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February 3, 2014

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Winter Weather Watch In Effect Through Wednesday

The National Weather Service in Indianapolis has issued a Winter Storm Warning through Wednesday afternoon.

February 3, 2014

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Spay And Neuter Bill Dies In Indiana House

A proposed bill that would provide free spay/neuter services for Medicaid recipients died in the House last week.

February 3, 2014

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Purdue Seeking Feedback On Emergency Response Procedures

After the fatal shooting on campus last month, Mitch Daniels says Purdue is evaluating its emergency response procedures and seeking feedback from the public.

February 3, 2014

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Third Republican Enters Race For State Treasurer

Kelly Mitchell has spent the last six years working at the State Treasurer’s office.

February 3, 2014

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

Seeking To Quell Opponents, States Rebrand The Common Core

As other states re-name their Core-aligned guidelines, Indiana's Common Core opponents hope lawmakers will address their concerns with the standards.

February 3, 2014

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Abandoned home in Terre Haute, Indiana. The Lieutenant Governor says the program will help stabilize neighborhoods and reduce foreclosures.

Lt. Governor Announces Blight Elimination Program

Indiana is diverting federal money to help local communities demolish abandoned homes.

February 3, 2014

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Indy Super Bowl Bid Committee Looks To New Jersey For Ideas

Indianapolis is bidding to host the 2018 Super Bowl.

February 3, 2014

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Bloomington high school students are trying to break down racial barriers through poetry and song.

Indiana University Hosts Annual African-American Read-In

Bloomington high school students are trying to break down racial barriers through poetry and song.

February 3, 2014

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An effort to prevent abortion clinicsâ backup physicians from having to report their name to the state Department of Health was defeated by Senate Republicans today.

Stricter Abortion Clinic Requirements Move Forward

A measure in the Indiana Senate requires abortion clinics’ backup physicians to report their name to the state Department of Health.

February 3, 2014

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Predicted Snowfall

Ten Inches Of Snow Predicted In Latest Forecast Model

Current indications are that 5 to 10 inches of snow will occur as a low pressure system moves from the Gulf of Mexico through the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys.

February 3, 2014

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Convicted Killer Who Escaped From Michigan Found In Indiana

Law enforcement has apprehended a man in Indiana who escaped a Michigan prison yesterday.

February 4, 2014

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StateImpact Indiana's Kyle Stokes explains how the property tax caps impact school corporations' bottom lines.

Video: How Property Tax Caps Impact Indiana Schools’ Budgets

The caps saved Indiana property owners a total of $704 million on their tax bills last year. But some local governments really miss those revenues.

February 4, 2014

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House Minority Leader: Lawmakers Not Addressing Key Issues

House Minority Leader Scott Pelath says the General Assembly has ignored important topics such as the minimum wage and the gender wage gap.

February 4, 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.

Gov. Pence Calls On President To Address Propane Shortage

Governor Mike Pence, along with several other governors, sent a letter to President Obama asking him to take steps to ease the propane shortage.

February 4, 2014

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Veteran Treatment Study Bill Passes Senate, Heads To House

Sen. Jim Banks authored the bill and says there is not enough information about why only half of veterans with post traumatic stress disorder seek help.

February 4, 2014

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Indiana Prepares For Another Winter Storm

Some parts of the state could see as much as 10 inches of snow by tomorrow.

February 4, 2014

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Indiana Farmers are hoping to get back benefits from the government.

Farm Bill Passes, Indiana Senators Vote In Favor

Both of Indiana's U.S. senators voted in favor of the bill, which now heads to President Obama.

February 5, 2014

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Travel Advisories In Effect Around The State

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has issued travel advisories for many counties in Indiana after the latest snow storm.

February 5, 2014

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Purdue And Cook Will Invest In Life Science Startups

Cook Medical Devices and Purdue University announced yesterday they will work together to create an investment fund for life science startups.

February 5, 2014

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Report: Large Water Resources Lie Untapped In Indiana Mines

A report from the Indiana Geological Survey estimates up to 172 billion gallons of untapped water is being held in the state’s underground mines.

February 5, 2014

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INDOT Allocates $11.6 Million For Daviess County Buggy Lanes

The money will pay for upgrades to Cannelburg Road that include larger shoulders for Amish buggies.

February 5, 2014

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Lawmakers Split On Spending $400 Million Transportation Fund

The General Assembly could decide to use $400 million it set aside last year for future transportation projects.

