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January 3, 2011

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Dozens of New County Officials Take Oath

It was a proud day for the dozens of county officials who were sworn into office Saturday.

January 3, 2011

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Evansville Mayoral Race Could Play Key Role in 2012 Slates

The race to be the next mayor of Evansville could go a long way toward deciding how the 2012 political slate will look statewide.

January 3, 2011

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BMV Branches to No Longer Stock Tags/Plates

Starting today, license plates and registration tags will no longer be available at BMV branches.

January 3, 2011

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IU Prospect Charged with Underage Drinking

Bloomington Police have arrested 18 year old D’Angelo Roberts for illegal consumption of alcohol.

January 3, 2011

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Polar Bear Plunge Draws Record Crowd

More than a hundred plungers brought in the New Year by diving into the freezing water at Lake Monroe.

January 4, 2011

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Hoosiers Report Problems With Unemployment Website

Officials say an increase in site traffic caused a delay in Hoosiers being able to file for their unemployment benefits.

January 4, 2011

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Indiana Legislative Session to Focus on Budget/Education

Education changes proposed by Governor Mitch Daniels range from changing how teachers are evaluated to reducing the scope of collective bargaining.

January 4, 2011

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Lawmakers Ready For Meet-and-Greet, Start of Session

For some, the start of the Indiana General Assembly’s 2011 session is a time to meet new faces. For others, it’s a continuation of work already being done.

January 4, 2011

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Endangered Peregrine Falcon Shot and Killed Near New Albany

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is seeking information involving the shooting and subsequent death of a 16 year old Peregrine Falcon.

January 4, 2011

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YMCA Plans for Future Growth on County’s Northwest Side

The YMCA is planning for future growth by expanding its services on Monroe County’s northwest side.

January 4, 2011

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MCCSC School Board Holds Meeting to Ensure Compliance

The MCCSC reached an agreement with a Bloomington resident concerning appropriate action with regards to alleged violations of Indiana's public meeting laws.

January 5, 2011

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Hoosier Congressmen Take Oath of Office, Promise Action

One of the first acts of members of the U.S. House will be voting on a repeal of the federal health care reform laws.

January 5, 2011

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Vigo County Sheriff Retires After Almost a Decade

A Vigo County Sheriff has spent almost a decade serving the community. At the end of 2010, his tenure as sheriff will end.

January 5, 2011

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Columbus Now Expecting More Visits From Asian Investors

Columbus Mayor Fred Armstrong now says he’s expecting at least five visits from representatives of Asian companies he visited late last year.

January 5, 2011

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New Year’s Resolution 2011: Gym Etiquette

Millions of Americans are preparing for life changes for the new year. Memberships at health clubs soar, as do the grunts to power lift weight off.

January 5, 2011

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IU’s Doss to Enter NFL Draft

An IU Football team member has announced his intention to enter the NFL draft this spring.

January 5, 2011

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Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Commemorates 100 Years

An organization founded on Indiana University’s campus celebrates its founder’s day.

January 6, 2011

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Cost of Heating Homes Often Depends on Fuel Source

This winter’s bills could largely depend on the source of the heat.

January 6, 2011

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IN Secretary of State Sworn in Amid Fraud Allegations

White is under investigation into whether he committed voter fraud.

January 6, 2011

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First Days of 2011 Session Could Portend Next Two Years

The 2011 Indiana General Assembly has begun and lawmakers say its early days may help forecast how ashift in power will affect the Statehouse.

January 6, 2011

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IN Congressman Accuses China of Unfair Trade Practices

Indiana Congressman Pete Visclosky is speaking out against unfair Chinese trade practices.

January 6, 2011

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Former Police Chief Accused of Theft

A former Brazil city police chief is accused of stealing grant money for personal use.

January 6, 2011

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Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Sprouts From Illinois Farm

Contaminated alfalfa sprouts leads to multi-state salmonella outbreak.

January 6, 2011

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Hyland Once Again Appointed As MCCSC Interim Superintendent

After several tense weeks of meetings,Timothy Hyland has now been selected to temporarily lead the MCCSC.

January 7, 2011

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Increased Gas Prices Affect Transit Companies

Retail gas prices reach more than $3 per gallon, but, public transportation companies also feel the tug in their budgets.

