Archive for February 2012

February 1, 2012

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Traffic in Bloomington

Bloomington Crash Rates Lower Than U.S. Average

Bloomington's crash rates are 3 percent lower than the national average.

February 1, 2012

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Doctor's office

Indiana Bill On Medical Protocol Limited To Abortion Clinics

An amendment to an Indiana Senate bill would make doctors in abortion clinics administer abortion medicine according to FDA guidelines.

February 1, 2012

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statehouse

Creation Science Bill Passes Indiana Senate

Some say the bill leaves teachers and schools open to costly lawsuits.

February 1, 2012

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Indiana House Passes Statewide Smoking Ban

Why this may be the year the measure finally passes the Senate.

February 1, 2012

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Tax Refund

Early Tax Filers May Have To Wait Longer For Refunds

The IRS is apologizing for any inconvenience caused by the revised refund dates.

February 1, 2012

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Statehouse steps

Indiana Governor Daniels Signs Right-To-Work Bill

Bill passes 28-22 and now awaits Governor Daniels' signature.

February 1, 2012

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U.S. And Indiana Jobless Rates Drop In Metro Areas

U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics show jobless dropped in metropolitan areas in December.

February 1, 2012

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IU Football

Players Sign With IU On National Football Signing Day

A live webcast has been showing each of the new recruits throughout the day as the signees were announced.

February 1, 2012

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State Fair Vigil

Indiana State Fair Victims Get More Money From State

Indiana will be giving money to the State Fair stage collapse victims in addition to the $5 million it gave to victims and their families in December.

February 1, 2012

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Whooping Crane

Endangered Whooping Crane Dies In Indiana

An injured whooping crane was found in Vermillion County on Monday. It has since died from its injuries.

February 2, 2012

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beer

IUPUI Researcher: CDC Stats Confirm Senior Binging Trend

The most common group to binge drink may sound surprising, but researchers say it makes sense.

February 2, 2012

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Charlie White

Indiana Secretary of State Trial To End Earlier Than Planned

The Charlie White case could end a week earlier than expected.

February 2, 2012

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Bald Eagles

Mild Weather Causes Decline In Eagle Sightings In Indiana

The mild weather has caused a change in the bald eagle's typical migration patterns.

February 2, 2012

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Arne Duncan

Indiana “No Child” Waiver Could Hurt At-Risk Students

Federal officials worry that Indiana's request for a waiver from "No Child Left Behind" could leave out at-risk students.

February 2, 2012

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IU ambulance

Senate Passes IU Inspired “Lifeline Bill”

The bill would grant immunity to underage people who call an emergency service for an intoxicated friend.

February 2, 2012

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Planned Parenthood building

Indiana Planned Parenthood Won’t See Effects Of Komen Cuts

An Indiana University professor says Komen might actually be the group that is hurt most by the decision to withhold its donation.

February 2, 2012

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Indianapolis

Super Bowl Fans Find Way To Stay Warm When Temps Fall

At least some out-of-town visitors to Indianapolis may need a little help adjusting to the cooler temperatures.

February 3, 2012

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Computer network

New IU Computer Research Network Ten Times Faster Than Most

The network will not be accessible to the general public.

February 3, 2012

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Lunchboxes

Small School Districts Could Struggle To Buy Healthier Food

The new federal guidelines call for more fruits and vegetables in school meals, and require schools only offer fat-free or low-fat milk.

February 3, 2012

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Maple Farms

Morgan County Farmers Worry About Possible USDA Closure

The U.S. Farm Service Agency held a public meeting Thursday to address farmers’ concerns about the possible closing of the office in Martinsville.

February 3, 2012

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Indianapolis

Join A Live Chat Today On The Effects Of The Super Bowl

WFIU is hosting a live chat at noon today discussing the effects the Super Bowl is having on the state.

February 3, 2012

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Nancy Fisher, literacy coach at MCCSC's Clear Creek Elementary School in Bloomington, points to a chart that summarizes student data.

How Data Can (And Can’t) Help Schools Prep For State Tests

With such high stakes on statewide tests, some Indiana schools hope student data can offer clues into which kids need extra instruction.

February 3, 2012

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I-69

Committee Passes Buschon-Backed MPO Bill Early Friday

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure passed a bill at 2:45 a.m. on Friday that could bypass MPOs regarding interstate projects.

February 3, 2012

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Monroe County Karst Area

Monroe County Land Plan Identifies Sensitive Karst Area

The Monroe County Land Plan released this week says the county should preserve karst topography through which I-69 is supposed to be built.

February 3, 2012

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Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum Fails To Qualify For Indiana Ballot

Rick Santorum did not have enough signatures to qualify for Indiana's primary ballot.

