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January 1, 2013

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Coats: Americans Paying For Washington Dysfunction

Coats says careening from crisis to crisis and addressing the fiscal cliff in the 11th hour is no way to govern.

January 1, 2013

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Monroe County Elected Officials To Be Sworn In

Monroe County officials who were elected in November’s general election will be sworn in at the Monroe County Courthouse this afternoon at 2 p.m.

January 1, 2013

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All Eyes On House After Senate Passes ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal

The 89-8 Senate vote sets up a showdown in the GOP-led House, where a vote could come as soon as today.

January 1, 2013

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Monroe County Election Officials Sworn In On New Years Day

Thirteen elected officials were sworn in by 10th Circuit Court Judges at the Monroe County Courthouse Tuesday afternoon.

January 1, 2013

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Swimmers Take The Polar Bear Plunge At Monroe Lake

Hundreds of people braved the cold to take a dip into the lake to ring in the new year.

January 2, 2013

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Portions Of Laws Passed Last Year Now In Effect

Most new state laws take effect at the start of the fiscal year in July, but there are exceptions.

January 2, 2013

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Cow in Indiana

New Round Of Agricultural Census Data Being Collected

The census collects information on production and acreage, as well as energy sources, organic operations, and specialty crops and livestock.

January 2, 2013

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IU Health Fires Employees Who Refuse Flu Shots

IU Health advised all hospital employees in September that flu shots would become mandatory with the new year.

January 2, 2013

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Want To Teach? Without An Ed Degree, You Need Some Training

The State Board of Education is scheduled to take one last vote on the final piece of REPA II at its meeting Wednesday.

January 2, 2013

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School Funding Still In Limbo After Fiscal Cliff Deal

'Fiscal cliff' tax hikes have been averted, but Indiana schools could still lose tens of millions of dollars in federal education funding next school year.

January 2, 2013

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Kroger

Downtown Bloomington Grocery Store Getting Facelift

The Kroger at 2nd Street and College Avenue near the B-Line Trail is going to be more than 5,000 square feet larger.

January 2, 2013

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Congress

Indiana Congressional Delegation Split On Fiscal Cliff Bill

There were two yeas, six nays, and one abstention from Indiana congressmen. Both Indiana senators voted in favor of it.

January 2, 2013

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Greencastle At-Large Seats Result From Lack Of Contests

Republicans say they'll start trying to find candidates for the new seats almost immediately.

January 3, 2013

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Rockville fence

ACLU: DOC Needs Better Treatment For Mentally Ill

The ACLU is arguing the Department of Corrections does not provide adequate services for mentally ill people who come under their watch.

January 3, 2013

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Farm Bureau President Disappointed With No New Farm Bill

Don Villwock says farmers found some relief in the bill that was passed to avert the fiscal cliff, but a comprehensive farm bill still needs to be adopted.

January 3, 2013

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Four Indiana Representatives Picked For Ed Committee

Reps. Susan Brooks and Luke Messer will join current members Larry Bucshon and Todd Rokita to serve on the U.S. House’s Education and the Workforce Committee.

January 3, 2013

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State Supreme Court Hears Case On Walkout Fines

Republicans charged Democrats thousands of dollars each in fines for walking out of the House of Representatives in 2011.

January 3, 2013

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DePauw nature preserve

Using Recent Gift On Trails Could Up Greencastle Home Prices

One urban planning expert says if the cash is poured into trails, it may pay the city back more than other investments.

January 3, 2013

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IU campus

How The ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal Helped College Borrowers

As part of the deal struck Tuesday, lawmakers either made permanent or extended several key tax benefits for college students and their families.

January 3, 2013

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Indiana Officials Propose More Police Officers In Schools

The attorney general and a state senator are proposing Indiana provide grants to school corporations that add resource officers to their schools.

January 4, 2013

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Columbus Police Shift To Education In Counterfeiting Case

Columbus police say they believe many cities see bad cash, but officials say only a fraction of the fake money Columbus has seen has been passed in Bloomington.

January 4, 2013

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Cantaloupe

Farm Linked To Salmonella Outbreak Stops Growing Cantaloupe

According to the FDA the salmonella outbreak killed three people and made 261 others sick.

January 4, 2013

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State of the Union

Freshmen Indiana Legislators Sworn-In

Legislators say the are ready to get to work with just two months before another showdown, over raising the debt limit and avoiding automatic spending cuts.

January 4, 2013

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Indiana Senator Proposes Prayer In Schools Bill

Indiana legislators unveiled four key bills they seek to pass this session, including one that would allow school boards to mandate prayer in schools.

January 4, 2013

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Howard County Faces Budget Shortfall Over Dispatch Services

Howard County is seeking ways to fill a gap in its budget after the city stopped funding its emergency management services.

January 4, 2013

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Neighborhood Revitalization, Tax Credit Bills Proposed

One representative wants to establish a Neighborhood Revitalization Fund that will offer low-interest loans to remodel, rehab or purchase abandoned homes.

January 4, 2013

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Joe Donnelly

Analysts Differ On Donnelly’s Push For Centrism

Political watchers disagree about whether Joe Donnelly’s push to rally moderates to get work done in Washington during the 113th Congress will be effective.

January 4, 2013

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More Chemotherapy Patients Express Signs Of ‘Chemo Brain’

Researchers are discovering more about 'chemo brain,' cognitive loss caused by chemotherapy, but much is still unknown about the condition.

January 4, 2013

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Wind Turbine

Wind Tax Credits Pass With Fiscal Cliff Bill

The tax credits will benefit E-on Climate and Renewables and juwi, two energy companies building wind farms in Indiana.

January 4, 2013

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Congress

Indiana Delegation Split On Sandy Relief

Fourth district congressman Todd Rokita and third district’s Marlin Stutzman voted against the bill.

January 4, 2013

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Journalism

IU Proposing Merger Of Telecommunications, Journalism

The proposal would combine several existing entities: the School of Journalism, Telecommunications Department, and the Communication and Culture Department.

January 6, 2013

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Live Chat: A Special Preview Of The 2013 General Assembly

Monday morning at 11, an Opening Day look ahead to this year's initiatives in the Statehouse.

January 7, 2013

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House, Senate Leaders Expect Less Controversy This Session

As the General Assembly convenes today, members look forward to seeing eye to eye on more issues.

January 7, 2013

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Indiana Hopes To Strengthen Governor’s Veto Power

Senator Jim Banks is proposing a measure to increase the governor's veto power.

January 7, 2013

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Indiana Facing Severe Flu Season

Health officials are encouraging people to get vaccinated so they are protected from the flu.

January 7, 2013

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Leaders Urge Caution Despite State Revenue Gains

The state collected $22 million more in revenue than expected in December.

January 7, 2013

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Brian Bosma

Bosma: No Longer Bauer’s “Target Practice” As Session Opens

Following an acrimonious change in leadership at the end of 2012, House Democrats enter the 2013 legislative session with a new representative in charge.

January 7, 2013

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Indiana Statehouse

Taxes, Income and Local, On Leaders’ Minds As Session Starts

Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) sounded Monday like he wasn't sold on Governor Mike Pence's tax cut plan.

January 7, 2013

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Heather Snavely asks a student to stay seated while playing math games in her classroom at Our Lady of Hungary Catholic school in South Bend.

Bill Would Let Siblings Attend Private School With Vouchers

A proposal to expand the number of children eligible to receive public money to attend private school will get its first hearing Wednesday.

January 8, 2013

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Legislators Might Shift Focus To Preschool Education

Republican Senator Randy Head has introduced a bill to start a pilot program to encourage preschool reading programs.

January 8, 2013

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Indiana House of Representatives

House Minority Leader Wants Two-Year Delay On Social Issues

A two-year moratorium would not just delay but kill a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

January 8, 2013

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INDOT Warns Drivers To Look Out For Potholes

Road crews will create temporary patches with small stones and liquid asphalt as rising temperatures this week cause potholes.

January 8, 2013

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Affordable Care Act’s Impact On Hoosier Farmers Uncertain

How Indiana decides to implement the healthcare law could significantly affect farmers, who often have a hard time getting affordable insurance.

January 8, 2013

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Proposed legislation would only allow school districts to pursue referenda in general elections.

Bill Would Only Allow School Referenda In General Elections

A proposal by Rep. David Frizzell, R-Indianapolis, would require school corporations ask voters to approve tax levy increases only in general elections.

January 8, 2013

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Independent Columbus Restaurants Fighting Uphill Battle

One member of the Downtown Columbus Independent Restaurant Association says more retail is needed downtown.

January 8, 2013

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Black Caucus To Focus On K-12 Funding Cuts

Caucus members also say they’ll look into gun control efforts in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting.

