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December 1, 2014

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Indiana Is 13th Worst For Flu Vaccinations

The State Department of Health recommends a three-pronged approach to fighting the flu: get a vaccine, cover coughs and sneezes, and stay home if you’re sick.

December 1, 2014

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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.

American Cancer Society Explores New Ways To Curb Smoking

The General Assembly passed a statewide smoking ban two years ago, but American Cancer Society officials want to further incentivize Hoosiers to quit smoking.

December 1, 2014

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Mayor Sue Murray

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

We're on our way to visit with Greencastle Mayor Sue Murray for Wednesday's show. Submit your questions now!

December 1, 2014

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Teachers are a bit more skeptical about their evaluation system than the administrative counterparts in their districts, according to a new study.

Teachers See Evaluation System Less Favorably Than Others

Indiana teachers tend to be more skeptical of the effectiveness of their evaluation system than their administrative counterparts, according to a new study.

December 1, 2014

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best buy

Kelley School Survey: Spending On Wearable Technologies Up

The survey shows fashion bloggers are more inclined to spend on technology than in previous quarters.

December 1, 2014

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Governor's Mansion

Pence Family Offering More Access To Governor’s Mansion

There are events planned at the Governor's mansion for almost every day in December.

December 1, 2014

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christmas tree

Wet, Cool Weather Made For Good Christmas Tree Crop

Cooler temperatures and an increase in moisture created a healthier environment for fir trees.

December 2, 2014

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Indianapolis Council Passes Ballard’s Pre-K Program

The council only approved the framework for the $43 million program, and will discuss its funding next year.

December 2, 2014

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The Indianapolis City-County council approved a $40 million preschool program for low income students.

What The Indianapolis Pre-K Program Means For Other Towns

The Indianapolis City-County council approved Mayor Greg Ballard's $40 million preschool program for low income students.

December 2, 2014

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Prison Bars

Publisher Files Federal Complaint Against Prison Company

The complaint alleges the private company that runs New Castle Correctional Facility censored the Prison Legal News magazine.

December 2, 2014

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Big Red Liquors

Coalition Forms To Lobby For Sunday Alcohol Sales

Indiana supermarkets have been trying for seven years to repeal the ban.

December 2, 2014

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John Dement

Crane Leader Chosen To Help Commercialize Defense Technology

John Dement has been appointed the director of technology commercialization for the state's defense development agency.

December 2, 2014

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Indiana Voter Turnout 30 Percent In General Election

Voter turnout was expected to be low this year because there were no big-ticket races on the ballot.

December 2, 2014

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‘Giving Tuesday’ Brings Local Charities Awareness, Donations

Local non-profits, like Girls Inc., are finding ways to use social media to bring in donations.

December 2, 2014

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football

IHSAA Reports 1,200 Head Injuries In Fall Athletic Season

This is the first year the Indiana High School Athletic Association has asked schools to report the data.

December 3, 2014

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Mayor Murray

Ask The Mayor: Greencastle’s Sue Murray

Mayor Murray takes a look back at the past year and gives us an update on the unfunded water utility mandate project.

December 3, 2014

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STEM

Report: What Gets Students Into STEM Fields

Researchers say the research shows there are combinations of reasons that spark and maintain interest in STEM fields.

December 3, 2014

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Indiana Airman Missing From Guam Base

The Guam Police Department Marine Unit, U.S. Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron, Guam Fire Rescue, and Coast Guard crews were all on scene.

December 3, 2014

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Wellpoint Begins Stock Exchange Trading As Anthem

The insurance company Wellpoint has changed its name to Anthem, which is the company's most-recognizable brand.

December 3, 2014

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Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle Dies After Hitting Power Line

A young bald eagle was killed in Peru, Ind., when it flew into a power line.

December 3, 2014

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State superintendent Glenda Ritz and members of the State Board of Education focused on turnaround efforts during their monthly meeting in December.

Turnaround Efforts Take Center Stage At State Board Meeting

Indianapolis Public Schools will regain control of Arlington High School, and other failing schools will get new consideration.

December 3, 2014

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Hibbs Ford Bridge

$60 Million Per Year Needed To Fix Indiana’s Bridges

Indiana Department of Transportation officials told the Indiana State Budget Committee it needs additional funding to repair the state's aging bridges.

December 3, 2014

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President Barack Obama talks with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

Indiana Joins Lawsuit Against Obama’s Immigration Action

Indiana is one of 17 states alleging President Obama overstepped his constitutional powers when issuing an executive order on immigration.