February 4, 2012

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Charlie White

Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White Found Guilty

A jury has convicted Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White of voter fraud and theft.

February 4, 2012

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Planned Parenthood building

Indiana Planned Parenthood Receives “Thousands” In Donations

Indiana Planned Parenthood says it has received thousands of donations in the past few days.

February 4, 2012

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statehouse

Indiana Statehouse: Week In Review

The passage of right-to-work was the big news this week at the statehouse, but the legislature also passed some other prominent bills.

February 4, 2012

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Indianapolis

Indiana Hopes To Attract Businesses With Super Bowl

Indiana has been hosting a large number of corporate executives during Super Bowl week.

February 4, 2012

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Jenn Cristy

Musicians Use Donation Website To Produce New Albums

Kickstarter.com is an up and coming website that helps musicians and businesses raise money for different projects.

February 5, 2012

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Marching Hundred Practice

IU’s Marching Hundred Gives Sneak-Peak Of Super Bowl Routine

The Marching Hundred practiced Saturday for their Super Bowl appearance.

February 6, 2012

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IU Veterans Enrolling In Business, Criminal Justice Programs

IU officials say a couple programs are seeing increased patronage from returning war veterans.

February 6, 2012

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Brian Bosma

Bosma: Creationism Bill Not A Top Legislative Priority

Speaker of the House Brian Bosma has mixed feelings on the bill.

February 6, 2012

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Marcia McNutt

U.S. Geological Survey Director To Speak At IU Monday

The nation’s top geologist will hold a two-part open forum lecture at Indiana University today.

February 6, 2012

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Lauren Spierer

‘Find Lauren’ Information Removed From IU Homepage

Lauren Spierer's parents say they are disappointed at official's decision to remove a "Find Lauren" button from Indiana University's homepage.

February 6, 2012

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airplanes at airport

Indiana Airports See Mixed Results From Super Bowl Traffic

Bloomington saw a large number of flights, but Terre Haute's numbers were fewer than expected.

February 6, 2012

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Mike Pence

Mike Pence Files As Gubernatorial Candidate

Gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence officially filed Monday to appear on the Indiana primary ballot.

February 6, 2012

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McNutt at IU

USGS Director Emphasizes Earthquake Preparedness at IU

Director of the U.S. Geological Survey Marcia McNutt spoke on the Indiana University campus Monday.

February 6, 2012

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Monroe County building

Monroe County Employees Debate Restructuring Plan

Commissioner Mark Stoops says a restructuring plan would help reduce inefficiencies.

February 6, 2012

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Marching Hundred

Slideshow: IU’s Marching Hundred Performs At Super Bowl

IU's Marching Hundred was chosen to perform a pre-game show at Super Bowl XLVI.

February 6, 2012

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Jeopardy set

IU Student Competes On Jeopardy! College Championship

Indiana University junior Sarah Bauer competed in a Jeopardy! game that aired Monday night.

February 7, 2012

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doctor's tools

Indiana University Opens Health Care Clinics

Indiana University is opening several health clinics around the city.

February 7, 2012

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Crawford County Cave

Body Found In Cave Is Spelunker Missing Since October

A report from the coroners office says Eve died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Officials believe he planned to take his own life in the cave.

February 7, 2012

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Graduation caps

Indiana’s Graduation Rate Improves

The average graduation rate for high schools in Indiana increased to 85.7 percent in the 2010-2011 school year.

February 7, 2012

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Charlie White

White Objects To Democrat Push For Osili To Take Office

The Indiana Attorney General's office says it will try to block a request from Democrats to install Vop Osili as Secretary of State.

February 7, 2012

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Sample Gates

Senate Bill Would Scrap Mandatory University Retirements

A bill under consideration during this year’s legislative session could put an end to universities forcing retirement on their senior employees.

February 7, 2012

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Downtown Greenwood

Greenwood Mayor Promises To Cut City’s $4.2 Million Deficit

When Mayor Mark Myers came into office he discovered Greenwood had a deficit of $4.2 million.

February 7, 2012

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capitol

Indiana State Revenues Dip In January

The January revenue proved lower than the state's forecast.

February 8, 2012

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MPO

Monroe County MPO’s I-69 Subcommittee To Meet Friday

The Bloomington Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Committee's I-69 subcommittee will meet this Friday, February 10.

February 8, 2012

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The Difference Waivers Make In Indiana’s Graduation Rates

Indiana released its reports for graduation rates Tuesday.

February 8, 2012

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Indiana Senate Considers Statewide Smoking Ban

The Indiana Senate has never passed a smoking ban out of committee. Politicians say this year's bill has bipartisan support.

