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January 1, 2013

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Coats

Coats: Americans Paying For Washington Dysfunction

Coats says careening from crisis to crisis and addressing the fiscal cliff in the 11th hour is no way to govern.

January 1, 2013

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The Monroe County justice building

Monroe County Elected Officials To Be Sworn In

Monroe County officials who were elected in November’s general election will be sworn in at the Monroe County Courthouse this afternoon at 2 p.m.

January 1, 2013

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All Eyes On House After Senate Passes ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal

The 89-8 Senate vote sets up a showdown in the GOP-led House, where a vote could come as soon as today.

January 1, 2013

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Monroe County Election Officials Sworn In On New Years Day

Thirteen elected officials were sworn in by 10th Circuit Court Judges at the Monroe County Courthouse Tuesday afternoon.

January 1, 2013

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Polar Bear

Swimmers Take The Polar Bear Plunge At Monroe Lake

Hundreds of people braved the cold to take a dip into the lake to ring in the new year.

January 2, 2013

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Portions Of Laws Passed Last Year Now In Effect

Most new state laws take effect at the start of the fiscal year in July, but there are exceptions.

January 2, 2013

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Cow in Indiana

New Round Of Agricultural Census Data Being Collected

The census collects information on production and acreage, as well as energy sources, organic operations, and specialty crops and livestock.

January 2, 2013

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flu vaccine

IU Health Fires Employees Who Refuse Flu Shots

IU Health advised all hospital employees in September that flu shots would become mandatory with the new year.

January 2, 2013

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Want To Teach? Without An Ed Degree, You Need Some Training

The State Board of Education is scheduled to take one last vote on the final piece of REPA II at its meeting Wednesday.

January 2, 2013

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School Funding Still In Limbo After Fiscal Cliff Deal

'Fiscal cliff' tax hikes have been averted, but Indiana schools could still lose tens of millions of dollars in federal education funding next school year.

January 2, 2013

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Kroger

Downtown Bloomington Grocery Store Getting Facelift

The Kroger at 2nd Street and College Avenue near the B-Line Trail is going to be more than 5,000 square feet larger.

January 2, 2013

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Congress

Indiana Congressional Delegation Split On Fiscal Cliff Bill

There were two yeas, six nays, and one abstention from Indiana congressmen. Both Indiana senators voted in favor of it.

January 2, 2013

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Greencastle city hall sign

Greencastle At-Large Seats Result From Lack Of Contests

Republicans say they'll start trying to find candidates for the new seats almost immediately.

January 3, 2013

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Rockville fence

ACLU: DOC Needs Better Treatment For Mentally Ill

The ACLU is arguing the Department of Corrections does not provide adequate services for mentally ill people who come under their watch.

January 3, 2013

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Farm Bureau President Disappointed With No New Farm Bill

Don Villwock says farmers found some relief in the bill that was passed to avert the fiscal cliff, but a comprehensive farm bill still needs to be adopted.

January 3, 2013

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Four Indiana Representatives Picked For Ed Committee

Reps. Susan Brooks and Luke Messer will join current members Larry Bucshon and Todd Rokita to serve on the U.S. House’s Education and the Workforce Committee.

January 3, 2013

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State Supreme Court Hears Case On Walkout Fines

Republicans charged Democrats thousands of dollars each in fines for walking out of the House of Representatives in 2011.

January 3, 2013

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DePauw nature preserve

Using Recent Gift On Trails Could Up Greencastle Home Prices

One urban planning expert says if the cash is poured into trails, it may pay the city back more than other investments.

January 3, 2013

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IU campus

How The ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal Helped College Borrowers

As part of the deal struck Tuesday, lawmakers either made permanent or extended several key tax benefits for college students and their families.

January 3, 2013

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Indiana Officials Propose More Police Officers In Schools

The attorney general and a state senator are proposing Indiana provide grants to school corporations that add resource officers to their schools.

January 4, 2013

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Columbus Police Shift To Education In Counterfeiting Case

Columbus police say they believe many cities see bad cash, but officials say only a fraction of the fake money Columbus has seen has been passed in Bloomington.

January 4, 2013

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Cantaloupe

Farm Linked To Salmonella Outbreak Stops Growing Cantaloupe

According to the FDA the salmonella outbreak killed three people and made 261 others sick.

January 4, 2013

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State of the Union

Freshmen Indiana Legislators Sworn-In

Legislators say the are ready to get to work with just two months before another showdown, over raising the debt limit and avoiding automatic spending cuts.

January 4, 2013

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Indiana Senator Proposes Prayer In Schools Bill

Indiana legislators unveiled four key bills they seek to pass this session, including one that would allow school boards to mandate prayer in schools.

January 4, 2013

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Howard County Faces Budget Shortfall Over Dispatch Services

Howard County is seeking ways to fill a gap in its budget after the city stopped funding its emergency management services.

