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September 1, 2014

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Social Class Impacts Children’s Educational Outcomes

A study reveals students from working class families don't get as much attention from teachers as those in the middle class.

September 1, 2014

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IHSAA Considering State Basketball Tournament Changes

The IHSAA will vote on proposed changes to the state basketball tournament Oct. 2.

September 1, 2014

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Legislature Begins Process Of Creating Statewide Water Plan

A study committee is meeting after the Indiana Chamber released a report last month detailing the need for a statewide water management plan.

September 1, 2014

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Asian Longhorned Beetle Threatens Indiana’s Trees

The tree-destroying species has been spotted near Indiana, but experts say reporting signs of the insect can lead to eradication.

September 1, 2014

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How New Passenger Rail Manager Plans To Improve Service

Officials at Corridor Capital, which is taking over management of the Hoosier State Line, are outlining their plans to improve service.

September 1, 2014

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Indiana Landmarks Pushing to Preserve Two Indy Buildings

The president of Indiana Landmarks says the old Union Station and the Crawford's Bakery site, both in Indianapolis, need to be preserved.

September 1, 2014

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Mimi’s House, A Meeting Place For Early Advocates Of I-69

This historic mansion in Daviess County was a meeting place for early advocates of I-69.

September 2, 2014

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Indiana Supreme Court To Hear Right To Work Lawsuit

Two lawsuits challenge Indiana's law that bars unions from requiring employees pay union dues.

September 2, 2014

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New Baseball Team Coming To Kokomo

The unnamed team will be the third Prospect League team in Indiana including the Richmond RiverRats and the Terre Haute Rex.

September 2, 2014

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DNR To Allow Cross Sculpture In State Park

A secular group has warned the Department of Natural Resources that allowing the sculpture in a state park could be a violation of the U.S. constitution.

September 2, 2014

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Appeals Court Upholds Indiana’s Right To Work Law

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling comes two days before the Indiana Supreme Court hears a case challenging the law.

September 2, 2014

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Colts Owner Jim Irsay Suspended Six Games, Fined $500,000

Jim Irsay cannot attend NFL games until October 9 because after he pleaded guilty to impaired driving.

September 2, 2014

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IDOE Asks State Board To Change Flanner House A-F Grade

The State Board of Education wants to change Flanner House Elementary School's letter grade from an A to "No Grade."

September 2, 2014

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Cooperation Key In Developing Statewide Water Plan

A legislative study committee, tasked with studying the need for a statewide water plan, met for the first time today.

September 2, 2014

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Around sixty trees are broken off at east side of Bloomington by the storm on Tuesday morning.

Storm Causes Damage To Trees, Houses In Bloomington

A severe storm swept across the east side of Bloomington last night, leaving dozens of trees uprooted and a few houses damaged.

September 3, 2014

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Ask The Mayor: Greencastle’s Sue Murray

This time we talk with Greencastle Mayor Sue Murray, in our weekly 'Ask The Mayor' segment.

September 3, 2014

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State Blocks $78 Million In Illegitimate Tax Refunds

The Indiana Department of Revenue stopped $78 million in illegitimate tax refunds this season, detecting identity theft and inaccurate filings.

September 3, 2014

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Report Suggests Changes To Marion County Small Claims Courts

A report suggests moving Marion County's nine small claims courts into a division of the Superior Court.

September 3, 2014

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11 Indiana Goodwill Stores Affected By Data Breach

Goodwill's investigation into the data breach from earlier this year revealed 11 stores in southern Indiana were affected.

September 3, 2014

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Hoosiers Call For Amendment To Override Citizens United

Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, plans to vote yes on an amendment to limit campaign donations, but advocacy groups want him to go further.

September 3, 2014

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A new national report places Indiana among the states considered the least prepared in the event of an emergency.

Hoosier Schools Could Plan Better For Emergencies

Indiana ranks among the bottom third of states when it comes to preparedness for natural disasters and other emergencies.

