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September 1, 2017

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U.S. Sen. Todd Young discusses community challenges with Boner Center CEO James Taylor.

Sen. Young Visits Distressed Communities To Learn About Challenges

U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) says his focus for aid to distressed urban areas is to ensure federal assistance programs are effective.

September 1, 2017

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Close to 53,000 fans filled Memorial Stadium for the first game of the 2017 IU football season.

IU Football Falls To OSU In Season-Opening Home Game

The Indiana Hoosiers fell to Ohio State 49-21 in Thursday night's game at sold-out Memorial Stadium.

September 1, 2017

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Attendees gather for the round table discussion on the State of Girls in Indiana.

Report: Indiana Girls Lag Behind In Wellness

The report from the Girl Scouts ranks Indiana 34th in girls well-being.

September 1, 2017

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Rep. Todd Rokita represents Indiana's Fourth Congressional District.

Former Aides Say Rep. Rokita Yelled At Staff, Docked Pay

Rokita is in a competitive GOP primary for the chance to challenge first-term Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in next year's midterm elections.

September 1, 2017

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Tonight At 6 On ‘Indiana Newsdesk’

The debate to arrest people who use drugs or get them into treatment, lowering the required age for Hoosier kids to start school and Lincoln’s Indiana roots.

September 1, 2017

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“History Through Headlines”

Dillinger Museum In Northwestern Indiana Abruptly Closes

A museum dedicated to 1930s gangster John Dillinger has abruptly closed in the northwestern Indiana city where he famously escaped from jail using a fake gun.

September 1, 2017

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Indiana-Based AM General Awarded $2.2B Contract For Humvees

The South Bend company says the contract calls for it to produce about 11,500 Humvees over the next five years.

September 1, 2017

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Indiana’s State Parks Fully Booked For Labor Day Weekend

State officials say Indiana's state parks are fully booked with campers heading into the long Labor Day weekend.

September 1, 2017

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New ISP Task Force Aims To Arrest One Drug Dealer A Day

Police say it’s about creating a safe, drug free state. But advocates worry that it’s harkening back to the failed war on drugs of the 1970s.

September 1, 2017

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Ricky Ard's body is removed from the scene at the federal building in Evansville.

Evansville Man Killed By Police Was Having Mental Episode

A southern Indiana coroner says a man slain by an officer was in the midst of a schizophrenic episode when he swung a baseball bat at the officer.

September 1, 2017

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Employees rally outside of the Veterans Affairs hospital in Indianapolis for staffing support.

Veterans Affairs Employees Urge Staffing Support At Rally

Earlier this year there was a call to fill thousands of positions across the country to improve access.

September 1, 2017

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A statue of young Abraham Lincoln near the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis.

Lincoln’s Indiana Legacy: Historians Preserve His Boyhood Years

President Abraham Lincoln looms large in our nation’s history, and for that very reason, many states lay claim to Lincoln as part of their own history.

September 1, 2017

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A touchdown for Indiana in the season-opening game against Ohio State.

IU-OSU Game Breaks ESPN Thursday Kickoff Weekend Ratings Record

The game between Indiana University and Ohio State University brought ESPN better overnight ratings than any previous kickoff weekend Thursday game.

September 1, 2017

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Federal Agency Rejects Great Lakes Basin Rail Application

A federal agency has rejected a plan to construct a freight railroad from northern Indiana to southeastern Wisconsin.

September 1, 2017

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Watch ‘Indiana Newsdesk:’ War On Drugs, Abe Lincoln And Columbus

The debate to arrest people who use drugs or get them into treatment, lowering the required age for Hoosier kids to start school and Lincoln’s Indiana roots.

September 2, 2017

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Eagle Pointe Golf Resort Owner In Jail

According to arrest records Eagle Pointe Golf Resort owner Doug Thomas was arrested yesterday.

September 3, 2017

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

2017 ISTEP Scores Expected To Be Released This Week

ISTEP scores from Spring 2017 are scheduled to be released Wednesday. The standardized exam is used to calculate a school’s state A-to-F accountability grade.

September 3, 2017

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Court Rules Against IU Professor In Race Discrimination Case

Court records show a school investigation concluded many of his credentials were vague, misleading or otherwise incorrect.

September 4, 2017

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Indiana State Police Warn Of Hurricane Harvey Phone Scam

People who have reported the calls say their caller ID shows that the calls are coming from the State Police.

September 4, 2017

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Judge Trump Criticized To Speak At Hispanic Heritage Event

U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel is scheduled to speak Oct. 6 at the federal courthouse in Indianapolis.

September 4, 2017

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Purdue Researcher Receives $1.6M Grant For Repurposing Meds

The $1.6 million grant will be used to find out whether two FDA-approved drugs can be repurposed to treat life-threatening and drug-resistant bacteria.

September 4, 2017

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E-Communication Between Patients And Clinicians Looks To Improve

A new research study aims to improve the efficiency of e-communication between clinicians and their patients.

September 4, 2017

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Indiana Court Rules In Transgender Birth Certificate Case

The appeals court ruling clarifies the process transgender residents can use to legally change their names or birth certificates.

September 4, 2017

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EPA Proposing Groundwater Cleanup For Site In Terre Haute

Plans include removing contaminated soil from areas accessible to the public.

September 4, 2017

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Indiana Task Force To Help Harvey Recovery For As Long As Needed

Members of Indiana’s Task Force One have been in Texas for almost a week helping those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

September 4, 2017

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Parking Tickets Fall In Bloomington Amid Shifting Duties

The officers' duties changed under a trial program launched in April by Mayor John Hamilton to help combat aggressive panhandling and crime.

September 4, 2017

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Kokomo Residents Hit By Tornado Can Get Free Trees Planted

Volunteers will plant native trees rooted in 15-gallon buckets, free of charge, at the homes of Kokomo residents affected by last year's storm.

September 4, 2017

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Investigators do not believe the vandalism was hate-related.