January 4, 2013

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Old Home

Neighborhood Revitalization, Tax Credit Bills Proposed

One representative wants to establish a Neighborhood Revitalization Fund that will offer low-interest loans to remodel, rehab or purchase abandoned homes.

January 4, 2013

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Joe Donnelly

Analysts Differ On Donnelly’s Push For Centrism

Political watchers disagree about whether Joe Donnelly’s push to rally moderates to get work done in Washington during the 113th Congress will be effective.

January 4, 2013

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More Chemotherapy Patients Express Signs Of ‘Chemo Brain’

Researchers are discovering more about 'chemo brain,' cognitive loss caused by chemotherapy, but much is still unknown about the condition.

January 4, 2013

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Wind Turbine

Wind Tax Credits Pass With Fiscal Cliff Bill

The tax credits will benefit E-on Climate and Renewables and juwi, two energy companies building wind farms in Indiana.

January 4, 2013

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Congress

Indiana Delegation Split On Sandy Relief

Fourth district congressman Todd Rokita and third district’s Marlin Stutzman voted against the bill.

January 4, 2013

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Journalism

IU Proposing Merger Of Telecommunications, Journalism

The proposal would combine several existing entities: the School of Journalism, Telecommunications Department, and the Communication and Culture Department.

January 6, 2013

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Live Chat: A Special Preview Of The 2013 General Assembly

Monday morning at 11, an Opening Day look ahead to this year's initiatives in the Statehouse.

January 7, 2013

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House, Senate Leaders Expect Less Controversy This Session

As the General Assembly convenes today, members look forward to seeing eye to eye on more issues.

January 7, 2013

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Indiana Hopes To Strengthen Governor’s Veto Power

Senator Jim Banks is proposing a measure to increase the governor's veto power.

January 7, 2013

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Indiana Facing Severe Flu Season

Health officials are encouraging people to get vaccinated so they are protected from the flu.

January 7, 2013

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Leaders Urge Caution Despite State Revenue Gains

The state collected $22 million more in revenue than expected in December.

January 7, 2013

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Brian Bosma

Bosma: No Longer Bauer’s “Target Practice” As Session Opens

Following an acrimonious change in leadership at the end of 2012, House Democrats enter the 2013 legislative session with a new representative in charge.

January 7, 2013

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Indiana Statehouse

Taxes, Income and Local, On Leaders’ Minds As Session Starts

Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) sounded Monday like he wasn't sold on Governor Mike Pence's tax cut plan.

January 7, 2013

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Heather Snavely asks a student to stay seated while playing math games in her classroom at Our Lady of Hungary Catholic school in South Bend.

Bill Would Let Siblings Attend Private School With Vouchers

A proposal to expand the number of children eligible to receive public money to attend private school will get its first hearing Wednesday.

January 8, 2013

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Legislators Might Shift Focus To Preschool Education

Republican Senator Randy Head has introduced a bill to start a pilot program to encourage preschool reading programs.

January 8, 2013

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Indiana House of Representatives

House Minority Leader Wants Two-Year Delay On Social Issues

A two-year moratorium would not just delay but kill a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

January 8, 2013

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INDOT Warns Drivers To Look Out For Potholes

Road crews will create temporary patches with small stones and liquid asphalt as rising temperatures this week cause potholes.

January 8, 2013

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Affordable Care Act’s Impact On Hoosier Farmers Uncertain

How Indiana decides to implement the healthcare law could significantly affect farmers, who often have a hard time getting affordable insurance.

January 8, 2013

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Proposed legislation would only allow school districts to pursue referenda in general elections.

Bill Would Only Allow School Referenda In General Elections

A proposal by Rep. David Frizzell, R-Indianapolis, would require school corporations ask voters to approve tax levy increases only in general elections.

January 8, 2013

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Fourth street in Columbus

Independent Columbus Restaurants Fighting Uphill Battle

One member of the Downtown Columbus Independent Restaurant Association says more retail is needed downtown.

January 8, 2013

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Black Caucus To Focus On K-12 Funding Cuts

Caucus members also say they’ll look into gun control efforts in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting.

January 9, 2013

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Guns On Campus No Guarantee Against Sexual Assault

Educators and counselors say sexual assaults often happen in settings where the victim would be unlikely or unable to use a gun in self-defense.

January 9, 2013

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NASA Grant To Help IU Kokomo Professor Study Star ‘Deaths’

Patrick Motl will receive $350,000 over the next three years to study what happens when neutron stars collide with one another or interact with black holes.

January 9, 2013

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Monroe County Has Lowest Teen Pregnancy Rate In State

For every 1,000 births in Monroe County, 14 of them are to teenage mothers, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

January 9, 2013

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A student at Busy Bees Academy, a public preschool in Columbus, reads before nap time.

