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February 1, 2016

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Farmland

National Summit Addresses Employment Gap For Farmers

A national program, implemented at 44 high schools in Indiana, aims to educate scientifically minded Hoosiers for the agricultural industry.

February 1, 2016

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Activists Pushing Lawmakers Over LGB, But Not T Expansion

SB344 expands civil protections to lesbian, gay and bisexual Hoosiers, but doesn't include provisions for transgender citizens.

February 1, 2016

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Brian Bosma

Cold Medicine Bills Up For Vote Today

Bills in both the House and Senate aim to reduce Indiana's methamphetamine production by limiting sales of cold medicine.

February 1, 2016

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mosquitoes

Congresswoman Urges Federal, Private Action on Zika Outbreak

Fort Wayne Republican Susan Brooks said the federal government needs to help private companies develop a vaccine.

February 1, 2016

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Healthy Indiana plan

Headlines: February 1, 2016

Advocates for the poor worried the income-based monthly fee would prevent low-income Hoosiers from getting care.

February 1, 2016

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austin streets

Four New Cases Diagnosed In HIV Outbreak

The new cases bring the total number of those infected during the outbreak to 188.

February 1, 2016

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Jim Lienhoop Council

Submit Your Questions For Columbus ‘Ask The Mayor’

We're getting ready to visit with Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop for Wednesday's show. Submit your questions now!

February 1, 2016

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IU Fans To Experience 3D Flight Replays By Season’s End

New 3D technology makes instant sports replays look like scenes from the blockbuster movie, The Matrix.

February 1, 2016

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Bobby Plump

Iconic Film “Hoosiers” Celebrates 30th Anniversary This Year

Indiana Newsdesk takes a look back in our 'History Through Headlines' segment.

February 1, 2016

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Board Of Animal Health Downsizing Presence In Dubois

No more birds have tested positive for the avian flu, but the outbreak continues to impact farmers.

February 1, 2016

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Bills To Limit State Forest Logging Will Not Advance

Two bills didn’t make it out of committee last week.

February 2, 2016

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Lawmakers Debating Adding Transgender To Civil Rights Bill

Senate Bill 344 provides lesbian, gay and bisexual Hoosiers with protection from discrimination, but wouldn't extend those protections to transgender citizens.

February 2, 2016

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Brown county roads

Dems’ Road Funding Plan Dies, GOP Plan Goes To House

The House GOP plan would raise the gas tax to help generate long-term revenue for road funding.

February 2, 2016

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Headlines: February 2, 2016

With Hillary Clinton's and Ted Cruz's victories in the Iowa Caucus, it would have to be a close race for Indiana's primary to make much of a difference.

February 2, 2016

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A doctor with the Indiana Department of Corrections speaking at a press conference.

Putnamville Correctional ‘Back To Normal’ After Flu Outbreak

Brian Smith, Superintendent of the Putnamville Correctional Facility, confirmed the illness is the H1N1 strain of influenza.

February 2, 2016

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Plans For State’s First Cat Cafe Shelved

The entrepreneurs say there's not enough financial support to move forward with the project.

February 2, 2016

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NWS

Tuesday Weather UPDATES: Slight Risk For Severe Weather

The forecast calls for a slight risk of severe weather across southern Indiana this afternoon and tonight.

February 2, 2016

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Long LGBT

LGB Civil Rights Bill Dies In Senate

Senate President Pro Tem David Long promised last week to bring the bill to the Senate floor for discussion.

February 2, 2016

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Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller.

Attorney General Files Lawsuit Over ‘Swindled’ Homeowners

Investigators noticed a pattern that revealed at least 48 property owners, mostly in Marion County, who have been swindled.

February 2, 2016

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RFRA rally

Lawmakers, Advocates Respond To Death Of Gay Rights Bill

Lawmakers and advocacy groups were expecting a public debate in the Senate Tuesday.

February 2, 2016

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Groundhog on Laval University campus

Groundhog Day Prediction: Can Groundhog Phil Be Trusted?

Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog did not see his shadow this morning, supposedly predicting an early spring.

February 2, 2016

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Lawsuit Challenges Bloomington’s Human Rights Ordinance

The lawsuit alleges ordinances passed in several Indiana cities violate RFRA.

February 2, 2016

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Lawmakers from both parties named road funding a top priority this session.

House Republican Road Funding Plan Moves To Senate

The House approved the measure 61 to 36, with several Republicans joining Democrats in voting no.

February 3, 2016

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Indiana leads the nation in the number of meth labs.

Some Cold Meds Could Be Prescription-Only For Drug Offenders

The legislation blocks those convicted of drug-related offenses from buying cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine.

