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February 1, 2017

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Future Of Bloomington As Refugee Resettlement Community Unclear

Bloomington planned to welcome up to 60 refugees in 2017. Those plans are on hold indefinitely because of President Trump's executive order on immigration.

February 1, 2017

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Jim Lienhoop Columbus

Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop On Pence, Travel Ban

Mayor Lienhoop says he was able to attend the inauguration as well as many of the festivities in Washington D.C. that weekend.

February 1, 2017

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Voucher Feud Is Focus Of House Pre-K Bill

Proposed legislation to expand the state’s publicly funded preschool program is tangled up in the ongoing feud over private school vouchers.

February 1, 2017

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Eli Lilly, Others Sued Over Alleged Insulin Price-Fixing

Lilly makes a form of insulin called Humalog, whose list price has doubled since 2011, the lawsuit claims.

February 1, 2017

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Proposals Would Change Indiana’s Gaming Taxes

The bill's author says the goal is to help casinos stay viable as they face increasing competition.

February 1, 2017

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Bill Bans Companies Like Tesla From Selling Directly To Customers

Proponents say the bill is about ensuring consumer protection.

February 1, 2017

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In 2015, Indiana expanded its Medicaid program -- HIP 2.0 -- under the Affordable Care Act.

Hoosiers React To HIP 2.0 Extension Application

In 2015, Indiana expanded its Medicaid program -- HIP 2.0 -- under the Affordable Care Act. The program extended coverage to about 250,000 Hoosiers.

February 1, 2017

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Yogi Ferrell fights for positioning during a game against Morehead State.

Former IU Basketball Player Yogi Ferrell Is In the NBA

Former Indiana University basketball player Yogi Ferrell is getting another opportunity in the NBA.

February 2, 2017

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Indiana Republican Party Officially Names New State Chair

Gov. Eric Holcomb named Kyle Hupfer as his choice to lead the Indiana GOP after Jeff Cardwell announced he would step down.

February 2, 2017

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ATV Helmet Bill Advances Out Of Committee

The bill would require ATV drivers and passengers under the age of 18 to wear helmets.

February 2, 2017

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Mark Hurt

First U.S. Senate Challenger Announces Bid Against Donnelly

Mark Hurt, a Kokomo attorney, says his concerns about U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly’s voting record prompted him to throw his hat in the ring.

February 2, 2017

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Committee Approves Bill To Give Money To Exonerated Prisoners

Rep. Greg Steuerwald’s (R-Danville) would create a fund to pay each exonerated person $25,000 for every year spent behind bars.

February 2, 2017

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Ind. Attorney General Joins In Support Of Trump Supreme Court Pick

Trump on Tuesday announced he was nominating Gorsuch, a Denver-based judge on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

February 2, 2017

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Indiana Senate Panel OKs Schools Storing Overdose Antidote

Supporters say the emergency medications would be useful to a general population who may have a life-threatening emergency while at schools.

February 2, 2017

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Terre Haute Leaders Make Case To State Senate In Favor Of Casino

Opponents of the bill say a new casino will decrease revenue and steal competition from exsisting casinos around the state.

February 2, 2017

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Tobacco Tax Bill Clears First Hurdle In House Committee

The bill would raise the smoking age to 21, and put 35 million dollars toward tobacco prevention and cessation each year.

February 2, 2017

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Indianapolis Colts Punter Pat McAfee Announces Retirement

The 29-year-old two-time Pro Bowl pick made the announcement in a statement on Twitter, thanking fans for their support over the last seven seasons.

February 2, 2017

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Tesla Roadster photographed at the 2009 Washington DC Auto Show.

Committee Carves Out Tesla From Direct Sales Ban

A House committee changed legislation that bans direct sales by auto manufacturers to essentially grandfather in electric car maker Tesla.

February 2, 2017

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Sen. Joe Donnelly speaking on the Senate floor about why he voted against the confirmation of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State.

Sen. Donnelly Votes Against Two Trump Cabinet Nominees

Sen. Joe Donnelly voted against the confirmation of Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State and says he will vote against Sen. Jeff Sessions for Attorney General.

February 2, 2017

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New Electrical Device Helps Addicts On Probation

Greenwood City Court is implementing a new program to give opiate addicts on probation the option of rehabilitation or jail.

February 2, 2017

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A lot of signs pointed out that immigrants are an innate part of American culture.

Purdue’s Iranian Community Rallies Against Immigration Order

Though it was organized by the university’s Iranian Cultural Club, the peaceful protest included more than just members of Purdue’s immigrant community.

February 3, 2017

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Refugees, Resettlement Agencies In Limbo After Executive Order

President Trump's executive order on immigration means Bloomington won't welcome refugees as planned in March. Some are applauding the decision.

February 3, 2017

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Law, Ed Officials Debate Teachers’ Role In Suicide Prevention

Indiana requires new teachers to receive suicide prevention training, but a new bill would expand that requirement.

February 3, 2017

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McCormick’s Education Budget Request Mirrors Holcomb Plan

The Indiana Department of Education presented its two-year budget proposal to lawmakers Thursday.