February 8, 2012

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Online Shopping

Poll: Most Indiana Voters Say Online Sales Tax Is “Fair”

A poll from the Indiana Merchants for Tax Fairness shows 61 percent of Hoosiers say the same tax should be payed for local and online purchases.

February 8, 2012

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State Fair Wreckage

Indiana Agency To Release State Fair Stage Collapse Report

The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration is releasing a report Wednesday regarding the events surrounding the state fair stage collapse.

February 8, 2012

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stage collapse

Indiana Stage Collapse Report Cites Stage Company

The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a report Wednesday as part of an investigation into the stage collapse.

February 8, 2012

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state board of education

State Panel Approves Rewired School Letter Grading System

The State Board of Education voted Wednesday morning to make changes to the state's letter grading system for schools.

February 8, 2012

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tax refund

House And Senate Look For Ways To Reconcile Refund Bills

Indiana House and Senate bills both seek to find a use for the state's surplus, but in different ways.

February 8, 2012

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Toyota Highlander

Economist Says Toyota Expansion Is A Good Sign For Indiana

Toyota announced Wednesday it would invest $400 million in Indiana.

February 8, 2012

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Indiana Supreme Court

Indiana Supreme Court To Hear Case Involving House Fines

The Indiana Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case questioning whether the fines imposed on House Democrats for their walkout were legal.

February 8, 2012

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Girls Basketball

Lawsuit Claims Boys Get Better Game Schedules Than Girls

The judges concluded the lawsuit may go forward in reference to Title IX.

February 9, 2012

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kitchen table

Landowners Say INDOT “Kitchen Table” Talks Were Illegal

Landowners say INDOT’s “Kitchen Table Discussions” violated the National Environmental Policy Act. INDOT says the talks were legal.

February 9, 2012

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Ivy Tech

Bill Would Standardize Number Of Hours Per College Degree

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education would be able to dictate how many credit hours it takes to graduate under a bill currently in the state Senate.

February 9, 2012

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Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle Shot And Killed In Morgan County

A bald eagle was found with fatal wounds on Feb. 1 in Morgan County.

February 9, 2012

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Indiana state superintendent Tony Bennett speaks at a church in Gary.

Feds Approve Indiana’s ‘No Child Left Behind’ Waiver

The AP report says Indiana's letter grading system replaces NCLB's yearly progress goals to become the 'law of the land' for Hoosier State schools.

February 9, 2012

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Ernie Pyle Museum

Ernie Pyle Museum Renamed To Attract More Visitors

The museum is being renamed "The Ernie Pyle World War II Museum." Officials hope the new name will help them attract military enthusiasts unfamiliar with Pyle.

February 9, 2012

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Bus

Senate Committee Considers Prohibiting School Busing Fees

Representative Mike Speedy says the fee has caused hazardous conditions for students.

February 9, 2012

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State Fair Wreckage

State Fair Commission Considers Changes To Safety Policies

After a report said the Indiana State Fair Commission was unprepared on the night of the stage collapse, the commission is reviewing its safety standards.

February 9, 2012

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John Tilford

John Tilford Announces Candidacy For The 9th District

Bloomington resident and retired colonel John Tilford announced his candidacy for Indiana's 9th district Thursday.

February 9, 2012

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Gavel

Indiana Commission Names Seven Finalists For Court Seat

The Indiana Supreme Court has announced the finalists to replace outgoing Judge Randall Shepard.

February 10, 2012

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McCormick Falls

Indiana Receives Suggestions For Conservation Plans

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is taking suggestions for conservation projects in honor the state parks' bicentennial.

February 10, 2012

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MCCSC sign

Monroe County Online Survey On Longer School Days Closes

One parent says the survey is useful but may not give school officials enough information.

February 10, 2012

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Contraceptive

Join A Live Chat Today On The Contraceptive Debate

Many Indiana organizations are being told they must offer contraceptives as a part of their health plan because of a federal mandate.

February 10, 2012

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Casino

As Casino Revenue Declines, State Budget To Rely Less On It?

Experts say competition from Illinois and Ohio may force Indiana to reconsider its casino gaming revenue stream.

February 10, 2012

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Hooded Crane

Visitors Flock To Greene County To See Rare Hooded Crane

A hooded crane was spotted in Greene County on Wednesday, and visitors are now coming to see the rare bird.

February 10, 2012

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credit card

New Regulations Define Credit Card Use In County

The new rules will limit credit card use to spending money previously appropriated for a particular purchase.

February 10, 2012

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Jim Wallace

Jim Wallace Files For Race Despite Lacking Needed Signatures

Candidate filings for 2012 primaries for Indiana governor and the U.S. Senate races were due by noon Friday.

February 10, 2012

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capitol

Indiana Statehouse: A Week In Review

Most of the action in the statehouse happened outside of the legislature.

