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November 1, 2014

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Pence Appoints New Executive Director of Homeland Security

Pence Appoints New Executive Director of Homeland Security

Governor Pence appointed David Kane as Director of Homeland Security for Indiana Thursday.

November 1, 2014

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Purdue

Mitch Daniels Plans Visit to India

Daniels says the trip aims to strengthen university ties with the nation.

November 2, 2014

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Indiana Election

Full Coverage: 2014 Indiana Elections

Stay up to date on Indiana's election results from the WFIU/WTIU newsroom

November 3, 2014

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Griffy Lake

Plans Set For Griffy Lake Deer Kill

In less than a month, sharpshooters from White Buffalo, Inc. will be able to enter Griffy Lake Nature Preserve and kill up to 100 deer.

November 3, 2014

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Political Leaders Hope Issues Will Drive Voters To The Polls

With the fall election just a day away, Democratic and Republican Parties are working hard on direct voter contact in an effort to get people to the polls.

November 3, 2014

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The IDOE website will be down temporarily while department Information Technology staff address an apparent hack.

Department of Education Website Down, Apparently Hacked

Access to the Indiana Department of Education website went down Monday morning, due to an apparent hack.

November 3, 2014

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Mark Helmke

Long-Time Aide To Sen. Lugar Dies

Mark Helmke worked with Sen. Lugar for more than 30 years on a variety of international issues.

November 3, 2014

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Monroe County Clerk: Voter Received ‘Bogus’ Notification

Linda Robbins says a voter told her he received a false notification that his polling place had been moved.

November 3, 2014

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The State Board of Education is expected to release 2014 A-F school grades Wednesday, after they delayed doing so during last month's meeting.

ABC’s (And D’s And F’s) Of Wednesday’s State Board Meeting

The Indiana State Board of Education is expected to release delayed A-F school accountability grades during its monthly meeting Wednesday in Indianapolis.

November 3, 2014

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Low Expected Voter Turnout Could Sway Elections

For some, low voter turnout is cause for concern, but a political analyst says it doesn’t necessarily help either Republicans or Democrats.

November 4, 2014

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IU Basketball Players Suspended For “Poor Choices”

Head coach Tom Crean says the issue involving sophomores Troy Williams and Standford Robinson happened over the summer.

November 4, 2014

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Indy Power & Light Plans To Replace Circuit Breakers

The company will spend $15 million to overhaul its underground network protectors, one of which led to a downtown power outage in August.

November 4, 2014

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Study Shows More Students Mixing Full And Part-Time

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education says the state should make more resources available for non-traditional adult students.

November 4, 2014

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Monroe County Election Results

Monroe County general election results for Nov. 4, 2014.

November 4, 2014

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Monroe County Seeing Gains In Voter Turnout

Voter turnout in Monroe County was at 15 percent of registered voters at noon, which is higher than turnout during this year’s primary election.

November 4, 2014

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Bruce Borders

Borders Defeats Incumbent Gambill in State House District 45

In Indiana State House District 45 Republican candidate Bruce Borders has unseated Democratic incumbent Bionca Gambill.

November 4, 2014

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Rep. Mayfield presents her bill on the House floor.

GOP Incumbent Mayfield Maintains District 60 House Seat

Republican incumbent Peggy Mayfield defeats democratic candidate Daymon Brodhacker for the District 60 State House of Representative seat.

November 4, 2014

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Smith has served in the State House since 2006.

Incumbent Milo Smith Wins State House District 59

In Indiana State House District 59, republican incumbent Milo Smith defeated democrat Zack Ellison.

November 4, 2014

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Lawson is the second woman to serve as Indiana Secretary of State.

Connie Lawson Wins Race For Indiana Secretary Of State

Connie Lawson defeats Marion County Clerk Beth White in the race for Indiana Secretary of state.

November 4, 2014

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Kelly Mitchell speaks at the Republican state convention in Fort Wayne.

Kelly Mitchell Wins Race For Indiana Treasurer

Kelly Mitchell defeats Mike Boland in the race for State Treasurer.

November 4, 2014

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Suzanne Crouch Retains Control Of Auditor’s Office

Suzanne Crouch has been re-elected as Indiana State Auditor.

November 4, 2014

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Erin Houchin speaks on a stop during the Road to Victory 2014 Bus Tour with Governor Mike Pence and the Statewide Republican team.

