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January 2, 2012

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Neher

New City Officials Take Office

New city government officials took office this weekend. Columbus, Greenwood, and Mitchell all have new mayors this week.

January 2, 2012

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Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis Colts Secure #1 Draft Pick

The Indianapolis Colts lost their last game of the season, securing the #1 draft pick.

January 2, 2012

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Whooping Crane

Endangered Whooping Crane Shot In Indiana

Conservation officials are offering a reward for information about the person who shot and killed the whooping crane in Jackson County.

January 2, 2012

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Colts Stadium

Colts Fire Vice Chairman, General Manager

At a press conference Monday, Colts owner Jim Irsay said he had let go Vice Chairman Bill Polian and General Manager Chris Polian.

January 3, 2012

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Snow billows behind a black jeep pushing a plough down a sidewalk in Bloomington.

New Year’s Observance Slows INDOT Road Clearing

INDOT did not celebrate the New Year's holiday Monday, but officials say it played a role in their work.

January 3, 2012

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Charlie White

Hearing Today Could Help Decide White’s Tenure

How long Charlie White may fight his removal from office could be determined, in part, by a court hearing today.

January 3, 2012

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Indiana Limestone Company

Indiana Limestone Co. StrikersTo Meet With Federal Mediator

Indiana Limestone Company workers have been on strike for a month and a half.

January 3, 2012

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Charlie White

Ruling On Charlie White Case To Come Wednesday Morning

Charlie White could be replaced by Democratic challenger Vop Osili.

January 3, 2012

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holiday desserts

Cooking Tips to Enjoy Desserts, Stay Healthy

Enjoy desserts while keeping your New Year's resolutions with tips from health professionals.

January 3, 2012

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Becky Skillman with Governor Mitch Daniels

Indiana Lieutenant Governor Plans To Push For Reforms

Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman outlined Tuesday her hopes for the legislative session.

January 3, 2012

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Indiana Statehouse

Protests Expected At Indiana Statehouse

An AFL-CIO spokesperson says he thinks thousands of protestors could take part in the events.

January 4, 2012

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Columbus City Hall

Columbus Mayor Fulfills Campaign Promises With Appointments

Columbus Mayor Kristen Brown says she hopes to fill most of the remaining appointments by the end of the week.

January 4, 2012

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Statehouse

As Session Begins Wednesday, Some Bills To Be Fast-Tracked

The new legislative session begins today, and the super bowl arrives in Indianapolis 32 days later. The combination is putting some bills on a fast track.

January 4, 2012

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Officials Try To Clarify Statehouse Cap Policy

State officials say counting the exact number of visitors to the statehouse could be difficult.

January 4, 2012

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Charlie White

Judge Grants Stay In Charlie White Case

Charlie White will remain Secretary of State for the present time.

January 4, 2012

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statehouse

Governor Daniels Rescinds Indiana Statehouse Security Policy

The policy to limit the number of people inside the statehouse to 3,000 is no longer in place, says Governor Mitch Daniels.

January 4, 2012

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Indiana House Chamber

House Democrats Refuse To Show For Session

House Democrats refused to attend a 1:30 p.m. session called today. They are in caucus with no sign of coming out.

January 4, 2012

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Bloomington Cooperative

People Share Meals, Life At Bloomington Cooperative Living

Cooperative living is becoming a more popular housing style in Bloomington, Ind., and around the U.S.

January 5, 2012

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Columbus City Hall Sign

Democrat Chair: Columbus GOP Majority Comes With Risks

The Bartholomew County Democratic Party Chairman says near-total control by the GOP in the county will lead to higher standards for lawmakers.

January 5, 2012

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Occupy Bloomington Camp

The Final Day For Occupy Bloomington?

A notice from the city could set up a showdown between Occupy participants and municipal officials.

January 5, 2012

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Limestone stacks at the Indiana Limestone Company

No Resolution for Picketers at Indiana Limestone Company

There has been no resolution for Indiana Limestone Company picketers, despite a meeting with a federal mediator.

January 5, 2012

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Indiana Sex Trafficking Bill Delayed By Right To Work

Indiana legislators are trying to get a bill passed that would tighten rules on sex trafficking, but disputes over right to work are pushing it aside.

January 5, 2012

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Occupy camp

Most Protestors Take Down Tents At Occupy Bloomington Camp

Occupy Bloomington demonstrators remained in People's park 89 days, sleeping in tents and protesting corporate greed among other issues.

January 5, 2012

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County

Robbins Appoints New Monroe County Deputy Clerk

When pressed about her new Deputy's qualifications though, Robbins was unable to recall specific jobs Browne has held in the county.

January 5, 2012

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Statehouse

Statewide Smoking Ban Would Have Some Exceptions

Only three entities would be exempt from the smoking ban: gaming floors, cigar or hookah bars.

January 5, 2012

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Closed School

What Happens When A School Closes?

Nearly 146 traditional public schools have closed in Indiana over the last four years. We’ve mapped the fate of as many of those buildings as we could.

January 5, 2012

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Bosma And Bauer Meet Over Right To Work

House Speaker Brian Bosma and Democratic Leader Pat Bauer met Thursday on disputes over right to work.

January 5, 2012

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Occupy

Occupy Bloomington Eviction Notice Extended To Friday

City officials said they have extended the deadline for Occupy protestors to vacate the park to Friday at noon.

January 6, 2012

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Dandelion Village

Bloomington’s Ecovillage Raises Hopes And Concerns

Members of Dandelion Village plan to build a village on the West side of Bloomington with several houses, a garden and a barn.

January 6, 2012

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Atlas Moving Truck

Report: More People Moving Out Of Indiana Than Moving In

New figures show Indiana has more people moving out of the state than coming in.

January 6, 2012

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Bloomington Cooperative Living

Join Noon Edition For A Live Chat On Cooperative Living

Cooperative living has become a more popular living style that is supposed to be more sustainable.

January 6, 2012

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statehouse

Senate Committee Passes Right-to-work Bill

A Senate committee passed a right-to-work bill Friday with a 6 to 4 vote.

January 6, 2012

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Terre Haute School

Students’ Parents Receive Refund In Terre Haute

Parents of kindergarten students at Vigo County School Corporation schools received a refund because of a surplus of funds.

January 6, 2012

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Occupy Bloomington

Bloomington Maintains Favor By Extending Occupy Deadline

A public relations representative says the city avoided confrontation with protestors by extending its deadline an extra 24 hours.

January 7, 2012

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Green Acres

Neighbor Garden Is A Vision For Larger Cooperative Movement

Green Acres is a neighborhood which some of its residents envision could be an ecovillage.

January 7, 2012

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Indiana House Chamber

Indiana House Democrats A No-Show For Third Straight Day

Democrats could be fined up to $1,000 per day for their absence.

January 9, 2012

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convenience store lottery

Convenience Store Summit Seeks Best Practices

The solutions may not be one-size-fits-all, experts say.

January 9, 2012

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Ron Paul

Indianapolis Company Contracted By PAC Supporting Ron Paul

The Paul campaign itself is not behind the creation of the videos.

January 9, 2012

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statehouse

Education Bill Pushes Fewer School Days, Cursive Mandate

The bill would also restore single-class basketball in Indiana.

January 9, 2012

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ashtray

Owners Say Smoking Ban Targets Indiana Bars

Bar owners say a smoking ban targets their businesses and could hurt their profits.

January 9, 2012

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Indiana Democrats Return To House Floor

House Democrats returned to the floor, allowing the session to proceed. They had refused to attend session last week because of right-to-work legislation.

January 9, 2012

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Deal Reached With Amazon.com On Online Sales Tax

With the deal, Indiana becomes the fourth state in which Amazon will collect an online sales tax.

January 9, 2012

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Bobcat

Terre Haute Man Charged For Poaching A Bobcat

Bobcats are protected under state law, but officials say there could be a hunting season for them soon.

January 10, 2012

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Mitch Daniels

Indiana Governor To Give Last State Of The State Address

Tuesday's address will be the eighth and final address by the Indiana Republican governor.

January 10, 2012

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Indiana Supreme Court

Indiana Supreme Court Expedites Decision In IBM Case

The Indiana Supreme Court will soon decide whether Governor Mitch Daniels must provide a deposition in a lawsuit case with IBM.

January 10, 2012

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IU Basketball

Businesses See Increased Profits With IU Basketball Wins

More Hoosier basketball fans have been spending money in stores that sell IU apparel.

January 10, 2012

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statehouse

Right To Work Passes Indiana House Committee

Right to work passed a House committee Tuesday with a 8 to 5 vote.

January 10, 2012

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music at school

Kokomo Approves Opening Of Integrated Art School

Kokomo school officials say they think the school will be the first of its kind in the state.

January 10, 2012

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Martin Luther King

Students Give To Charities To Honor Martin Luther King

The city of Bloomington asked students to make a "peace pledge" in honor of civil rights activist Martin Luther King.

January 10, 2012

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Statehouse

Democrats Leave House Floor Again

After attending session on Monday, Democrats refused to show for session Tuesday.

January 10, 2012

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capitol

Indiana Governor Outlines Robust Agenda In State Of State

In his last State of the State address as governor, Mitch Daniels emphasized the year's agenda and touted the accomplishments that have been made over his term.

January 11, 2012

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Vic Kelson

Vic Kelson Elected Monroe County Council President

Vic Kelson says cutting the budget will be a priority on his agenda.

January 11, 2012

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Tom Vilsack

USDA To Close 11 Indiana Facilities

The USDA says it will avoid layoffs through retirements and transfers.

January 11, 2012

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Terre Haute

Company To Re-develop Terre Haute’s Pfizer Plant

A California-based company says it hopes to create 234 jobs by 2016.

January 11, 2012

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St Vincent Children's Hospital

3 Indiana Hospitals Join National Effort Against Cancer

Three hospitals in Indianapolis have joined 11 others around the nation in an effort to gather cancer tissue for research.

January 11, 2012

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Interstate 69: Are We There Yet?

I-69: Are We There Yet?

An in-depth look at how an unfinished highway's decades of history wind through to the headlines of today.

January 11, 2012

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Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard

Chief Justice Shepard Praises Odyssey In Final Address

Shepard praised the technological innovations Indiana’s court system has made over the past few years.

January 11, 2012

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Kelly

IU’s Kelley School Receives $33 Million Grant

Hedge fund manager and alumnus James Hodge also donated $15-million to the $60-million renovation and will have the building named in his honor.

January 11, 2012

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Indiana Limestone Company

Indiana Limestone Workers Get Key Demands In Deal

Indiana Limestone Company workers were striking over a new contract they said could take away their seniority rights.

January 11, 2012

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House Leaders Agree To Delay Right-To-Work

Democrats left the floor Tuesday, protesting a House committee meeting on Right to Work.

January 12, 2012

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House Committee Passes Smoking Ban With Few Exemptions

A statewide smoking ban is headed for a vote in the House next week.