December 3, 2014

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IDOE Director of eLearning Candice Dodson speaks before the State Board of Education.

State Board of Education Debates eLearning Option

Various members of the State Board of Education expressed concern over an option for schools to participate in eLearning during inclement weather days.

December 3, 2014

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Eva Kor

Terre Haute’s Holocaust Museum Debuts New Exhibit, “Choices”

A new exhibit at the CANDLES Holocaust Museum in Terre Haute opens Thursday.

December 4, 2014

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street vendor

Bloomington Council Delays Food Truck Vote

Council members passed six amendments to the ordinance that would change how and when food trucks and carts can operate.

December 4, 2014

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abortion clinic

Judge Rules Against Law Restricting Medical Abortions

The law redefines abortion clinics to put stronger restrictions on facilities that provide the abortion pill mifepristone.

December 4, 2014

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Cummins' new headquarters in Indianapolis

Cummins Announces Plans For Downtown Indianapolis Building

The company wants to build a 10-story office building with surrounding greenspace.

December 4, 2014

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guam ocean

Unidentified Remains Found Where Indiana Man Is Missing

The remains were found Wednesday, two days after Airman Alec Dye of Mooresville went missing.

December 4, 2014

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Governor Mike Pence is signing an executive order to dissolve his education agency, a group that has been a point of contention between himself and state superintendent Glenda Ritz.

Pence Signs Executive Order Dissolving CECI

Governor Mike Pence signed an executive order Thursday to eliminate his education agency, the Center for Education and Career Innovation.

December 4, 2014

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Bloomington Police Car

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

Police departments are requiring their officers wear body cameras sparking privacy concerns. And a visit with the birth mother of Abdul Rahman Kassig.

December 4, 2014

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James Shanahan

IU Taps Boston University Professor To Head Media School

James Shanahan will become the founding dean of the university's Media School.

December 4, 2014

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IU Students, Indianapolis Residents Protest Police Brutality

Hundreds of Hoosiers turned out Thursday night to protest recent police confrontations.

December 5, 2014

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putting money in Salvation Army Kettle

Report: Giving Tuesday Contributions Rise 60 Percent

Donations to nonprofits on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving rose to more than $45 million this year.

December 5, 2014

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Heroin needles

Drug Task Force In Connersville Makes 24 Arrests

Task Force Connersville began operating Nov. 4 – it includes Connersville and Indiana State Police.

December 5, 2014

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NASA’s Orion Spacecraft Carrying Items From Purdue

Purdue has been a key player in NASA missions, contributing both research and astronauts.

December 5, 2014

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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 Pushes To Expand Charter Schools, Voucher Programs

Families and private schools get $4,800 per student from the state’s voucher program. Governor Pence's proposal would eliminate that cap entirely.

December 5, 2014

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More Indiana Police Departments Investing In Body Cameras

Police departments across Indiana were looking into body camera technology long before the events in Ferguson, Mo.

December 5, 2014

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A New Wave Of Transforming Schools: The Transformation Zone

A closer look at the State Board of Education's recommendation for a new way to help failing schools improve.

December 5, 2014

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Kassig fishing

Kassig’s Birth Mother: ‘Peter Was A Member Of Our Family’

Barbara Harrington sat down with Abdul-Rahman Kassig's birth mother to talk about how her family is coping with the loss.

December 5, 2014

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Indiana Tax Revenues Below Expectations Again In November

Tax revenues were 4 percent below expectations in November.

December 5, 2014

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Assembly hall rendering

IU Board Of Trustees Approves Assembly Hall Designs

Indiana Board of Trustees approves Assembly Hall designs, and discusses Energy Savings Project.

December 5, 2014

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Purdue professors

Purdue University To Digitize Collection Of 2 Million Bugs

Purdue University's entomology collection includes 2 million specimens, some over 100 years old.

December 5, 2014

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Bloomington bod cam

Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” December 5, 2014

Police departments are requiring their officers wear body cameras sparking privacy concerns. And a visit with the birth mother of Abdul Rahman Kassig.

December 8, 2014

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Indiana Workplace Injuries Reach Record Low

The department began recording the numbers as part of its Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses in 1992.

December 8, 2014

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Zoeller

Indiana AG Among 18 Asking Congress For Immigration Reform

Several attorneys general are calling on Congress to take action on immigration reform.

December 8, 2014

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busy bees

Indy Chamber Makes Early Learning Legislative Priority

The Indy Chamber says early education provides long-term benefits for Indiana's workforce.