September 3, 2014

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State superintendent Glenda Ritz voted to remove the

Controversial Teacher License Requirements Will Move Forward

The State Board of Education voted Wednesday in favor of REPA III, a controversial set of teacher license requirements.

September 3, 2014

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Indiana Blood Center Loses Three Hospital Systems

Three Indiana hospitals, including IU Health, switch blood suppliers from Indiana Blood Center to Red Cross.

September 3, 2014

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Propane Supplier Will Refund Overcharged Customers

Jasper-based Ashland Propane Demotte settled a lawsuit that alleged they had overcharged customers for propane.

September 4, 2014

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State Board Of Education Reaches Settlement In Open Door Law

The Indiana State Board of Education reached a settlement Wednesday regarding the state’s Open Door Law and private email conversations.

September 4, 2014

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Labor Secretary Emphasizes Education As Key To Higher Wages

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez visited a career-focused school in Indianapolis on Wednesday.

September 4, 2014

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Research Forces Schools To Contemplate Start Times

The American Academy of Pediatrics is encouraging middle and high schools to push back their start times to align students’ biological sleep rhythms.

September 4, 2014

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Supreme Court Appears Skeptical In Right To Work Lawsuit

The Indiana Supreme Court heard arguments today regarding the state's controversial right to work law.

September 4, 2014

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Seymour KKK Fliers Part Of National Trend

Seymour residents received invitations to join the KKK, and several other communities across the nation have seen similar fliers.

September 4, 2014

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Appeals Court Rules Against Indiana Same-Sex Marriage Ban

The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals is ruling in favor of same-sex couples in Indiana.

September 4, 2014

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IPL Breaks Ground On Natural Gas Plant In Martinsville

Indianapolis Power and Light plans to replace its current coal-fired power plant near Martinsville with a new natural gas plant.

September 5, 2014

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Bloomington’s Jill’s House To Close With Proton Center

Jill's House, which provides a place to stay for patients going to the IU Proton Therapy Center, is closing.

September 5, 2014

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Appeals Court Overturns Two Convictions for Tim Durham

The Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned two of Durham's wire fraud convictions Thursday.

September 5, 2014

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Ritz Asks For $200 Million Increase In Education Budget

The Indiana Department of Education is requesting a three percent budget increase. The state legislature will vote on the budget next year.

September 5, 2014

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Uber Expansion Sparks Legal Concerns

As ride-sharing services continue to grow, some are raising questions about the legality of their operations.

September 5, 2014

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Farmers Navigate Privacy Concerns Of Monsanto’s Data Program

Several big data programs that promise to boost yields are coming on the agriculture market, but they also require farmers to give up some personal information.

September 5, 2014

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

Appeals court rules on Indiana’s gay marriage ban, the battle over ‘Right to Work’ came to head in two court challenges and the new ride service called Uber.

September 5, 2014

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Josh Minkler and Stephen Wigginton

Law Enforcement Considers Fewer Arrests To Reduce Crime

Law enforcement officials are looking for ways to reduce the number of incarcerations because many local communities have shrinking budgets.

September 5, 2014

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Indianapolis Colts

IU Kelley School Teams Up With NFL Players Association

IU's Kelley School of Business partners up with the NFL to bring business education to current and former players.

September 5, 2014

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Ritz’s Budget Proposal Would End Textbook Fees For Students

Ritz submitted her proposed schools budget to the State Budget Agency this week, asking for a three percent increase in public school funding.

September 5, 2014

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City Of Kokomo Files Suit Against Howard County

The lawsuit comes just days after Howard County Judge William Menges filed an order of direct contempt of court against the Mayor of Kokomo.

September 5, 2014

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Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” September 5, 2014

Appeals court rules on Indiana’s gay marriage ban, the battle over ‘Right to Work’ came to head in two court challenges and the new ride service called Uber.

September 8, 2014

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Archdiocese Measures Interest In New Catholic High School

The church is using focus groups and surveys to determine if a new Catholic high school would be utilized south of Indianapolis.