Investigations Ongoing In Two-County Church Vandalism String

Repairs are just beginning for a Columbus church that is one of several vandalized earlier this summer.

September 4, 2017

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IU Football Coach: The Biggest Game Is The Next One

IU Head Coach Tom Allen says the team isn't taking the Ohio State loss lightly, but is only looking forward.

September 4, 2017

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Hartzell's had to change some if its offerings as a result of the vanilla bean shortage.

Vanilla Shortage Challenges Local Ice Cream Shop

A local ice cream shop has been forced to reduce some offerings as a result of vanilla bean demand.

September 5, 2017

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Migratory Birds On Way Through Indiana

Thousands of migrating birds will make their way through Indiana over the next few months.

September 5, 2017

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Farm Bureau To Focus On Rural Broadband, Farm Bill In 2018

Delegates from all of Indiana’s 92 counties met in Hendricks County on Aug. 26.

September 5, 2017

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Indiana’s Online Sales Tax Fight Could Fizzle Without Federal Help

The state's battle to collect online sales tax from non-resident businesses will more likely play out in Congress than in the courts, says one economist.

September 5, 2017

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Heroin confiscated from the Indiana streets

Bartholomew County Considering Adding Treatment Center At Jail

An anti-drug abuse task force estimates more than 1,000 residents have an addiction problem, with about 70 percent of them facing some form of incarceration.

September 5, 2017

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Southern Ind. Town With Geese Problem Euthanizes 200 Birds

Clarksville, plagued by aggressive Canada geese, has euthanized more than 200 birds and plans to next erect fences to discourage the problematic birds.

September 5, 2017

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Former Indiana Agency Head Announces Bid For Congress

A former Indiana lawmaker and state agency head is running for Congress, billing himself as a "conservative business leader."

September 5, 2017

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Indiana’s 10K DACA Kids Could Lose Immigration Status In 6 Months

Close to 10,000 Hoosiers are enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which is ending in six months unless Congress codifies it into law.

September 5, 2017

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Central Indiana High School Bans Confederate Flag Clothing

A central Indiana high school has banned students from wearing the Confederate flag after it led to verbal altercations in hallways.

September 5, 2017

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An agricultural researcher works at Dow AgroSciences in Indianapolis.

Dow, DuPont Complete $130B Merger, Setting Up Indiana Job Shifts

In the next 18 months, the newly created DowDuPont will split into three businesses – for material sciences, specialty products and agricultural chemicals.

September 5, 2017

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Vigo Co. Residents Get A Close Up Of Issues At High Schools

High schools in Vigo County held open houses Tuesday evening to show residents what challenges the administrators are up against.

September 6, 2017

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Ask The Mayor: Lienhoop On Abandoned Cars; Exhibit Columbus

This week we visit with Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop to talk about a new city ordinance that will force removal of abandoned cars on city streets.

September 6, 2017

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Sen. Luke Kenley (R-Noblesville) will retire in September.

Caucus To Decide Sen. Luke Kenley’s Replacement For Rest Of Term

The Indiana Republican Party will hold a caucus Wednesday night to decide who will fill the remainder of State Senator Luke Kenley's term in District 20.

September 6, 2017

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Governor Eric Holcomb, surrounding by lawmakers, signs into law a new $32 billion, two-year state budget.

Gov. Holcomb And Five Mayors Leaving For 9- Day Japan Trip

The Indiana delegation includes the mayors of Columbus, Crawfordsville, Seymour, Shelbyville and Vincennes.

September 6, 2017

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Indiana Proposes Work Mandate For State Health Coverage

Holcomb wants able-bodied, low-income residents to work at least 20 hours a week for eight months a year to receive state-supported health care coverage.

September 6, 2017

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Eagle Pointe Resort Owner Released From Boone Co. Jail On Bond

The owner of Bloomington's Eagle Pointe Golf Resort is out of jail after posting a $500 bond.

September 6, 2017

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Hoosiers Rally In Support Of DACA

Indiana faith leaders Tuesday denounced the Trump administration’s plans to rescind DACA, drawing a hundred people to an Indianapolis rally.

September 6, 2017

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ISTEP Scores Stabilize But Nearly Half Of Students Still Fail

Results from the 2017 ISTEP exam remain nearly unchanged after an overhaul of the standardized test caused pass rates to plummet two years ago.

September 6, 2017

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Indiana RNC Committeewoman Marsha Coats Resigning, Reason Unknown

Coats has been involved in Indiana politics since at least 1980, when her husband was elected to Congress.

September 6, 2017

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Ind. Attorney General Clashes With CDC Over Syringe Exchange Data

Last month, the CDC sent a letter to the Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment and Prevention asking it to correct a 2016 report.

September 6, 2017

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Eric Holcomb in front of the Indiana Flag

Holcomb Ducks Questions About Trump’s Move To End DACA

Holcomb is ducking questions about whether he supports Trump's decision to phase out a program protecting immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

September 6, 2017

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Hard Truth Hills developers will begin offering tours of the property in the fall.

Brown Co. Commissioners Approve Zoning For Quaff ON! Development

An expansion to a Brown Co. brewery is one step closer to getting the needed approval from the county as well as the Nashville town government.

September 6, 2017

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State Board Of Ed Picks Matt Voors As New Executive Director

Voors was previously general counsel for the DOE, but some board members said they'd never met Voors before approving him as executive director Wednesday.

September 6, 2017

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Sheriff: Prisoners Who Once Went To State Causing Problems

Bartholomew County Sheriff Matthew Myers is attributing jail disturbances to overcrowding and not having enough staff or operational space.

September 6, 2017

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Delta Gets $5.5 M Incentive Deal For Direct Indy To Paris Flight

Delta's direct Indianapolis to Paris flights begin in Spring 2018.

September 7, 2017

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Update: Postal Worker Injured In East Chicago Explosion

The FBI is leading an investigation into an explosion at a post office in northwestern Indiana that injured a postal worker.