February 3, 2016

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Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders filed over 7,000 petitions to run in Indiana.

Bernie Sanders Is Now On Indiana Ballots

Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders filed 7,000 petitions to run in Indiana.

February 3, 2016

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Jim Lienhoop

Ask The Mayor: Columbus Mayor Lienhoop Talks Transition

Mayor Jim Lienhoop meets with us for the first time as we return to Columbus for 'Ask The Mayor.'

February 3, 2016

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Indiana State Senator Greg Taylor questioned the bill's constitutionality.

Senate Passes Bill Banning Abortions For Certain Reasons

The bill would bar women from aborting a pregnancy based on the fetus’ race, gender or disability.

February 3, 2016

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Headlines: February 3, 2016

In the final version of SB344 , lawmakers wanted to push the debate over transgender protections to a summer study committee.

February 3, 2016

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Local groups are attempting to prevent development at the Dunes State Park pavilion.

Bill That Could Allow Alcohol At Dunes Park Passes House

The fight over whether or not Indiana Dunes State Park can serve alcohol continues.

February 3, 2016

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2012 Indy Pride Parade

LGBT Rights Debate Will Continue: What Happens Next?

Republican and Democratic lawmakers and LGBT advocates agree that the LGBT rights debate won’t end.

February 3, 2016

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Toll road

Toll Road Operator Investing $200 Million In Improvements

The money will pay for improvements to roads and bridges along a 70-mile stretch.

February 3, 2016

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Two national consultants recommend a series of quick steps to improve next year’s ISTEP+ test. (Photo Credit: Kate Parker/Flickr)

ISTEP+ Exam Could Be Dead Under Bill Advancing From House

The bill would create a commission to evaluate Indiana’s system for measuring K-12 performance.

February 3, 2016

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The legislation deals with selling pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in making meth.

Pseudoephedrine Bills Pass House And Senate

The bills give pharmacists a bigger role in helping stem the state’s meth cooking crisis.

February 3, 2016

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Prison Bars

Bill Adding Harsher Penalties For Hate Crimes Advances

Indiana is one of only five states without a hate crimes law.

February 3, 2016

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Indiana players walk back to the locker room after a 48-41 defeat to Michigan.

IU Football Inks 21 Recruits On Signing Day

Fresh off signing an extension, Kevin Wilson secured 21 commitments on National Signing Day.

February 3, 2016

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(Photo Credit: Alex McCall/WFIU News)

Future of Indiana ‘Takeover’ Schools To Get Public Hearings

All are in the fifth year of turnaround efforts by the State Board of Education and have been run by a charter school company picked by the board since 2012.

February 4, 2016

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Brown county roads

GOP Road Funding Bills Advance To Opposite Chambers

Lawmakers in each house will now evaluate proposals from the opposite chamber.

February 4, 2016

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Indiana statehouse

Headlines: February 4, 2016

Kirk's Law is named after 19-month-old Kirk Coleman, who prosecutors say died at the hands of his Elkhart County babysitter in 2014.

February 4, 2016

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Scott Pelath

House Democrats: The LGBT Rights Debate Isn’t Over

House Democrats are looking for ways to work the issue into another bill.

February 4, 2016

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Mosquito

Zika Virus Epidemic Sparks Hoosier Concern

With the World Health Organization declaring the Zika Virus a Global Health Emergency on Feb. 1, Hoosiers are concerned about the possible spread of the virus.

February 4, 2016

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Two Ball State Trustees Resign

The resignations come less than a month after the university's president resigned.

February 4, 2016

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Carol Ebeling

Salvation Army Falls Short Of Red Kettle Goal

Their goal was $3.5 million; they came in just over $300,000 short.

February 4, 2016

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Cummins Engine

Cummins To Scale Back Operations Because Of Lower Demand

The company says it's taking steps to cut costs after another quarter of losses.

February 4, 2016

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Current Governor Mike Pence (left) sits with former Governor Edgar Whitcomb.

Former Indiana Governor Edgar Whitcomb Dies At 98

Governor Mike Pence calls the former governor a courageous adventurer who inspired generations of Hoosiers.

February 4, 2016

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Q&A: Jennifer McCormick, GOP Candidate For State Supt.

Jennifer McCormick will run as a Republican for state superintendent.

February 4, 2016

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Jason Casares

IU Administrator Accused Of Sexual Assault

An open letter written by the Association for Student Conduct Administration President-Elect accuses an IU administrator of sexual assault.

February 5, 2016

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Dad on test

National Hearing Test Allows For Over-The-Phone Screening

The over-the-phone screening tests hearing in both ears.

February 5, 2016

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School officials say they reported the allegations against Cox to the Department of Child Services within 24 hours.

