Archive for June 2014

June 2, 2014

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By completing all five classes, participants can earn a Professional Development Certificate in Public Health from the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington.

Free Online Classes Offered To Indiana Health Workers

The IU School of Public Health is offering five free classes to public health workers in the state to promote the roles and importance of public health workers.

June 2, 2014

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Indiana GOP Chair Tim Berry says there's lots of diversity among the party's candidates this year.

Indiana Republican Chair Previews Party Convention

Indiana GOP Chair Tim Berry says he expects fierce competition for the state treasurer nomination.

June 2, 2014

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Gov. Pence Says EPA Proposal Will Hurt Indiana’s Economy

Gov. Mike Pence says the EPA's plan to reduce CO2 emissions 30 percent by 2030 could cost Indiana thousands of jobs.

June 2, 2014

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The Central State Hospital's pathology building,

Memorial Marks Graves Of Patients At Former Insane Asylum

A memorial was dedicated today in honor of the 600 patients who died at Central State Hospital between 1848 and 1947.

June 2, 2014

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Rep. Messer: ACA Will Cost Indiana Schools Too Much

Rep. Luke Messer introduced legislation that would exempt schools, colleges and universities from the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act.

June 2, 2014

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Indiana’s Primary Voter Turnout Was Lowest In 20 Years

About 13 percent of Indiana's registered voters turned out for last month's primary election, according to numbers the secretary of state released today.

June 2, 2014

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Submit Your Questions For Greencastle’s ‘Ask The Mayor’

We're on our way to visit with Greencastle Mayor Sue Murray for Wednesday's show.

June 2, 2014

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Police Still Getting Tips On Lauren Spierer’s Disappearance

IU student Lauren Spierer has been missing for three years, but Bloomington police continue to investigate tips they are receiving about the case.

June 2, 2014

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West Pointe Residents Upset Over Habitat Build

Residents of the West Pointe neighborhood in southwest Bloomington were upset they weren't notified before Habitat for Humanity began excavating properties.

June 3, 2014

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Lawsuit Alleges Child Services Not Paying Adoption Subsidies

A lawsuit alleges the Indiana Department of Child Services has not been paying adoptive parents subsidies even though money is available.

June 3, 2014

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Dugger School Parents Have Hope For New Charter

Union High School in Dugger closed a few weeks ago because of budget issues, but a potential charter could bring a school back to the town.

June 3, 2014

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Gov. Pence speaks at a podium at a press conference.

Gov. Pence’s Healthy Indiana Plan Drawing Criticism, Support

Governor Mike Pence's proposed Healthy Indiana Plan has been met with both support and criticism in Indiana.

June 3, 2014

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Democratic Leader: Indiana Needs More High-Paying Jobs

A report from from the Indiana Institute for Working Families says Indiana has the highest percent growth of “low-wage” jobs of any of its neighboring states.

June 3, 2014

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Columbus City Council Reinstates Parks Director’s Salary

The Columbus City Council shifted the parks director's salary after the mayor demoted the then-parks director to marketing coordinator.

June 3, 2014

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IU Researchers To Design New Female Condom

IU researchers, whose work is being sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, are designing a female condom that aims to increase sexual pleasure.

June 4, 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.

June 4, 2014

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Severe Weather Sweeps Across Indiana

Severe thunderstorms are expected throughout the day today.

June 4, 2014

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Jason Kloth, Indianapolis deputy mayor of education, announced the board's approval of the charter school Monday.

Board Approves Charter School At Juvenile Detention Center

The Indianapolis Charter School Board approved the Francis Marion Academy, a school aimed to help students who are going through the juvenile justice system.

June 4, 2014

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IUPUI Releases Newly Digitized Photos Of Tiananmen Square

Previously unseen photos from the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989 are being made available on the IUPUI library website.

June 4, 2014

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Xfinity subscribers may opt-out of the service.

Comcast Launches 80,000 WiFi Hotspots Using Existing Modems

Comcast has launched 80,000 WiFi hook-ups for their users in Indiana using separate lines on people's existing modems.

June 4, 2014

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18 Counties Named As Finalists For Pre-K Pilot Program

The Family and Social Services Administration is choosing five counties to participate in the state’s new pre-k pilot program.