GOP Candidate Houchin Defeats Incumbent for State Senate

Republican candidate Erin Houchin defeats democratic incumbent Richard Young in the race for the District 47 State Senate seat.

November 4, 2014

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Eric Bassler campaigns for the 2014 election.

GOP Candidate Bassler Wins District 39 State Senate Seat

GOP candidate Eric Bassler defeats democrat Steve Lindsey for the District 39 State Senate seat.

November 4, 2014

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Walker was elected to the Indiana State Senate in 2006

Walker Defeats Two Competitors In State Senate District 41

In Indiana State Senate District 41, republican incumbent Greggory F. Walker defeated democrat Andy Talarzyk and libertarian Damian Stanziano.

November 4, 2014

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Messer, Bucshon And Young Win Re-Election

Three incumbents for U.S. House of Representatives have won re-election.

November 4, 2014

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Jon Ford campaigns for the 2014 election.

GOP Candidate Ford Unseats Incumbent

GOP candidate Jon Ford unseats democratic incumbent Timothy Skinner in the District 38 State Senate race.

November 4, 2014

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Rep. Matt Ubelhor speaks on the House floor.

Ubelhor Defeats Democrat, Libertarian To Keep House Seat

Republican incumbent Matt Ubelhor has defeated democrat Jeff Sparks and libertarian Ashley Qualkenbush for the District 62 State House of Representatives seat.

November 4, 2014

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Bartholomew County Residents Will Not Pay For Local Pre-K

A controversial referendum to fund pre-k scholarships for low-income four-year-olds in Bartholomew County failed.

November 5, 2014

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Democrats Celebrate Victories Across Monroe County

Democratic winners include sheriff, county council representatives.

November 5, 2014

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Indiana GOP See Big Wins In 2014 Election

The GOP picked up one seat in the state Senate and a few in the House, to retain their supermajority in both houses of government.

November 5, 2014

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94 Dentists Cited For Overcharging Medicaid

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration officials say they already have a plan in place to recoup some of the costs.

November 5, 2014

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2014 A-F Letter Grades For Every Indiana School

The State Board of Education approved school letter grades Wednesday.

November 5, 2014

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Glenwood Leadership Academy in Evansville is one of the district's failing schools. After one year in the district's Turnaround Zone, GLA has reduced office referrals, increased IREAD scores and are getting more students closer to passing the ISTEP+.

Evansville Has Secret Recipe To School Turnaround Success

After one year in the district's Turnaround Zone, Glenwood Leadership Academy is seeing improvements in multiple academic areas after being a failing school.

November 5, 2014

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After some initial dispute, the Indianapolis City-County Council has approved a funding plan for Mayor Greg Ballard's pre-k initiative.

Indy City-County Council Approves Funds For Pre-K Plan

The Indianapolis City County Council has approved a funding deal for Mayor Greg Ballard's pre-k plan.

November 5, 2014

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Tom Crean

IU Basketball Coach Addresses Leadership, Recent Suspensions

Crean says he wants to improve the decision making skills of his players.

November 5, 2014

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Sample Gates

IU Awarded Grant For Sexual Assault Prevention

A $165,000 grant will allow IU to create several new positions and programs aimed at curbing sexual violence.

November 6, 2014

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Greg Ballard

Indy Mayor Ballard Won’t Run For Third Term

The mayor describes it as a personal decision, unrelated to local politics. He says he won't suggest a replacement on the Republican ballot.

November 6, 2014

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Indiana’s Premature Birth Rate Continues To Decline

A report from the March of Dimes shows a long-term decline in Indiana's premature birth rate.

November 6, 2014

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House GOP Elects Leadership Team

The Indiana Republican Party elected its leadership team Wednesday.

November 6, 2014

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Synthetic Marijuana

Board Bans Chemicals Used To Make Synthetic Marijuana

The Indiana Board of Pharmacy is seeking ways to reduce the production of synthetic marijuana in Indiana.

November 6, 2014

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IU Economists present

Economists: 2015 Economy Will Be Strongest Since Recession

Economists at the Kelley School of Business predict state and national economies will continue to grow.

November 6, 2014

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

Indiana's pre-k program is having funding trouble, churches trying to pay for nun retirement and IU basketball coach Tom Crean on the recent player suspensions.

November 6, 2014

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Protestors

Indiana Supreme Court Upholds Right To Work Law

The court upheld the controversial law after the International Operating Engineers union challenged the measure.

November 6, 2014

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House Minority Leader Says He’ll Work With Republicans

House Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, says he will also look for opportunities to work with the GOP.