January 9, 2013

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Guns On Campus No Guarantee Against Sexual Assault

Educators and counselors say sexual assaults often happen in settings where the victim would be unlikely or unable to use a gun in self-defense.

January 9, 2013

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NASA Grant To Help IU Kokomo Professor Study Star ‘Deaths’

Patrick Motl will receive $350,000 over the next three years to study what happens when neutron stars collide with one another or interact with black holes.

January 9, 2013

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Monroe County Has Lowest Teen Pregnancy Rate In State

For every 1,000 births in Monroe County, 14 of them are to teenage mothers, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

January 9, 2013

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A student at Busy Bees Academy, a public preschool in Columbus, reads before nap time.

Columbus Must Change Pre-K Approach After Referendum Fails

The Columbus preschool program Governor-elect Mike Pence called a "pilot" for the state will have to scale back services next year.

January 9, 2013

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Public Universities Vying For More State Funding

University presidents who testified Wednesday tried to prove to lawmakers that their school is working to reduce the cost of college.

January 9, 2013

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Bills Proposed To Reduce College Costs, Boost Transparency

State Sen. Jim Banks introduced six bills that he says will reduce student's college tuition while holding universities accountable for the funds they receive.

January 9, 2013

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Temperature Map

2012 Was Second Warmest Year On Record In Indiana

Indiana’s average temperature was more than three degrees higher than average, making it the second hottest year since 1871.

January 9, 2013

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Meteorologist: Melting Snow Could Cause Flooding

A meteorologist from the National Weather Service predicts the combination of rain and melting snow could cause minor flooding in some parts of the state.

January 9, 2013

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Breathalyzer Law For First Time Offenders Unlikely

Lawmakers say they are not likely to push legislation requiring first-time DUI offenders to use an ignition interlock device.

January 10, 2013

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Flu Shots Could Cost More IU Health Employees Their Jobs

IU Health officials say nearly 200 employees will leave the company in protest of a requirement to get a flu shot.

January 10, 2013

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Future Workforce Demands Hinge On Post-Secondary Education

Nearly two-thirds of Indiana jobs in the next decade will require education beyond a high school diploma.

January 10, 2013

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Vigo County To Lose More Than $2 Million In Property Tax

The head of the state’s assessor’s association says a change in the state’s overall assessment process may be partly to blame.

January 10, 2013

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Indiana Commissioner Teresa Lubbers

Teresa Lubbers Gives State Of Higher Education Address

Lubbers says it will take a joint effort from students, the state and its colleges and universities to meets the needs of a changing workforce.

January 10, 2013

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Pence Splits Sec. Of Commerce, IEDC President Position

Governor-elect Mike Pence announced Thursday he was appointing two people to hold the offices instead of one, which was the case under governor Mitch Daniels.

January 10, 2013

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Kenley: With More Money, ‘There’s Something To Fight Over’

State Sen. Luke Kenley (R-Noblesville) says state funding and student loans are two of the key higher education issues to be discussed during this session.

January 10, 2013

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Some University Officials Take Issue With Funding Formula

Ball State University officials say the formula favors large campuses, but Indiana University officials support the funding model.

January 10, 2013

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Flu Deaths In Indiana Rise To 15

Five more people have died in Indiana from the flu. Two of those were in long term care facilities.

January 10, 2013

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Clinton-Based White Construction Wins I-69 Contract

White Construction has been chosen to complete construction on Section 4 of I-69.

January 11, 2013

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Commercial Real Estate Market Sees Significant Growth

Indiana‘s commercial real estate sector is performing better than it has since the recession.

January 11, 2013

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IU Health Doctors Use Dye, Infrared Light To Detect Cancer

The trial uses robotic surgery along with a glowing, green dye to light up cancerous cells on lymph nodes.

January 11, 2013

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Difficult To Implement Disability Access At Motor Speedway

Many changes needed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act will be difficult to implement due to the age of the structures.

January 11, 2013

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President McRobbie

Join A Live Discussion With IU President Michael McRobbie

StateImpact Indiana reporter Kyle Stokes and Herald Times Editor Bob Zaltzberg speak with McRobbie about education policy and issues affecting the university.

January 11, 2013

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Tony Bennett Finishes His Last Day In Office

The state superintendent starts his new job as Florida Commissioner of Education on Monday.

January 11, 2013

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Week In Review: The First Week Of The Legislative Session

Democratic representatives proposed a moratorium on divisive social issues, but the Republican supermajority says it will not give such a promise.

January 11, 2013

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IU Law Professor: Indiana Should Expand Medicaid

David Orentlicher says Indiana should expand Medicaid because the federal government would bear most of the cost.

January 11, 2013

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Research Universities Could Feel Effects of Sequestration

IU President Michael McRobbie worries federal budget cuts could put a strain on universities relying on research funding.

January 11, 2013

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Indiana Requires Another Chickenpox Vaccine After Outbreak

The Indiana State Department of Health will require all schoolchildren to get two chickenpox vaccinations.

January 11, 2013

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Taliban Fighter In Indiana Prison Wins Prayer Lawsuit

John Walker Lindh, who is being held in a federal prison in Terre Haute, has won a lawsuit for rights to daily group prayer.

January 11, 2013

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Indiana-Based Group Organizes Gun Control Marches

Founder Shannon Watts says politicians need to take action to address gun violence, especially in the wake of recent mass shootings.

January 12, 2013

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Speaker Brian Bosma Signing

Republican Legislators Align Themselves With Pence’s Agenda

Legislators are still trying to match their own agenda with governor-elect Mike Pence as they prepare for him to take office Monday.

January 12, 2013

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Indy Cultural Trail

Federal Officials Tour Indianapolis’ Environmental Projects

Officials toured several Indianapolis areas including the Brownfield remediation and the Indy Cultural Trail.

January 14, 2013

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Lawmakers Propose Bills on Veteran Education, Job Placement

Two pieces of legislation are aimed at getting servicemembers back to work.

January 14, 2013

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Kokomo Annexation Opponents To File Petition

Landowners who oppose an annexation on the southeast side of Kokomo are drafting a petition to stop the measure.

January 14, 2013

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Mike Pence

Mike Pence To Be Sworn In As Indiana Governor

Mike Pence will assume the position of Indiana's 50th governor on Monday.

January 14, 2013

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Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes

Frankfort Embraces Indiana’s Youngest Mayor

More than a year after election, Frankfort residents are satisfied with the way Mayor Chris McBarnes is running the city.

January 14, 2013

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Pence Signs Orders

Pence Becomes Indiana’s Governor, Signs Executive Orders

Governor Mike Pence, Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann and Attorney General Greg Zoeller were sworn in Monday.

January 14, 2013

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10 Must-Reads On Indiana’s New State Superintendent

Glenda Ritz took office as Indiana's state superintendent Monday.

January 14, 2013

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Greg Zoeller

Zoeller Wants Government Branches To ‘Support Each Other’

Attorney General Greg Zoeller was sworn in Monday along with Gov. Mike Pence and Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann.

January 14, 2013

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Mayors Back Mass Transit Plan In Central Indiana

Mayors around the state say a mass transit plan in Central Indiana could increase the taxing authority of local governmental bodies.

January 15, 2013

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Some State Roads Remain Closed Until Waters Recede

The National Weather Service says Indiana has received nearly four inches of rain since the beginning of the year, with almost all of that over the weekend.

January 15, 2013

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Pence Meets With State Leaders, Short On Specifics

State legislative leaders say their meeting Monday with Governor Mike Pence was short on specifics but laid a good foundation for work ahead.

January 15, 2013

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Flu Deaths Rise To 21, Health Department Encourages Vaccine

More seniors appear to be dying this year from the flu.

January 15, 2013

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Should Indiana Teachers Be ‘Experts’ In Their Subjects?

New “REPA II” teacher licensing rules allow anyone with a bachelor’s degree and a 3.0 GPA to earn a teaching certification.

January 15, 2013

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State Senator Proposes Bill To Reinforce Synthetic Drugs Ban

The legislature passed the ban last year, but police say they have had a hard time enforcing it.

January 15, 2013

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Some Clergy Call For Halt To Same-Sex Marriage Legislation

The Interfaith Coalition on Nondiscrimination has asked lawmakers to avoid adding a same-sex marriage ban to the Indiana constitution.

January 15, 2013

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Personal Property Tax Bill Could Cost State $300 Million

However, farmers say the smaller tax burden would encourage them to buy newer equipment.

January 15, 2013

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Pence’s Budget Boosts Education Funding 1 Percent

A budget proposed by Gov. Mike Pence gives higher education institutions a one percent funding increase, with funding based on performance the following year.

January 15, 2013

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Legislators Still Unsure About Pence’s 10 Percent Tax Cut

Pence included the tax cut in his budget proposal Tuesday, but legislators say they still do not know if they will support it.