January 7, 2011

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Brown County Tourism Breaks Records in 2010

Revenue generated from a 5% innkeepers tax was the highest it has been in 10 years.

January 7, 2011

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Borders Officially Closes in Bloomington

The 25,600 square foot bookstore and cafe is closing after about 16 years in Eastland Plaza.

January 10, 2011

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The sample gates on IU's campus frame a vew of Kirkwood as snow flakes fall.

Winter Weather Advisory in Effect Tuesday

Forecasters from the National Weather Service are predicting another 3 to 6 inches of snow by Tuesday evening.

January 10, 2011

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Bill Would Deny Funding to Groups That Perform Abortions

Rep. Pence has introduced legislation that would deny funding to organizations that perform abortions.

January 10, 2011

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Local Bookstores Still Finding Ways to Stay Open

A local bookstore owner explains how she’s been able to stay in business during the uncertain economy.

January 10, 2011

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Local Congressman Responds to Arizona Shooting

Congressman Todd Young says he hopes this incident is isolated and not indicative of a general trend in politics.

January 10, 2011

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U.S. Attorney Collects a Profit

The United States Attorney for Southern Indiana said his office collected more money from criminal and civil penalties in 2010 than it spent.

January 10, 2011

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Mayor Goodnight to Co-chair IACT Legislative Committee

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight will be co-chairing the 2011 Indiana Association of Cities and Towns Legislative Committee.

January 11, 2011

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Winter Weather Advisory Extended

The winter weather advisory has been extended and is now in effect until 9 Wednesday morning.

January 11, 2011

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State of the State Address Live Tonight on WFIU/WTIU

WFIU will air the governor’s address live Tuesday at 7p.m.

January 11, 2011

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Justice Shepard to Give State of the Judiciary Wednesday

Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard will give his 24th State of the Judiciary.

January 11, 2011

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Snowfall Means a Break For Some, Work For Others

The Bloomington Street Division has its thirty-six truck fleet out in full force as snow continues to fall.

January 11, 2011

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Local Representatives Respond to State of State Address

Representatives Peggy Welch and Matt Pierce issued responses following Governor Mitch Daniel's annual address to the legislature.

January 12, 2011

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Hoosier’s Health Ranks in Bottom 4th of Nation

A national survey reveals Indiana ranks 38th when it comes to the health of its population.

January 12, 2011

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Chief Justice Shepard Delivers 24th State of Judiciary

Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard, in his State of the Judiciary speech Wednesday, outlined both challenges and changes affecting the state’s legal system.

January 12, 2011

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IU Law Prof Wants Better Numbers, Ratings Changes

An Indiana University law professor is calling on the American Bar Association to clear up how law schools are rated.

January 13, 2011

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State Lawmakers Debate Smoking Ban

State lawmakers are debating a bill that would ban smoking in public places.

January 13, 2011

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Rep Young Pledges to Repeal Health Reform, Cut Fed Budget

Indiana’s 9th District Congressman Todd Young plans on supporting a repeal of President Obama’s current health care plan.

January 13, 2011

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Terre Haute Councilman Expects Bennett Veto Overridden

A Terre Haute city councilman says he thinks Mayor Duke Bennett’s first-ever veto will be overridden at this evening’s council meeting.

January 13, 2011

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Daniels Comments on Where He Wants Money to Go

Marianne Holland talked to Governor Daniels about his message to Hoosiers and where he wants to see state money spent in the coming two years.

January 14, 2011

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Terre Haute Council Overrides Mayor’s Veto

The Terre Haute city council voted Thursday night to overturn Mayor Duke Bennett's first-ever veto.

January 14, 2011

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Julie Thomas Named Council President

Julie Thomas is taking the helm as the next president of the Monroe County Council.

January 14, 2011

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Proposed Budget Includes Deep Education Cuts

Governor Daniels' proposed budget flatlines almost all spending and cuts money to schools and higher education.

January 14, 2011

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Thousands of Hoosiers Waiting for Disability Services

Currently in Indiana, 22,000 people with developmental disabilities are on a Medicaid waiver waiting list.

January 14, 2011

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Administrators Give Feedback on Daniels Education Proposal

Veach said he’s glad the governor wants education to be at the forefront, but not at the expense of student’s futures.