December 8, 2014

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National Guard

National Guard Members Deploy To Kuwait

Some members of the Indiana National Guard will be deployed for about a year.

December 8, 2014

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Experts worry despite high rankings in a Clean Water Act Permit inspection study, Indiana still needs better measures to enhance water quality.

Water Conference Aims To Address State’s Water Needs

The conference will cover several water-related areas of concern in Indiana and feature a breakout session for attendees to discuss issues and solutions.

December 8, 2014

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Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett

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

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

December 8, 2014

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purdue

Out Of State Enrollment Could Affect Higher Ed Funding

Funding for higher education institutions could be affected by increase in out of state students at Indiana universities.

December 8, 2014

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Kirkwood ONB Development

Kirkwood Hotel Development Concerns Push Project To February

Planning commission members approve the scaled back Old National Bank building with surface parking rather than the original mixed use proposal.

December 9, 2014

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former secretary of state

Arguments Today On Former Secretary Of State Conviction

Charlie White is appealing his February 2012 conviction on charges of voter fraud, perjury and theft that came a year after he was elected Secretary of State.

December 9, 2014

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Medicine

New IU Research Could Better Treatment For Diabetes, Obesity

The research found that a new treatment combining three hormones into a single molecule can help lower blood sugar levels and address excess body weight.

December 9, 2014

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Chrysler assembly line

Chrysler Spending More Than $250 Million On Kokomo Factories

The move will enable the company to expand production of its eight-speed transmission vehicles.

December 9, 2014

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Indiana Not Appealing Case Of Mentally Ill Death Row Inmate

Michael Dean Overstreet will remain on death row and will be executed if his mental state improves.

December 9, 2014

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Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Indianapolis Orchestra Reports Surplus, More Ticket Sales

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra saw an 18-percent jump in ticket sales in the 2013-14 budget year and a $266,000 surplus.

December 9, 2014

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Ilham Tohti

Chinese Students Of Scholar With IU Ties Sentenced

Ilham and his daughter, Jewher, were detained in 2013 on their way to Indiana University.

December 10, 2014

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Mayor Duke Bennett

Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute’s Duke Bennett

Mayor Bennett takes a look back at the past year and talks about the controversy surrounding the proposed sludge to diesel contract.

December 10, 2014

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More than 150,000 non-resident workers commute to Indianapolis for work every day.

Indy Chamber Calls For Commuter Tax

Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce announced their support for a commuter tax on Monday.

December 10, 2014

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Indiana Once Again 41st Place In Overall Health

Though the Hoosier state saw no change in its ranking, it did witness some decreases in behaviors such as smoking and binge drinking.

December 10, 2014

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Dr. Kent Brantly

IU Med Grad Included In Time Magazine’s Person Of The Year

Dr. Kent Brantly, a missionary worker for the organization Samaratian's Purse, graduated from the IU School of Medicine in 2009.

December 10, 2014

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State Board of Education members Dan Elsener (left), Cari Whicker and Brad Oliver were each appointed to his or her position by a Republican governor, which some say accounts for the tension with Democratic superintendent Glenda Ritz.

Eliminating CECI Is Only The First Step For The State Board

Now that Governor Pence has eliminated his education agency, will the State Board of Education be able to get along and accomplish work for Hoosier students?

December 10, 2014

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Many have wondered what will Indiana will miss out on without a federal pre-k grant that has now been awarded to five other states.

What Indiana Misses Out On Without A Federal Preschool Grant

Five states will receive federal pre-k development grant money that Indiana could have applied for. What will they be able to do that Indiana might not?

December 10, 2014

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Indiana University president Michael McRobbie says the strategic plan is intended to set the university

IUB To Allow Preferred Names On Transgender Students’ IDs

The university says the change is an effort to accommodate and support transgender students who go by a different name than their legal name.

December 10, 2014

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Budget

Universities Talk Funding Formula At State Budget Committee

The legislature will begin meeting in January to write a new state budget.

December 10, 2014

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Food trucks

Bloomington Council Delays Food Truck Vote Until 2015

A special city council meeting was arranged Wednesday to vote on the issue, but the vote was delayed until next year.

December 11, 2014

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Soldiers pay tribute to US veterans.

House Passes Bills Seeking To Curb Military Suicides

One bill requires a third-party evaluation of suicide prevention programs within the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

December 11, 2014

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State Superintendent Glenda Ritz, right, and her A-F accountability panel co-chair, Steve Yager, prepare for the group's second meeting.