January 15, 2013

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IU Alum Tavis Smiley in Indianapolis at poverty panel.

PBS Host Tavis Smiley Wants End To Poverty In 25 Years

Smiley stopped by Indiana University Tuesday for a segment of his 'Poverty Tour' panel discussions.

January 16, 2013

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Daniels Plans To Learn His First Week As Purdue President

Mitch Daniels says his plans for his first few weeks on the job at Purdue University are to learn more about key issues the university is facing.

January 16, 2013

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Joe Donnelly

Donnelly Begins First State Tour As U.S. Senator

During a stop at ThyssenKrupp Presta in Terre Haute, Sen. Joe Donnelly says he is working to pass a bill that would allocate funds to job training.

January 16, 2013

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Legislators Might Remove Common Core Education Standards

The Senate Education Committee will hold a hearing on a bill that would remove Indiana from the list of 46 states who have adopted the standards.

January 16, 2013

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Wisconsin Badgers Defeat IU Hoosiers 64-59

Tuesday's game was one of their lowest scoring games of the season for the Hoosiers.

January 16, 2013

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Indiana Democrats Propose Medicaid Expansion

The proposed bill would create a state-run healthcare exchange, and expand the state’s Medicaid program to add as many as 400,000 Hoosiers.

January 16, 2013

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Still No Appointment Of Child Services Department Head

After his first cabinet meeting, Gov. Mike Pence said he still had not made a decision on who would lead the Department of Child Services.

January 16, 2013

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Greg Zoeller

AG Files Complaint Against New England Compounding Center

The complaint was filed against the Massachusetts company linked to tainted steroids that caused a nationwide meningitis outbreak.

January 16, 2013

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Bloomington Downtown

Bloomington Council To Hear Plan On Downtown Parking Meters

A proposal going before the Bloomington city council would virtually eliminate free parking from the downtown retail district.

January 16, 2013

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Gun Sales Rise Ahead Of Obama’s Announcement On Gun Violence

A shop owner in Bloomington says gun sales have doubled each week since the Newtown shooting.

January 16, 2013

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Common Core Opponents Rally At Indiana Statehouse

Activists gathered in Indianapolis Wednesday in favor of a bill that would withdraw the state from the Common Core academic standards.

January 16, 2013

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Marty Hawk

GOP Seeks New Blood After Monroe County Redistricting Issue

If two Republican county councilors drawn into the same district decided to run for reelection, they would face each another in 2014.

January 16, 2013

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IU Health

Hospitals Limiting Visitations To Combat Spread Of Flu

IU Health Bloomington Hospital will implement a voluntary visitor restriction policy due to the increasing number of flu-like illnesses in the community.

January 17, 2013

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New State Law Regulates Farms’ Use of Fertilizers

The law seeks to prevent water pollution from fertilizer runoff.

January 17, 2013

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Pro Soccer Team Coming To Indiana

The team, which has not been named, will begin playing at IUPUI‘s Michael Carroll Stadium in 2014.

January 17, 2013

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If Indiana Left Common Core, Would Other States Follow?

If Indiana stops using the Common Core, it would be the first to do so of the 46 states that have already signed on.

January 17, 2013

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Criminal Code Overhaul Passes House Committee

The bill passed unanimously but is expected to face greater obstacles when it is heard on the House floor.

January 17, 2013

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Legislators Propose $7 Million For Preschool Education

The legislation would provide grant money for children whose families' incomes are at 185 percent of the poverty level or less to go to preschool.

January 17, 2013

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Bloomington Hospital Screens Visitors For Flu Symptoms

IU Health Bloomington Hospital is one of several hospitals in the state implementing visitation restrictions because of the flu.

January 17, 2013

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House Leaders Announce Bill To Create Indiana Career Council

The council would encourage the education of more students in the manufacturing sector.

January 17, 2013

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Pence Taps Head Of Family Services, Agriculture Departments

Gov. Mike Pence named Debra Minott head of Indiana's Family and Social Services Administration and Gina Sheets leader of the State Department of Agriculture.

January 17, 2013

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Federal Court Dismisses Indiana Right-To-Work Lawsuit

A federal court says the challenge against the law was not an issue of constitutionality.

January 18, 2013

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House Republicans Disagree With Pence’s Budget Proposal

Speaker Brian Bosma says the differences are emblematic of House and Senate leaders‘ real problem with Pence‘s proposed 10-percent tax cut.

January 18, 2013

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School Budget Concerns Loom As Common Core Debate Proceeds

Some school corporations may be caught in a financial limbo by discussions at the Statehouse.

January 18, 2013

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Property Assessments Holding Steady Despite Some Outliers

While some property owners have seen their property value assessments rising, the statewide trends had remained relatively stable.

January 18, 2013

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Could Some Midwest Land Support New Biofuel Refineries?

A study in the journal Nature says millions of acres of marginal farmland in the Midwest could be used to produce liquid fuels made from plant material.

January 18, 2013

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Private Sector Adds Jobs In December But Unemployment Rises

Indiana's unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent, likely because of more people entering the workforce.

January 18, 2013

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Inside Indiana’s School Turnaround Process

Rockville Elementary School received a D from the state last year, so it must work with the Department of Education to develop a school improvement plan.

January 18, 2013

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Hoosiers Protest Citizens United In Indianapolis

Protesters say the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case allowed special interest groups to sway last year's Senate race.

January 18, 2013

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Bedford State Rep Eric Koch

Lawmakers Weigh Need For Apprenticeship Incentives

Lawmakers agree on the need for more technical and vocational education options but disagree on how to implement them.

January 18, 2013

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Flu Hits Homeless People Harder Than General Population

The flu season has affected people earlier than normal this year, and the homless often do not have good access to healthcare to combat the illness.

January 18, 2013

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Bloomington Community Gears Up For MLK Day

The Martin Luther King Day celebration theme for 2013 is making a career of humanity.

January 19, 2013

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Bill Proposes Making Cold Meds Prescriptions To Curb Meth

Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) says the bill could reduce meth production, but other legislators say similar proposals in other states have not worked.

January 19, 2013

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Glenda Ritz Sworn In As Indiana’s New State Schools Chief

Newly-elected state superintendent Glenda Ritz took the oath of office at the Indiana Statehouse on Saturday.

January 21, 2013

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Columbus To Install Defibrillators In Police Cars

Columbus has purchased 55 Automated External Defibrillators to be installed in patrol cars next month.

January 21, 2013

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GOP Lawmakers Say No To Healthcare Exchange

State legislators have decided not to create a statewide healthcare exchange but are considering a Medicaid expansion.

January 21, 2013

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Frigid Conditions Expected Tonight

A wind chill advisory will take effect at 8 p.m. tonight through 11 a.m. Tuesday.

January 21, 2013

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Growing River Otter Population Poses Problem For Landowners

Indiana has been working for decades to bring the river otter population back to the state, but the otters are starting to create some problems for landowners.

January 21, 2013

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Airport Asks Residents To Sponsor Parts Of New Runway

The Putnam County airport is trying to renovate its runway and is asking county residents to pay $5 to sponsor one foot of tarmac.

January 21, 2013

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In Address, Obama Begins Setting Second Term Agenda

President Obama began his second term with an unapologetically liberal inaugural address, NPR reports.

January 21, 2013

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Another Dry Summer Expected For 2013

Meteorologists say springs are generally becoming wetter and summers are becoming drier.

January 22, 2013

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Little Rock Nine Member Speaks At Bloomington Theatre

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration Commissioner Dennis Laffoon said the day holds an important message that should extend beyond the night’s celebration.

January 22, 2013

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Pence To Deliver State Of The State Address

The governor will likely advocate for the budget he outlined last week, including a 10 percent tax cut.

January 22, 2013

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Cold Temps Cause Two Hour Delays, Slow School Bus Service

The delay gives everyone involved extra time to start up the buses and let them run for about 30 minutes and take care of any problems.

January 22, 2013

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Join A Live Chat During State Of The State Address, Response

Gov. Mike Pence is scheduled to give his first State of the State speech at 7 p.m., followed by both a Democratic and a Republican response.

January 22, 2013

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Ball State Pulls Plug On Seven Charter Schools

Ball State University will not renew its contract with seven schools in Gary, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and Richmond for the 2013-14 academic year.

January 22, 2013

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Flooded Roads Now Open

In Daviess and Pike counties, State Road 257 from U.S. Route 50 to State Road 356 is now open.

January 22, 2013

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Spencer’s Tivoli Theater To Open In April

The Tivoli Theater has been undergoing renovations for nearly a year.

January 22, 2013

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Bill Would Tighten Restrictions On Cold Medicines

Lawmakers say the bill would help curb methamphetamine production.

