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March 1, 2017

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Statehouse

Senate Approves Scaled-Back E-Liquid Regulations

Indiana’s existing vaping regulations created a de facto monopoly, forcing dozens of manufacturers to shut down or move.

March 1, 2017

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Mayor Jim Lienhoop, Columbus

Ask The Mayor: Columbus Mayor Lienhoop On Bike Sharing Program

Lienhoop says the bike sharing program didn't have the ridership he had hoped for.

March 1, 2017

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Ind. Groups React To Trump’s Executive Order On Clean Water Rule

Waters of the U.S. dictates which waterways are subject to federal clean water regulations.

March 1, 2017

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Severe Thunderstorms Cause Damage In Parts Of Indiana

Severe thunderstorms packing rain, hail and high winds caused damage in parts of Indiana.

March 1, 2017

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Muncie Building Chief Seeks Months To Prepare Fraud Defense

A federal grand jury indicted Muncie's building commissioner on allegations of using sham bidding practices and fake invoices to steer work to his companies.

March 1, 2017

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Apparent Gunshot Fired Into Evansville Synagogue

An apparent gunshot into an Evansville synagogue has drawn the FBI's attention.

March 1, 2017

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Henryville

New Indiana Museum Developing Henryville Tornado Exhibit

The museum needs to secure another $11,000 by June 1 to have exhibits in place by the Aug. 1 target date.

March 1, 2017

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2 Wisconsin Judges To Help Indianapolis Division With Cases

Two federal judges from Wisconsin are helping their counterparts in the Southern District of Indiana tackle their large caseload.

March 1, 2017

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Liberty German (left) and Abigail Williams were found murdered in Delphi last week.

Colts Owner, Ex-Punter Nearly Double Teen Deaths Reward Fund

The reward for information in the murders of Delphi teens Liberty German and Abigail Williams is now $200,000.

March 1, 2017

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Storm damage in Gibson County, Indiana was reportedly caused by a tornado in nearby Illinois.

PHOTOS: Severe Weather Causes Damage In Southern Indiana

Posey County officials say damage was caused by a tornado in southeastern Illinois that killed one man.

March 1, 2017

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Monroe County School Board Outsources Bus Routes To Auxilio

The MCCSC board voted Tuesday to grant 42 bus routes to a Michigan-based bus corporation to address the district's bus driver shortage.

March 1, 2017

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Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne), left, and House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis), right, say HIP 2.0 faces an uncertain future because of potential federal health care reform.

State Leaders Face Uncertain Future For Health Care Funding

Legislative leaders say the future of Indiana’s health care program, HIP 2.0, is uncertain with some federal lawmakers aiming to repeal its funding source.

March 1, 2017

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The EPA says it can't clean up West Calumet Housing Complex without details about the city's redevelopment plans for the site. East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland disagrees.

HUD Approves Deadline To Begin Involuntary Moves In East Chicago

Families who remain in lead-contaminated public housing on April 1 could be moved somewhere temporary while they keep looking for permanent housing.

March 2, 2017

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Weather Service Confirms Strength Of Tornado In Indiana

The National Weather Service says surveys have confirmed tornado damage in parts of Indiana from storms that hit the Midwest this week.

March 2, 2017

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Prosecutor: Indiana Officers Justified In Fatal Shooting

Elkhart County Prosecutor Vicki Becker announced Wednesday evening that the Elkhart officers won't face charges for the fatal Dec. 4 shooting.

March 2, 2017

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Onthophagus taurus beetles

With Insects, Scientists Unveil Nuances In Sex-Regulating Genes

New research from Indiana University scientists shines a light on what makes certain insects male or female.

March 2, 2017

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Vice President Pence To Talk Health Care In Ohio

Pence is scheduled to visit Frame USA, which sells American-made picture frames from its home base in a northern Cincinnati suburb.

March 2, 2017

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Vice President Pence To Speak At Notre Dame Commencement

Pence will be the first vice president to deliver Notre Dame's commencement address.

March 2, 2017

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Sci-fi and space exploration have permeated human media since it first seemed feasible. But how far apart is fact and fiction?

Noon Edition: Sci-fi’s Impact On Fact: Blurring Fantasy, Reality

On this week’s Noon Edition, we’ll discuss how sci-fi literature and film help shape factual science and why both are important to the future of the human race.

March 2, 2017

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Former Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., has been nominated by President Trump to be the next director of national intelligence.

Coats Assures Senators He’ll Be Able To Take Charge

Former Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., has been nominated by President Trump to be the next director of national intelligence.

March 2, 2017

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Rep. Wright and Betsy DeVos.

State Rep. To DeVos: Hire More Educators On Your Staff

Rep. Melanie Wright (D-Yorktown) sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos asking her to hire a public school educator as her Deputy Secretary.

March 2, 2017

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Indiana Agency Rejects Resident’s ‘Atheist’ License Plate

The U.S. and Supreme Courts have sided with the state's ability to decide whether a personalized license plate constitutes "government speech."

March 2, 2017

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Jeff Sessions

Ind. Lawmakers React To Revelations About Sessions’ Russia Talks

Some are calling on Sessions to recuse himself after revelations he spoke with Moscow's U.S. envoy twice during the campaign. Others say it's too early to tell.

March 2, 2017

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East Chicago's Calumet neighborhood is an Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site.

Lawyers Request EPA Intervention For Lead In East Chicago Water

The same group who requested federal assistance for Flint, Michigan, is now stepping in for East Chicago, Indiana.

March 2, 2017

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4 Men From Bloomington, Fort Wayne Face Gang-Related Charges

The federal indictments allege that the men were associated with the so-called 2500 street gang based in Fort Wayne.

March 2, 2017

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Thousands Of Hoosiers Must Switch Medicaid Plans After MDWise Exit

MDWise, an Indianapolis-based company, announced late last month the company was dropping out of Indiana's Hoosier Care Connect program.

March 2, 2017

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Data Shows Hoosier Infants At Risk, Despite Progress

The annual Kids Count Data Book highlights the fact that Indiana's infant mortality rate is closely tied to the decisions of Hoosier mothers.

March 2, 2017

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Mike Pence speaking with supporters at a campaign rally and church service in Mesa Arizona on September 22, 2016.

Pence Used A Private Email Account To Conduct State Business

The Indianapolis Star reports that Pence communicated with advisers through his personal AOL account.

March 3, 2017

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Solar panels behind Sheridan Elementary School. Sheridan Community Schools is one of the first completely solar powered districts in the state. Under the current version of SB 309, Sheridan would only receive the retail rate for excess energy generated for another 30 years. (Peter Balloon-Rosen/IPBS)

Tonight At 6 On ‘Indiana Newsdesk’

The controversy surrounding solar power legislation, the sentencing of the man charged with murdering Shaylyn Ammerman and the Louisville toll bridge.

March 3, 2017

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Congregation Beth Shalom Upping Security After Nationwide Threats

The Bloomington congregation wasn't the target of recent threats, but it's trying to be proactive.

March 3, 2017

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Heroin Fentanyl

As Opioid Prescriptions Fell, Deaths Involving Heroin Rose

A new study has found that restricting opioid prescriptions may have an unintended side effect: more overdose deaths involving heroin and fentanyl.

March 3, 2017

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Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Rucker discusses his pending retirement. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)

Commission Receives 21 Applications For Indiana Supreme Court

The candidates are vying to replace Justice Robert Rucker, who is retiring this spring.

March 3, 2017

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Warming Winters Impact Crane Migration Festival

The shifting sandhill crane migration may force organizers to move "Marsh Madness" to mid-February.

March 3, 2017

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NCAA Executive Oliver Luck (left) joined IU Athletics Director Fred Glass for a panel discussion at IU Bloomington.

