Archive for January 2014

January 1, 2014

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300,000 Hoosiers Request BMV Refund After Overcharges

People who were overcharged can receive their refund in the form of a check or a credit to their account.

January 1, 2014

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Indiana Population Grows More Slowly Than National Average

While Indiana's population is growing more slowly than the national rate, it is growing faster than most of its neighboring states.

January 1, 2014

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Lawmaker Seeks To Increase Jail Time For Violent Crimes

Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, plans to sponsor a bill that would boost mandatory minimum sentences for violent crimes.

January 1, 2014

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Homeless Shelter Takes Shape In Greencastle

After years of trying to reestablish a homeless shelter in Greencastle, two private citizens have purchased a building in which the shelter will be housed.

January 1, 2014

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New IRS Rule Could Spell The End For Automatic Gratuity

The rule classifies automatic gratuities as taxable wages.

January 1, 2014

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Paoli Begins More Renovations On Historic Town Square

Paoli is about to begin the second phase of a project aimed at improving the facades of buildings on the town square.

January 2, 2014

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Purdue Partnering With Gallup To Create New College Rankings

The new system will focus on how well a college's graduates do in the workforce.

January 2, 2014

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A new Kinsey Institute report suggests women experiencing sexual side effects of anti-depressants may be able to improve function through exercise.

Exercising Before Sex Helped Women Who Take Anti-Depressants

Improved blood flow after exercise helped women experiencing decreased sexual function caused by anti-depressants.

January 2, 2014

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Proposed Legislation Targets Foreclosures, Urban Blight

Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, wants Indiana to tap into federal money to curb the number of abandoned, foreclosed homes.

January 2, 2014

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Bartholomew County Considers Rebuilding Highway Garage

County Commission President Carl Lienhoop says the highway garage is in disrepair and needs to be rebuilt.

January 2, 2014

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Amazon Begins Charging Sales Tax In Indiana

In a 2012 settlement, Amazon agreed to start collecting sales taxes on items shipped to Indiana beginning this year.

January 2, 2014

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Judge’s Ruling On Transgender Couple’s Marriage Overturned

A Monroe County judge ruled a marriage between a man and woman was automatically void when one of them changed genders.

January 2, 2014

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NFL Extends Deadline For Purchasing Colts Tickets

The Indianapolis team's home playoff game on Saturday is in danger of being blacked out due to lower-than-expected ticket sales.

January 2, 2014

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The jars of brain tissue stolen from the Indiana Medical History Museum were sold for $670 on eBay.

Indiana Man Arrested For Brain Tissue Thefts

After being tipped off by a buyer from online auction site eBay, Indianapolis police nabbed a suspect in six thefts from an Indiana medical museum.

January 3, 2014

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IU Health Bloomington Working To Reduce Readmission Rate

The push comes ahead of new rules that will reduce hospitals' reimbursement for treating readmitted patients.

January 3, 2014

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K-9 Officers Help Detect Illegal Cell Phones In Prisons

The dogs are trained to sniff out cell phone materials, batteries and SIM cards to keep the devices from entering the state's prisons.

January 3, 2014

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A heat map shows the distribution of childcare providers participating in the state's Paths to Quality program that are rated at levels 3 or 4.

Is There Access To High-Quality Pre-K In Your Zip Code?

We mapped all the top-rated pre-K providers in the Paths to Quality program — and found parts of the state where there just aren’t many high quality options.

January 3, 2014

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Arctic Blast: Snow And -30 To -40 Degree Wind Chills

The first significant snow storm of 2014 is expected late Saturday night.

January 3, 2014

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Mourners Gather At State Rotunda For Jacobs’ Funeral

Friends of Jacobs say he will be remembered as an ethical and generous man.

January 3, 2014

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Emergency Room Visits Up Across The State

Experts are divided on what effect a state Medicaid expansion would have on the number of ER visits.

January 3, 2014

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Republican state representative Milo Smith says he's concerned about communities divided by district lines.

Columbus Lawmaker To Introduce Redistricting Bill

Representative Milo Smith plans to introduce a bill establishing an independent commission tasked with redrawing district lines for each census.

January 3, 2014

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Ask The Mayor: Greencastle’s Sue Murray

Indiana Newsdesk's Joe Hren speaks with Greencastle Mayor Sue Murray, in our weekly Ask The Mayor segment.

January 3, 2014

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Demonstrators are asking congress to provide a pathway to citizenship for the US 11 million undocumented immigrants

Immigration Debate Leaves Undocumented People In Limbo

Deportations are down 10 percent in the U.S. from 2012 to 2013.

January 3, 2014

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Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” January 3, 2014

Our statehouse reporter breaks down the top issues facing lawmakers this session, immigration reform in Indiana and Greencastle Mayor Sue Murray.

January 5, 2014

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Four Issues To Watch In The 2014 Legislative Session

Legislators plan to debate a range of issues from a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage to a tax on office furniture.

January 5, 2014

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Winter Storm Postpones Start Of Legislative Session

The legislature will not convene Monday as originally planned because of the low temperatures and heavy snow.

January 5, 2014

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Blizzard Conditions Arrive; IU Closes All Campuses

Bitter cold air will spread into the area tonight causing wind chill values to drop to 25 to 40 below zero through Tuesday.