Headlines: February 5, 2016

Cox was arrested Thursday at his Fishers home by the FBI and Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force after he abruptly resigned from the school.

February 5, 2016

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Hillary Clinton speaking at the Brown & Black Presidential Forum at Sheslow Auditorium at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Presidential Primary: Who’s On The Ballot In Indiana?

The deadline to get on the ballot for the Indiana presidential primary election is today at noon, but most of the major candidates have already applied.

February 5, 2016

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Prescription pills

‘Telemedicine’ Bill Would Allow Remote Prescriptions

Telemedicine is health care provided remotely through, for instance, videoconferencing.

February 5, 2016

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Long LGBT

Tonight At 6 On ‘Indiana Newsdesk’

Why the debate over LGBT rights is far from over, how the National Hearing Test could help you hear better than you think and the basement workshop of Jan Lamm.

February 5, 2016

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Statehouse

Noon Edition: The Death Of LGBT Civil Rights Bills

This week on Noon Edition, we discuss why these bills never saw the Governor's desk, and if we can expect the legislation to make it further next session.

February 5, 2016

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Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton spoke at a press conference Friday on issues with the city's parking meters.

Bloomington Parking Meters Failing At “Unacceptable” Rate

At a press conference Friday, Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton discussed continuing problems with the city's 1500 parking meters.

February 5, 2016

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Indiana tax revenues have come in just below expectations for most of the fiscal year.

January Corporate Tax Revenue Exceeds Expectations

Indiana tax revenues have come in just below expectations for most of the fiscal year.

February 5, 2016

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Monroe County Needle Exchange Starting This Month

The exchange is confidential and law prohibits police from targeting participants.

February 5, 2016

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Health Care Open Enrollment By The Numbers

Overall, enrollment increased in 2016, but enrollment in Indiana is down by a little over 20,000.

February 5, 2016

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Video: Watch ‘Indiana Newsdesk’ February 5, 2016

Why the debate over LGBT rights is far from over, how the National Hearing Test could help you hear better than you think and the basement workshop of Jan Lamm.

February 6, 2016

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Indiana statehouse

Statehouse Update: LGBT Rights, Meth, Road Funding

Lawmakers wrapped up the first half of the 2016 session this week, sending dozens of bills from one house to the other.

February 6, 2016

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Popcorn

Popcorn Production Down In 2015

Indiana is constantly competing with Nebraska to be the top popcorn producer.

February 6, 2016

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Jan Lamm

A Seamstress That Specializes In Customized Capes

Jan Lamm makes custom designed capes. She works out of a studio in her basement, and she estimates that she makes 700 garments each year.

February 7, 2016

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Heroin and paraphernalia used to cook, prepare and inject heroin, confiscated in Indiana.

$1 Billion Opioid Abuse Treatment Plan Could Include Indiana

The proposal includes $910 million for “cooperative agreements” with states to potentially lower the cost of treatment and increase its accessibility.

February 8, 2016

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Video: Indiana Grad Wins with ‘Doritos Dogs’ Super Bowl Ad

A Franklin College graduate won the annual Doritos Super Bowl ad campaign.

February 8, 2016

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Fantasy Sports Regulations Could Face Uphill Battle In House

House Democrats question whether regulating daily fantasy sports site is necessary.

February 8, 2016

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Wellness Council: Economy Depends On Healthy Hoosiers

Health care costs are second only to payroll for most companies.

February 8, 2016

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Manning: Taking “Time To Reflect” Before Deciding NFL Future

Peyton said he was going to "take some time to reflect" before making any announcements about whether Sunday night would be his last NFL game.

February 8, 2016

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Headlines: Feb. 8, 2016

Legislators are advancing a bill that would help schools fund busing; access to police body cam footage is debated; and snow on the way.

February 8, 2016

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Snowfall

Monday Weather UPDATES: 1 to 3 Inches Of Snow By Wednesday

Cold temperatures and snow return to the weather forecast the next couple of days.

February 8, 2016

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Workforce Institute at Kronos

‘Super Bowl Fever’: How Many People Are Skipping Work Today?

An estimated one in 10 U.S. workers may be missing work today because of the Super Bowl.

February 8, 2016

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Duke Bennett

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

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

February 8, 2016

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Bloomington Exceeds Red Kettle Goal Despite Overall Shortage

The Monroe County branch had a goal of $234,000 but raised nearly $280,000 by the end of the campaign, the largest amount ever raised by this branch.

February 8, 2016

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School administrators are looking at three locations in Monroe County for the future site of the conservative charter school.

Seven Oaks Charter Sees Increase In Enrollment

Enrollment is up, even as board members have yet to settle on the school's final location.

