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February 1, 2015

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UPDATE: Heavy Snow Track Moving Further North

Heavier snowfall amounts are tracking further north leaving south central Indiana with only a trace of snow by Monday.

February 2, 2015

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Bill Would Raise Age Limit For Supreme, Appeals Court Judges

Current law requires judges on the Supreme and Appeals courts to retire by the age of 75. Sen. Jim Buck's bill would raise that to 80.

February 2, 2015

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Ivy Tech Launches Initiative To Increase Staff Diversity

The school is partnering with historically black colleges and universities to recruit master’s degree graduates.

February 2, 2015

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Pence Announces More Refunds, Leadership Changes At BMV

The announcement of those refunds — expected to total $2 million — is the latest in the BMV's ongoing repayment for overcharging its customers.

February 2, 2015

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

Appeals Court Rules DNR Can’t Ban High-Fenced Deer Preserves

A three-judge panel ruled 2-1 the DNR overstepped the powers given to it by the legislature when it attempted to ban the preserves in 2005.

February 2, 2015

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Super Bowl Sunday doubled Bloomington Brewing Company's growler sales.

Super Bowl Boosts Brewery’s Sunday Sales

Bloomington Brewing Company saw a boost in sales yesterday, thanks in part to Super Bowl Sunday.

February 2, 2015

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Indiana University Exploring Use Of Police Body Cameras

Indiana University police officers have been using cameras in their squad cars for years.

February 2, 2015

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President Obama To Visit Ivy Tech Community College Friday

President Obama is expected to speak on the importance of improving wages for the middle class.

February 2, 2015

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Indiana Sees An Increase In Bald Eagle Population

The program to revitalize the population was started in Monroe County in 1989.

February 2, 2015

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Senate Bill Echoes House Legislation To Change SBOE Makeup

A Senate committee voted in favor of legislation that would restructure the State Board of Education.

February 3, 2015

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Obama’s Proposed Budget Emphasizes Higher Education

President Obama's education budget proposal for 2016 focuses heavily on initiatives in higher education.

February 3, 2015

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Indiana To Get $21.5 Million In S&P Settlement

Standard & Poors will pay a total of $1.38 billion in a settlement in a case alleging the company inflated credit ratings.

February 3, 2015

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SBOE Meeting Will Look At Testing And Turnaround Schools

Wednesday's State Board of Education meeting heard updates on a handful of turnaround schools.

February 3, 2015

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House Committee Approves Rulemaking Limitations Bill

Opponents argue the bill will prevent agencies from enacting much-needed protections.

February 3, 2015

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Senate Advances Bill OK’ing Religion-Based Hiring Decisions

The bill says organizations with a religious background that have contracts with state or local governments can make hiring decisions based on religion.

February 3, 2015

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Repealing The Affordable Care Act Could Eliminate HIP 2.0

Though Gov. Mike Pence’s Medicaid expansion was designed by the state, it’s still provided for by the Affordable Care Act.

February 3, 2015

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Bloomington Transit Bill Clears Committee

The bill would give Monroe County the ability to expand Bloomington Transit county-wide.

February 4, 2015

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Ask The Mayor: Greencastle’s Sue Murray

Mayor Murray talks about why the city must take out a bond now to keep tax increment funds coming in the years ahead.

February 4, 2015

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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: Let’s Prepare Students For Career As Well As College

The governor appeared before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

February 4, 2015

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IURC To Decide Who Should Pay For Edwardsport Plant Costs

Duke Energy is seeking to recover construction costs for the Edwardsport coal gasification plant in hearings that begin Wednesday.

February 4, 2015

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Domestic Violence Funding Bill Clears House Committee

Proposed legislation would provide $5 million a year in the next two-year state budget for domestic violence prevention and treatment programs.

February 4, 2015

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International Business Site Gains Momentum

International Business Site Gains Momentum

An international business site called Invest Indiana aims to make the state more business friendly.

February 4, 2015

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SBOE Will Look To Update Teacher Evaluations

The State Board of Education heard recommendations from education non-profit TNTP to improve the state's teacher evaluation system.

February 4, 2015

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FSSA Secretary John Wernert

HIP 2.0 Attracts 18,000 Applicants In First Week

In the first week of open applications, 18,000 Hoosiers have applied for the program — at least 14,000 of those applications were filed online.

February 4, 2015

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The State Board of Education extended the testing windows for the 2015 ISTEP+ test.

Outrage Over The ISTEP+: Why This Year’s Test Is Longer

The State Board of Education voted Wednesday to extend the 2015 ISTEP+ testing window.