NCAA Exec. On Future Of College Sports: ‘Pay For Play’ Unlikely

Surrounded by students at a panel discussion, NCAA executive Oliver Luck says there’s not much chance of paying student athletes.

March 3, 2017

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The Lincoln Bridge (front) is a recent addition that includes a toll. The Kennedy Bridge (back) was recently renovated to include a toll.

New Ohio River Toll Changes Hoosiers’ Driving Habits

Three new bridges on the Ohio River near Louisville recently started tolling drivers, causing some Hoosiers to adjust their usual commuting routes.

March 3, 2017

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Scarce Resources Exist For Addicted Pregnant Women And Infants

Legislators have proposed bills that would help fund and establish places to help pregnant mothers addicted to opioids and their children born dependent.

March 3, 2017

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A bill that would change the way home owners are paid for solar energy is moving through the Statehouse.

State Lawmakers Debate Compensation Rates For Excess Solar Energy

A bill headed to the House would change the way alternative forms of energy, such as solar power, are valued in the state.

March 3, 2017

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Mike Pence

Pence Insists His Use Of Private Email Followed Indiana Law

Pence says he had an outside attorney review all of his private email records to identify any that referenced state business or related activities.

March 3, 2017

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The Nine Lives Cat Cafe in Indianapolis allows customers to interact with adoptable cats from the local animal shelter.

Indiana’s First Cat Cafe Joins Forces With Local Animal Shelter

Owners of Nine Lives Cat Cafe in Indianapolis say they've had 15 adoptions as a result of patrons meeting their new cats at the cafe.

March 3, 2017

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Video: Watch ‘Indiana Newsdesk’ March 3, 2017

The controversy surrounding solar power legislation, the sentencing of the man charged with murdering Shaylyn Ammerman and the Louisville toll bridge.

March 3, 2017

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New Tool Tracks Health Data For 500 Cities; 11 In Indiana

The new project is a partnership between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the CDC Foundation.

March 4, 2017

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President Trump’s hardline stance on immigration was made manifest in January through an executive order blocking citizens from seven countries, sparking protests at airports across the country.

Christian Churches Launch Campaign To Support Refugees

A number of Orthodox and mainline Protestant churches announced a grassroots effort to fight any version of President Donald Trump's immigration & refugee ban.

March 5, 2017

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Trump Supporters Rally At Statehouse

They gathered Saturday at the statehouse as part of "March 4 Trump" rallies nationwide.

March 6, 2017

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The House passed its budget last week, which included no funding for the state archives.

Legislators Won’t Include Funds For New State Archives Building

Then-Governor Mike Pence approved the project as part of the state’s bicentennial celebrations.

March 6, 2017

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IUPUI researchers collecting sediment cores from Martin Lake, Lagrange County, IN (May 2013). From left to right, graduate student Owen Rudloff, assistant professor Broxton Bird, Michael Stouder, graduate student Lucas Stamps.

Study Explores Link Between Climate, Ancient Native Populations

IUPUI scientists used paleoclimate records to better understand Midwestern Native American population dynamics.

March 6, 2017

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While some members of the legislature said the program might be ready by the fall, Gov. Pence says he hopes it will be ready by next year.

Pence Criticizes AP For Publishing Wife’s Email Address

In a tweet Saturday, Pence said that by publishing the personal AOL address of his wife, Karen, the AP "violated her privacy and our security."

March 6, 2017

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Local Roads Not A Priority Under House Funding Plan

The Senate now has control of the road funding plan as the second half of session begins.

March 6, 2017

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The Delta Omicron Sorority charter at Indiana University Bloomington has been revoked.

Sorority At Indiana University Shut Down After Investigation

Delta Omicron withdrew the IU Bloomington charter because they say members had been involved in activities that "do not represent [their] high standards."

March 6, 2017

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Police do not suspect foul play in the death of Jacqueline Watts.

Police: Woman Died Trying To Save A Dog From A River

The department says officers found Jacqueline Watts' body Saturday morning.

March 6, 2017

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Report Links Online Price Disclosure To High Funeral Prices

The report says the largest funeral home company in the country charges a median price 47 to 72 percent more for some services.

March 6, 2017

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Advocacy groups in Indiana are denouncing the executive order as discriminatory.

Indiana Advocacy Groups Denounce Trump’s New Travel Ban

The order Trump signed Monday replaces his previous travel ban and no longer includes Iraq.

March 6, 2017

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Courtesy: Ports of Indiana

Buoyed By Exports, Ports Of Indiana Cap Record Three Years

The increase is due in part to grain and coal exports – the kind that could see major changes under Trump administration trade reforms.

March 7, 2017

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Rebecca Heger, Cathedral High School's mental health and addictions counselor, looks at 2-year-old Finn, a therapy dog at the school since 2015.

Indiana Youth Suicides Increase As Schools, Lawmakers Seek Fix

Two suicide prevention proposals have garnered support this legislative session, but it remains to be seen how the House and Senate will compromise their plans.

March 7, 2017

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Mayor 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 by noon today!

March 7, 2017

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The new ordinance will also prohibit smoking at outdoor events in city parks beginning July 1.

Kokomo, Howard County Officials Approve Bar Smoking Ban

Several cities around the state have local ordinances tougher than the statewide smoking ban adopted in 2012 that exempts bars and casinos.

March 7, 2017

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Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Rucker discusses his pending retirement. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)

Ind. Supreme Court To Hold Arguments At Justice Rucker Alma Mater

Retiring Justice Robert Rucker graduated from Gary Roosevelt High School in 1964.

March 7, 2017

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U.S. Social Security card and resident card.

West Lafayette Council Aims To Make Immigrants Feel Welcome

The measure passed Monday night stops short of declaring West Lafayette a sanctuary city for immigrants living in the U.S. without legal permission.

March 7, 2017

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Many are calling on the legislature to expand the current pre-K pilot program to help more kids.

A Tale Of Two Pre-K Bills: What Is The Future Of Early Ed?

The second half of the legislative session begins this week, and the House and Senate have two very different bills to expand state funded pre-K.

March 7, 2017

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The Owen County Recycling Center will shut down on April 1st because the county says it’s too expensive to operate.

Owen County Recycling Center To Close April 1

The Owen County Recycling Center accepts both trash and recyclables, but makes its money on the recycling.

March 7, 2017

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Purdue University President Mitch Daniels (left) and Indiana University President Michael McRobbie (right) address lawmakers in a Senate budget hearing.

University Presidents Make Funding Pleas To Lawmakers

Some public university presidents expressed concerns over funding increases and the state's performance funding formula for higher education.

March 8, 2017

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Doyle Re-Signs With Colts Before Hitting Free Agency

The Colts claimed the Indy native and former ball boy for the NBA's Indiana Pacers off waivers from Tennessee on Sept. 1, 2013.

March 8, 2017

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Vigo Co. Jail

Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute’s Bennett On Jail Taxes And City Budget

Mayor Bennett says the tax increase is not to make the budget bigger, it's to pay for existing services that lost funding when revenues decreased.

March 8, 2017

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Experts Weigh HIP 2.0′s Fate Under Proposed GOP ACA Replacement

Approximately 250,000 people currently have coverage through HIP 2.0.

March 8, 2017

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Mike Pence

Lawyer: Pence’s AOL Account Adds New Wrinkle To Civil Case

A spokesman for Pence says he "retained records in full compliance with Indiana law."

March 8, 2017

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Twitter Troll Takes Over Lawmaker’s Handle, Demands Apology

An Indiana state lawmaker is refusing an apology demand from an unknown person who took over his abandoned Twitter handle.

March 8, 2017

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Indiana-Based ISNA Criticizes Trump’s Revised Travel Ban

The Islamic Society of North America based in the Indianapolis suburb of Plainfield says the new ban does nothing to protect the U.S.

March 8, 2017

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4 Charged In Disabled Boy’s Death Face New Charges

An autopsy found methamphetamine in Cameron Hoopingarner's system.