February 10, 2012

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Espich

Indiana Representative Espich Announces His Retirement

Uniondale Representative Jeff Espich announced Friday he will not run for re-election.

February 10, 2012

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Hart InterCivic Equipment

Monroe County Approves Purchase Of Voting Equipment

Monroe County commissioners have agreed to purchase and lease new ballot scanners.

February 10, 2012

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Showers Building

Bloomington Hires Company To Develop Tech Park

The city of Bloomington says a re-development plan of the property north of the Showers Complex could attract technology companies to the area.

February 11, 2012

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Theater

BPP Theater Makeover Comes In Part From City Grant

Members of the Bloomington Playwrights Project are celebrating a massive theater makeover, thanks in part to a grant from the city of Bloomington.

February 11, 2012

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Fleetwood

The Nostalgia Of Single-Class High School Basketball

There has been talk of returning to a single-class high school basketball tournament.

February 11, 2012

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Indianapolis Airport Security

Indianapolis Airport Starts Security Pre-Screening Program

The Indianapolis International Airport is starting a program where frequent flyers could be pre-screened and therefore get through security faster.

February 11, 2012

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MPO

INDOT Asks Counties, Cities To Give Input On I-69 Section 5

INDOT and the Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization met Friday to officially invite several city and county organizations for their input.

February 11, 2012

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Basilica

Indiana Catholics Unsatisfied With Contraceptives Mandate

Speaking on WFIU's Noon Edition one Catholic priest says the Indiana Archdiocese is not satisfied with the changes Obama made to the contraceptives mandate.

February 13, 2012

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Indy’s City-County Council Considers Smoking Veto Override

Medical experts say studies show an Indianapolis smoking ban is likely to have an effect for both smokers and non-smokers.

February 13, 2012

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Bloomington Transit Bus

Bus Companies Buying Gas In Bulk To Circumvent Price Spikes

Bus companies say locking in gas prices continues to save them money.

February 13, 2012

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NFL

Super Bowl Shuttle Bus Helps Preserve Elephant Habitat

Money made in Indianapolis will be sent to protect wildlife half a world away.

February 13, 2012

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Courtroom

Indiana Senate Bill Could Lessen Severity Of Felons’ Crimes

A Senate bill would allow convicted felons to have their class D-felonies converted to misdemeanors.

February 13, 2012

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voting in Indiana

Indiana Resident Files For Presidential Primary Race

A Lafayette resident filed a petition but had only gathered one signature.

February 13, 2012

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IBM Headquarters

Court Says Daniels Does Not Have To Testify In IBM Case

During arguments Monday, IBM tried to convince the court to force Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels to testify in a case involving a state contract.

February 13, 2012

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Greenwood

Greenwood Mayor Takes Measures To Reduce $4 Million Debt

Former Mayor Henderson, however, argues his administration did not incorrectly report debt or fail to pay sewage usage fees.

February 13, 2012

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IU hospital

IU Health Recognized For Heart Failure Care

The IU Health System was given a recognition from The Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium for its heart failure care.

February 13, 2012

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school computers

Bill Would Require High Schoolers To Take Virtual Courses

A bill in the Indiana legislature would require high school students to take a virtual course to graduate.

February 13, 2012

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Compost Bin

Ellettsville Students Learning Benefits Of Reducing Waste

Students in Ellettsville are learning a hands-on way to recycle their lunches and save the environment.

February 14, 2012

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Kristen Brown

Columbus Redevelopment Commission Discussing CDI Dissolution

Before Downtown Columbus, Incorporated may be disbanded, leases with its tenants must be renegotiated.

February 14, 2012

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Bon Iver album

Bloomington Record Label Could Capitalize On Grammy Wins

Two Grammy awards could mean big bucks for a Bloomington indie rock label.

February 14, 2012

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Rick Santorum

Voters Challenge Santorum’s Eligibility For Indiana Primary

Indiana voters are challenging Rick Santorum's appearance on the Indiana presidential primary ballot.

February 14, 2012

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Yogis

Some Restaurants See Business Decline On Valentine’s Day

Pizza restaurants and bars see a decline in business on Valentine's Day.

February 14, 2012

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Sherman-Minton Bridge

Sherman Minton Bridge On Track For Early Completion

The Sherman Minton Bridge could be completed a week earlier than expected.

February 14, 2012

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Columbus bridge

Columbus Boasts Highest Job Rate In The Nation

Columbus had the highest growth rate in the nation at 6.4 percent according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics.

February 14, 2012

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Indiana basketball

IU Basketball Faces Northwestern For Chance At 20th Win

If IU wins against the Northwestern Wildcats, it would be the team's and Coach Tom Crean's 20th win.