Columbus Must Change Pre-K Approach After Referendum Fails

The Columbus preschool program Governor-elect Mike Pence called a "pilot" for the state will have to scale back services next year.

January 9, 2013

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ISU

Public Universities Vying For More State Funding

University presidents who testified Wednesday tried to prove to lawmakers that their school is working to reduce the cost of college.

January 9, 2013

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Bills Proposed To Reduce College Costs, Boost Transparency

State Sen. Jim Banks introduced six bills that he says will reduce student's college tuition while holding universities accountable for the funds they receive.

January 9, 2013

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Temperature Map

2012 Was Second Warmest Year On Record In Indiana

Indiana’s average temperature was more than three degrees higher than average, making it the second hottest year since 1871.

January 9, 2013

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Warmer temperatures melting the snow

Meteorologist: Melting Snow Could Cause Flooding

A meteorologist from the National Weather Service predicts the combination of rain and melting snow could cause minor flooding in some parts of the state.

January 9, 2013

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Breathalyzer Law For First Time Offenders Unlikely

Lawmakers say they are not likely to push legislation requiring first-time DUI offenders to use an ignition interlock device.

January 10, 2013

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Flu Shots Could Cost More IU Health Employees Their Jobs

IU Health officials say nearly 200 employees will leave the company in protest of a requirement to get a flu shot.

January 10, 2013

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Future Workforce Demands Hinge On Post-Secondary Education

Nearly two-thirds of Indiana jobs in the next decade will require education beyond a high school diploma.

January 10, 2013

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Vigo County To Lose More Than $2 Million In Property Tax

The head of the state’s assessor’s association says a change in the state’s overall assessment process may be partly to blame.

January 10, 2013

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Indiana Commissioner Teresa Lubbers

Teresa Lubbers Gives State Of Higher Education Address

Lubbers says it will take a joint effort from students, the state and its colleges and universities to meets the needs of a changing workforce.

January 10, 2013

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Pence Splits Sec. Of Commerce, IEDC President Position

Governor-elect Mike Pence announced Thursday he was appointing two people to hold the offices instead of one, which was the case under governor Mitch Daniels.

January 10, 2013

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Kenley: With More Money, ‘There’s Something To Fight Over’

State Sen. Luke Kenley (R-Noblesville) says state funding and student loans are two of the key higher education issues to be discussed during this session.

January 10, 2013

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Some University Officials Take Issue With Funding Formula

Ball State University officials say the formula favors large campuses, but Indiana University officials support the funding model.

January 10, 2013

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Flu Deaths In Indiana Rise To 15

Five more people have died in Indiana from the flu. Two of those were in long term care facilities.

January 10, 2013

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Clinton-Based White Construction Wins I-69 Contract

White Construction has been chosen to complete construction on Section 4 of I-69.

January 11, 2013

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Commercial Real Estate Market Sees Significant Growth

Indiana‘s commercial real estate sector is performing better than it has since the recession.

January 11, 2013

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IU Health Doctors Use Dye, Infrared Light To Detect Cancer

The trial uses robotic surgery along with a glowing, green dye to light up cancerous cells on lymph nodes.

January 11, 2013

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Difficult To Implement Disability Access At Motor Speedway

Many changes needed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act will be difficult to implement due to the age of the structures.

January 11, 2013

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President McRobbie

Join A Live Discussion With IU President Michael McRobbie

StateImpact Indiana reporter Kyle Stokes and Herald Times Editor Bob Zaltzberg speak with McRobbie about education policy and issues affecting the university.

January 11, 2013

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Tony Bennett Finishes His Last Day In Office

The state superintendent starts his new job as Florida Commissioner of Education on Monday.

January 11, 2013

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Week In Review: The First Week Of The Legislative Session

Democratic representatives proposed a moratorium on divisive social issues, but the Republican supermajority says it will not give such a promise.

January 11, 2013

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IU Law Professor: Indiana Should Expand Medicaid

David Orentlicher says Indiana should expand Medicaid because the federal government would bear most of the cost.

January 11, 2013

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Research Universities Could Feel Effects of Sequestration

IU President Michael McRobbie worries federal budget cuts could put a strain on universities relying on research funding.

January 11, 2013

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Indiana Requires Another Chickenpox Vaccine After Outbreak

The Indiana State Department of Health will require all schoolchildren to get two chickenpox vaccinations.

January 11, 2013

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Taliban Fighter In Indiana Prison Wins Prayer Lawsuit

John Walker Lindh, who is being held in a federal prison in Terre Haute, has won a lawsuit for rights to daily group prayer.

January 11, 2013

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Indiana-Based Group Organizes Gun Control Marches

Founder Shannon Watts says politicians need to take action to address gun violence, especially in the wake of recent mass shootings.

January 12, 2013

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Speaker Brian Bosma Signing

Republican Legislators Align Themselves With Pence’s Agenda

Legislators are still trying to match their own agenda with governor-elect Mike Pence as they prepare for him to take office Monday.