January 22, 2013

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Bloomington Chamber Comes Out Against Parking Meters

The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce says the city needs to create a more comprehensive parking plan before it installs meters.

January 22, 2013

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Governor Pushes His Budget In First State Of The State

Governor Mike Pence made a case for a 10 percent income tax cut, even as some GOP leaders have said the state should spend more of its surplus.

January 23, 2013

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Life Sciences Sector Adds $50 Billion To State Economy

Indiana is ranked as one of the top five states in the life sciences industry with a workforce of 55,000 people according to new data.

January 23, 2013

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Monroe County School Board Approves Earlier Start Dates

Monroe County Community School Corporation schools will start Aug. 7 in 2013 and Aug. 4 in 2014.

January 23, 2013

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Lugar To Announce Partnership With IU

The announcement is expected to include an expansion of the Center on Congress, housed at Indiana University.

January 23, 2013

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Court: Indiana Cannot Ban Sex Offenders From Facebook

A federal appeals court has ordered an immediate injunction against Indiana's law that bans sex offenders from using social networking sites.

January 23, 2013

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Charter Schools To Appeal Ball State’s Decision Not To Renew

Several of the charter schools that received non-renewal notices from sponsor Ball State University on Tuesday plan to appeal the decision.

January 23, 2013

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Most Indiana Reps Support ‘No Budget, No Pay’ Bill

The House passed the bill that extends the federal debt limit by a vote of 285-144. Only one of Indiana's representatives voted against it.

January 23, 2013

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Nine Abortion Policy Bills Filed In Indiana

One bills ban abortions based on the fetus' characteristics, and another requires providers to give women considering an abortion information packets.

January 24, 2013

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Bill Would Fund Goose Pond Visitor Center

A bill in the state legislature seeks to raise funds for construction of a visitor and learning center at the Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area.

January 24, 2013

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Senate Committee Unanimously Approves New Gaming Bill

The bill adds mobile gaming devices to off-track betting sites, eliminates taxes on free-play coupons and allows live-dealer games in racetrack casinos.

January 24, 2013

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Chief Justice Dickson Promotes Technology Upgrades In Courts

The chief justice says the value of technology lies in manages court information across the state and connecting courts to other government agencies.

January 24, 2013

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Senate Gives Priority To Bill Increasing School Security

The bill sets aside $10 million in a grant fund to help schools find the money for a security coordinator.

January 24, 2013

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Flu Death Toll Rises To 40 In Indiana

This year's deaths have significantly outpaced recent years.

January 24, 2013

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Education Funding’s Role In The Debate Over Pence’s Tax Cut

State Republicans are lukewarm on the governor’s proposal, preferring allocate more than $300 million to education.

January 24, 2013

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First Lady Undergoes Gall Bladder Surgery

Karen Pence had her gall bladder removed at a St. Vincent Hospital outpatient surgery center on the north side of Indianapolis.

January 24, 2013

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Indiana Career Council Receives Bipartisan Support

House Speaker Brian Bosma and House Minority Leader Scott Pelath are sponsoring a bill to bring together Indiana’s education and workforce development sectors.

January 24, 2013

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Pence’s Tax Cut May Be Political Liability

One political science professor says studies have shown most governors do not benefit politically by cutting taxes.

January 24, 2013

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Senator Lugar To Teach At Indiana University

Richard Lugar will serve as a distinguished scholar at IU’s School of Global and International Studies.

January 24, 2013

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Hoosier Women Look Forward To Combat Duty

Female soldiers in Indiana say they see opportunities in the Pentagon's decision to lift the ban on women serving as combat troops.

January 25, 2013

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How Glenda Ritz Will Navigate Statehouse Politics

As the first Democrat in nearly four decades to become state superintendent, Ritz must navigate the tricky politics of the GOP-controlled statehouse.

January 25, 2013

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Senate Leaders, Governor Differ On Transportation Funding

Governor Mike Pence wants to use surplus dollars to fund transportation projects, but Senate leaders want a more permanent solution.

January 25, 2013

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Expanded Gaming Might See Opposition In Legislature

Senate President Pro Tem David Long says the more serious opposition to the bill is likely to center on its fiscal impact.

January 25, 2013

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Republic Airways Reaches Deal With American Airlines

The company is buying 47 new Embraer E175 planes as part of the deal.

January 25, 2013

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Noon Edition Hosts Discussion On Gun Control

This week on Noon Edition, we'll talk with local law enforcement, gun sellers, and experts about the challenges involved with regulating firearms.

January 25, 2013

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Lawmakers: 2013 Session More ‘Laid Back’ Than Under Daniels

Some lawmakers worry the beginning of the session will foster more cooperation than the end.

January 25, 2013

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Pence, Ritz Find Common Ground In Career Education

While the governor and the state superintendent differ on the specifics of career education, they agree it should be a priority.

January 25, 2013

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Gun Shows, Background Checks Move To Center Of Debate

Gun control advocates have pushed for requiring background checks, but gun owners say private sales are protected under the Second Amendment.

January 25, 2013

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USPS Hires Temporary Positions Because Of Budget Issues

The U.S. Postal Service is hiring hundreds of letter carriers, but they will be temporary jobs.

January 25, 2013

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Putnam Airport Seeking Community Funds For Runway Remodeling

Putnam County Airport is looking to the community to contribute funds to help repave and remodel the runways.

January 26, 2013

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Week In Review: Budget Rules Legislative Discussions

Governor Mike Pence pushed his budget in his first State of the State address, but legislators are not on board with all his ideas.

January 28, 2013

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Last Of The Moonshiners Tell Their Stories

Moonshine production was prevalent from the 1850s through the 1960s, but few people are making it today and stories may soon be all that is left.

January 28, 2013

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The GOP And Taxes: In The States, It Can Get Complicated

Gov. Mike Pence is one of several Indiana governors seeking tax cuts in their states.

January 28, 2013

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Several Factors Responsible For Drop In Union Membership

Indiana union membership dropped 20 percent from 2011 to 2012, but union leaders say right to work is not the cause.

January 28, 2013

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Pence Proposes A Rebuilding Year For Indiana’s Colleges

Gov. Mike Pence is calling for $37.9 million in “repair and rehabilitation” for Indiana’s seven state universities.

January 28, 2013

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Online Sales Tax Might Change Where Students Buy Textbooks

This summer, Indiana will begin collecting a 7 percent sales tax on products bought from online retailers, a cost that will likely be passed on to consumers.

January 28, 2013

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Monroe County School Board Reviews Student Media Policy

MCCSC is reviewing its policy that outlines rules for school-sponsored student publications and productions.

January 28, 2013

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Kokomo Mayor Considers Spending $3 Million On Neighborhoods

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight says he might use $2.8 million in tax revenue to upgrade rundown neighborhoods.

January 29, 2013

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Bill Would Give County Residents Vote On Mass Transit Plan

A House committee will vote Wednesday on a bill that would allow Marion and Hamilton County voters to decide whether to raise local income taxes.

January 29, 2013

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Athletic Association Toughens Up On Recruiting Practices

Non-school sponsored athletic facilities are conducting clinics for students and trying to influence them to attend a school where they are coaching.

January 29, 2013

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Indianapolis City-County Council Increases Venue Ticket Tax

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said the money will go to support the Capital Improvement Budget and to offset the cost of public safety.

January 29, 2013

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Schools Urged To Offer Sports For Students With Disablities

Department of Education officials last week urged local educators to provide more opportunities for students with disabilities to participate in sports.

January 29, 2013

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Loss Of Trees To Emerald Ash Borer Could Be Causing Deaths

Emerald ash borers have killed more than 100 million trees in the U.S., and that correlates to a rise in human deaths, a new study finds.

January 29, 2013

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Bloomington Homeless March In Protest Of Jaywalking Tickets

The group marched from the Shalom Center to the Herald-Times to protest citations given to homeless people last week.

January 29, 2013

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Boil Water Advisory Issued For Bloomington Neighborhood

The city of Bloomington has issued a boil water advisory for the area near Fairwood Terrace Neighborhood.

January 29, 2013

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Bill Tightening Sale Of Cold Meds Passes Committee

The bill, which would tighten the amount of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine Hoosiers could buy annually, is headed to the state Senate.

January 29, 2013

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Bloomington Economic Group To Boost Entrepreneur Services

Bloomington and Ivy Tech leaders are launching an initiative to give entrepreneurs more technology and training.

January 29, 2013

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UPDATE: Storm Damage Reports Coming In

Snow showers will be possible across portions of the region late Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday evening.

January 30, 2013

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New Bill Targets Retailers To Stop Synthetic Drugs

A Senate committee has approved a bill to suspend merchant retail licenses for one year if they are caught selling the drugs.