February 3, 2017

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Tony Bennett Unable To Fill Clark Co. Council Vacancy As Planned

Former state schools superintendent Tony Bennett can't fill a vacant Clark County Council seat because he hasn't lived there long enough.

February 3, 2017

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Man Accused Of Punching Officer At ISU Elizabeth Smart Event

Eighty-year-old Claude Hudson of Terre Haute, Indiana, pleaded not guilty to battery Wednesday.

February 3, 2017

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Board Approves Five Year Plan For South Shore Train Line

The five-year plan is worth more than $1.1 billion.

February 3, 2017

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Hundreds gathered with signs on Bloomington's Courthouse lawn to protest the recent executive order halting immigration from certain countries.

Tonight At 6 On ‘Indiana Newsdesk’

How Hoosiers are being impacted by the immigration order, a proposal to expand Pre-K and how an 8-year-old is using a favorite hobby to help refugees.

February 3, 2017

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Police Vehicles, Officer’s Home Vandalized In Indiana

Police are seeking tips from the public in the investigation.

February 3, 2017

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Indiana offers complete Medicaid coverage for tobacco cessation treatments , but the state still has the seventh highest smoking rate in the country.

Noon Edition: Proposed Bill Could Impact Indiana’s Tobacco Users

This week on Noon Edition, we'll discuss a proposed bill that would raise the smoking age and increase taxes on cigarettes.

February 3, 2017

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Plans Move Ahead For New Indiana University Health Center

The Indiana University Board of Trustees on Friday approved site plans for Indiana University Health Bloomington's project.

February 3, 2017

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Bloomington Mayor Proposes Expanding City Limits

The proposed annexation would impact about 15,000 people.

February 3, 2017

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Study: More People Accessing Preventative Care Under ACA

The study did not find an improvement in risky behaviors, such as smoking and obesity.

February 3, 2017

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Indiana University To Still Accept Students From Banned Countries

About 160 applicants from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen have applied to IU campuses across the state.

February 3, 2017

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Video: Watch ‘Indiana Newsdesk’ February 3, 2017

How Hoosiers are being impacted by the immigration order, a proposal to expand Pre-K and how an 8-year-old is using a favorite hobby to help refugees.

February 3, 2017

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Hoosier State Rail Line Funding In Question

Future state funding for the Hoosier State Rail Line is in question after the state severed its contract with private partner Iowa Pacific Holdings.

February 6, 2017

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Appeals Court Won’t Take Up Ruling Allowing RFRA Lawsuit

The cities of Indianapolis, Bloomington, Carmel and Columbus were appealing a decision by a Hamilton Superior Court judge.

February 6, 2017

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Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump’s Executive Immigration Order

A federal judge has put a temporary hold on President Donald Trump's executive immigration order.

February 6, 2017

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Madison County Officials To Look At Transit System Plans

Officials in Madison County want to study plans for a mass transit system that would run into Indianapolis.

February 6, 2017

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Indiana Officials Scramble To Fund Bicentennial Projects

Pence sought $53.5 million in new projects last year as part of the state's 200th birthday celebration.

February 6, 2017

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Notre Dame Receives $25M Donation For New Music Building

The music building is among three structures being added to the exterior of Notre Dame stadium.

February 6, 2017

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Kyle Parker Pleads Guilty To Killing Shaylyn Ammerman

If the judge accepts the plea agreement, six of the eight charges Parker faces will be dropped.

February 6, 2017

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Since December, before the executive order was enacted, Saya Hauser, with assistance from her family, has raised about $2,000 to help refugees.

Child Artist Donates Proceeds From Paintings To Refugees

Saya Hauser donates commissions from watercolor paintings to the International Rescue Committee.

February 6, 2017

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Kokomo Man Dies At Hospital After Arrest

The man's cause of death won't be known until toxicology reports return.

February 6, 2017

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Bill To Appoint, Not Elect, Top Education Official Moves Forward

The bill would allow the governor to appoint the superintendent of public instruction starting in 2021.

February 6, 2017

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Bloomington Strip Club To Stay In City-Owned Building For 3 Years

The city is purchasing the property as part of its plans for Switchyard Park.

February 6, 2017

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EPA Officials: East Chicago Residents Should Filter Water

Officials say it's possible up to 90 percent of homes in East Chicago have lead water lines.

February 6, 2017

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House Minority Leader Rep. Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City), flanked by Rep. Greg Porter (D-Indianapolis) and Dan Forestal (D-Indianapolis) discusses his caucus' road funding plan.

House Democrats Unveil Road Funding Plan

House Democrats unveiled their road funding plan, billing it “No New Taxes.” Instead, Democrats want to halt future tax cuts to help pay for their plan.

February 6, 2017

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IU Notifies FBI Of Flyers Posted On Campus By White Supremacists

IU officials say in an email the flyers were posted on the office doors of faculty members of color and scholars of race and ethnicity.

February 6, 2017

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Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control Director Amy-Jo Sipes says her department received more than 250 calls for animals in hot cars last summer alone.

Bill Gives Immunity For Breaking Into Hot Car To Rescue Animals

A House committee approved a bill to provide immunity to anyone who breaks into a vehicle to rescue an animal from a hot car.