February 5, 2014

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Draper, Inc., in Spiceland is the largest private employer in Henry County, manufacturing various equipment for schools.

What’s At Stake For Businesses In Equipment Tax Debate

"I don’t want us to be regarded as 'the branch plant state,'" says the Henry County Council president – who also works for the county's largest manufacturer.

February 5, 2014

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Snow Plow

Companies Look For Alternatives As Salt Supplies Diminish

Maintenance crews are looking for more effective and cheaper options to keep the streets safe and clean.

February 5, 2014

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Bloomington Council To Consider New Conservation District

Residents of Matlock Heights asked the City Council to help them establish their neighborhood as a conservation district to maintain the integrity of the area.

February 5, 2014

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This alley in Washington, Indiana is usually lined with garages. The damage and debris in this area can be seen for several blocks.

Indiana Residents Eligible For Federal Loans After Storms

Indiana residents and businesses in 19 counties can qualify for low-interest disaster loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration.

February 6, 2014

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How An Indiana Skier Became The Face Of A New Olympic Sport

Lawrenceburg native and slopestyle skier Nick Goepper is competing in the Olympics.

February 6, 2014

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Governor Mike Pence

Pence Discusses Business Personal Property Tax

Governor Pence refuses to take a stance on the two versions of the business personal property tax reform proposed by the Indiana House and Senate.

February 6, 2014

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INDOT Crews Working 24-Hours A Day To Fill Potholes

Governor Mike Pence announced today that transportation crews are working in two 12-hour shifts each day to repair the roads after the snow storm.

February 6, 2014

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Columbus Representative Facing Primary Challenger

Bartholomew County Council President Ryan Lauer is challenging Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, for his seat.

February 6, 2014

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IU Health Accused Of Discriminating Against White Employee

The Indiana Civil Rights Commission has concluded its preliminary investigation into a discrimination complaint against IU Health.

February 6, 2014

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Schools Get More Time For ISTEP+ Exams After Rough Winter

Schools will have another seven days to give students the state's high-stakes exam because of all the delays and closings this school year.

February 6, 2014

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Greencastle Public Works

Ask The Mayor: Greencastle’s Sue Murray

Greencastle Mayor Sue Murray talks about how much winter weather is making a dent into the city budget and big changes to the Putnam County airport.

February 6, 2014

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Terre Haute Plans To Seek Blight Elimination Funding

The state has set aside $75 million to help communities tear down abandoned homes they otherwise could not afford to deal with.

February 7, 2014

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Farm Bill Adds Tax To Locally Grown, Live Christmas Trees

The new Farm Bill includes a 15 cent tax on live Christmas trees that will go toward a marketing campaign to increase sales.

February 7, 2014

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This map shows how much of each Indiana school corporationâs local tax levy was lost to the stateâs property tax caps in 2013. Note: Indianaâs Department of Local Government Finance does not have property tax cap data for LaPorte County, accounting for the gap in the map there.

Map: How Much Money Your School Lost To Indiana’s Tax Caps

Property owners kept a total of $245 million in tax dollars they would've otherwise paid to school districts if not for Indiana's property tax caps.

February 7, 2014

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Dog staying warm in the Bloomington Animal Shelter.

Pets May Be Overlooked During The Harsh Winter Weather

Officials at the Bloomington Animal Shelter say they’re receiving a lot of calls from residents concerned about pets left outside in the cold.

February 7, 2014

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Two HPV vaccines are currently available - Gardasil and Cervarix.

HPV Vaccination Rates Still Low Years After FDA Approval

The FDA approved the HPV vaccine seven years ago, but Indiana's vaccination rate still lags behind other states.

February 7, 2014

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

State Tax Collections $38 Million Below Projections

Tax revenues were more than $38 million below projections in January, putting the state about $35 million off expectations for the fiscal year.

February 7, 2014

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Governor: Lawmakers Should Release $400 Million INDOT Fund

The governor wants to spend the money in the Major Moves fund, but the Senate Appropriations chair says he wants lawmakers to first define how it would be used.

February 7, 2014

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State Board of Education members Gordon Hendry, left, Brad Oliver, David Freitas and Andrea Neal listen during the February meeting.

New Academic Standards To Go Before State Board This Spring

The goal is to approve new standards by summer, time many teachers use to plan lessons and seek professional development.

February 7, 2014

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How A Record Number Of Snow Days Affects Student Learning

A record number of school closures and delays this winter is causing parents and administrators to worry about the effects on student learning.

