Archive for May 2014

May 1, 2014

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Vigo County Community Corrections

Indiana To Begin Treating Low Level Offenders At Local Level

Changes made to the Indiana Criminal code set to take effect this summer will place a renewed emphasis on Community Corrections.

May 1, 2014

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How Indiana Plans To Increase Infant Vaccinations

Indiana ranks in the bottom half of states for on-time infant vaccinations.

May 1, 2014

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Chief Judge Richard L. Young ruled in Evansville that Indiana must recognize the marriage of one lesbian couple.

Federal Judge To Hear Same-Sex Marriage Case Friday

Five same-sex couples are challenging Indiana's marriage laws, saying they violate their right to equal protection under the constitution.

May 1, 2014

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Ask Your Questions To IU Athletic Director Fred Glass

IU Athletic Director Fred Glass will be on Noon Edition on Friday at 12 p.m.

May 1, 2014

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Shadows Of Innocence: Sexual Assault Among Indiana's Youth helped start a discussion about sexual assault, particularly among teenage girls.

State Allocates $65,000 To Study Teen Sexual Assault

Indiana ranks second to worst in the country for the number of rapes against teenage girls.

May 1, 2014

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Gibson County Mine Cited For Safety Violations

A Southern Indiana mine is being cited for unsafe conditions. The report shows this isn't the first time the mine has been cited for the same issues.

May 1, 2014

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Turner: No Regrets About Involvement In Nursing Home Debate

Turner says there's nothing inappropriate about legislators bringing their own expertise to debates.

May 1, 2014

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Bloomington Charter School Withdraws Its Application

The Green School withdrew its charter application today after the Indiana Charter School Board told its founders it was not likely to authorize the school.

May 1, 2014

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IU, Vincennes Named In List Of Sexual Abuse Reviews

Indiana University and Vincennes University are being reviewed for how they handle sexual abuse cases, according to the Department of Education.

May 2, 2014

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Board Denies Dugger’s Charter School Application

The Indiana Charter School Board said the proposed charter school in Dugger did not meet the minimum qualifications.

May 2, 2014

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State Parks Open Some Caves After White Nose Syndrome

The state is providing limited cave access as part of a pilot program. The caves were originally closed because of a bat disease called white nose syndrome.

May 2, 2014

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Judge Hears Oral Arguments On Same-Sex Marriage Cases

The state argues it has the authority to determine how marriage is defined, but plaintiffs attorneys argues the state's law is unconstitutional.

May 2, 2014

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CDC Confirms First Case Of MERS Virus In Indiana

CDC officials say a person who traveled from Saudi Arabia to Indiana is the first person in the United States to be identified with the respiratory virus MERS.

May 2, 2014

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No Child Left Behind Waiver At Risk In Indiana

Indiana could lose the waiver because of significant issues with state compliance.

May 2, 2014

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Car And Truck Sales Rev Up In April

Total car and truck sales hit nearly $1.4 million in April.

May 2, 2014

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Indiana At Risk Of Losing Its NCLB Waiver

Indiana could lose the waiver because of significant issues with state compliance.

May 2, 2014

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Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” May 2, 2014

How the FDA and a number of states are trying to regulate the E-cigarette industry. Also, Coal Ash and how its unregulated storage can contaminate our water.

May 2, 2014

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How Indiana Is Handling The Growth Of The E-Cigarette Market

State Department of Health officials say they do not plan to regulate e-cigarettes any further until they receive more direction from the FDA.

May 2, 2014

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Unregulated Coal Ash Ponds Pose Environmental Threat

There are 74 ponds that contain coal ash, a byproduct of coal fired power plants in Indiana, which is more than any other state in the country.

May 2, 2014

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Risk To Public From MERS Deemed Low

The CDC indicates the respiratory virus MERS can spread from human to human but rarely does.

May 3, 2014

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IU Athletics To Build New Volleyball And Wrestling Arena

The IU athletic director says he hopes the new arena will help the teams be more competitive in the Big Ten.

May 4, 2014

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MERS Patient Is Improving, No New Cases Identified

The patient identified with the respiratory virus MERS is in good condition and is improving, health officials say.

May 5, 2014

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Indianapolis Zoo’s Orangutan Center Gets New Name

The Indianapolis Zoo's orangutan center is set to open May 24 and will house eight endangered orangutans.

May 5, 2014

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Primary Voter Turnout Expected To Be Low

Voter turnout is expected to be low in tomorrow's primary because of a lack of statewide races.

May 5, 2014

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American Legion Calls For Veterans Affairs Resignations

The head of the Indianapolis-based American Legion alleges a lack of leadership from three VA officials led to dozens of preventable deaths.