January 12, 2012

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statehouse

Oklahoma Workers Recount Right To Work Details At Statehouse

Oklahoma workers told lawmakers the promises of more jobs and higher wages offered by Right to Work haven't proven true in Oklahoma.

January 12, 2012

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Tavis Smiley

SPEA Paper On Behalf Of TV Host Smiley Leads To Panel Talk

The white paper shows the nationwide recession has multiplied the number of poor Americans.

January 12, 2012

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Judy DeMuth

Monroe County Superintendent Praises Student Performance

MCCSC Superintendent Judy DeMuth spoke at the corporation's first state of the school corporation address Thursday.

January 12, 2012

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Duke Bennett

Terre Haute Mayor Wants More Facts On Right To Work

Terre Haute’s mayor says he needs more facts before deciding whether to support Right to Work legislation favored by fellow Republicans at the Statehouse.

January 12, 2012

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

WFIU and WTIU Delays & Closings Listing

More on area delays and closings may be found here.

January 12, 2012

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Closed School

Want To Buy An Old School? Too Bad. Charters Get First Dibs.

A new law passed last year allows charter schools to buy unused school property for $1 and charter schools have not been shy about hunting these schools down.

January 12, 2012

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Snow flakes fall from the sky as a  group of people head up the stairs into the IU memorial union.

Winter Weather Advisory In Effect Until Friday

Snow accumulations of 2 to 3 inches are expected across central Indiana...1 to 2 inches across the southern counties.

January 12, 2012

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Statehouse

Bill Banning Nepotism Passes Committee

Senators unanimously recommended passage of a nepotism ban in local government.

January 12, 2012

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Bloomington Showers Building

Monroe County Energy Grant Used For Solar Panels

Monroe County will use a $270,000 grant to install solar panels on the Showers Building.

January 12, 2012

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Tax forms

Senator Wants Changes To Automatic Taxpayer Refund

If budget predictions are correct and the taxypayer refund system is not changed, Hoosiers could receive about $50 each at the end of the year.

January 13, 2012

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Columbus North High School

BCSC Nixes Sports Complex Support Over Delays

Delays in the project, a pending court case against it and changes in city administration all play into the change of heart.

January 13, 2012

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Join A Live Chat About Indiana Schools Today At Noon

Join a live chat today with some of South-central Indiana's school administrators on the key issues facing students and teachers.

January 13, 2012

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House Democrats Propose Amendment To Right To Work

Logansport Republican Representative Rich McClain filed a bill earlier this week that mirrors right to work but includes a referendum requirement.

January 13, 2012

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Coal power plant

Petitions Signal Request To Make IU Power Plant Greener

Renewable energy advocates want Indiana University to follow the lead of 19 other campuses that plan to close their coal power plants.

January 13, 2012

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Indiana Legislators Want To Expand List Of Banned Drugs

The bill would ban some substances that are often sold as bath salts or plant food.

January 13, 2012

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Columbus Businesses Warn Police Of Counterfeit Money

The Columbus Police Department received several calls from business owners notifying them of fake bills that were circulating in the area.

January 13, 2012

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Duncan

US Secretary Of Education Opposes School Vouchers In Indiana

US Secretary Of Education Arne Duncan says he disagrees with efforts in Indiana to expand school voucher options in the state.

January 13, 2012

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Fifth Third Bank

Indiana Launches Community Investment Fund

The fund will be used to raise capital, credit and financial services to communities and businesses across Indiana that do not access to those resources.

January 13, 2012

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MPO

INDOT, FHWA Skip I-69 Subcommittee Meeting

The subcommittee hoped to sit down with INDOT and FHWA to hammer out a deal that would allow the MPO to approve I-69.

January 16, 2012

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Mitch Daniels and Mike Pence

Ball State Study: Right-To-Work Results Sketchy Elsewhere

The study shows other states which adopted right-to-work would likely have grown their economies even without it.

January 16, 2012

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Beer keg

Statehouse Leaders Say Sunday Sales Law Dead This Session

Other issues are crowding out talk about Sunday alcohol sales.

January 16, 2012

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Doctor

Small Town Doctors Say Laws Forcing Them Out Of Business

A Linton doctor says half the private practice physicians in his town are picking up stakes for financial reasons.

January 16, 2012

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Columbus Municipal Airport

Airports Prepare For Super Bowl Visitors, No Traffic Yet

The Columbus Municipal Airport says it has not seen an increase in traffic yet.

January 16, 2012

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Gas Station

Senate Committee To Take Up Gas Tax Proposal

Senator Greg Walker's bill would have gas distributors collect gasoline sales tax when they deliver shipments to local gas stations.

January 16, 2012

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MLK crafts

Bloomington Celebrates MLK Day, Some Say Racism Still Exists

Events around Bloomington and in the surrounding towns were planned in remembrance of civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 17, 2012

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Indiana Senate To Amend Police Entry Statute

The bill comes after some legislators pronounced themselves unhappy with a Supreme Court decision.

January 17, 2012

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Students getting off a bus

Bill Would Label Welcoming Schools “Family Friendly”

The bill's author says schools may use the designation as a recruiting tool.

January 17, 2012

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Education hearing

Opponents Of School Takeover Express Displeasure At Hearing

Opponents of state takeover of Indiana schools testified before a State Board of Education hearing in Indianapolis on Tuesday.

January 17, 2012

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Bloomington Storm

Storm Reports Include Tornado Sighting in Clark County

Trained spotters in Paragon clocked thunderstorm wind gusts up to 50 mph and recorded pea size hail.

January 17, 2012

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MPO

I-69 Letters Between MPO, INDOT, and FHWA Released

There is also a letter from U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood to Governor Mitch Daniels.

January 17, 2012

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Police cars

Senate Committee Passes Bill On Unlawful Police Entry

People would be able to resist police entry under certain conditions in Senator Mike Young's bill.

January 17, 2012

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IU Disputes Discrimination Claim

According LeBlanc’s attorney, she was paid less than her male predecessors.

January 17, 2012

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Tornado Damage

Three Tornadoes Confirmed After Severe Weather Outbreak

A cold front colliding with unusually warm January temperatures produced severe weather over most of south central Indiana Tuesday morning.

January 18, 2012

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Brian Bosma

Fines For Absent House Lawmakers Could Start Wednesday

House Democrats were once again absent from the floor Tuesday.

January 18, 2012

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French Lick Resort & Casino

Economic Development Group Targets Rural Indiana

An organization in Southern Indiana has created a fund that would bypass the state when it comes to handing out money for regional economic development.

January 18, 2012

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Spierers Mark Daughter’s 21st Birthday

Lauren Spierer was 20 years old when she disappeared last June. Tuesday marked her 21st birthday.

January 18, 2012

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Statehouse

House Republicans Levy $1000 Fines Against Democrats

The fines levied on Democrats are allowed under House rules; they do not involve the anti-bolting statute passed last year.

January 18, 2012

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Bloomington City Council

Kruzan Says Volan’s Changes Will Slow Council, Add To Schism

Bloomington’s mayor says he opposes the creation of a group of standing committees to do the business of the city council.

January 18, 2012

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Interactive Map: Brain Drain In Indiana

One in three graduates from Indiana’s public colleges left the state and the ones with the most advanced degrees were the most likely to leave.

January 18, 2012

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Wikipedia

Local Representatives Speak Out Against SOPA

Several websites, including Wikipedia and Reddit, went dark today in protest of the proposal.

January 18, 2012

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Weather

Jet Stream, Sun Spots May Be Cause Of Warm Weather

Experts say extremely warm weather this season is unusual. Sunday's high is expected to be near 60 degrees.

January 19, 2012

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Free Throw Basketball

IHSAA To Hold Single-Class Basketball Hearings

The move comes on the heels of legislative action to force Indiana to return to a single tournament including all schools.

January 19, 2012

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Indiana Begins Offering GLBT License Plate

A handful of the plates have already been sold statewide.

January 19, 2012

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Democrats Seek To Halt Walkout Fines

House Democrats are trying to halt the collection of fines issued by Republicans Wednesday following a walkout over right-to-work legislation.

January 19, 2012

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Monroe County Commissioner Speaks Against Right To Work

Monroe County Commissioners held a town hall style meeting Wednesday evening on right-to-work legislation

January 19, 2012

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IUPUI

IUPUI Shrinks While IU East, Kokomo See Record Enrollment

Enrollment was up significantly at two satellite campus, while grown at IU Bloomington remained steady. System wide enrollment is around 95,000 students.

January 19, 2012

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Daniels To Give Republican Response To State Of The Union

House Speaker John Boehner announced today that Daniels will deliver the Republican address to the nation.

January 19, 2012

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New Form Of Bacteria Growth Could Lead To Innovations

A new form of bacterial growth could lead to innovations in industry, agriculture, and medicine.

January 19, 2012

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Indiana Statehouse

House Democrats Get Second Day Of Fines For Walkout

House Democrats received notice of another round of $1,000 fines after they failed to show for roll-call again Thursday.

January 19, 2012

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Indian Senate Floor

Senate To Work On Right-To-Work Legislation

The Indiana Senate says it will move forward with right-to-work legislation next week.

January 20, 2012

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Join A Live Chat On Right To Work Today At Noon

Right-to-work legislation has caused a major debate in the Indiana General Assembly Join us for a discussion on what it could mean for local workers.

January 20, 2012

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Judge

Marion County Judge Rules Against Walkout Fines

A Marion County Superior Court judge has found in favor of three House Democrats.

January 20, 2012

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pop machines

Obesity Rate Holds, But 1 In 3 Hoosiers Seriously Overweight

Indiana’s obesity rate is following the national trend and remaining fairly stable.

January 20, 2012

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capitol

Indiana House Democrats Refile Referendum Amendment

Democrats failed to show for session Friday but say they plan to be present Monday.

January 20, 2012

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Brian Bosma

Indiana House Fines Still Issued After Court Ruling

A Marion County judge ruled that the fines being issued to the Democrats for their walkout over right to work.

January 20, 2012

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Paoli Peaks

Weather Finally Gets Cold Enough For Paoli Peaks Ski Slopes

Paoli Peaks' business has been hit hard this year because of the warm weather.

January 20, 2012

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Wall Street protestors

MoveOn Protest Follows National Campaign, Has Few Attendees

Protestors gathered in front of the Monroe County Democratic headquarters Thursday as a part of a national campaign.

January 20, 2012

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Most Indiana Senate Right-to-work Amendments Rejected

Indiana Senators met Friday to discuss amendments to its version of right-to-work legislation.

January 21, 2012

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A Week In Review At The Indiana Legislature

The Indiana legislature did not pass any legislation this past week.

January 21, 2012

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e-textbook

More IU Students Than Expected Using E-textbooks

More course professors signed up to use e-texts than Indiana University anticipated.

January 21, 2012

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Protestors

Indiana Businesses Could Benefit Most From Right To Work

An IU law school professor says companies already in Indiana will benefit most from right-to-work legislation.