February 8, 2016

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Republican Randy Head is wrapping up his second term in the State Senate this year and wants to move up the political ladder.

Sen. Randy Head Joins Ballot For State Attorney General

The Logansport senator spent 14 years as a deputy prosecutor.

February 8, 2016

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Governor Mike Pence

State Democrats File Public Access Complaint Against Pence

The Democratic Party requested all communications related to the timing of the state's HIV outbreak back in August. They say they've received no response.

February 8, 2016

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Local Sock Company Churning Out Denver Bronco Apparel

Martinsville's FBF Originals has been a NFL licensee since 1996.

February 9, 2016

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Verdy

Ballet Legend Violette Verdy Dies At Age 82

Verdy performed in more than 100 ballets and with more than 50 companies on stages such as the Paris Opera and the Metropolitan Opera.

February 9, 2016

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TIF

Study: TIFs Not Creating New Economic Growth

A Ball State study finds TIFs have no major impact on economic development or changes in property values.

February 9, 2016

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Headlines: Feb. 9, 2016

More parents join a suit claiming a live nativity scene at an Elkhart high school is unconstitutional and the Philippines Bans poultry from Dubois Co.

February 9, 2016

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Representative from the Indiana State Health Department addresses the first case of Zika virus in Indiana.

First Case Of Zika Virus In Indiana Confirmed

The individual is a non-pregnant resident of Indiana who recently traveled to Haiti. Officials say the person was not ill enough to be hospitalized.

February 9, 2016

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Nate Sudfeld prepares to face Michigan.

Hoosiers 2016 Football Schedule Announced

The Hoosiers will play their first game on September 1st in Miamia, FL against Florida International University.

February 9, 2016

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Triceten Bickford

Update: Judge Grants Bickford Mental Examination

Bickford is accused of attacking a Muslim woman outside Sofra Cafe in October.

February 9, 2016

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Eric Holcomb speaks a press conference announcing he is joining Gov. Mike Pence on the ballot for Gov, Lt. Gov.

Eric Holcomb Joins Gov. Pence As Running Mate

One day after quitting the race for U.S. Senate, Eric Holcomb will have a new job.

February 9, 2016

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Lincoln's mallet bears an inscription with his initials and the year the Lincoln's departed Indiana for Illinois.

Governor Pence Unveils Lincoln’s Rail-Splitter

Abraham Lincoln's 'rail-splitter' is on display at the Indiana State Museum.

February 10, 2016

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Police Worry About More Gas Credit Card Skimmers

Skimmers are small devices attached to credit card machines on gas pumps that are able to scan and store your credit card information.

February 10, 2016

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Glenda Ritz

Ritz Calls For Pause On School Voucher Expansion

State superintendent Glenda Ritz is asking state lawmakers to study the state’s voucher program in the second half of this 2016 General Assembly.

February 10, 2016

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Duke Bennett

Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute’s Duke Bennett Talks Trash Fees

Bennett says the next phase of federal unfunded water upgrades requires the city to borrow $40 million.

February 10, 2016

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Todd Young

Headlines: Feb. 10, 2016

Todd Young is two signatures short of getting on the primary ballot for Senate, at least according to the Indiana Democratic Party.

February 10, 2016

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One day, doctors will be able to alter a gene here and a gene there and heart defects may be something of the past entirely.

Indiana Doctors Researching Treatments For Heart Defects

About one in 110 babies born in Indiana will deal with some sort of heart defect.

February 10, 2016

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Todd Young

Democrats Say Candidate For Senate Two Signatures Short

Senate candidates need 500 signatures from registered voters in each congressional district in order to appear on the primary ballot.

February 10, 2016

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Indy Suspends Plans For Covanta Facility

The announcement comes hours before the Indiana Court of Appeals was expected to consider a lawsuit challenging the disputed single-stream recycling center.

February 10, 2016

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Supreme Court Grants Immediate Stay On Clean Power Plan

With the United States Supreme Court granting a stay on the Clean Power Plan, groups on both sides of the aisle are planning for a long battle ahead.

February 10, 2016

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Steele says he wants law enforcement to prove why a video shouldn’t be released and not force the public to prove why it should.

Police Body Camera Bill Likely To See Changes In Senate

The bill was passed in the House, but is likely to change before heading to the Senate floor for a vote.

February 10, 2016

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Indiana University Clock

Two Cases Of Mumps Confirmed At IU Bloomington

The university has reached out to students, faculty and staff to warn them about the potential spread of the virus.

February 10, 2016

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Noon Edition: Water Quality

This week on Noon Edition, we'll talk about water problems. What is safe drinking water? How does good water turn bad?

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