February 5, 2015

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Server glitches during preliminary rounds of testing for the statewide ISTEP+ have teachers and students worried. (Photo Credit: Jackie Kelly/Flickr)

When Testing Technology Fails, Students Fear They Will Too

Interruptions during statewide readiness tests for this year's ISTEP+ have school leaders and students worried about what they'll face when testing begins.

February 5, 2015

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Indiana Court Rejects New Synthetic Drug Bill

Senate Bill 278 addressed over 80 synthetic drug compounds.

February 5, 2015

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Mandatory 10-Digit Dialing In 812 Area Begins Saturday

The change is meant to help customers transition to the addition of the 930 area code in southern Indiana, which begins March 7.

February 5, 2015

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Tens Of Millions At Risk After Cyber Attack On Anthem

The health insurance company says hackers accessed information including names, social security numbers, and employment information.

February 5, 2015

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Senate Committee Backs Bill That Allows Christmas In School

The Senate Education committee passed a bill that would allow holiday celebrations in the classroom.

February 5, 2015

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

The uninsured face penalties under the Affordable Care Act. Why lawmakers are pushing to legalize a new method of body disposal known as alkaline hydrolysis.

February 5, 2015

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The prefabricated drug dosage technology created by Biokorf would help to personalize drug dosage.

Purdue Technology Helps Develop Patient-Centric Medicine

Biokorf, a start-up company based in Purdue University, is developing a new way to manufacture pharmaceuticals.

February 6, 2015

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Obama To Speak In Indy About Middle Class Jobs And Education

President Obama will speak at Ivy Tech in Indianapolis Friday to address how to prepare students for high paying jobs.

February 6, 2015

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House Advances Bill To Remove Ritz As State Board Chair

The Indiana House of Representatives voted forward a bill to remove state superintendent Glenda Ritz as chair of the State Board of Education.

February 6, 2015

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Statehouse Roundup: BMV Refunds, Religion-Based Hiring

Gov. Mike Pence announced changes at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles this week while applications poured in for the state's expansion of the Healthy Indiana Plan.

February 6, 2015

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Millions Of Uninsured Americans Facing Tax Penalties

People without coverage could pay a minimum penalty of $95 for each uninsured adult in their households.

February 6, 2015

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As Traditional Burials Decline, A New Option Appears

A machine manufactured in Indiana is used in so-called chemical cremation. But in the majority of states, including Indiana, the process is illegal.

February 6, 2015

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

Pence’s Tax Simplifications Could Be Costly, Research Says

Among the many provisions of Pence’s bill is a change to a sales tax exemption for Hoosier businesses.

February 6, 2015

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Butler University Creates Kassig Scholarship

The $3,000 scholarship will be used to fund students' humanitarian efforts.

February 6, 2015

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In Indianapolis, Obama Touts Need For Middle-Class Economics

The president said he wants to expand opportunities for middle-class Americans to find high-paying, skills-based employment.

February 6, 2015

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Bloomington Parks Department Cancels Griffy Lake Deer Cull

The season's conditions weren't right for an efficient deer cull.

February 6, 2015

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Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” February 6, 2015

The uninsured face penalties under the Affordable Care Act. Why lawmakers are pushing to legalize a new method of body disposal known as alkaline hydrolysis.

February 7, 2015

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Film Shows Realities of Young Females Entering Porn Industry

Indiana University employees provided research for the documentary.

February 7, 2015

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New Hires To Bloomington Parks Help Fight Invasive Species

Two new hires to the Bloomington Parks Department will help study and fight both invasive vegetation and species.

February 8, 2015

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The state has been ordered to recognize the same-sex marriage of Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney.

Same-Sex Marriage Plaintiff Dies Of Cancer

Niki Quasney and her partner were the first same-sex couple to be granted recognition of their marriage in Indiana.

February 9, 2015

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Ivy Tech students Riley Sullivan, left, and Arnold Dorey assemble part of an exterior wall during a class building simulation. (Photo Credit: Rachel Morello/StateImpact Indiana)

How One Indiana Program Models Obama’s Skills Training Plan

A community college program in Elkhart County teaches students skills specific to landing a job in the RV industry, thanks to partnerships with local companies.

February 9, 2015

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New Greencastle Bond Could Fund Community Center

Greencastle Mayor Sue Murray says last year's legislation is forcing them to take out their first bond.

February 9, 2015

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Senate Committee To Hear Religious Freedom Bills

Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane says he’s concerned that the bill is being pushed by Republicans to serve a political agenda.

February 9, 2015

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Study Shows Unintended Consequences Of TIF Districts

The findings show that a higher use of TIFs reduces employment and the number of business establishments in a county.

February 9, 2015

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Cumberland Tries To Save Century-Old Church For Second Time

The Saint John Church of Christ in the Indianapolis suburb of Cumberland could be torn down to make room for a gas station.