January 30, 2013

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Legislators Draft Anti-Cyber Bullying Legislation

One state lawmaker thinks it is time to ban fake Twitter and other social media accounts involving teachers and other school employees.

January 30, 2013

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Teachers Split On New Common Core Standards

Some parents and teachers say the new English language arts and math standards for the Common Core are not as strong as what Indiana had before.

January 30, 2013

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Lawmakers Push For Financial Literacy Curriculum

The bill would encourage schools to teach financial literacy skills such as investing, balancing a checkbook and applying for loans.

January 30, 2013

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Crews Work To Restore Power After Storm

Most of the damage was concentrated in Greene County.

January 30, 2013

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Kokomo City Hall To Get $800,000 Facelift

The plans include adding silver and brass-colored panels to the building's exterior.

January 30, 2013

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Pence Names Judge As New Dept. Of Child Services Head

Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura will be the third person to head the Department of Child Services within the past seven months.

January 30, 2013

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Businesses Reluctant To Add Additional Credit Card Swipe Fee

A new law allows businesses to pass on credit card fees to their customers, but many say they're too worried they'd lose business if they did.

January 30, 2013

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Education Advocates Seek Formal Rules On Seclusion Rooms

Special education advocates urged state lawmakers Wednesday to adopt formal rules governing the use of seclusion and restraint in schools.

January 30, 2013

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Purdue Boilermakers Prove No Match For IU Hoosiers

The Hoosiers trampled the Boilermakers with a final score of 97-60.

January 31, 2013

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IU Health Center Runs Out Of Flu Vaccines

The IU Health Center is out of flu shots, but most other providers in Monroe county still have the vaccine.

January 31, 2013

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Purdue Researches Safer Polymer-Lined Football Helmet

Purdue researchers have developed new helmet technology that would massively decrease the shock to the brain resulting from on-field impact.

January 31, 2013

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Two Tornados Touched Down Wednesday Morning During Storms

The first touched down near Elizabeth in Harrison County, and the second twister landed near West Baden Springs in Orange County.

January 31, 2013

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Explaining Common Core Standards To Students & Parents

Teachers have been tasked with explaining key changes of the new Common Core standards not just to students but to parents.

January 31, 2013

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GOP Could Decide Next Week To Push For Gay Marriage Ban

Republican lawmakers are wary about trying to pass a state constitutional amendment because the Supreme Court is scheduled to rule on a similar case this year.

January 31, 2013

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Cracks Develop Along Newly Opened Interstate 69

There are several sizeable cracks in the asphalt just south of the Patoka River Bridge on the Pike/Gibson County Line.

January 31, 2013

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Bill Would Create Commission To Oversee Children’s Issues

The Commission on Children's Issues would oversee Indiana's 31 boards, commissions, committees and agencies that deal with children.

January 31, 2013

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School Hopes Art Will Help Preschoolers Learn

A partnership between Fairview Elementary and Ivy Tech where students learn through art is expanding to preschool students next fall.

February 1, 2013

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WEDDING RING

A Message To Lawmakers: A Dozen Gay Marriages In Bloomington

Elected officials, along with members of the clergy and a dozen local couples, took a symbolic stand against Indiana’s gay marriage ban Thursday night.

February 1, 2013

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Terre Haute Councilman Pushes To Get Neighborhood City Water

A city councilman is pushing to incorporate one neighborhood’s private wells into the city’s water system because residents are afraid of water contamination.

February 1, 2013

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I-70 Open After Multi-Vehicle Crash Thursday Afternoon

A massive chain reaction crash involving 35 to 40 vehicles stalled traffic on I-70 near State Road 267 in Hendricks County.

February 1, 2013

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Join A Live Chat On Women In The Military

This week on Noon Edition, we sit down with women who have served in the military to talk about their views on serving in combat roles.

February 1, 2013

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Bloomington City Council Likely To Postpone Parking Vote

City Council President Darryl Neher and Mayor Mark Kruzan say they would like more time to consider the plan that would implement metered parking downtown.

February 1, 2013

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House Minority Leader: Governor Needs Better Jobs Strategy

Scott Pelath says Mike Pence needs to provide a more detailed vision on job creation.

February 1, 2013

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How Common Core Is Dividing Early Educators

Some early education experts argue 5- and 6-year-olds are too young to master the skills required by Common Core standards.

February 1, 2013

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A Week In Review At The Indiana Statehouse

Governor Mike Pence chose a new head for the Department of Child Services, and the Senate committee considered tightening the ban on synthetic drugs.

February 1, 2013

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Indiana Sees Rise In Meth Production, Busts

1,437 meth labs were uncovered by law enforcement in 2011, an increase from the 1,395 labs found in 2010.

February 1, 2013

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Bloomington Residents Worried About Waste Facility Expansion

Residents of the Near West Side neighborhood say the expansion of a solid waste facility could have lastly negative effects.

February 2, 2013

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IU Prepares For Biggest Game Of Season Against #1 Michigan

The IU Hoosiers (#3) take on the University of Michigan Wolverines (#1) Saturday at 9 p.m.

February 2, 2013

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IU Hoosiers Topple #1 Michigan, 81-73

The IU Hoosiers have defeated the Michigan Wolverines in one of the most anticipated games of the year.

February 4, 2013

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Indiana To Re-evaluate Sunday Alcohol Sales

The state House of Representatives will have its first-ever committee hearing on Sunday alcohol sales this week.

February 4, 2013

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Study: Indiana Taxes Disadvantage Low-Income Groups

A report suggests that the state's new tax structure might hurt middle to low income groups.

February 4, 2013

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IU Digitizes Archives Of 19th Century Literary Society

Indiana University is digitizing its archives of the Athenian Society--one of its oldest student organizations.

February 4, 2013

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Local Schools Seek To Accommodate Students In Sports

A Department of Education ruling says schools must accommodate students with disabilities in sports programs but does not provide additional funding to do so.

February 4, 2013

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English Teacher Drops Legends Of King Arthur For JFK

Because of Indiana’s transition to new academic standards, teachers are incorporating nonfiction into their curriculum to prepare students for state tests.

February 4, 2013

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Bill Would Allow Children To Referee Soccer Again

The bill would allow 12- to 14-year-olds to referee soccer games after the Indiana Department of Labor ruled the practice violated child labor laws.

February 4, 2013

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IU Men’s Basketball Ranks #1 In New AP Poll

The Hoosiers have risen to the top of the polls again after defeating No. 1 Michigan.

February 4, 2013

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Marion County Prosecutor, State To Target Unemployment Fraud

The partnership aims to reduce unemployment insurance fraud.

February 4, 2013

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Chinese Scholar Detained On Way To IU

Ilham Tohti was slated to be a visiting IU professor before he was detained by Chinese officials while trying to fly from Beijing to the United States.

February 5, 2013

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House Singles Out Amazon Sales Tax In Legislature

Members of the House of Representatives have complained Amazon negotiated a two-year grace period, then cut deals with other states that take effect sooner.

February 5, 2013

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Bill Aiming To Curb Vet Unemployment May Face Legal Issues

A Republican state senator wants each state agency to set aside 10 percent of its contracts each year for veteran-owned small businesses.

February 5, 2013

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Analyst: Republicans Shift Focus From Social Issues To Jobs

Brian Vargus says Republican Caucus leadership may be experiencing a "shift" on some social issues, including the proposed amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

February 5, 2013

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Vendors Look Forward To Expanded Kokomo Farmers Market

The Kokomo Farmers' Market is expanding to two locations beginning this spring.

February 5, 2013

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House Committee Hears Bill To Expand School Voucher Program

The bill would loosen the income requirements for families seeking vouchers to send their children to private schools.

February 5, 2013

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History Supports Indianapolis Mayor’s Plan To Manage Schools

The State Board of Education will consider Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s petition to assume control of the four IPS takeover schools Wednesday.

February 5, 2013

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Bloomington Chamber Makes Its Own Parking Recommendations

The Chamber of Commerce does not condemn the idea of metering more spots downtown but says the city should move forward slowly with its parking plans.

February 5, 2013

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MCCSC Adopts New Seclusion And Restraint Policies

New policies adopted by MCCSC teaches educators what 'cool down' method works best for students.

February 5, 2013

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Study: Climate Change Could Push Indiana Bats Out Of State

Rising summer temperatures in the Midwest could push the Indiana bat to cooler climates in the Eastern United States, a study predicts.

February 5, 2013

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Law Schools Say Student Investment Worth It In Long Run

The nonprofit watchdog group Law School Transparency has been critical of law schools that advertise the potential success of graduates.

February 6, 2013

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Indiana House Calls For Stricter Background Checks

State lawmakers push a bill making background checks tougher for teachers.