February 15, 2012

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Martinsville

Martinsville To Condemn, Take Over Two Damaged Properties

The two properties lie near where I-69 would be built, but Mayor Phil Deckard says he does not expect the interstate to be built for another 10 years.

February 15, 2012

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House Committee Assignment Stops Creationism Bill

A bill allowing creationism to be taught in public schools is essentially dead in the General Assembly this session.

February 15, 2012

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Attorney General Joins National Consumer Protection Group

The consumer protection group is a part of President Barack Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force.

February 15, 2012

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Drug Test Kits

Senate Kills Bill On Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients

The author of the bill that would have mandated drug testing for welfare recipients say he hopes to include it in another bill this session.

February 15, 2012

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Indiana university baseball field

IU Baseball Field To Be Named After Donor Bart Kaufman

IU alumn and former baseball player Bart Kaufman is being honored for his $2.5 million donation.

February 15, 2012

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John Boehner

Boehner Postpones Bill That Would Limit MPOs’ Influence

The U.S. House of Representatives plans to pick the bill back up after next week's recess.

February 15, 2012

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Education Rally

Voucher And Charter School Advocates Hold Statehouse Rally

Private and charter school advocates organized a rally for students at the Indiana statehouse Wednesday.

February 16, 2012

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Bloomington flag

Bloomington Leaders: “Service Delivery Will Look Different”

Bloomington city leaders say positions may be eliminated to bolster the city's budget, but also say they do not see any positions which should be.

February 16, 2012

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stage collapse

Fair Commission Gives More Cash To Stage Collapse Victims

The payments are on top of $5 million given out by the state.

February 16, 2012

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School Bus

Bill Suggests Savings Through School Bus Oil Changes

A bill making its way through the Indiana Senate says a simple change could save school districts money and make their fleets last longer.

February 16, 2012

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Senator Richard Lugar

Lugar’s Challenger Questions The Senator’s Residency

Richard Mourdock says Senator Richard Lugar's residency qualifications are in question.

February 16, 2012

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Michael McRobbie

Report: IU Contributes $11.5 Billion To State’s Economy

A report released Thursday says IU contributes millions of dollars each year to the state's economy.

February 16, 2012

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State Fair Wreckage

Senate Bill Would Give More Money To Stage Collapse Victims

The legislation would also dedicate more funds to full-day kindergarten.

February 16, 2012

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Tax forms

Bill Could Raise Threshold For Automatic Taxpayer Refund

The bill would increase the amount of surplus the state must have before an automatic taxpayer refund is triggered.

February 17, 2012

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Right-to-work protestors

Unions Hurry To Negotiate Before Right-to-work Takes Effect

Unions are trying to minimize the effects of the legislation before the deadline.

February 17, 2012

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Foreclosure

Home Foreclosures Up In Indiana But Down Nationwide

According to a study from RealtyTrac, Indiana ranks 10th in the nation in home foreclosures.

February 17, 2012

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Join A Live Chat About The No Child Left Behind Waiver

Join Noon Edition for a live chat today at 12 p.m. about the waiver Indiana received from No Child Left Behind standards.

February 17, 2012

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statehouse

Indiana Statehouse: A Week In Review

A creationism bill and legislation that would require drug testing for welfare recipients died in the legislature this week.

February 17, 2012

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paoli crematory

More Hoosiers Choosing Cremation, Some Resist The Change

The number of cremations are rising in the U.S. and Indiana, but some more rural areas are trying to figure out how to deal with the increase.

February 17, 2012

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Tax forms

Counties Could Lose Money With Inheritance Tax Cut

Monroe County the some $300,000 is gets each year from the inheritance tax.

February 17, 2012

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ISU campus

ISU Will Start Negotiating Oil Drilling On Campus

Indiana State University Trustees said university officials can start negotiations with oil company about drilling on campus.

February 18, 2012

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Indiana Resident’s Presidential Candidacy Challenged

Patricia Sandifer only had one signature when she turned in her petition. Candidates are supposed to have 4,500.

February 18, 2012

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Indiana Schools Question Benefit Of Education Waiver

Indiana school officials say the state standards are not much better than those enforced with No Child Left Behind.

February 18, 2012

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IU Students React To Dorm Fee Increases

Indiana University approved a residence hall fee increase for the next academic year.

February 19, 2012

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Asphalt building

Brazil Residents Concerned About Asphalt Plant Moving In

O’Mara Contractors is planning on building an asphalt plant in Brazil, but residents are not happy about it.

February 19, 2012

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corn

Indiana Farmers Plant More Corn Because Of Increased Demand

The demand for corn has risen and so have the prices farmers can get for the crop.