February 9, 2015

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Supporters of State Superintendent Glenda Ritz took to Twitter Sunday night to protest legislation removing her as chair of the State Board of Education. (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Ritz Supporters Storm Social Media To Protest Board Bills

Ahead of a major House vote regarding State Board of Education leadership, supporters of State Superintendent Glenda Ritz took to social media Sunday night.

February 9, 2015

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High-Fenced Hunting Legislation Passes House Committee

Debate over the existence of high-fenced deer hunting preserves goes back a decade, including an ongoing legal battle over the issue.

February 9, 2015

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Emily Springston, Chief Student Welfare and Title IX Officer, speaks at an open forum to explain the details of Indiana University's new sexual misconduct policy.

IU Reviews New Sexual Misconduct Policy

Friday marked the final of seven visits to Indiana University campuses to hold open forums to review the new misconduct policy and Title IX compliance.

February 9, 2015

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A new guide will help Indiana childcare facilities prepare for possible disasters.

Legislation Would Expand Access To Childcare Vouchers

The bill would allow families living at up to 200 percent of the poverty level to qualify for vouchers.

February 9, 2015

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Pence signed an executive order shortening the length of this yearâs ISTEP+ test. (Photo Credit: Gretchen Frazee/WTIU)

Pence Signs Executive Order Shortening 2015 ISTEP+

Responding to criticism about the length of this year's ISTEP+, Governor Pence has signed an executive order to shorten the statewide test.

February 9, 2015

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Specialists Optimistic About Hog Virus Outlook

The Indiana Board of Animal Health says they are seeing a decrease in the number of PED pig infections compared to this time last year.

February 9, 2015

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Opponents, Supporters Testify On Religious Freedom Bill

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act aims to add an extra layer of protection against religious discrimination in Indiana.

February 10, 2015

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Kirkwood’s Graduate Hotel Wins Plan Commission Approval

The Bloomington Plan Commission approved "The Graduate" hotel by a 5 to 3 vote giving the developer waivers to build the hotel in the university overlay area.

February 10, 2015

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IU Biologists Make Bioethanol Discovery Using Nitrogen

A team of biologists at Indiana University may have found a faster, cheaper and cleaner way to increase bioethanol production.

February 10, 2015

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Bus Drivers Seek Waiver From Repaying Unemployment Benefits

Hundreds of school bus drivers are being required to pay back unemployment benefits they received over the past three summers.

February 10, 2015

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Indiana Casinos Raise Concerns About Proposed Legislation

As profits continue to decline, Indiana's casinos aren't sure if legislation aimed at stopping those losses would help them or harm them.

February 10, 2015

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100 Boxes Of Girl Scout Cookies Stolen In Bloomington

The stolen cookies have an estimated value of $360.

February 10, 2015

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Schools In Limbo With ISTEP+ After Pence’s Executive Order

After Gov. Pence signed an executive order to shorten this year's ISTEP+, schools must wait to administer practice tests or begin preparation for the test.

February 10, 2015

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Bosma’s ‘Major’ Ethics Code Revisions Advance To House Floor

The legislature last updated ethics laws for government employees about a decade ago.

February 10, 2015

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Three Jacobs School Of Music Alumni Receive Grammy Awards

Pianist Cory Smythe, double-bassist Edgar Meyer and tenor Aaron Sheehan all took home miniature golden gramophones Sunday night.

February 10, 2015

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Duke Seeks Court Affirmation For Terre Haute Power Lines

Duke Energy plans to build 11 miles of power lines in West Terre Haute to replace power that is currently being generated at its Wabash River plant.

February 10, 2015

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Indiana University Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences is seeking volunteers to participate a study , aiming to better understand the functions of the cerebellum.

Say Cheese! IU Researchers Are Taking ‘Selfies’ Of The Brain

The "brain selfies" are part of a psychology study that aims to unravel the mysteries of a part of the brain scientists once thought they understood.

February 11, 2015

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute’s Duke Bennett

Mayor Bennett gives us an update on the Powerdyne controversy and whether a new contract is complete.

February 11, 2015

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Historic Crump Theater Owners Widen Search For Buyer

No one from Bartholomew County has expressed interest in buying the historic venue, so the Columbus Capital Foundation is widening its net.

February 11, 2015

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Senate Furthers Proposed Energizing Indiana Alternative

The proposed energy efficiency alternative would allow utility companies to establish their own goals for energy savings.

February 11, 2015

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IU Researchers To Study Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

A team of IU chemists and biologists has received a $3.3 million award for research into the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.

February 11, 2015

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Strict Punishments Follow Violent High School Brawl

The IHSAA is responding to the Feb. 7 courtside brawl between Griffith and Hammond High School's varsity basketball teams.