January 21, 2012

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Bedford public forum

Bedford Union Workers Hold Public Forum On Right To Work

A group of union workers gathered Friday evening in Bedford to discuss right to work. No supporters of the legislation were present.

January 21, 2012

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Stamps

Stamp Prices To Increase This Weekend

Postcards will be 32 cents, letters to international destinations will increase to $1.05 and Forever stamps are increasing one cent to 45 cents each.

January 23, 2012

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Chainsaw storm tree

Overnight Storms Damage Buildings, Down Trees

No tornadoes have been confirmed yet by the National Weather Service.

January 23, 2012

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Statehouse

House Debate On Right To Work Slated For Today

More than four dozen amendments to the House version of right to work could be debated Monday.

January 23, 2012

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Soccer Ball

Final IHSAA Meeting On Home-Schooled Athletes Tonight

Tonight's final meeting takes place at Jimtown High School in Elkhart.

January 23, 2012

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Brown County Elementary Roof Damaged In Storm

Storms Sunday night and Monday morning caused damage to the roof of Nashville Elementary School.

January 23, 2012

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Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley Pays $200,000 To Indiana Teachers Association

Morgan Stanley will pay a fine of $100,000 and another $110,000 in investigative costs.

January 23, 2012

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statehouse

Democrats’ Attempt To Kill Right-To-Work Fails In House

The House considered several amendments to the right-to-work bill Monday.

January 24, 2012

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Arts Alliance

Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington Holds First Meeting

The newly-formed Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington held its inaugural meeting Monday night.

January 24, 2012

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capitol

Right-To-Work Amendments Defeated In Monday Debate

Many of the amendments filed were not heard during Monday's discussion.

January 24, 2012

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Bosma

Democrats Upset After Short Right-To-Work Amendment Process

Confusion over which Democrat was to offer the next amendment may have halted the process.

January 24, 2012

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House

Lost Corporate Tax Money Could Fund Full Day Kindergarten

The money comes from corporate tax collections found by the state last year after a software error failed to deposit it into the state’s general fund.

January 24, 2012

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manufacturing plant

Indiana Adds Record Jobs, December Unemployment Holds Steady

Indiana added 1,700 jobs in December, but the workforce is growing too quickly for the new jobs to bring down the unemployment rate.

January 24, 2012

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IUPUI

IUPUI Students Upset Over Class Cancellations For Super Bowl

IUPUI students say the university should not cancel classes because of the Super Bowl.

January 24, 2012

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Indiana Statehouse

House Democrats Boycott Session Again Tuesday

Indiana House Democrats did not show to the session Tuesday.

January 24, 2012

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Ellettsville Votes For Stricter Rules On Credit Card Use

Ellettsville is tightening its credit card use policies after Monroe County officials were accused of using county credit cards for personal use.

January 24, 2012

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Clothing Store Raises Money Online To Kick Start Business

A Brown County clothing store has raised money online to start manufacturing its products in the U.S.

January 24, 2012

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State of the Union

Obama’s State Of The Union And Gov. Mitch Daniels’ Response

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels gave the Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address.

January 24, 2012

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Watch, Read Mitch Daniels’ Response To State Of The Union

Governor Mitch Daniels was chosen as the representative to give the Republican Response to the State of the Union address.

January 25, 2012

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Students getting off a bus

Kelley Students, CEEP Studying Results Of Longer MCCSC Day

Indiana University education officials have begun analyzing data generated by the MCCSC on the effects of its longer school day.

January 25, 2012

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Columbus Bike racks

Mayor Brown, Redevelopment Commission Bearish On Sports Park

Mayor Kristen Brown campaigned, in part, on a platform of eliminating the sports complex.

January 25, 2012

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Vic Kelson

Monroe County Council Looks To Cut $1.3 Million From Budget

Council President Vic Kelson says consolidation may yield the necessary cuts.

January 25, 2012

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Doctors Office

Indiana Senate Bill Puts Restrictions On Abortion Procedures

A Senate bill would require Indiana doctors to administer abortion medication according to FDA guidelines.

January 25, 2012

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I-69 Construction

Property Owners Say I-69 Is Forcing Them To Move Too Quickly

Property owners in the path of I-69 are receiving offers from INDOT for their land and homes.

January 25, 2012

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Noe

Divorces May Take Longer Under Proposed Indiana House Bill

Under current Indiana law, there is a 60 day waiting period.

January 25, 2012

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statehouse

Right-to-work Passes Indiana House

The House voted to pass right-to-work legislation with a 55 to 42 vote.

January 25, 2012

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Old National Bank

Old National Acquires Columbus-Based Indiana Community Bank

Evansville-based Old National Bank announced its merger with Indiana Community Bank on Wednesday.

January 25, 2012

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INDOT Updates MPO Technical Committee On I-69

INDOT says Section four is on schedule, and the remaining contracts will go out for bid in July.

January 26, 2012

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Kokomo City Hall

Goodnight: Right-to-work A “Heart Attack” Unions Must Use

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight says the bill is a wake-up call of sorts for unions, who must adapt to any changes it brings.

January 26, 2012

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Socks

IU Study: Businesses Benefit From Donating Unwanted Items

Researchers say even unwanted items can help build brand identity among those they are donated to.

January 26, 2012

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Airplane

Regional Airports Still Without Super Bowl Flight Plan

With the Super Bowl less than two weeks away, regional airport authorities still are not sure what to expect.

January 26, 2012

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I-69: Are We There Yet?

I-69: Are We There Yet? is a WFIU radio documentary on the construction of the Interstate 69 superhighway.

January 26, 2012

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Zoeller Urging Lawmakers To Expedite Human Trafficking Law

He says even though some traffickers may have already gained a foothold because of the legislative delay, there’s still plenty that can be done.

January 26, 2012

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Giants

NFL Playground Attracts Kids And Their Parents

The NFL has set up a "playground" to attract Super Bowl visitors.

January 26, 2012

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Indiana University School of Medicine Graduation

Brain Drain In Indiana: The Facts And Opinions

In some Indiana counties, as many as 75 percent of all college students leave Indiana after graduation.

January 26, 2012

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Ener1 Battery

Indianapolis-based Battery Manufacturer Files For Bankruptcy

Ener1 has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to reduce its debt and recapitalize the company.

January 26, 2012

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i-69

Join A Live Online Chat On I-69 Tonight At 8 p.m.

Indiana Public Media News is hosting a live chat in combination with the airing of I-69: Are We There Yet?

January 27, 2012

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Arts Alliance

Join A Live Chat On The Bloomington Arts Alliance At Noon

The Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington is up and running. Noon Edition is hosting a live chat regarding their future goals.

January 27, 2012

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statehouse

Right-to-work On Fast Track For Passage

The governor’s office declined to comment on whether he’ll sign the bill before the Super Bowl while the legislative process is ongoing.

January 27, 2012

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Kokomo Man Arrested For Series Of Shootings

A 36-year-old man was arrested in Kokomo for shooting three persons, one of whom was fatally wounded.

January 27, 2012

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Theives Targeting Catalytic Converters Off Vehicles

A growing number of thieves are targeting cars for catalytic converters.

January 27, 2012

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Upland Brewery

New Upland Brewing Expansion Move A Matter Of Economics

Officials at Upland Brewing Company in Bloomington say their decision to move to a new location on the west side of town is saving them money.

January 27, 2012

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Columbus Student Detained After School Lockdowns

A student was detained for allegedly bringing a gun to school. The weapon has not been found.

January 27, 2012

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Right-to-work Dominates The Week At Indiana Statehouse

The major news out of the statehouse this week was the passage of right-to-work in the Indiana House of Representatives.

January 27, 2012

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More Exemptions Added To Statewide Smoking Ban

The bill originally exempted the gaming floors of gambling facilities, cigar and hookah bars, tobacco shops and social clubs.

January 27, 2012

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Monroe County Joins Prescription Medicine Discount Program

Monroe County will receive one dollar for every time a resident uses the prescription medicine discount card at a pharmacy in the county.

January 27, 2012

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IU Reveals Plans For Baseball, Softball Complexes

Indiana University has revealed pictures for the approved baseball and softball complexes.

January 27, 2012

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Revamped Arts Alliance Giving Artists A Fresh Voice

The Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington said the artists sometimes have a hard time marketing themselves.

January 30, 2012

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Right-to-work Subject Of Monday Senate Committee Hearing

In an effort to pass right-to-work before the Super Bowl, the Senate will hold a committee hearing Monday -- likely with abbreviated public comment.

January 30, 2012

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DePauw

As Greencastle Builds, Next Round Of Stellar Grants Offered

Greencastle and North Vernon received cash in the first round of Stellar Communities grants in 2011.

January 30, 2012

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Purdue President To Do “Double Duty” At Smithsonian

The Purdue president, an astrophysicist by trade, will go to work for one of the nation's most prominent preservers of historic and scientific artifacts.

January 30, 2012

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Indiana Statehouse

Indiana Senate Democrats Boycott Right-to-work Hearing

Democrats boycotted a right-to-work hearing Monday in the Senate as a sign of protest.

January 30, 2012

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Indianapolis Super Bowl First To Have 4G Coverage

Wireless providers have been working for the past year to increase their access and speed for the Super Bowl.

January 30, 2012

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Governor Mitch Daniels Signs Indiana Human Trafficking Law

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels signed a law that makes it easier to prosecute people involved in human trafficking.

January 30, 2012

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Jury Selection Begins In Charlie White Case

Jurors in Noblesville were being selected Monday for the case against Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White.

January 30, 2012

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Monroe County Considers Changes To School Calendar

Monroe County schools say they are considering a "balanced" calendar, which would make school year-round with more frequent breaks.

January 31, 2012

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Amendment Proposes Testing Lawmakers For Drugs, Not Alcohol

State legislators could be drug tested under an amendment passed Monday in the House.

January 31, 2012

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Nepotism In Government Ban Passed By Indiana House

The House Monday passed a bill banning nepotism and conflict of interest.

January 31, 2012

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Columbus Redevelopment Commission Nixes Sports Complex

Earlier this month, the project also lost the financial backing of the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation.

January 31, 2012

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NFL

Super Bowl Trophy Unveiled In Indianapolis

The trophy will remain in the NFL Experience in downtown Indianapolis this week.

January 31, 2012

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Dan Burton Announces Retirement

Burton says he thinks his departure will add to what is already a crowded GOP primary field.

January 31, 2012

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Indiana Plans To Develop New Conservation Areas By 2016

Details of the conservation program that Governor Mitch Daniels announced during his state of the state address were revealed Tuesday.

January 31, 2012

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Indiana Ranks 6th In Black Homicide Victimization Rates

Indiana's black homicide rate is higher than the national average but is decreasing compared to previous years.

January 31, 2012

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IU Law Professor Helps Libyans With Constitution, Elections

A team including an IU law professor met with Libyan leaders last week to discuss the development of a constitution and election procedures.