February 19, 2012

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Sherman-Minton Bridge

Sherman Minton Bridge Has Reopened

The Sherman Minton Bridge had been closed for repairs since September.

February 20, 2012

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Blood donation

Ruling Challenge Targets “Worrisome” Medical Payments

Experts say there is an ethical difference between paying for bone marrow and paying for organs.

February 20, 2012

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Statehouse

Bill Says Deaf School Wouldn’t Run New Deaf Education Center

A bill in a Senate committee would establish a new center for deaf and hard of hearing education. But some are pushing back against the idea.

February 20, 2012

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Richard Lugar

Lugar Among Several Candidates Facing Ballot Challenge

Indiana Senator Richard Lugar is among 12 candidates facing challenges to their right to appear on Indiana‘s primary ballot.

February 20, 2012

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I-69

INDOT Trying To Control Runoff From I-69 Construction

INDOT is trying to comply with the state's Department of Environmental Management's request to control runoff from I-69 construction.

February 20, 2012

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Daniels

Again, Daniels Will Not Run For President

Political analysts say Governor Mitch Daniels will not be convinced to run for president.

February 20, 2012

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Hoosier hills kickoff

Attorney General Zoeller Kicks Off Hoosier Hills Food Drive

Hoosier Hills Food Bank is doubling its March Against Hunger campaign because of an increase in demand.

February 21, 2012

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Kilroy's Sports Bar

Indiana State Excise Police Target College Campuses

The Indiana State Excise Police have begun a pilot program aimed at reducing underage drinking near college campuses.

February 21, 2012

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stage collapse

Sugarland Denies Suit’s Stage Collapse Responsibility Claim

The country music group Sugarland has responded to a class-action lawsuit regarding the state fair stage collapse.

February 21, 2012

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Shelli Yoder

Former Miss Indiana Running In 9th District

Yoder is the only woman running for a chance to face incumbent Republican Todd Young in November's general election.

February 21, 2012

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IU Class

IU Starts Classes A Week Earlier, Extends Thanksgiving Break

IU is starting classes a week earlier in 2012 than in previous years but is also creating a fall break and extended Thanksgiving break.

February 21, 2012

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State Fair Wreckage

Legislators Delay Passing Stage Inspection Regulations

The Indiana legislature decided to delay passing final regulations on outdoor stage equipment inspections they receive the results of a study committee.

February 21, 2012

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Snow

Money Saved On Mild Winter Gets Spent Elsewhere

The money most city and county departments saved because of the mild winter will get spent in other areas and will not be kept within the departments.

February 21, 2012

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Indianapolis

Indiana Economic Index On The Rise

The housing market and auto sales showed substantial growth last month.

February 22, 2012

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Stop sign

SR 641 Backers: I-69 Has Delayed Construction

Some Vigo County residents say their concerns were allayed following Tuesday's meeting.

February 22, 2012

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NFL

Scam Targets Indianapolis Homeowners Renting For Super Bowl

A Phoenix, Arizona company is being accused of scamming more than 50 homeowners by promising to rent out their homes during the Super Bowl.

February 22, 2012

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Indiana State University

Completion Council Aims At Higher Graduation Rates

A new group comprised of Indiana’s higher education institutions aims to dramatically increase the number of Hoosiers earning degrees.

February 22, 2012

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Hutton

I-69 Advocate Group Names Bloomington Leader As New Director

Hoosier Voices for I-69 named Morgan Hutton from the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce as its new executive director.

February 22, 2012

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Americorp volunteers

Indiana Congressman Tries To Eliminate Funding For Americorp

U.S. Congressman Marlin Stutzman wants to eliminate funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

February 22, 2012

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Kokomo Close To Passing New Temporary Sign Rules

The new rules would make permits more expensive and fine renters who leave signs up for more than 30 days.

February 22, 2012

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Columbus, Bloomington Seek To Fund “Graduation Coaches”

Local schools are trying to fund programs that would reduce drop-out rates, but that funding can be hard to find.

February 22, 2012

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2008 flooding

Officials Say Indiana Uses Federal Disaster Aid Effectively

Indiana managed more than $400 million in Community Development Block Grants after some of the states' natural disasters in 2008.

February 22, 2012

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Bloomington MPO To Delay I-69 Vote Until March

The MPO will have a regular meeting this Friday to discuss non-I-69 related business.

February 22, 2012

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Lake

This Winter Has Been One Of The Mildest On Record

The winter in Indiana has been the mildest since 2002 and the 11th warmest in weather record keeping history.

February 23, 2012

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charlie white

Charlie White Faces Sentencing Today

White faces sentencing today on six felony charges.

February 23, 2012

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Indiana Time Zone Debate Resurfacing

A grassroots group is pushing for all of Indiana to be moved back to central time.