May 5, 2014

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FSSA No Longer Paying For Early Elective Deliveries

The state will not fund births that are typically covered under Medicaid dollars if mothers opt for an elective delivery prior to 39 weeks.

May 5, 2014

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What School Districts Are Asking For In The Primary Election

Nine schools districts are trying to pass education referenda in tomorrow's elections to receive more tax money for schools.

May 5, 2014

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Five Companies Submit Proposals To Improve Amtrak Line

Five companies, including Amtrak, have submitted proposals for how they can improve the rail line in an attempt to reduce costs while increasing ridership.

May 6, 2014

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Which Statehouse Seats Are Up For Grabs In Today’s Primary

Eight legislators are leaving their seats, either to retire or run for another office.

May 6, 2014

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Researchers Suprised By Rapid Increase In Diabetes Cases

Doctors say they knew cases of diabetes were increasing, but they didn't realize how quickly.

May 6, 2014

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Environmentalists Call For More Coal Ash Pond Regulations

A report from the Hoosier Environmental Council identifies spills and contamination caused by coal ash ponds in the state.

May 6, 2014

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Report: Climate Change Brings Wetter Springs, Hotter Summers

A White House report released today documents the effects of climate change that can already be seen in the U.S., including the Midwest.

May 6, 2014

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Monroe County Seeing Low Voter Turnout

Voter turnout in Monroe County so far is about half of what it was four years ago.

May 6, 2014

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Rep. Todd Young Captures GOP Nomination Again

Rep. Todd Young has garnered 80 percent of the vote with 19 percent of precincts reporting.

May 6, 2014

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Monroe County Election Results

Check back here for updates on the Monroe County primary races.

May 6, 2014

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Columbus Rep. Milo Smith Defeats Primary Challenger

Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, has once again received the party nomination for House District 59.

May 6, 2014

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Rep. Larry Bucshon Defeats Tea Party Candidate In Primary

Rep. Larry Bucshon has once again captured the GOP nomination for Indiana's 8th congressional district.

May 6, 2014

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Rep. Eric Turner Wins Primary After Significant Challenge

Rep. Eric Turner won the GOP primary with 59 percent of the vote.

May 6, 2014

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Monroe County Counts All Votes Shortly After Polls Close

Monroe County counted all its votes only three hours after polls closed, which is much quicker than previous years.

May 6, 2014

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Sen. John Waterman Loses To GOP Challenger

Sen. John Waterman lost to Bassler by a 2 percent margin with 98 percent of the precincts reporting.

May 7, 2014

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

Who Won Nominations In The Open Seats In Tuesday’s Primary

Two state representatives secured their party's nominations in races to move to the state Senate.

May 7, 2014

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Reps Opposed To Gay Marriage Ban Ousted In GOP Primaries

Representatives Rebecca Kubacki and Kathy Heuer lost their seats to primary challengers on Tuesday.

May 7, 2014

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IU Researchers Develop Tool To Identify Twitter Bots

A team of complex network researchers at Indiana University have developed BotOrNot to help determine if a Twitter account is manned by a human or a bot.

May 7, 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.

May 7, 2014

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Indianapolis Officially Submits 2018 Super Bowl Bid

Indianapolis officials have turned in their Super Bowl bid and will make an in-person presentation later this month.

May 7, 2014

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Nine Out Of Ten Education Referenda Pass In Primary

The nine passed referenda will fund everything from transportation to operational costs.

May 7, 2014

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Donnelly Pushes Bill Aimed At Preventing Military Suicides

This is the senator's second attempt to pass legislation addressing the problem that’s killing hundreds of service members each year.

May 7, 2014

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Indiana Primary Turnout Varied From County To County

Counties where prominent political offices were contested saw the highest numbers of voters on Tuesday.

May 7, 2014

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DEA Raids Indiana Locations For Synthetic Drugs

The Drug Enforcement Administration raided wholesalers and retailers in 29 states Wednesday.

May 8, 2014

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Marion Court Rules Against Personalized License Plate Ban

The judge is ordering the BMV to reinstate its personalized license plate program.

May 8, 2014

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Amazon Adds Sunday Delivery In Indianapolis

Including Indianapolis, Amazon now offers Sunday deliveries in 17 cities.

May 8, 2014

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The state has been ordered to recognize the same-sex marriage of Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney.

Judge Extends Order Recognizing One Same-Sex Marriage

Judge Richard Young is extending a previous order requiring the state recognize the marriage of two women.

May 8, 2014

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Coming Up Friday At 6 P.M. On ‘Indiana Newsdesk’

Why environmental officials say their hands are tied by the lack of federal guidelines for coal ash and a look into Indiana's Tuesday primary election.