March 8, 2017

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Indiana Couple Charged With Neglect In Death Of 5-Year-Old

Authorities say the couple failed to provide adequate nutrition and follow-up medical care for their disabled 5-year-old daughter.

March 8, 2017

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Sanctuary Campus Protesters Interrupt IU Official’s Speech

About a dozen protesters interrupted a speech by a top IU official with calls for establishing a sanctuary campus in Bloomington.

March 8, 2017

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Arjun Singh, 19, is a sophomore at Indiana University.

IU Student Arrested for Impersonating Law Enforcement

Police arrested an Indiana University sophomore Sunday charging him with impersonating a police officer.

March 8, 2017

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Representative Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) watches a Senate committee vote on his bill to require college students receive a meningitis immunization.

Bill Adds Meningitis To Required College Immunizations

Rep. Ron Bacon's bill is primarily aimed at out-of-state students.

March 8, 2017

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Tornado sirens are used differently throughout Indiana's counties

Two More Tornadoes Confirmed Near Mitchell, Crothersville

Since Wednesday, eleven tornadoes occurred across southern Indiana, from north of Evansville to near Salem.

March 8, 2017

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Women in Lafayette participate in a rally as part of 'A Day Without a Woman' on International Women's Day.

Women Strike For ‘Day Without A Woman,’ Celebrate Women’s Day

Women in Lafayette hosted walkouts while a Bloomington business owner gave women free coffee.

March 8, 2017

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

Seven Oaks Request To Operate With 50% Unlicensed Teachers Denied

State law requires at least 90 percent of a school’s teachers be state certified or in the process of getting a state license.

March 8, 2017

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Reagan Roush, center, makes a creamy chicken fajita pasta dish at a weekly cooking skills class at the College Internship Program in Bloomington, Indiana.

Meet The Students With Autism Facing College Head-On

At Indiana University, in the past decade, the number of students self-identifying as having autism has increased tenfold.

March 9, 2017

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Vigo Co. Jail

New Vigo County Jail Site, Tax Increases Stirring Controversy

Some are accusing the Terre Haute mayor of supporting the project only because he's hoping it will help his city's struggling budget.

March 9, 2017

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Woman Gets Time Served In Indianapolis Quadruple Homicide

A judge sentenced 23-year-old Samantha Bradley to a total of 30 years, with 24 years suspended, under a plea agreement.

March 9, 2017

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Senate Panel Takes Up Bill Allowing Praying Aloud In Schools

A lawmaker questions how a bill that reaffirms students' right to pray aloud in public schools would treat non-Christian religions.

March 9, 2017

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Indiana Schools Superintendent Awards Technology Grants

Half of the districts that applied ultimately were selected for the program this year. That means requests from 32 districts were turned down.

March 9, 2017

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Fresh Thyme offers local and organic food at the 3rd Street location in Bloomington.

Bloomington Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market Opens

Customers started lining up outside the store up to three hours before opening, hoping to be one of the 250 people to get a free bag of groceries.

March 9, 2017

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Tri Delta sorority members rallied outside their house Thursday afternoon.

Sorority Rallies To Save Indiana University Tri Delta Chapter

The Tri Delta National Organization and Executive Board aren't releasing details about why the charter has been revoked.

March 9, 2017

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Senator Erin Houchin (R-Salem) talks about her bill to help domestic violence victims get their cell phone and number out of their abuser's control.

Bill Aims To Ensure Domestic Abusers Don’t Control Victims’ Phones

The bill would provide the option after a domestic violence victim gets a restraining order.

March 9, 2017

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway To Auction Off Odd Items

The items up for auction include a horse-drawn hansom cab, dozens of wooden carousel horses, and a large player-piano-type organ.

March 9, 2017

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Family Speaks Out After Indiana Restaurant Owner Detained By ICE

ICE officers detained a Granger restaurant owner during a routine check-in last month.

March 9, 2017

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Leaves curl tightly on drought-stressed corn in a Tippecanoe County field in 2012.

Purdue-led Project Helps Farmers Adapt To Climate Change

The nine university, multi-year research and extension project wrapped up this year.

March 9, 2017

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Prison Bars

Transfer Of Drew Peterson To Terre Haute Federal Prison Explained

Peterson was serving a prison sentence in the 2004 slaying of Kathleen Savio when he was convicted last year of trying to hire someone to kill the prosecutor.

March 10, 2017

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John Hamilton

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

We're getting ready to visit with Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton for Wednesday's show. Submit your questions by 10:00 a.m. today!

March 10, 2017

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Tonight At 6 On ‘Indiana Newsdesk’

A family fears being torn apart due to deportation, the future of Indiana’s Medicaid expansion program HIP 2.0 and overcoming misconceptions about Islam.

March 10, 2017

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Senate Committee OK’s Coats As National Intelligence Director

The committee voted 13-2 in favor of former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats to replace James Clapper, who retired at the end of the Obama administration.

March 10, 2017

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Beanblossom Bottoms Trail

Replacing Vandalized Signs Along Popular Trail Will Cost Hundreds

There are surveillance cameras along the trail that the organization can monitor if there are vandalism issues in the future.

March 10, 2017

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Indiana House GOP Open To Smaller Cigarette Tax Increase

Lawmakers proposed a $1 cigarette tax increase. GOP House Speaker Brian Bosma said Thursday that he's willing to curtail the increase to about 60 cents

March 10, 2017

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Thieves Scour Obituaries To Target Mourning Indiana Families

Burglars in several counties have been scouring obituaries and social media to target families for break-ins while they're attending funerals.

March 10, 2017

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Columbus ‘Hijab Day’ Brings Muslims And Non-Muslims Together

Organizers wanted to create a safe platform for non-Muslims to come and learn about Islam to help dispel common myths and misconceptions.

March 10, 2017

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State To Give Holocaust Survivor, Museum Founder Highest Award

The Sachem Award is granted each year to one person recognized for "a lifetime of excellence and moral virtue that has brought credit and honor to Indiana."

March 10, 2017

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State Officials Unconcerned About Avian Flu Cases

State officials say it’s normal for poultry farmers to be extra-cautious around the spring season because warmer months signal migration for infected waterfowl.

March 10, 2017

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An Indiana University student wears an IU Hoosiers shirt.

What Does The Word ‘Hoosier’ Mean? Indiana Researchers Find Out

Indiana residents are now federally known as Hoosiers thanks to efforts from U.S. senators Joe Donnelly and Todd Young.

March 10, 2017

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Prison Bars

Floyd County Seeks To Settle Jail Lawsuit For $1.23 Million

The lawsuit filed in 2014 alleges inhuman conditions at the Floyd County Jail.

March 10, 2017

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State Budget Agency offices at the Statehouse (Brandon Smith/IPB News)

State Tax Collections Surge Due To Underestimated Sales Taxes

Indiana took in $134 million more in taxes last month than fiscal analysts predicted.

March 10, 2017

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Freeze Warning In Effect; Snow Possible Saturday Evening

A hard freeze will occur each night through early next week. Any sensitive vegetation should be protected against the cold.

March 10, 2017

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Video: Watch ‘Indiana Newsdesk’ March 10, 2017

A family fears being torn apart due to deportation, the future of Indiana’s Medicaid expansion program HIP 2.0 and overcoming misconceptions about Islam.

March 10, 2017

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Statehouse Update: Senate Budget Hearings, Meningitis Vaccinations

The Senate kicked off budget hearings, a committee approved a college immunization bill and the Indiana House Speaker reacted to the federal health care bill.

March 13, 2017

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Indiana’s Family Of Farmers To Celebrate Agriculture Day

The organization will recognize the economic and cultural contributions that agriculture makes to Indiana during the March 21 celebration.