June 4, 2014

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Bloomington Council To Consider Amended Restaurant Ordinance

A new city ordinance would place tighter regulations on chain restaurants in Bloomington's downtown.

June 4, 2014

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Companies Proposals To Increase Energy Efficiency

Environmentalists say the energy efficiency programs could help the state meet new EPA requirements aimed at cutting carbon emissions.

June 4, 2014

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UPDATE: Portions Of Tornado Watch Allowed To Expire

The severe weather threat will be highest from Interstate 70 southward.

June 5, 2014

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Bloomington Council Amends Ordinance On Chain Restaurants

The Bloomington City Council has amended a previous ordinance aimed at limiting the number of chain restaurants in the city's downtown.

June 5, 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.

Feds Require New Standardized Test To Keep NCLB Waiver

The new assessment will eliminate multiple choice testing and require students to come up with an original answer.

June 5, 2014

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According to the study, the national average for fluctuation among rates is 65 percent.

Indiana Car Insurance Premiums Vary Widely By Credit Score

A new study shows premiums in Indiana are some of the worst in the nation and can fluctuate by 110 percent.

June 5, 2014

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Court Suspends Colts Owner Jim Irsay’s Driver’s License

A court order asks the BMV to suspend Colts owner Jim Irsay's driver's license for refusing a blood test after being arrested for driving while intoxicated.

June 5, 2014

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Indiana Senators Request Meeting With VA Leadership

Senators Dan Coats and Joe Donnelly are asking the acting head of the Veterans Affairs Department for information about Indianapolis' VA hospital.

June 5, 2014

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IU Offers Reserved Parking Spots For $1,668

Indiana University is now offering full time faculty and staff designated parking spots.

June 6, 2014

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Kyle Schwarber hits during a game at the team's new stadium.

Three IU Baseball Players Selected In MLB Draft

Kyle Schwarber was drafted by the Chicago Cubs. Sam Travis was chosen by the Boston Red Sox, and the Milwaukee Brewers selected Dustin DeMuth.

June 6, 2014

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Known as the Bone Densitometer, the device will be used by astronauts to study bone loss in mice.

Indiana Company Sending X-Ray Device Into Space

A Southern Indiana company has developed the first X-ray system for the International Space Station to study bone loss.

June 6, 2014

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Crowdfunding Expands To Local Real Estate Investments

Companies are reaching out to individual investors to fund real estate projects, but with increased opportunity also comes increased risk.

June 6, 2014

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Lucas Oil Stadium will continue to host sports championships in the coming decade.

Indianapolis To Host 14 Championship Games

After a rejected, Super Bowl bid, The Big Ten is tapping Indianapolis to host 14 championship events over the next eight years.

June 6, 2014

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What Proposed EPA Emissions Rules Mean For Indiana

This week the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a new set of proposed regulations for existing coal-fired power plants.

June 6, 2014

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Gov. Pence speaks at a podium at a press conference.

Pence: Same-Sex Marriage Stance Not A Distraction For GOP

GOP leaders are considering adding a stance against same-sex marriage to the party's platform at its convention this weekend.

June 6, 2014

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Report: School Counselors Are Underutilized And Overworked

A recent report indicates school counselors only spend 10 percent to 25 percent of their time doing college and career prep.

June 6, 2014

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Indiana Tax Revenue Still Low As End Of Fiscal Year Nears

Indiana's tax revenue is still $50 million lower than projections with only one month left in the fiscal year.

June 6, 2014

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Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” June 6, 2014

How new EPA rules affect Indiana, and the risks and opportunities of crowdfunding. Plus, newly digitized pictures of the Tiananmen Square protest are released.

June 6, 2014

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Historic B-17 And Hoosier Hero Mark 70th D-Day Anniversary

A Hoosier native who served in WWII and the plane he flew, came to Columbus Friday to teach people about the war efforts.

June 7, 2014

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Peregrine Falcon Chicks Die In Recent Storm

Two peregrine falcon chicks living atop a dormitory at Indiana State University were swept from their nest in a recent storm.

June 7, 2014

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Indiana GOP Includes Marriage Language In Party Platform

The GOP voted at its state convention to declare marriages between a man and a woman the basis of strong families and the foundation of society.