January 6, 2014

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40,000 Indiana Homes Without Power After Winter Storm

Almost 40,000 homes in Indiana are without power after temperatures dropped below zero and several inches of snow fell throughout the state.

January 6, 2014

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Weather Cancels or Delays About 130 Flights At Indy Airport

Airport officials are urging travelers to check the status of their flight before leaving home because of weather related delays and cancellations.

January 6, 2014

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Extreme Weather Puts Most Of Indiana Under Travel Advisory

All but seven counties in Indiana are under a travel advisory because of snow and cold temperatures.

January 6, 2014

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Does This Qualify As A Blizzard?

Much of Indiana received 10-15 inches of snow Sunday. Bitterly cold temperatures and gusting winds are hitting the state today.

January 6, 2014

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What Does -11 Degrees Look Like? Send Us Your Photos

Send your photos of the snow to news@indianapublicmedia.org.

January 6, 2014

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Report: Ritz Aide Mined Bennett Emails, Denies Leaking Story

The Indianapolis Monthly piece doesn't reveal how an AP reporter knew to ask for emails that cost former schools chief Tony Bennett his next job in Florida.

January 6, 2014

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Gov. Pence Declares State Of Emergency In 29 Counties

Record snowfalls and record low temperatures prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency in 29 counties.

January 6, 2014

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Coldest Night In Two Decades Is Tonight

Temperatures are expected to dip to 12 degrees below zero with a windchill factor making it feel like 30 degrees below zero.

January 6, 2014

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Snowfall Amounts

Red Cross Opens Shelter; Travel Warnings Still In Effect

Wind chill readings are expected to drop to 40 below zero due to bitter temperatures and high winds.

January 6, 2014

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Delays And Cancellations Continue At Indy Airport

The Indianapolis Airport is continuing to recover from Sunday's storm that dumped 10-15 inches of snow across much of the state.

January 7, 2014

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Winter Storm Leaves 15,000 In Central Indiana Without Power

More than 15,000 Hoosiers are without power after heavy snowfall and subzero temperatures hit the state.

January 7, 2014

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Travel Advisories For Central Indiana 1/7/13

Many counties are still under travel advisories, and INDOT encourages drivers to stay off the roads.

January 7, 2014

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2014 Legislative Session Begins Today

The legislative session will begin today at 3:30. It was postponed because of Sunday's winter storm and bitter cold temperatures.

January 7, 2014

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IU Women’s Basketball Earns Highest Rank In School History

The AP ranked IU women's basketball No. 22 this week after the Hoosiers defeated the ranked Iowa Hawkeyes.

January 7, 2014

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Carrie Hillyard, who leads the turnaround team Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation leaders created to assist five struggling district schools, speaks to State Board of Education members at a public hearing on the future of Glenwood Leadership Academy.

Intervention At Glenwood Likely To Stop Short Of Takeover

Indiana education officials have proposed adding state-level oversight for the troubled Glenwood Leadership Academy in Evansville.

January 7, 2014

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Schools Don’t Have To Make Up Snow Days

The Department of Education is granting school districts waivers if they canceled school Monday and Tuesday.

January 7, 2014

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New Direct Flight Out of Indy Hopes To Increase Business

A new flight from Indianapolis to San Francisco completes its first round trip tomorrow.

January 7, 2014

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Tiny Desk: Indianapolis Sister Duo Lily And Madeleine

Indianapolis natives Lily and Madeleine perform an NPR Tiny Desk Concert.

January 7, 2014

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Walls are now windows in Michelle Steelman's house, where she has lived for 27 years.

FEMA Denies Indiana’s Appeal For Tornado Disaster Relief

The Federal Emergency Management Agency decided Indiana's damage was not extensive enough to qualify for assistance.

January 7, 2014

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Red Cross Keeping Shelters Open As Needed

A warming shelter in Spencer has served more than 30 people and is expected to stay open tonight.

January 8, 2014

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Counties Reduce Travel Advisory Levels

All counties in Indiana have downgraded their travel advisories to "watch" or "advisory" statuses.

January 8, 2014

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Ag-Gag Legislation Makes Second Debut In General Assembly

For the second session in a row, the General Assembly will discuss legislation that would make gathering media at Indiana farms illegal in certain situations.

January 8, 2014

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Tony Bennett Ethics Hearing Suspended Until May

The hearing focused on whether former Indiana State School Superintendent Tony Bennett used his state office for political work has been postponed.

January 8, 2014

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Pre-K Pilot Bill Resurfaces In Indiana House Ed Committee

A House panel will take up a bill Thursday that creates a pre-K pilot program — and bears striking resemblance to a proposal the full House passed last year.

January 8, 2014

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U.S. News And World Report: IU Online Programs Rank At Top

Two IU online graduate degree programs ranked top in their categories in the U.S. News and World Report ranking of best online programs.

January 8, 2014

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Thousands Still Without Power In Indiana

The winter storm has left thousands without power around the state, but the number of outages is dropping.

January 8, 2014

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Indiana Tax Revenue Meets Predictions After Shortfall

December tax collections were more than $40 million above target.

January 8, 2014

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GOP Legislative Agenda Includes Business Tax, Road Funding

The Republicans are seeking to reduce a tax on business property and identify how to use $400 million in transportation funding.