March 13, 2017

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Halt On Fast-Track Option For H-1B Visas Could Slow College Hires

The temporary change to the H-1B visa program would halt “premium processing,” which speeds up visa applications for foreign, highly skilled workers.

March 13, 2017

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Indianapolis Jewish Center Evacuated After Another Bomb Threat

The community center received a second bomb threat Sunday, less than two weeks after the first in late February.

March 13, 2017

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U.S. Attorney For Northern Indiana Resigns After Trump Request

The U.S. attorney's office in Hammond says David Capp resigned after 31 years as a federal prosecutor.

March 13, 2017

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Group Aims To Protect Southern Indiana’s Lake Monroe

The Friends of Lake Monroe group was founded by hydrologist Sherry Mitchell-Bruker and has about 40 members.

March 13, 2017

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Monsanto Rep Counsels Indiana Farmers On Bridging Ag Divides

Monsanto's director of millennial engagement told Indiana Farm Bureau members to rethink how they talk about the food system with young and urban residents.

March 13, 2017

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Indiana Lawmakers Weigh Banning So-Called Sanctuary Campuses

No campuses in Indiana have declared themselves sanctuaries, but several have faced pressure from students and faculty.

March 13, 2017

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Vanderburgh County Officials Tackle Rising Heroin Use

In the first two months of this year, there have been three confirmed fatal doses of such drugs.

March 13, 2017

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The Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis.

Indiana Unemployment Rate Holds Steady, Private Sector Loses Jobs

Indiana’s unemployment rate declined more over the last year than any neighboring state.

March 13, 2017

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Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville), center, discusses his caucus' proposed state budget at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing. The proposal does not increase domestic violence prevention and treatment funding.

Domestic Violence Prevention Funding Likely Unchanged In Budget

Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence Executive Director Laura Berry says her organization didn’t ask lawmakers for a funding increase.

March 13, 2017

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IUPD: Vandalism Incident On Campus A Hate Crime

Someone ripped an all-gender bathroom sign from the wall of a student building at Indiana University and attempted to write the word “MEN” underneath.

March 13, 2017

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State Forests Get High Marks On International Sustainability Audit

The yearly audits judge the management of Indiana's state forests based on North American and international sustainability standards.

March 13, 2017

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Indiana Winner Of $435M Powerball Jackpot Stays Anonymous

A spokesperson says the winner is a Lafayette man whose winning ticket was among five he bought at a convenience store on the day of the Feb. 22 drawing.

March 13, 2017

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Indiana Historical Bureau

Historic Marker To Recognize Murder Of 9 Native Americans

The Indiana Historical Bureau says it was a rare instance of Native Americans obtaining justice for an attack by white men.

March 13, 2017

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Gov. Eric Holcomb (R-Indiana) says he wants Indiana's Medicaid expansion - through its HIP 2.0 program - continued as federal lawmakers debate health care reform.

Holcomb Wants Medicaid Expansion Continued

Governor Eric Holcomb says he wants to see Indiana’s Medicaid expansion protected as federal lawmakers debate health care reform.

March 14, 2017

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Supporters Of Running Indiana State Fair Train Face Obstacle

A plan for expanded service would feature year-round trains rolling between suburban Noblesville and downtown Indianapolis.

March 14, 2017

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Seema Verma

Senate Confirms Seema Verma To Head Medicare And Medicaid

Verma played a large role in shaping Indiana’s Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, known as the Healthy Indiana Plan or HIP 2.0.

March 14, 2017

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Gov. Holcomb Won’t Use Private Email For State Business

Vice President Mike Pence has been criticized for using an AOL account to conduct state business when he was governor.

March 14, 2017

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Crown Hill Project Put On Hold Amid Protests

About 20 protesters huddled at Crown Hill North Woods in what became a successful attempt to save a section of old-growth forest in Indianapolis.

March 14, 2017

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IU Men's Basketball

Indiana Faces Georgia Tech In Round One Of NIT Tonight

The winner advances to the second round later this week against Georgia or Belmont.

March 14, 2017

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Indiana City Plans Changes To Trails After 2 Girls’ Killings

A 5-kilometer run on June 10 will serve as fundraiser for the trail changes.

March 14, 2017

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Indiana Legislators Once Considered Changing Pi To 3.2

A Purdue University math professor helped convince legislators not to pass a bill inaccurately changing Pi to 3.2.

March 14, 2017

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Road construction on Interstate 69.

Senate Road Funding Testimony Echoes House Testimony

Tuesday's testimony, primarily from lobbyists and trade organizations, focused on the proposal's fuel tax increase and potential for tolling.

March 14, 2017

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Benford Court

Man Accused Of Spreading HIV Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison

Isiah Benford had been charged with failing to notify at least 11 sexual partners that he has HIV, resulting in at least three women becoming infected.

March 14, 2017

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County Scraps CAFO Neighbor Tax Break Plan, Sends Appeals To State

Bartholomew County officials denied individual property tax appeals from a group of neighbors who live near a large confined hog farm in the rural town of Hope.

March 14, 2017

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Indiana Hoosier Season Comes To An End Following NIT Loss

The Yellow Jackets knocked out IU in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament with a 75-63 win.

March 14, 2017

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Republicans’ ACA Repeal Could Threaten Coverage For Hoosiers

A report from the Congressional Budget Office predicts 24 million people will lose insurance coverage if the proposed ACA replacement passes.

March 15, 2017

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City council met Wednesay to consider the annexation.

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington’s Hamilton On Annexation, Sanitation

Mayor Hamilton says the boundaries of the city has changed a lot over a period of time; county government and city government are meant to do different things.

March 15, 2017

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Judge In Indiana Gets Probation For Shoving Police Chief

The judge will also will perform 100 hours of community service.

March 15, 2017

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U.S. Sen. Donnelly Sets Weekend Town Hall In Muncie

Sunday's event at Emens Auditorium on the Ball State University campus will be free and open to the public.

March 15, 2017

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Helicopter Pilot Dies After Crash In Rural Indiana

Indiana State Police officials say it isn't clear what caused the Tuesday afternoon crash near the White County community of Brookston.

March 15, 2017

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DeVos Lauds Management Of Indianapolis Public Schools

DeVos, who wants less federal oversight in education, says IPS gives parents and school leaders more control and choice over their classrooms.

March 15, 2017

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House Committee Hears Testimony On Guns In Statehouse Bill

The bill expands the list of those allowed to carry inside the state’s capitol building, as judges, police and legislators are already able to do.

March 15, 2017

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Members of the Utilities District of Western Indiana REMC are encouraging more voter participation in the contested board of directors race.

Why You Should Care About Your Electric Co-Op Election

About 1.5 million Hoosiers get power through rural electric cooperatives, not for-profit utilities that provide electric in rural areas.

March 15, 2017

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Senator Coats' career in politics has included serving in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, as well as acting as a U.S. Ambassador to Germany.

Senate Confirms Dan Coats As National Intelligence Chief

Former Indiana Senator Dan Coats will be a key player in the government's ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

March 15, 2017

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Northern Ind. Man Faces Latest Charge Alleging He Hid HIV Status

Police say Travis Spoor didn't tell sex partners that he's infected with the virus that causes AIDS. That's a legal requirement in Indiana.

March 15, 2017

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Purdue University economist Larry DeBoer says forming an LLC is a way to protect the winner and avoid income tax.

Tippecanoe County May Not See Income Tax From Lottery Win

The Lafayette winner walked away with $189.1 million, which would've earned the county more than $2 million.

March 15, 2017

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The Senate Local Government Committee listens to testimony on the short-term rentals bill.

Bill Protecting Short-Term Rentals Advances To Full Senate

Some local communities regulate or prohibit short-term rentals. But the proposed legislation would bar them from that, while establishing some guidelines.