A Look Back At CECI, Its Influence On State Board Relations

The education state agency CECI only existed for a year, but the conflict between the group and state superintendent Glenda Ritz has a long history.

December 11, 2014

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Abdul-Rahman Kassig

Senate Passes Resolution Honoring Indianapolis Aid Worker

The measure expresses condolences to Kassig's family and pays tribute to Peter’s humanitarian work.

December 11, 2014

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State Superintendent Glenda Ritz appeared before the State Budget Committee Thursday to present her department's request for 2015.

IDOE Budget Conversations Turn Focus Back To Assessments

Indiana pulled out of the Common Core and related national assessments, but a discussion of the DOE's budget proved the conversation hasn't gone away just yet.

December 11, 2014

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

Wealthy Hoosiers Giving More To Charity This Holiday Season

BMO Private Bank asked how much wealthy Indiana residents plan to give to charitable organizations during the holiday season.

December 11, 2014

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Ash Borer

New Purdue Study Highlights Impacts Of Invasive Species

The study says the changes invasive species cause can be rapid, lasting and hard to control.

December 12, 2014

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mayor greg ballard

Mayor Ballard Signs $40 Million Pre-K Bill

The compromise plan spends less than Ballard's initial $50 million plan. The mayor says around 1,300 low-income children will benefit.

December 12, 2014

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Snowy Owl

It’s Another Good Year For Seeing Snowy Owls

Several snowy owls have been sighted near the Indiana lakeshore.

December 12, 2014

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Crump Theatre

Columbus’ Crump Theatre Needs $1.25 Million For Operations

A feasibility study indicated that the demographics of Columbus match the highest-performing arts audiences across the nation.

December 12, 2014

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INDOT Holding Steady On Road Funding

INDOT estimates the state will need at least $150 million annually over the next 10 years to adequately maintain its roads and bridges.

December 12, 2014

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Health Assessment: Marion County’s Health Must Improve

Homicide is the leading cause of death among 18- to 24-year olds in Marion County — three times the national average.

December 12, 2014

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Torch

Gov. Pence Announces Six Week Bicentennial Torch Relay

The relay is expected to begin at Indiana's old state capitol in Corydon in September 2016. The torch will travel through all 92 Indiana counties.

December 12, 2014

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Show Me The Money: Fundraising Efforts For On My Way Pre-K

The pre-k pilot will begin in January, and fundraising efforts have proven to be a challenge for some of the counties.

December 12, 2014

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Plan Aims To Increase Growth In Southwest Central Indiana

A recently released report identifies five challenges prohibiting economic growth in the region.

December 12, 2014

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To help keep its doors open, the Humane Society of Johnson County is asking for help.

Johnson County Humane Society Might Be Forced To Shut Down

Without needed donations and funding, the Humane Society of Johnson County could potentially shut down in May 2015.

December 12, 2014

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Along with her colleagues, Claire Fiddian-Green, co-director of the Center for Education and Career Innovation, will be moving out of the agency when it formally disbands Feb. 20.

Here’s What Will Happen With CECI Duties, Personnel

Even though the governor disbanded his education agency, the group's responsibilities live on. We break down how they'll be divvied up and who takes on what.

December 12, 2014

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Statehouse

Citizen Advocacy Groups Call For Ethics Reform

Common Cause Indiana held a panel discussion on ethics at the statehouse Friday.

December 12, 2014

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Currently, Indiana  state law doesn't require taxi or Uber drivers to pass a background check.

Indiana Lawmaker Calls For Driver Background Checks

Rep. Hale is writing up legislation that would require a background check for drivers who provide driving services to consumers in Indiana.

December 12, 2014

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Large Pumpkin Crop Leaves Many To Rot In Fields

Thanks to good weather, pumpkin patches across the state saw more crop than usual. But, the leftover pumpkins could pose a problem for next year.

December 12, 2014

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Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” December 12, 2014

How local officials plan to fill in the gaps for economic growth. Educators are seeking ways to get parents more involved.

December 15, 2014

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Budget

Revenue Forecast Could Affect Upcoming Budget Debate

State officials say even if the revenue forecast is strong, that does not mean the state will increase its next budget.

December 15, 2014

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Kokomo Told To Stop Stadium Construction In Flood-Prone Area

FEMA officials say the construction is a violation of a federal hazard mitigation grant the city accepted.

December 15, 2014

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indianapolis art museum

Indianapolis Museum Of Art To Charge Admission In 2015

The museum's board of governors unanimously approved the decision to charge admission Thursday.