February 6, 2017

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Purdue Agriculture alumni applaud honorees at their annual Fish Fry in Indianapolis.

Farm Trade Uncertainties Loom Over Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry

Political and economic uncertainties were on the minds of Purdue agriculture alumni at their annual Fish Fry in Indianapolis Saturday.

February 7, 2017

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Short-Term Rentals Bill Fails On House Floor

Legislation preventing local governments from banning short-term rentals such as Airbnb failed to garner enough votes to pass on the House floor.

February 7, 2017

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Gas Pump Advertising Campaign Targets Indiana Fuel Tax Hike

Ads opposing a Republican plan to use higher fuel taxes to pay for infrastructure repairs will soon adorn gas pumps across Indiana.

February 7, 2017

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Black Lawmakers Oppose Marion County Judicial Selection Plan

Members of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus are vehemently opposed to the bill.

February 7, 2017

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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!

February 7, 2017

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Lawyer Asks Indiana Court To Order Release Of Pence Emails

The Indiana appeals court last month found the documents are privileged attorney-client communications and therefore not public record.

February 7, 2017

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Senate Committee Votes In Favor Of Hate Crimes Legislation

The bill would allow the courts to impose harsher sentences for crimes motivated by hate.

February 7, 2017

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Lawmakers Debate Series Of Gun Bills

A House committee debated a series of firearm regulations, including one to allow people protected by restraining orders to carry a handgun without a license.

February 7, 2017

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Dalia Mohamed prays before an interview at the Islamic Society of Columbus, Indiana, while her kids, 2-year-old Selma and 5-year-old Mohamed, play nearby.

Immigrants, Communities Face Uncertainty With Executive Order

Indiana towns with large immigrant populations are grappling with President Trump's executive order and its impacts.

February 8, 2017

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Indiana University Graduation Rates Vary Across Campuses

The graduation rate at IU Bloomington has increased to 77 percent while the regional campuses have fallen to approximately 25 percent.

February 8, 2017

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Hoosier National Forest Creates Buffalo Trace Story Map

The Hoosier National Forest has developed an interactive story map featuring the historic Buffalo Trace's route across southern Indiana.

February 8, 2017

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute’s Bennett On Immigration And Casino

Mayor Bennett says the proposed new casino is a private development and those opposed to it should contact state legislators.

February 8, 2017

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Ex-Treasurer Charged In Theft From Local Democratic Party

The former 3rd Congressional District treasurer has been charged with stealing more than $7,000 from the party.

February 8, 2017

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Report: Driver In Double Fatal Tesla Crash Was Intoxicated

Tesla Motors has said it's unlikely its semi-autonomous Autopilot system was engaged when the car crashed in Indianapolis in November.

February 8, 2017

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Man Serving 2 Life Terms Gets 50 More Years In Murder Plot

A jury convicted Mark Leonard of conspiracy to commit murder for attempting to hire a hit man to kill a key witness in the house explosion case.

February 8, 2017

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For ISTEP Replacement, Lawmakers Skeptical Of State-Specific Test

Legislation that would replace the ISTEP exam with a new assessment got its first debate Tuesday at the Statehouse, but it’s unclear what the new exam will be.

February 8, 2017

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Muncie Authorities Blame New Batch Of Heroin For OD Spike

Muncie health officials administered 21 doses of the overdose antidote Narcan over the first five days of the month.

February 8, 2017

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Rep. Earl Harris, Jr. has introduced two bills providing aid for the lead contaminated neighborhood of East Chicago.

More Aid For East Chicago Clears Committee In Legislature

Lawmakers in the House environmental affairs committee unanimously approved the bill.

February 8, 2017

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Indiana OB-GYNs Christina Francis (left) and Katherine McHugh (right) testify on a bill mandating providers tell patients that medication-induced abortions can be reversed.

Doctors Split In Testimony On Abortion Bill

Some doctors support a bill requiring abortion providers tell patients their medication-induced abortions could be reversed; others call it medically unsound.

February 8, 2017

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Alexandria Foster (with yellow sign) organized the protest at the IU Maurer School of Law.

IU Students, Professors Protest White Supremacy Flyers

The flyers were posted on the office doors of faculty members of color and professors who study race and ethnicity.

February 8, 2017

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The State Budget Agency offices at the Statehouse.

State Tax Collections Just Short Of Expectations In January

January’s Indiana tax collections dipped just below expected levels for the first time in three months.

February 8, 2017

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The House Ways and Means Committee votes on the House GOP road funding bill.

House GOP Roads Bill Changes To Shift Money To Roads Sooner

House Republicans made a change to their road funding bill that would open a $600 million hole in the next state budget.

February 8, 2017

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Committee Approves Bill Aimed At Limiting Opioid Prescriptions

The proposal would apply to first time adult patients and children and would also allow people to only have a portion of their prescription filled.

February 9, 2017

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East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland, center, testified with other city officials last month before a Senate committee. The officials were back before a House committee request further aid for the city's lead contaminated Calumet neighborhood.

East Chicago Officials Look For Guidance Over Contaminated Water

In addition to aid for a lead contaminated neighborhood, East Chicago city officials seek guidance from the state to address lead found in drinking water.