May 8, 2014

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IndyGo Buses Could Start Taking Indianapolis Kids To School

The Indianapolis Public Schools and IndyGo bus system are studying whether the two can create a transportation partnership for students.

May 8, 2014

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Ball State Promotes ‘Intelligent Design’ Professor

Science professor Eric Hedin came under fire last year when students complained he included intelligent design in a course syllabus.

May 9, 2014

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Baffling, Boy-Swallowing Holes Close An Indiana Dune

Mt. Baldy has been closed as scientists try to find what made a hole open up there last year, swallowing a small boy.

May 9, 2014

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State Supreme Court To Hear Right To Work Case In September

The Indiana Supreme Court plans to hear arguments Sept. 4 regarding the state's right to work law.

May 9, 2014

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April Tax Revenues Better Than Expected

Despite the good news, the state still isn’t meeting its total target with only two more months left in the fiscal year.

May 9, 2014

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Education Board Meeting Tuesday To Discuss NCLB Waiver

The State Board of Education will meet with the Indiana Department of Education to discuss how to remove the condition on Indiana's No Child Left Behind waiver.

May 9, 2014

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Terre Haute Graffiti Ordinance Off The Table

Terre Haute officials say they are reworking the proposed ordinance and could reconsider it several months from now.

May 9, 2014

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Colts Owner Jim Irsay Tweets For First Time Since DUI

Colts Owner Jim Irsay has not tweeted since he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence in March.

May 9, 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.

Purdue Shooting Suspect Says He’s Taking Schizophrenia Meds

The Purdue University student suspected of killing a classmate on campus has told a Tippecanoe Superior Court judge that he takes medicine for schizophrenia.

May 9, 2014

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Contamination From Coal Ash Puts Drinking Water At Risk

One of the main byproducts of burning coal, power companies usually store coal ash on site in largely unregulated ponds and pits.

May 9, 2014

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Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” May 9, 2014

Why environmental officials say their hands are tied by the lack of federal guidelines for coal ash and a look into Indiana's Tuesday primary election.

May 9, 2014

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MERS is part of a class of viruses that also includes SARS.

MERS In Indiana

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed the first case of a relatively new virus in the United States known as MERS.

May 10, 2014

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Researchers Awarded Million-Dollar Bacterial Evolution Grant

The U.S. Army Research Office has granted $6.2 million to four Indiana University researchers to study bacterial evolution.

May 11, 2014

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Prospects For 2014 College Graduates

A survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers finds businesses plan to hire 6.8 percent more college graduates than they did last year.

May 11, 2014

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Beginners Tips For Finding Morel Mushrooms

Hunting for morel mushrooms can seem intimidating, but hunter William Deckard has a few simple tips to get you started.

May 11, 2014

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Indiana State Police Increase Patrols Throughout May

The Indiana State Police is increasing its patrols through the end of May as part of a nationwide "Click It or Ticket" campaign.

May 12, 2014

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MERS Patient Released From Hospital

According to state health officials, the person being treated for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) was released from the hospital on Friday.

May 12, 2014

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Rep. Susan Brooks On Committee Investigating Benghazi Attack

Fifth District Congresswoman Susan Brooks has been named to a special House Committee to investigate the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

May 12, 2014

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Indiana Supreme Court Seeks Public Input On Child Support

The Indiana Supreme Court is seeking public input regarding state guidelines for determining child support.

May 12, 2014

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Second Case Of MERS Found In Florida

The first case of MERS in the U.S. was identified in Indiana earlier this month.

May 12, 2014

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U.S. Education Secretary Requests NCLB Updates From Indiana

Education Secretary Arne Duncan is requesting Indiana keep his office updated on its efforts to comply with the No Child Left Behind waiver requirements.

May 12, 2014

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Tech Industry Attracts Employees With Free Beer, Ping Pong

An increase in the number of small tech firms in Central Indiana has heated the competition to recruit top talent.

May 12, 2014

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Kokomo To Build $9 Million Baseball Stadium

The city of Kokomo is using the stadium to attract new investment and assist in flood mitigation.

May 12, 2014

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Indiana College Administrators To Observe Ukraine Election

Administrators from Saint Joseph's College and IU Kokomo have been chosen as observers for the May 25 election.

May 12, 2014

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Evansville Storm Leaves $100 Million In Damage

The macro burst left a path length of 35 miles with a width of up to 4 miles.

May 13, 2014

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Ritz: ‘Nothing To Hide’ From State Board Of Education

The board is holding a special called meeting to discuss a letter from the U.S. Department of Education the state superintendent received two weeks ago.

May 13, 2014

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The Indiana University School of Public Health and Centerstone nonprofit group are conducting studies to try and improve the process of identifying cases of the virus.