September 7, 2017

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Bloomington City Council Votes In Favor Of Granny Flats

After lengthy debate, the Bloomington City Council voted Wednesday to allow granny flats inside city limits.

September 7, 2017

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Caucus Chooses Attorney General Staffer To Succeed Luke Kenley

A GOP caucus selected Victoria Spartz in a tight race Wednesday night, beating Sen. Kenley’s pick for the seat.

September 7, 2017

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Gleaners CEO John Elliot testifies at food desert study committee.

Study Committee Discusses Food Deserts, Solutions

This is the third year Indiana lawmakers have considered legislation to address the lack of healthy food in Indiana.

September 7, 2017

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Drugmaker Lilly To Trim Workforce By Nearly 9 Percent

Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly will cut about 3,500 positions in New Jersey, China, and Iowa.

September 7, 2017

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One of 11 dogs brought to Indianapolis from Houston after Hurricane Harvey.

Texas Animal Shelters Send Dogs To Indianapolis For Adoption

Eleven dogs displaced by Hurricane Harvey are awaiting adoption at the Humane Society of Indianapolis.

September 7, 2017

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Museum A ‘Tangible Reminder’ Of Indiana’s Mental Health History

Indiana’s Medical History Museum transports you to the late 1800s when Central State Mental Hospital opened on the west side of Indianapolis.

September 7, 2017

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Study Committee Continues Handgun License Elimination Discussion

The issue of whether to repeal a law that requires Hoosiers to be permitted to carry a handgun will likely come up next session.

September 7, 2017

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Betsy DeVos Signals Pullback On Campus Sex Misconduct Enforcement

The Department of Education will change its approach to campus sexual misconduct and begin a public notice and comment process to issue new regulations.

September 8, 2017

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Mayor Duke Bennett

Terre Haute Mayor: ‘We Continue To Make Progress’ On Budget

The council is required to approve a budget by the end of December. But Bennett says they’ll probably have one figured out by November.

September 8, 2017

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Schools In Disrepair As Terre Haute, Vigo County Weigh Budgets

The three Vigo County high schools are in need of renovations, and some say new buildings might even be necessary.

September 8, 2017

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Upland Brewing Co. President Leaving At The End Of The Year

Upland is the third largest brewery in the state.

September 8, 2017

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IndyCAN, the multi-faith group that coordinated the event, calls the repeal of DACA “hate policy,” and hopes energy around the issue will continue into the 2018 election.

Tonight At 6 On ‘Indiana Newsdesk’

Hoosiers in limbo after the end of DACA. Vigo County schools need renovations, but how will it get funded? And an 1800's medical museum still relevant today.

September 8, 2017

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State Receives $26M Grant For HIV Treatment

More than 12,000 people living in Indiana have HIV.

September 8, 2017

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Man Accused Of Fatally Shooting Cop Seeking Change Of Venue

Jason Brown is charged with murder in the July 27 slaying of 38-year-old Southport police Lt. Aaron Allan.

September 8, 2017

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Man Accused In Indiana School Threats Indicted On 26 Counts

A federal grand jury in Indianapolis has returned a 26-count indictment against a California man charged with making threats to blow up two Indiana schools.

September 8, 2017

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About a six-mile section I-65 South in Louisville will be closed this weekend.

Section Of I-65 South To Close This Weekend For Improvements

A section of Interstate 65 South in Louisville will be closed this weekend for safety improvements and maintenance.

September 8, 2017

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The Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis.

State Tax Revenues Continue To Struggle In New Fiscal Year

Indiana continues to struggle in its new fiscal year as revenues came in below expectations in August.

September 8, 2017

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Equifax Security Breach Affects Nearly 3 Million Hoosiers

A national data security breach compromises the private information of nearly 143 million Equifax customers.

September 8, 2017

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The task force has 4 hazmat support personnel and a 4-member FEMA incident support team.

Indiana Responders Move From Texas To Florida For Relief Efforts

A team of Indiana responders are aiding in relief efforts in Florida as Hurricane Irma begins to make landfall.

September 8, 2017

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Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Brownsburg), left, and Rep. Luke Messer (R-Shelbyville).

Indiana GOP Senate Hopefuls Opposed Harvey Aid Package

The two GOP Indiana congressmen running for the Senate say they voted against a $15 billion disaster aid package because it allows too much deficit spending.

September 8, 2017

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Amazon's Seattle headquarters occupies 8.1 million square feet of space. The company says its next HQ could cover nearly the same area by the time it's fully built out.

Indy Would Be ‘A Longshot’ In Bid To House Massive New Amazon HQ

Indianapolis could meet Amazon's real estate, infrastructure and demographic criteria, analysts say, but will have trouble with the workforce requirements.

September 8, 2017

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Court: No Legal Requirement To Publicize Gender Change Petitions

An Indiana Court of Appeals decision on rules surrounding gender changes in legal documents could make transitioning more private for transgender Hoosiers.

September 8, 2017

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions holds a briefing to address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Watch ‘Indiana Newsdesk:’ DACA Impact On Hoosiers, Medical Museum

Hoosiers in limbo after the end of DACA. Vigo County schools need renovations, but how will it get funded? And an 1800's medical museum still relevant today.

September 9, 2017

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“Exhibit Columbus” Reinvents City’s Design Legacy

18 recent art installations are positioned in a way that connects to the city's design legacy.

September 10, 2017

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The new trash pickup system will utilize trucks with mechanized arms.

Bloomington Trash Transition Timeline For New Carts, Refund Dates

The city's new automated mechanical arm trucks will begin operating with the new trash and recycling bins on Oct. 2.

September 10, 2017

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IDEM Might Stop Printing Pollution Permit Requests

IDEM projects it could save an estimated $17,000 per year by eliminating advertising costs in local newspapers.

September 11, 2017

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Diabetics Protest Rising Insulin Prices At Eli Lilly Headquarters

Patients say the skyrocketing price of insulin—which more than doubled from 2002 to 2013 — is squeezing them to the point of outrage.