February 9, 2017

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Bloomington City Council To Vote On Annexation Proposal

The annexation would be the first move by a Bloomington mayor in more than a decade.

February 9, 2017

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Big Utilities Try To Tilt Solar Energy Market In Their Favor

Solar power provides only about one percent of the country's energy, but employment in the industry is growing rapidly.

February 9, 2017

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Report: 4 Hoosier Cities In Top 10 At Risk For Potential Trade War

Columbus, Kokomo, Lafayette and Elkhart would be among the most impacted in a potential trade war, according to a report from the Brookings' Institute.

February 9, 2017

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Holcomb's announcement says all eye witnesses in the case have recanted their testimony and DNA evidence does not implicate Cooper in the crime.

Holcomb Pardons Chicago Man Denied Pardon From Former Gov. Pence

The Indiana Parole Board unanimously recommended that a pardon be issued, but Pence denied Keith Cooper’s pardon request.

February 9, 2017

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Jim Atterholt spent four years as the chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission under Gov. Daniels.

Holcomb Names Former Pence Staffer As Utilities Commission Chair

Jim Atterholt previously served in the position for four years under Gov. Mitch Daniels.

February 9, 2017

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House Speaker Rep. Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) speaks with reporters in his office.

House Votes To Override Pence Vetoes

One override would allow the state to delay environmental regulations that are stricter than federal rules.

February 9, 2017

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Violent Crime In Bloomington Up From 2015

Violent crimes made up only 1 percent of the calls Bloomington Police responded to last year, but that’s an increase from 2015.

February 9, 2017

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Gov. Eric Holcomb and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch meet with reporters at the Statehouse.

Holcomb Pulls Out Of Cell Tower Deal

Governor Eric Holcomb announced the state is pulling out of a deal with an Ohio-based company to lease Indiana’s cell tower network.

February 9, 2017

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

Holcomb Declares Disaster In Lead-Contaminated East Chicago Area

Former Gov. Mike Pence denied the request for emergency status before he left office.

February 9, 2017

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Current Gov. Eric Holcomb (right) served as former Gov. Mike Pence's Lieutenant Governor.

Holcomb, Lawmakers Reverse Several Former Gov. Pence Decisions

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced several decisions that reverse former Gov. Mike Pence's decisions while in office.

February 9, 2017

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Anthem is based in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Anthem Gears Up To Fight Merger Ruling

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Indianapolis-based insurer Anthem cannot merge with Cigna.

February 10, 2017

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More People Over 50 Are Online Dating, But Some Are Hesitant

Today, more than a third of single Americans are over 50 years of age.

February 10, 2017

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Paula and Jim Meisberger with 4-year old Estelle, 2-year old Raiden, 6-year old Zoey (in front).  Also pictured is Paula's oldest daughter Angel and her son.

Opioid Addiction And The Rise In Child Neglect Cases

Childhood neglect cases are increasing in Indiana and many state agencies point to the rise in opioid addiction.

February 10, 2017

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Solar panels installed on a home in Columbus, Ind.

Committee Hears Hours Of Public Testimony On Solar Power Bill

Critics say the measure would muscle out smaller competitors from the emerging solar market.

February 10, 2017

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1920s Campbell Kids paper dolls and a child's hairbrush, acquired for the Clark County History museum (Facebook).

Clark County History Museum Opens Friday In Southern Indiana

Clark County historian Jeanne Burke has been working for more than seven years to showcase the county's important items.

February 10, 2017

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A Presbyterian church in Columbus has posted a banner that reads 'Immigrants and Refugees Welcome.'

Tonight At 6 On ‘Indiana Newsdesk’

The effects of Trump’s immigration ban in Columbus, how opioid abuse is leading to more child neglect cases and seniors using the Internet to find love.

February 10, 2017

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Broadband internet is now a necessity for development, but many residents in Indiana lack access to these speeds.

Noon Edition: Increasing Internet Access In Rural Indiana

This week on Noon Edition we'll talk about the lack of high-speed and broadband internet access in rural areas.

February 10, 2017

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Americans are expected to by about 58 million pounds of chocolate candy this Valentine's Day season.

Buying Chocolate For Valentine’s Day? Here’s Why It’s So Popular

Experts say chocolate is associated strongly with Valentine’s Day because of its long standing use in ceremonies in Mesoamerica.

February 10, 2017

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Town Hall Meeting Supports 11 Bills On Cannabis, Hemp

A crowd of cannabis supporters gathered at the Indiana Statehouse Thursday for a town hall meeting.

February 10, 2017

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Bloomington Police Respond To Nine Overdoses In Three Days

Police say they used naloxone to revive people in almost every situation.

February 10, 2017

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Ex-Utility CEO Gets 33 Months In Prison For Embezzlement

Prosecutors say Donnis Mizelle of Avon defrauded Hendricks Power Cooperative by siphoning funds from the utility's expense account.

February 10, 2017

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Freeze On Travel Ban Brings Uneasy Hope For Those Affected

For Suzanne Kawamleh, it’s been a rollercoaster of a few weeks.