January 31, 2012

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Mitt Romney First Presidential Candidate To File In Indiana

Mitt Romney's petition included 7,000 signatures. The state requires at least 4,500.

January 31, 2012

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Will Apple Dominate Indiana’s E-textbook Market?

iPads seem to be popping up in schools and universities all over Indiana, but how strong is Apples grasp on Indiana's e-textbook market?

January 31, 2012

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Indianapolis

Fans Flocking To Indianapolis Super Bowl Activities

Super Bowl Host officials have some tips if you plan to experience the Super Bowl celebrations yourself.

February 1, 2012

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Bloomington Crash Rates Lower Than U.S. Average

Bloomington's crash rates are 3 percent lower than the national average.

February 1, 2012

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Indiana Bill On Medical Protocol Limited To Abortion Clinics

An amendment to an Indiana Senate bill would make doctors in abortion clinics administer abortion medicine according to FDA guidelines.

February 1, 2012

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Creation Science Bill Passes Indiana Senate

Some say the bill leaves teachers and schools open to costly lawsuits.

February 1, 2012

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Indiana House Passes Statewide Smoking Ban

Why this may be the year the measure finally passes the Senate.

February 1, 2012

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Tax Refund

Early Tax Filers May Have To Wait Longer For Refunds

The IRS is apologizing for any inconvenience caused by the revised refund dates.

February 1, 2012

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Indiana Governor Daniels Signs Right-To-Work Bill

Bill passes 28-22 and now awaits Governor Daniels' signature.

February 1, 2012

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U.S. And Indiana Jobless Rates Drop In Metro Areas

U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics show jobless dropped in metropolitan areas in December.

February 1, 2012

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Players Sign With IU On National Football Signing Day

A live webcast has been showing each of the new recruits throughout the day as the signees were announced.

February 1, 2012

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Indiana State Fair Victims Get More Money From State

Indiana will be giving money to the State Fair stage collapse victims in addition to the $5 million it gave to victims and their families in December.

February 1, 2012

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Endangered Whooping Crane Dies In Indiana

An injured whooping crane was found in Vermillion County on Monday. It has since died from its injuries.

February 2, 2012

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IUPUI Researcher: CDC Stats Confirm Senior Binging Trend

The most common group to binge drink may sound surprising, but researchers say it makes sense.

February 2, 2012

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Indiana Secretary of State Trial To End Earlier Than Planned

The Charlie White case could end a week earlier than expected.

February 2, 2012

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Bald Eagles

Mild Weather Causes Decline In Eagle Sightings In Indiana

The mild weather has caused a change in the bald eagle's typical migration patterns.

February 2, 2012

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Arne Duncan

Indiana “No Child” Waiver Could Hurt At-Risk Students

Federal officials worry that Indiana's request for a waiver from "No Child Left Behind" could leave out at-risk students.

February 2, 2012

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Senate Passes IU Inspired “Lifeline Bill”

The bill would grant immunity to underage people who call an emergency service for an intoxicated friend.

February 2, 2012

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Indiana Planned Parenthood Won’t See Effects Of Komen Cuts

An Indiana University professor says Komen might actually be the group that is hurt most by the decision to withhold its donation.

February 2, 2012

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Indianapolis

Super Bowl Fans Find Way To Stay Warm When Temps Fall

At least some out-of-town visitors to Indianapolis may need a little help adjusting to the cooler temperatures.

February 3, 2012

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New IU Computer Research Network Ten Times Faster Than Most

The network will not be accessible to the general public.

February 3, 2012

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Small School Districts Could Struggle To Buy Healthier Food

The new federal guidelines call for more fruits and vegetables in school meals, and require schools only offer fat-free or low-fat milk.

February 3, 2012

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Morgan County Farmers Worry About Possible USDA Closure

The U.S. Farm Service Agency held a public meeting Thursday to address farmers’ concerns about the possible closing of the office in Martinsville.

February 3, 2012

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Indianapolis

Join A Live Chat Today On The Effects Of The Super Bowl

WFIU is hosting a live chat at noon today discussing the effects the Super Bowl is having on the state.

February 3, 2012

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How Data Can (And Can’t) Help Schools Prep For State Tests

With such high stakes on statewide tests, some Indiana schools hope student data can offer clues into which kids need extra instruction.

February 3, 2012

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I-69

Committee Passes Buschon-Backed MPO Bill Early Friday

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure passed a bill at 2:45 a.m. on Friday that could bypass MPOs regarding interstate projects.

February 3, 2012

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Monroe County Karst Area

Monroe County Land Plan Identifies Sensitive Karst Area

The Monroe County Land Plan released this week says the county should preserve karst topography through which I-69 is supposed to be built.

February 3, 2012

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Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum Fails To Qualify For Indiana Ballot

Rick Santorum did not have enough signatures to qualify for Indiana's primary ballot.

February 4, 2012

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Charlie White

Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White Found Guilty

A jury has convicted Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White of voter fraud and theft.

February 4, 2012

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Indiana Planned Parenthood Receives “Thousands” In Donations

Indiana Planned Parenthood says it has received thousands of donations in the past few days.

February 4, 2012

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Indiana Statehouse: Week In Review

The passage of right-to-work was the big news this week at the statehouse, but the legislature also passed some other prominent bills.

February 4, 2012

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Indianapolis

Indiana Hopes To Attract Businesses With Super Bowl

Indiana has been hosting a large number of corporate executives during Super Bowl week.

February 4, 2012

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Musicians Use Donation Website To Produce New Albums

Kickstarter.com is an up and coming website that helps musicians and businesses raise money for different projects.

February 5, 2012

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IU’s Marching Hundred Gives Sneak-Peak Of Super Bowl Routine

The Marching Hundred practiced Saturday for their Super Bowl appearance.

February 6, 2012

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IU Veterans Enrolling In Business, Criminal Justice Programs

IU officials say a couple programs are seeing increased patronage from returning war veterans.

February 6, 2012

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Brian Bosma

Bosma: Creationism Bill Not A Top Legislative Priority

Speaker of the House Brian Bosma has mixed feelings on the bill.

February 6, 2012

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Marcia McNutt

U.S. Geological Survey Director To Speak At IU Monday

The nation’s top geologist will hold a two-part open forum lecture at Indiana University today.

February 6, 2012

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Lauren Spierer

‘Find Lauren’ Information Removed From IU Homepage

Lauren Spierer's parents say they are disappointed at official's decision to remove a "Find Lauren" button from Indiana University's homepage.

February 6, 2012

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Indiana Airports See Mixed Results From Super Bowl Traffic

Bloomington saw a large number of flights, but Terre Haute's numbers were fewer than expected.

February 6, 2012

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Mike Pence Files As Gubernatorial Candidate

Gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence officially filed Monday to appear on the Indiana primary ballot.

February 6, 2012

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USGS Director Emphasizes Earthquake Preparedness at IU

Director of the U.S. Geological Survey Marcia McNutt spoke on the Indiana University campus Monday.

February 6, 2012

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Monroe County Employees Debate Restructuring Plan

Commissioner Mark Stoops says a restructuring plan would help reduce inefficiencies.

February 6, 2012

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Slideshow: IU’s Marching Hundred Performs At Super Bowl

IU's Marching Hundred was chosen to perform a pre-game show at Super Bowl XLVI.

February 6, 2012

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IU Student Competes On Jeopardy! College Championship

Indiana University junior Sarah Bauer competed in a Jeopardy! game that aired Monday night.

February 7, 2012

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Indiana University Opens Health Care Clinics

Indiana University is opening several health clinics around the city.

February 7, 2012

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Body Found In Cave Is Spelunker Missing Since October

A report from the coroners office says Eve died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Officials believe he planned to take his own life in the cave.

February 7, 2012

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Indiana’s Graduation Rate Improves

The average graduation rate for high schools in Indiana increased to 85.7 percent in the 2010-2011 school year.

February 7, 2012

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Charlie White

White Objects To Democrat Push For Osili To Take Office

The Indiana Attorney General's office says it will try to block a request from Democrats to install Vop Osili as Secretary of State.

February 7, 2012

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Sample Gates

Senate Bill Would Scrap Mandatory University Retirements

A bill under consideration during this year’s legislative session could put an end to universities forcing retirement on their senior employees.

February 7, 2012

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Greenwood Mayor Promises To Cut City’s $4.2 Million Deficit

When Mayor Mark Myers came into office he discovered Greenwood had a deficit of $4.2 million.

February 7, 2012

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Indiana State Revenues Dip In January

The January revenue proved lower than the state's forecast.

February 8, 2012

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Monroe County MPO’s I-69 Subcommittee To Meet Friday

The Bloomington Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Committee's I-69 subcommittee will meet this Friday, February 10.

February 8, 2012

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The Difference Waivers Make In Indiana’s Graduation Rates

Indiana released its reports for graduation rates Tuesday.

February 8, 2012

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Indiana Senate Considers Statewide Smoking Ban

The Indiana Senate has never passed a smoking ban out of committee. Politicians say this year's bill has bipartisan support.

February 8, 2012

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Poll: Most Indiana Voters Say Online Sales Tax Is “Fair”

A poll from the Indiana Merchants for Tax Fairness shows 61 percent of Hoosiers say the same tax should be payed for local and online purchases.

February 8, 2012

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State Fair Wreckage

Indiana Agency To Release State Fair Stage Collapse Report

The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration is releasing a report Wednesday regarding the events surrounding the state fair stage collapse.

February 8, 2012

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Indiana Stage Collapse Report Cites Stage Company

The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a report Wednesday as part of an investigation into the stage collapse.

February 8, 2012

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State Panel Approves Rewired School Letter Grading System

The State Board of Education voted Wednesday morning to make changes to the state's letter grading system for schools.

February 8, 2012

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House And Senate Look For Ways To Reconcile Refund Bills

Indiana House and Senate bills both seek to find a use for the state's surplus, but in different ways.

February 8, 2012

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Economist Says Toyota Expansion Is A Good Sign For Indiana

Toyota announced Wednesday it would invest $400 million in Indiana.

February 8, 2012

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Indiana Supreme Court To Hear Case Involving House Fines

The Indiana Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case questioning whether the fines imposed on House Democrats for their walkout were legal.

February 8, 2012

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Girls Basketball

Lawsuit Claims Boys Get Better Game Schedules Than Girls

The judges concluded the lawsuit may go forward in reference to Title IX.

February 9, 2012

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Landowners Say INDOT “Kitchen Table” Talks Were Illegal

Landowners say INDOT’s “Kitchen Table Discussions” violated the National Environmental Policy Act. INDOT says the talks were legal.

February 9, 2012

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Ivy Tech

Bill Would Standardize Number Of Hours Per College Degree

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education would be able to dictate how many credit hours it takes to graduate under a bill currently in the state Senate.

February 9, 2012

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Bald Eagle Shot And Killed In Morgan County

A bald eagle was found with fatal wounds on Feb. 1 in Morgan County.