September 11, 2017

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The 9/11 memorial in Indianapolis includes two beams from the Two Towers.

9/11 Memorial Events Throughout The State

Monday marks the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in September 2011. Events throughout Indiana will remember the tragedy with ceremonies and lectures.

September 11, 2017

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Khizr Khan speaks a message of peace and unity to a crowd of hundreds in Indianapolis Saturday night.

Kzihr Khan’s Message For Indiana: Dignity And Hope

Gold Star father Khizr Khan speaks on dignity and respect in our political discourse.

September 11, 2017

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Report: Unregulated Chemical Above Health Limit In 5 IN Utilities

The chemical 1,4-dioxane is a toxic, unregulated chemical found in cosmetics and used in manufacturing processes.

September 11, 2017

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State Trade Mission Heads To Japan, Indiana’s Top Foreign Investor

The Asian nation backs more business in Indiana than in any other state – especially in the automotive sector, at Honda, Toyota, Subaru and their suppliers.

September 11, 2017

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Obesity A Growing Problem, 32% Of Hoosiers Obese

An annual report from the Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranks Indiana 10th worst for obesity. It was 15th last year.

September 11, 2017

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A beam from the structure of the World Trade Centers is on permanent display at Ivy Tech Community College's Bloomington campus.

Hoosiers Remember 9/11 At Ivy Tech Bloomington

Hoosiers gathered at the Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington campus Monday morning to mark the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in 2001.

September 11, 2017

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A demonstration at Place des Nations in Geneva in June, 2017.

New Exhibit Features Stories From Indiana’s LGBT Community

The Indiana Historical Society says the exhibit called "Be Heard: LGBT Experiences in Indiana," will be on display Sept. 16 through Nov. 4.

September 11, 2017

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Marketing Company Hired For Purdue Fort Wayne Branding

A marketing company has been hired to help with building the new identity for Purdue University Fort Wayne.

September 11, 2017

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The FBI raided the Vigo County School Corporation offices on June 8, 2016.

Sentencing Set For Ex-Deputy Charged In School Kickback Case

A former sheriff's deputy who agreed to plead guilty in a kickback scheme costing the Vigo County School Corp. over $80,000 will be sentenced next month.

September 11, 2017

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Tropical Storm Warnings (crimson warning box) remain in effect as Irma moves northwest.

Indiana To See Remnants Of Tropical Storm Irma Tuesday

A half inch of new rainfall and 22 MPH wind gusts are expected as Irma dissipates over southern Indiana.

September 11, 2017

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A glyphosate-resistant weed stands over over a patch of soybeans on Don Lamb's farm. Weeds like this are one reason some farmers turned to dicamba-tolerant soybeans this year.

Dicamba Poses Tough Questions, Few Answers For Farmers, Regulators

Over a hundred dicamba-related complaints have been filed in Indiana so far this year.

September 11, 2017

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Indiana High Court To Review Lethal Injection Drug Issue

The Indiana Supreme Court will review an appeals court ruling which found that the state can't execute prisoners with a previously unused drug combination.

September 11, 2017

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Indiana head coach Tom Allen.

Indiana Football Coach Allen Excited To Play Two Quarterbacks

Indiana Football’s 34 to 17 win at Virginia came at the hands of redshirt freshman quarterback Peyton Ramsey.

September 11, 2017

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Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett (second from left) discusses the region's proposal to Amazon.

Central Indiana To Compete For Amazon HQ2

The mayors of Indianapolis and Fishers joined with business leaders to throw their collective hats into the ring.

September 11, 2017

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A small group of leaders from the Christian and Muslim community met to talk about bringing The Readiness Project to Indianapolis.

Faith Leaders Meet On 9/11 Anniversary To Talk Emergency Response

A small group of leaders from the Christian and Muslim community met to talk about bringing The Readiness Project to Indianapolis.

September 12, 2017

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Indiana Line Workers Helping Restore Power After Irma

Officials with Indiana Electric Cooperatives say the workers will leave the state Tuesday to work with electric cooperatives near Macon, Georgia.

September 12, 2017

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Alcohol Commission Hears Testimony On Cold Beer Sales

Supporters of the change say it would allow convenience store owners to adapt to a changing market.

September 12, 2017

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Cultural, Economic, Other Factors Drive Black Breast-Feeding Gap

Breast-feeding rates are increasing each year, but a gaping disparity between Black women and women of other races remains.

September 12, 2017

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Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett

Submit Your Questions For Terre Haute’s “Ask The Mayor”

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

September 12, 2017

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Not many students have participated in the existing three-year program, and there's been little study on whether such degree tracks are effective in the first place.

Despite A Dearth Of Data, Purdue Expands 3-Year Degree Programs

As Purdue University’s College of Liberal Arts prepares to offer three-year degrees, there’s little data to suggest the idea warrants an expansion.

September 12, 2017

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Close to 53,000 fans filled Memorial Stadium for the first game of the 2017 IU football season.

Saturday’s IU Football Game Against Florida International Canceled

University officials decided late Monday evening to cancel Saturday's football game in Bloomington due to the impact of Hurricane Irma.

September 12, 2017

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Tropical Storm Warnings (crimson warning box) remain in effect as Irma moves northwest.

Will Harvey And Irma Affect Attitudes On Climate? Probably Not.

A new study from an Indiana University professor examined people's attitudes toward climate change policies after experiencing an extreme weather event.

September 12, 2017

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Catholics Decry Dems’ Questioning Of Judicial Pick, Coney Barrett

The outcry stems from the questioning of Amy Coney Barrett, a Notre Dame law professor tapped to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

September 12, 2017

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Indiana Line Workers Helping To Restore Power After Irma

About 60 line workers from Indiana's electric cooperatives are heading south to help restore power in areas affected by Hurricane and Tropical Storm Irma.

September 12, 2017

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Display To Honor Ind. City’s History As Birthplace Of Coke Bottles

The fiberglass bottles will be displayed around the city starting next year.