February 10, 2017

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Purdue Study Quantifies Rural Impacts Of Farmland Property Tax Cut

Indiana taxes farmland mainly on the value of crops the soil can produce. But that calculation has lagged behind the current crop market.

February 10, 2017

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Video: Watch ‘Indiana Newsdesk’ February 10, 2017

The effects of Trump’s immigration ban in Columbus, how opioid abuse is leading to more child neglect cases and seniors using the Internet to find love.

February 11, 2017

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Statehouse Update: Gov. Declarations, Abortion Bill, Hate Crimes

Governor Eric Holcomb announced a handful of significant decisions. A House committee debated an abortion bill. And a hate crimes bill cleared its first hurdle.

February 11, 2017

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Terre Haute Residents Speaking Against Proposed Casino

Some residents say the proposed casino won't help the economy in the long term.

February 11, 2017

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The city says it believes the lead came from sandblasting paint off of the water tank.

Soil Samples Reveal Elevated Lead Levels At Former Dyer Tank Site

The city says testing revealed levels of lead in the soil ranging from 50.7 to 1530 milligrams per kilogram.

February 12, 2017

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Bloomington residents gathered Sunday to rally for finding a new location for the now-closed downtown recycling center.

Bloomington Volunteer Group Rallies To Support Downtown Recycling

The city closed the Downtown Bloomington Recycling Center in January to free up roughly 19 parking spaces near the soon-to-be developed Tech Park.

February 12, 2017

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About 150 people gathered to advocate for taking away federal funding from Planned Parenthood.

Hundreds Rally For And Against Planned Parenthood

Two rallies for and against defunding Planned Parenthood drew hundreds over the weekend.

February 13, 2017

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Months After Plant Closing Announcement, Workers Left Waiting

The 300 men and women losing their jobs at Rexnord are facing a harsh reality familiar to millions of working-class Americans.

February 13, 2017

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Faith Leaders Rally For Immigrant Protections

Faith leaders, lawyers, politicians and local residents spoke Sunday at a rally to support immigrant protections in Indiana.

February 13, 2017

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Kayakers Find Body In Sugar Creek In Western Indiana

An autopsy is scheduled Monday on a body found in a creek in western Indiana.

February 13, 2017

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Eric Holcomb

New Indiana Governor Not Yet Moved Into Official Home

Indiana's new governor says he's still in the process of moving into his new official home.

February 13, 2017

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Duke Sending Reps To Terre Haute After Billing Complaints

Robyn Morton says her bill this month was for $240, compared with $90 to $150 she normally pays.

February 13, 2017

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I-69 Section 5 Won’t Be Complete Until May 2018

I-69 Section 5 was supposed to open in Oct. 2016, but the project's been plagued with delays.

February 13, 2017

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Joey+Rory country music duo.

Meet The 2017 Grammy Award-Winning Hoosiers

Joey and Rory Feek recorded the award-winning album Hymns before Joey's death in March 2016.

February 13, 2017

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Artist rendering of a renovated GE campus.

Firm Chosen To Purchase & Redevelop GE Fort Wayne Campus

Baltimore-based Cross Street Partners has been chosen to take on the redevelopment of the General Electric Broadway Campus in Fort Wayne.

February 13, 2017

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House Panel OKs Collecting DNA Samples Upon Felony Arrest

GOP Rep. Greg Steuerwald calls DNA collection for arrestees one of the greatest law enforcement tools available to help stop serial rapists and murderers.

February 13, 2017

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The arrests were part of a nationwide enforcement operation.

Immigration Officials Arrest 235 During Midwestern Operation

The arrests included a citizen of Mexico in Indiana who was previously convicted of several crimes.

February 13, 2017

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Baby Boxes Legalization Effort Halted In Committee

An amendment to legalize baby boxes didn’t get enough support to even take a vote on it.

February 13, 2017

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The Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis.

Senator Proposes Bill To Expand Welfare Eligibility

A state senator wants to expand the number of people who are eligible for welfare.

February 14, 2017

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Senior citizen at rally.

Proposed Budget Doubles Funding For ‘Endangered Adults’ Program

Governor Eric Holcomb’s proposed budget would more than double program funding for Indiana’s Adult Protective Services, or APS.

February 14, 2017

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Time Runs Out For Winner To Claim $4.5M Hoosier Lotto Prize

The ticket was sold at a Marsh supermarket along 86th Street on the north side of Indianapolis.

February 14, 2017

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Southern Indiana County’s Syringe Exchange Sees Slow Start

Clark County Health Officer Kevin Burke says the program has had a "slow but steady flow" of participants.

February 14, 2017

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House Approves Bill To Deregulate Hair-Braiding Practices

Stylists who specialize in braiding hair would no longer have to obtain a cosmetology license.

February 14, 2017

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House Approves Bill That Would Give Animal Rescuers Immunity

The measure by Republican Rep. Anthony Cook of Cicero was approved Monday on a vote of 80-14.

February 14, 2017

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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 noon today!

February 14, 2017

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House Committee Approves Bill Giving Guns To Court Protectees

A House committee approved a bill to allow people protected by restraining orders to carry a handgun without a license for up to 60 days.