March 15, 2017

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Republican Trey Hollingsworth represents Indiana's 9th Congressional District.

Constituents Want A Hollingsworth Town Hall, Not Just Paid Event

Republican Representative Trey Hollingsworth is set to speak at this year's Monroe County Lincoln Day banquet.

March 15, 2017

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Lawmakers cut the proposed increase for the On My Way Pre-K program from $20 million to $6 million during the next two years.

Sen. Committee Slashes House Pre-K Funding Bill, Nix Voucher Link

Lawmakers cut the proposed increase for the On My Way Pre-K program from $20 million to $6 million during the next two years.

March 15, 2017

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Representatives from several Indiana organizations called on lawmakers to revive a hate crimes law this session.

Groups Press For Revival Of Hate Crime Legislation

A hate crimes bill passed out of a Senate committee last month but it didn't receive a vote on the Senate floor.

March 15, 2017

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Indiana Military Museum Set To Start Expansion Project

Plans call for converting much of the museum's warehouse into interactive exhibit space.

March 16, 2017

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Business Coalition Opposes Proposed Federal Border Adjustment Tax

The border adjustment tax would make exporting American goods cheaper and importing products more expensive.

March 16, 2017

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Indiana Judge Dismisses Transgender Man’s Name Change Suit

His lawsuit argued Indiana's law requiring anyone seeking a name change to provide citizenship proof is unconstitutional.

March 16, 2017

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Bill Would Lift Savings Limit For Food Stamp Recipients

Some lawmakers are also concerned about the lack of regulation on what SNAP can be used to purchase.

March 16, 2017

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There are 11 therapy horses helping people at Agape Therapeutic Riding center in rural north-central Indiana.

Horse-Assisted Therapy Helps Recovering Addicts

Experts say equine-assisted therapy for addiction addresses skill development like improving communication, patience, self-confidence and assertiveness.

March 16, 2017

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New Website Directs Unused Food To Indianapolis Food Banks

The website allows truckers hauling loads of food rejected by grocers or distributors to find food banks where they can donate that freight.

March 16, 2017

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IU Women’s Basketball Team Hosts Ball State In WNIT Tonight

After a bid to the NCAA Tournament last year, Indiana is making its third appearance in the postseason in the last four seasons.

March 16, 2017

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Man Arrested In Clown Robbery At Bloomington McDonalds

The suspect was described to be wearing a clown mask during the robbery where he allegedly held a semi-automatic handgun to a manager's head.

March 16, 2017

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Indiana Statehouse in March, 2016.

House Speaker: Hate Crimes Bill Likely Won’t Be Revived

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

March 16, 2017

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Jennifer McCormick is the Republican candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction.

McCormick Asks For 2019 Start Date For New Test, Not 2018

State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick asked a Senate education committee Wednesday to extend the timeline for creating a test to replace ISTEP+.

March 16, 2017

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Indiana's congressional delegation is divided on proposed federal health reform.

Indiana Republicans Aren’t All Behind Federal Health Care Bill

Support for the GOP's federal health care reform bill isn’t universal among Indiana congressional Republicans.

March 16, 2017

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Lake Erie at Cleveland's Villa Angela Beach.

Trump Budget Cuts Great Lakes Restoration, Sea Grant Programs

The Trump Administration’s proposed budget eliminates the $300 million in annual funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

March 16, 2017

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Medical Cannabis Activists Gather At Statehouse For Town Hall

A small crowd gathered at the statehouse on Thursday to support medical cannabis access in Indiana.

March 16, 2017

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WATCH: IU Head Basketball Coach Tom Crean Out After 9 Years

According to a statement, IU will begin an immediate national search for a new coach.

March 16, 2017

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Protestors Call On Sen. Todd Young To Host Town Hall Meeting

Protesters say they want to talk to Young about several issues, including healthcare, immigration and gun control.

March 16, 2017

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Truck Driver Who Caused Paoli Bridge Collapse Pleads Guilty

Mary Lambright will appear in court next month for sentencing.

March 17, 2017

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Dan Coats Sworn In As National Intelligence Director

Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office after the Senate voted Wednesday to confirm Coats.

March 17, 2017

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Indiana Officials Worried About Impact Of Trump Health Care Plan

Indiana House Democrats say in a letter the proposal could cause "dire" results in Indiana.

March 17, 2017

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Deadline Extended: Students Have Until April 15 To File FAFSA

The FAFSA form is used for determining eligibility for federal and state financial aid.

March 17, 2017

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Coaches And Former Players React To Tom Crean Firing

Tom Crean spent nine seasons as the head coach of the men's basketball team.

March 17, 2017

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Energy cooperatives like UDWI began in the 1930s to provide electricity to rural areas of the United States.

High Electric Rates Prompt Residents To Try Ousting Co-Op Board

Why some southwestern Indiana residents are running against long-time incumbents for a spot on their energy cooperative's board of directors.

March 17, 2017

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Around 90,000 people ride the Pokagon State Park toboggan run every year, some travelling hours to participate.

Pokagon’s Toboggan Closed For Season, Breaks Attendance Records

Income for both Pokagon State Park gate fees and the toboggan run are higher than any previous winter season.

March 17, 2017

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Families Raising Money To Place Cuddle Cots In Indiana Hospitals

Cuddle Cots allow families to spend up to 48 hours with a stillborn child after delivery.

March 17, 2017

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Liju Yang, a postdoctoral research associate in Purdue's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, uses a microscope to see bacterial cells placed into a microchip containing an antibody that captures the bacteria.

Indiana Researchers Warily Eye Prospective NIH Funding Cuts

NIH money funded Purdue’s groundbreaking mapping of the physical structure of the Zika virus and research at IUPUI into behavioral oncology.

March 17, 2017

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Members of the Utilities District of Western Indiana REMC are encouraging more voter participation in the contested board of directors race.

Tonight At 6 On ‘Indiana Newsdesk’

The search is on for a new Indiana men's basketball coach, an investigation into rural electric co-ops and a device that helps stillborn grieving families.

March 17, 2017

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Municipal Utility Apologizes For Wrong Past-Due Notices

About 2,500 of the notices went out when only 200 accounts were actually past due.

March 17, 2017

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The flowers at May's Greenhouse are already in bloom.

Noon Edition: The Semi-Annual Gardening Show

Our semi-annual gardening show is back again, with our expert panelists Helen May and Don Adamson.

March 17, 2017

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Dismissed IU Coach Tom Crean To Remain Highest Paid State Employee

Although Indiana University fired Tom Crean this week, a $4 million buyout means he'll still be the highest paid state employee.

March 17, 2017

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Indiana Teens’ Slayings Lead To Numerous Unrelated Arrests

Authorities say around 13 people have been arrested based on pending warrants against them unrelated to the slayings.

March 17, 2017

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Union workers rally outside of the Indianapolis Carrier plant in 2016.

Job Cuts Endure At Indiana Factories Despite Trump Pressure

The first wave of 50 layoffs has already happened at United Technologies' 700-worker electronics plant in Huntington, which is slated for closure.

March 17, 2017

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Using the 'Heart in a Box' method, a donor heart is kept beating, extending the amount of time it can be kept before a transplant.

IU Health Using New ‘Heart In A Box’ Method For Donor Hearts

A new way to transport donor hearts for transplants is now in use in Indiana. The heart is kept beating during the trip.

March 17, 2017

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Members of the Utilities District of Western Indiana REMC are encouraging more voter participation in the contested board of directors race.

Video: Watch ‘Indiana Newsdesk’ March 17, 2017

The search is on for a new Indiana men's basketball coach, an investigation into rural electric co-ops and a device that helps stillborn grieving families.

March 20, 2017

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Governor: Funding Sought For East Chicago Water Filters

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb says the state is working on finding funding for water filters in East Chicago homes dealing with lead contamination.