February 9, 2012

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Indiana state superintendent Tony Bennett speaks at a church in Gary.

Feds Approve Indiana’s ‘No Child Left Behind’ Waiver

The AP report says Indiana's letter grading system replaces NCLB's yearly progress goals to become the 'law of the land' for Hoosier State schools.

February 9, 2012

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Ernie Pyle Museum Renamed To Attract More Visitors

The museum is being renamed "The Ernie Pyle World War II Museum." Officials hope the new name will help them attract military enthusiasts unfamiliar with Pyle.

February 9, 2012

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Senate Committee Considers Prohibiting School Busing Fees

Representative Mike Speedy says the fee has caused hazardous conditions for students.

February 9, 2012

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State Fair Wreckage

State Fair Commission Considers Changes To Safety Policies

After a report said the Indiana State Fair Commission was unprepared on the night of the stage collapse, the commission is reviewing its safety standards.

February 9, 2012

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John Tilford Announces Candidacy For The 9th District

Bloomington resident and retired colonel John Tilford announced his candidacy for Indiana's 9th district Thursday.

February 9, 2012

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Indiana Commission Names Seven Finalists For Court Seat

The Indiana Supreme Court has announced the finalists to replace outgoing Judge Randall Shepard.

February 10, 2012

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Indiana Receives Suggestions For Conservation Plans

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is taking suggestions for conservation projects in honor the state parks' bicentennial.

February 10, 2012

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Monroe County Online Survey On Longer School Days Closes

One parent says the survey is useful but may not give school officials enough information.

February 10, 2012

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Join A Live Chat Today On The Contraceptive Debate

Many Indiana organizations are being told they must offer contraceptives as a part of their health plan because of a federal mandate.

February 10, 2012

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As Casino Revenue Declines, State Budget To Rely Less On It?

Experts say competition from Illinois and Ohio may force Indiana to reconsider its casino gaming revenue stream.

February 10, 2012

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Visitors Flock To Greene County To See Rare Hooded Crane

A hooded crane was spotted in Greene County on Wednesday, and visitors are now coming to see the rare bird.

February 10, 2012

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New Regulations Define Credit Card Use In County

The new rules will limit credit card use to spending money previously appropriated for a particular purchase.

February 10, 2012

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Jim Wallace Files For Race Despite Lacking Needed Signatures

Candidate filings for 2012 primaries for Indiana governor and the U.S. Senate races were due by noon Friday.

February 10, 2012

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Indiana Statehouse: A Week In Review

Most of the action in the statehouse happened outside of the legislature.

February 10, 2012

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Indiana Representative Espich Announces His Retirement

Uniondale Representative Jeff Espich announced Friday he will not run for re-election.

February 10, 2012

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Monroe County Approves Purchase Of Voting Equipment

Monroe County commissioners have agreed to purchase and lease new ballot scanners.

February 10, 2012

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Bloomington Hires Company To Develop Tech Park

The city of Bloomington says a re-development plan of the property north of the Showers Complex could attract technology companies to the area.

February 11, 2012

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BPP Theater Makeover Comes In Part From City Grant

Members of the Bloomington Playwrights Project are celebrating a massive theater makeover, thanks in part to a grant from the city of Bloomington.

February 11, 2012

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The Nostalgia Of Single-Class High School Basketball

There has been talk of returning to a single-class high school basketball tournament.

February 11, 2012

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Indianapolis Airport Starts Security Pre-Screening Program

The Indianapolis International Airport is starting a program where frequent flyers could be pre-screened and therefore get through security faster.

February 11, 2012

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INDOT Asks Counties, Cities To Give Input On I-69 Section 5

INDOT and the Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization met Friday to officially invite several city and county organizations for their input.

February 11, 2012

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Indiana Catholics Unsatisfied With Contraceptives Mandate

Speaking on WFIU's Noon Edition one Catholic priest says the Indiana Archdiocese is not satisfied with the changes Obama made to the contraceptives mandate.

February 13, 2012

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Indy’s City-County Council Considers Smoking Veto Override

Medical experts say studies show an Indianapolis smoking ban is likely to have an effect for both smokers and non-smokers.

February 13, 2012

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Bloomington Transit Bus

Bus Companies Buying Gas In Bulk To Circumvent Price Spikes

Bus companies say locking in gas prices continues to save them money.

February 13, 2012

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NFL

Super Bowl Shuttle Bus Helps Preserve Elephant Habitat

Money made in Indianapolis will be sent to protect wildlife half a world away.

February 13, 2012

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Indiana Senate Bill Could Lessen Severity Of Felons’ Crimes

A Senate bill would allow convicted felons to have their class D-felonies converted to misdemeanors.

February 13, 2012

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Indiana Resident Files For Presidential Primary Race

A Lafayette resident filed a petition but had only gathered one signature.

February 13, 2012

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Court Says Daniels Does Not Have To Testify In IBM Case

During arguments Monday, IBM tried to convince the court to force Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels to testify in a case involving a state contract.

February 13, 2012

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Greenwood Mayor Takes Measures To Reduce $4 Million Debt

Former Mayor Henderson, however, argues his administration did not incorrectly report debt or fail to pay sewage usage fees.

February 13, 2012

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IU Health Recognized For Heart Failure Care

The IU Health System was given a recognition from The Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium for its heart failure care.

February 13, 2012

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Bill Would Require High Schoolers To Take Virtual Courses

A bill in the Indiana legislature would require high school students to take a virtual course to graduate.

February 13, 2012

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Ellettsville Students Learning Benefits Of Reducing Waste

Students in Ellettsville are learning a hands-on way to recycle their lunches and save the environment.

February 14, 2012

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Kristen Brown

Columbus Redevelopment Commission Discussing CDI Dissolution

Before Downtown Columbus, Incorporated may be disbanded, leases with its tenants must be renegotiated.

February 14, 2012

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Bloomington Record Label Could Capitalize On Grammy Wins

Two Grammy awards could mean big bucks for a Bloomington indie rock label.

February 14, 2012

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Voters Challenge Santorum’s Eligibility For Indiana Primary

Indiana voters are challenging Rick Santorum's appearance on the Indiana presidential primary ballot.

February 14, 2012

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Some Restaurants See Business Decline On Valentine’s Day

Pizza restaurants and bars see a decline in business on Valentine's Day.

February 14, 2012

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Sherman Minton Bridge On Track For Early Completion

The Sherman Minton Bridge could be completed a week earlier than expected.

February 14, 2012

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Columbus Boasts Highest Job Rate In The Nation

Columbus had the highest growth rate in the nation at 6.4 percent according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics.

February 14, 2012

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Indiana basketball

IU Basketball Faces Northwestern For Chance At 20th Win

If IU wins against the Northwestern Wildcats, it would be the team's and Coach Tom Crean's 20th win.

February 15, 2012

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Martinsville To Condemn, Take Over Two Damaged Properties

The two properties lie near where I-69 would be built, but Mayor Phil Deckard says he does not expect the interstate to be built for another 10 years.

February 15, 2012

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House Committee Assignment Stops Creationism Bill

A bill allowing creationism to be taught in public schools is essentially dead in the General Assembly this session.

February 15, 2012

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Attorney General Joins National Consumer Protection Group

The consumer protection group is a part of President Barack Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force.

February 15, 2012

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Drug Test Kits

Senate Kills Bill On Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients

The author of the bill that would have mandated drug testing for welfare recipients say he hopes to include it in another bill this session.

February 15, 2012

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IU Baseball Field To Be Named After Donor Bart Kaufman

IU alumn and former baseball player Bart Kaufman is being honored for his $2.5 million donation.

February 15, 2012

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John Boehner

Boehner Postpones Bill That Would Limit MPOs’ Influence

The U.S. House of Representatives plans to pick the bill back up after next week's recess.

February 15, 2012

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Voucher And Charter School Advocates Hold Statehouse Rally

Private and charter school advocates organized a rally for students at the Indiana statehouse Wednesday.

February 16, 2012

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Bloomington Leaders: “Service Delivery Will Look Different”

Bloomington city leaders say positions may be eliminated to bolster the city's budget, but also say they do not see any positions which should be.

February 16, 2012

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Fair Commission Gives More Cash To Stage Collapse Victims

The payments are on top of $5 million given out by the state.

February 16, 2012

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Bill Suggests Savings Through School Bus Oil Changes

A bill making its way through the Indiana Senate says a simple change could save school districts money and make their fleets last longer.

February 16, 2012

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Senator Richard Lugar

Lugar’s Challenger Questions The Senator’s Residency

Richard Mourdock says Senator Richard Lugar's residency qualifications are in question.

February 16, 2012

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Michael McRobbie

Report: IU Contributes $11.5 Billion To State’s Economy

A report released Thursday says IU contributes millions of dollars each year to the state's economy.

February 16, 2012

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State Fair Wreckage

Senate Bill Would Give More Money To Stage Collapse Victims

The legislation would also dedicate more funds to full-day kindergarten.

February 16, 2012

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Tax forms

Bill Could Raise Threshold For Automatic Taxpayer Refund

The bill would increase the amount of surplus the state must have before an automatic taxpayer refund is triggered.

February 17, 2012

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Right-to-work protestors

Unions Hurry To Negotiate Before Right-to-work Takes Effect

Unions are trying to minimize the effects of the legislation before the deadline.

February 17, 2012

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Home Foreclosures Up In Indiana But Down Nationwide

According to a study from RealtyTrac, Indiana ranks 10th in the nation in home foreclosures.

February 17, 2012

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Join A Live Chat About The No Child Left Behind Waiver

Join Noon Edition for a live chat today at 12 p.m. about the waiver Indiana received from No Child Left Behind standards.

February 17, 2012

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Indiana Statehouse: A Week In Review

A creationism bill and legislation that would require drug testing for welfare recipients died in the legislature this week.

February 17, 2012

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More Hoosiers Choosing Cremation, Some Resist The Change

The number of cremations are rising in the U.S. and Indiana, but some more rural areas are trying to figure out how to deal with the increase.

February 17, 2012

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Tax forms

Counties Could Lose Money With Inheritance Tax Cut

Monroe County the some $300,000 is gets each year from the inheritance tax.

February 17, 2012

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ISU Will Start Negotiating Oil Drilling On Campus

Indiana State University Trustees said university officials can start negotiations with oil company about drilling on campus.

February 18, 2012

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Indiana Resident’s Presidential Candidacy Challenged

Patricia Sandifer only had one signature when she turned in her petition. Candidates are supposed to have 4,500.

February 18, 2012

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Indiana Schools Question Benefit Of Education Waiver

Indiana school officials say the state standards are not much better than those enforced with No Child Left Behind.

February 18, 2012

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IU Students React To Dorm Fee Increases

Indiana University approved a residence hall fee increase for the next academic year.

February 19, 2012

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Brazil Residents Concerned About Asphalt Plant Moving In

O’Mara Contractors is planning on building an asphalt plant in Brazil, but residents are not happy about it.