February 7, 2014

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Joel Hunt has been skiing less than a decade

Kokomo Native Headed To Sochi To Compete in Paralympics

Joel Hunt will be one of the first people with a traumatic brian injury to compete in the Paralympic games.

February 8, 2014

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Farmers Taking Extra Precautions To Prevent Grain Bin Deaths

A Purdue researcher is advocating for increased regulation on grain farmers, but farmers themselves are largely opposed to more oversight.

February 8, 2014

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Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” February 7, 2014

Is the record number of school closings affecting students, more on Indiana's HPV vaccination rate and an Indiana skier is competing in the Sochi Olympics.

February 9, 2014

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Duke Energy Investing In Solar As Part Of Legal Settlement

Duke Energy is seeking proposals from companies that want to supply it with solar energy in order to fulfill a legal settlement Duke made last year.

February 10, 2014

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IU Study Explores Love And Sex Between Men

Nearly 93 percent of men who have sex with other men reported being in love with their most recent sexual partner.

February 10, 2014

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

What The Research Says About Making Up Snow Days In Minutes

The State Board of Education is considering allowing schools to adjust their calendars make up snow days hour-by-hour, rather than day-by-day.

February 10, 2014

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IUPUI Study: Depression A Risk Factor For Heart Disease

New research finds treating depression early can help prevent cardiovascular disease later in life.

February 10, 2014

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Report: No Easy Replacement Revenue Source For Business Tax

The report from the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute says the elimination of other taxes on personal property would make an equipment tax cut difficult.

February 10, 2014

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Younger Hoosiers Dying From Flu-Related Illnesses This Year

Nearly two-thirds of this season‘s flu-related deaths have been among those between the ages of 25 and 64.

February 10, 2014

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HJR3 Supporters

Committee Sends HJR-3 To Full Senate Without Amendments

The full Senate will likely vote on the measure this week.

February 11, 2014

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James Dean’s Estate Suing Twitter

Fishers based CMG Worldwide, which manages James Dean's estate, is suing Twitter over an account that uses the deceased celebrity's namesake.

February 11, 2014

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

Senate Will Hear Debate Over State Funded Pre-K Wednesday

A hearing over state funded preschool is scheduled for Wednesday after Governor Pence made it one of his legislative priorities.

February 11, 2014

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Instead of forced consolidation, the bill now requires collaboration.

State Discusses Probation And Community Corrections Merger

Legislators face the tough task of paying for new local programming without any additional funding allocated from the Department of Corrections.

February 11, 2014

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Indiana Auto Dealers Blame Winter For Flat Sales In January

Sales were largely flat in January, but auto dealers say they expect higher sales in the spring when the weather warms.

February 11, 2014

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Cannelton City Schools was in 'complete disarray' when Al Sibbitt took over two years ago. The 72-year-old part-time superintendent has had to implement steep cuts to keep the district going, but revenues are still drying up.

Tiny District Wonders How Indiana Will Replace Business Tax

Cannelton has lost more than half of its local tax revenues to the state's property tax caps. Proportionally speaking, only three districts have lost more.

February 11, 2014

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INDOT Spends Almost $3 Million On Pothole Repairs

INDOT spokesman Nathan Riggs says they've used nearly seven thousand tons of asphalt and 8,100 employee hours to fill potholes so far this winter.

February 11, 2014

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Governor Open To Replacing Revenue Lost From Business Tax

Gov. Mike Pence has been pushing to reduce or eliminate the business personal property tax, which taxes business equipment.

February 11, 2014

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Young Hoosiers Rally To Support Marriage Amendment

A group of young adults gathered at the statehouse today to show their support for the proposed amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

February 11, 2014

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Low Temps and High Demand Behind Continued Propane Shortage

Officials are considering ideas for more strategically placed propane stockpiles to service the Midwest in the future.

February 12, 2014

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute’s Duke Bennett

Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett talks about the proposed elimination of the business personal property tax and other legislation.

February 12, 2014

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Bloomington High School South teacher Matt Hoagland says he hasn't seen enrollment spikes in his A.P. European History classes but says the number of students earning low scores on the nationally-administered year-end exams has increased.

How Indiana’s AP Test Scores Stack Up With Its Neighbors

Smaller proportions of Indiana students are earning good enough scores college credit than in neighboring Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan or Ohio.

February 12, 2014

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Bill To Allow Alcohol Sales At State Fair Advances

A bill the Senate passed would allow the State Fair to sell beer, wine and spirits within a specific area on the fairgrounds.