February 14, 2017

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Pete Dye Golf Course

Pete Dye Course At French Lick Named Course Of The Year

The French Lick course was among four finalists for the honor.

February 14, 2017

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The search for the two missing 13-year-old girls had been drastically scaled back.

Bodies Found Amid Search For 2 Missing Northern IN Teens

Two 13-year-old girls were reported missing Monday afternoon. Police say they have discovered two bodies near where the girls were last seen.

February 14, 2017

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Many education related organizations made donations to political campaigns this election cycle.

Indiana School Credit Ratings At Risk, May Cost Districts Millions

A credit rating agency has placed a 90-day watch on loans to Indiana districts due to uncertainty that districts can pay off their debt in a timely manner.

February 14, 2017

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This legislative session, both the House Republicans and the House Democrats have proposed a plan to pay for the next four years of road and bridge maintenance.

Compare The Rival Road Funding Proposals At The Statehouse

This legislative session, both House Republicans and House Democrats have proposed a plan to pay for the next four years of road and bridge maintenance.

February 14, 2017

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Terre Haute Residents Express Concern Over New Jail Site

Vigo County commissioners announced Tuesday the jail will be located on the former International Paper property along the Wabash River.

February 14, 2017

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Cigna Rejects Takeover From Indy-Based Anthem, Sues For Damages

A federal judge last week rejected the proposed merger between the health insurance companies.

February 14, 2017

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Committee Approves Language To Study Eliminating Handgun Licenses

A House committee approved an amendment to a gun regulations bill that would create a study committee to investigate eliminating all handgun licenses.

February 14, 2017

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Indiana Bill Would Set Guidelines For Releasing People On Bail

The bill says those who aren't a flight risk or who don't pose a danger to the community should be released without bail.

February 14, 2017

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The Indiana Reproductive Justice Coalition collected and delivered hundreds of valentines from constituents to their Senators and Representatives.

Group Delivers Constituent Valentines To Statehouse

Many of the notes encouraged representatives to vote against proposals the group feels would be detrimental to reproductive rights in the state.

February 14, 2017

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Indiana Statehouse in March, 2016.

Senate Votes To Override Pence Vetoes After House Vote Last Week

The Senate voted to override former Governor Mike Pence’s final two vetoes.

February 14, 2017

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Some cities are considering regulating short-term rentals like those made popular by VRBO.

Airbnb Bill Passes House On Second Attempt

Lawmakers approved the bill barring local governments from banning short-term rentals on its second attempt at passage in the House.

February 15, 2017

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John Hamilton

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington’s Hamilton On Annexation, I-69 Meetings

Mayor Hamilton says he hopes broadband service will be part of the annexation proposal.

February 15, 2017

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Experts are urging Indiana residents to use free tools on their taxes.

Indiana Olympians Don’t Have To Claim Winnings On Taxes

An Indiana law means Olympians don't have to claim the value of their medals or bonuses on state income taxes.

February 15, 2017

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Almost Half Bloomington’s False Fire Alarm Calls Come From IU

Bloomington Fire Chief Jason Moore says the high percentage of calls from IU's campus shouldn't be surprising.

February 15, 2017

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DNR: Bear Believed Hibernating In Indiana May Awaken Soon

This bear is only the second wild black bear confirmed in Indiana since the 1870s.

February 15, 2017

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Pick For Medicare Post Faces Questions On Indiana Contracts

Ethics experts say Seema Verma's business arrangements conflicted with her public duties.

February 15, 2017

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Registry Of Biggest Trees In Indiana Now Available Online

Among the biggest trees in Indiana is a 155-foot-tall hickory bitternut in Perry County.

February 15, 2017

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Senate OKs Treating Epilepsy With Oil From Cannabis Plant

An amendment to the bill replaced references to "hemp oil" with cannabidiol.

February 15, 2017

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Student Journalists Seek Protection With House Bill

Student journalists descended on the Indiana Statehouse Tuesday to demand First Amendment protections for themselves.

February 15, 2017

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IU Cleaning Air Conditioning Units After Three Students Get Sick

Three students got sick as a result of mold in some of McNutt's air conditioning units.

February 15, 2017

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Bloomington Moves Forward With Automated Trash Pickup

A report from the Sanitation Modernization Advisory Committee advises moving forward with an automated trash pick-up system.

February 15, 2017

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House Committee Amends Abortion Bill To ‘Balance Out’ Language

A committee changed the bill to, as one lawmaker put it, “balance out” language concerning medication-induced abortion reversals.

February 15, 2017

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A CAFO off Route 25 in Tippecanoe County.

CAFO Bill Passes House Committee, But More Clarifications Expected

Wolkins says an earlier version of the bill contained confusing language, which prompted dozens of people to testify against it and contact his office.

February 15, 2017

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Bill Would Prioritize Drug Treatment For Opioid Users

The proposal is a response to the state's growing heroin epidemic.

February 15, 2017

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Local Leaders Present Regional Cities Initiative Plans To Holcomb

Governor Eric Holcomb says the economic development plans could help address population scarcity in Indiana.