January 12, 2013

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Indy Cultural Trail

Federal Officials Tour Indianapolis’ Environmental Projects

Officials toured several Indianapolis areas including the Brownfield remediation and the Indy Cultural Trail.

January 14, 2013

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Lawmakers Propose Bills on Veteran Education, Job Placement

Two pieces of legislation are aimed at getting servicemembers back to work.

January 14, 2013

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Kokomo Annexation Opponents To File Petition

Landowners who oppose an annexation on the southeast side of Kokomo are drafting a petition to stop the measure.

January 14, 2013

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Mike Pence

Mike Pence To Be Sworn In As Indiana Governor

Mike Pence will assume the position of Indiana's 50th governor on Monday.

January 14, 2013

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Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes

Frankfort Embraces Indiana’s Youngest Mayor

More than a year after election, Frankfort residents are satisfied with the way Mayor Chris McBarnes is running the city.

January 14, 2013

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Pence Signs Orders

Pence Becomes Indiana’s Governor, Signs Executive Orders

Governor Mike Pence, Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann and Attorney General Greg Zoeller were sworn in Monday.

January 14, 2013

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10 Must-Reads On Indiana’s New State Superintendent

Glenda Ritz took office as Indiana's state superintendent Monday.

January 14, 2013

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Greg Zoeller

Zoeller Wants Government Branches To ‘Support Each Other’

Attorney General Greg Zoeller was sworn in Monday along with Gov. Mike Pence and Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann.

January 14, 2013

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Mayors Back Mass Transit Plan In Central Indiana

Mayors around the state say a mass transit plan in Central Indiana could increase the taxing authority of local governmental bodies.

January 15, 2013

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Some State Roads Remain Closed Until Waters Recede

The National Weather Service says Indiana has received nearly four inches of rain since the beginning of the year, with almost all of that over the weekend.

January 15, 2013

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Pence Meets With State Leaders, Short On Specifics

State legislative leaders say their meeting Monday with Governor Mike Pence was short on specifics but laid a good foundation for work ahead.

January 15, 2013

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Flu Deaths Rise To 21, Health Department Encourages Vaccine

More seniors appear to be dying this year from the flu.

January 15, 2013

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Should Indiana Teachers Be ‘Experts’ In Their Subjects?

New “REPA II” teacher licensing rules allow anyone with a bachelor’s degree and a 3.0 GPA to earn a teaching certification.

January 15, 2013

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State Senator Proposes Bill To Reinforce Synthetic Drugs Ban

The legislature passed the ban last year, but police say they have had a hard time enforcing it.

January 15, 2013

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Some Clergy Call For Halt To Same-Sex Marriage Legislation

The Interfaith Coalition on Nondiscrimination has asked lawmakers to avoid adding a same-sex marriage ban to the Indiana constitution.

January 15, 2013

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Personal Property Tax Bill Could Cost State $300 Million

However, farmers say the smaller tax burden would encourage them to buy newer equipment.

January 15, 2013

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Pence’s Budget Boosts Education Funding 1 Percent

A budget proposed by Gov. Mike Pence gives higher education institutions a one percent funding increase, with funding based on performance the following year.

January 15, 2013

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Legislators Still Unsure About Pence’s 10 Percent Tax Cut

Pence included the tax cut in his budget proposal Tuesday, but legislators say they still do not know if they will support it.

January 15, 2013

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IU Alum Tavis Smiley in Indianapolis at poverty panel.

PBS Host Tavis Smiley Wants End To Poverty In 25 Years

Smiley stopped by Indiana University Tuesday for a segment of his 'Poverty Tour' panel discussions.

January 16, 2013

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Daniels Plans To Learn His First Week As Purdue President

Mitch Daniels says his plans for his first few weeks on the job at Purdue University are to learn more about key issues the university is facing.

January 16, 2013

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Joe Donnelly

Donnelly Begins First State Tour As U.S. Senator

During a stop at ThyssenKrupp Presta in Terre Haute, Sen. Joe Donnelly says he is working to pass a bill that would allocate funds to job training.

January 16, 2013

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Teacher Helps Student

Legislators Might Remove Common Core Education Standards

The Senate Education Committee will hold a hearing on a bill that would remove Indiana from the list of 46 states who have adopted the standards.

January 16, 2013

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Wisconsin Badgers Defeat IU Hoosiers 64-59

Tuesday's game was one of their lowest scoring games of the season for the Hoosiers.

January 16, 2013

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House and Senate Democrats

Indiana Democrats Propose Medicaid Expansion

The proposed bill would create a state-run healthcare exchange, and expand the state’s Medicaid program to add as many as 400,000 Hoosiers.

January 16, 2013

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Statehouse

Still No Appointment Of Child Services Department Head

After his first cabinet meeting, Gov. Mike Pence said he still had not made a decision on who would lead the Department of Child Services.