February 6, 2013

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Bill Relaxing Superintendent Requirements Passes House

The legislation would allow local school boards to hire a superintendent who does not hold a superintendent’s license or a teacher’s license.

February 6, 2013

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Farmers Lobby For New Property Tax Formula

Indiana Farm Bureau has been lobbying for a formula that would compare soil productivity to a state average and leave management practices out of the equation.

February 6, 2013

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January Revenue Report Strong, Sales Tax Revenue Lags

January revenues were higher than predicted, but sales tax revenues are falling short of predictions for this fiscal year.

February 6, 2013

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Schools Not Waiting For State Law To Boost Security

The Vigo County Sheriff has announced a plan to add 10 police officers to county's rural schools.

February 6, 2013

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Student Group Says Bill Censoring Social Media Goes Too Far

Indiana lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it illegal for someone to create a fake social media profile of a teacher.

February 6, 2013

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State Board Hands Control Of Schools To Indy Mayor’s Office

The State Board of Education voted Wednesday to hand over four takeover schools to the office of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.

February 6, 2013

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Sunday Alcohol Sales Debate Heats Up At Statehouse

Advocates against Sunday sales say deregulation would hurt small liquor stores.

February 6, 2013

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Lawmakers Consider New Specialty License Plate Requirements

State lawmakers say they are trying to create a more organized and consistent way to regulate specialty license plates.

February 6, 2013

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IU Football Signs 22 Players

Coach Kevin Wilson expressed his excitment Wednesday after the Hoosier football team signed 22 new players for the 2013 season.

February 6, 2013

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USPS Planning To Reduce Mail Delivery

United States Postal Service officials are planning to reduce mail delivery due to other competition and lack of government support.

February 7, 2013

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Terre Haute Considers Trash Fee, Food And Beverage Tax

The city has lost over $24 million in projected property tax collections in the last four years.

February 7, 2013

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IU, Purdue Against Giving Regional Campuses More Autonomy

Senator Jim Banks to introduced a bill to let regional campuses offer their own degree programs.

February 7, 2013

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New Madrid Fault Prompts Midwest Earthquake Drills

Homeowners, schools and businesses will do earthquake preparedness drills Thursday across Indiana and the Midwest at 10 a.m.

February 7, 2013

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Study: Rise In Gas Prices Could Double Bus Ridership By 2035

Numbers from Ball State University show the state's bus ridership could more than double in the next 20 years.

February 7, 2013

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Where Glenda Ritz Stands On The Common Core

The state superintendent says she wants to talk more about a set of nationally-crafted academic standards Indiana is already rolling out in some classrooms.

February 7, 2013

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Indiana GOP Will Not Take Up Amendment Banning Gay Marriage

Republican lawmakers said Thursday they would not vote this session on a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

February 7, 2013

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Businesses Ask Governor To Prioritize Technology, I-69

Bloomington business leaders meeting Thursday with Mike Pence say the governor should do more to include IT companies in his jobs plan.

February 7, 2013

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Terre Haute Mayor Seeks To Cut Costs With New Health Clinic

Duke Bennett estimates the clinic will cost about $200,000 up front but will save the city money in the long run.

February 7, 2013

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Donnelly Introduces Bill To Align Jobs Training With Demand

Senator Joe Donnelly wants to allocate more federal funding to programs that train people in fields with the highest demand.

February 7, 2013

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Astronaut Calls Indiana Statehouse From Space Station

Kevin Ford, a University of Notre Dame alum, participated in a question and answer session Thursday while in the U.S. Space Station.

February 7, 2013

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Illinois Upsets No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers At The Buzzer, 74-72

Illinois' Tyler Griffey made a buzzer beating layup to upset Indiana 74-72.

February 8, 2013

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Oral History Finds Kokomo AIDS Controversy Is Not History

The Howard County Historical Society has completed an oral history of the Ryan White controversy that took place in the 1980s.

February 8, 2013

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Brown County Schools: No Layoffs Despite Budget Gap

The district has seen enrollment decline by about 200 students in the past five years.

February 8, 2013

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2012 Drought Contributes To Lowest Cattle Herd Since 1952

The dry weather ravaged feed supplies, sharply drove up corn and soybean prices and forced cattle producers to reduce their herds.

February 8, 2013

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Voucher-Style Pre-K Pilot Gets House Education Committee OK

Indiana is one of 11 states that doesn’t provide public money for preschool, but lawmakers are considering a plan to enroll 1,000 kids in a voucher-style pilot.

February 8, 2013

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Democrats Urge More Debate on Implementing ACA

Democratic lawmakers called out the GOP on Friday, saying they have to stop sidestepping the issue.

February 8, 2013

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Bill Would Keep Out-Of-State Students From Voting In Indiana

Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) says the bill will help elevate residency guidelines.

February 8, 2013

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Gun Rights Supporters Demonstrate At Statehouse

Several members of Oath Keepers carried their guns openly during a demonstration at the Indiana capitol on Friday.

February 8, 2013

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Hoosier Veteran Laid to Rest After 60 Years

After more than six decades, a soldier's funeral will be held in Brazil on Saturday.

February 9, 2013

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Week In Review: Gay Marriage Ban, Sunday Alcohol Sales

The legislature considered bills on Sunday alcohol sales and the state's voucher program, while GOP leaders said they would not take up a ban on gay marriage.

February 9, 2013

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Indiana Congressman Introduces Conceal And Carry Law

The bill would create a federal law to allow anyone to conceal and carry a gun, regardless of state laws.

February 10, 2013

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Fire Displaces All Residents Of IU Fraternity House

A fire has displaced more than 60 Indiana University students living at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

February 11, 2013

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Pope Benedict XVI Is Resigning

For the first time in nearly 600 years, a pope is resigning from his post as leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

February 11, 2013

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High Performing Students May Get Loans Reduced For Teaching

The government might shave $9,000 from student loans in exchange for 3 years of teaching specialized subjects.

February 11, 2013

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Soldier’s Funeral Held 60 Years After His Death

Cpl. Robert Archer was killed in the 1950s during the Korean War, but his remains were just recently returned to the U.S.

February 11, 2013

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Seven Charter Schools Fighting Closure, By The Numbers

Seven Indiana charter schools are in danger of closure because they are not meeting academic performance objectives.

February 11, 2013

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Monroe County Schools To Host Safety Forum

The Monroe County Community School Corporation is hosting a public discussion 7 p.m. Monday to discuss the district's safety policies.

February 11, 2013

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IU Still Ranks #1 In New AP Poll

The AP rankings released Monday keep the IU Hoosiers in the top spot for NCAA basketball.

February 11, 2013

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Columbus Police Department Giving Officers Pay Incentives

The Columbus Police Department is seeking ways to retain its personnel after losing several officers to neighboring police agencies.

February 11, 2013

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Catholic Church Leaders Reflect On Pope’s Resignation

The head of the Catholic Archdiocese in Indianapolis says he could tell Pope Benedict XVI was physically aging but insists his mind is still sharp.

February 11, 2013

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Flu Deaths Rise To 52, Hospitals Seeing Fewer Flu Patients

The Indiana State Department of Health confirmed Monday 52 people have died from the flu, even as flu activity appears to be going down.

February 11, 2013

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‘Right to Hunt and Fish’ Amendment Passes Senate

The bill's author says hunting and fishing rights need to be protected, but opponents worry it would limit state regulation.

February 12, 2013

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Fruit Fly Mutations May Help Predict Human Diseases

The study explains how mutations interact with one another, leading to a better understanding of how human diseases change over time.

February 12, 2013

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Church Opinions Mixed, As Boy Scouts Consider Policy On Gays

Local churches react to the Boy Scouts of America policy change proposal, which will be announced in May.

February 12, 2013

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Sullivan County Residents Call For Prom Banning Gays

A group of supporters met over the weekend to plan a separate "traditional prom" for Sullivan High School students that would prohibit gays from attending.

February 12, 2013

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Parents Voice Concerns At Monroe County School Safety Forum

MCCSC officials said they wanted parents’ input on the district’s security measures because of the Newtown shooting last December.

February 12, 2013

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Southern Indiana Receives Federal Wine Designation

The federal government has given South Central Indiana a prestigious American Viticultural Area designation.

February 12, 2013

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Preschool Backers Hope Obama Will Make A Pre-K Push

Some early education advocates are expecting a new policy proposal during the State of the Union, despite a lack of funding.

February 12, 2013

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Legislators Focus On Veterans As Jobs Bill Passes House

Legislation that would create the Indiana Career Council passed the Indiana House on Tuesday.

February 12, 2013

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Slideshow: IU Baseball Stadium Nears Completion

Construction on Indiana University's baseball stadium is set to be finished for the team's first home game.