September 8, 2014

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Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis

Speaker Brian Bosma To Carry Ethics Bill

Advocate groups are concerned Bosma's decision to sponsor a comprehensive ethics reform bill will weaken the reform's potential strength.

September 8, 2014

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Purdue Introduces New Competency-Based Degree Program

Purdue University created a new competency based degree program, which allows students to progress through programs once they master specific skills.

September 8, 2014

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Appeals Court Questions Approval Of Utility Rate Increase

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission recently allowed Duke Energy to pass the costs of building its Edwardsport plant on to its customers.

September 8, 2014

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It’s Unclear How GE Sale Will Affect Bloomington Workers

GE is selling its appliances business to a Swedish manufacturer for $3.3 billion.

September 8, 2014

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Indiana Demolishes First Home In Blight Elimination Effort

Indiana plans to spend $75 million in federal grants to demolish 4,000 abandoned properties across the state.

September 8, 2014

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Democrats Demand To Know Cost Of Defending Gay Marriage Ban

The head of the state Democratic Party is asking the attorney general's office for the amount of money and time spent defending the state's gay marriage ban.

September 8, 2014

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Former Butler President Bobby Fong Dies At 64

Former Butler University President Bobby Fong led the university from 2001 to 2011.

September 8, 2014

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Bloomingfoods Workers Attempting To Unionize

Bloomingfoods co-op employees are gathering support to form a union.

September 9, 2014

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Indy Council Approves Higher Income Tax For Public Safety

The Indianapolis City-County Council voted 19-10 to approve an increase in the income tax rate for public safety, effective January 1st.

September 9, 2014

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Respiratory Symptoms in Children May Be Linked To Virus

A type of common respiratory virus that hits in summer and early fall may be infecting children in Indiana.

September 9, 2014

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Teen Arrested For July B-Line Trail Robbery

Bloomington Police say the 17-year-old robbed a woman along the B-line trail at gunpoint.

September 9, 2014

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DePauw University ranks high in accessibility for middle- to low-income students.

Report: DePauw Ranks High As An Economically Diverse College

Thanks to outreach programs, DePauw was in the top 20 of a New York Times list showing where low- and middle-income students are enrolling.

September 9, 2014

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Humane Society Explores Alternative To Bloomington Deer Kill

Experts from the Humane Society are looking at the feasibility of implementing non-lethal methods to reduce the deer population at Griffy Lake Nature Preserve.

September 9, 2014

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

Kokomo Council Votes Down Expanded Smoking Ban

A Kokomo councilman's change of heart caused a smoking ban to be defeated Monday night.

September 9, 2014

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Indiana Asks SCOTUS To Hear Gay Marriage Case This Year

Indiana filed an appeal today of a lower court ruling, which struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

September 9, 2014

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Camp Atterbury Eliminates Deployment Program, 160 Jobs

Camp Atterbury is laying off civilian contractors who worked on a program that prepared soldiers for deployment.

September 10, 2014

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Report: Climate Change Threatens Indiana’s Native Birds

A new report from the Audubon Society predicts 314 North American bird species are at risk because of climate change.

September 10, 2014

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Propane Industry Tells Consumers To Prepare For Winter Now

Summer isn’t over yet, but propane industry officials say it’s already time to start thinking about propane supplies for the coming winter.

September 10, 2014

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute’s Duke Bennett

This time we talk with Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett, in our weekly 'Ask The Mayor' segment.

September 10, 2014

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Non-Lethal Alternatives To Deer Kill Discussed At Forum

Two experts from the Humane Society plan to submit to the city of Bloomington nonviolent ways to control the deer population in Griffy Lake Nature Preserve.

September 10, 2014

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Emily (left) and Holli Burnfield work on language arts lessons together. The girls are homeschooled, along with their younger sister Layla, in Bloomfield.

Homeschool Families Don’t Have Many State Guidelines

As families opt to homeschool to avoid dealing with the frustrations of traditional school, Indiana's lax regulations often leave them to their own devices.