Pilot Program Aims To Catch More Cases Of Hepatitis C

Researchers in South Central Indiana are looking for clients to participate in pilot studies they think will help identify more cases of the virus.

May 13, 2014

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Rehabilitation Center For Elderly Being Built In Bloomington

The $13 million facility is being marketed as an alternative to nursing homes or in-home nursing care.

May 13, 2014

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Hospital Employees Test Negative For MERS, Cleared To Work

Employees who were in direct contact with the first U.S. patient identified with MERS have been released from home isolation.

May 13, 2014

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Gov. Pence’s NYC Trip Sparks More Presidential Speculation

Gov. Mike Pence has spent the day in New York City, touting Indiana's economic record.

May 13, 2014

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Chrysler Opens Tipton Plant, Promises 850 New Jobs

The automaker plans to add 850 jobs at its Tipton Transmission Plant by 2015.

May 13, 2014

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Archaeologist Claims He Found Columbus’ Santa Maria

An IU archaeologist is part of the team investigating a shipwreck off the coast of Haiti that one archaeologist says is the Santa Maria.

May 13, 2014

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Purdue, U.S. Navy to Explore Alternative Energy Sources

Purdue and the U.S. Navy have teamed up to convert up to half of the Navy's energy usage to alternative energy sources such as biofuels by 2020.

May 13, 2014

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State Superintendent Glenda Ritz, right, and her A-F accountability panel co-chair, Steve Yager, prepare for the group's second meeting.

Department Of Education Explains Plan To Keep NCLB Waiver

Board members criticized Glenda Ritz on Tuesday for not informing them of the problems Indiana was having meeting No Child Left Behind waiver requirements

May 14, 2014

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute’s Duke Bennett

Indiana Newsdesk's Joe Hren speaks with Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett, in our weekly 'Ask The Mayor' segment.

May 14, 2014

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Indianapolis’ Josh Kaufman Advances To ‘The Voice’ Finals

Josh Kaufman is one of three season finalists on NBC's "The Voice."

May 14, 2014

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U.S. Cricket Championships May Be in Jeopardy

The U.S. Cricket Championships, scheduled to take place in Indianapolis in August, could be in jeopardy if the USACA is found in violation of governance rules.

May 14, 2014

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Same-Sex Marriages Could Have $39 Million Economic Impact

A UCLA study indicates same-sex marriages would bring in millions of dollars because of wedding expenses.

May 14, 2014

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Santa Maria Looters Create Need For Quick Excavation

Treasure hunters have already looted a ship off the coast of Haiti that could be Christopher Columbus' flagship, the Santa Maria.

May 14, 2014

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Columbus Parks Board Seeks To Move Past Controversy

The parks board has been at odds with Columbus Mayor Kristen Brown after she demoted the parks director to marketing coordinator last December.

May 14, 2014

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Board Of Education Votes To Pursue Adjunct Teacher Permit

The State Board of Education today voted down the state superintendent's proposal to abandon changes to teacher licensing rules.

May 14, 2014

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Storm Damages High School Football Stadium In Edinburgh

The bleachers at a high school football stadium in Edinburgh were heavily damaged by a storm Tuesday night.

May 14, 2014

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Integrated Health Care Facility Breaks Ground In Spencer

The health care center aims to combine mental and physical health services.

May 14, 2014

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Legislators To Fix Mistakes In Two Bills

The lawmakers will make adjustments to bills governing tax credits for natural gas vehicles and the state's criminal code.

May 15, 2014

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Governor Unveils Plans To Expand Healthy Indiana Plan

Gov. Mike Pence is proposing an expansion of the Healthy Indiana Plan as an alternative to Medicaid expansion.

May 15, 2014

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Purdue University To Vote On Tuition Freeze For Third Year

Other universities in the state say they are keeping an eye on Purdue's proposal but it is not affecting their policies.

May 15, 2014

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School Referenda Are Changing How Public Schools Are Funded

As more schools face revenue shortfalls, they are turning to referenda to raise additional funds.

May 15, 2014

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Senate Republicans, including Indiana senator Dan Coats, are floating the possibility of another try at repealing the medical device tax included in the health care law.

U.S. Senate Republicans Float Medical Tax Repeal

The Senate is beginning consideration of a bill to revive more than 50 expired tax breaks.

May 15, 2014

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Columbus Parks Near Deal With Mayor Over Director’s Demotion

Columbus Parks Board members say they are in discussions with the mayor after she demoted the parks director late last year.

May 15, 2014

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At today's dedication of the memorial, following remarks by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, President Obama spoke about the importance of the memorial, explaining that its construction was a

9/11 Memorial Dedication Significant For Indy Firefighter

An Indianapolis firefighter, inspired by his time as a first responder on 9/11, helped spearhead the effort to build the city's own memorial.