February 12, 2014

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Environmental groups are concerned the bill would weaken Indiana's ability to respond to it's own environmental problems

Bill Would Limit Indiana’s Environmental Regulations

'The No More Stringent Bill' is intended to minimize regulatory and environmental barriers to economic development in the state.

February 12, 2014

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Tourism Office’s New Slogan: ‘Honest To Goodness Indiana’

The Indiana Office of Tourism Development released the slogan and a rebranding plan today.

February 12, 2014

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Rep. Rhonda Rhoads, R-Corydon, shakes Gov. Mike Pence's hand as he takes the podium for a speech at Indiana's first state capitol building.

Governor Backs Pre-K Proposal, But Fiscal Conservatives Wary

Gov. Mike Pence made a rare appearance at a state legislative committee hearing Wednesday to testify in favor of a preschool pilot program.

February 12, 2014

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Sexual Assault Legislation Gets New Life In General Assembly

The proposal would require Indiana study the factors causing the state's high rate of sexual assault.

February 12, 2014

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Attorney General Seeking Federal Funds To Manage Asian Carp

The fish have already been found in many of the rivers that connect to the Great Lakes, including the Wabash River in Indiana.

February 12, 2014

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Rate Of Health Exchange Enrollment Drops In Indiana

A total of 47,700 Indiana residents have enrolled in an insurance plan since the federal health exchange went online in October.

February 13, 2014

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Indiana’s Nick Goepper Wins Bronze At Sochi Olympics

Lawrenceburg, Ind. native Nick Goepper competed in the medal round of the men's slopestyle ski competition today at the Sochi Olympic Games.

February 13, 2014

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Common Core

10 Questions About Academic Standards You Were Afraid To Ask

Math and English language arts experts are meeting in Indianapolis this week to hash out the details of Indiana’s next academic standards.

February 13, 2014

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State Education Officials Outline Make-Up Plan For Snow Days

Indiana schools that have cancelled class because of winter weather will be permitted to make up that time by adding hours to the school day.

February 13, 2014

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Hulman Center

Proposed Renovations To Hulman Center Could Cost Millions

Terre Haute Republican Representative Bob Heaton is proposing a tax district to pay for renovations to the Hulman Center.

February 13, 2014

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Highway

INDOT And Pence Want To Complete Long-Term Projects

Governor Pence and INDOT asked the legislature to release $400 million in transportation funds to work on long-term highway projects.

February 13, 2014

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Freedom Indiana

HJR-3 Will Not Be On November Ballot

The Senate today did not reinsert the second sentence to the proposed constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

February 13, 2014

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Students on the IU Bloomington campus.

Indiana University Says Student Loan Borrowing Is Down

The university cites increased financial literacy for the shift.

February 13, 2014

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More Snow In Store For Central Indiana Friday

Snow is expected to fall throughout the day on Friday bringing snowfall totals of three to four inches by late afternoon.

February 13, 2014

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Appeals Court Overturns IBM v. Indiana Case

The Indiana Court of Appeals Thursday ruled that tech giant IBM did breach its welfare management contract with Indiana.

February 14, 2014

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Republic Airways Can’t Find Enough Pilots To Fly Its Planes

The Indianapolis-based airline is planning to take more than two dozen of its jets out of service.

February 14, 2014

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Point-Counterpoint On Indiana’s Business Equipment Tax Cut

StateImpact speaks to two state tax policy experts about a proposed cut to Indiana's business personal property tax — one who supports it, one who opposes it.

February 14, 2014

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Shooting Leaves Two Dead At Bloomington Nursing Home

The Bloomington Police Department responded to a shooting at Meadowood Retirement Community this morning with two dead in an apparent murder-suicide.

February 14, 2014

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HJR-3 Opponents Claim Victory, Supporters Not Daunted

The Senate plans to vote on the proposed marriage amendment Monday, but it will not be sent to the voters this year.

February 14, 2014

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Farmer’s Rights Bill Goes to House Next Week

Farm groups say the bill is needed to protect the industry from attack by environmental and animal-rights activists.

February 14, 2014

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Students across the state of Indiana enjoy the time off as school administrations work through updated calendars.

Indiana School Districts Plan To Make Up Snow Days

The Department of Education announced this week school districts can either add days to the end of the year or hours onto days to make up for canceled days.