January 14, 2011

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Terre Haute City Council Votes for Smoke Free Public Places

The Terre Haute City Council voted unanimously Thursday night to make all public places smoke free by July 2012. But it wasn’t without compromise.

January 17, 2011

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Former Reagan Aide Pushing for Pence Presidential Run

A former aid to President Ronald Regan has launched a campaign to Mike Pence to make a 2012 presidential run.

January 17, 2011

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Kruzan to Officially Announce Mayoral Candidacy Tomorrow

Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan plans to officially announce his bid for re-election tomorrow morning.

January 17, 2011

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Indiana University Events Recognize MLK’s Legacy

Saturday was the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Today, south central Indiana celebrated his life with a series of community events.

January 18, 2011

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Bloomingtion Celebrates MLK Day With Address By Famed Poet

The keynote address was given by Sonia Sanchez; a poet, professor and lecturer on black culture and literature.

January 18, 2011

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Kruzan Officially Announces Mayoral Bid

Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan is officially planning to seek a third term in office.

January 18, 2011

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New Law Would Require English Only on Gov Docs

A bill passed out of committee Tuesday would require all official state documents in Indiana to be printed solely in English.

January 18, 2011

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State Changing Way It Calculates Economic Forecasts

The state of Indiana is once again changing the way it calculates its economic forecasts.

January 18, 2011

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BMV to Offer Spay/Neuter Licence Plates

Spay Neuter Services of Indiana has created a license plate that will benefit low-income Hoosier pet owners.

January 18, 2011

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Pending Showers Purchase Leads to Lease Revenue Questions

Monroe County's Commissioners are hosting a public meeting Wednesday discussing the county’s pending Showers building purchase.

January 18, 2011

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Kruzan Announces Decision to Run for Third Term as Mayor

This morning at the John Waldron Arts Center in downtown Bloomington, Kruzan announced his decision to run for his third term as the city’s mayor.

January 18, 2011

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IU Student Dies After Being Found Unconscious at Frat House

A teenager who was found unconscious and not breathing at the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity house has died.

January 19, 2011

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Forecasters Predicting Another 3-6 Inches of Snow Thursday

A Winter Storm Advisory is in effect until 1 A.M. Friday.

January 19, 2011

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State’s Charter School System Could Expand

Indiana's charter school program could expand under new laws.

January 19, 2011

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Statewide Smoking Ban Advances

The Indiana House Public Health Committee is advancing a smoking ban proposal.

January 19, 2011

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IU Extends Condolences to Family of Deceased Student

IU officials are extending their condolences to the family of a student who died after being found unconscious at a fraternity house.

January 19, 2011

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Indiana Looking to Expand ‘Do Not Call’ List

Indiana is looking to extend its Do Not Call policy to cell phones.

January 19, 2011

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IU Theatre Renovations Complete

The newly renovated ‘original’ facility opened this semester. Learn more about the space and new plans for summer theatre in Bloomington.

January 20, 2011

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Commissioners Agree to Lease for Showers Purchase

The Monroe County Commissioners voted Wednesday to take the next step needed to purchase the north portion of the Showers building.

January 20, 2011

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Indiana House Authorizes Changes to IU, BSU Trustees

A bill passed out of the Indiana House Thursday would change the way trustees are elected at Indiana and Ball State Universities.

January 20, 2011

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Indiana Considers Texting While Driving Ban

Legislators are considering two bills this session that would place restrictions on texting while driving.

January 20, 2011

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Snowflake Size Contributes to Overall Accumulation

South Central Indiana is expected to get 3-6 inches of snow today. The National Weather Service says the size of the snowflakes affects total accumulation.

January 20, 2011

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The sample gates on IU's campus frame a vew of Kirkwood as snow flakes fall.

School Delays and Closures Being Reported Friday

The winter weather advisory remains in effect until 9 A.M. Friday.

January 20, 2011

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Columbus Survey Looks for Welcoming Factors

Heritage Fund officials say they hope to understand how people feel about Columbus and to build a more welcoming community.

January 20, 2011

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Ban On “Spice,” Similar Chemicals Passes Indiana Senate

The Indiana Senate has passed a bill which would curtail sales of currently legal hallucinogens like a synthetic marijuana called “K2” or “Spice.”