February 15, 2017

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Terre Haute Casino Bill Fails To Pass Senate Commitee

City officials, including Mayor Duke Bennett, supported the casino.

February 15, 2017

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FBI agents searched the Building Commissioner's office at Muncie City Hall in early January.

FBI Arrests Muncie Building Commissioner Amid Investigation

Federal officials say Craig Nichols abused his position to steer work to his private contracting companies.

February 15, 2017

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Key Republicans in the state Senate have already signaled that they object to cigarette tax increase.

House GOP Budget Plan Moves Out Of Committee

The $31.7 billion plan includes a modest funding increase for K-12 education and an additional $10 million for the state preschool pilot program for needy kids.

February 16, 2017

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Future Of Potato Creek Inn, New State Archives In Limbo

Gov. Eric Holcomb pulled out of a deal brokered by former Gov. Mike Pence that was supposed to help pay for the projects.

February 16, 2017

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House Budget Proposal Eliminates Teacher Bonus Program

House Republicans revealed their proposal for the state budget Wednesday, eliminating teacher performance grants based on how students perform on state tests.

February 16, 2017

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Committee Chair Blocks Vote On Redistricting Reform

The House Elections Committee chairman won't guarantee a vote on the bill this session.

February 16, 2017

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City council met Wednesay to consider the annexation.

Bloomington City Council Votes To Forward Annexation Discussion

Many urged city council members to take more time to consider the proposal before voting on it.

February 16, 2017

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Ball State’s New President To Start On Job In May

Ball State's board selected Geoffrey Mearns for the position last month, but wasn't certain when he would start.

February 16, 2017

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Bodies Found Near Delphi Are Those Of 2 Missing Indiana Girls

The deaths of the two teenage girls are being investigated as homicides.

February 16, 2017

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Listen: An Indiana Mayor On The Way Forward For Democrats

Peter Buttigieg is the mayor of South Bend, Ind., who's running for DNC chair.

February 16, 2017

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The SPLC reports there are 26 hate groups in Indiana. See an interactive map of all hate groups in the U.S. on their website.

Study: Indiana Has 13th Highest Number Of Hate Groups In U.S.

According to the study, the number of hate groups in the United States increased from 892 in 2015 to 917 in 2016.

February 16, 2017

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Premier Healthcare To Join Indiana University Health

The move is awaiting approval from the Indiana University Health board.

February 16, 2017

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House Approves Tax-Raising Road Funding Bill

The House approved comprehensive road funding legislation that raises fuel taxes and opens the door to tolling Indiana interstate highways.

February 16, 2017

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Residents of the West Calumet Housing Complex, now largely abandoned, have until March 31 to find new housing.

Gov. Holcomb To Visit East Chicago Amid Relocation Concerns

Residents have until March 31 to move out of a contaminated housing complex. After that date, the city says remaining residents will be involuntarily relocated.

February 16, 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.

Reworked Net Metering Bill Passes Senate Committee

Lawmakers passed an amended version of the bill that drew more than 5 hours of public testimony last week.

February 17, 2017

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The Tippecanoe County Health Department has been working on a proposal for a syringe exchange program for more than a year.

Locals Could Soon Approve Needle Exchanges, But Still Lack Funding

Syringe exchange programs still face significant opposition from some officials, and funding the programs remains the largest barrier.

February 17, 2017

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Hamilton Address

Hamilton’s State Of City: ‘I Really Like Bloomington’s Prospects’

Hamilton announced the approval of a $2 million upgrade to the Animal Shelter and $150,000 to create an independent community financial institution.

February 17, 2017

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Five years ago, the General Assembly created a school choice program to help low-income students get out of failing schools. Today, more middle class families and students who never attended public schools are using the vouchers. (Photo Credit: Claire McInerny/StateImpact Indiana)

GOP Plan: Failing Private Schools Could Appeal To Keep Vouchers

Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, has proposed a plan to allow failing private and religious schools to appeal to keep receiving publicly funded vouchers.

February 17, 2017

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

Tonight At 6 On ‘Indiana Newsdesk’

How a new disaster declaration might help East Chicago, state needle exchange challenges and the important role bison are playing in land preservation.

February 17, 2017

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Purdue University Tackles Cheating, Academic Dishonesty

School officials say the university had more than 180 cases of academic dishonesty last semester.

February 17, 2017

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Monroe County Commissioners, from left: Patrick Stoffers, Julie Thomas and Amanda Barge.

Monroe County Votes Down Adding E-Cigs To Smoking Ban

Public testimony at the County Commissioner's meeting was split on the issue.

February 17, 2017

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Notre Dame President Says No To Sanctuary Campus Designation

The President said a public declaration of Notre Dame as a sanctuary campus could draw attention to vulnerable students.

February 17, 2017

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Statehouse Update: Roads Bill, Vetoes, Study Committee On Guns

The House approved a tax-raising road funding bill, lawmakers voted to override Mike Pence’s vetoes and a House committee amended a gun regulations bill.

February 17, 2017

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The City of Bloomington's monthly test results for levels of Disinfectant By-Products showed a rise, but they remain within the allowable limits.