January 16, 2013

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Greg Zoeller

AG Files Complaint Against New England Compounding Center

The complaint was filed against the Massachusetts company linked to tainted steroids that caused a nationwide meningitis outbreak.

January 16, 2013

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Bloomington Downtown

Bloomington Council To Hear Plan On Downtown Parking Meters

A proposal going before the Bloomington city council would virtually eliminate free parking from the downtown retail district.

January 16, 2013

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Gun Sales Rise Ahead Of Obama’s Announcement On Gun Violence

A shop owner in Bloomington says gun sales have doubled each week since the Newtown shooting.

January 16, 2013

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Common Core Opponents Rally At Indiana Statehouse

Activists gathered in Indianapolis Wednesday in favor of a bill that would withdraw the state from the Common Core academic standards.

January 16, 2013

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Marty Hawk

GOP Seeks New Blood After Monroe County Redistricting Issue

If two Republican county councilors drawn into the same district decided to run for reelection, they would face each another in 2014.

January 16, 2013

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IU Health

Hospitals Limiting Visitations To Combat Spread Of Flu

IU Health Bloomington Hospital will implement a voluntary visitor restriction policy due to the increasing number of flu-like illnesses in the community.

January 17, 2013

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New State Law Regulates Farms’ Use of Fertilizers

The law seeks to prevent water pollution from fertilizer runoff.

January 17, 2013

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Pro Soccer Team Coming To Indiana

The team, which has not been named, will begin playing at IUPUI‘s Michael Carroll Stadium in 2014.

January 17, 2013

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If Indiana Left Common Core, Would Other States Follow?

If Indiana stops using the Common Core, it would be the first to do so of the 46 states that have already signed on.

January 17, 2013

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House of representatives

Criminal Code Overhaul Passes House Committee

The bill passed unanimously but is expected to face greater obstacles when it is heard on the House floor.

January 17, 2013

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Legislators Propose $7 Million For Preschool Education

The legislation would provide grant money for children whose families' incomes are at 185 percent of the poverty level or less to go to preschool.

January 17, 2013

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Bloomington Hospital Screens Visitors For Flu Symptoms

IU Health Bloomington Hospital is one of several hospitals in the state implementing visitation restrictions because of the flu.

January 17, 2013

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House Leaders Announce Bill To Create Indiana Career Council

The council would encourage the education of more students in the manufacturing sector.

January 17, 2013

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Pence Taps Head Of Family Services, Agriculture Departments

Gov. Mike Pence named Debra Minott head of Indiana's Family and Social Services Administration and Gina Sheets leader of the State Department of Agriculture.

January 17, 2013

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Federal Court Dismisses Indiana Right-To-Work Lawsuit

A federal court says the challenge against the law was not an issue of constitutionality.

January 18, 2013

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Brian Bosma

House Republicans Disagree With Pence’s Budget Proposal

Speaker Brian Bosma says the differences are emblematic of House and Senate leaders‘ real problem with Pence‘s proposed 10-percent tax cut.

January 18, 2013

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School Budget Concerns Loom As Common Core Debate Proceeds

Some school corporations may be caught in a financial limbo by discussions at the Statehouse.

January 18, 2013

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Property Assessments Holding Steady Despite Some Outliers

While some property owners have seen their property value assessments rising, the statewide trends had remained relatively stable.

January 18, 2013

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Could Some Midwest Land Support New Biofuel Refineries?

A study in the journal Nature says millions of acres of marginal farmland in the Midwest could be used to produce liquid fuels made from plant material.

January 18, 2013

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Private Sector Adds Jobs In December But Unemployment Rises

Indiana's unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent, likely because of more people entering the workforce.

January 18, 2013

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Inside Indiana’s School Turnaround Process

Rockville Elementary School received a D from the state last year, so it must work with the Department of Education to develop a school improvement plan.

January 18, 2013

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Hoosiers Protest Citizens United In Indianapolis

Protesters say the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case allowed special interest groups to sway last year's Senate race.

January 18, 2013

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Bedford State Rep Eric Koch

Lawmakers Weigh Need For Apprenticeship Incentives

Lawmakers agree on the need for more technical and vocational education options but disagree on how to implement them.

January 18, 2013

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Flu Hits Homeless People Harder Than General Population

The flu season has affected people earlier than normal this year, and the homless often do not have good access to healthcare to combat the illness.

January 18, 2013

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Bloomington Community Gears Up For MLK Day

The Martin Luther King Day celebration theme for 2013 is making a career of humanity.

January 19, 2013

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Bill Proposes Making Cold Meds Prescriptions To Curb Meth

Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) says the bill could reduce meth production, but other legislators say similar proposals in other states have not worked.