June 7, 2014

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GOP Nominates Secretary Of State, Auditor, Treasurer

At its state convention, the GOP selected Connie Lawson to run for secretary of state, Suzanne Crouch for auditor and Kelly Mitchell for treasurer.

June 9, 2014

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Proposed Power Line Route Sparks Concerns For Air Force Base

The power line is expected to run through Carroll, Cass, Miami and White counties, but some worry the route is too close to Grissom Air Reserve Base.

June 9, 2014

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Bill Clinton To Speak At Insurance Conference Tuesday

The event at the Insurance Accounting and Systems Association's business show in Indianapolis is not open to the public.

June 9, 2014

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BMV Asks Judge To Rethink Personalized License Plate Ruling

A judge ordered the Bureau of Motor Vehicles in May to reinstate its personalized license plate program and develop less arbitrary means of approving plates.

June 9, 2014

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VA Report: Average Wait Time 54 Days In Indianapolis

An internal Veterans Affairs audit released today found wait times for new patient primary care appointments at the Roudebush VA Medical Center to be 54 days.

June 9, 2014

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Report Shows Prescription Drug Tracking Program Is Effective

Researchers studying the INSPECT system say it is effective at helping to prevent drug abuse.

June 9, 2014

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Gov. Pence Says Pre-K Pilot Program Could Begin Next Year

Some state legislators wanted the state-funded pre-k pilot program to be up and running by August, but the state plans to implement it in 2015.

June 9, 2014

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Former Indiana Basketball Players Sue NCAA For Profit Rights

Two former Indiana State University basketball players and a Gary native are among those suing the NCAA for not allowing them to profit from their fame.

June 9, 2014

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Indianapolis Teachers Propose Overhaul Of IPS Pay System

Several Indianapolis Public School teachers have ideas for their next contract, which could change the way they get paid.

June 10, 2014

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The virus can be transmitted from one human to another through a mosquito bite.

Allen County Man Tests Positive For Chikungunya Virus

State health officials are warning of a potentially-fatal virus contracted by an Allen County resident.

June 10, 2014

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Lafayette Couple Responsible In Las Vegas Police Shooting

A husband-and-wife duo from Lafayette, Indiana are suspected of killing two Las Vegas police officers, claiming themselves as "freedom fighters."

June 10, 2014

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Indiana Half Way Through 812 Area Code Transition

Residents living within the current 812 area code region will have to dial using 10 digits starting Sept. 6.

June 10, 2014

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Report: Slightly More Hoosier Grads Going To College

About 66 percent of high school graduates in Indiana went to college in 2012, compared to 64 percent in 2011.

June 10, 2014

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State Court Rules Against Franklin Township Busing Fees

The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled against a southeast side Indianapolis district's transportation policy, the latest in an ongoing saga over busing fees.

June 10, 2014

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Gov. Pence Urges Businesses To Move To Bloomington

During a Bloomington Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday, the governor asked residents to attract business to the city, which he says is thriving economically.

June 10, 2014

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Democrats Have ‘Realistic’ Expectations For General Election

Leaders of the Indiana Democratic Party say they are hoping to break the GOP's supermajority in both houses.

June 10, 2014

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Indiana Dunes Restoring Endangered Butterfly Habitat

Indiana Dunes State Park and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore are restoring wild blue lupine, the main food source of the endangered Karner blue butterfly.

June 10, 2014

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Melon Farmers Seek Ways To Remain Profitable, Boost Safety

Farmers say they are implementing new safety measures after a salmonella outbreak in 2012.

June 11, 2014

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute’s Duke Bennett

Reporter Jimmy Jenkins speaks with Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett, in our weekly 'Ask The Mayor' segment.

June 11, 2014

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In March, IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee announced the district actually had a budget surplus of eight-point-four million dollars.

Audits Show IPS Not Facing $30 Million Deficit

Audit reports from the State Board of Accounts and the Council of Great City Schools (CGCS) said the district actually has $60 million in cash reserves.

June 11, 2014

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Study: No Child Left Behind May Benefit Teachers

Many teachers think No Child Left Behind legislation actually makes their work easier, according to a new study.

June 11, 2014

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Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice To Step Down

Chief Justice Brent Dickson is stepping down after only two years in his current leadership position.