Bloomington DBP Numbers Rise, Stay Within Allowable Limits

The levels of disinfection by-products are still within the allowable limit at the start of 2017.

February 17, 2017

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

Video: Watch ‘Indiana Newsdesk’ February 17, 2017

How a new disaster declaration might help East Chicago, state needle exchange challenges and the important role bison are playing in land preservation.

February 17, 2017

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House GOP Seeks Hourly Fee For Public Records Searches

The measure by Republican Rep. Kathy Richardson of Noblesville was approved Thursday on a 62-25 vote.

February 17, 2017

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Gov. Eric Holcomb listens to residents and community leaders address some of their concerns with the lead contamination in East Chicago, Indiana.

Holcomb On East Chicago Lead Problems: ‘We Have To Get This Right’

Gov. Eric Holcomb visited East Chicago, Indiana, a week after declaring an emergency in the city due to lead and arsenic contamination.

February 19, 2017

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The visitor’s area at Kankakee Sands is open from 7am to dusk every day of the year.

WATCH: Indiana Nature Conservancy Fosters Prairie Using Bison

The visitor’s area at Kankakee Sands is open from 7am to dusk every day of the year.

February 20, 2017

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Committee Amends Pest Bill To Exclude Feral Cats

The bill would give executive boards of health at both state and local levels the power to adopt rules and ordinances over pest control policies.

February 20, 2017

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Redistricting Reform Likely Dead This Session

An effort to reform Indiana’s redistricting process is likely dead this session.

February 20, 2017

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Residential, Commercial Sprawl Threatens Farmland In Indiana

Between 1982 and 2012, residential and commercial developments claimed more than 740,000 acres of land that had been cropland, forest land and prairie.

February 20, 2017

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Plans Advance For Highway Bridge For Nickel Plate Trail

A nearly 40-mile-long pedestrian and biking trail in northern Indiana is moving closer to getting a pedestrian bridge over a state highway.

February 20, 2017

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Police: Man In Photos Now ‘Main Suspect’ In 2 Girls’ Deaths

The man previously had been considered a person authorities wanted to speak to in the investigation.

February 20, 2017

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Purdue Considering New Names For Fort Wayne Campus

Purdue University officials are floating suggestions for renaming the Fort Wayne campus.

February 20, 2017

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Solar Farm Planned For 17-Acre Site In Central Indiana

Officials expect work to start this spring on construction of a 17-acre solar farm in Greenfield.

February 20, 2017

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Committee Approves Bill Sanctioning Use Of Baby Boxes

The bill includes the same language that failed to make it out of committee last week.

February 20, 2017

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Indiana GOP Sending Abortion Bill Back To Committee

The bill is headed back to committee so lawmakers can consider amending an ultrasound requirement and information on the "reversal" time period

February 20, 2017

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Senate Kills Bill To Appoint State Superintendent

Senators voted down a bill Monday that would have changed the Superintendent of Public Instruction from an elected position to an appointed one.

February 20, 2017

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Hundreds of Hoosiers gathered at the Statehouse to advocate for the passage of Senate Bill 420, which is currently in committee.

Hundreds Rally At Statehouse For Less Logging In State Forests

Senate Bill 420 would prevent the Division of Forestry from logging in ten percent of State Forests.

February 21, 2017

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ISTEP Replacement Bill Clears House

The Indiana House passed legislation Monday to replace the ISTEP exam starting in the 2018-19 school year.

February 21, 2017

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

We're getting ready to visit with Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight for Wednesday's show. Submit your questions by noon today!

February 21, 2017

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Women’s Care Center Opens In Bloomington Near Planned Parenthood

The Women’s Care Center’s mission is to provide pregnant women the opportunity to choose life in an environment without judgment.

February 21, 2017

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Report: Indiana Colleges Issuing More Career Prep Certificates

It's promising news for Indiana factories where many skilled, long-time workers are nearing retirement.

February 21, 2017

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Barrier Requirement In Small Wineries, Breweries Could Get Nixed

Lawmakers could do away with requiring small wineries and breweries to have barriers separating children from the area where alcohol is served.

February 21, 2017

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House Rejects Study Committee Amendment To Gun Bill

House lawmakers rejected an attempt to push a gun regulations bill to a summer study committee.

February 21, 2017

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Tuesday Deadline To Register For Indiana ‘Do Not Call’ List

Registration is available on the attorney general's website.

February 21, 2017

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Cottage Avenue Pentecostal Fellowship in Indianapolis.

Pastor: Jesus Statue Vandalized Twice At Indianapolis Church

The head of the Jesus sculpture, which has stood outside Cottage Avenue Pentecostal Fellowship for four years, has been removed twice this month.

February 21, 2017

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Lawmaker Seeks More Prayer In School

Could more prayer in school be a cure for societal ills?

February 21, 2017

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Several Ill After Chemical Leak At Fishers YMCA

The Fishers Fire Department says five people were being taken to hospitals after the leak, possibly involving chlorine.

February 21, 2017

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Abortion Bill Changed After Returning To Committee

A House committee altered and then approved an abortion regulation bill after the unusual step of sending the bill from the House floor back to the committee.

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