September 12, 2017

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Committee Recommends Bill To Insure Officers’ Families

Proponents say recent events in the country, like terrorist attacks, prompted them to proposed the legislation.

September 12, 2017

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Scott Co Files Lawsuit Against Purdue Pharma, Endo Pharmaceuticals

The lawsuit alleges drugs made by the manufacturers contributed to the county's ongoing opioid epidemic.

September 12, 2017

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The Basilica of the Sacred Heart and Golden Dome at sunset in 2013.

See How Indiana Schools Ranked In US News’ ‘Best Colleges’ List

The University of Notre Dame, Purdue University and Indiana University Bloomington all made the top 100 in U.S. News & World Report’s higher education rankings.

September 12, 2017

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A touchdown for Indiana in the season-opening game against Ohio State.

Indiana Football Finds New Opponent In Wake Of Hurricane Irma

IU Athletic Director Fred Glass announced the change of schedule after the game contract was signed today.

September 12, 2017

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Then-Senate President David Sanders listens as Purdue President Mitch Daniels answers questions from faculty and staff at an

Purdue Senate Forms A Committee To Question The Kaplan Deal

The Purdue University Senate is taking additional actions to scrutinize the school’s decision to purchase online educator Kaplan University.

September 12, 2017

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Jim McClelland speaks to a crowd during a discussion on opioid addiction.

Opioid Talk Focuses On Issues And Solutions

Indiana's drug czar Jim McClelland says Indiana is taking good steps but still has a lot of work.

September 13, 2017

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Lawmakers weren't happy at what they felt was missing Tuesday from an update on Indiana's unemployment insurance program.

Lawmakers Want More Data, Enforcement On Employer Benefits Fraud

At a study committee on the issues, regulators said the state may be missing millions in revenue because of fraud – but couldn't say how much they've recouped.

September 13, 2017

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Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett

Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute’s Bennett On Budget, Hulman Renovation

Mayor Bennett answers questions about the city budget deficit, Hulman Center renovations and Coke bottle display.

September 13, 2017

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Bob Topmiller, chief of toxicology at the Hamilton County Coroner's Office, holds a small vial containing carfentanil extracted from a sample of blood.

Wayne County Opioid Deaths In 2017 Already Pass 2016 Figure

Wayne County Coroner Ron Stevens says he recently saw the county's 49th confirmed opioid-related death for 2017. There were 44 opioid-related deaths in 2016.

September 13, 2017

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Sign announcing a formal presentation of I-69 plans.

INDOT Unveils Adjusted Route For Final Stretch Of I-69

I-69 Section 6 will run along existing State Road 37 from Martinsville to Indianapolis.

September 13, 2017

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Bloomington Animal Shelter Accepts Animals Displaced By Irma

Six dogs and 18 cats arrived at Bloomington Animal Shelter over the weekend.

September 13, 2017

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Man Suspected Of Planning Terrorism Sentenced To Prison

An Indianapolis-area man who authorities say was suspected of planning an act of domestic terrorism has been sentenced to more than three years in prison.

September 13, 2017

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Donnelly At Trump Tax Reform Dinner Likely Helps Re-election Bid

Political analysts say Donnelly’s inclusion at President Trump's tax reform discussion is a boost to the Hoosier Democrat's re-election campaign.

September 13, 2017

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Solarize Bloomington Unable To Meet Demand For Panel Installations

Bloomington’s solar initiative is at capacity leaving some people who signed up for a 2017 installation on hold until next year.

September 13, 2017

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Gary Schools Manager Asks For More State Loans To Operate

The manager of the financially struggling Gary schools says the district will need state loans on a regular basis to maintain operations.

September 13, 2017

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Bartholomew Co. Provisionally Approves Income Tax Increase

The additional tax revenue would allow Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers to hire new deputies to staff the jail.

September 13, 2017

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The Monroe County Sheriff's Department shut down the Eagle Pointe Golf Resort at the end of August.

Eagle Pointe Golf Resort Reopens After Tax Violation Shutdown

Bloomington's Eagle Pointe Golf Resort is back open a few weeks after the Indiana Department of Revenue forced its shutdown due to unpaid back taxes.

September 13, 2017

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GOP Candidates Criticize Donnelly Over Fellow Dem’s Remarks

Two Republican congressmen seeking to unseat Sen. Joe Donnelly are criticizing his response to Democrats' questioning of a federal appeals court nominee.

September 14, 2017

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Climate Scientists: Indiana Could Look Like East Texas By 2070

Scientists from Purdue and Indiana Universities say the number of days Indiana experiences above 90 degrees jumping from 20 to 74 by 2050.

September 14, 2017

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U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos talks with students at St. Stephens Indian School on the Wind River Reservation in Stephens, Wyoming, on September 12.

U.S. Ed Secretary Betsy DeVos To Visit 3 Indiana Schools Friday

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will visit schools across Indiana Friday as the last stop on a six-state back-to-school tour.

September 14, 2017

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Ex-IU Football Star Camion Patrick Charged With Criminal Homicide

Former Indiana football player Camion Patrick is one of four facing criminal homicide charges in connection with the fatal stabbing in Tennessee.

September 14, 2017

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More than 83,000 Americans remain missing from previous conflicts.

POWs And Those Missing In Action Honored At Crane Navel Base

The Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane honored those who are Missing in Action, as well as former Prisoners of War, during a special ceremony this week.

September 14, 2017

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The Terre Haute City Council in the courtroom at City Hall.

Terre Haute Residents Give City Council Budget Feedback

The meeting was the first opportunity for residents to give feedback on a proposed budget plan to help eliminate a more than $8 million deficit.

September 15, 2017

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A CAFO in Bartholomew County.

Report: Livestock Farms Good For Economy Despite Opposition

The animal agriculture industry in Indiana is growing faster than the nation as a whole in most categories, according to the Indiana Soybean Alliance.