June 11, 2014

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

Indiana’s Economic Growth Higher Than Neighboring States

Indiana's GDP grew 2.1 percent last year, beating Ohio, MIchigan, Wisconsin and Illinois' growth rates.

June 11, 2014

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New Coalition For Same-Sex Marriage Debuts

The new coalition, called Hoosiers Unite for Marriage, is made up of several groups in the state that are fighting for gay marriage.

June 11, 2014

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City Council Passes Amended Ordinance On Chains Downtown

The Bloomington City Council passed an amended ordinance that would allow standardized businesses or "chains" in downtown areas on a conditional basis.

June 12, 2014

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More Young Adults Get Psychiatric Care After Health Law

Mental health admissions of young people rose 9 percent after implementation of a key portion of the Affordable Care Act, researchers say.

June 12, 2014

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Bartholomew County Committee To Review CAFO Requirements

Bartholomew County commissioner Richard Flohr says a new committee will evaluate an ordinance that regulates confined animal feeding operations.

June 12, 2014

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Legislators Gather To Push For A Constitutional Convention

Legislators are gathering in Indianapolis today to lay the groundwork for a constitutional convention aimed at addressing government overreach.

June 12, 2014

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Currently, individuals and families are not eligible to use subsidies to purchase catastrophic plans.

Should Obamacare Include A Catastrophic Plan Option?

A top insurance trade group is pushing the Obama administration to approve a new catastrophic plan, which they believe would help stabilize premiums.

June 12, 2014

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Greg Steuerwald and Matt Pierce

General Assembly To Make Changes to Criminal Code Bill

Indiana's General Assembly will meet June 17 to change the state's criminal code.

June 13, 2014

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Stutzman Taking ‘Deep Look’ At Running For Majority Whip

The number two Republican in the House was defeated this week, and now Eric Cantor's party members are looking for a replacement.

June 13, 2014

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Energy Proposal Includes Features From Existing Program

Officials are drafting a new energy plan that will replace the Energizing Indiana program.

June 13, 2014

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State Parks See Increase In Visitors, Sales

More people are visiting Indiana's state parks and buying annual passes than last year.

June 13, 2014

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Indianapolis VA Hospital Receives Mixed Reviews After Audit

The Indianapolis Veterans Affairs hospital has been tagged for further review after a national audit, but some veterans say it provides quality care.

June 13, 2014

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The Process For Indiana To Get A New Assessment

The state must create a new assessment that aligns with the academic standards it recently adopted.

June 13, 2014

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Indiana ‘Poor Farms’ On Top 10 Most Endangered List

Indiana county homes are facing extinction from either abandonment or neglect, according to Indiana Landmarks.

June 13, 2014

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Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” June 13, 2014

The latest on the Indy VA investigation. Plus, eight county homes, or poor farms, top the list of endangered landmarks in Indiana. Is it possible to save them?

June 14, 2014

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Doctors Find Link Between Concussions, Psychiatric Disorders

Concussion may lead into certain psychiatric disorders especially for student athletes, a new study finds.

June 15, 2014

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What President Obama’s Student Loan Plan Means For Hoosiers

Indiana Newsdesk host Joe Hren speaks with IU education professor Don Hossler about what impact President Obama's plan to reduce student debt has on Hoosiers.

June 16, 2014

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The task force will consider similar policies implemented by eight other states, which require attorneys to document their pro bono hours on annual registration forms.

Indiana Task Force Created To Increase Free Legal Aid

The Indiana Supreme Court delegated a task force to try and increase the amount of free legal services for the state's poor.

June 16, 2014

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Gov. Pence speaks at a podium at a press conference.

Pence: School Accountability Must Continue

Governor Mike Pence said Indiana will not freeze school accountability after implementing a new ISTEP+ this spring, as proposed by Glenda Ritz.

June 16, 2014

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Debra Minott, FSSA Secretary

FSSA Already Preparing For Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration is beginning to plan the implementation of HIP 2.0, even though it isn't yet federally approved.

June 16, 2014

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Pence Stops Short Of Endorsing Constitutional Convention

Legislators from more than 30 states gathered in Indianapolis Thursday to create a foundation for amending the Constitution through a state-led convention.

June 16, 2014

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Submit Your Questions For Bloomington’s ‘Ask The Mayor’

We're on our way to visit with Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan for Wednesday's show.