May 15, 2014

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Ivy Tech Chancellor Jennifer Vaughan broke ground with other officials at the school Thursday.

Ivy Tech Bloomington Breaks Ground On Expansion

Officials held a ceremony announcing how the campus on Daniels Way will meet growing demands for space.

May 16, 2014

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An Indianapolis man is suing his local VA Hospital for malpractice two years after he says doctors caused him permanent damage.

Veteran Sues Indy VA Hospital Over Alleged Malpractice

United States Marine Corps veteran Tony Yeary is suing an Indianapolis Veteran's Administration hospital after he says a doctor left him permanently injured.

May 16, 2014

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IU-Kokomo Professor to Monitor Ukraine Election

IU-Kokomo vice chancellor Kathy Parkison heads to Ukraine to monitor Presidential election on May 25.

May 16, 2014

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Rep. Battles Resigns From Indiana House Of Representatives

Rep. Kreg Battles, D-Vincennes, was recently nominated for a fifth term in this month's primary.

May 16, 2014

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Purdue Extends Tuition Freeze For Third Year

Purdue University trustees approved a proposal today to freeze tuition rates for the third straight year.

May 16, 2014

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Coming Up On “Indiana Newsdesk” Tonight At 6 PM

Governor Pence says he has a plan to expand the state's Healthy Indiana Plan, and what happens when someone doesn't identify with the body they're born into?

May 16, 2014

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Indiana’s Unemployment Rate Drops Again To 5.7 Percent

Indiana's unemployment rate dropped for the ninth consecutive month.

May 16, 2014

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How Transgender Young Adults Find Their Identity

Transgender youth in Indiana often do not want to identify with their gender because of a fear of discrimination.

May 16, 2014

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Cold air funnels form under rapidly growing cumulus towers, but aren't as strong as bona fide tornadoes.

Weather Science: The Cold Air Funnel

Central Indiana’s rapid temperature shift this week has produced the possibility for a rare weather condition: the cold air funnel.

May 16, 2014

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How HIP 2.0 Could Affect Gov. Pence’s Political Career

Political analysts say the governor's plan to expand health care coverage is receiving broad support, which could position him well for future elections.

May 16, 2014

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Researchers say genomic sequencing could reduce one-size-fits-all treatment for breast cancer.

IU Researchers To Genomically Sequence Breast Cancer Cells

Indiana University researchers are partnering with a nonprofit genomic sequencing firm to dig into the mutations in breast cancer tumors.

May 16, 2014

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Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” May 16, 2014

Governor Pence says he has a plan to expand the state's Healthy Indiana Plan, and what happens when someone doesn't identify with the body they're born into?

May 17, 2014

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Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Not So Great Anymore

The Great Red Spot, a huge storm on Jupiter, has been shrinking rapidly and no one is sure why.

May 17, 2014

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Business Associate Of Indiana Man Tests Positive For MERS

An Illinois man, who was in contact with an Indiana man with MERS, has now also tested positive for the virus.

May 19, 2014

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Should Work Zone Speed Limits Be Lowered?

An Indianapolis legislator says the death of two highway workers last week suggests the state needs to do more to make work zones safer.

May 19, 2014

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American Legion Group Auditing Indy VA Hospital This Week

The American Legion audit will look at whether some of the problems being reported at VA hospitals across the country are also occurring in Indianapolis.

May 19, 2014

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Historic Baseball Trail Links Landmarks In Southern Indiana

The Heartland Historic Baseball Trail connects six sites in Southern Indiana and Louisville, Ky.

May 19, 2014

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Indiana Finds Replacement Lethal Injection Drug

Indiana had to find a new lethal injection drug to replace Pentathol which is in short supply.

May 19, 2014

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Worry Surrounds Privatization Of Public Pension System

In two years the state can privatize part of the public pension system. Some lawmakers say that will lead to a rush of retirements.

May 19, 2014

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Report: Indiana’s Funding For Rural Schools Is Poor

Nationwide, Indiana’s rural schools and districts are in the top 20 for needing improvements.

May 20, 2014

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Columbus Commission Considers Renovation Of Historic Theatre

The city of Columbus is considering renovating the historic Crump Theatre, the oldest theatre in Indiana.

May 20, 2014

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Columbus Plans To Crack Down On Parking Violators

New technology and heavier fines were proposed to combat parking violators in downtown Columbus.

May 20, 2014

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Irsay spoke about his health and the prospect of hosting Superbowl LII in Indianapolis.

Irsay Makes First Public Appearance Since DUI Charges

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay made a public appearance Monday at a hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, for the first time since his arrest in March.

May 20, 2014

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Michael Phelps shot Chance Jackson after entering the school through an unlocked door and passing by a monitor.