September 15, 2017

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Vigo County Council member Brendan Kearns

Vigo County Residents Voice Concerns Over Plans For New Jail

Vigo County residents gathered Thursday evening for a public forum to discuss plans for a new county jail.

September 15, 2017

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Health Centers Receive Millions To Combat Opioid Epidemic

Twenty-one centers in Indiana have been awarded funds to help increase behavioral health services.

September 15, 2017

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Tonight At 6 On ‘Indiana Newsdesk’

Indiana’s livestock industry is impacting the entire state’s economy. I-69 plans are taking shape. And some pilots refuse to let their disabilities define them.

September 15, 2017

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MCCSC Terminating Contract With Auxilio Next Month

MCCSC sent a letter to Auxilio Services saying the contract will be terminated Oct. 13.

September 15, 2017

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Indiana Unemployment Rate Makes Biggest One-Month Jump Since 2009

Indiana’s unemployment rate last month took its largest single-month jump in more than eight years.

September 15, 2017

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Purdue: We Didn’t Avoid The ‘F Word’ In Talking About New Center

Purdue is set to receive almost $20 million to study “bridge fuels," but officials haven't used the word "fracking" to promote the research.

September 15, 2017

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Able Flight students train with certified flight instructors throughout the program.

Program Gives People With Disabilities Rare Chance To Pilot Planes

The program is called Able Flight, and it's the only place in the state where people with disabilities can learn how to fly.

September 15, 2017

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Last year, Health and Human Services awarded $94 million to health centers across the county to tackle substance abuse.

Federal Grant Delivers Increase In Funds To Treat Opioid Abuse

A grant coming to Indiana from the federal government allocates more money to treating opioid abuse than in previous years.

September 15, 2017

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City Of Terre Haute Added To Lawsuit Over Sludge Deal

The City of Terre Haute has been added to a federal lawsuit alleging "pay to play" in a sludge-to-diesel contract the city entered into.

September 15, 2017

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos

Rescinding Title IX Guidelines Could Also Impact K-12 Schools

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced her administration will rewrite Title IX guidelines on campus sexual assault which also apply to K-12 schools.

September 15, 2017

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Raymart Tinio earned his private pilot's certifcate after graduating from Able Flight.

Watch ‘Indiana Newsdesk:’ Indiana’s Livestock Industry, I-69 Plans

Indiana’s livestock industry is impacting the entire state’s economy. I-69 plans are taking shape. And some pilots refuse to let their disabilities define them.

September 17, 2017

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City officials want to demolish West Calumet Housing Complex, which is contaminated with high levels of lead and arsenic, this spring. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

HUD Awards $4 Million Grant For East Chicago Lead Cleanup

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding East Chicago a $4 million grant to help with lead cleanup efforts.

September 17, 2017

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U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and husband Dick eat at the Eastern Hancock High School cafeteria for the annual FFA hog roast fundraiser on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 during the last stop on the “Rethink School” tour.

DeVos Visits Charter Schools, Hog Roast On Indiana Tour

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos found supporters and skeptics during a half-day trip to Indiana schools on the final day of her back to school tour.

September 17, 2017

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Rise To Run will include training and mentorship at both the local and national level for young women looking to run for office.

Organizers Launch Initiative To Get More Young Women Into Politics

A Bloomington chapter of a national organization aims to bring more young women into politics.

September 17, 2017

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‘The Good Catholic’ Premieres To Sold-Out Crowd In Bloomington

Bloomington plays a supporting role in the movie as the backdrop for the story.

September 18, 2017

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Vigo County Poised To Vote On 1% Income Tax Increase

A quarter percent of the increase is temporary, and meant to pay for a proposed $60 million county jail.

September 18, 2017

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Indiana Sees Uninsured Numbers Drop 6% From 2013 To 2016

The decrease follows the implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act in 2013 and Indiana's expansion of Medicaid coverage to low-income residents.

September 18, 2017

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Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne Has Enrollment Drop Ahead Of Split

Enrollment at the Indiana University-Purdue University campus in Fort Wayne is down 13 percent this fall semester as the schools prepare to split.

September 18, 2017

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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg

South Bend Mayor Seeks Paid Parental Leave For City Workers

The mayor of South Bend, Pete Buttigieg, wants his city to begin offering paid parental leave to city workers after they have a baby or adopt a child.

September 18, 2017

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Chase Bryant  performing at the Klipsch Music Center on August 11.

New Name Expected For Central Indiana’s Largest Amphitheater

Central Indiana's largest outdoor music venue could soon have a new sponsor name after nearly a year of not being paid for the naming rights.

September 18, 2017

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Business Consultant Launches Bid For Indiana Congressional Seat

A business consultant who bills himself as a "conservative outsider" will run for an open eastern Indiana congressional seat.

September 18, 2017

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Indiana Man, Wife Fight Land Seizure For Bridge, Trail

A southern Indiana man and his wife are fighting plans to place a bridge over a creek for a pedestrian trail because they don't want the span near their home.

September 18, 2017

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The campaign goal will be to educate minors about the dangers of underage drinking.

DePauw Official Responds To Recent High-Risk Student Drinking

An email sent over the weekend asks all DePauw students to "look out for each other" amid the increase in hospitalizations.

September 18, 2017

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John Hamilton, Bloomington Mayor

Submit Your Questions For Bloomington’s “Ask The Mayor”

We're getting ready to visit with Bloomington's John Hamilton for Wednesday's show. Submit your questions by Tuesday morning!

September 18, 2017

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A promotional video for American Senior Communities.

Indiana Nursing Home Company Sues Former Executives

An Indiana nursing home management firm has sued former executives accused of embezzling more than $16 million from the company.

September 18, 2017

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Holcomb Names OB-GYN To Be Next Health Commissioner

The Republican governor's office announced Monday that Dr. Kristina Box will start in her new role on Oct. 16.

September 18, 2017

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Messer: Permanent Medical Device Tax Repeal Could Happen This Year

Congress passed a two-year suspension of the tax in 2015, but the medical device industry wants a permanent repeal.