February 11, 2015

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Proponents Flip Sides On Sunday Sales After Amendment

The amended bill legalizes Sunday sales while creating significant new regulations for non-liquor stores that sell alcohol.

February 11, 2015

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The Clock Is Counting Down On Open Enrollment

Open enrollment for health insurance through the federal marketplace ends Sunday.

February 11, 2015

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IDOE Proposes Resolution To Remove Accountability From ISTEP

The State Board of Education will meet Friday to discuss potential changes for this year's ISTEP+ test.

February 12, 2015

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Bill Would Let Truck Stops And Bars Install Video Gambling

A bill would allow truck stops and bars to install low-stakes video gambling terminals.

February 12, 2015

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Significant Cuts To Indy Electric Car Funding Model

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has significantly reduced Indianapolis Power and Light‘s $16 million plan for BlueIndy.

February 12, 2015

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Anthem Offering Free ID Protection And Credit Monitoring

Customers can start signing up for the service on Friday.

February 12, 2015

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This is the second time tech troubles have plagued Indiana students during ISTEP+ stress this year. (Photo Credit: WSU Vancouver/Flickr)

More Issues During Second Round of ISTEP+ Stress Tests

A second round of online readiness tests for the spring ISTEP+ exam broke down Thursday morning.

February 12, 2015

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

The governor responds to the ISTEP exam controversy, why the DNR is selling ash trees infested by the emerald ash borer and new research about endorphins.

February 12, 2015

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Activists Concerned About DNR’s Ash Salvage Sales

The first salvage sale took place Wednesday at the Jackson Washington State Forest.

February 12, 2015

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Gaming Bill Wins Big With House Public Policy Committee

A bill designed to help Indiana casinos struggling from declining revenues is moving forward despite the objections of some in the gaming community.

February 12, 2015

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Indiana's State Board of Education meets Friday to discuss spring ISTEP+ testing. (Photo Credit: Rachel Morello/StateImpact Indiana)

State Board Meets Friday To Discuss ISTEP+ Possibilities

The State Board of Education meets Friday following outcry over the length of this spring's ISTEP+ test.

February 12, 2015

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State Superintendent Glenda Ritz currently serves as chair of the State Board of Education. (Photo Credit: Rachel Morello/StateImpact Indiana)

Amendment To Expand Size Of State Board Of Education Fails

Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, proposed an amendment that would have significantly expanded the size of the State Board of Education.

February 12, 2015

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Powerdyne President Answers Questions At Terre Haute Meeting

City council members asked Geoff Hirson what the city stands to gain in this business deal and whether it is viable.

February 13, 2015

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Indiana lawmakers are in the process of hearing a number of new education proposals. (Photo Credit: Brian Turner/Flickr)

Simplifying Legislation In This “Education Session”

Confused by all of the different education measures up for discussion this legislative session? Keep track with our handy guide.

February 13, 2015

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The genealogy collection at the Indiana State Library is one of the largest collections of family history information in the Midwest.

Indiana State Library Could Lose Its Genealogy Department

Gov. Mike Pence’s budget cut would eliminate the Indiana State Library's genealogy department, and an online database known as INSPIRE.

February 13, 2015

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Bill Seeks To Monitor VA Clinics For Suicide Prevention

As a part of the new law, the secretary of veteran’s affairs will conduct an evaluation of Indiana’s suicide prevention programs at least once a year.

February 13, 2015

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Legislation Could Remove Casinos’ Exemption From Smoking Ban

Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, has introduced a bill to remove casinos' exemption from the smoking ban.

February 13, 2015

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Former Owen County Auditor Indicted For Stealing $300,000

Angela Lawson, who was arrested Friday morning, faces up to 50 years in prison for stealing from programs receiving federal funds.

February 13, 2015

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‘Slow Flowers’ Movement Champions Sustainable Blooms

The majority of flowers bought in the U.S. are imported from countries such as Ecuador and Colombia, but a new movement hopes to change that.

February 13, 2015

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Statehouse Roundup: Sunday Sales, Riverboats On Land

A House committee OK'd Sunday alcohol sales, but not before some switched sides, and the Senate heard testimony about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

February 13, 2015

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

January Revenue Report Shows Decline After December Gains

Monthly collections have fallen below expectations five of the last seven months.

February 13, 2015

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Renovating IU Health Hospital On Current Site Isn’t Feasible

A study has found it is not feasible to build a new hospital on the existing IU Health Bloomington property.

February 13, 2015

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Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” February 13, 2015

The governor responds to the ISTEP exam controversy, why the DNR is selling ash trees infested by the emerald ash borer and new research about endorphins.

February 14, 2015

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Casino Expansion Measure Faces Financial Hurdle

The bill’s fiscal impact must face scrutiny by the Ways and Means Committee before it can move forward.