February 13, 2013

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BOAH Updates Meat Testing Requirements

State-inspected meat processing facilities in Indiana must now receive clear test results on their meat products before shipping them.

February 13, 2013

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Owen County Seeks Second Court To Reduce Backups

A bill still waiting for an Indiana House committee hearing would add a second circuit court judge in Owen County.

February 13, 2013

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Alternative Energy Vehicle Owners Might Pay New State Fees

As electricity, natural gas and other alternative fuels gain in popularity, the gas tax -- a primary source of road funding -- is bringing in less money.

February 13, 2013

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Martinsville Businesses Seek Downtown Renovations

The city of Martinsville is using a $50,000 grant to revitalize downtown and attract more businesses and tourists.

February 13, 2013

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Concussion Education Bill Moving Forward

Legislation requiring concussion education passed a Senate committee Wednesday.

February 13, 2013

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Sunday Sales Appear Dead In Committee

The Public Policy Committee failed to meet Wednesday, thereby not voting on the measure.

February 13, 2013

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Compromise Keeps Indiana In The Common Core — For Now

The Senate Education Committee amended a proposal to withdraw Indiana from the Common Core. The state will continue to follow the new standards pending review.

February 13, 2013

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Downtown Spencer Wine Room Passes Legal Hurdle

Members of Owen County’s Alcoholic Beverage Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to recommend approval of the Owen Valley Winery’s downtown tasting room.

February 13, 2013

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Republicans Reject Medicaid Expansion

They propose instead to continue using the Healthy Indiana Plan.

February 13, 2013

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Indiana Lawmakers Respond To State Of The Union

Indiana Republicans take issue with President Obama's stance on financial reform in Tuesday's State of the Union.

February 13, 2013

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IU Hoosiers Easily Defeat Nebraska Cornhuskers, 76-47

The No.1 Hoosiers beat Nebraska on Wednesday with Cody Zeller leading the team in scoring.

February 14, 2013

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Domestic Violence Programs Might Receive Federal Funding

Indiana stands to get over $16 million to fund services and programs to assist victims of domestic violence.

February 14, 2013

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Supporters Defend Pence’s Tax Cut At Committee Hearing

A parade of citizens and business owners filled the committee‘s final preliminary hearing, to echo arguments for slashing income tax by 10 percent.

February 14, 2013

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Bartholomew Co. May Limit Employee Hours To Cut Health Costs

Thirty to 40 part-time employees are facing the prospect of limited work hours because the county does not want to pay for their health care.

February 14, 2013

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Might Charter Schools Set To Close Still Be The Best Option?

It is not clear the seven Ball State charters slated for closure are the best in their neighborhoods. But some parents say they had nowhere better to go.

February 14, 2013

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Bill To Improve Indianapolis Motor Speedway Passes Committee

The bill would allocate $5 million in tax revenue each year for the next 20 years to renovate the speedway.

February 14, 2013

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Senate Leader Calls For Amendment To Limit Federal Spending

The Senate President Pro Tem David Long is seeking to cap federal spending through a U.S. constitutional amendment.

February 14, 2013

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Bill Funding More School Resource Officers Passes Committee

The bill provides up to $50,000 to each school district for additional school resource officers.

February 14, 2013

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Indiana Trees Still Suffering From Summer Drought

Foresters say some tree species may never return the strength they had before the 2012 drought.

February 14, 2013

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Kokomo School Buses Being Fitted With Wi-Fi, GPS

The Kokomo-Center Consolidated School Corporation says the system will help it better track the buses and encourage students to do more homework.

February 14, 2013

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Future Of Rockport Coal Gasification Plant In Limbo

The Rockport plant would take coal and process it into various substances, including synthetic natural gas, which burns just like traditional natural gas.

February 14, 2013

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Senate Bill Targets Undercover Video Recordings

A bill, which has passed out of a Senate committee, would make it illegal to take photographs or video in a private businesses without the owners’ permission.

February 15, 2013

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Indiana Richter Scale Registers North Korea Nuclear Test

Sensors pick up 25 to 30 small events every day but those are usually associated with blasting at rock quarries and surface mines around the state and region.

February 15, 2013

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House Unveils Budget That Strays From Pence’s Proposal

House Republicans unveiled a budget Friday that spends significantly more than Governor Pence has proposed.

February 15, 2013

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Airline Merger Could Cause Changes At Indianapolis Airport

The US Airways, American Airlines merger will create the third largest airlines in terms of passengers at the Indianapolis airport.

February 15, 2013

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Democrats Vow Floor Vote On Pence Tax Cuts

The House Republicans' budget does not include the governor's desired tax cuts, but House Democrats want there to be a vote on the proposal.

February 15, 2013

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Scattered Snow Showers Could Reduce Visibilities

Scattered heavy snow showers expected through late afternoon.

February 15, 2013

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House Republicans Budget Would Restore K-12 Funding

The House budget unveiled Friday would restore K-12 education funding above 2010 levels.

February 15, 2013

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U.S. House Votes To Freeze Federal Wages

The bill passed almost exclusively along party lines, with only two Democrats crossing the aisle to vote for the pay freeze.

February 15, 2013

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IU Residence Hall Rates To Increase 3.4 Percent

Indiana University Trustees voted for the increase to cover building renovation costs.

February 15, 2013

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How Much Will Common Core Cost?

National think tanks say the Common Core could cost Indiana between $68 million and $238 million.

February 16, 2013

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GOP Budget Indicates Medicaid Expansion Is Unlikely

The budget proposed Friday does not include money for Medicaid expansion in Indiana.

February 16, 2013

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Johnson County Plans Lake For Park

Johnson County officials are looking for new ways to attract people to county parks.

February 16, 2013

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Statehouse Week In Review: Career Council, Health Care

Legislators considered a state constitutional amendment on hunting and fishing and a bill creating the Indiana Career Council and debated expanding Medicaid.

February 16, 2013

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Flu Deaths Rise to 56 In Indiana

State Health Department officials are still urging Hoosiers to take precautions against the flu.

February 16, 2013

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IU Basketball Stomps Purdue Again, 83-55

With home court advantage, the IU Hoosiers beat their rival by more than 25 points for the second time this season.

February 18, 2013

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Farmer’s Fight With Monsanto Reaches Supreme Court

Sandborn resident Vernon Bowman is charged with planting Monsanto's patented seeds.

February 18, 2013

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House To Consider Legislative Action To Curb Bullying

Greg Porter (D-Indianapolis) has authored a bill that addresses bullying in schools across the state.

February 18, 2013

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Report: Black Men Receive Longer Prison Sentences

Sentencing Commission report shows black men receive up to 19.5 percent longer terms than white males.

February 18, 2013

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Memorials To Be Held For Two EMTS Members Killed On Duty

The two EMTS workers were driving on Senate Street in Indianapolis when they were struck by a driver.

February 18, 2013

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Homeowners Wage Fight To Remove Homes From Floodplain

Several Indiana homeowners have been forced to pay for flood insurance since the state's floodplain maps were redrawn.

February 18, 2013

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Indiana House Committee Approves GOP Budget Proposal

The committee approved Monday the Republican budget proposal, which includes increased funding for infrastructure and K-12 education.

February 18, 2013

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Eliminating Olympic Wrestling Could Impact College Teams

Coaches say the decision could keep younger athletes from joining the sport, but a former gold medalist explains the decision was a long time coming.

February 18, 2013

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On K-12 Spending, How Far Apart Are Pence And House GOP?

The House GOP proposal calls for a nearly $344 million increase in general funding for K-12 education. Pence’s proposed budget calls for $263 million.

February 18, 2013

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Morgan County Home Sales Increase 88 Percent From 2012

Even though the county saw a large percentage increase, only 77 sales were complete or pending at the end of the month, up from 41 last January.

February 18, 2013

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Hospital Groups Partner To Implement Affordable Care Act

Wishard-Eskenazi Health and Community Health Network are seeking to reduce duplicate services.

February 18, 2013

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Democrats’ Backup For Medicaid Expansion Fails In The House

Rep. Ed DeLaney's proposal would have expanded Medicaid if the federal government did not approve the state's request to use the Healthy Indiana Plan.

February 18, 2013

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House Passes Bill To Create Preschool Pilot Program

The bill that would allocate money for low-income children to attend preschool passed by an overwhelming majority.

February 19, 2013

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Vehicle Data Recorders Might Tread On Privacy Rights

A new proposal is going through Congress that could require all cars sold by Sept. 1, 2014 to have electronic data recorders.

February 19, 2013

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Senate Committee Re-Working Pence Tax Cut

Instead of the two-year phase-in Governor Pence proposes, a new plan would phase it in over four years.

February 19, 2013

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Building Documents To Blame For Flood Plain Designations?