January 19, 2013

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Glenda Ritz Sworn In As Indiana’s New State Schools Chief

Newly-elected state superintendent Glenda Ritz took the oath of office at the Indiana Statehouse on Saturday.

January 21, 2013

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Columbus To Install Defibrillators In Police Cars

Columbus has purchased 55 Automated External Defibrillators to be installed in patrol cars next month.

January 21, 2013

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GOP Lawmakers Say No To Healthcare Exchange

State legislators have decided not to create a statewide healthcare exchange but are considering a Medicaid expansion.

January 21, 2013

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Frigid Conditions Expected Tonight

A wind chill advisory will take effect at 8 p.m. tonight through 11 a.m. Tuesday.

January 21, 2013

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Growing River Otter Population Poses Problem For Landowners

Indiana has been working for decades to bring the river otter population back to the state, but the otters are starting to create some problems for landowners.

January 21, 2013

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Airport Asks Residents To Sponsor Parts Of New Runway

The Putnam County airport is trying to renovate its runway and is asking county residents to pay $5 to sponsor one foot of tarmac.

January 21, 2013

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In Address, Obama Begins Setting Second Term Agenda

President Obama began his second term with an unapologetically liberal inaugural address, NPR reports.

January 21, 2013

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Another Dry Summer Expected For 2013

Meteorologists say springs are generally becoming wetter and summers are becoming drier.

January 22, 2013

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Little Rock Nine Member Speaks At Bloomington Theatre

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration Commissioner Dennis Laffoon said the day holds an important message that should extend beyond the night’s celebration.

January 22, 2013

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Pence To Deliver State Of The State Address

The governor will likely advocate for the budget he outlined last week, including a 10 percent tax cut.

January 22, 2013

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Cold Temps Cause Two Hour Delays, Slow School Bus Service

The delay gives everyone involved extra time to start up the buses and let them run for about 30 minutes and take care of any problems.

January 22, 2013

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Join A Live Chat During State Of The State Address, Response

Gov. Mike Pence is scheduled to give his first State of the State speech at 7 p.m., followed by both a Democratic and a Republican response.

January 22, 2013

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Ball State Pulls Plug On Seven Charter Schools

Ball State University will not renew its contract with seven schools in Gary, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and Richmond for the 2013-14 academic year.

January 22, 2013

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Flooded Roads Now Open

In Daviess and Pike counties, State Road 257 from U.S. Route 50 to State Road 356 is now open.

January 22, 2013

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Spencer’s Tivoli Theater To Open In April

The Tivoli Theater has been undergoing renovations for nearly a year.

January 22, 2013

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Bill Would Tighten Restrictions On Cold Medicines

Lawmakers say the bill would help curb methamphetamine production.

January 22, 2013

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Bloomington Chamber Comes Out Against Parking Meters

The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce says the city needs to create a more comprehensive parking plan before it installs meters.

January 22, 2013

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Governor Pushes His Budget In First State Of The State

Governor Mike Pence made a case for a 10 percent income tax cut, even as some GOP leaders have said the state should spend more of its surplus.

January 23, 2013

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Life Sciences Sector Adds $50 Billion To State Economy

Indiana is ranked as one of the top five states in the life sciences industry with a workforce of 55,000 people according to new data.

January 23, 2013

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Monroe County School Board Approves Earlier Start Dates

Monroe County Community School Corporation schools will start Aug. 7 in 2013 and Aug. 4 in 2014.

January 23, 2013

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Lugar To Announce Partnership With IU

The announcement is expected to include an expansion of the Center on Congress, housed at Indiana University.

January 23, 2013

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Court: Indiana Cannot Ban Sex Offenders From Facebook

A federal appeals court has ordered an immediate injunction against Indiana's law that bans sex offenders from using social networking sites.

January 23, 2013

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Charter Schools To Appeal Ball State’s Decision Not To Renew

Several of the charter schools that received non-renewal notices from sponsor Ball State University on Tuesday plan to appeal the decision.

January 23, 2013

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Most Indiana Reps Support ‘No Budget, No Pay’ Bill

The House passed the bill that extends the federal debt limit by a vote of 285-144. Only one of Indiana's representatives voted against it.

January 23, 2013

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Nine Abortion Policy Bills Filed In Indiana

One bills ban abortions based on the fetus' characteristics, and another requires providers to give women considering an abortion information packets.

January 24, 2013

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Bill Would Fund Goose Pond Visitor Center

A bill in the state legislature seeks to raise funds for construction of a visitor and learning center at the Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area.

January 24, 2013

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Senate Committee Unanimously Approves New Gaming Bill

The bill adds mobile gaming devices to off-track betting sites, eliminates taxes on free-play coupons and allows live-dealer games in racetrack casinos.

January 24, 2013

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Chief Justice Dickson Promotes Technology Upgrades In Courts

The chief justice says the value of technology lies in manages court information across the state and connecting courts to other government agencies.