February 19, 2012

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Indiana Farmers Plant More Corn Because Of Increased Demand

The demand for corn has risen and so have the prices farmers can get for the crop.

February 19, 2012

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Sherman-Minton Bridge

Sherman Minton Bridge Has Reopened

The Sherman Minton Bridge had been closed for repairs since September.

February 20, 2012

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Blood donation

Ruling Challenge Targets “Worrisome” Medical Payments

Experts say there is an ethical difference between paying for bone marrow and paying for organs.

February 20, 2012

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Statehouse

Bill Says Deaf School Wouldn’t Run New Deaf Education Center

A bill in a Senate committee would establish a new center for deaf and hard of hearing education. But some are pushing back against the idea.

February 20, 2012

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Richard Lugar

Lugar Among Several Candidates Facing Ballot Challenge

Indiana Senator Richard Lugar is among 12 candidates facing challenges to their right to appear on Indiana‘s primary ballot.

February 20, 2012

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I-69

INDOT Trying To Control Runoff From I-69 Construction

INDOT is trying to comply with the state's Department of Environmental Management's request to control runoff from I-69 construction.

February 20, 2012

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Daniels

Again, Daniels Will Not Run For President

Political analysts say Governor Mitch Daniels will not be convinced to run for president.

February 20, 2012

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Attorney General Zoeller Kicks Off Hoosier Hills Food Drive

Hoosier Hills Food Bank is doubling its March Against Hunger campaign because of an increase in demand.

February 21, 2012

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Indiana State Excise Police Target College Campuses

The Indiana State Excise Police have begun a pilot program aimed at reducing underage drinking near college campuses.

February 21, 2012

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Sugarland Denies Suit’s Stage Collapse Responsibility Claim

The country music group Sugarland has responded to a class-action lawsuit regarding the state fair stage collapse.

February 21, 2012

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Shelli Yoder

Former Miss Indiana Running In 9th District

Yoder is the only woman running for a chance to face incumbent Republican Todd Young in November's general election.

February 21, 2012

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IU Starts Classes A Week Earlier, Extends Thanksgiving Break

IU is starting classes a week earlier in 2012 than in previous years but is also creating a fall break and extended Thanksgiving break.

February 21, 2012

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State Fair Wreckage

Legislators Delay Passing Stage Inspection Regulations

The Indiana legislature decided to delay passing final regulations on outdoor stage equipment inspections they receive the results of a study committee.

February 21, 2012

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Snow

Money Saved On Mild Winter Gets Spent Elsewhere

The money most city and county departments saved because of the mild winter will get spent in other areas and will not be kept within the departments.

February 21, 2012

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Indianapolis

Indiana Economic Index On The Rise

The housing market and auto sales showed substantial growth last month.

February 22, 2012

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SR 641 Backers: I-69 Has Delayed Construction

Some Vigo County residents say their concerns were allayed following Tuesday's meeting.

February 22, 2012

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NFL

Scam Targets Indianapolis Homeowners Renting For Super Bowl

A Phoenix, Arizona company is being accused of scamming more than 50 homeowners by promising to rent out their homes during the Super Bowl.

February 22, 2012

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Indiana State University

Completion Council Aims At Higher Graduation Rates

A new group comprised of Indiana’s higher education institutions aims to dramatically increase the number of Hoosiers earning degrees.

February 22, 2012

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Hutton

I-69 Advocate Group Names Bloomington Leader As New Director

Hoosier Voices for I-69 named Morgan Hutton from the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce as its new executive director.

February 22, 2012

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Indiana Congressman Tries To Eliminate Funding For Americorp

U.S. Congressman Marlin Stutzman wants to eliminate funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

February 22, 2012

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Kokomo Close To Passing New Temporary Sign Rules

The new rules would make permits more expensive and fine renters who leave signs up for more than 30 days.

February 22, 2012

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Columbus, Bloomington Seek To Fund “Graduation Coaches”

Local schools are trying to fund programs that would reduce drop-out rates, but that funding can be hard to find.

February 22, 2012

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Officials Say Indiana Uses Federal Disaster Aid Effectively

Indiana managed more than $400 million in Community Development Block Grants after some of the states' natural disasters in 2008.

February 22, 2012

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Bloomington MPO To Delay I-69 Vote Until March

The MPO will have a regular meeting this Friday to discuss non-I-69 related business.

February 22, 2012

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Lake

This Winter Has Been One Of The Mildest On Record

The winter in Indiana has been the mildest since 2002 and the 11th warmest in weather record keeping history.

February 23, 2012

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Charlie White Faces Sentencing Today

White faces sentencing today on six felony charges.

February 23, 2012

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Indiana Time Zone Debate Resurfacing

A grassroots group is pushing for all of Indiana to be moved back to central time.

February 23, 2012

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Indy Star

Indy Star To Begin Charging For Online Content

Gannett is joining other papers around the country that have begun charging to access content on their websites.

February 23, 2012

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Gender Could Factor Into Indiana Supreme Court Nomination

If a woman is chosen for the next Indiana Supreme Court Justice, she would be the only woman on the bench.

February 23, 2012

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Kristen Brown

Columbus To Use Sports Loan For Infrastructure Projects

Money intended to fund a sports complex in Columbus is being directed to other city projects.

February 23, 2012

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Smoking Ban Passes Senate Panel

Bars and taverns would be exempt from the smoking ban for the next 18 months under this version of the bill.

February 23, 2012

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Burns House

Debate On Moving Bloomington’s ‘Burns House’ Heats Up

The owners of a historic home in Bloomington want to move it and build student housing on the lot.

February 23, 2012

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Todd Young

Todd Young Meets With Bloomington Constituents

Some of Young's constituents spoke to the Congressman on a variety issues from health care to Citizens United.

February 23, 2012

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Monroe County Republican Chair Challenges Greg Knott

Steve Hogan says the fact that Knott voted in the 2011 Democratic primary election voids him from holding Republican office this term.

February 23, 2012

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Head Start Cited For Leaving Children Unattended

The deficiency notices stem from three incidents where children were left unattended.

February 23, 2012

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Columbus Cafe

Club Owners Say Smoking Ban Exemption Could Hurt Business

Restaurant owners say the exemption plays favorites and could push customers away from businesses that are not exempt.

February 23, 2012

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Former Bloomington Mayor Tomi Allison

Bloomington Residents Protest Corporate Campaign Donations

Monroe County residents are taking a stand against Super PACs as the effects of the organizations is coming to the forefront of public debate.

February 23, 2012

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Indiana State Fair

Senate Allocates More Money To Indiana State Fair Victims

A House bill set aside an additional $5 million from recently discovered corporate tax revenue that had been misplaced.

February 23, 2012

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Postal Service To Go Forward With Indiana Consolidations

If Congress does not act by May 15, the Indiana mail operations will be consolidated.

February 23, 2012

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Indiana Supreme Court

Indiana Commission Names Three State Supreme Court Finalists

The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission named two men and one woman as finalists for the seat that Randall Shepard is vacating on the state Supreme Court.

February 23, 2012

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Charlie White

Charlie White Sentenced To Home Detention With 6 Felonies

Charlie White has been sentenced to one year of home detention and community service along with a $1,000 fine.

February 24, 2012

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Raw Milk Ban Doesn’t Stop Indiana Residents From Drinking It

Selling raw milk is illegal in Indiana, but residents find ways around it despite the ban.

February 24, 2012

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Common Cause

Join A Live Chat About Corporate Campaign Donations

Join a live chat at noon about what local organizations are doing to stop corporate campaign finance and how others say that would be limiting free speech.

February 24, 2012

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Girl scout cookies

Rep. Morris Apologizes For Girl Scout Comments

Morris previously said his daughters would be leaving the Girl Scouts and joining a similar organization.

February 24, 2012

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IUPD

IU Police Department Adds K-9 Unit

Indiana University Police Department's new team member, Tery, is a two and a half year old German Sheppard.

February 24, 2012

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Monroe County Passes Land Use Plan

Many people expressed their opposition to the plan at the public hearing Friday.

February 24, 2012

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Indiana Statehouse: A Week In Review

Talk of the statehouse this week included Fort Wayne Republican Representative Bob Morris' statements about the Girl Scouts.

February 24, 2012

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Spierers Increase Reward For Information To $250,000

The Spierers have increased the amount of the reward to $250,000 for information that could lead to the finding of their daughter.

February 24, 2012

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Jim Wallace

Gubernatorial GOP Challenger Not On Primary Ballot

GOP candidate Jim Wallace will not appear on the ballot to challenge Congressman Mike Pence.

February 24, 2012

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Rick Santorum

Santorum Will Appear On Indiana Primary Ballot

Rick Santorum will appear on the Indiana primary ballot after Marion County originally said he had not received enough signatures.

February 24, 2012

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Lugar’s Residency Is Upheld, Will Appear On Primary Ballot

The Indiana Election Commission upheld Senator Richard Lugar's residency.

February 25, 2012

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Legislators Discuss Laws With Bloomington Residents

Legislators from the Bloomington area gathered for a breakfast Friday to discuss current issues in the legislature.

February 25, 2012

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Washington’s Indiana Theater Drops Selling Price To $50,000

The asking price for the theater in Washington, Ind., has dropped from $300,000 to $50,000

February 26, 2012

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Greentown School Buys Kindergartners iPads

A school in Greentown, Ind., is using part of its rainy day fund to buy iPads for kindergarten students.

February 27, 2012

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State Of Indiana v. IBM Trial Begins Monday

Indiana canceled a contract with IBM to process its welfare applications. IBM is suing for money it says the state owes the company.

February 27, 2012

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Right-to-work Suit’s Chance Of Success Is Up For Debate

The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 has filed suit saying the newly passed right-to-work legislation is illegal.

February 27, 2012

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Petition Pushes Daniels’ Successor To Advocate Central Time

The next governor will hear from a group which no longer wants Indiana on Eastern time.

February 27, 2012

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Attorneys Give Opening Arguments In Indiana v. IBM Case

The trial State of Indiana v. IBM began Monday. Governor Mitch Daniels will not testify in the case.

February 27, 2012

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Indy Company Blames Higher Water Bills On Meter Readings

Customers' bills could fluctuate based on whether or not the company reads the meters earlier or later in the month, says Citizens Energy Group.

February 27, 2012

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Law

Affirmative Action Case Hearing Could Impact Institutions

The Maurer School of Law hosted a panel discussion Monday regarding the implications of an upcoming court case.

February 28, 2012

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State Fair Wreckage

Indiana House Passes Rules For Stage Equipment Regulation

The bill is going back to the Senate for approval with the included amendments.

February 28, 2012

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Former Treasury Secretary Endows SPEA Professorship

A former U.S. Treasury Secretary is in Bloomington today to visit the Indiana University campus.

February 28, 2012

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Indiana Schools Test Merit-Based Teacher Pay

Milan Community Schools and Randolph Central Schools in Winchester are beginning a pilot program that pays teachers based on performance evaluations.