November 7, 2014

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How Nuns Are Finding Ways To Care For Their Aging Sisters

The National Religious Retirement Office estimates religious orders will have a $10 billion deficit in their retirement funds by 2030.

November 7, 2014

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Sen. Donnelly Addresses Heroin Overdoses In Connersville

The number of heroin overdoses in Connersville continues to rise, as police reported this week the city’s 36th overdose on the drug in just two months.

November 7, 2014

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Feline Rescue Center Says It’s Not Desperate For Meat

The center recently began asking for meat donations.

November 7, 2014

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INCASA

Attorney General Intervenes In INCASA Closure

The attorney general's office has taken legal action to help restore INCASA.

November 7, 2014

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Supreme Court Urging State And IBM To Settle Dispute

The Indiana Supreme Court wants the state and IBM to settle a contract dispute outside of court.

November 7, 2014

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Nashville Arts Commission To Unveil Final Sculpture Saturday

Through a series of sculptures, the Nashville Arts and Entertainment Initiative is bringing art to the community.

November 7, 2014

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

Indiana’s October Revenue Collections Exceed Expectations

Boosted sales tax revenues led to higher-than expected state revenue collections in October.

November 7, 2014

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The State Board of Education is expected to release 2014 A-F school grades Wednesday, after they delayed doing so during last month's meeting.

2014 A-F Grades Compared To Previous Years

2014 A-F grades were released this week, and this year there are more As than ever.

November 7, 2014

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Owen-Putnam State Forest Ultramarathon Restarts After Hiatus

The Owen-Putnam State Forest ultramarathon is back after a hiatus last year.

November 7, 2014

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Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” November 7, 2014

Indiana's pre-k program is having funding trouble, churches trying to pay for nun retirement and IU basketball coach Tom Crean on the recent player suspensions.

November 8, 2014

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Land Trust Preserves Indiana’s Last Old-Growth Forest

The Central Indiana Land Trust bought the 150-year-old woods for $288,000.

November 8, 2014

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IHSAA Rejects Basketball Class Restructure

The proposal would have made class 4A smaller and the remaining classes bigger.

November 8, 2014

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IU Basketball Player Devin Davis Recovering Well

A teammate hit Devin Davis with his car. Both players had been drinking.

November 8, 2014

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Kassig Supporters

Friends Of ISIS Captive Show Their Support In Lebanon

Former colleagues of Abdul-Rahman Kassig gathered in Tripoli to call for his release Saturday.

November 9, 2014

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Fritz Breithaupt lived in West Germany when the Berlin Wall fell in November 1989.

IU Faculty Remembers Fall Of Berlin Wall 25 Years Later

Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Two German IU faculty members remember being in Germany the day the wall fell.

November 10, 2014

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Indiana Not Expected To Follow State Minimum Wage Increases

Indiana isn't likely to follow the lead of four states which voted last week to raise the minimum wage.

November 10, 2014

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Report: More Than A Third Of Hoosiers Below Poverty Level

The United Way report shows more than a third of Indiana households live below the federal poverty level, or can't afford the basic cost of living.

November 10, 2014

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What A-F Grades Mean For Focus And Priority Schools

2014 A-F grades show big improvement for the state's priority schools.

November 10, 2014

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Hogsett To Make His Run For Indianapolis Mayor Official

Former U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett will make his campaign for Indianapolis mayor official this Wednesday.

November 10, 2014

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Coats Says GOP’s Senate Capture Can Make A Difference

The senator says recent GOP victories will allow lawmakers to advance alternatives to President Obama's proposals.

November 10, 2014

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Kokomo YMCA groundbreaking

Kokomo Breaks Ground On YMCA

The new 73,000-foot facility includes a new aquatic center, a teen center and community gathering spaces, among other amenities.

November 10, 2014

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INDOT Ends Contract Negotiations With Amtrak Alternative

INDOT was looking to Corridor Capital to take over hoping it could improve service on the Hoosier State Line, but negotiations ended abruptly last weekend.

November 11, 2014

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Lawsuit Filed Over Suspect Death Of 25-Year-Old Inmate

Attorneys allege jail corrections officers failed to call the ambulance in time to save Kendra Shaw’s life.

November 11, 2014

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New Online Tool Helps Veterans Find Work

When veterans enter their MOS or MOC code, the website generates a list of job opportunities and relevant career pathways.