January 8, 2014

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Sub Zero Temperatures Could Have Hurt Winter Wheat Farmers

The sub zero temperatures could have hurt farmers' winter wheat, but the snow may have helped minimize damage.

January 8, 2014

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New equipment helps Indianapolis International Airport through the Arctic blast

New Equipment Helps Indy Airport Through Arctic Blast

About 85 percent of flights were canceled Monday at the Indianapolis International Airport, but only a handful were canceled today.

January 8, 2014

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ACLU Sues Over Drug Testing For Painkiller Patients

The ACLU of Indiana is suing the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana over new rules that require patients who are prescribed painkillers to be drug tested.

January 8, 2014

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Ivy Tech To Undergo Substantial Organizational Changes

Ivy Tech President Thomas Snyder says the changes will increase efficiency and create better relationships with local communities.

January 9, 2014

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All snow, no energy at the Indy Airport Solar Farm

Recent Snowfall Disables Indianapolis Solar Panels

The snow that fell in Indianapolis this week is rendering the solar panel farm at the airport useless until the panels are cleared.

January 9, 2014

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Proposed Senate Bill Would Ban Teens From Tanning Beds

A proposed Senate bill wants to ban teenagers under 16 from tanning beds in Indiana. Currently teenagers must have written consent from a parent.

January 9, 2014

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Proposed Marriage Amendment Clarified, Renamed

Legislators renamed House Joint Resolution 6 to HJR-3 and filed a companion bill that permits existing private sector benefits.

January 9, 2014

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Marsh Closing Eight Stores By End Of January

The supermarket closed three Indiana stores in 2011.

January 9, 2014

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Senate Bill Would Allow Microbrew Sales at Farmer’s Markets

Proposed Senate Bill 5 would allow Indiana microbreweries to sell their beer at local farmer's markets.

January 9, 2014

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Sub-Zero Temperatures Cause Homeowners’ Pipes To Burst

Water pipes often burst in winter, but the extremely low temperatures this week have caused more water lines to freeze than normal.

January 9, 2014

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Indiana House Education Panel OKs Pre-K Voucher Proposal

The proposal would require students who receive a pre-K voucher to take a kindergarten readiness assessment before entering school.

January 9, 2014

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Senate Republicans Present Plan To Reduce Business Tax

The Senate Republican plan calls for exemptions to the business personal property tax and a reduction of the state's corporate tax.

January 9, 2014

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The conservative group claims to include over 45,000 families in its network.

Advance America Airs Pro-Marriage Amendment TV Ads

An Indiana-based conservative group is joining the public relations fight over the gay marriage amendment.

January 10, 2014

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Rolls Royce To Lay Off Hundreds Of Hoosiers

400 Rolls Royce employees, mostly based in Indianapolis, will lose their jobs.

January 10, 2014

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3,400 Hoosiers Eligible For Healthy Indiana Plan

The state-run health coverage program is accepting everyone on its waiting list after tightening eligibility requirements.

January 10, 2014

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Melting Snow, Rainfall Leads To Lowland Flooding

Homeowners should open storm drains blocked by snow to prevent local flooding.

January 10, 2014

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Bartholomew County Murder Suspect In Custody

Samual Sallee is being held in Bartholomew County on four charges of murder, after four Columbus residents were killed last May.

January 10, 2014

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Andrea Neal says she believes she was appointed to the State Board of Education because of her anti-Common Core stance.

How A Common Core Critic Could Influence State Board Debate

Andrea Neal says she believes she was appointed to the State Board of Education because of her anti-Common Core stance.

January 10, 2014

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IU Football Lets Go Two Defensive Coaches

Defensive Coordinator Doug Mallory and Defensive Line Coach Jon Fabris will not return for the 2014 season.

January 10, 2014

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The tiger was not put down because the attack only happened because keeper Marissa Dub mistakenly left the gate open

Upgrades To Cost Rescue Center Millions After Tiger Attack

The Exotic Feline Rescue Center could be facing more than $3 million in safety upgrades.

January 10, 2014

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The biggest factor in the closings has been unplowed roads.

Schools Expected To Open Monday

Some schools in Indiana have been closed or delayed all week because of unusually low temperatures and heavy snowfall.

January 10, 2014

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Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” January 10, 2014

More on the Exotic Feline Rescue Center investigation, the legislature lays out its priorities and is the creation of a state funded Pre-K program possible?

January 11, 2014

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House Speaker Backs Redistricting Measure

The bill would create an independent commission in an attempt to make redistricting less partisan.

January 11, 2014

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Legislators Address Controversial Measures In First Week

Legislators are considering measures regarding same-sex marriage, state-funded preschool and trespassing on agricultural facilities.

January 11, 2014

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Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Dies

Sharon's career spanned the birth of the nation and most of the essential turning points in its history.

January 13, 2014

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House Democrats Want To Offer Tax Break To STEM Students

House Minority Leader Scott Pelath wants to offer tax breaks to Indiana's top STEM graduates to keep them in the state after graduation.

January 13, 2014

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Proposed Legislation Would Lower Penalty For Guns In Schools

Rep. Jim Lucas’, R-Seymour, proposed legislation would lower the penalty of carrying a gun on school property from a level six felony to a class A misdemeanor.