June 16, 2014

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Central Indiana Home Prices Inching Higher

Central Indiana home prices are up seven percent since last May.

June 16, 2014

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State Won’t Offer Cooling Assistance To Low-Income Families

State officials say they're out of money after spending nearly $50 million this fiscal year on heating assistance.

June 17, 2014

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Currently, only package liquor stores are allowed to sell

Federal Judge Upholds Indiana Law On Cold Beer Sales

A federal judge in Indianapolis has thrown out a lawsuit challenging the state's laws that limit cold beer sales to liquor stores.

June 17, 2014

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Panelists saied the ACA is a good idea in premise â the system just needs to be refined now that health experts are finding things that donât work the way they were intended.

Obamacare Has Mixed Impact On Decatur County

Panelists at a Rotary Club meeting in Greensburg indicated the effects they are seeing from the Affordable Care Act are both positive and negative.

June 17, 2014

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Head Of State’s Family Services Department To Leave Office

Debra Minott, the head of the Family and Social Services Administration, is resigning as the governor's administration seeks a "change in direction."

June 17, 2014

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Legislature Holds Technical Session To Update Criminal Code

The legislature met today to make technical corrections to bills that it passed earlier this year.

June 17, 2014

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Indianapolis Charter Carpe Diem Will Expand To Three Schools

A charter board has approved an expansion plan for the Indianapolis charter school Carpe Diem, which uses traditional instruction alongside digital lessons.

June 17, 2014

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Indiana Attorney General Investigates GM Recall

General Motors has recalled another set of automobiles because of faulty ignition switches.

June 18, 2014

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington’s Mark Kruzan

This time we talk with Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan, in our weekly 'Ask The Mayor' segment.

June 18, 2014

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Pilot Rachel Borsa and copilot Haley Myers are flying from California to Pennsylvania.

Purdue Students Fly Race Across The Country

Two Purdue aviation students are participating in an air race across the country that ends in Pennsylvania on Thursday.

June 18, 2014

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Of the 300 arrests, 42 were made in Indianapolis.

Federal Agents Arrest 42 Illegal Immigrants In Indiana

Since mid-May, police have arrested around 300 illegal immigrants in six states, including Indiana as a part of 'Operation Cross Creek.'

June 18, 2014

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IDOE Releases Proposal To Keep NCLB Waiver For Comment

The Department of Education released the draft of its proposal to keep the state’s No Child Left Behind waiver Monday and is accepting public comment.

June 18, 2014

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Gambill Replaces Battles As District 45 State Representative

Bionca Gambill takes over for Kreg Battles, who resigned 10 days after winning an uncontested primary election.

June 18, 2014

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After Lawsuit, Cold Beer Sales Chances Slim In Legislature

After a federal judge ruled against allowing convenience stores to sell cold beer, groups pushing for change might have to head back to the legislature.

June 18, 2014

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Indiana Milk Bank Partners With Blood Donation Center

The Indiana Mothers' Milk Bank has opened seven new donation centers within existing Indiana Blood Center locations.

June 19, 2014

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UPDATE: Thunderstorms Sweeping Through Indiana

A severe thunderstorm watch continues until 7:00 a.m.

June 19, 2014

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The former employee's testimony comes during the second lawsuit against the BMV for overcharging customers.

Former Employee Testifies Against BMV About Overcharges

Former BMV employee Matthew Foley testified against the BMV, saying the bureau knew of overcharges but would not immediately work to correct them.

June 19, 2014

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While experts say the bacteria are usually shared by children in classrooms, they also become common during the summer.

Shigellosis Bacteria Infecting 200 Indiana Residents

According to experts, the bacteria are commonly transmitted through swimming pools during the summer months.

June 19, 2014

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Directors say the new Horizon Health building is one of only a few facilities of its kind in the country.

Free Health Center For Homeless Opens In Indianapolis

A new facility in Indianapolis opened today combining mental health and primary care services for some three-thousand homeless in Indiana.

June 19, 2014

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IDOE Report Shows Voucher System Costs State $16 Million

The private school voucher system saved the state money the first two years it was in place but cost nearly $16 million last year.

June 19, 2014

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Indiana Mails Voters In Effort To Clean Up Voter Rolls

Some Indiana voters are receiving a postcard from the state to confirm their active voting status.