November 11, 2014

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WISH-TV/Ball State Survey Shows Pre-K And Textbook Support

A statewide survey conducted by WISH-TV and Ball State University shows the majority of Hoosiers want the state to pay for textbooks and pre-k programs.

November 11, 2014

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National Weather Service Radar

Indiana Braces For Cold Spell

Temperatures will be in the 30s over the next couple of weeks, and snowfall is possible, according to the National Weather Service.

November 11, 2014

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Organization Emphasizes Retaining, Not Just Hiring Veterans

About 75 percent of all military veterans returning to the workforce leave their jobs in the first two years.

November 11, 2014

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World War II Veterans Honored At Monroe County Ceremony

Monroe County's ceremony was one of many held across the state and country in honor of Veterans Day.

November 11, 2014

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Bloomingfoods Employees Vote To Unionize

Bloomingfoods employees voted 88-23 in favor of representation from UFCW Local 700.

November 12, 2014

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Joe Donnelly

Donnelly Shows Optimism Despite Upcoming Minority Status

Senator Joe Donnelly says he believes centrist senators will drive the agenda in the new Congress.

November 12, 2014

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Audit Highlights Housing Discrimination In Marion County

The audit shows that those using vouchers faced denial rates of 82 percent. In areas that are predominantly white, that number jumped to 90 percent.

November 12, 2014

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The BCSC referendum could have raised up to $12.6 million dollars over seven years for Busy Bees scholarships

What One County’s Experience Might Mean For Statewide Pre-K

Bartholomew County voters said no to funding preschool with increased taxes. What will this mean for the larger discussion on how to fund pre-k statewide?

November 12, 2014

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Anderson Community Schools is the latest Indiana district to experience issues with its transportation provider.

Anderson Pulls Bus Company Contract After Failed Inspections

Anderson Community Schools ended a contract with its transportation provider Tuesday night, after the company's fleet failed a number of state inspections.

November 12, 2014

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The Family and Social Services Administration has announced a new, official name for the state's pre-k pilot program:

FSSA Accepting Provider Applications For Pre-K Pilot

The Family and Social Services Administration has begun accepting applications from providers interested in participating in the state’s pre-k pilot program.

November 12, 2014

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Business Personal Property Tax Study Committee

Committee Recommends Eliminating Tax On Small Businesses

The tax on business equipment generates $1 billion a year for local governments.

November 12, 2014

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Volunteer-Based Advocacy Program Expanding

A new study analyzes the effectiveness of the Wishard Volunteer Advocates Program.

November 13, 2014

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Deer Kill Protest

Deer Advocates Protest As Deer Kill Draws Near

Advocates protested the impending deer kill at Griffy Lake, which is contracted to start as early as November 15, outside City Hall Wednesday.

November 13, 2014

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Loogootee Fire

Downtown Fire Destroys Businesses In Loogootee

The Martin County Journal reports the fire may have started when a glue gun malfunctioned in Rosie's Shirts & Gift Shop.

November 13, 2014

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Chief Michael Diekhoff

IUPD To Expand Patrol Of Off-Campus Areas After Assault

Police say two 24-year-old women were sexually assaulted by men at gunpoint.

November 13, 2014

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A new guide will help Indiana childcare facilities prepare for possible disasters.

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

Open enrollment is beginning for the federal health exchange. How parents are making ends meet with the rising costs of childcare.

November 13, 2014

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Indiana Student Debt 16th Highest In The Country

Indiana's 2013 college graduates have an average debt of $28,466, the 16th highest in the country

November 13, 2014

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Frozen Ground Could Give Farmers Opportunity To Harvest

Freezing temperatures mean farmers can use equipment on their fields without worrying if the ground is too wet.

November 13, 2014

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Pregnant woman smoking.

Anti-Smoking Program Pushes To Lower Infant Mortality Rate

More than 16 percent of Hoosier pregnant women report smoking — double the national average.

November 13, 2014

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LaPorte County Officials Seek Multi-County Bid On Toll Road

A group of northern Indiana counties could create a nonprofit to submit a bid on the Indiana Toll Road lease.

November 13, 2014

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IU Celebrates 10th Anniversary Of Kinsey Film

The film about the life of sex researcher Alfred Kinsey debuted ten years ago this week.

November 13, 2014

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Columbus City Councilman To Challenge Current Mayor

City Council member Jim Lienhoop will announce that he's running for mayor at an event Saturday.