March 20, 2017

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Proposed Health Law Worries Mental Health Advocates

The law would not require Medicaid to cover mental health and substance use treatment.

March 20, 2017

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Indiana University Art Museum Prepares For Renovation

The monumental task of moving the museum's collection out of the building has already begun.

March 20, 2017

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Donnelly Sees Supportive Crowd At Muncie Town Hall

Indiana U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly faced a mostly favorable crowd of several hundred people at a Muncie town hall meeting Sunday.

March 20, 2017

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Central Indiana County Has Highest Child Poverty Statewide

The report cites 2015 statistics that show the county is higher than Indiana's average and the national average.

March 20, 2017

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Evansville Mayor Works On Plan For Baseball Stadium Repairs

School district officials say the stadium needs $1.5 million in upgrades, including a new electrical system, lights and roof.

March 20, 2017

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Student Journalist Bill’s Sponsor Expects Easy Path Through Senate

The bill would give student journalists the same press freedoms that professionals have.

March 20, 2017

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Lawyer: 3 Purdue Players Expelled After Alleged Sexual Assault

A law firm that represents a woman who says she was sexually assaulted by three football players says the school has expelled the athletes.

March 20, 2017

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Indiana Hoosiers Advance To Third Round Of WNIT

The Hoosiers will play the winner of Abilene Christian and SMU on Thursday at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall at 7 p.m.

March 20, 2017

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INDOT Lays Out Potential Impact Of I-69 From Martinsville To Indy

The state still has to secure funding for I-69 Section 6.

March 20, 2017

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Donnelly Criticizes GOP Health Care Bill

Donnelly says the GOP replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act would undermine states' efforts to combat opioid addiction.

March 20, 2017

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The Muncie Community Schools board voted to close Southside High School, leaving Central High School as the only remaining high school in the city.

What Options Do Muncie Schools Have With $15 Mill Budget Deficit?

School leaders could turn to school closures, emergency loans or forgoing building repairs.

March 20, 2017

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Supporters at the Statehouse meet in favor of medical cannabis.

Legislature Considering Indiana’s First Medicinal Cannabis Laws

The state's first bill to legalize a non-psychoactive form of cannabis to treat epilepsy is finding support.

March 20, 2017

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Purdue University To Extend Tuition Freeze Into 2018-2019

The announcement of a sixth year of tuition freezes at Purdue University has been met with skepticism from some members of the school’s faculty.

March 21, 2017

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Temporary Moves Draw Near For Remaining West Calumet Residents

Around 80 families still live in lead-contaminated public housing in East Chicago. They'll learn this week where the city will relocate them after March 31.

March 21, 2017

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IU Campus To Test New Automated Tornado Warning Alerts

The system will eliminate the need for an IU staffer writing and sending those alerts.

March 21, 2017

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House Approves Domestic Violence Bill On Phone Plans, Pets

The House voted 95-0 Monday to approve the measure. It returns now to the Senate to approve changes.

March 21, 2017

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Indiana Military Veterans Hall Of Fame Looking For Nominees

To be eligible veterans must have been born in Indiana, entered military service in Indiana or lived in Indiana at least eight years.

March 21, 2017

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Monroe Co. Residents Come With Questions To Annexation Meeting

County and city residents can give their input about the Bloomington annexation plan at open house meetings each day this week.

March 21, 2017

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Symptoms Come Early This Year For Allergy Sufferers

Early blooms have pollen allergy sufferers reaching for the tissue box.

March 21, 2017

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Bill Aims To Close Loophole In Child Pornography Law

The legislation's author, Rep. Tom Washburne (R-Inglefield), says it helps state law keep up with modern times.

March 21, 2017

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EPA Gets First Cleanup Funds For Zone 2 Of East Chicago Superfund

The agency’s new administrative settlement, announced Monday, adds a new company to those responsible for funding the cleanup.

March 21, 2017

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Ivy Tech Community College is second in the nation for students using Pell Grants to attend college.

Fed. Budget Puts Low-Income College Grants On Chopping Block

Ivy Tech Community College is second in the nation for students using Pell Grants to attend college.

March 21, 2017

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Indiana House Panel Advances Measure On Teacher Unions

Labor unions say the measure is another "poke in the eye" from Indiana lawmakers, who previously passed a right-to-work law, curtailing union power.

March 21, 2017

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Financing Sought For Healthy Food Legislation

Supporters says a bill that creates the opportunity for businesses and non-profits to establish healthy food access needs state money to get started.

March 22, 2017

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Indiana Could Benefit As Wind Industry Grows Nationally

Wind energy overtook hydroelectric at the end of 2016 to lead the renewable energy market.

March 22, 2017

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Ask The Mayor: Kokomo’s Goodnight On Smoking Ban, Construction

Kokomo's Goodnight says arguments businesses have against smoking bans collectively don't hold water while some businesses thrive.

March 22, 2017

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Vanderburgh County Expands Sexual Orientation Protections

The county's anti-discrimination ordinance will now include sexual orientation and gender identity.

March 22, 2017

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Photo of damage from the historic 1917 tornado in New Albany, on display at the New Albany Public Library.

New Albany To Mark 100th Anniversary Of Deadly Tornado

The 1917 tornado is considered one of the deadliest in state history.

March 22, 2017

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Indiana Restaurant Owner To Be Deported Friday

Roberto Beristain came to the U.S. from Mexico City illegally in 1998. He later obtained documentation to work in the country and checked in with ICE each year.

March 22, 2017

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The Bloomington Animal Shelter takes in dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals that need care.

$1.9M Contract Approved For Bloomington Animal Shelter Renovation

The renovation will expand animal areas and areas for the public, staff, and volunteers.

March 22, 2017

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Notre Dame: Student Interns At British Parliament Are Safe

NPR reports police are responding to an ongoing "firearms incident" near the Parliament building in London.

March 22, 2017

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After Fight, Indiana Man Receives ‘Atheist’ License Plate

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles initially denied Chris Bontrager's request for a personalized license plate reading "Atheist."

March 22, 2017

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Caleb Pierson looks over a cabinet project he designed for Heartwood Manufacturing. Pierson is a graduate of a Batesville High School program that teaches manufacturing skills.

Manufacturing Companies Need More Workers? Look To The Schools

Manufacturing jobs require specialized training, so companies having a hard time filling open positions are finding new opportunities to teach workers.

March 22, 2017

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Committee OKs New Public Records Search Fee

The bill would allow state and local government agencies to charge the public a substantial fee for lengthy public record searches.

March 22, 2017

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House Committee Hears 6 Hours Of Testimony On Solar Power Bill

Critics say the bill would eventually eliminate the financial incentive for installing solar power.

March 22, 2017

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Committee Adds Controversial Gun Bill To Different Gun Bill

The original bill’s author says the move is a “backup plan.”

March 22, 2017

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Indiana University law professor David Orentlicher testifies in the House Public Policy Committee (Brandon Smith/IPB News)

House Committee Debates Abortion Bill’s Constitutionality

Legal experts and lawmakers can’t agree on the constitutionality of a parental notification of abortion proposal.

March 22, 2017

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Prayer In Schools Bill Goes To Full Senate, Closer To Law

House Bill 1024 would protect open prayer and religious dress, writings or other religious expression in schools.

March 23, 2017

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Treatment ‘Silos,’ Needle Exchange Bill Edges Forward

A bill that would give counties the ability to set up needle exchanges without first getting state approval is one step closer to becoming law.

March 23, 2017

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Protections For Student Journalists Pass Senate Committee

House Bill 1130 would prevent public K-12 schools from disciplining students for expressing their First Amendment rights in a school-funded publication.

March 23, 2017

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Finalists For Indiana Supreme Court Opening Announced

The Judicial Nominating Commission announced 11 finalists from an initial field of 20 to replace retiring Justice Robert D. Rucker.