June 19, 2014

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Conservative Radio Ads Attack Gov. Pence’s HIP 2.0

Conservative radio ads attacking Gov. Pence say his new health care plan is aligned with Obamacare.

June 19, 2014

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Rep. Marlin Stutzman Loses Bid For House Majority Whip

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., not Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Indiana, was chosen today as the House majority whip.

June 19, 2014

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

Colts Owner To Go On Trial A Week Before NFL Season Begins

Colts owner Jim Irsay will appear in court on August 28 for two counts of impaired driving on August.

June 19, 2014

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Report Shows Indiana Ranks High In Amount Of Water Pollution

A report shows that in 2012, Indiana was worst in the nation for amount of pollution dumped into waterways.

June 20, 2014

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The road construction is Phase I of a project slated to switch over to Phase II in September and be completed by October.

SR 37 In Martinsville To Undergo Repairs Starting Friday

The first phase of a $7.3 million project on S.R. 37 in Martinsville begins at 7 p.m. Friday.

June 20, 2014

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Program Translates Real World Experience To The Classroom

The Transition to Teaching program helps people without an education degree learn how to teach in a classroom setting.

June 20, 2014

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Indiana’s Unemployment Rate Holds Steady At 5.7 Percent

Indiana's unemployment rate had dropped for nine consecutive months until May.

June 20, 2014

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IU Approves Moving Fraternity House To Historic Neighborhood

IU Trustees unanimously approved a plan to relocate and demolish houses in the University Court Historic District to make room for a fraternity house.

June 20, 2014

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CDC Survey: Nearly Half All Teenagers Text And Drive

A recent survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates 41 percent of teens text while driving.

June 20, 2014

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Rep. Stutzman Pledges Support For New Majority Whip

Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Indiana, lost a bid for the majority whip yesterday when Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., was elected to the position.

June 20, 2014

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Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” June 20, 2014

A judge throws out a cold beer lawsuit and Indiana police are issuing more tickets to teens who are texting behind the wheel, but is it making an impact?

June 20, 2014

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Soccer Popularity Goes Up As World Cup Fever Hits Hoosiers

With Americans buying over 200,000 tickets to the World Cup this year, soccer in Indiana is gaining more and more fans.

June 21, 2014

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Does New Indy Zoo Ticket System Hurt Low Income Visitors?

The new ticket system bases prices on the projected demand for the day, pushing weekday prices up and weekend prices down.

June 21, 2014

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IU Trustees Roundup: FIJI House, Assembly Hall Renovations

IU Trustees approved a plan to move a fraternity house into a nearby neighborhood and approved renovations to Assembly Hall and Sembower Field.

June 22, 2014

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16 ‘Little Free Libraries’ Coming To Monroe County

Check out a book for free, read and return right in your neighborhood to a "Little Free Library"

June 23, 2014

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Governor Pence is calling on hundreds of tax experts from across the state and country for advice.

Governor’s Tax Conference Criticized For Being One-Sided

Gov. Mike Pence says he is holding a conference in order to make the tax climate in Indiana more competitive.

June 23, 2014

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Gov. Pence says while college should still be the first option for Hoosier students, it shouldn't be the only choice, depending on an individual's needs.

Gov. Pence Calls For More Money To Vocational Programs

Gov. Mike Pence says he's received support from parents when it comes to finding money in next year's budget for vocational training.

June 23, 2014

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Submit Your Questions For Kokomo’s ‘Ask The Mayor’

We're on our way to visit with Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight for Wednesday's show.

June 23, 2014

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A power plant in Indianapolis. The EPA has unveiled a proposal for reducing coal-fired power plants emissions.

U.S. Supreme Court Limits Some EPA Regulations

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the EPA could change emission thresholds for certain industries.

June 23, 2014

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State Education Board To Discuss NCLB Waiver And Testing

The State Board of Education is meeting this afternoon to discuss how the state plans to keep its No Child Left Behind waiver.

June 23, 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.

IU Health May Merge Two Indianapolis Hospitals

Indiana University Health is considering merging two Indianapolis facilities, University and Methodist Hospitals.

June 23, 2014

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Education Roundtable Recommends Changes To Future Testing

The Education Roundtable on Monday recommended major changes to next year’s ISTEP+ exam as part of a plan to maintain the state’s No Child Left Behind waiver.