January 13, 2014

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Muncie Community Schools Superintendent Tim Heller, right, listens during public comment at a board meeting.

State Denies Muncie Schools’ Request To Stop Running Buses

The school district, deeply in debt, asked the Indiana Department of Education to allow it to end bus service after a transportation referendum failed.

January 13, 2014

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Indianapolis Asking For Federal Assistance After Snow Storm

Mayor Greg Ballard is asking FEMA to help offset the millions of dollars the city spent in snow removal, shelters and repairs after last week's snow storm.

January 13, 2014

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Colin Powell To Headline Ivy Tech Fundraising Dinner

Colin Powell will speak at Ivy Tech- Bloomington's annual O'Bannon Institute for Community Service fundraising dinner in April.

January 13, 2014

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Fairview Elementary Parents Protest Classroom Changes

School officials at Fairview Elementary in Bloomington are grouping students with new teachers based on their academic ability.

January 13, 2014

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Gay Marriage Amendment Hearing Ends With No Vote

After hearing hours of testimony, the House committee chair delayed a vote on House Joint Resolution 3.

January 13, 2014

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A rally supporter holds up stop common core sign at the Indiana Statehouse.

Report: Why Right-Wing Groups Are Pushing To End Common Core

As Indiana's standards debate continues, Politico reports on how national conservative groups see their anti-Common Core push as the start of a bigger debate.

January 13, 2014

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As Health Exchange Numbers Surge, Few Young Hoosiers Enroll

More than 30,000 Hoosiers have enrolled in health care plans through the federal exchange, but most of them are older adults who cost insurance companies more.

January 13, 2014

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Fairview Elementary Officials Reverse Classroom Changes

The Fairview Elementary principal admits she acted too quickly in her decision to reassign students to different classes based on their academic abilities.

January 14, 2014

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Why The HJR-3 Marriage Amendment Vote Was Delayed

After hours of testimony before a House committee, a vote on the same sex marriage amendment, HJR-3, was postponed.

January 14, 2014

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Breaking Down Latest Cost Estimate For Proposed Pre-K Pilot

Assuming a proposed pre-K pilot serves children in Indiana's most populous counties, it could cost the state around $25 million.

January 14, 2014

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State Of The State Preview: Pence Will Outline Agenda

Many are wondering if the governor will discuss the proposed gay marriage amendment during his State of the State address tonight.

January 14, 2014

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Judge Allows Charlie White Out Of Home Detention

Secretary of State Charlie White is not being required to serve his one-year home detention sentence while he appeals convictions of voter fraud.

January 14, 2014

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Swine Flu Returns to Indiana, But It’s Less Threatening

The swine flu is the same strain that caused a pandemic and killed 40 people in Indiana in 2009.

January 14, 2014

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Pence Supports House Tax Plan

The Republican plan would allow local governments to eliminate a tax on purchases of new business equipment.

January 14, 2014

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Full Text: Governor Pence’s State Of The State Address

Gov. Mike Pence is touting job creation in Indiana and announcing new education initiatives in his second State of the State address.

January 14, 2014

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A rally supporter holds up stop common core sign at the Indiana Statehouse.

Pence Wants Education Standards ‘By Hoosiers, For Hoosiers’

In his State of the State address, Gov. Mike Pence advocated for Indiana to write Common Core-independent standards.

January 14, 2014

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Governor Touts Tax Reduction, Pre-K Plan In State Of State

Gov. Mike Pence re-emphasized his proposed initiatives for a pre-k voucher program and touched on the constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage.

January 14, 2014

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Fire Destroys Kokomo Buses, Could Cause Delays

Six Kokomo city buses burned in a fire Tuesday night, causing possible delays for Wednesday morning.

January 14, 2014

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IU Basketball Upsets No. 3 Wisconsin

The IU Hoosiers, who are unranked, upset the University of Wisconsin Badgers 75-72.

January 14, 2014

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Mayors Speak Against Loss Of Business Personal Property Tax

At the urging of Governor Mike Pence, the Indiana legislature is weighing whether to eliminate or reduce a tax on business equipment.

January 15, 2014

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IEDC Says Right To Work Brought 8,000 Jobs To Indiana

The controversial Right To Work law that passed two years ago brought thousands of jobs to the state, according to the Pence Administration.

January 15, 2014

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The State Board of Education approved 2012-13 district letter grades Wednesday.

State Board Approves A-F Grades For School Corporations

The grades rate a district's overall performance but do not carry penalties under the state's accountability system the way individual school letter grades do.

January 15, 2014

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Jennings County Library Will Be Run By Solar Power

The library is issuing a $700,000 bond to install the solar panels in hopes of eliminating the facility's electricity costs.

January 15, 2014

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Hoosiers Could Be Asked To Verify Identity For Tax Returns

Hoosiers' identities will be verified through a new system with the aim of preventing identity theft.

January 15, 2014

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House Committee Scales Back Bill That Relaxes Gun Control

As the bill was originally written, it would have lowered the penalty for carrying a gun on school property from a felony to a misdemeanor.

January 15, 2014

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Family Visits Could Improve Juvenile Delinquents’ Behavior

The Vera Institute for Justice is studying the effects Indiana's expanded visiting hours are having on incarcerated youth.