February 14, 2015

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New Research: Endorphins May Not Explain ‘Exercise High’

New research indicates it takes a lot more than a trip to the gym to release those sought-after endorphins.

February 16, 2015

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Indiana Ranked Second Nationally In Youth Suicide Attempts

Suicide prevention advocates are working to make inroads at the Statehouse, preparing lawmakers to deal with the issue.

February 16, 2015

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Two Years Before State Can Repair BMV Overcharge Issues

House Roads and Transportation Chairman Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, says there are more than 1,200 motor-vehicle fees, and many are either obsolete or redundant.

February 16, 2015

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Kokomo Trolley Ridership Up 35 Percent

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight says the bus system gives people access to jobs, schools, grocery stores, and doctor appointments no matter where they live.

February 16, 2015

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The State Board of Education held a special meeting last week to discuss changes to the spring ISTEP+ test.

What’s The Latest With ISTEP+?

Get caught up on the latest ISTEP+ news with clips from Noon Edition and Indiana Newsdesk.

February 16, 2015

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Superintendent Glenda Ritz appears at a rally on her behalf at the statehouse. (Photo Credit: Gretchen Frazee/WTIU)

Ritz Supporters Rally Monday At Statehouse

A group of parents, educators and supporters of State Superintendent Glenda Ritz plan to gather at the Statehouse in Indianapolis Monday afternoon.

February 16, 2015

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Tax Simplification Bill Faces Changes From House Committee

Gov. Mike Pence’s proposed tax bill aims to simplify the tax code by, in part, eliminating more than two dozen tax credits.

February 16, 2015

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House Unanimously Furthers Bipartisan Ethics Reform

Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, says the bill aims to maximize transparency in the General Assembly and bolster public trust.

February 16, 2015

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Brown County Humane Society Pushing Foster Program

In 2014, 98 percent of the animals at the Brown County Humane Society found homes — giving the shelter one of the best “save rates” in the country.

February 16, 2015

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

Due to scheduling conflicts, this week's segment is delayed, but keep sending us your questions!

February 16, 2015

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Attorney General Sues Former Owen County Auditor

The case was filed based on a State Board of Accounts audit issued Friday that authorized Zoeller's office to collect the money and return it to the treasury.

February 17, 2015

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Indiana Part Of Lawsuit Blocking Obama’s Immigration Order

A judge has granted the request of 26 states, including Indiana, to halt President Obama's executive action on immigration.

February 17, 2015

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

Ball State Study: Young Deer Less Stressed In Bloomington

Data from a two-year study suggest the town's herd may be growing.

February 17, 2015

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House GOP Budget Emphasizes Spending On Education, Roads

The man behind the House Republican budget says his caucus’ proposed budget will include more money spent on education than ever before in state history.

February 17, 2015

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Trial Begins In Bartholomew County Quadruple Homicide Case

Samuel Sallee, 57, is charged with four counts of murder for killing four people in Bartholomew County in 2013.

February 17, 2015

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House Speaker Brian Bosma introduced a resolution in the House Tuesday to reassure schools that legislators will take prescribed steps to shorten the spring ISTEP+ test. (Photo Credit: Gretchen Frazee/WTIU)

General Assembly Moving Quickly To Shorten Spring ISTEP+

The General Assembly is taking steps to speed up the process of approving proposed ISTEP+ changes.

February 17, 2015

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Craft Brewers’ Annual Production Limit Could Triple

The House Public Policy Committee passed a bill Tuesday that would allow craft beer brewers to triple the amount of beer they can make and sell every year.

February 17, 2015

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Measure To Eliminate Common Construction Wage Moves Forward

The common construction wage is a sort of minimum wage for public construction projects.

February 17, 2015

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Redistricting Reform Advances To Senate

House lawmakers Tuesday unanimously approved legislation establishing a study committee to examine redistricting reform.

February 17, 2015

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The House Republican caucus released its budget proposal Monday afternoon.

House GOP Budget Would Change How Schools Are Funded

The House GOP budget proposal makes some major changes to the way school funding is calculated.

February 18, 2015

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Rep. Mayfield presents her bill on the House floor.

State House Passes Bill To Reduce Infant Mortality Rate

It's called the Safety PIN bill, which stands for Protecting Indiana’s Newborns.

February 18, 2015

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How Did We Get Here? The Road To The 2015 ISTEP+

Parents and teachers were shocked when they learned this year's ISTEP+ would take students around 12 hours, but a series of events led the state to this moment.

February 18, 2015

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Bill Would Ban Abortions Because Of Fetal Gender, Disability

Sen. Liz Brown, R-Fort Wayne, authored a bill that bars abortions when the procedure is done because of the fetus's gender or if it might have a disability.