September 19, 2017

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Indianapolis School Board OKs Closure Of 3 High Schools

Three Indianapolis high schools and a middle school will close next year as part of a far-reaching academic overhaul approved Monday by the city school board.

September 19, 2017

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Luck Still Not Cleared To Practice, Ruled Out Of Browns Game

Andrew Luck will miss his third consecutive game Sunday after being ruled out by Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano on Monday.

September 19, 2017

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Abandoned house in Gary, Indiana.

Indiana National Guard Demolishing Blighted Gary Buildings

Indiana National Guard crews are demolishing several vacant buildings in Gary.

September 19, 2017

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Many Vigo County residents held up signs like this throughout the council meeting Monday night.

Vigo Co. Council Tables Vote On Income Tax Hike

Vigo County taxpayers will have to wait a little while longer to see if they’ll have to pay a higher local income tax to help fund a new jail.

September 19, 2017

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Wetland Scientists Say Beanblossom Bottoms Among Best

Indiana has lost 85 percent of its wetlands since the 1800s.

September 19, 2017

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Cook Pharmica headquarters in Bloomington, Indiana.

Cook Pharmica Sold To Catalent For $950M, Cook Group Buys GE Plant

New Jersey-based Catalent will purchase Cook Pharmica for $950 million. Cook Group is also purchasing the old GE plant in Bloomington to expand manufacturing.

September 19, 2017

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Small Earthquake Reported In Illinois, Felt In 3 States

The U.S. Geological Survey reports that a small earthquake in southeastern Illinois was felt across parts of Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.

September 19, 2017

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Additional banquet halls and hotel would be built here with a tube bridge connecting to the original space.

$72 Million Monroe Convention Center Expansion Moving Forward

The convention expansion commission members are recommending a $72 million proposal from Indianapolis-based Sun Development.

September 19, 2017

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Indiana Secretary Of State Briefs Hoosiers On Financial Security

Connie Lawson met with community members in Bloomington Tuesday for a briefing on how to recognize and avoid investment fraud.

September 19, 2017

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Jared Fogle leaves court.

Judge Weighs Suit Filed By Former Subway Pitchman’s Ex-wife

A judge heard arguments in a suit filed by Jared Fogle's ex-wife alleging Subway knew of Fogle's sexual interests but continued promoting him as its spokesman.

September 20, 2017

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Indiana GOP Says President Trump Visiting State Next Week

The Indiana Republican Party says President Donald Trump will visit the state next week.

September 20, 2017

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A red car on the streets of downtown Carmel, Indiana.

Auctioning Company To Build $80M Headquarters In Carmel

A vehicle auctioning company will build a new $80 million headquarters in Carmel.

September 20, 2017

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Purdue Senate Chair David Sanders (left) and Purdue President Mitch Daniels (right) held where faculty and staff questioned the purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue.

Purdue Wins Federal Approval For Online University For NewU

Some Purdue faculty members have criticized the deal, saying they're worried about the reputation of Kaplan University and parent Kaplan Higher Education.

September 20, 2017

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Cook Pharmica headquarters in Bloomington, Indiana.

Ask The Mayor: Hamilton On Cook Announcements; Sanitation Changes

We take your questions and ask Mayor Hamilton about sanitation changes and Cook Group's big announcements.

September 20, 2017

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Hoosiers Outspoken On Confined Animal Farms

A legislative study committee took nearly six hours of public testimony Tuesday on confined animal feeding operations, or CAFOs.

September 20, 2017

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State issued teacher bonuses are calculated using mainly test scores and graduation rates. The bonuses vary between districts, with teachers in more affluent areas getting a larger bonus.

Indiana Federal Lawmakers Ask DeVos To Delay Grad Rate Change

Indiana's Congressional delegation wants the federal education department to give the state more time to prepare before changes to high school diplomas begin.

September 20, 2017

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State Plans Reconstruction Of I-65/I-70 North Split

Public meetings will be held in early 2018. A preliminary design will be completed later in the year.

September 20, 2017

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Indiana Board Of Finance OKs $3.1M Loan For Gary Schools

The State Board of Finance has agreed to loan the financially struggling Gary schools $3.1 million.

September 20, 2017

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Indiana Mayor Calls On Amazon To Bring New Headquarters To Gary

Gary's mayor posted an ad in the New York Times Monday that addressed Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos.

September 20, 2017

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Sentencing Overhaul Hasn’t Meant Big Indiana Savings

The state hasn't seen significant savings from an overhaul of criminal sentencing laws aimed at sending fewer people convicted of nonviolent crimes to prison.

September 20, 2017

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Plans for the proposed convention center expansion

Monroe County Convention Center Expansion Moves Forward

County commissioners unanimously decided today to bring the plans before the County Council next week.

September 20, 2017

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Affordable Care Act repeal protesters pray during a rally outside Senator Todd Young's office.

With Another ACA Repeal Effort, Protesters Stay Vigilant

The latest in a string of rallies against repealing the Affordable Care Act came as a surprise.

September 20, 2017

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Coal ash ponds at a Duke Energy plant in southwest Indiana.

Groups To Sue Duke Energy Over Toxic Waste Safety Info

Duke Energy says the move is an attempt to use "fear and the courts to upend public policy."

September 20, 2017

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Gov. Holcomb Signs Letter Backing Senate GOP’s Health Care Bill

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has joined 14 other Republican governors in backing a last-ditch GOP effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

September 20, 2017

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Not many students have participated in the existing three-year program, and there's been little study on whether such degree tracks are effective in the first place.

White Supremacy Posters At Purdue Reignite Free Speech Concerns

Supporters of the white supremacist group placed posters at several universities, including Purdue, as part of a higher education-targeted campaign.

September 20, 2017

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U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana), center, speaks with a constituent at the Indiana State Fair.