January 15, 2014

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State Board of Education member Brad Oliver and state superintendent Glenda Ritz listen during a January 2014 meeting.

Ritz: ‘Indiana Will Be Adopting A New Set Of Standards’

Superintendent Glenda Ritz says the State Board needs to adopt new education standards this spring so tests can be ready for the 2015-16 school year.

January 15, 2014

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Chief Justice Emphasizes Need For Affordable Legal Services

A judicial report found that of all civil lawsuits in Indiana last year, 60 percent of people went unrepresented.

January 16, 2014

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Columbus Seeks Lawyer After Mayor Demotes Parks Director

The mayor of Columbus demoted the parks director, saying he was misusing credit cards and overspending his budget.

January 16, 2014

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Elkhart Grocery Store Shooting Leaves Three Dead

A man in Elkhart shot two people at a Martin's grocery store last night around 10 p.m.

January 16, 2014

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Studies Conflict On How Reality Shows Affect Teen Pregnancy

One IU researcher looked at the effect shows like MTV's 16 and Pregnant have on teen pregnancy, but her research conflicts with another like it.

January 16, 2014

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U.S. Attorney Hogsett Won’t Run For Mayor, Governor

Many Democrats saw the U.S. attorney as a promising candidate for several possible positions, including Indianapolis mayor, governor and U.S. Senator.

January 16, 2014

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Pre-K Pilot Proposal Passes House, Heads To Cautious Senate

The bill is likely to face scrutiny in the Senate where last session lawmakers scaled back a similar proposal, citing cost concerns.

January 16, 2014

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Hoosiers could soon be allowed to buy alcohol at the Indiana State Fair if a proposed bill passes the General Assembly.

Bill Would Allow Alcohol Sales At Indiana State Fair

Indiana’s is only one of the two state fairs in the nation that prohibit beer and wine sales.

January 16, 2014

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GOP Poll On HJR-3 Conflicts With Freedom Indiana Numbers

Last week's GOP-commissioned phone survey says 53 percent of Hoosiers surveyed support the same-sex marriage ban known as HJR-3.

January 17, 2014

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Winter Weather Causes Traffic Advisories

Light snowfall last night and single digit temperatures have a few counties in travel advisories.

January 17, 2014

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Real Estate Outlook In Indiana Slowly Improving

Real estate sector representatives say the vacancy rate for commercial real estate is declining, which could spur new developments.

January 17, 2014

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IUPUI's Martin Luther King Day Of Service

Martin Luther King Day Celebrations In The Area

Event opportunities this MLK day encourage education on topics such as science and adult literacy.

January 17, 2014

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IU Health Hospitals are urging patients to limit visitors in order to help curb this yearâs flu outbreak.

Flu Prompts Visitation Restrictions At IU Health Hospitals

IU Health hospitals are urging patients to limit visitors in order to help curb this year’s flu outbreak.

January 17, 2014

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Legislature’s Electronic Voting System Experiences Problems

House Speaker Brian Bosma has joked about the troubled technology. He asked someone to bring him an abacus earlier this week to help tally votes.

January 17, 2014

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Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, left, and Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, say statehouse Republicans will send a letter to the State Board of Education recommending Indiana write its own expectations for students.

GOP Leaders Support Indiana-Specific Education Standards

Expect Republican state lawmakers to tell Indiana education officials they too support a move away from Common Core.

January 17, 2014

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Cyber Security Expert: Obama’s NSA Plan Is ‘Disappointing’

Director of the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research Fred Cate responded to Obama's speech that outlined the need to change intelligence collection.

January 17, 2014

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Report: Indiana In Bottom Ten For Emergency Care

The report ranks Indiana 42nd in disaster preparedness and 40th in overall emergency care.

January 17, 2014

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington’s Mark Kruzan

Indiana Newsdesk's Joe Hren speaks with Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan, in our weekly Ask The Mayor segment.

January 17, 2014

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Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” January 17, 2014

Lawmakers delay a vote on the same sex marriage ban and some say a bill designed to protect farmers would infringe on people's first amendment rights.

January 17, 2014

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The endangered Indiana bat preserve has been spotted near the donated land.

$4.3 Million Property Dedicated As Nature Preserve

The land donated to the Central Indiana Land Trust by Holladay Properties is valued at $4.3 million.

January 19, 2014

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How The Marriage Amendment Could Affect Same-Sex Benefits

Many gay rights supporters worry HJR-3 would do more than solidify a ban on gay marriage. They say it could disrupt existing same-sex benefits.

January 20, 2014

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Proposed Tax Cut To Military Faces Obstacles In Legislature

Rep. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, is proposing a tax cut to military salaries, but the bill faces a tough battles in the legislature.

January 20, 2014

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More Young People Dying From Flu In Indiana This Season

More 25- to 64-year-olds are dying of the flu than in previous years.

January 20, 2014

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Arson Trial Over Little Nashville Opry Starts Tuesday

The trial of the suspected arsonist in the Little Nashville Opry fire begins tomorrow.

January 20, 2014

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10 Things To Know About Indiana’s Business Equipment Tax

With the a tax expert's help, StateImpact explains how Indiana's levy on business equipment works — and how its phase-out would impact local governments.

January 20, 2014

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This Month Is Third Snowiest January On Record

Indiana has received 23.3 inches of snow this month, making it the third snowiest January on record.