March 23, 2017

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Indiana District OKs Alcohol Tests For Students At Dances

The South Gibson School Corp. board unanimously approved buying 40 Breathalyzer devices for the district's new alcohol-testing effort.

March 23, 2017

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Pardoned Chicago Man Asks Judge To Expunge Criminal Record

Keith Cooper was pardoned in February by Gov. Eric Holcomb.

March 23, 2017

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Southern Indiana Community Replaces Flood-Damaged Town Hall

The new Ellettsville Town Hall is just off Indiana 46 next to the community's police station.

March 23, 2017

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Bloomingfoods To Sell Elm Heights Spot, Not To Switchyard Brewery

Switchyard Brewing Co. had announced an agreement earlier this year to move into the Elm Heights location.

March 23, 2017

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Fernow McClure, Eskenazi Special Medicine manager.

Self-Care Wellness Program Has Ripple Impact

The Self-Care program teaches patients the ability to identify feelings in the moment and take steps to lower stress.

March 23, 2017

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As of 2017, student loans in the U.S. have created $1 trillion of debt for students.

Rep. Messer Introduces Bill To Expand IU Student Debt Initiative

The bill would require colleges to send annual letters to students informing them of their student loans and estimated annual or monthly payments.

March 23, 2017

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Gov. Eric Holcomb (R-Indiana) says changes to the federal health care bill helped fuel his support. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)

Gov. Holcomb Supports GOP Repeal Of Obama Health Law

Last week, Holcomb voiced support for overhauling the ACA, but he also said Congress should spare the increase in Medicaid funding it made available.

March 23, 2017

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As Healthcare Vote Nears, Here’s Where Ind. Representatives Stand

As of Thursday afternoon, six of Indiana's seven Republican Representatives had expressed support for the bill.

March 23, 2017

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Sen. Jean Breaux joined fellow Democrats to condemn federal Republicans' plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

State Democrats Condemn AHCA Ahead Of Federal Vote

State Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane and members of the Democratic Caucus held a press conference Thursday morning.

March 23, 2017

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Bloomington Council Approves Sweeping Changes To Trash Collection

The changes shift the city toward a more automated collection system, using trucks with a mechanized arm for collecting carts.

March 23, 2017

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The Senate Appropriations Committee debates a bill making several changes to Indiana gaming taxes.

Committee Cuts Back On Guaranteed Gaming Payouts To Counties

An alteration in committee would reduce guaranteed money paid to counties across the state each year that comes from gaming revenues.

March 24, 2017

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Jennifer McCormick, Indiana superintendent of public instruction, says Indiana schools would be affected by the proposed federal education budget.

Indiana Schools Would Lose $56M Under Trump Education Budget

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would slash the U.S. Department of Education’s budget by $9 billion, a 13.5 percent reduction.

March 24, 2017

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How Defense Budget Might Impact Purdue’s Rolls-Royce Facility

Officials say increased defense spending proposed in President Trump’s budget could enable growth of the school’s fledgling aerospace park.

March 24, 2017

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Residents were hand-delivered letters from the local housing authority on March 21, notifying them of their relocation address.

Families In Contaminated Complex Decry Chicago Relocation Plan

The March 31 deadline for residents to leave West Calumet Housing Complex or face relocation looms as the state says it's secured $2 million for demolition.

March 24, 2017

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Indiana Judge Expunges Conviction Of Pardoned Chicago Man

Expungement means the conviction won't appear on background checks for jobs and apartments.

March 24, 2017

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IUPUI Experts: Program Predicts How Long A Home Will Take To Sell

IUPUI researchers looked at more than 7,000 houses in five Indiana cities to create a computer model that predicts how long a home will be on the market.

March 24, 2017

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City council met Wednesay to consider the annexation.

Residents Weigh In On Proposed Bloomington Annexation

Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton wants to drastically increase the size of the city.

March 24, 2017

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Cold Beer License Prompts Heated Lawmaker Response

A convenience store chain has been able to legally sell cold beer through a loophole in Indiana law.

March 24, 2017

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Researcher Murat Dundar led the IUPUI team that developed a computer model to predict which patients with AML will go into remission.

Computer Model Predicts Which Leukemia Patients Will Relapse

A new algorithm could help those suffering from a rare form of leukemia determine whether treatment will help.

March 24, 2017

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RV Industry Supplier Building New Northern Indiana Plant

Genesis Products held a groundbreaking ceremony this week for its new $10 million, 200,000-square-foot facility in Goshen.

March 24, 2017

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The number of available foster families is not keeping up with the number of children in need of services in Indiana.

Opioid Epidemic Causing Desperate Need For Foster Families

The number of children in need of foster care has nearly doubled since 2012.

March 24, 2017

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Researchers from the IU Kelley School of Business analyzed the census data to determine which Indiana counties saw the most growth.

Census Figures Show Indiana With Stagnant Population Growth

Indiana added about 20,000 people last year for a 0.31 percent population growth.

March 24, 2017

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The number of available foster families is not keeping up with the number of children in need of services in Indiana.

Tonight At 6 On ‘Indiana Newsdesk’

The need for foster families, Monroe County residents are looking at the annexation proposal and new research of how long it will take to sell or buy a house.

March 24, 2017

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Kroger has donated over 2.5 million pounds of food and $100,000 thousand in financial support over the past year.

Hoosier Hills Food Bank Reports Record-Breaking Year

Despite record donations in 2016, Hoosier Hills faces funding cuts under President Donald Trump's proposed budget.

March 24, 2017

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After two consecutive months of declines, the private sector added jobs in February.

Indiana Unemployment Rate Rises For First Time In 13 Months

The Hoosier unemployment rate ticked up by one-tenth of a percent to 4.1 percent last month.

March 24, 2017

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The initiative was designed to allow Bloomington and Monroe County residents to purchase solar panels at a discounted rates.

Solarize Bloomington Campaign Hosts Information Session Saturday

This is the last scheduled meeting, and according to the city’s website, residents have to attend an information meeting to participate in the campaign.

March 24, 2017

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Eli Lilly To Invest $85 Million In Indianapolis Manufacturing

The expansion will allow Eli Lilly to increase the manufacturing of Trulicity, a diabetes product the company launched a couple years ago.

March 24, 2017

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Video: Watch ‘Indiana Newsdesk’ March 24, 2017

The need for foster families, Monroe County residents are looking at the annexation proposal and new research of how long it will take to sell or buy a house.

March 24, 2017

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Leaders at the Bloomington Meals on Wheels say they rely on private donations rather than federal funding.

Trump Budget Cuts Not Likely To Shut Down Local Meals On Wheels

The Bloomington Meals on Wheels program mostly runs on private donations, not federal funding.

March 24, 2017

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Women's health care activists rally outside the office of U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Carmel) after congressional leaders cancelled a vote on the GOP's health care reform bill.

Lawmakers, Activists React To Cancelled Health Care Vote

Republican members of Indiana’s congressional delegation say they’re disappointed after leadership cancelled a vote on the GOP’s health care reform bill.

March 25, 2017

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IU Hires Archie Miller As Men’s Basketball Coach

Archie Miller has spent the past six seasons as the coach at Dayton.

March 27, 2017

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Ball State University Enrollment Spikes Due To Autism Degree

The school offers an online-only master's degree in applied behavioral analysis with an emphasis in autism.

March 27, 2017

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Senate Panel To Again Take Up Appointed Schools Chief Bill

A legislative panel will consider making the state superintendent an appointed position.

March 27, 2017

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State Scheduled To Vote Tomorrow On Trump/Carrier Deal

Carrier will keep some 800 furnace production jobs in Indiana that it had planned to eliminate.

March 27, 2017

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Electroacupuncture Study Tracks The Release Of Stem Cells

The study led by two researchers at the IU School of Medicine finds that reparative stem cells are quickly dispatched after electroacupuncture.