February 14, 2014

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IU Trustees Approve Increased Room And Board Rate

The new rates will vary by campus and depend on which facility and meal plan is chosen.

February 14, 2014

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What Are The Chances HJR-3 Would Pass In 2016?

Political analysts say the measure has less of a chance for approval in 2016 than it would have if it were on the ballot this year.

February 14, 2014

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Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” February 14, 2014

More on the proposed marriage amendment, why some judges hand down harsher sentences later in the day. And how Nick Goepper performed in the Sochi Olympics.

February 15, 2014

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Decision Fatigue: What It Is And What You Can Do About It

A recent study found the more decisions you make, the more likely you are to keep the status quo or fall back on default decisions.

February 16, 2014

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Snowfall Breaks Record This Winter

Indianapolis has received more than 51 inches of snow since December.

February 17, 2014

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Indiana Senate Will Consider Recycling Bill This Week

The recycling legislation will set goals for the state to reach by the end of the decade.

February 17, 2014

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States Want Kids To Learn A Lot — Maybe Too Much

Lawmakers are trying to boost academic standards, but textbooks might be filled with more material than teachers can get to in the course of a year.

February 17, 2014

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IU Makes Improvements To Campus Parking System

An IU parking task force met Friday to discuss improvements to parking on the Bloomington campus and IUPUI campus.

February 17, 2014

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More Snow, Sleet, Ice On The Way

A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 7 p.m.

February 17, 2014

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Survey: Most People Don’t Think Congress Affects Their Lives

Only a third of people surveyed by the Center on Congress say they think the legislative body affects their daily lives.

February 17, 2014

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Indiana Legislature Passes Marriage Amendment

The amendment's passage is the first step to putting HJR-3 on the ballot in 2016.

February 17, 2014

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Farm Trespassing Bill Heads To House Floor

The bill aims to make it easier for farmers to file trespassing charges against people who stray onto their property.

February 18, 2014

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Rape Confession Raises Questions Of Statute Of Limitations

A 39-year-old man will not face charges from a 2005 rape because the statute of limitations has passed.

February 18, 2014

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IU Surgeon One Of First To Use Google Glass During Operation

An IU Health Surgeon is one of 12 doctors in the country chosen by Google to use Google Glass during surgery.

February 18, 2014

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Sen. Scott Schneider, R-Indianapolis, talks with Sen. Tim Skinner, D-Terre Haute, during a summer legislative hearing on the Common Core academic standards.

State Lawmakers Want Common Core Exit In Indiana Code

Sen. Scott Schneider, R-Indianapolis, wants the best standards in the U.S. for Indiana schools. But other lawmakers aren't sure that language belongs in code.

February 18, 2014

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IU Game Postponed After Metal Falls From Assembly Hall Roof

IU Athletics officials postponed Tuesday's game against Iowa and closed the arena to events 'until it can be determined what caused the facing to fall.'

February 18, 2014

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Lawmakers Push Legislation to Block Cell Data Tracking

A Senate committee unanimously followed the House in voting to put a stop to the use of electronic scanners that can download information from your cell phone.

February 18, 2014

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Indianapolis Airport

Indianapolis Airport Parking Garage Roof Collapses Again

The parking garage fabric canopy caved in around 9 a.m. Tuesday beneath the weight of snow.

February 18, 2014

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Snow Melt Poses Flooding Risks

Kokomo officials are monitoring the city's water levels and preparing for floods to prevent damage.

February 19, 2014

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Legislators Poised To Eliminate Pre-K Pilot Program

A pilot program aimed at providing pre-k for low-income kids was stripped out of a bill Wednesday. The program was replaced with a mandated study of the issue:

February 19, 2014

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Report Provides Look Into College Completion Rates

One in three students at the Indiana's four-year public colleges and universities finish school within four years,

February 19, 2014

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Group Seeks To Get HJR-3 On This Year’s Ballot

The National Organization for Marriage wants to put HJR-3 on the ballot despite lawmakers passing a measure indicating it must be approved in 2015 or 2016.

February 19, 2014

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Engineers Say Assembly Hall Ceiling Is Safe

Engineers inspected Assembly Hall today after an eight-foot metal plating fell from the ceiling yesterday.

February 19, 2014

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Welfare Drug Testing Bill Scaled Back

Changes approved by the Senate committee may have left the program too minimal to have a meaningful impact.

February 19, 2014

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Bloomington, Indianapolis Chefs Named James Beard Finalists

Bloomington's Restaurant Tallent chef David Tallent is the only non-Indianapolis chef nominated in Indiana.