February 18, 2015

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Committee OKs Religious Restoration Without Democrats’ Votes

None of the Senate Judiciary Committee's Democratic members were present when roll call was taken on Senate Bill 101.

February 18, 2015

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Study: Black Women Don’t Get Support To Lose Weight

The research shows about 75 percent of obese white women have friends who encourage them to lose weight, whereas no black women reported having that support.

February 18, 2015

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More Hoosiers Enroll In Healthcare Coverage For 2015

Nearly 219,000 Hoosiers signed up for 2015 healthcare coverage.

February 18, 2015

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UPDATE: Frigid Temps Expected By Thursday Morning

Forecasters at the National Weather Service say colder air will arrive Wednesday afternoon pushing wind chill temperatures to -24 degrees.

February 19, 2015

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Bill That Lists Synthetic Drug Compounds Passes Committee

Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, authored Senate Bill 93, which would list all illegal substances used in these drugs within the state’s administrative code.

February 19, 2015

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Committee Approves Bill Creating Alternative Energy Fee

A bill approved Wednesday in a House committee would allow utilities to charge future alternative energy customers a fee.

February 19, 2015

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IDOE Releases Plan For Shortening The 2015 ISTEP+

The Indiana Department of Education released guidance to schools on how to divide the ISTEP+ in an attempt to shorten it.

February 19, 2015

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Another Challenge For The 2015 ISTEP+? Snow Days

School districts calling multiple snow days this week face a tighter deadline in preparing for the ISTEP+ test, which begins next week.

February 19, 2015

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Pence Addresses Improvements In Test Scores At Rally

Students, teachers and parents from Gary, Mishawaka and Indianapolis gathered at the Statehouse to celebrate improvements in statewide rankings and test scores.

February 19, 2015

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Changes To Casino Bill Could Cost Counties Millions

An amendment to the gaming bill would eliminate some of the money local communities receive from casinos.

February 19, 2015

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‘Chemical Cremation’ Bill Moves To House Floor

The vote marks the first time a bill legalizing alkaline hydrolysis has successfully cleared an Indiana legislative committee.

February 20, 2015

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington’s Mark Kruzan

Mayor Kruzan answers your questions and talks about the approval of "The Graduate" hotel on Kirkwood Avenue and parking options during construction.

February 20, 2015

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House Rejects Attempt To Remove Core Of Sunday Alcohol Bill

House lawmakers Thursday narrowly defeated an attempt to scale back some of the regulations in a bill legalizing Sunday alcohol sales.

February 20, 2015

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Much Of State Bracing For Bitter Cold, More Winter Weather

The Winter Storm Warning and Winter Weather Advisory will remain in effect from 10 p.m. Friday to 8 p.m. Saturday.

February 20, 2015

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IND Airport Once Again Named Best Airport In North America

The Indianapolis International Airport has received this honor four of the past five years.

February 20, 2015

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Hamilton Officially Announces Bloomington Mayoral Candidacy

John Hamilton officially laid out his vision for Bloomington focused around four areas.

February 20, 2015

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Statehouse Roundup: State Budget Talks, Abortion Ban

House Republicans unveiled their budget this week while the Ways and Means committee stripped out a major provision from Gov. Pence’s tax simplification bill.

February 20, 2015

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Vigo Co. Students Must Stay Home If Vaccines Not Up-To-Date

Parents can file religious or medical exemptions, which the school does recognize.

February 20, 2015

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Why Bats In Indiana Face A Dire Future

White Nose Syndrome has hit bats in Indiana hard, and experts say the worst is yet to come.

February 20, 2015

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Poll: Should Universities Close In Subzero Temperatures?

The City of Bloomington temporarily suspended its sanitation services and patrol of its downtown parking meters, but Indiana University remains open.

February 20, 2015

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Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” February 20, 2015

Administrators prepare for ISTEP testing next week, why a fungus is devastating the bat population and a new app tells whether a student is going to class.

February 21, 2015

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App Aims To Improve Graduation Rates By Tracking Students

The Class120 app uses GPS track college students and notify their parents if they aren't in class.

February 21, 2015

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ISTEP+ Exams, Policy Changes Breed Frustration In Indiana

This week education dominated much of the time at the legislature as a series of controversial issues were discussed.

February 21, 2015

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Bloomington City Hall

1:00 P.M. UPDATE: Snow To End By Late Afternoon

A winter storm warning is in effect for most of central and southern Indiana until Saturday evening.

February 23, 2015

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Can You Guess The Makeup Of Indiana’s Budget?

Indiana Republicans are introducing their proposed budget on the House floor this week. It includes a boost to education funding.

February 23, 2015

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Clearing the path to a fire hydrant can cut the response time for fire fighters to be able to get to the hydrants and provide water on a fire.