January 20, 2014

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Kinsey Institute Receives Archives Of Modern Love Researcher

The Kinsey Institute at IU is now home to the archives of Dr. Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist and chief scientific adviser to Match.com.

January 20, 2014

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Students Reflect On MLK: ‘Diversity Is More Than Race’

Nearly 50 years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, some say sexual orientation, gender and economic status need to be included in discussions about diversity.

January 21, 2014

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Indianapolis Will Host NRA Convention In April

Indianapolis is expecting at least 65,000 NRA members to attend the convention.

January 21, 2014

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Report: Half Of Indiana’s Congressmen Are Millionaires

According to a report by the Center For Responsive Politics, Sen. Dan Coats is the wealthiest Indiana representative in Congress.

January 21, 2014

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‘Ag Gag’ Bill Makes Second Appearance At Legislature

The bill seeks to toughen the penalties for trespassing on agricultural property.

January 21, 2014

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Sen. Coats’ Top Priority: Repeal Part Of Affordable Care Act

Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana, revealed his top legislative priorities today, including a delay of the individual mandate and a repeal of the medical device tax.

January 21, 2014

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One Dead, One In Custody After Shooting At Purdue

A shooter entered the Electrical Engineering building at Purdue University this afternoon and killed one person. Identities of both are still unknown.

January 21, 2014

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Speaker Bosma Moves Marriage Amendment To New Committee

House Joint Resolution 3 has been moved to a new committee after several members of the original committee said they were undecided on the issue.

January 21, 2014

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This Winter Could Be One Of Most Expensive On Record

Indianapolis has spent more than $5 million this year on winter weather maintenance.

January 21, 2014

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Committee Scales Back, Sends ‘Ag-Gag’ Bill To Senate Floor

A Senate committee passed a bill that makes it easier for farmers to charge trespassers.

January 22, 2014

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Hundreds Of Mourners Gather At Purdue Vigil

Andrew Boldt, 21, was killed yesterday after a shooting at Purdue University.

January 22, 2014

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Ask The Mayor: Kokomo’s Greg Goodnight

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight takes your questions and reacts to his name being mentioned as a candidate for Indiana governor.

January 22, 2014

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An aide helps a student count at Busy Bees Academy, a public preschool in Columbus.

Why Education Officials Want One Kindergarten Readiness Exam

Indiana has a pre-K assessment now, but it isn't mandatory or widespread. That makes it hard for the state to track what preschool students are learning.

January 22, 2014

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Indiana Tobacco Use Higher Than National Average

The average smoking rate for the country is 19.6 percent, while Indiana is 24 percent.

January 22, 2014

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Legislator Seeks To Expand Indiana Lifeline Law

Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, is proposing an expanded version of a law that gives minors immunity from underage drinking charges when seeking medical help.

January 22, 2014

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Miami County Denies Responsibility For Major Dam Repairs

Repairing six dams in a lakefront neighborhood could cost up to $1.5 million.

January 22, 2014

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Committee Sends HJR-3 To Indiana House For Vote

The Elections Committee approved the constitutional amendment in a 9-3 vote.

January 22, 2014

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Jury Selection Continues For Second Day In Little Opry Trial

The Little Nashville Opry's former manager, James Bowyer, was arrested two years ago on felony arson charges.

January 23, 2014

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State Of Higher Education Is Strong But Has Room To Grow

Indiana Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers gave her annual State of Higher Education address Wednesday night.

January 23, 2014

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Students play a bingo game to help improve their counting skills at Busy Bees Academy, a public preschool in Columbus.

How Indiana Education Officials Want To Improve Pre-K

Even if lawmakers don't approve a pre-K voucher program this session, state education officials say there's low-cost work that can be done.

January 23, 2014

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Senate Approves Tanning Ban For Teens Under 16 Years Old

Republican Senator Pat Miller authored the bill, citing research that classifies tanning beds in the same category as asbestos, arsenic and cigarette smoke.

January 23, 2014

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Cody Cousins, 23, has been charged with murder in the shooting death of 21-year-old Purdue University student Andrew Boldt.

Suspect In Purdue Shooting Formally Charged With Murder

Cody Cousins, 23, has been formally charged with murder in the shooting death of a fellow Purdue University student.

January 23, 2014

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Little Nashville Opry

Opening Arguments Heard In Little Nashville Opry Arson Trial

A former Opry employee and witness for the prosecution said the defendant James Bowyer acted erratically the night of the fire.

January 23, 2014

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Council Votes To Restore Demoted Parks Director’s Salary

The Columbus City Council voted unanimously to restore Ben Wagner's salary while they determine if the mayor had the authority to demote him.

January 24, 2014

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Lawmakers Disagree Over Second Sentence Of HJR-3

Lawmakers and legal experts disagree on the consequences of the second sentence of the bill, which bans any legal status “substantially similar” to marriage.

January 24, 2014

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Winter Weather Depleting INDOT’s Budget

INDOT has already used most of its budget for winter road maintenance with two months of the season still left.

January 24, 2014

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Three Dead After I-94 Pileup In Northwest Indiana

White out snow conditions last night caused a massive pileup on I-94 near Michigan City.