September 10, 2014

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Bloomington 8th-Graders Win National Award For Video

A group of students from Batchelor Middle School were invited to the U.N. to receive an award for their short film on anti-bullying.

September 10, 2014

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Settlement Near In State Fair Stage Collapse Lawsuit

The parties involved in a lawsuit filed after the Indiana State Fair stage collapse in 2011 are nearing a settlement.

September 10, 2014

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Indiana Politicians Weigh In On ISIS Strategy

Indiana politicians say it will take a comprehensive strategy to defeat ISIS.

September 10, 2014

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Greenfield Park Faces Huge Loss To Emerald Ash Borers

Ash trees, which account for about 80 percent of the trees in Greenfield’s Riley Park, might need to be cut down because of an emerald ash borer infestation.

September 10, 2014

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

State’s Transparency Portal Updates To Show Expenses

The new update "keeps a tally of expenditures on everything from vehicles to office equipment."

September 10, 2014

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State Revenue Report Shows Tax Collections Still Struggle

Indiana's tax collections were below projections for the first two months of this fiscal year.

September 10, 2014

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The storm on Tuesday morning blows off the sides of a house at east side of Bloomington.

11:00 PM UPDATE: Tornado Watch Expires, Few Damage Reports

A flash flood watch is in effect for most of south central Indiana until 2:00 a.m.

September 11, 2014

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9/11 Survivor To Speak At ISU

The ISU Criminology Department event will feature Leeky Behrman, who escaped the 61st floor of the World Trade Center during the 2001 attacks.

September 11, 2014

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Panel Recommends Rejecting Specialty License Plates

A new layer of legislative oversight for Indiana's specialty license plates has resulted in recommendations to stop issuing plates for nine nonprofit groups.

September 11, 2014

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Union School Corp. Near Muncie Considering Consolidation

Decreased enrollment in the Union School Corporation in Modoc is forcing the the school board to consider consolidation.

September 11, 2014

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Bloomington Mayor Calls For Unity In Honor Of 9/11

Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan says despite conflict both nationally and locally, Americans need to come together to persevere through the difficulties.

September 11, 2014

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Piece Of Pentagon Added To Indianapolis 9/11 Memorial

The piece of the Pentagon is made of Indiana limestone and was added to the memorial today in honor of the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

September 11, 2014

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

What risks do some of Indiana's politicians see with Obama's plan to defeat the Islamic State. What can be done to help people in Indiana suffering from PTSD.

September 11, 2014

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Low Tax Revenues Don’t Worry Indiana Budget Chair

Indiana Senate Appropriations Chair Luke Kenley says lawmakers should proceed with caution as they prepare to write a new budget in the coming months.

September 11, 2014

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State Receives Mostly B’s In National Education Report Card

Indiana earned mostly B's in the 11 areas of educational improvement included in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's report card released today.

September 12, 2014

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IU Hospitals Restricting Visitors To Prevent Virus Outbreak

To help prevent the possible outbreak of an enterovirus in Indiana, hospitals around the state are restricting visitors in their Neonatal Intensive Care Units.

September 12, 2014

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Indianapolis Sued Over Deal With Recycling Company

Two companies and a resident of Indianapolis filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of last month's $112 million with Covanta.

September 12, 2014

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Bedford Celebrates Groundbreaking For New Senior Center

Stonecutter's Place Senior Apartments promises to offer safe, affordable housing options in the city's downtown.

September 12, 2014

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Leeky Behrman

While Remembering 9/11, Country Prepares to Battle ISIS

Indiana's politicians say al-Qaida is much weaker than it was 13 years ago, but new terrorist threats are emerging.

September 12, 2014

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Evan Bayh Won’t Run For Indiana Governor In 2016

The former senator and governor says he hopes his decision will allow others to step forward as gubernatorial candidates.

September 12, 2014

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Indiana Will Recognize Second Same-Sex Couple’s Marriage

Indiana has agreed to let a court order recognizing a same-sex marriage remain in effect while the Supreme Court decides the ultimate fate of the law.