February 19, 2014

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The number of gun permits Indiana State Police issued has had a significant increase in 2013 compared to previous years.

Number Of Gun Permits Issued Has Increased In 2013

The number of Hoosiers holding gun permits jumped by 20 percent last year.

February 20, 2014

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K-12 educators and subject matter experts reviewed the state's academic standards during a two-day workshop in Indianapolis last week.

State Education Officials Release Draft Academic Standards

The 98-page document outlines what K-12 students should know and learn in English language arts and math at each grade level.

February 20, 2014

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Federal Judge Hears Cold Beer Lawsuit

The Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association is suing the state in hopes of being able to sell cold beer in convenience stores.

February 20, 2014

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St. Vincent Loses Laptop Containing Patient Information

A laptop that was connected to an EEG machine used for diagnostic testing was detached and stolen from St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

February 20, 2014

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Indianapolis Airport

Indianapolis International Airport Gets Top Rating In Survey

The rating comes from the Airports International Council, which ranks airports by region based on passenger satisfaction surveys.

February 20, 2014

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What’s Next For Indiana’s Kindergarten Readiness Test

Even without a legislative mandate to improve the reach of the ISTAR-KR, the kindergarten readiness test remains a priority for the Department of Education.

February 20, 2014

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Advocates Push For Expanded Health Coverage In Indiana

Gov. Mike Pence is meeting with federal officials this weekend to discuss ways to provide health insurance to the 400,000 Hoosiers who fall into a coverage gap.

February 20, 2014

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9:30 P.M. Update: Storm Reports Coming In

A variety of weather threats are expected across central Indiana today with a slight risk for severe weather.

February 21, 2014

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Freedom Indiana

Freedom Indiana Celebrates Keeping HJR-3 Off Ballot

Local Freedom Indiana chapters held community meetings Wednesday evening in fifteen locations across the state to wrap up the campaign.

February 21, 2014

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Senate Committee Scales Back Money To INDOT

A Senate committee scaled back the amount of money INDOT will receive form the Major Moves 2020 fund.

February 21, 2014

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Dugger Residents Try To Save Community School

Parents of students at Union High and Dugger Elementary are weighing their options to keep their school open for the next school year.

February 21, 2014

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IU Men’s Basketball Game Against Iowa Rescheduled

The men's basketball game between Indiana and Iowa that was cancelled Tuesday because of falling ceiling plates as Assembly Hall is rescheduled for Feb. 27th.

February 21, 2014

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Indiana Convenience Stores Suing State Over Cold Beer Law

Indiana convenience store association challenges law limiting cold beer sales to liquor stores.

February 21, 2014

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Indiana Schools And Libraries Increasing Broadband Access

School districts and libraries around the state are starting to take part in an FCC grant that expands broadband access in rural areas.

February 21, 2014

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The Indiana Senate will soon vote on a bill that could temporarily stop construction of new nursing homes in the state.

Indiana Bill Could Stop Construction of Nursing Homes

The Indiana House Ways and Means Committee passed a bill Thursday that proponents say will increase quality of elder care in the state.

February 21, 2014

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Future I-69 Access An Issue For Section 5 Residents

Many who live and work close to State Road 37 are concerned about the impact of impending construction.

February 21, 2014

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Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” February 21, 2014

Trees are coming down as crews prepare to update S.R. 37 to interstate standards. And a look inside a university program that trains students to operate drones.

February 21, 2014

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Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Viking 300 flies at Ft. Carson's Camp Red

How Are Drones Being Used Outside Of The Military?

Proponents of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are trying to change how the public perceives drones.

February 24, 2014

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Senate To Consider Legislation On Environmental Regulations

A bill proposed by Warsaw Republican David Wolkins wants to make sure Indiana doesn't pass environmental regulations stricter than the EPA's.

February 24, 2014

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House Committee Passes Bill To Build Soccer Stadium In Indy

The House Ways and Means Committee passed a bill to earmark tax dollars for a future stadium for Indianapolis' new professional soccer team, the Indy Eleven.

February 24, 2014

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Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis

Pence Not Achieving Main Goals Of Legislative Session

House Minority leader Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City) and Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) say many of Pence's legislative goals are not being achieved.

February 24, 2014

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USDA Census: Indiana Farms And Farm Acreage Declining

According to a USDA Census released last week, Indiana farms and farmland are decreasing.

February 24, 2014

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State education officials have released drafts of math and English language arts standards for public comment.