November 14, 2014

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Healthcare.gov

Six Things To Know About Healthcare.gov Open Enrollment

Open enrollment on the federal health exchange runs from November 15 to February 15.

November 14, 2014

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Congressman Messer Elected Head Of The GOP Policy Committee

Sixth District Congressman Luke Messer will move into House leadership when the chamber reconvenes in January.

November 14, 2014

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One in five females on Indiana's college campuses is raped or sexually assaulted by the time she graduates, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Higher Ed Commission Joins Discussion On Sexual Assault

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has expressed interested in taking steps to address sexual assault on college campuses.

November 14, 2014

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Indiana stocks up on salt for the winter.

Indiana Prepares For Harsh Winter Weather

Transportation departments say they are ready for this year's winter, despite the temperatures dropping early in the season.

November 14, 2014

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Indiana Does Not Ban Potentially Dangerous Guardrail Heads

Indiana has not made a decision on whether to ban the ET-Plus guardrail heads.

November 14, 2014

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Hoosiers Divided On President’s Immigration Plan

Even if President Obama advances reform through executive action, Congressional action may still be necessary.

November 14, 2014

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Childcare Costs Can Create Cycle Of Poverty For Single Moms

A recent study found the average single mother in Indiana spends about 27 percent of her paycheck on childcare.

November 14, 2014

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Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” November 14, 2014

Open enrollment is beginning for the federal health exchange. How parents are making ends meet with the rising costs of childcare.

November 14, 2014

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Indianapolis Will Host Men’s Final Four In 2021

The city is also slated to host the 2015 championship at Lucas Oil Stadium in April.

November 15, 2014

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The Virtual Option: Schools Prepare For Potential Snow Days

The Indiana Department of Education is offering school districts the option to make up snow days by offering students virtual instruction on those days.

November 15, 2014

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Columbus Councilman Lienhoop Announces Candidacy For Mayor

The accountant announced his intention to run for office Saturday morning.

November 16, 2014

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Peter Kassig

ISIS Beheads Indy-Native Kassig

A video ISIS released Sunday shows the beheading of Abdul-Rahman Kassig, an Indianapolis native and former Butler University student.

November 16, 2014

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Greencastle Public Works

UPDATE: Forecasters Predict 3 To 5 Inches Of Snow By Monday

A winter weather advisory is in effect until 9 a.m. Monday.

November 17, 2014

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More Permissions Could Be Coming For Riverboats And Racinos

A legislative study committee recommends permitting riverboats to move on land and installing table games with live dealers at racinos.

November 17, 2014

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Indianaâs high-fenced deer hunting industry has been in the midst of a lawsuit for nearly a decade.

State Parks Closed For Deer Reduction Hunts

Department of Natural Resources spokesman Phil Bloom says the park hunts have successfully brought back some ecological balance to the parks.

November 17, 2014

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Officials Say Road Conditions Improving After Crashes

INDOT says they’re in clean-up mode – interstates are wet, and crews are out to clear the accumulated slush.

November 17, 2014

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Mark Kruzan

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!

November 17, 2014

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Kokomo Remembers Tornadoes One Year Later

Two tornadoes damaged parts of the Kokomo area last year. A series of tornadoes devastated parts of the state.

November 17, 2014

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Leadership of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce says one of the groupâs top legislative priorities for the 2015 session is pushing to make the position of State Superintendent of Public Instruction appointed beginning in 2016.Currently, Indiana is one of 13 states with an elected superintendent, according to the National Association of School Boards of Education. Members of the

Chamber of Commerce Pushes To Appoint State Superintendent

Indiana Chamber of Commerce leaders say they will push this legislative session to make the position of State Superintendent appointed beginning in 2016.

November 17, 2014

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Brian Bosma

Caucus Leaders Will Work Together On Ethics Reform

Leaders of all four legislative caucuses say it's an issue that rises above political party lines.

November 17, 2014

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Federal Government Renews Current Healthy Indiana Plan

The state still awaits word on its proposed healthcare expansion plan known as HIP 2.0.

November 17, 2014

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Ed and Paula Kassig

Kassig Parents: ‘Good Will Prevail’

Abdul-Rahman Kassig's parents spoke Monday for the first time since learning about their son's death at the hands of ISIS militants.

November 17, 2014

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Consumer Agency Opposes $2 Billion Duke Energy Upgrades

Duke Energy is requesting the state approve a $1.9 billion plan to upgrade its electricity grid, which would be funded in part by rate increases.