January 20, 2011

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Bloomington Resident to Appear on American Idol

Bloomington's Jeremy Gotwals will be debuting on American Idol tonight. He paid a visit to the Office of the Mayor this morning to share his excitement.

January 20, 2011

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Indiana Convention Center a Big Step Forward for City

The 275 million dollar Indiana Convention Center officially opened today with speeches from Governor Mitch Daniels and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.

January 20, 2011

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Local Businesses Prepared for Winter Weather

Many families have been stocking up on emergency supplies, in case they become stuck in their car or home for an extended period of time.

January 21, 2011

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Primary Elections Filing Opens

Candidates for mayor, city clerk and other positions could officially declare their candidacy starting Wednesday.

January 21, 2011

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Bartholomew, Brown County Big Brothers, Big Sisters to Merge

With the strain of the economy, Brown and Bartholomew County Big Brothers, Big Sisters chapters are looking to merge in an effort to continue providing services

January 21, 2011

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Weather Advisory Hinders Schools, Businesses

Freezing temps affect surrounding counties, causing delays and closures.

January 21, 2011

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Vigo County Schools Make Changes to Security Procedures

After several acts of violence across the nation, Vigo County has decided to make changes to their school board security policies.

January 21, 2011

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Bill Would Add Cell Phones to Indiana’s Do Not Call List

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is supporting a bill that will make it much more difficult for telemarketers to reach you on your cell phone.

January 23, 2011

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County Commisioner and CFC Inc Debate Land Use Plan

Land commissioners are hoping for a better quality of life with the new land use plan.

January 23, 2011

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John Hamilton to Face Kruzan in Mayoral Primary

Bloomington resident John Hamilton announced yesterday that he will run for mayor of Bloomington.

January 24, 2011

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Indiana Tea Party Groups Send Message of Unity

Tea Party Groups from across Indiana are trying to send a message of unity.

January 24, 2011

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Cases of Flu Deaths Grossly Under Reported

Healthcare providers across the state have reported higher numbers of flu-like symptoms in the last week.

January 24, 2011

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Bloomington Hospital Now IU Health Bloomington Hospital

Bloomington Hospital is now called IU Health Bloomington Hospital. Find out what the name change means for patients and employees.

January 25, 2011

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Republican Majority Pushes to Restrict Abortions

House Republicans pushing for "sanctity of human life act" and the "abortion provider prohibition act."

January 25, 2011

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VP Biden Plans Indiana Visit Wednesday

Vice-President Joe Biden is visiting a battery manufacturing plant in Greenfield on Wednesday.

January 25, 2011

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Amended Smoking Ban Could Face Final Vote Today

Several exemptions have been included in a statewide smoking ban the state legislature is debating.

January 25, 2011

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Committee Examines Ways to Save Money in Local Government

A new House committee met for the first time Tuesday to discuss ways to make local and state governments more efficient.

January 25, 2011

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Cold Weather Causing a Major Drop in Blood Donations

American Red Cross blood donations for the month of January are at a 10 year low.

January 25, 2011

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School Bullying in Spotlight at Indiana General Assembly

Legislators in the General Assembly are considering a bill that would force schools to take a more active role in preventing bullying.

January 25, 2011

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Sex Offenders May Be Required to Wear GPS Tracking Device

Under terms of a bill passed by the Indiana Senate Tuesday, some sex offenders would be required to wear GPS tracking devices.

January 25, 2011

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City Officials Searching for Park Ambassadors

Bloomington's Park and Recreation Department is seeking park ambassadors to report on park safety concerns.

January 25, 2011

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Residents Claim Referendum Money Not Distributed Fairly

Some residents who worked to get the referendum passed now say the money is not being distributed fairly.

January 26, 2011

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MCCSC Committee Presents Official Plan for Ref Money Use

The committee expects the school board to tweak the current recommendations based on community input.

January 26, 2011

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House Approves Texting Ban Bill

Now that it has passed in the House, the state Senate will consider a bill that outlaws texting while driving.

January 26, 2011

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Republican Congressmen Respond to State of the Union

Two of Indiana's congressmen say the President's State of the Union address did not call for enough cuts to federal spending.

January 26, 2011

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Proposed Bill Would Limit Teacher Bargaining Options

One of Governor Mitch Daniels’ main initiatives in reforming education is getting support from a Senate Committee.