How To Offer Feedback On Proposed Academic Standards

Curious about what kind of feedback will help state education officials improve the draft academic standards? Let StateImpact walk you through an example.

February 24, 2014

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Nashville Water Upgrades Could Mean Increased Rates

The Nashville Township wants to find funding for infrastructure upgrades, which could mean higher utility rates.

February 24, 2014

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Appeals Court: Notre Dame Must Cover Contraception

An appeals court in Chicago ruled against Notre Dame regarding the Affordable Care Act's requirement to provide contraception to employees and students.

February 24, 2014

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Gov. Pence addresses crowd and press.

Pence: Cure For The Nation’s Problems Will Come From States

Pence says the country‘s ills will be cured through state capitals, not the federal capitol.

February 24, 2014

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A kindergartener at East Side Elementary in Brazil practices writing.

Senate GOP Rejects Pre-K Pilot Revival

Senate Republicans Monday rejected an attempt to revive a preschool pilot program that had been eliminated in a Senate committee last week.

February 24, 2014

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MCCSC Hosts Public Meeting To Discuss Two Failing Schools

The public will have a chance to comment Tuesday night about plans to improve Fairview and Highland Park Elementary.

February 24, 2014

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Bureau Of Motor Vehicles Facing New Overcharging Allegations

In a court settlement in August, the BMV agreed to refund $30 million for overcharges on driver‘s licenses.

February 24, 2014

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Indiana First to Join National Distance Education Initiative

Indiana becomes the first state to join a national initiative to make distance education more accessible across state lines.

February 25, 2014

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Teacher Dylan Purlee tells state education officials Indiana should continue to share standards with the states that have adopted Common Core.

Critics Say Proposed Standards Contain Too Much Common Core

State education officials are soliciting feedback on proposed academic standards at a series of public meetings this week.

February 25, 2014

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House Committee Will Vote On Hemp Bill Today

The Indiana legislature is considering a bill that would legalize the growing of hemp in Indiana if and when the federal government approves it.

February 25, 2014

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Environmental Regulation Bill Dies In Committee

A bill that would have restricted IDEM from creating environmental regulations stricter than the EPA's died in a Senate committee yesterday.

February 25, 2014

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

Five Questions For State Board’s Brad Oliver On Standards

State Board of Education member Brad Oliver answers StateImpact's questions about the ongoing academic standards review process.

February 25, 2014

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Actress Meryl Streep To Accept IU Honorary Degree

Actress Meryl Streep will visit Indiana University Bloomington's campus this April to accept an honorary doctoral degree.

February 25, 2014

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US Supreme Court Hears Arguments On EPA Lawsuit

Indiana, along with 12 other states, is suing the Environment Protection Agency over new regulations for power plant emissions.

February 25, 2014

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Drop In Economic Forecast Could Be Weather-Related

Economists say the drop in the economic index could be because sales have dropped during the harsh winter weather.

February 25, 2014

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Data Breach Impacts 146,000 IU Students And Recent Grads

Students across all seven campuses who attended IU from 2011-2014 are potentially at risk.

February 25, 2014

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Report: Climate Change Reduces Forests’ Carbon Uptake

Research from Indiana University indicates drier conditions are stunting tree growth, which causes them to take in less carbon dioxide.

February 25, 2014

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House Revives Bill Allowing Guns In School Parking Lots

A House committee today revived a measure allowing gun possession in school parking lots.

February 25, 2014

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Abortion Bill Changes Address Privacy Concerns

The legislation requires backup physicians to have proof of their admitting privileges on record with the state Department of Health.

February 25, 2014

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Legislature Close to Resolution On Business Tax Bills

Some districts are concerned how Indiana will replace business tax dollars.

February 26, 2014

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Ask The Mayor: Kokomo’s Greg Goodnight

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight talks about possible budget cuts from proposed legislation that would alter business personal property taxes.

February 26, 2014

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Bill Allowing State Fair Beer Sales Heads To The Governor

Both the House and Senate have passed a bill that would allow alcohol at the Indiana State Fair and now waits for Governor Pence to pass or veto it.

February 26, 2014

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MCCSC Asks For Community Input To Improve Failing Schools

Principals of two failing schools presented their proposals for improvement at the MCCSC Board Meeting Tuesday before opening the meeting for public comment.

February 26, 2014

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State Board of Education members Cari Whicker, left, and Sarah O'Brien listen during the Indianapolis public meeting on academic standards.