November 17, 2014

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Chamber Of Commerce Backs Sunday Alcohol Sales

The Chamber of Commerce says it will push for Sunday alcohol sales during the upcoming legislative session.

November 18, 2014

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James Foley

Obama Orders Review Of U.S. Hostage Policy

President Obama has ordered a full review of the process the United States uses to try to recover Americans taken hostage overseas.

November 18, 2014

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Washington High School in Indianapolis is one of the failing schools members of the Committee on School Turnaround are trying to help.

What Are The Format Options For Turnaround Schools?

The State Board of Education's Committee on School Turnaround is looking for ways to help nine failing schools get back on track.

November 18, 2014

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Health Care Enrollment Experience Off To Good But Slow Start

Health care navigators in Indiana say they have had a relatively good experience signing people up for insurance.

November 18, 2014

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Trees for Troops

Indiana Farms Sending Christmas Trees To Troops

About 200 Indiana Christmas trees will be sent to troops serving overseas as part of the Trees for Troops program.

November 18, 2014

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Mayor Mark Kruzan

Bloomington’s Kruzan Will Not Seek Fourth Term As Mayor

The mayor also talks downtown parking changes, I-69 development and answers your questions!

November 18, 2014

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House Lawmakers Will Focus On Domestic Violence Prevention

The House's efforts will include charitable donations, weekly education and awareness efforts and potential legislative action.

November 18, 2014

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Republican Legislators To Focus On Education In New Session

Republican legislative leaders say education will be their top priority in the upcoming session.

November 18, 2014

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State Senator Sworn In From Afghanistan

Twenty-five Indiana state senators were sworn at the legislature’s Organization Day, but one had a very different ceremony.

November 19, 2014

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Superintendents Meet With Obama On Classroom Tech

Eight Indiana school superintendents will meet with President Obama to spotlight the ways they've incorporated technology into the classroom.

November 19, 2014

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Monroe County Nonprofit Expects To Feed 900 On Thanksgiving

The Community Kitchen of Monroe County is preparing for its annual Thanksgiving dinner.

November 19, 2014

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Brittany McKee helps her sons Gage and Jayce Meza complete the craft as part of the parent engagement night at Edgewood Primary School in Ellettsville.

Parents Have Homework Too When It Comes To Family Engagement

Family engagement is a key component of efforts around the state to help children perform better in school.

November 19, 2014

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Smaller Turkey Stock Likely Won’t Equal Higher Retail Prices

A spike in feed prices has resulted in rising wholesale meat costs, but that doesn't mean turkey will cost more this year.

November 19, 2014

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Child Services Not Meeting Majority Of Caseload Standards

Agency officials say asking for more money to hire new case managers may not be the solution.

November 19, 2014

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Unauthorized Immigrant Population Falls In Indiana

A Pew Research Center report indicates 15,000 fewer unauthorized immigrants lived in Indiana in 2012 than in 2009.

November 19, 2014

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Preschoolers color at a kindergarten prep program at Emerson Elementary School in Seymour.

Applications For Pre-K Pilot Now Available For Parents

Parents in the five counties selected for the pre-k pilot program can begin submitting applications for scholarships.

November 19, 2014

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Peter Kassig

Memorial Services Planned For Abdul-Rahman Kassig

Several memorial events are planned for Abdul-Rahman Kassig.

November 19, 2014

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New Street Food Regulations Could Bring Changes To Downtown

The Bloomington city council took a straw poll, voting in favor of an ordinance that would put stricter regulations on food trucks and carts.

November 20, 2014

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Officials Say Not To Worry About Bobcat Sightings

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources say reported sightings are coming in around central Indiana, but there is no reason to be alarmed.

November 20, 2014

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Simon Malls will not fine stores for not opening on Thanksgiving.

College Mall Won’t Fine Stores For Closing on Thanksgiving

A Facebook post saying Simon Malls will fine stores for not opening on Thanksgiving went viral this week.

November 20, 2014

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New Terre Haute Food Pantry Serves Area College Students

Terre Haute is home to a new food pantry whose target clients are students at five college campuses in the Wabash Valley.

November 20, 2014

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Pre-K Pilot Begins Soon, A Tight Timeline For Some Counties

The pre-k pilot program will launch in four counties in January, a quick turnaround since counties found out about their selection in July.

November 20, 2014

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

How an aid worker who was captured and beheaded by Islamist militants is stirring Hoosiers to action. Some worry Bloomington's downtown is growing too rapidly.