December 15, 2014

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E.ON To Sell Ownership In Wildcat Wind Farm

E.ON will continue to manage Wildcat Wind Farm in Madison and Tipton counties.

December 15, 2014

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Families in four counties have until 4:30 p.m. to apply for the first wave of the state's pre-k pilot program.

Monday Marks Deadline To Apply For On My Way Pre-K Pilot

Monday is the deadline for families in Allen, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh counties to apply to On My Way Pre-K, the state’s preschool pilot program.

December 15, 2014

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Road construction on Interstate 69.

Traffic On State Road 37 To Shift Beginning Wednesday

Traffic on State Road 37 in Bloomington will shift on or after Dec. 17.

December 15, 2014

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Group Leaders Form Independent Redistricting Coalition

Leaders of “good government” groups say Indiana can’t wait any longer to explore changing the way it redraws its legislative maps every 10 years.

December 15, 2014

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Anthem sign

New Complaint Accuses WellPoint Of Inflating Premiums

The class-action lawsuit seeks refunds for the alleged inflated premiums.

December 15, 2014

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Einhorn

History Through Headlines: Testicular Cancer Discovery

We take a look back at what was making the news in our “History Through Headlines” segment from June of 1987.

December 15, 2014

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Mark Kruzan

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

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

December 16, 2014

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

Indy Council Fails To Override Veto On Firearm Approval

Last week Mayor Greg Ballard vetoed a proposal which would have required council approval before discharging firearms in city parks.

December 16, 2014

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FBI raided two locations in central Indiana on Monday afternoon.

FBI Agents Raid Putnam, Morgan County Properties

The FBI raided properties in Putnam and Morgan counties, but they would not disclose what they were looking for.

December 16, 2014

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Indianapolis

State Sen. Jim Merritt Will Not Seek Republican Mayoral Nod

Republicans had urged Merritt to seek the nomination for a chance to succeed Mayor Greg Ballard.

December 16, 2014

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New State Fair Stage Collapse Suit Challenges Damages Cap

Jordyn Polet was 10 years old when the disaster at Sugarland‘s state fair concert killed seven people and injured 107.

December 16, 2014

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The FSSA received more than 1600 applications from families interested in participating in the On My Way Pre-K pilot program.

Overwhelming Family Interest In ‘On My Way Pre-K’ Pilot

Family applications for the pre-k pilot program have been counted, and families will be notified if they've been awarded grant money by next week.

December 16, 2014

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Amanda Banks Swearing In

Wife Of Deployed Naval Officer Sworn In As State Senator

Amanda Banks, a former public policy expert, was sworn in Tuesday at the Statehouse.

December 17, 2014

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Mark Kruzan

Ask The Mayor: Bloomington’s Mark Kruzan

Mayor Kruzan talks about what he's most proud of this past year plus the city's worst moment of 2014.

December 17, 2014

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Energy Plan Proposals Coming From Pence And Legislators

House Utilities and Energy Chairman Eric Koch says he's crafting a plan with his Senate counterpart Jim Merritt.

December 17, 2014

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Normal Bridwell

‘Clifford The Big Red Dog’ Creator Bridwell Dies At 86

More than 50 years after he came up with a story about Clifford the Big Red Dog, Kokomo native, artist and author Norman Bridwell has died.

December 17, 2014

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Afterschool Programs Expanding With $1 Million Grant

Indiana Afterschool Network will use the grant money to create the Indiana Academy on Out of School Learning.

December 17, 2014

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hoosier lottery

Hoosier Lottery To End Monopoly Game

The lottery is expected to lose about $500,000 on the game.

December 17, 2014

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Senator To Propose Bill Legalizing Medical Marijuana

The announcement comes after a new provision in the federal spending bill, which does away with federal raids in states where medical marijuana is legal.

December 17, 2014

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How Education Could Factor Into A Pence Presidential Bid

As 2016 gets closer, Pence is making education a prominent part of his legislative agenda, launching him into the national spotlight.

December 17, 2014

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IU Kelley School Donating Books To University In Myanmar

The Kelley School has partnered with the Yangon University of Economics management studies department to provide nearly 2,000 books to the university.

December 17, 2014

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Rodney Harp

Indiana Honors Soldier With Purple Heart Medal

Rodney Harp was injured in Afghanistan where he helped Afghanis learn how to raise livestock as part of the Army's animal husbandry team.

December 17, 2014

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Remembering IU Grad, Photojournalist Michel Du Cille

Photojournalist Michel du Cille, winner of three Pulitzer Prizes, died in Liberia while on assignment.