Fire Fighters Prepare For Harsh Weather Conditions

Recent subzero temperatures could cause a number of problems for fire departments throughout the state, including blocking access to water.

February 23, 2015

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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.

Gov. Pence Urges Spending Caution

Gov. Pence's proposed budget kept nearly 13 percent of state revenue in reserve. But in their budget proposal House Republicans kept reserves below 12 percent.

February 23, 2015

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Indiana To Partner With Gallup To Survey Student Experience

The state is partnering with Gallup to create a survey tool to poll recent graduates about how their college experience prepared them for the workforce.

February 23, 2015

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Bosma Pulls Gaming Bill Off House Calendar Amid Tax Concerns

The concerns arose after a change to the bill last week in the Ways and Means committee.

February 23, 2015

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Freedom Indiana Joins Religious Freedom Restoration Fight

The group’s target is a bill that allows people to use religious reasons to challenge state and local laws.

February 23, 2015

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John Gregg Reconsiders Another Run For Governor In 2016

John Gregg, who Mike Pence defeated in 2012, is considering a second run for governor in 2016.

February 23, 2015

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Legislature Passes Bill To Shorten Spring ISTEP+

A bill allowing the IDOE to shorten this year's ISTEP+ moved swiftly through the General Assembly and now waits for the governor's signature.

February 24, 2015

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House Republicans Squash Democrats’ Changes To State Budget

Those proposed changes included a major alteration to the school funding formula.

February 24, 2015

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Spencer Chief Marshall Foutch also said that having the trades occur in police department lobbies or parking lots is safer than having them elsewhere in the community.

Indiana Police To Offer Safe Space for Craigslist Users

The police departments are opening up their lobbies for Craiglists transactions to take place, in the hopes that the over-watch will make citizens safer.

February 24, 2015

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Q&A With New Indiana Women Veterans Coordinator

Indiana is reaching out to women veterans, who typically take less advantage of state and federal benefits, in hopes of improving their well-being.

February 24, 2015

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Sunday Alcohol Sales Bill Dead

The author of the bill says he doesn't have the votes necessary for the measure to pass.

February 24, 2015

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Teachers around the state are trying to adjust to new standards and anticipate the unknown assessment students will take this spring.

School Voucher Recipients Increase By Nearly 50% In 2015

The number of Indiana students receiving vouchers increased by almost half during the 2014-2015 school year.

February 24, 2015

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Cold Temperature

Southern Indiana Experiences Record Cold

Temperatures below zero could continue Thursday and Friday evening.

February 24, 2015

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The gaming bill is up for passage by the House Wednesday.

House Sends Gaming Tax Changes To Study Committee

The House eliminated an amendment to gaming legislation that had asked for controversial changes to the gaming law.

February 24, 2015

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House of Representatives

Education Funding Splits House Budget Vote Along Party Lines

Democrats voted against the budget, saying changes to the state's education funding formula will hurt many public schools.

February 24, 2015

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House Speaker Halts Bill To Create Alternative Energy Fee

The bill would allow utility companies to charge alternative energy users a fee for using the energy grid.

February 24, 2015

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Indiana vs. Purdue

Big Ten Weighs Freshman Ineligibility Concept

A freshman "readiness year" would arguably place more emphasis on students' academic performance.

February 25, 2015

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Greg Goodnight

Ask The Mayor: Kokomo’s Goodnight On School Funding Formula

Mayor Greg Goodnight explains why he doesn't think changes to the school funding formula will benefit Kokomo schools.

February 25, 2015

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Data Shows Less Children In Poverty Than Officially Reported

A new data snapshot contends that the official measure doesn’t adequately account for the impact of government-sponsored poverty intervention programs.

February 25, 2015

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State Senators Scott Schneider, R-Indianapolis, and Tim Skinner, D-Terre Haute, chat during a hearing on the costs Indiana might face in transitioning to Common Core academic standards.

Indiana Senate Passes Religious Freedom Restoration Act

The controversial bill limits state and local governments from infringing on Hoosiers’ religious practices.

February 25, 2015

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Legislators Pushing To Add Baby Boxes At Safe Havens

House Bill 1016 would give parents one last option before abandoning their newborns by placing their baby in a Safe Haven Baby Box.

February 25, 2015

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Families Of Indiana Teens Settle In Parasailing Accident

Alexis Fairchild of Huntington and Sidney Good of Roanoke suffered severe head and spinal injuries when the line broke that connected them to the boat.

February 25, 2015

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If enough students opt out of the ISTEP+ test, it can affect school accountability grades, teacher evaluations and teacher pay.

What Happens If Kids Opt Out of ISTEP+?

Schools can face a series of indirect sanctions if enough parents decide to opt their students out of the annual ISTEP+ test.