February 23, 2012

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Indy Star

Indy Star To Begin Charging For Online Content

Gannett is joining other papers around the country that have begun charging to access content on their websites.

February 23, 2012

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gavel

Gender Could Factor Into Indiana Supreme Court Nomination

If a woman is chosen for the next Indiana Supreme Court Justice, she would be the only woman on the bench.

February 23, 2012

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Kristen Brown

Columbus To Use Sports Loan For Infrastructure Projects

Money intended to fund a sports complex in Columbus is being directed to other city projects.

February 23, 2012

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Smoking Ban Passes Senate Panel

Bars and taverns would be exempt from the smoking ban for the next 18 months under this version of the bill.

February 23, 2012

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Burns House

Debate On Moving Bloomington’s ‘Burns House’ Heats Up

The owners of a historic home in Bloomington want to move it and build student housing on the lot.

February 23, 2012

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Todd Young

Todd Young Meets With Bloomington Constituents

Some of Young's constituents spoke to the Congressman on a variety issues from health care to Citizens United.

February 23, 2012

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Greg Knott

Monroe County Republican Chair Challenges Greg Knott

Steve Hogan says the fact that Knott voted in the 2011 Democratic primary election voids him from holding Republican office this term.

February 23, 2012

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Headstart sign

Head Start Cited For Leaving Children Unattended

The deficiency notices stem from three incidents where children were left unattended.

February 23, 2012

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Columbus Cafe

Club Owners Say Smoking Ban Exemption Could Hurt Business

Restaurant owners say the exemption plays favorites and could push customers away from businesses that are not exempt.

February 23, 2012

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Former Bloomington Mayor Tomi Allison

Bloomington Residents Protest Corporate Campaign Donations

Monroe County residents are taking a stand against Super PACs as the effects of the organizations is coming to the forefront of public debate.

February 23, 2012

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Indiana State Fair

Senate Allocates More Money To Indiana State Fair Victims

A House bill set aside an additional $5 million from recently discovered corporate tax revenue that had been misplaced.

February 23, 2012

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Postal Service To Go Forward With Indiana Consolidations

If Congress does not act by May 15, the Indiana mail operations will be consolidated.

February 23, 2012

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Indiana Supreme Court

Indiana Commission Names Three State Supreme Court Finalists

The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission named two men and one woman as finalists for the seat that Randall Shepard is vacating on the state Supreme Court.

February 23, 2012

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Charlie White

Charlie White Sentenced To Home Detention With 6 Felonies

Charlie White has been sentenced to one year of home detention and community service along with a $1,000 fine.

February 24, 2012

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raw milk

Raw Milk Ban Doesn’t Stop Indiana Residents From Drinking It

Selling raw milk is illegal in Indiana, but residents find ways around it despite the ban.

February 24, 2012

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Common Cause

Join A Live Chat About Corporate Campaign Donations

Join a live chat at noon about what local organizations are doing to stop corporate campaign finance and how others say that would be limiting free speech.

February 24, 2012

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Girl scout cookies

Rep. Morris Apologizes For Girl Scout Comments

Morris previously said his daughters would be leaving the Girl Scouts and joining a similar organization.

February 24, 2012

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IUPD

IU Police Department Adds K-9 Unit

Indiana University Police Department's new team member, Tery, is a two and a half year old German Sheppard.

February 24, 2012

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Monroe County courthouse

Monroe County Passes Land Use Plan

Many people expressed their opposition to the plan at the public hearing Friday.

February 24, 2012

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statehouse

Indiana Statehouse: A Week In Review

Talk of the statehouse this week included Fort Wayne Republican Representative Bob Morris' statements about the Girl Scouts.

February 24, 2012

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Spierers Increase Reward For Information To $250,000

The Spierers have increased the amount of the reward to $250,000 for information that could lead to the finding of their daughter.

February 24, 2012

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Jim Wallace

Gubernatorial GOP Challenger Not On Primary Ballot

GOP candidate Jim Wallace will not appear on the ballot to challenge Congressman Mike Pence.

February 24, 2012

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Rick Santorum

Santorum Will Appear On Indiana Primary Ballot

Rick Santorum will appear on the Indiana primary ballot after Marion County originally said he had not received enough signatures.

February 24, 2012

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Lugar

Lugar’s Residency Is Upheld, Will Appear On Primary Ballot

The Indiana Election Commission upheld Senator Richard Lugar's residency.

February 25, 2012

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Legislators Discuss Laws With Bloomington Residents

Legislators from the Bloomington area gathered for a breakfast Friday to discuss current issues in the legislature.