School In Martinsville Shooting Case Not Legally Immune

A court of appeals has decided Martinsville West Middle School will face a jury regarding the school's role in the 2011 shooting of Chance Jackson.

May 20, 2014

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Former parks director resigns.

Former Columbus Parks Director Resigns

Former parks director Ben Wagner resigned this week five months after being demoted to marketing coordinator.

May 20, 2014

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Ritz Talks STEM Initiatives at Purdue Summit

Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz spoke at the Indiana STEM School Summit at Purdue about the state's efforts to strengthen STEM instruction.

May 20, 2014

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Are Indiana Counselors Preparing High Schoolers for College?

Indiana Chamber releases report looking at whether school counseling meets needs of Hoosier high-schoolers.

May 20, 2014

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$2 Million Approved To Plan IU Medical Campus In Evansville

Indiana Commission for Higher Education approves $2 million toward planning a new IU Medical Facility in Evansville.

May 20, 2014

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Indiana Senators Want Review Of State VA Facilities

Indiana Senators Coats and Donnelly are calling for VA Secretary Shinseki to release information about Indiana VA operations.

May 20, 2014

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DNR officials are blaming the weather for beach closings on Memorial Day weekend.

Lake Monroe Beaches Closed For Memorial Day Weekend

Indiana Department of Natural Resources officials announced this week that Monroe Lake beaches will not be open in time for Memorial Day Weekend.

May 20, 2014

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Indy Loses Bid to Host 2018 Super Bowl

Indianapolis lost its bid to host the 2018 Super Bowl to Minneapolis.

May 20, 2014

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State Lawmakers Look To Assist Medical Device Industry

Some Indiana lawkmakers are going to spend the summer looking at ways to assist the medical device industry, one of the strongest industries in the state.

May 21, 2014

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Ask The Mayor: Bedford’s Shawna Girgis

Indiana Newsdesk's Joe Hren speaks with Bedford Mayor Shawna Girgis, in our weekly 'Ask The Mayor' segment.

May 21, 2014

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Indiana Ranks In Bottom Half Of States For Pedestrian Deaths

More than 600 Hoosiers have been killed in traffic accidents while walking in the past decade.

May 21, 2014

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Sports Advisor: Super Bowl Bid Shows Indy Is “Big League”

The head of a sports marketing firm says the Super Bowl bid Indianapolis presented yesterday shows the city can host the largest sporting events in the world.

May 21, 2014

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Families By Choice founder Muriel Ryan says visitors in the area have the wrong idea about homeless campers at Hawthorn Park.

Terre Haute Homeless Coalition Fights Park Policy

A homeless coalition in Vigo County wants parks officials to repeal a policy they enacted in April.

May 21, 2014

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Weather Update: Storm Reports Coming In

Severe thunderstorms are expected to develop along a cold front today and through this evening.

May 22, 2014

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Experts worry despite high rankings in a Clean Water Act Permit inspection study, Indiana still needs better measures to enhance water quality.

Experts: Indiana Could Do More To Curb Water Pollutants

Indiana recently ranked best for inspecting Clean Water Act Permits, but experts say more needs to be done to deal with water pollution.

May 22, 2014

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 Indianapolis gained an average of more than 7,000 residents over the past three years.

Census Data Show Large Growth In Indiana Metropolitan Areas

Recent Census data show Indianapolis, Ft. Wayne, Evansville and South Bend all showed large population shifts.

May 22, 2014

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City Hall Turnover Stalls Bloomington Bikeways Construction

Bloomington officials are sitting on the successful bike trail program while they search for a new city engineer.

May 22, 2014

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July 4th Fireworks Coming Back To Monroe County Fairgrounds

The annual fireworks show was cancelled last year because there wasn't enough money to organize it.

May 22, 2014

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Math Teacher Writing on Chalk Board

Teachers Union Opposes Changes To Teacher Licensing

The State Board of Education is considering new requirements that would allow people to teach without having a teaching degree.

May 22, 2014

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University Of Maine President Selected To Head Ball State

Paul Ferguson, the current president at the University of Maine, will be Ball State University's 15th president.

May 22, 2014

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Terre Haute Mayor, Department Head At Odds Over Budget

Department of Redevelopment Director Cliff Lambert claims the mayor’s office is inappropriately moving funds that are set aside for special projects.

May 22, 2014

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Coming Up On “Indiana Newsdesk” Friday At 6 PM

We follow volunteers before the Indy 500 raising awareness about sex trafficking and the costs and risks of transitioning associated with transgender youth.

May 23, 2014

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Indy 500 Could Increase Cases Of Sex Trafficking

The Indy 500 and other large events tend to boost demand for sex, which, in turn, increases sex trafficking.

May 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.