Donnelly Won’t Support Latest GOP Health Care Bill

Donnelly has repeatedly voted ‘no’ this year on measures Senate Republicans have offered to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

September 20, 2017

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Vigo Jail Courthouse

Terre Haute Council Attempting To Cut $1M From Budget

At a meeting Tuesday night, council members looked at areas in the 2018 budget with increased spending, to evaluate possible ways to cut those costs.

September 20, 2017

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Gov. Eric Holcomb announces the 2017 Community Crossings grants in Jasper, which received the largest single amount this year - $1 million.

Holcomb Announces $150 Million In Local Road Funding Grants

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Wednesday road funding grants that total $150 million for local governments across the state.

September 21, 2017

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Feds Close Extension On Temporary Non-Farm Visa Petitions

Indiana brings in hundreds of these workers a year and makes up about one percent of the program nationwide.

September 21, 2017

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Son Of Chicago’s Public Housing Chief Charged In Murder

Eugene Jones was charged with the robbery and murder on Sunday of 18-year-old Deante Williams.

September 21, 2017

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3-Foot-Long Crocodile Captured In Central Indiana Stream

Conservation officers who captured a 3-foot-long crocodile in a central Indiana stream are seeking the public's help in tracking down its origins.

September 21, 2017

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Brown County Officials Bring Back Fall ‘Leaf Cam’

The southern Indiana county is known for its leafy trees, which turn vivid colors in autumn.

September 21, 2017

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State Auditor Tera Klutz Launches 2018 Election Bid

State Auditor Tera Klutz launched her reelection campaign at Parkview Field in Fort Wayne on Wednesday afternoon.

September 21, 2017

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The A.B. Brown Generating Station is a coal-fired power station owned and operated by Vectren near Mount Vernon, Indiana.

Indiana Regulators OK Vectren’s Grid Upgrade, Rate Increases

Indiana utility regulators have approved Vectren Corp.'s plan to upgrade its electrical grid and pass those costs onto its customers through rate increases.

September 21, 2017

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Police: Indianapolis Sees 100th Criminal Homicide Of 2017

That's slightly fewer than the 110 such killings the city had at the same time last year.

September 21, 2017

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Indiana Manufacturers Association president Brian Burton laid out the industry's 2018 legislative priorities alongside Hoosier factory executives at the Statehouse Thursday.

Manufacturers Redouble Workforce Reform Goals For 2018 Legislature

The state's top business sector says 2017 reforms didn't go far enough to realign existing workforce spending and create incentives to attract new workers.

September 21, 2017

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Mary Carmen Zakrajsek a student at Marion College attended the rally.

Students Urge Donnelly To Defund Planned Parenthood

Students on a national bus tour stopped at Senator Donnelly's office to urge him to support defunding Planned Parenthood through the latest repeal effort.

September 21, 2017

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Study Shows Employers Could Be Paying 4 Times As Much As Medicare

A pilot study by the RAND Corporation says Indiana employers are paying more than 4 times as much for medical care at some hospitals than those on Medicare.

September 21, 2017

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Owen Co. Highway Superintendent Facing Felony Charges

Pettijohn is accused of using a middle man to sell a piece of equipment from the county and profiting from the deal.

September 21, 2017

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Purdue Picks Alumnus To Lead Transitioning Fort Wayne Campus

Purdue says a veteran university administrator will guide its Fort Wayne campus while it transitions away from shared governance with Indiana University.

September 21, 2017

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Senior Federal Judge Larry McKinney Dies At Age 73

Federal court officials in Indianapolis say senior U.S. District Judge Larry J. McKinney has died at age 73.

September 21, 2017

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HUD Providing $4 Million For E. Chicago Housing Demolition

HUD is giving the East Chicago Housing Authority $4 million to demolish a contaminated public housing complex, but some residents are worried about the plan.

September 21, 2017

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Monroe Co. To Receive More Than $300,000 In Road Funding Grants

The money comes from a statewide grant program and will go toward six local paving projects.

September 22, 2017

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The pay gap figures are from 2016, the most recently available data. The congressional districts are ranked from smallest gap to largest.

Study Ranks Indiana In Bottom 5 States For Gender Pay Gap

The American Association of University Women says Hoosier women were paid 74 cents for every dollar men made in 2016.

September 22, 2017

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

Pence Making Tax Reform Case In Indiana Today With Eye On Donnelly

Pence will speak in Anderson Friday. Trump plans to visit the state next week.

September 22, 2017

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Indiana Signs Purchase Deal On Possible Ohio River Port Site

The Ports of Indiana Commission will complete a review by the end of 2018 before finalizing its purchase of the site near Lawrenceburg.

September 22, 2017

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Brown County State Park is well known for its fall color.
And the park’s interpretive naturalist Patrick Haulter *[HALT-er]* says the best time to look at the leaves is quickly approaching.
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“Prediction is probably within the next week we will probably see them at their peak they’re gonna be  this year” says Haulter. 
The workers at the park carefully watch the leaves every day, and sometimes see dramatic changes even within a few hours.
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“Throughout the park it’ll kinda be different. One day on one side of the park it might be peak. And then a couple of days later, the other side of the park might be at peak”

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Haulter says that the leaves at the top often begin to change first because it is more difficult for the tree to move water to its edges. Also, because the leaves exposed to the most light are also the most susceptible to ripening to their final majestic palate.

Fall Leaves: Dry Weather Could Dim And Shorten Foliage Season

The DNR says scant recent rainfall threatens to dim the fall colors in some areas.

September 22, 2017

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Sheriffs: State Funding Needed To Help With Jail Overcrowding

Criminal code reform passed in 2014 is only one factor contributing to the exploding jail populations.

September 22, 2017

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Indiana Execs Say Corporate Tax Cuts Would Benefit Workers, Too

Indiana’s business community is waiting to see how federal tax reform plans, set for release next week, might impact their companies and workers.

September 22, 2017

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

Conservative Group Campaigns For Tax Reform Across Party Lines

Americans for Prosperity says it wants comprehensive reform that makes taxes fairer, flatter and simpler for everyone.

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