February 28, 2012

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Legislature To Amend Smoking Ban And Police Entry Bills

The General Assembly is taking up the bills that would change the laws on police entry into homes without a warrant and a possible statewide smoking ban.

February 28, 2012

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Third Grade Students To Take Mandatory Reading Test In March

The Indiana Department of Education announced Monday a new reading test for third graders.

February 28, 2012

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Loogootee Parent Questions Hypnotism Fundraiser

A Loogootee resident thinks a hypnotist might not have been the best choice to entertain students at a fundraiser.

February 28, 2012

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Ellettsville Considers Citywide Smoking Ban

Ellettsville officials could be putting the discussion on hold until a decision is made on the statewide smoking ban.

February 28, 2012

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Grant Provides AEDs For Vigo County Sheriff’s Cars

A $10,000 donation from Terre Haute’s Union Hospital Foundation will pay for the installation of defibrillators in Vigo County Sheriff’s Department cars.

February 28, 2012

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R-BB Looking At Layoffs To Mend Budget Deficit

The school board is expected to finalize a plan for reducing its budget by May 1st.

February 28, 2012

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Kokomo

Kokomo Mayor Says City Must Fight Stagnation To See Growth

Kokomo still has a higher than average unemployment rate, but Goodnight says that number is on the decline.

February 29, 2012

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Police near homes

Bill Amendments Limit When Hoosiers Can Resist Police Entry

Amendments to a bill in the Indiana House further limit when residents can resist police entry into their homes.

February 29, 2012

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Program Teaches Youngsters How To Dispose Of Flags

Two Indiana agencies are partnering to help Hoosiers properly dispose of old flags.

February 29, 2012

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Senate Adds Exemption For Bars To Statewide Smoking Ban

One author of the statewide smoking ban says the legislation has been butchered by the Senate.

February 29, 2012

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Monroe County Waits On Funding For Second Preschool Program

The Monroe County Community School Corporation is waiting on federal funds to start a second preschool program in the district.

February 29, 2012

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Charlie White

Indiana Supreme Court Hears Arguments For White’s Successor

The Indiana Supreme Court is hearing a case that will decide who becomes Secretary of State Charlie White's permanent successor.

February 29, 2012

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Lake Monroe

Lake Monroe Boating Accident Is Impetus For Stricter Laws

The bill makes it a Class C misdemeanor to operate a boat while using a controlled substance.

February 29, 2012

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Indiana’s Statewide Smoking Ban Passes Senate

The Indiana Senate passed a statewide smoking ban Wednesday, but there’s still work to be done before the bill can reach the governor.

March 1, 2012

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Kruzan Holds Meeting To Discuss Upcoming Budget Cuts

City officials will consider additional user fees and will not rule out layoffs as a means of saving money.

March 1, 2012

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Burns House

Bloomington City Council Votes To Label House As Historic

The Bloomington City Council voted Wednesday to designate the Burns' home as historic.

March 1, 2012

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I-69 and 37 Map

INDOT Officials Propose Two I-69/SR 37 Interchange Options

One option allows travel nearer to highway speed, but it'll cost significantly more.

March 1, 2012

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Frogs Help Moms Celebrate Leap Day Births In Bloomington

Hospital officials could not say when the children are expected to celebrate their first birthdays.

March 1, 2012

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Weather

Strong Storms Could Pummel Southern Indiana Friday

Meteorologists say the setup is similar to the system that fueled at least 20 tornadoes Wednesday in the Midwest.

March 1, 2012

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Traditional Bell Curve Model May Not Fit Modern Workforce

Researchers say the traditional model that shows gradual distribution of employee performance has been used since the 1950's.

March 1, 2012

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Regulations Will Require Inspections Of Outdoor Stages

The bill directs the state Fire Marshall’s office to develop regulations for outdoor stage equipment within 60 days.

March 1, 2012

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Police Entry Bill Passes Indiana House

A bill allowing people to use force against police illegally entering their homes took a step closer to the governor’s desk Thursday.

March 1, 2012

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ISU Administrators Push Diversity Among Faculty

Administrators at Indiana State University push diversity initiatives to the forefront.

March 2, 2012

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Sample Gates

Google Privacy Change Doesn’t Worry IU E-mail Administrators

A change to Google's privacy policy taking effect this week that may change the way Google uses thousands of Google account users’ information.

March 2, 2012

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Stonegate High School

Indiana Improves AP Test Passage Rate, Still Lags Nation

Indiana students are improving their scores on advanced placement -- or AP -- tests, but the Hoosier State is still well below the national average.

March 2, 2012

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Police near homes

Join A Live Chat About Unwarranted Police Entry

The Senate has approved a bill listing out the situations in which a resident can resist police entry.

March 2, 2012

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Tuberculosis Case Diagnosed In Kokomo

The Howard County Health Department confirmed that a Kokomo woman has been diagnosed with tuberculosis.

March 2, 2012

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Severe Weather Warnings Issued In Several Indiana Counties

The National Weather Service has issues severe weather warnings in the state, including a tornado watch in several counties.

March 2, 2012

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Occupy Bloomington Event Criticizes State Of Education

Occupy Bloomington protestors held an event in Dunn Meadow on Thursday demonstrating against what they say is the poor state of education in the U.S.

March 2, 2012

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Indiana Statehouse: A Week in Review

The smoking ban received the most attention in the Indiana legislature this week. The General Assembly also passed bills on stage regulations and police entry.

March 2, 2012

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Downed trees

Nearly Two-inch Hail Reported In Morning Storms

Two fronts colliding over Indiana are expected to produce severe storms.

March 2, 2012

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Unionville

Benton Township Trustee Under Review For Improper Expenses

A Benton Township Trustee is being audited for alleged improperly documenting expenses.

March 2, 2012

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Mitch Daniels and Mike Pence

Daniels Says Legislature Should Focus On Tax Refund Bill

Mitch Daniels wants the legislature to focus on the police entry bills and working out a solution on the automatic taxpayer refund in its last days in session.

March 2, 2012

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Bartholomew County Courthouse

Two Columbus Massage Parlors Shut Down For Tax Evasion

The Indiana Attorney General's office shut down two massage parlors in Columbus that have been accused of facilitating prostitution.

March 2, 2012

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T.C. Howe High School

Teachers: Students Need Information On School Takeovers

ndianapolis Public Schools officials let students at the four buildings facing state-led takeovers choose where they want to go to school next year.

March 2, 2012

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Governor Daniels To Visit Storm Damaged Areas Saturday

The second, more powerful wave of storms that spawned tornadoes arrived Friday afternoon.

March 3, 2012

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IU fans

IU Mens Basketball Faces Rival Purdue On Sunday

Indiana University's game against rival Purdue is the last game before the Big Ten Tournament.

March 3, 2012

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IU’s La Casa Director Receives U.S. Citizenship

Indiana University's La Casa director Lillian Casillas-Origel has received her citizenship after living in the U.S. for more than 40 years.

March 3, 2012

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Southern Indiana Devastated By Tornadoes, Cleanup Continues

Residents in several Indiana cities face devastation after tornadoes whipped through the area.

March 5, 2012

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Mitch Daniels

Political Analysts: Don’t Expect GOP Presidential Draft

Political thinkers say even if Mitch Daniels or Chris Christie were drafted to run for president, their campaigns would be hampered by a lack of time and money.

March 5, 2012

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Two Alcohol Bills Set To Reach Governor’s Desk This Week

Opponents say loosening rules on drunkenness could lead to more of it.

March 5, 2012

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Alting: Even Daniels Can’t Exempt Bars From Senate Smoke Ban

Governor Mitch Daniels says he’s willing to help the cause, but a Senate backer of the bill says entrenched feelings may get in the way of a comprehensive ban.

March 5, 2012

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Indiana Lawmakers Say Smoking Ban Has Too Many Exemptions

A co-sponsor of the statewide smoking ban says the bill could have too many exemptions to garner his support.

March 5, 2012

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February’s State Revenue Less Than Forecasted

Indiana's state revenue was lower than forecasted for the second month in a row.

March 5, 2012

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GOP Says Indiana Could Be Key After Super Tuesday Vote

The Indiana GOP says it does not think the outcomes of Super Tuesday will affect its own presidential primary on May 8.

March 5, 2012

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Henryville Church

Southern Indiana Continues Tornado Cleanup After Snowfall

Snow covered several towns in Southern Indiana that were hit by tornadoes in storms that swept through the state, killing 39 people in five states.

March 6, 2012

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USDA Closes Bloomington Office; Workers Move to Bloomfield

Bloomington staff and programs have moved to the USDA’s Bloomfield office.

March 6, 2012

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Benton Township Trustee Asked To Pay Back $82,000

A report says the inappropriate payments took place over the course of three years.

March 6, 2012

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Tony Bennett

Indiana Superintendent Holds Online Town Hall Forum

Indiana Superintendent Tony Bennett held an online town hall forum Monday.

March 6, 2012

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Indiana Bill Would Raise Fees For 911 Calls

A bill in an Indiana conference committee would raise fees on calls made to 911 from cell phones and land lines.

March 6, 2012

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Schools Adjust To New I-STEP Requirements As Testing Begins

Some of the new I-STEP testing requirements could affect how a school is evaluated on the state level.

March 6, 2012

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Indiana Tries To Keep Foster Children In Their Homes Longer

A new program from the Department of Child Services is trying to keep children in their own homes for longer before being transferred to foster care.

March 6, 2012

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Columbus City Hall

Columbus Ordinance Would Require Permits For Massage Centers

A proposed ordinance would require massage centers in Columbus to obtain a permit if they are not licensed with the state.

March 7, 2012

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Little Nashville Opry

Little Nashville Opry Manager Charged With Arson

A probable cause affidavit says extensive gambling losses may have led to the alleged arson.

March 7, 2012

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$210 Million Central Indiana Bike Plan Approved

Eight Central Indiana counties would get an interconnected network of more than 700 miles of trails.

March 7, 2012

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Statehouse

Bill Would Create Unified Deaf And Hearing Education Center

The General Assembly has passed a bill that transfers services from the Indiana School For the Deaf to an independent education center.

March 7, 2012

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Drawings at Penny Lane

Lawmakers Will Fund Full-Day Kindergarten Before Pre-K

Indiana lawmakers are poised to fund full-day kindergarten even though some experts say the money may be better spent elsewhere.

March 7, 2012

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Utility companies in Marysville, IN, are attempting to restore power as quickly as possible.

Electricity, Water Repairs Needed in Clark County

Officials say utility companies are working long hours to restore access to water and electricity in towns hit by tornadoes last Friday.

March 7, 2012

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Richard Lugar

Appeal Filed On Senator Richard Lugar’s Residency

Senator Richard Lugar is being challenged this election by Richard Mourdock.

March 7, 2012

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Indiana road

Governor Daniels Touts Transportation Successes

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels says INDOT has experienced a cultural change and is pushing ahead with its projects.