January 24, 2014

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Indianapolis Public Schools is supporting a legislative plan that could increase cooperation with charter schools located in the district.

Plan For IPS, Charter Collaboration Draws Union Backlash

IPS is supporting a plan that could bring some charters under the district's umbrella. But the ISTA says it's too similar to the state's takeover plan.

January 24, 2014

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Cold Front To Bring 2 To 3 More Inches Of Snow

Roads will become slick and snow covered later tonight.

January 24, 2014

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Indiana University student Ryder Pickens, 20, has been arrested on suspicion of manufacturing a bomb in his Bloomington apartment.

IU Student Arrested On Suspicion Of Bomb Making

An IU student was arrested Wednesday under suspicion of manufacturing a bomb in his Bloomington apartment.

January 24, 2014

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HJR-3, the proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, will be up for a vote in the Indiana House next week.

House Minority Leader Scott Pelath Will File HJR-3 Amendment

The House Minority Leader is filing to change the bill's second sentence, but isn't sure he will offer the change when the bill goes to the floor next week.

January 24, 2014

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How Purdue Handled Emergency Response To On-Campus Shooting

Amid some questions about Purdue’s emergency response systems, we take a look at the procedures that kicked in from the moment the first shot was reported.

January 24, 2014

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The Propane Education and Research Council says propane supply isn't the issue, it's getting it to the where it's needed.

Midwest Experiences Propane Shortage Due To High Demand

An unprecedented demand coupled with the frigid temperatures is leading to a propane shortage.

January 24, 2014

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Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” January 24, 2014

We talk about emergency response and the latest on the Purdue shooting investigation and an unprecedented propane shortage is leaving some Hoosiers in the cold.

January 25, 2014

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How Artificial Intelligence Could Improve Health Care

Three IU researchers are working to develop a computer system they say could improve the quality and decrease the cost of medical treatment.

January 25, 2014

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Former IUPUI Dean Goes To Olympics To Settle Legal Disputes

IUPUI dean emeritus Gary Roberts is heading to Sochi to help settle legal issues that might arise during the Olympic games.

January 27, 2014

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Indiana Native Wins Gold At X-Games And Heads To Sochi

Indiana native Nick Goepper won the gold medal in the X games' ski slopestyle event this weekend.

January 27, 2014

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Severe Winter Weather Affecting Blood Supply In Indiana

The severe winter weather has depleted the Indiana Blood Center's supply of blood for hospitals.

January 27, 2014

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Changes To Moped Laws Being Considered In General Assembly

Two bills regarding moped rules and regulations will potentially be combined this session.

January 27, 2014

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Fewer Voucher Students Spending Time In Public School First

Indiana awarded 19,809 private school tuition vouchers for the 2013-14 school year, up from 9,139 last year and 3,911 two years ago.

January 27, 2014

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Bill Would Limit Police Use Of Drones, Surveillance

Rep. Eric Koch, R-Bedford, wants to limit the use of police drones and electronic surveillance.

January 27, 2014

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Arctic Blast Expected Tonight Into Tuesday Morning

Bitterly cold temperatures and wind chills are expected tonight.

January 27, 2014

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Indiana House Changes HJR-3 To Restart Ratification Process

The House of Representatives voted to amend the proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage--a move that could restart the ratification process.

January 27, 2014

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Bill That Would Make Pseudoephedrine Prescription-Only Dies

Those in favor of more regulation for pseudoephedrine say similar actions in other states have significantly reduced meth labs and crime rates.

January 28, 2014

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4th Graders’ Reading Proficiency Gap Widens Based On Income

The difference in reading skills between lower-income and higher-income students has widened over the past decade.

January 28, 2014

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Senate Bill: Gun Buy-Back Programs Wasting Potential Revenue

A proposed bill in the Senate would eliminate gun buyback programs in the state.

January 28, 2014

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Two Companies Expanding Operations In Bloomington

AB BioTechnologies, Inc. and TASUS Corporation are expanded their Bloomington locations and creating new jobs.

January 28, 2014

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Unemployment Drops Below 7 Percent For First Time In 5 Years

Indiana's unemployment rate dropped to 6.9 percent last month, but the state's private sector lost 4,800 jobs.

January 28, 2014

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What A-F Letter Grades Can Tell Us About Voucher Schools

D or F rated private schools had, on average, twice as many voucher-recipient students as the A schools.

January 28, 2014

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Indy Soccer Team Wants Part Of Ticket Taxes For New Stadium

The new professional soccer team wants to build an $87 million multi-purpose stadium in downtown Indianapolis.

January 28, 2014

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Committee Approves Bill To Expand Mass Transit

The expansion would be funded through rider fees and corporate and employment taxes.

January 28, 2014

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How President Obama’s Minimum Wage Hike Could Affect Indiana

President Obama plans to sign an executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors.

January 28, 2014

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Purdue Shooting Victim’s Funeral Being Held Today

A funeral service is being held today for Andrew Boldt, the Purdue University student and teaching assistant who was killed in an on-campus shooting last week.

January 28, 2014

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HJR-3 Heads To Indiana Senate After Passing House

The resolution that would amend the constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman passed the House today 57-40.

January 28, 2014

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Lawmakers Seek To Ease High Cost Of Propane During Shortage

A proposal would exempt the sales tax from any charge above $2.50 per gallon on propane.