Alleged Purdue Shooter To Use Insanity Defense

Cody Cousins told a judge earlier this month that he is taking medication for schizophrenia.

May 23, 2014

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Purdue and other universities are working on projects to reduce nitrogen flow from the Mississippi into the Gulf of Mexico, which can cause problems harmful to sea life.

Purdue Partners With EPA To Reduce Water Pollution

Purdue University and 11 other land grant universities partnered with the Hypoxia Task Force to figure out how they can reduce nitrogen pollution.

May 23, 2014

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Democrats To Nominate Former Illinois Lawmaker For Treasurer

The state Democratic party is selecting former Illinois Representative Mike Boland to run for state treasurer.

May 23, 2014

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How Young Transgender Adults Pay For Transition Surgery

Transgender youth often have trouble finding the money to pay for transitioning surgeries, but insurance is starting to cover more of the transition process.

May 23, 2014

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Indiana Republican Convention To Allow Firearms

The Indiana Republican Convention will allow attendees to carry firearms at its convention in Fort Wayne.

May 23, 2014

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Three Of Four Columbus Parks Board Members Resign

The Columbus parks board members say they were not able to work effectively with the mayor.

May 23, 2014

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Last School Day In Dugger Emotional For Students, Teachers

The Northeast School Corporation voted in December to close Dugger Elementary and Union Jr./Sr. High School in Dugger, Ind.

May 23, 2014

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Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” May 23, 2014

We follow volunteers before the Indy 500 raising awareness about sex trafficking and the costs and risks of transitioning associated with transgender youth.

May 23, 2014

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Colts Owner Charged With Two Counts Of Impaired Driving

Jim Irsay is charged with two misdemeanor counts of impaired driving in connection with his March arrest.

May 24, 2014

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This Year The Tenth Anniversary Of Indy 500 Tornado

The 2004 F2 twister touched down within 10 miles of the Indianapolis 500 track, causing major damage and delaying the race for hours.

May 26, 2014

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IU President Michael McRobbie Goes To Asia

IU President McRobbie is leading a delegation to Asia with the goal of strengthening the university's international ties.

May 26, 2014

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Charles Acton

Vietnam Veteran Honored For Decades Of Service

Charles Acton was exposed to Agent Orange, leaving him bedridden for the past eight years.

May 26, 2014

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American Legion Post 18 was one of many across the United States to place flags near the graves of fallen soldiers this Memorial Day.

American Legion Honors Fallen Soldiers On Memorial Day

Veterans, family and friends gathered at Bloomington’s Rose Hill Cemetery today to honor fallen American heroes.

May 26, 2014

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IU Baseball Ranked No. 4 Going Into NCAA Playoffs

The IU Hoosiers' ranking jumped after defeating Nebraska for the Big Ten Championship.

May 26, 2014

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Hearing On Healthy Indiana Plan Expansion Set For Wednesday

HIP 2.0 would expand coverage to uninsured adults ages 19 to 64 with household income below 138 percent of the federal poverty limit.

May 27, 2014

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9 More Counties Qualify For FEMA Winter Storm Aid

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing financial assistance to several counties that sustained damage from winter storms.

May 27, 2014

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Study: Deaf Children Experience Signficant Learning Delays

Children with cochlear implants have a greater risk of suffering from developmental delays, according to a study published by IU scientists last week.

May 27, 2014

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Purdue Ag Director To Focus On Food Security, Including GMOs

Purdue University's new extension head says he will continue to advocate for genetically modified crops as part of a larger plan to increase food resources.

May 27, 2014

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Indiana Considers School Security Tipline

Indiana is considering a program called Safet2Tell, which was implemented in Colorado after the Columbine school shooting.

May 27, 2014

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Bloomington Parks Board Considers Deer Sharpshooter Contract

The Bloomington parks board is considering a contract that would use sharpshooters to cull the deer population in Griffy Lake Nature Preserve.

May 27, 2014

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IU Summer Tuition Discount Successful Outside Of Bloomington

Tuition discounts at Indiana University's regional campuses are boosting summer enrollment.

May 27, 2014

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Indiana Begins Purging Voter Rolls

The state of Indiana plans to spend $2.1 million to clean up its voter rolls.

May 27, 2014

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Parks Board Unanimously Approves Deer Sharpshooting Plan

The Bloomington Board of Park Commissioners voted 4-0 to hire a sharpshooting firm to kill up to 100 deer in Griffy Lake Nature Preserve.

May 28, 2014

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Mayor Greg Goodnight

Ask The Mayor: Kokomo’s Greg Goodnight

Indiana Newsdesk's Joe Hren speaks with Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight, in our weekly 'Ask The Mayor' segment.