November 20, 2014

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Indiana Senators Oppose Obama’s Immigration Action

Indiana's two U.S. senators say the executive action the president proposes is unconstitutional.

November 20, 2014

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Judge Rules Overstreet Mentally Unfit For Execution

Today’s decision comes after a lengthy hearing in September, when Overstreet’s defense attorneys challenged his impending execution.

November 20, 2014

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Excise Police To Increase Patrols Near College Campuses

The police are there to look out for students during hours when they might be heading home from bars and clubs.

November 20, 2014

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Suspended Players Return For IU Men’s Basketball Game

The Hoosiers face Southern Methodist University tonight at 8 p.m.

November 20, 2014

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Kassig Was Adopted, Birth Family Breaks Silence

Abdul-Rahman Kassig was adopted as a newborn, according to a statement from his adopted parents.

November 20, 2014

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Barack Obama

Hoosiers Have Strong, Opposite Reactions To Immigration Plan

President Obama says he will not deport undocumented immigrants who have been in the U.S. for at least five years and are parents of U.S. citizens.

November 21, 2014

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Abdul-Rahman Kassig

U.S. Reviewing Hostage Policy As Hoosiers Mourn Kassig

President Obama ordered a review of the U.S. hostage policy over the summer, before Kassig was killed.

November 21, 2014

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Northern Indiana Counties Submit Bid For Toll Road Lease

Lake and LaPorte counties joined forces and submitted a bid for the remainder of Indiana's Toll Road lease.

November 21, 2014

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State’s Private Sector Adds 5,000 Jobs In October

The state’s latest employment report was released today.

November 21, 2014

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Signs Indicate Griffy Closed For Deer Kill Preparations

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve in Bloomington was closed Monday in preparation of the upcoming deer kill.

November 21, 2014

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Counties To Lose $19 Million Dollars Over BMV Tax Refund

BMV's excise tax refund will affect all Indiana counties, but only three percent of motorists.

November 21, 2014

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Indianapolis Airport

Indianapolis Airport Authority Divests 3,200 Acres Of Land

More than 3,000 acres will be set aside for mixed-use development.

November 21, 2014

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Kirkwood

Bloomington Leaders Balancing Development With Uniqueness

Some believe new development is challenging Kirkwood's uniqueness.

November 21, 2014

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Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” November 21, 2014

How an aid worker who was captured and beheaded by Islamist militants is stirring Hoosiers to action. Some worry Bloomington's downtown is growing too rapidly.

November 21, 2014

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The Al Huda Foundation in Fishers gave Kassig a Janzana (Funeral) service today.

Local Islamic Community Holds Service For Kassig

This is the first of three services honoring the life of Abdul-Rahman, or Peter, Kassig.

November 21, 2014

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Settlement Reached In Water Utility Rate Case

The settlement means a much smaller impact on local customers' bills.

November 21, 2014

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IU Tennis Coach Fired For NCAA And Department Violations

IU mens tennis coach Randy Bloemendaal was dismissed after team members reported various violations.

November 23, 2014

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Kokomo Resident Grateful Even After Losing Home To Tornado

Kokomo has largely recovered one year after a tornado swept through the city, but some people are still rebuilding.

November 23, 2014

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Hundreds Remember Abdul-Rahman Kassig At Memorial Service

Friends and family paid tribute to Abdul-Rahman Kassig during a memorial service Sunday.

November 24, 2014

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Senators Say Political Game Preventing Medicaid Expansion

Senate President Pro Tem David Long is warning of far-reaching consequences if the government rejects Indiana's request to expand the Healthy Indiana plan.

November 24, 2014

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Fuel Tax Changes Recommended To Help INDOT Funding Needs

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce says the state faces a $750 million funding gap to maintain its roads. Changes to the state's fuel taxes could help.

November 24, 2014

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Indiana Supreme Court Takes On Franklin Township Busing Fee

Parents sued a school corporation for having to pay fees for buses, saying the state must provide a uniform school system available for all.

November 24, 2014

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Brown County Sees Big Boost In Fall Tourism

Brown County businesses saw more visitors this fall than any time over the past decade.

November 24, 2014

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Opponents Hope Judge Will Block Eagle Creek Park Deer Hunt

An injunction hearing is scheduled for Wednesday regarding the ongoing controversy surrounding a controlled deer hunt at Eagle Creek Park.

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