March 7, 2012

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House

Bill Will Require Superintendent Contracts To Be Made Public

The bill says all new superintendent contracts must be made public for one week before they are signed.

March 8, 2012

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Clark County Residents Planning to Rebuild After Tornadoes

Marysville residents say they plan to rebuild their town that was devastated by last Friday's storms.

March 8, 2012

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City Hall

City Officials Approve Incentive Package, Rail Spur Purchase

Bloomington city officials approved a $32,000 dollar incentive package to renovate an old office space welcoming in a new software security company.

March 8, 2012

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Bloomington’s Vineyard Church Assisting Tornado Victims

Several members of the church will leave Thursday for Henryville, also making stops at rural homes.

March 8, 2012

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Daniels

Daniels Highlights INDOT Work Practices

Daniels also reported 50 road projects in the state are finished thanks to the Major Moves funding program.

March 8, 2012

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Lawmakers Working On Final Draft Of Smoking Ban

Some legislators say it’s possible the ban won’t get passed this year.

March 8, 2012

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IU Basketball

Join A Live Chat During IU’s Basketball Game At 2 p.m.

Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. but is subject to change because of tournament play.

March 8, 2012

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Bloomington Officials Look To Columbus On Trash Mandate

On Ask The Mayor, a Bloomington city councilman asked Columbus Mayor Kristen Brown how the city's automated trash collection has worked for them.

March 8, 2012

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Bill Puts Unopposed Municipal Candidates Back On The Ballot

The bill would put unopposed candidates on municipal ballots unless the county's election board voted unanimously to keep them off.

March 8, 2012

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Indiana Legislators Debate Details Of Police Entry Bill

Indiana legislators are trying to work out the details of a police entry bill before the end of the legislative session.

March 8, 2012

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Indiana Senate

Several Bills Still Undecided As Indiana Session Wraps Up

Bills including the police entry bill and the statewide smoking ban have not been reconciled in the legislature.

March 8, 2012

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Data Gathered From Indiana Tornadoes Could Predict Storms

Data gathered during last week's storms could help IU researchers understand the conditions that lead to severe storms.

March 9, 2012

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Verdell Jones

IU Wins 1st Big Ten Tourney Game Under Crean; Jones Injured

The team won the game but -- at least temporarily -- lost one of its leaders in the process.

March 9, 2012

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Cook HQ

Forbes List: Four Billionaires In Indiana

The list of the world‘s top billionaires includes four Indiana natives.

March 9, 2012

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Morgan County Courthouse

Martinsville To Buy Property For $1 Million Near Ind. 37

The city of Martinsville is planning to buy a property near Ind. 37 for more than $1 million.

March 9, 2012

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I-69

Live Chat: Monroe County MPO Could Vote On I-69

The Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization could make its final decision on I-69 at its meeting Friday.

March 9, 2012

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Hoosier Hysteria Crowd

Hoosiers Prepare For Second Round Of Big Ten Tourney

IU players talk with WTIU News after defeating Penn State Thursday in round one of the Big Ten Tourney.

March 9, 2012

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School Bus

House Passes Bill To Close Busing Fees Loophole

The issue was brought to light when Franklin Township schools tried to charge parents for busing services.

March 9, 2012

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Cigarette pack in Indianapolis bar

Indiana Passes Statewide Smoking Ban With Exemptions

The Indiana General Assembly approved a final version of the statewide smoking ban Friday.

March 9, 2012

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GLBT Plate

Senator Says GLBT License Plates Violated BMV Contract

Some license plates are being singled out for not following state procedure.

March 9, 2012

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Monroe County MPO Approves Construction Of I-69

The MPO has voted to include I-69 in its Transportation Improvement Plan.

March 10, 2012

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General Assembly

2012 Legislative Session Wrapup

The General Assembly passes controversial bills on topics ranging from Right to Work to human trafficking.

March 10, 2012

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Tax forms

Changes To Automatic Taxpayer Refunds For Hoosiers

Refunds expected this year, but Assembly changes level of revenue surplus that triggers refunds after 2012.

March 10, 2012

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Monroe County Sheriff Car and Jail

“Right To Resist” Police Entry Bill Passes

Assembly passes law in response to court ruling restricting use of force against illegal police entry.

March 12, 2012

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Tornado

Disaster Declaration For Six Indiana Counties

Individuals in Clark, Jefferson, Ripley, Scott, Warrick and Washington counties will have access to federal funding to help recover from the devastation.

March 12, 2012

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MPO

County Commissioner Challenging MPO Vote

Commissioner Stoops says that Monroe County Public Works Director Bill Williams' vote violated a conflict of interest law.

March 12, 2012

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Kokomo City Hall

Kokomo City Council May Change Ordinance Procedure

Kokomo's city council may cut the number of hearings required before voting on an issue from three to two.

March 12, 2012

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Legette-Jack

IU Fires Women’s Head Basketball Coach

Felisha Legette-Jack will leave the program, effective immediately. The search for her successor is now underway.

March 12, 2012

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Seven Test Positive for TB in Howard Co.

Health officials say TB is not active in those patients and there is no cause for concern.

March 12, 2012

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Governor Daniels Reviews 2012 Legislative Session

Daniels says Right-to-work is one of the key achievements of Indiana's 2012 legislative session.

March 12, 2012

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Updates to the Monroe County Courthouse are expected to be complete in April.

Monroe County Courthouse Expected To Reopen In July

Renovations to the Monroe County Courthouse includes new energy efficient heating and lighting systems.

March 13, 2012

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Henryville Church

Clean-Up Efforts Continuing In Southern Indiana

Officials say residents should be wary of people going door-to-door collecting donations for victims.

March 13, 2012

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A clock tower on IU's campus is surrounded by a snowy scene.

Bill Asks Legislative Council To Study Impact Of Tuition Law

The state required colleges to start charging the higher rates last year.

March 13, 2012

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Senator Richard Lugar

Lugar Looks Forward To Challenge Of Federal Health Care Law

Indiana is one of 26 states that joined in a lawsuit challenging the federal Affordable Care Act.

March 13, 2012

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Indiana Jobs Report Shows Private Sector Growth

However, with the improved unemployment rate, Indiana is no longer eligible for the last 20 weeks of federal unemployment benefits.

March 13, 2012

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I-69 Construction

Fight For I-69 Continues In Federal Court

Opponents say INDOT has withheld key documents from the public regarding both the environmental impact of I-69, and alternative routes that were studied.

March 13, 2012

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Dillman

Dillman Farm Shows Patience Needed To Rebuild After Storms

Last years’ storms destroyed the property, causing an estimated $1.4 million worth of damage.

March 13, 2012

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road

Construction Closing Clear Creek Trail Bridge For Year

The city has created some temporary work-arounds to provide bicyclists and pedestrians easy access as construction continues.

March 14, 2012

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Becky Skillman with Governor Mitch Daniels

Skillman Tours Southern Indiana Tornado Damage

Skillman says the state is still doing assessments to apply for more federal assistance.

March 14, 2012

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Monroe County

Officials Looking To Mainstream Monroe County Government

The committee has met three times, and is hopeful they will be able to streamline county government in a cost efficient way.

March 14, 2012

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Drop In Home Values Now Affecting Property Taxes

Hicks says the drop means less money for local government in places that are primarily financed by property taxes.

March 14, 2012

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Indiana State Fair

Study: Indiana State Fair Brought $124 Million To The State

The study from the IU Kelley School of Business shows the State Fairgrounds brought in a significant number of tax dollars to the state.

March 14, 2012

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Howard County Schools Scrap Wind Turbine Plan

The school board says it did away with the plan to build a wind turbine because it did not want to create division within the community.

March 14, 2012

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Bloomington Shalom Center Receives Million Dollar HUD Grant

The Shalom Center received a grant that will help it pay for housing for homeless individuals and families.

March 15, 2012

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IU Report: Indiana Among Worst States For Sexual Violence

According to a new report, one in five Hoosier women will be raped in their lifetime.

March 15, 2012

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Ind. Senators: Federal Transportation Bill Would Hurt State

Indiana's two U.S. Senators voted Wednesday against a federal transportation bill they say would reduce funding to the state.

March 15, 2012

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Tax Deadline Extended For Tornado Victims

Tornado victims have until May 31 to file their tax returns.

March 15, 2012

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New Measures Aim To Strengthen Water Quality Standards

The new measures will affect how plants, that want to release pollutants into water, are regulated.

March 15, 2012

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Changing Autism’s Definition Could Affect School Funding

Changes to the state's definition of autism could affect millions of children that rely on school funding for special services.

March 15, 2012

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Ruling Paves The Way For Daniels To Appoint Sec. Of State

An Indiana Supreme Court ruling on Charlie White's residency paves the way for Governor Mitch Daniels to appoint a new Secretary of State.

March 15, 2012

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Court Ruling Not Final Word In Secretary Of State Dispute

White is still appealing parts of his conviction, complicating the choice for a replacement.

March 15, 2012

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Columbus

Questions Surround Firing Of Columbus Transit Director

Mayor Kristen Brown says the decision to remove Chapple was made to “increase the level of professionalism” within the department.

March 15, 2012

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Hoosiers In Oregon To Take On New Mexico State

Hoosier fans gearing up for tonight’s game say they’re confident the team will make it past the first round.

March 16, 2012

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Seymour Highschooler Struck By Lightning

A Seymour High School softball player is in critical condition after being struck by lightning.

March 16, 2012

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Hoosiers Advance in NCAA Tournament

The Hoosiers defeated New Mexico State Thursday night.

March 16, 2012

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Lugar Can’t Vote In Indiana Precinct

Lugar has until April 9th to get a new Indiana address and register to vote.

March 16, 2012

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Warm Weather, Late Frost Could Hurt Indiana Wine Production

The warm weather has caused grapevines to bud early. If another frost comes, it could kill those buds and the grapes they would have produced.

March 16, 2012

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Join Noon Edition Today For A Discussion On Tornado Recovery

Volunteers and residents of Southern Indiana are still cleaning up after tornadoes hit the area. Noon Edition discusses what still needs to be done.

March 16, 2012

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Legislature Tightens Synthetic Drug Ban

Lawmakers approved a measure this session that makes it more difficult for convenience stores to sell synthetic drugs.

March 16, 2012

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Daniels Names Senator Connie Lawson As Secretary Of State

Governor Mitch Daniels appointed Republican State Senator Connie Lawson as the permanent replacement for Secretary of State Charlie White.

March 16, 2012

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A One Stop Shop has opened in Sellersburg to help people with everything from insurance matters to finding temporary housing.

Tornado Recovery Resources

Individuals and businesses impacted by the recent tornadoes in Indiana can access resources through disaster recovery centers in Southern Indiana.

March 16, 2012

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Bureau of Motor Vehicles Suspends Gay Advocate License Plate

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has suspended the distribution of license plates from the Indiana Youth Group because it violated state law.

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