Common Core Opponents, Proponents Criticize New Standards

Both groups told state education officials Tuesday at a public hearing in Indianapolis there are just too many proposed academic standards to teach.

February 26, 2014

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Gov. Mike Pence advocates for state-funded preschool at a pre-K classroom at the Shepherd Community Center in Indianapolis. State lawmakers have scaled back a pilot proposal Pence backed.

Governor Pence Continues Push To Restore Pre-K Pilot

Gov. Mike Pence says a preschool pilot for 1,000 students could inform summer study committees on pre-K.

February 26, 2014

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Sen. Donnelly Urging Lawmakers To Support Veterans Bill

The proposed veterans bill is considered the most comprehensive in recent years.

February 27, 2014

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Court Order Prompts Prison Improvements For Mentally Ill

The Department of Corrections has increased mental health care for inmates and is building additional housing at the Pendleton Correctional Facility.

February 27, 2014

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Two Purdue Campuses Will Merge Administrative Operations

Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central are proposing to merge administrative functions to free up funds for student services.

February 27, 2014

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Dad’s Age At Conception Helps Shape A Child’s Brain

A study from Indiana University proves the age of a father at a baby's conception affects development later on in life.

February 27, 2014

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Indianapolis Public Schools Violate Title IX Regulations

IPS created a plan with the Department of Education to make athletic opportunities for both girls and boys equal within the school district.

February 27, 2014

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Two Children Hit By School Bus In Bartholomew County

A 9-year-old girl and 6-year-old boy were hit by a school bus this morning. Both have been hospitalized.

February 27, 2014

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Crane Naval Base Trees Harvested To Restore ‘Old Ironsides’

The white oak trees at Naval Support Activity Crane are similar to the timber originally used to build the USS Constitution.

February 27, 2014

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Senate To Vote On Criminal Code Overhaul

The overhaul aims to divert low-level offenders into local community corrections programs, but lawmakers are debating how to fund those programs.

February 28, 2014

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Eastern Howard Schools Making Up Snow Days By E-Learning

Rather than extend the school year to make up for snow days, one district is tacking on e-learning days.

February 28, 2014

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Senate To Vote Next Week On Drug Testing Welfare Users

State Senator Mike Young (R-Indianapolis) made changes to his proposed bill that would drug test welfare recipients in the state.

February 28, 2014

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New Area Code Will Affect How Hoosiers Communicate

The additional area code will be added using an "overlay" method which will require everyone in the 812 area to start dialing 10 digit phone numbers.

February 28, 2014

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Statute Of Limitation For Rape Challenged By Survivor

The current statute of limitation on rape is five years in Indiana, but a rape survivor is challenging this with a petition to extend the limitation.

February 28, 2014

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The Battle Over Who Should Be Allowed To Sell Cold Beer

A group of convenience store owners is suing Indiana, saying its alcohol laws provide liquor stores an unfair advantage.

February 28, 2014

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Indiana, Notre Dame and Butler Universities are usually expected to enter the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament but are predicted to be absent this year.

Analysts: Indiana Appearances in NCAA Tournament Unlikely

Sports analysts are predicting a grim March Madness for Indiana teams across the state.

February 28, 2014

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Lawmakers Attempting To Keep Criminal Code Overhaul On Track

Sponsors of the legislation say the key is to avoid amendments that enhance criminal penalties.

February 28, 2014

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IU's supercomputer Big Red II is surpassed only by Purdue's new supercomputer

IU Partners With Digital Chicago Lab

IU is partnering with The Digital Lab for Manufacturing, an innovative digital research lab in Chicago worth $320 million.

February 28, 2014

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Automated web crawler programs gained access to IU student records without password protection.

Data Breaches Reveal Universities’ Vulnerabilities

Indiana University revealed this week that records for 146,000 students and recent graduates had been compromised.

February 28, 2014

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Purdue Donor Threatens Lawsuit Over Reference To God

Purdue asked Dr. Michael McCracken to change his wording of a dedication plaque, saying a reference to God at a public university violates the first amendment.

February 28, 2014

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Sarah and James Brady at a press conference on handgun control in 1997.

Indiana Gun Legislation 20 Years After Brady Act

Indiana gun legislation in the 2014 legislative session, 20 years after the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act.

February 28, 2014

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Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” February 28, 2014

A lawsuit over whether grocery stores should be allowed to sell cold beer, IU's cyber security breach and a look back when Indiana hosted MLB spring training.

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