February 25, 2015

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Bartholomew County Man Found Guilty Of Quadruple Homicide

Samuel Sallee, 57, was charged with four counts of murder for killing four people in a house in Waynesville in 2013.

February 25, 2015

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Despite Concerns Over Live Dealers, Gaming Bill Clears House

The gaming bill would allow riverboats to move on land and would give casinos a 10 percent tax credit for new construction.

February 25, 2015

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Senate Gives Thumbs Up For Increased Microbrewery Production

Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, says the amended legislation is the result of a compromise between alcohol wholesalers and microbreweries.

February 25, 2015

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Pharmacy

Lawmakers Hope Tighter Regulations Will Combat Meth

The bill calls for the state’s courts and police to update the database pharmacies use to track sales of over-the-counter of cold and allergy medication.

February 25, 2015

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State Department Of Health Working To Contain HIV Outbreak

The state says there have been 26 confirmed HIV infections, with an additional four more likely positives.

February 26, 2015

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Bloomington Council Backs ‘Super TIF’ Measure

The measure would allow the city's redevelopment council to create a single, unified urban TIF district.

February 26, 2015

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I-69: What Route Will It Take North Of Martinsville?

The Indiana Department of Transportation is hosting a series of public meetings to gather feedback about the route section six of Interstate 69 should take.

February 26, 2015

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Should kindergarten be mandatory for Hoosier kids? (Photo Credit: woodleywonderworks/Flickr)

Mandatory Kindergarten Falls Off Legislative Docket

Lawmakers and educators are divided about whether Indiana should mandate kindergarten for all students.

February 26, 2015

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Rep. Mayfield presents her bill on the House floor.

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

Why some parents are opting their kids out of ISTEP testing, this week at the statehouse and a look back 30 years ago to the Bob Knight chair throwing incident.

February 26, 2015

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Pence Lobbies Against HPV Vaccinations

The proposed House bill set a goal for the state to have 80 percent of 13 -15 year olds vaccinated against HPV by 2020.

February 26, 2015

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Governor Pence

Governor Mum On Gaming Bill For Now

Though a House committee included extensive tax changes to the bill, those changes were taken out before the measure left the House this week.

February 26, 2015

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Healthcare.gov

Special Healthcare Enrollment Events Planned For Tax Season

Those who learned of the penalty while filing their 2014 taxes can sign up during a special enrollment period.

February 26, 2015

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Republican Governor Mike Pence (Photo Credit: The Heritage Foundation/Flickr)

Halftime Report: How Is The General Assembly Doing So Far?

Two of the state's top leaders reflect on the progress of various education initiatives during the 2015 legislative session.

February 27, 2015

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Bill Would Provide Equal Access To Adoption Records

The state sealed adoption records from 1941 to 1994.

February 27, 2015

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FEMA Suspends Hazard Mitigation Funds Due To Kokomo Stadium

The state is ineligible for future hazard mitigation funding as long as compliance issues in Kokomo persist, which could result in millions of dollars lost.

February 27, 2015

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Police Say Bloomington Students Not In Danger After Threat

An investigation has identified the students responsible for the threat, and principal Jeffry Henderson says "appropriate disciplinary action" is being taken.

February 27, 2015

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ISIS-Related Arrest Made Near Indianapolis Airport

A Bosnian immigrant was accused of conspiring to provide money and weapons to the so-called Islamic State.

February 27, 2015

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Growth and performance calculations play a large part in schools' A-F accountability grades. (Photo Credit: Anna Nikkanen/Flickr)

Calculation Concerns Dominate Public A-F Talks

State Board of Education members heard many concerns this week over how school growth and performance are calculated to form A-F grades.

February 27, 2015

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Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh C.S.C. in his Hesburgh Library office

Former Notre Dame President Theodore Hesburgh Dies At 97

Hesburgh is credited with transforming Notre Dame from a small Catholic college to an academic and religious powerhouse

February 27, 2015

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Indiana Statehouse

Statehouse Update: Sunday Sales Dies, House Passes Budget

The General Assembly this week hit the halfway mark of its 2015 session, approving several major bills and killing off another.

February 27, 2015

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IUPD Will Begin Field Testing Body Cameras Saturday

The testing comes as a university committee made up of students, faculty and other officials contemplates integrating the devices into the police department.

February 27, 2015

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Rep. Matt Ubelhor speaks on the House floor.

Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” February 27, 2015

Why some parents are opting their kids out of ISTEP testing, this week at the statehouse and a look back 30 years ago to the Bob Knight chair throwing incident.

February 28, 2015

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Watch: Senator Dan Coats Talks ISIS Strategy

Coats who is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, explains what he thinks the U.S. needs to consider in its next moves against the Islamic State.

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