December 17, 2014

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Cuba

Improved Relations With Cuba Could Affect University Group

An IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs professor plans to take a group of 15 undergraduates to Havana in March.

December 17, 2014

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Southwest airlines

Southwest Adds Nonstop Flights From Indy To Boston, LA

One-way fares will start at $89 and will begin to run in June.

December 17, 2014

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Indiana Supreme Court

Supreme Court Halts Second Right-To-Work Lawsuit

The Indiana Supreme Court upheld the law last month and is now telling another court to dismiss a similar case.

December 18, 2014

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Local Analyst To Future President Candidates: ‘Just Run’

A political strategist has a message for potential presidential candidates: if you’re going to run, run.

December 18, 2014

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Troy Cockrum

Shelby County Officials Push For E-Learning On Snow Days

The district filled out an application for e-learning with the Department of Education, and is preparing teachers and students for the possible program.

December 18, 2014

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Eighty of the 317 schools that take part in Indianaâs voucher system will return money they were overpaid by the state.

Private Schools To Return Almost $4 Million In Voucher Funds

Eighty of Indiana's non-public charter schools will repay the state nearly $4 million they received due to a mistake in voucher cost calculations.

December 18, 2014

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IU Group Featured In Porta-Potty Christmas Music Video

A northern Indiana sanitation company's video features Straight No Chaser's "Christmas Can-Can."

December 18, 2014

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Travel Advisory

New Travel App Will Provide Hazard Information To Hoosiers

The app will include notifications about flooding, hazardous materials spills and other events that could affect travel.

December 18, 2014

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

Why sexual assault prevention advocates are having a hard time getting the training they need, and we investigate how funeral homes are regulated in Indiana.

December 18, 2014

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Statehouse

New State Revenue Forecast Predicts Positive Budget Cycle

State leaders say they’re cautiously optimistic about Indiana’s fiscal future.

December 18, 2014

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Bloomington Hospital

Hospitals Increase Restrictions As Flu Season Gets Worse

Restrictions include not allowing people under the age of 18 to visit patients and keeping out visitors with the flu.

December 19, 2014

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water treatment

Terre Haute Looks To Wastewater Sludge As New Revenue Stream

The California based company plans to invest hundreds of millions of dollars to have the plant open in two years.

December 19, 2014

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coal plant

EPA Will Set National Standards For Coal Ash Regulation

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will set national standards for the regulation of coal ash.

December 19, 2014

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Funeral

Indiana Funeral Home Inspections Are Infrequent

There are more than 600 funeral homes and crematoriums in Indiana, but the inspection frequency of those homes varies greatly.

December 19, 2014

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What Does The State Board Of Education Chair Do?

Should the General Assembly make changes to the position of State Board of Education chair, what would that look like?

December 19, 2014

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INCASA

Sexual Assault Advocates Say Indiana Lacks Resources

Since the Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault closed in June, advocates say there's no central clearinghouse sexual assault survivors can turn to for help.

December 19, 2014

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Sexton

Suicide Prevention Bill Inspired By Indiana Vet Passes

The Jacob Sexton Act is named for a Farmland, Indiana National Guardsman who took his own life while on leave from Afghanistan in 2009.

December 19, 2014

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Indiana’s Unemployment Rate Holds At 5.7 Percent

Indiana added 16,000 private jobs in November, but more people also started looking for work.

December 19, 2014

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Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” December 19, 2014

Why sexual assault prevention advocates are having a hard time getting the training they need, and we investigate how funeral homes are regulated in Indiana.

December 20, 2014

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Franklin County Nativity

Franklin County Nativity Scene To Stay Through Christmas

The ACLU agreed to drop its request for a preliminary injunction in its lawsuit against Franklin County over a nativity scene display.

December 20, 2014

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UPDATE: White Christmas Forecast Changes To Mostly Rain

With daytime temperatures in the 40s and 50s, rain is likely throughout the week.

December 22, 2014

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Cpl. Kristine Tejeda

Veterans Affairs Dept. Hiring Women Veterans Coordinator

Veteran advocates say it's vital and they've been waiting since July – when a law authorizing the position took effect.

December 22, 2014

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Abandoned home in Terre Haute, Indiana. The Lieutenant Governor says the program will help stabilize neighborhoods and reduce foreclosures.

$4 Million Awarded To Five Cities For Blight Elimination

The money will go to Anderson, Evansville, Muncie, Terre Haute and Daleville.

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