September 12, 2014

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Veteran Says Experimental PTSD Therapy Changed Her Life

After traumatic brain injuries, some veterans are turning to a controversial treatment for help called Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

September 12, 2014

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Indiana Toll Road Company Considers Filing For Bankruptcy

Cintra-Macguarie, the company that leases the Indiana Toll Road, is considering filing for bankruptcy after years of financial difficulties.

September 12, 2014

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Indiana Considering Regulations For Manure Ponds

The state is considering regulating satellite manure storage facilities.

September 12, 2014

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Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” September 12, 2014

What risks do some of Indiana's politicians see with Obama's plan to defeat the Islamic State. What can be done to help people in Indiana suffering from PTSD.

September 13, 2014

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Craft Brewers Say Indiana Market Is Not Oversaturated

There are more than 100 craft breweries in Indiana, but only 5 percent of people who buy beer at the grocery store choose local craft brews.

September 13, 2014

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How Farmers Can Beat Low Crop Prices

Soybean and corn prices are being driven down by increased supply from both within the U.S. and internationally.

September 14, 2014

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This Is How Life Is Now: A Veteran Adjusts to Life With PTSD

PTSD has affected 300,000 veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan and has led to a spike in suicides.

September 15, 2014

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A bat flew into the Lafeyette newspaper Journal & Courier

As Their Habitat Dwindles, Bats More Common In Buildings

Bats are on the move, looking for places to roost on their way to their winter habitats.

September 15, 2014

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Hershman and Kenley

First Meeting For Business Personal Property Tax Committee

The committee chair said he hopes to build consensus on potential changes needed to the business tax legislation passed last session.

September 15, 2014

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

We're on our way to visit with Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan for Wednesday's show.

September 15, 2014

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Budget Head Calls For More Comprehensive Tax Policies

A study from the Council on State Taxation reports that Indiana’s tax burden on businesses is the lowest of any of its neighbors.

September 15, 2014

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Court Grants Additional Stay On Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

The second stay guarantees that same-sex couples in Indiana will not be able to get married until the U.S. Supreme Court decides on the case.

September 15, 2014

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Ritz: My Biggest Concern Is Pence Solidifying CECI’s Power

State superintendent Glenda Ritz says making CECI more powerful is her biggest concern in the next session.

September 15, 2014

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Actor Kevin Kline Receives IU Honorary Degree

IU awarded the Oscar Award-winning actor and IU alum an honorary doctoral degree.

September 15, 2014

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Indiana Joins Growing List Of States With Respiratory Virus

Enterovirus D68 has been reported in eight states, including Indiana.

September 16, 2014

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How Food Co-Op Unions Differ From Traditional Unions

Bloomingfoods workers are trying to unionize, but their owner model makes the process slightly different from other unionization efforts.

September 16, 2014

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Universities Rally To Support Low-Income Students

A group of 11 universities, including Purdue, is joining forces to help low-income and first-generation students attend college and succeed when they get there.

September 16, 2014

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Indiana Workplace Fatalities Up In 2013

A new report from the Indiana Department of Labor shows an increase in workplace fatalities last year, largely attributed to transportation-related accidents.

September 16, 2014

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Indiana Attorney General Warns Of IRS Phone Scam

The scam, which consists of the caller claiming to be an IRS representative collecting unpaid taxes, has cost people $5 million nationwide this year.

September 16, 2014

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BMV To Refund Customers $29 Million Because Of Tax Error

BMV officials say its system failed to account for vehicle depreciation when calculating 180,000 Hoosiers' excise taxes.

September 16, 2014

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Second Secular Group Opposes Cross In State Park

Two different secular groups have argued that the sculpture depicting an eagle, veterans and a small white cross is a violation of the constitution.

September 16, 2014

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‘Suspicious Devices’ Found Near Terre Haute School

Indiana State Police dismantled two 'suspicious devices' found on Terre Haute's north side Monday.

September 16, 2014

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Back To School: How To Get Dropouts Back In College

The Commission for Higher Education wants to encourage more than 700,000 students with some college credit but no degree to return to school.

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