January 24, 2013

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Senate Gives Priority To Bill Increasing School Security

The bill sets aside $10 million in a grant fund to help schools find the money for a security coordinator.

January 24, 2013

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Flu Death Toll Rises To 40 In Indiana

This year's deaths have significantly outpaced recent years.

January 24, 2013

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Education Funding’s Role In The Debate Over Pence’s Tax Cut

State Republicans are lukewarm on the governor’s proposal, preferring allocate more than $300 million to education.

January 24, 2013

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First Lady Undergoes Gall Bladder Surgery

Karen Pence had her gall bladder removed at a St. Vincent Hospital outpatient surgery center on the north side of Indianapolis.

January 24, 2013

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Indiana Career Council Receives Bipartisan Support

House Speaker Brian Bosma and House Minority Leader Scott Pelath are sponsoring a bill to bring together Indiana’s education and workforce development sectors.

January 24, 2013

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Pence’s Tax Cut May Be Political Liability

One political science professor says studies have shown most governors do not benefit politically by cutting taxes.

January 24, 2013

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Senator Lugar To Teach At Indiana University

Richard Lugar will serve as a distinguished scholar at IU’s School of Global and International Studies.

January 24, 2013

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Hoosier Women Look Forward To Combat Duty

Female soldiers in Indiana say they see opportunities in the Pentagon's decision to lift the ban on women serving as combat troops.

January 25, 2013

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How Glenda Ritz Will Navigate Statehouse Politics

As the first Democrat in nearly four decades to become state superintendent, Ritz must navigate the tricky politics of the GOP-controlled statehouse.

January 25, 2013

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Senate Leaders, Governor Differ On Transportation Funding

Governor Mike Pence wants to use surplus dollars to fund transportation projects, but Senate leaders want a more permanent solution.

January 25, 2013

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Expanded Gaming Might See Opposition In Legislature

Senate President Pro Tem David Long says the more serious opposition to the bill is likely to center on its fiscal impact.

January 25, 2013

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Republic Airways Reaches Deal With American Airlines

The company is buying 47 new Embraer E175 planes as part of the deal.

January 25, 2013

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Noon Edition Hosts Discussion On Gun Control

This week on Noon Edition, we'll talk with local law enforcement, gun sellers, and experts about the challenges involved with regulating firearms.

January 25, 2013

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Legislative Breakfast

Lawmakers: 2013 Session More ‘Laid Back’ Than Under Daniels

Some lawmakers worry the beginning of the session will foster more cooperation than the end.

January 25, 2013

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Pence, Ritz Find Common Ground In Career Education

While the governor and the state superintendent differ on the specifics of career education, they agree it should be a priority.

January 25, 2013

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Gun Shows, Background Checks Move To Center Of Debate

Gun control advocates have pushed for requiring background checks, but gun owners say private sales are protected under the Second Amendment.

January 25, 2013

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USPS Hires Temporary Positions Because Of Budget Issues

The U.S. Postal Service is hiring hundreds of letter carriers, but they will be temporary jobs.

January 25, 2013

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Putnam County Airport

Putnam Airport Seeking Community Funds For Runway Remodeling

Putnam County Airport is looking to the community to contribute funds to help repave and remodel the runways.

January 26, 2013

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Mike Pence

Week In Review: Budget Rules Legislative Discussions

Governor Mike Pence pushed his budget in his first State of the State address, but legislators are not on board with all his ideas.

January 28, 2013

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Patrick Schmitt

Last Of The Moonshiners Tell Their Stories

Moonshine production was prevalent from the 1850s through the 1960s, but few people are making it today and stories may soon be all that is left.

January 28, 2013

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

The GOP And Taxes: In The States, It Can Get Complicated

Gov. Mike Pence is one of several Indiana governors seeking tax cuts in their states.

January 28, 2013

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Several Factors Responsible For Drop In Union Membership

Indiana union membership dropped 20 percent from 2011 to 2012, but union leaders say right to work is not the cause.

January 28, 2013

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Pence Proposes A Rebuilding Year For Indiana’s Colleges

Gov. Mike Pence is calling for $37.9 million in “repair and rehabilitation” for Indiana’s seven state universities.

January 28, 2013

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Online Sales Tax Might Change Where Students Buy Textbooks

This summer, Indiana will begin collecting a 7 percent sales tax on products bought from online retailers, a cost that will likely be passed on to consumers.

January 28, 2013

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Monroe County School Board Reviews Student Media Policy

MCCSC is reviewing its policy that outlines rules for school-sponsored student publications and productions.

January 28, 2013

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Kokomo Mayor Considers Spending $3 Million On Neighborhoods

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight says he might use $2.8 million in tax revenue to upgrade rundown neighborhoods.

January 29, 2013

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Bill Would Give County Residents Vote On Mass Transit Plan

A House committee will vote Wednesday on a bill that would allow Marion and Hamilton County voters to decide whether to raise local income taxes.