February 25, 2012

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Washington Theater

Washington’s Indiana Theater Drops Selling Price To $50,000

The asking price for the theater in Washington, Ind., has dropped from $300,000 to $50,000

February 26, 2012

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Greentown School Buys Kindergartners iPads

A school in Greentown, Ind., is using part of its rainy day fund to buy iPads for kindergarten students.

February 27, 2012

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IBM Headquarters

State Of Indiana v. IBM Trial Begins Monday

Indiana canceled a contract with IBM to process its welfare applications. IBM is suing for money it says the state owes the company.

February 27, 2012

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Speaker Brian Bosma Signing

Right-to-work Suit’s Chance Of Success Is Up For Debate

The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 has filed suit saying the newly passed right-to-work legislation is illegal.

February 27, 2012

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Petition Pushes Daniels’ Successor To Advocate Central Time

The next governor will hear from a group which no longer wants Indiana on Eastern time.

February 27, 2012

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IBM Headquarters

Attorneys Give Opening Arguments In Indiana v. IBM Case

The trial State of Indiana v. IBM began Monday. Governor Mitch Daniels will not testify in the case.

February 27, 2012

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Water Meter

Indy Company Blames Higher Water Bills On Meter Readings

Customers' bills could fluctuate based on whether or not the company reads the meters earlier or later in the month, says Citizens Energy Group.

February 27, 2012

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Law

Affirmative Action Case Hearing Could Impact Institutions

The Maurer School of Law hosted a panel discussion Monday regarding the implications of an upcoming court case.

February 28, 2012

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State Fair Wreckage

Indiana House Passes Rules For Stage Equipment Regulation

The bill is going back to the Senate for approval with the included amendments.

February 28, 2012

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SPEA Sign

Former Treasury Secretary Endows SPEA Professorship

A former U.S. Treasury Secretary is in Bloomington today to visit the Indiana University campus.

February 28, 2012

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Classroom

Indiana Schools Test Merit-Based Teacher Pay

Milan Community Schools and Randolph Central Schools in Winchester are beginning a pilot program that pays teachers based on performance evaluations.

February 28, 2012

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police cars

Legislature To Amend Smoking Ban And Police Entry Bills

The General Assembly is taking up the bills that would change the laws on police entry into homes without a warrant and a possible statewide smoking ban.

February 28, 2012

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third graders

Third Grade Students To Take Mandatory Reading Test In March

The Indiana Department of Education announced Monday a new reading test for third graders.

February 28, 2012

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Loogootee Water Tower

Loogootee Parent Questions Hypnotism Fundraiser

A Loogootee resident thinks a hypnotist might not have been the best choice to entertain students at a fundraiser.

February 28, 2012

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Cigarette

Ellettsville Considers Citywide Smoking Ban

Ellettsville officials could be putting the discussion on hold until a decision is made on the statewide smoking ban.

February 28, 2012

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AED

Grant Provides AEDs For Vigo County Sheriff’s Cars

A $10,000 donation from Terre Haute’s Union Hospital Foundation will pay for the installation of defibrillators in Vigo County Sheriff’s Department cars.

February 28, 2012

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R-BB Looking At Layoffs To Mend Budget Deficit

The school board is expected to finalize a plan for reducing its budget by May 1st.

February 28, 2012

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Kokomo

Kokomo Mayor Says City Must Fight Stagnation To See Growth

Kokomo still has a higher than average unemployment rate, but Goodnight says that number is on the decline.

February 29, 2012

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Police near homes

Bill Amendments Limit When Hoosiers Can Resist Police Entry

Amendments to a bill in the Indiana House further limit when residents can resist police entry into their homes.

February 29, 2012

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US Flag

Program Teaches Youngsters How To Dispose Of Flags

Two Indiana agencies are partnering to help Hoosiers properly dispose of old flags.

February 29, 2012

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Senate Adds Exemption For Bars To Statewide Smoking Ban

One author of the statewide smoking ban says the legislation has been butchered by the Senate.

February 29, 2012

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fairview elementary

Monroe County Waits On Funding For Second Preschool Program

The Monroe County Community School Corporation is waiting on federal funds to start a second preschool program in the district.

February 29, 2012

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Charlie White

Indiana Supreme Court Hears Arguments For White’s Successor

The Indiana Supreme Court is hearing a case that will decide who becomes Secretary of State Charlie White's permanent successor.

February 29, 2012

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Lake Monroe

Lake Monroe Boating Accident Is Impetus For Stricter Laws

The bill makes it a Class C misdemeanor to operate a boat while using a controlled substance.

February 29, 2012

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cigarette

Indiana’s Statewide Smoking Ban Passes Senate

The Indiana Senate passed a statewide smoking ban Wednesday, but there’s still work to be done before the bill can reach the governor.

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