June 24, 2014

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The Indiana mayors attended the national conference in Dallas, Texas from June 20-23.

Indiana Mayors Talk Climate Change At National Conference

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard attended the National Conference of Mayors annual meeting in Dallas this year.

June 24, 2014

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Survey: Americans And Hoosiers Have Little Emergency Savings

Hoosiers on average save only about $3,000 for financial emergencies.

June 24, 2014

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Indiana's tax code is too complicated, Pence and others say.

Indiana Tax Conference Speakers Say Tax Code Is Too Complex

Gov. Mike Pence and other tax authorities met Tuesday to discuss ways of simplifying the tax code.

June 24, 2014

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Bartholomew County School Staff To Get New Medical Services

Columbus Regional Health is providing additional medical services for Bartholomew County schools employees starting July 15.

June 24, 2014

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Flash Flood Warnings In Effect, Tornado Causes Home Damage

Several counties are experiencing flash flood warnings, and a tornado reportedly caused damage to several homes near Plainfield.

June 24, 2014

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Arizona State Hires IU’s Tracy Smith As Head Baseball Coach

Indiana University's head baseball coach Tracy Smith is leaving for Arizona State University after nine seasons with the Hoosiers.

June 25, 2014

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Ask The Mayor: Kokomo’s Greg Goodnight

This time we talk with Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight, in our weekly 'Ask The Mayor' segment.

June 25, 2014

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Some estimates say that near 500 non-public safety workers will be impacted.

Fort Wayne City Council Overrides Collective Bargaining Veto

The Fort Wayne City Council is overriding Mayor Tom Henry‘s veto on a collective bargaining ordinance.

June 25, 2014

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Bloomington Area Birth Service Clinical director Ann Marie Neeley says she hears mothers complain about the unpaid maternity leaves everyday.

Report: Indiana Lacks Support For Working Parents

A new report shows Indiana has few laws beyond the federal FMLA requirements that guarantee job protection or leave for new or expecting parents.

June 25, 2014

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The company says they are aware of eight crashes and six injuries related to the faulty ignition switches.

Expert: GM Plants In Indiana Should Re-Think Product Launch

According to one expert, General Motors facilities in Indiana should re-think how they prepare for product launches, following a massive recall of their cars.

June 25, 2014

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Judge Strikes Down Indiana’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Indiana's same-sex marriage ban was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge Wednesday.

June 25, 2014

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Pence Names New Head of Family Services Administration

Gov. Pence named Indiana State Medical Association President John Wernert the new head of the Family and Social Services Administration.

June 25, 2014

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Same-Sex Couples In Monroe County Wed After Judge’s Ruling

Same-sex couples received marriage licenses for the first time in Monroe County after a federal judge ruled Indiana's ban unconstitutional.

June 26, 2014

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What The Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Means For Hoosiers

Judge Richard Young struck down Indiana's law on same-sex marriage, prompting couples across the state to rush to courthouses to get married.

June 26, 2014

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Evansville Church Loses Appeal To Display Crosses

A court dismissed a church's appeal of a ruling that kept it from putting crosses along Evansville's Riverfront area.

June 26, 2014

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Thousand Cankers Disease

Deadly Tree Disease Found in Indiana

The fungus that causes Thousand Cankers Disease, an insidious infection that targets Black Walnut trees, has been found in Yellowwood State Forest.

June 26, 2014

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DNR Offers $5,000 For Info On Whooping Crane Poacher

The Department of Natural Resources say they believe the whooping crane was shot in Greene County.

June 26, 2014

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Indiana Settles Tobacco Settlement Dispute

Indiana reached a settlement with tobacco companies Thursday that will pay the state $93 million this year and $124 million next year.

June 26, 2014

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An annual count shows a slight decrease in the number of homeless people living in Indiana.

Indiana Sees A Decrease In Its Homeless Population

A recent survey shows Indiana’s homeless population has dropped 2 percent since last year.

June 26, 2014

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Bartholomew County Clerk Ordered To Marry Gay Couples

After a federal judge ruled Indiana's ban on same sex marriage was unconstitutional, some county clerks would not issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

June 26, 2014

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Mars

Daniels Says Money Should Not Deter NASA From Mars

Purdue President Mitch Daniels co-chaired a research group that concluded that the United States should invest in a manned Mars mission.

