been a big issue in Indiana, and the trend will no doubt continue well into the 2016 race for governor.

May 19, 2015

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After 175 Years St. Mary-of-the-Woods College Goes Coed

The school's board of trustees hope the decision will lead to more male and female applicants.

May 19, 2015

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Law Aims To Boost Drivers Education Participation

The law will allow teenagers who take driver's education classes to get their license when they are 16 years, 3 months old.

May 19, 2015

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One fifth of Indianapolis residents smoke, contributing to the city's ranking of least health major metropolis.

Indianapolis Ranked Unhealthiest Major Metro Area

Indianapolis ranks at the bottom of the Annual American Fitness Index by the American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Foundation.

May 20, 2015

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington’s Mark Kruzan

Mayor Kruzan talks about the legislative budget, I-69, TIF money allocations and takes your questions.

May 20, 2015

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Morning Headline Roundup: Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Scam reports have doubled in the last year; Duke Energy is investing to fight summer "brain drain." Read more in our morning roundup.

May 20, 2015

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BSU Alum David Letterman Hosts His Last “Late Show” Tonight

Letterman will be remembered in Muncie for the start he got on WBST radio, now home of Indiana Public Radio, while a student in the late 1960s.

May 20, 2015

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Scott County Needle Exchange Nears Final Approval

After a public hearing Wednesday, Scott County commissioners voted to approve a one-year needle exchange.

May 20, 2015

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IU President Proposes 2-Year Tuition Freeze

Tuition would remain flat for in-state students attending IU Bloomington.

May 20, 2015

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Lucky’s Market Opens In Bloomington

A new organic grocery store has its grand opening in Bloomington.

May 20, 2015

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Appeals Court Rejects Notre Dame Contraception Case, Again

The rejection comes after the Supreme Court ordered the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its first ruling denying Notre Dame's protest.

May 20, 2015

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Better Technology Means More Scams, Attorney General Says

Reported scams more than doubled from over 2,300 in 2013 to over 5,200 in 2014.

May 20, 2015

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With More Pre-K Scholarships, More Demand On Providers

Between the state and city sponsored scholarship program, almost 2,000 children in Indianapolis will get scholarships to attend preschool this year.

May 21, 2015

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Update: Bond Approved For Switchyard Park In Bloomington

The bond will also pay for projects including affordable housing, expansion of the animal shelter, solar panels on city buildings and road improvements.

May 21, 2015

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Morning Headline Roundup: Thursday, May 21, 2015

A year-long needle exchange for Scott County is expected to get approved today; most big cities in Indiana are growing. Read more in our morning roundup.

May 21, 2015

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Soldiers pay tribute to US veterans.

Provisions On Hold For Military Mental Health Bill

Sen. Joe Donnelly says the package helps ensure military men and women have quality local mental health providers by creating a special designation.

May 21, 2015

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Coming Up Friday at 6 p.m. On ‘Indiana Newsdesk’

The state approves the first needle-exchange program, Governor Pence will run for office again and the ins and outs of special city taxing districts.

May 21, 2015

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Charter Board Approves Three New Schools Across State

The Indiana Charter School Board met Wednesday and approved charters for three schools.

May 21, 2015

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IN State Health Commissioner Testifies In D.C. On Drug Abuse

Jerome Adams, among other state health commissioners, testified how Indiana is trying to deal with the HIV outbreak.

May 21, 2015

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Indiana Approves Long-Term Needle Exchange In Scott County

The needle-exchange program in Scott County aims to stop the HIV epidemic that has infected about 160 people.

May 21, 2015

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IU Student’s Alleged Murderer Given $3,000 For Investigator

The $3,000 will be used to formulate a defense for Daniel Messel, who is accused of Hannah Wilson's murder.

May 21, 2015

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The Bloomington campus for Ivy Tech Community College.

Ivy Tech Follows IU, Purdue In Proposing Tuition Freeze

Ivy Tech President Tom Snyder says that he’s not worried about the cost of a freeze.

May 22, 2015

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PGA Reaction Positive At French Lick Senior Championship

Though the Pete Dye Golf Course in French Lick last hosted a PGA event in 2010, organizers say this venue is different from the others.

May 22, 2015

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Morning Headline Roundup: Friday, May 22, 2015

Six people arrested in connection with a $20 million scam; Indy Mayor Greg Ballard will be Grand Marshal at the Pride Parade. Read more in our morning roundup.

May 22, 2015

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Understanding TIF Districts And How They Work

More and more, cities--including Bloomington--are using TIF districts as a driver for economic development. What are they, and do they really work?

May 22, 2015

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If Glenda Ritz Runs For Governor, What Are Her Chances?

If Glenda Ritz enters the race for governor, she'll have to campaign differently than her run for state superintendent in 2012.

May 22, 2015

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Concerns Linger Over Midwives Law

The Professional Licensing Board is expected to develop a final set of rules for midwife licensing within the next few months.

May 22, 2015

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Funding Uncertain For Scott County’s Longterm HIV Response

The new law allowing for syringe exchanges in high-risk counties doesn't provide any state funding for the programs.

May 22, 2015

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Video: Watch ‘Indiana Newsdesk’ May 22, 2015

The state approves the first needle-exchange program, Governor Pence will run for office again and the ins and outs of special city taxing districts.

May 25, 2015

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Veterans Still Butting Heads With Legislators Over Funding

Veterans groups say they're worried about how the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs might use its newly allocated funds.

May 25, 2015

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Study Committee On Straight Ticket Voting Still Possible

Straight ticket voting allows people to vote for every candidate from one party with one check of a box on their ballot.

May 25, 2015

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

We're on our way to visit with Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight for Wednesday's show. Submit your questions now!

May 25, 2015

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Bloomington’s Memorial Day Ceremony Means A Lot To Local Vet

Dozens gathered today for a memorial day ceremony at Rose Hill Cemetery in Bloomington.

May 26, 2015

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Morning Headline Roundup: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The California drought is affecting Indiana food prices; Read more in our morning roundup.

May 26, 2015

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Green BEAN Grocery Delivery Service Expands To Bloomington

Green BEAN Delivery dropped off one ton of fresh produce to the Hoosier Hills Food Bank.

May 26, 2015

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Pre-K Pilot Improving Programs Statewide

Thanks to two similar preschool programs for low-income kids, more high quality programs are emerging across the state.

May 26, 2015

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Broccoli and cauliflower are among the products most heavily relied on from California.

California Drought Causing Moderate Increases In Food Prices

The California drought is causing increased prices for certain products.

May 26, 2015

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Critics Say Governor’s Energy Program Will Hurt Consumers

Critics say the governor's new energy efficiency plan will cost more for consumers.

May 26, 2015

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Paula Cooper, Once Youngest Inmate On Death Row, Found Dead

The former inmate was found Tuesday morning on the north side of Indianapolis.

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