May 28, 2014

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IPS Will Provide Free Breakfast And Lunch For All Students

At last night's school board meeting, the Indianapolis Public Schools announced it will provide free breakfast and lunch for all students starting this fall.

May 28, 2014

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The White House delayed the employer mandate for a second time

Few Voice Opinions At First Health Care Expansion Hearing

The state is holding a public comment period while it seeks federal approval to expand the Healthy Indiana Plan.

May 28, 2014

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Indianapolis Chosen For National STEM Education Program

Indianapolis is one of seven cities chosen to create a pilot program that engages area students in STEM subject.

May 28, 2014

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Rep. Todd Young Seeks Legislative Changes For VA Care

Young says he supports two bills being considered in the House this week but wants to see even bolder legislative changes.

May 28, 2014

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Pigs Thought To Be Immune Reinfected By Fatal Virus

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus has killed up to 7 million pigs and could boost the price of pork by 12 percent.

May 28, 2014

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Bill Would Require Mental Health Assessments For Military

Legislation authored by Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, that is aimed at preventing military suicides is being included in Congress' annual defense bill.

May 29, 2014

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Preliminary tests of the virus came out positive for the Illinois man.

CDC: Indiana MERS Patient Did Not Spread Virus To Colleague

New tests show an Illinois business associate of the first MERS patient did not contract the virus.

May 29, 2014

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Kokomo Fire Departments To Open Stations As Tornado Shelters

Kokomo Fire Department officials say they will open up their six stations to mobile home residents as tornado shelters.

May 29, 2014

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Study Links Long Concussions Recoveries To ADHD, Depression

A study from St. Vincent Sports Performance indicates longer concussion recovery times could be linked to ADHD, anxiety and depression.

May 29, 2014

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Terre Haute Mayor Responds To Allegation Of Misused Taxes

The Mayor of Terre Haute says pooling tax money into a cash account is a common way to pay the city's bills.

May 29, 2014

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Indiana Senators Are Not Calling For VA Secretary To Resign

The American Legion, among other groups, has called for Eric Shinseki's resignation among allegations of mishandled wait times at VA facilities.

May 29, 2014

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The Gender Debate: Should Boys And Girls Learn Separately?

The interest in public single-sex education has increased in recent years, as more pressure is placed on schools to graduate students and improve test scores.

May 29, 2014

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Coming Up On “Indiana Newsdesk” Friday At 6 PM

The impact of 'Food Deserts' and how residents are improving access to healthy food. Hundreds of area hotel rooms are opening, but is there demand to fill them?

May 30, 2014

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The project will fund long-term research of concussion injuries and how treatment and prevention can be improved.

IU School Of Medicine To Lead Nationwide Concussion Research

The Indiana University School of Medicine is leading a three-year, $30 million concussion study sponsored by the NCAA and U.S. Department of Defense.

May 30, 2014

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Coats, Pence Support Expansion Of Medical Device Industry

Indiana leaders at both the federal and state level are exploring ways to encourage more growth in the state’s medical device industry.

May 30, 2014

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Supergirl and Wonder Woman at Baltimore Comic Con

Indy Gaming Convention PopCon Targets A New Audience: Women

The Indy PopCon convention this weekend is catering to women by bringing in female actresses and tightening their sexual harassment policies.

May 30, 2014

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Indianapolis Ranks Worst In The Nation For Food Deserts

Residents on Indianapolis' east side must travel several miles to the nearest grocery store--a task that is difficult for many that do not own cars.

May 30, 2014

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Gary School Board Proposes Closings To Ease Budget Concerns

At a Gary Community School Corporation school board meeting, the board recommends closing five schools and moving all middle school students to one building.

May 30, 2014

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Indiana Representatives React To VA Secretary’s Resignation

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned today, but Indiana representatives say they don't think that will fix the department's problems.

May 30, 2014

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Hyatt Place Bloomington

Hotel Developers Still Looking To Expand In Bloomington

Officials say tourism is far from where it should be, in large part because expansion of the Convention Center is on hold.

May 30, 2014

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Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” May 30, 2014

The impact of 'Food Deserts' and how residents are improving access to healthy food. Hundreds of area hotel rooms are opening, but is there demand to fill them?

May 31, 2014

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The Hoosier cavefish is an eyeless, cave-dwelling fish that was just found to be a new species.

New Species Of Cavefish Found In Southern Indiana

Scientists have discovered a new species of blind cavefish in Southern Indiana.

May 31, 2014

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French Lick Resort Opens Footgolf Course

The new FootGolf course at French Lick Resort & Casino combines golf and soccer to make a trendy new sport.

May 31, 2014

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Democrats Emphasize Equality Initiatives At State Convention

The Democratic Party is blaming Republican leaders for failing to take care of the state's middle class.

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