January 29, 2013

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Athletic Association Toughens Up On Recruiting Practices

Non-school sponsored athletic facilities are conducting clinics for students and trying to influence them to attend a school where they are coaching.

January 29, 2013

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Indianapolis City-County Council Increases Venue Ticket Tax

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said the money will go to support the Capital Improvement Budget and to offset the cost of public safety.

January 29, 2013

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Schools Urged To Offer Sports For Students With Disablities

Department of Education officials last week urged local educators to provide more opportunities for students with disabilities to participate in sports.

January 29, 2013

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Loss Of Trees To Emerald Ash Borer Could Be Causing Deaths

Emerald ash borers have killed more than 100 million trees in the U.S., and that correlates to a rise in human deaths, a new study finds.

January 29, 2013

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Bloomington Homeless March In Protest Of Jaywalking Tickets

The group marched from the Shalom Center to the Herald-Times to protest citations given to homeless people last week.

January 29, 2013

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Boil Water Advisory Issued For Bloomington Neighborhood

The city of Bloomington has issued a boil water advisory for the area near Fairwood Terrace Neighborhood.

January 29, 2013

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Bill Tightening Sale Of Cold Meds Passes Committee

The bill, which would tighten the amount of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine Hoosiers could buy annually, is headed to the state Senate.

January 29, 2013

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Bloomington Economic Group To Boost Entrepreneur Services

Bloomington and Ivy Tech leaders are launching an initiative to give entrepreneurs more technology and training.

January 29, 2013

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UPDATE: Storm Damage Reports Coming In

Snow showers will be possible across portions of the region late Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday evening.

January 30, 2013

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New Bill Targets Retailers To Stop Synthetic Drugs

A Senate committee has approved a bill to suspend merchant retail licenses for one year if they are caught selling the drugs.

January 30, 2013

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Legislators Draft Anti-Cyber Bullying Legislation

One state lawmaker thinks it is time to ban fake Twitter and other social media accounts involving teachers and other school employees.

January 30, 2013

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Teachers Split On New Common Core Standards

Some parents and teachers say the new English language arts and math standards for the Common Core are not as strong as what Indiana had before.

January 30, 2013

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Lawmakers Push For Financial Literacy Curriculum

The bill would encourage schools to teach financial literacy skills such as investing, balancing a checkbook and applying for loans.

January 30, 2013

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Crews Work To Restore Power After Storm

Most of the damage was concentrated in Greene County.

January 30, 2013

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Kokomo City Hall To Get $800,000 Facelift

The plans include adding silver and brass-colored panels to the building's exterior.

January 30, 2013

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Pence Names Judge As New Dept. Of Child Services Head

Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura will be the third person to head the Department of Child Services within the past seven months.

January 30, 2013

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Businesses Reluctant To Add Additional Credit Card Swipe Fee

A new law allows businesses to pass on credit card fees to their customers, but many say they're too worried they'd lose business if they did.

January 30, 2013

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Education Advocates Seek Formal Rules On Seclusion Rooms

Special education advocates urged state lawmakers Wednesday to adopt formal rules governing the use of seclusion and restraint in schools.

January 30, 2013

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Purdue Boilermakers Prove No Match For IU Hoosiers

The Hoosiers trampled the Boilermakers with a final score of 97-60.

January 31, 2013

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IU Health Center Runs Out Of Flu Vaccines

The IU Health Center is out of flu shots, but most other providers in Monroe county still have the vaccine.

January 31, 2013

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Purdue Researches Safer Polymer-Lined Football Helmet

Purdue researchers have developed new helmet technology that would massively decrease the shock to the brain resulting from on-field impact.

January 31, 2013

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Two Tornados Touched Down Wednesday Morning During Storms

The first touched down near Elizabeth in Harrison County, and the second twister landed near West Baden Springs in Orange County.

January 31, 2013

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Explaining Common Core Standards To Students & Parents

Teachers have been tasked with explaining key changes of the new Common Core standards not just to students but to parents.

January 31, 2013

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GOP Could Decide Next Week To Push For Gay Marriage Ban

Republican lawmakers are wary about trying to pass a state constitutional amendment because the Supreme Court is scheduled to rule on a similar case this year.

January 31, 2013

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Cracks Develop Along Newly Opened Interstate 69

There are several sizeable cracks in the asphalt just south of the Patoka River Bridge on the Pike/Gibson County Line.

January 31, 2013

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Bill Would Create Commission To Oversee Children’s Issues

The Commission on Children's Issues would oversee Indiana's 31 boards, commissions, committees and agencies that deal with children.

January 31, 2013

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School Hopes Art Will Help Preschoolers Learn

A partnership between Fairview Elementary and Ivy Tech where students learn through art is expanding to preschool students next fall.

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