June 27, 2014

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The 6'10

IU Freshman Noah Vonleh Drafted By Charlotte Hornets

Noah Vonleh was picked in the first round of the NBA Draft by the Hornets Thursday night.

June 27, 2014

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Even though a judge struck down Indiana's same-sex marriage ban, same-sex couples can't file for a marriage license online.

Online Marriage Application Excludes Same-Sex Options

The state's website for filing marriage license applications only allows for one man and one woman to apply.

June 27, 2014

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Indiana Handwriting Standards More Detailed Than Common Core

Indiana's new academic standards include detailed benchmarks for handwriting, and many say that helps children develop academically and cognitively.

June 27, 2014

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Athletic Group Issues New Guidance To Prevent Heat Illnesses

Coaches should create plans to acclimate athletes to heat over a period of one to two weeks, according to the National Athletic Trainers' Association.

June 27, 2014

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Counties Still Refuse To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

After a federal judge ruled Indiana's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, same-sex couples rushed to marry. But some counties are still refusing licenses.

June 27, 2014

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Minister Mary Ann Mecklin holds up a marriage license of a couple from Monroe County.

Same-Sex Couples Ask Attorney General Not to Pursue Appeal

Same-sex marriage advocates delivered a petition to the Attorney General's office today asking him not to appeal the recent ruling on same-sex marriage.

June 27, 2014

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Col. Alan Pratt

Crane Naval Base Changes Commanders

Capt. Jeffrey "JT" Elder relieved Col. Alan Pratt today in a ceremony on the base.

June 27, 2014

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Circuit Court Halts Same-Sex Marriages In Indiana

An appeals court is granting the Attorney General's request for a stay on his ruling that allowed same-sex couples to get married in Indiana.

June 27, 2014

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

Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” June 27, 2014

On Indiana Newsdesk, we discuss the implications of the recent court ruling that declares Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

June 28, 2014

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Kokomo City Council To Consider Citywide Smoking Ban

The ban will make businesses currently exempt from the statewide smoking ban, non-smoking.

June 28, 2014

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Indianapolis International Airport

Indianapolis Airport To Sell 22 Acres

The Indianapolis Airport has 18 parcels of land that add up to about 1,200 acres available for lease or sale on the airport property.

June 28, 2014

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Meteorologists: Tornadoes Hit Owen, Morgan Counties Tuesday

The National Weather Service indicates two torandoes touched down in Owen and Morgan counties on Tuesday, causing some damage.

June 30, 2014

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Long says before his bill, there were concerns that committees were costing taxpayers unnecessary dollars.

Senator Says Study Committee Bill Is Working

Senate President Pro Tem David Long says his bill limiting the focus of summer study committees has helped streamline the study process.

June 30, 2014

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Sherri Healey said she would deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples for religious reasons.

Attorney Warns Of Consequences For Denying Same-Sex Licenses

An Indiana attorney says a Daviess County Clerk should be held in contempt of court for refusing to grant same-sex marriage licenses.

June 30, 2014

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Fourth Of July Firework Shows Around South-Central Indiana

Cities and counties across South-Central Indiana are hosting fireworks displays this Fourth of July weekend.

June 30, 2014

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State Supt. Glenda Ritz is expected to submit documents to the U.S. Department of Education to prove Indiana is meeting expectations for its No Child Left Behind waiver.

Department of Education Reaches Deadline For Waiver Response

Today is the deadline federal officials gave Indiana to submit proof it is meeting expectations for its No Child Left Behind waiver.

June 30, 2014

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Hobby Lobby

How The Hobby Lobby Contraceptives Case Affects Notre Dame

The U.S. Supreme Court is allowing Hobby Lobby and for-profit companies to object for religious reasons to the Obama administration's contraceptives mandate.

June 30, 2014

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Butler university

Data Breach Impacts Over 160,000 Butler Students And Staff

An identity-theft suspect found with Butler University students' and staff's personal information has prompted a data breach investigation.

June 30, 2014

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Same-Sex Marriage Status In Indiana Still Uncertain

Same-sex marriages that were formed last week in Indiana will be recognized by the federal government, but state recognition is uncertain.

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