January 26, 2011

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Biden Visits Greenfield Battery Maker

Vice President Joe Biden visited a Hancock County lithium-ion battery maker today to reaffirm America’s commitment to clean, electric vehicles.

January 26, 2011

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Holiday World Expecting Record Number of Job Applications

Officials with Holiday World expect to handle a record number of job applications to fill 2,100 seasonal positions.

January 26, 2011

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Bed Bugs May Be Cause for Mental Health Concern

About 50-percent of Americans are allergic to bed bugs.

January 27, 2011

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Referendum Money Draws Public Comment

Tensions were high last night at a public meeting held to discuss the potential use of MCCSC referendum dollars.

January 27, 2011

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Officials Say State Economy Might Never Fully Recover

State budget officials say the state economy will likely never reach the level it might have hit had the recession never happened.

January 27, 2011

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Terre Haute Expecting 150 New Jobs

150 Sony jobs are expected to move to a factory in Terre Haute.

January 27, 2011

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Sources: Pence Will Not Pursue Presidential Run

Sources say Representative Mike Pence plans to announce he will not run for President and instead will consider launching a campaign for governor.

January 27, 2011

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Indiana State University Continues to See Growing Enrollment

Indiana State University is continuing to see growing numbers of students.

January 27, 2011

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Indiana’s Mercury Production Among the Highest in Nation

Indiana is in the top five among states for the highest levels of mercury pollution.

January 27, 2011

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Vote Center Bill Clears House Committee

The House Elections and Apportionment Committee approved the bill, which already passed the senate.

January 27, 2011

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New Alcohol Laws Could be Overturned Soon

A bill being considered by the Indiana House could overturn an ID requirement for buying alcohol which is just a year old.

January 28, 2011

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Pence Plans State Listening Tour

Pence is leaving his options open after announcing he won't run for President.

January 28, 2011

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Monroe County Dems Want More Party Voice in Statehouse Talks

This week may have seen the first of a series of skirmishes illustrating the gulf between minority Democrats and the Republican majority in the Statehouse.

January 28, 2011

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MCCSC Administrator Explains New Proposed Positions

MCCSC Director of Elementary Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Cameron Rains, explains the role preventionists and interventionists in the schools.

January 28, 2011

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Low Income Earners Are Eligible For Bigger Tax Refunds

Low to moderate income residents in Bloomington can now file their federal and state tax returns free.

January 31, 2011

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Central Indiana Braces for Ice Storm

A winter storm hitting Indiana this week will bring ice to the central and southern part of the state and snow to the north.

January 31, 2011

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Flags at Half Staff in Marion County for Fallen Officer

The Indianapolis community is responding to the death of Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officer David Moore.

January 31, 2011

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School Districts Summers Shorten as Snow Days Pile Up

A snowy winter has caused local school districts to cancel a large-than-normal number of school days this year.

January 31, 2011

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Funding Source Questioned for State Plan to Reduce Obesity

The Indiana Department of Health has announced a ten-year plan aimed at lowering the state's obesity rate.

January 31, 2011

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Daniels: State Preparing for Severe Winter Storm

Governor Daniels says the state will monitor an approaching winter storm, but for now at least, state government will operate as normal tomorrow.

January 31, 2011

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Zacharias Pre-Trial Conference Rescheduled

Mark Zacharias made his first court appearance today, but his pre-trial conference was rescheduled to April.

January 31, 2011

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Smoking Ban Passes Through House

A bill to ban smoking in public places is on its way to the state senate.

January 31, 2011

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Bill Pushes for More Electronic Learning

A bill that would expand what is considered a textbook is moving on to the Indiana House.

January 31, 2011

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Vote Centers Get Support From County Clerks

Monroe County officials are crossing their fingers in hopes that a bill allowing all Indiana Counties to use vote centers is passed.

January 31, 2011

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Bedford Residents Remember Great Ohio River Flood of 1937

It’s the anniversary of the Great Ohio River Flood of 1937 and a community that played a significant role in the recovery is remembering the anniversary.

January 31, 2011

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Ice Prompts Closures as Officials Prepare for Next Impact

Freezing rain...sleet...and snow will begin across the area by this afternoon.

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