March 27, 2017

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Great Lakes Funding Slashed Under Trump Budget

Funding for Great Lakes programs would be cut by 98 percent.

March 27, 2017

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IU Study Opens Up Discussion About Over-The-Counter Hearing Aids

The study's author says he’d like to see hearing aids made available over-the-counter in the same way eyeglasses are.

March 27, 2017

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Prosecutor Reprimanded For Criticizing Execution Ruling

The order found Johnson County Prosecutor Brad Cooper violated professional conduct rules on statements about the qualifications or integrity of a judge.

March 27, 2017

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Congressman Luke Messer (R-Indiana) is hopeful for a committee hearing on the bill later this year.

GOP Rep. Messer Takes Step Toward Possible Senate Race

Messer is a potential challenger to Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly.

March 27, 2017

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WATCH: IU Introduces Archie Miller As Basketball Coach

Archie Miller comes to IU after coaching for Dayton for six seasons.

March 27, 2017

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Indiana Republican Party Chair Jeff Cardwell, who will step aside in January, speaks in August about the party's coordination with the Trump presidential campaign. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)

Ex-Indiana GOP Head Joins Veteran Pence Aide’s Lobbying Firm

Jeff Cardwell was an aide to Pence in the Indiana governor's office before Pence picked him to head the state GOP in 2015.

March 27, 2017

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Republican attorney Jim Bopp testifies before the Senate Elections Committee while Rep. Kathy Richardson (R-Noblesville) looks on.

Bill Aimed At Preventing ‘Faithless’ Presidential Electors

A Senate committee approved legislation to ensure Indiana’s presidential electors don’t go rogue.

March 27, 2017

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Bill To Make State Superintendent A Political Appointment Revived

A Senate committee approved a controversial bill Monday that would change the Superintendent of Public Instruction from an elected position to an appointed one.

March 27, 2017

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Daniel Messel is escorted out of the courthouse after receiving his 80 year prison sentence.

Daniel Messel Faces Pretrial Conference For 2012 Rape Charges

The Bloomington man convicted of the murder of IU student Hannah Wilson in 2015 now faces rape charges from 2012.

March 27, 2017

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Indiana Black Bear Awakes From Hibernation

Officials say the Black Bear last spotted in July appears to be out of hibernation and roaming Indiana again.

March 27, 2017

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The initiative gives participants a discount on solar panels.

Friday Deadline For Solarize Bloomington Initiative Participants

The Solarize Bloomington initiative aims to give residents a discounted rate on purchasing solar panels.

March 27, 2017

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Rep. Clyde Kersey (D-Terre Haute) testifies in Senate Elections Committee as Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) sits beside him.

Senate Committee Approves Watered-Down BMV Voter Registration Bill

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles would be required to offer Hoosiers the chance to register to vote more often under legislation approved by a Senate committee.

March 27, 2017

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The portrait honors Carrie Parker Taylor, the first African-American woman to enroll at IU.

IU Unveils Portrait To Honor First Female African American Student

Carrie Parker Taylor attended Indiana University in 1898.

March 28, 2017

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Future Of ‘Abortion Reversal’ Bill In Jeopardy

The bill mandates abortion providers give women considering a drug-induced abortion information on stopping their procedure after taking some of the drugs.

March 28, 2017

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The male English Longhorn calf was born last week.

Rare Calf Born At Conner Prairie Following Embryo Transfer

The birth comes nine months after a frozen embryo shipped from England was implanted into one of Conner Prairie's female Shorthorn cows.

March 28, 2017

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Daniel Messel, shackled, is escorted to the Sheriff's vehicle after he looked at his vehicle with the jurors during the 2016 murder trial.

Judge Sets May 30 Pretrial Conference For Daniel Messel

Daniel Messel is charged with rape and battery for a 2012 case that police just recently linked to him with DNA evidence.

March 28, 2017

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The Senate committee passed the amendment 11-2 on Tuesday.

Senate Changes Road Funding Bill, Adds New Fees

Senate lawmakers put their own stamp on this session’s comprehensive road funding bill while keeping the measure’s primary tax increase intact.

March 28, 2017

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House Committee Wrestles With Vaping Regulations

Legislation regulating e-liquids has gotten complicated as a House committee struggles to impose rules on the industry while avoiding constitutionality issues.

March 28, 2017

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Indiana Statehouse (Peter Balonon-Rosen/IPB News)

Panel OKs Amended Abortion Bill On Parental Notification

Many opponents say the original bill was unconstitutional. Lawmakers amended the proposal to address those concerns.

March 28, 2017

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Duke Energy's Gibson Power Station.

Indiana Coal Advocates Cheer Trump Climate Order

Indiana is one of 28 states suing the Environmental Protection Agency over the Clean Power Plan, which President Donald Trump began rolling back Tuesday.

March 28, 2017

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Gov. Eric Holcomb leads the Indiana Economic Development Corporation in voting to approve Carrier's incentives package.

IEDC Approves Carrier’s $7M Tax Incentives Deal

Carrier is getting $5 million in tax credits to keep 1,069 total jobs in Indianapolis. Just above 700 of those were truly on the chopping block.

March 28, 2017

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Tri Delta sorority members and alumnae are petitioning to keep their charter.

IU Tridelta Members Have Until Sunday To Move Out Of House

The Tri Delta National Organization and Executive Board announced earlier this month they were revoking the IU chapter, but have not released details about why.

March 29, 2017

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Bill Would Track When Officers Restrain, Seclude Kids At School

Indiana lawmakers may require schools to provide more information about a controversial practice: secluding and restraining children.

March 29, 2017

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James Wesley Howell

Armed Man Going To LGBT Event Pleads Not Guilty

When Howell was arrested in June he had an assault rifle and chemicals ready to explode.

March 29, 2017

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Octavia Spencer

Actress Octavia Spencer To Visit IU

The Academy Award winner will visit Indiana University April 9.

March 29, 2017

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Child Swept Over Waterfalls, Dies At Indiana State Park

The park is known for its canyon walls, ravines and waterfalls.

March 29, 2017

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Teenage Girl Overdoses In Bartholomew County Walmart Parking Lot

An officer administered two doses of an overdose-antidote before an ambulance arrived.

March 29, 2017

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Chairman of SikhsPAC Gurinder Singh Khalsa wants to ensure Sikhs not to panic.

Violent Threats Against Sikhs in Indiana Increase

Sikhs are reporting an increase in violent threats and vandalism this week throughout the state of Indiana and nation-wide.

March 29, 2017

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The report measures many behaviors, including physical inactivity.

Health Survey Shows Rise In Drug Overdose Deaths

The report measures many behaviors, including physical inactivity.

March 29, 2017

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House Committee Changes, Advances Vaping Regulations Bill

The bill aims to rewrite controversial vaping regulations.

March 29, 2017

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 The bill would slowly lower the amount Hoosiers receive for selling excess energy back to the grid.

House Committee Advances Net Metering Bill

The bill would slowly lower the amount Hoosiers receive for selling excess energy back to the grid.

March 30, 2017

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Failing Voucher Schools Would Get Reprieve Under House Bill

Groups that advocate for voucher schools say they aren't trying to avoid accountability from the state.

March 30, 2017

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Cold Beer Sales Controversy Erupts In Statehouse Committees

A convenience store’s recent use of a legal loophole drew the ire of liquor stores and legislative leaders.

March 30, 2017

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Senate Panel Moves Forward ISTEP Replacement Bill

A bill to overhaul Indiana’s standardized tests passed out of a Senate committee Wednesday but some lawmakers say the legislation doesn't go far enough.

March 30, 2017

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Annexation: ‘We Haven’t Had Time To Absorb The Implications’

The annexation proposal would add 15,000 new residents to Bloomington.

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