January 28, 2014

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Tree Clearing For I-69 Section 5 Begins This Week

Drivers should anticipate short-term lane closures and reduced work zone speed limits along S.R. 37.

January 29, 2014

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Downtown Bloomington Recycling Center To Close This Summer

The Downtown Bloomington Recycling Center will close in July because of financial problems.

January 29, 2014

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Lawmakers Renew Standards Debate, Consider Common Core Exit

A panel of state lawmakers will hear a bill Wednesday that would require Indiana to exit the Common Core initiative and write its own expectations for students.

January 29, 2014

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Students sing and play music games during choir class at St. Charles Catholic School in Bloomington.

Does Indiana Attach Enough Money To Private School Vouchers?

Voucher proponents say Indiana's maximum award amount is too low to continue attracting new students at the current pace.

January 29, 2014

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Farm Bill Passage Doesn’t Mean Less Benefits For Hoosiers

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a new Farm Bill , which cuts SNAP benefits and farm subsidies. But these reductions aren't bad things for Hoosiers.

January 29, 2014

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Governor Announces More Steps To Address Propane Shortage

The plan includes easing restrictions on hours of service for propane transporters and providing more money to help low-income Hoosiers pay their energy bills.

January 29, 2014

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Committee Scales Back Bill Regulating Abortion Clinics

The bill would now only require abortion doctors and backup physicians to have their admitting privileges in writing with the health providers and the state.

January 29, 2014

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A Common Core opponent attends a rally at the statehouse in January 2013.

Lawmakers Considering Proposal To Guarantee Common Core Exit

A panel of lawmakers is considering a proposal that would bar Indiana from returning to the nationally-crafted academic standards known as the Common Core.

January 30, 2014

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Indiana Libraries Work Toward Digitization Of Books

Increased demand for e-books is forcing libraries to digitize book collections.

January 30, 2014

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Students attending private schools that accept vouchers must take the statewide standardized test, the ISTEP+.

Voucher Schools Will Still Give Statewide Standardized Test

A proposal to let voucher-accepting private schools opt out of the state's ISTEP+ test fizzled in committee Wednesday.

January 30, 2014

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The constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage will be heard next in the Senate Rules Committee.

Senate Leader Reassigns HJR-3 To New Committee

Senate President Pro Tem David Long says is assigning an amendment banning same-sex marriage to the Rules Committee, not Judiciary as originally planned.

January 30, 2014

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The Nov. 17 tornado destroyed many homes and businesses in Kokomo.

Governor Requests Disaster Loans For Tornado-Damaged Areas

The governor is asking for assistance for Daviess, Fountain and Howard counties after tornadoes swept through the state in November.

January 30, 2014

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This map shows how much each Indiana school district would lose if lawmakers were to eliminate the personal property tax â a tax on business equipment.

Map: What Business Tax Debate Could Mean For Indiana Schools

Indiana school districts would lose an additional $150 million in local revenues if the state completely eliminated the business personal property tax.

January 30, 2014

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Association of Cities and Towns Executive Director Matt Greller

Local Leaders Ask Lawmakers To Oppose Business Tax Reduction

The tax on business equipment brings in about $1 billion a year that goes toward local governments.

January 30, 2014

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Indiana Mothers Reducing Early Elective Deliveries

Health groups say carrying a child to the full-term of 39 weeks significantly reduces the risk of infant mortality.

January 30, 2014

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House Bill Would Halt Public Employee Pension Outsourcing

The Public Retirement System Board voted last summer to privatize annuity savings accounts offered to public employees and teachers.

January 31, 2014

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An adult emerald ash borer feeds off a leaf.

Winter Weather Could Slow Spread Of Invasive Ash Borer

It’s the coldest it’s been in recent years and it seems the frigid temperatures are hard on things other than just people.

January 31, 2014

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Should The DNR Be Logging In State Forest Backcountry?

Department of Natural Resources officials say carefully managed logging can improve the natural habitat, but critics say the department has economic motives.

January 31, 2014

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Man Accused Of Burning Down Little Opry Found Not Guilty

James Bowyer, 77, has been found not guilty after being charged with burning down the Little Nashville Opry in 2009.

January 31, 2014

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Flu Deaths In Indiana Increasing Among 25 To 64-Year-Olds

Many of the younger people dying from the flu were not vaccinated against the H1N1 virus.

January 31, 2014

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Schools Ask Congress To Ease Health Care Employer Mandate

Businesses and schools have cut part-time hours under 30 hours per week to avoid being required to pay for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

January 31, 2014

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Governor Pence Wants To Reinsert HJR-3′s Second Sentence

Governor Mike Pence wants to reinsert the second sentence of the marriage amendment so that it could go to voters for approval this fall.

January 31, 2014

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Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” January 31, 2014

Employers are reducing the hours of part time employees to avoid paying insurance and is logging good forest management or the destruction of a public asset?

January 31, 2014

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As Rural Communities Age, Need To Develop Resources Grows

Research shows Indiana's rural communities are getting older, and young people are leaving for urban areas.

January 31, 2014

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Decision For Blight Elimination Funds To Be Announced

Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann will announce whether the state will use funds from the U.S. Department of Treasury funds to tear down foreclosed properties.

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