Monroe County resident John Talbott must pay for flood insurance because architectural renderings were not followed when building his house.

February 19, 2013

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Indiana Budget Passes House Committee

The budget spearheaded by House Republicans passed the Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday along party lines.

February 19, 2013

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Colleges Could See Record Cash Levels For Building Projects

The House Ways and Means Committee approved a $30 billion budget Tuesday that includes $57 million in “repair and rehabilitation” aid for the state’s colleges.

February 19, 2013

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IU Prof. Earns Patent For Twitter Stock Prediction Program

Johan Bollen's software aims to predict the stock market using Twitter feeds.

February 19, 2013

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Emerald Ash Borer Infecting Indiana State University Trees

The bug was recently found on the ISU campus, but university officials say they have a plan combat the ash borer.

February 19, 2013

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INDOT Begins Road Closures In Monroe County For I-69 Work

Carter Road will close just east of the Monroe/Greene county line. Cul-de-sacs will be constructed through construction where crossroads meet up with Carter Rd.

February 19, 2013

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IU Provost To Recommend Journalism, Telecom Merger

During her state of the campus address, IU Provost Lauren Robel said she would recommend the merger of four schools.

February 19, 2013

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IU Hoosiers Squeak By Michigan State Spartans, 72-68

The IU Hoosiers defeated No. 4 Michigan State on Tuesday, pulling ahead in the last minute of the game.

February 20, 2013

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Third Round Of Synthetic Drug Legislation Bans “Look-Alikes”

Look-alikes are substances similar to already banned drugs, but do not necessarily contain anything on the state’s list of banned compounds.

February 20, 2013

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Senate Passes Speedway Track Improvement Assistance Funding

The Speedway might pocket up to $5 million a year in sales, income and corporate taxes collected within the Speedway property.

February 20, 2013

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US Supreme Court Hears Seed Patent Case

Vernon Bowman used seeds from crops he grew at his Southwest Indiana farm, but those seeds were patented by Monsanto, a company that quickly sued Bowman.

February 20, 2013

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What A Teacher Evaluation Looks Like In Wayne Township

Wayne Township schools have developed its own teacher evaluation system to comply with state law.

February 20, 2013

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Indiana House To Consider Criminal Code Overhaul Legislation

The legislation requires offenders to serve more jail time but also reduces penalties for lower-level felonies.

February 20, 2013

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Committee Passes Bill Requiring Ultrasounds Before Abortions

The bill would also mandate clinics distributing abortion-inducing drugs have the same facilities as surgical abortion centers.

February 20, 2013

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I-69 Road Closure Surprises Residents On Monroe/Greene Line

INDOT is closing Carter Road on the southwest side of Monroe County beginning Monday, but some residents say they did not receive enough advanced warning.

February 20, 2013

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Annexation Not Likely To Fix Holes In Bloomington Map

Three large sections of land that are owned by the county but within city limits will probably not be included when the city plans for further annexation.

February 21, 2013

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Child Sex Trafficking Challenges Indiana

The trafficking of children for sexual purposes is a greater problem in Indiana than Hoosiers might think.

February 21, 2013

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Bill Could Restore In-State Tuition For Immigrants’ Children

The Senate Education Committee has voted to restore the lower in-state rate for students who were already enrolled in state universities.

February 21, 2013

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Sexual Crime Awareness Group Proposes Strip Club “Pole Tax”

Indiana may become the fourth state in the country to adopt a so-called “pole-tax,” a cover charge imposed on strip-club patrons.

February 21, 2013

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Education Committee Votes To Toss School Grading System

Members of both parties are uniting behind a single message: the current school accountability system does not make sense.

February 21, 2013

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Snow, Ice Expected This Afternoon Through Friday Morning

A winter weather advisory remains in effect from 7 this evening to 10 a.m. Friday.

February 21, 2013

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Why So Many Teachers Still Hate Their Jobs

The 2012 MetLife Survey of the American Teacher shows only 39 percent of teachers told the MetLife Foundation they were “very satisfied” with their jobs.

February 21, 2013

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Monroe County Trucks Spend Day Pre-treating Roads For Ice

Each of the county's 27 trucks has been assigned to its own 28-mile route.

February 21, 2013

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WWII Fliers Push For More Black Commercial Aviators

The Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American military pilots, say there are too few African-American pilots in the commercial aviation industry.

February 21, 2013

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IU Journalism Staff Express Worries Over Proposed Merger

But IU-Bloomington Provost Lauren Robel says the move is a step forward for the university.

February 21, 2013

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Republicans Deny Vote On Pence Tax Cut

Democrats wanted a vote on a 10-percent income tax cut Governor Mike Pence proposed on the campaign trail.

February 21, 2013

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IU, DePauw Seek To Increase Number Of Women In Tech Fields

Indiana University says it plans to double the number of women in its tech fields.

February 22, 2013

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Senate Votes To Halt Common Core Standards

The bill targeting education standards in 45 states has been temporarily put aside.

February 22, 2013

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House Rejects Democrats’ Budget Proposal

A majority House vote ended the Democrat budget proposal aimed at K-12 funding and progressive tax cut.

February 22, 2013

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Indiana National Guard Faces Cuts If Budget Deal Fails

The Indiana National Guard may have to lay off or put some employees on furlough if national budget cuts take effect March 1.

February 22, 2013

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IDEM Drafts Regulations For Kokomo Contaminated Plant Site

Groundwater from a contaminated site will have to be pumped out and treated for about 30 more years to remove chemicals.

February 22, 2013

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Hostess Workers Eligible For Federal Assistance

The Trade Adjustment Assistance program is made available to workers who are displaced due to foreign imports or shifts in production out of the country.

February 22, 2013

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DNR Relies On Tips To Combat Rise In Poaching

Poaching has increased 6.5 percent in the past year, according to Department of Natural Resources statistics.

February 22, 2013

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What Happens When Teacher Evaluations Reveal Problems

Most schools say they try to work with teachers who are not meeting standards to identify why they are underperforming.

February 22, 2013

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Minority Leader: Tax Cut ‘No’ Vote A Sign Of Trouble For GOP

House Republicans and Governor Mike Pence have not seen eye-to-eye on a proposed 10-percent income tax cut.

February 23, 2013

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Ancient Fossils Discovered With Intact Bio Chemicals

Crinoid fossils from 350 million years ago have been found to contain intact biological chemicals.

February 23, 2013

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Week In Review: Budget, Pre-K and Abortion Bills

Legislators considered the budget, a bill that would fund preschool programs and another measure that requires ultrasounds before drug-induced abortions.

February 23, 2013

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Bedford Girls Basketball Headed To State Finals

Bedford North Lawrence High School’s girls’ basketball enters Saturday’s semi-state with a perfect record.

February 23, 2013

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Sequestration May Eliminate 24-Hour Air Traffic Towers

In the face of budget cuts, smaller airports may lose their 24 hour control towers.

February 23, 2013

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Greene County Wants To Clean Up With A New Ordinance

Greene County hopes to pass an ordinance which would clean up abandoned homes

February 25, 2013

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IU School of Medicine Finds Genetic Link To Alzheimer’s

The study found BCHE, a gene linked to memory loss, in living subjects.

February 25, 2013

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Bill Would Free High-Performing Schools From Regulations

Senator Mike Delph (R-Carmel) is proposing to reward high-performing schools with fewer state regulations.

February 25, 2013

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State Superintendent Reflects On First Weeks In Office

State Superintendent Glenda Ritz says she is in discussions with lawmakers about key education issues up for discussion this session.

February 25, 2013

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Long Term Climate Change Trends Worry Experts

Scientists looked at how potential climate change scenarios could affect crop production, human health and the global economy, among other things.

February 25, 2013

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Bill Would Mandate Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients

The bill's author says it is intended to 'help people help themselves,' but opponents call it offensive.

February 25, 2013

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Teacher On His Evaluation: ‘I’m My Own Worst Critic’

Teacher Wes Upton received high marks on his evaluation, but the ninth grade social studies teacher still sees room for improvement.

February 25, 2013

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White House Specifies Sequestration Cuts In Indiana

If Congress does not reach a budget deal by March 1, several programs in Indiana could be cut, the White House warns.

February 25, 2013

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Senate Removes One Ultrasound From Bill Regulating Abortions

The bill still requires women seeking drug-induced abortions to get a have an ultrasound before taking RU-486.

February 26, 2013

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Gaming Bill Passes Indiana Senate

Opponents and supporters of the legislation say a lot of work is still needed before the bill is ready for the governor’s signature.

February 26, 2013

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Jennings County: Highest Pregnancy Rate In Indiana

Rural Jennings County has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the state.

February 26, 2013

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House Passes $30 Billion Budget

The budget contains increased K-12 education funding, permanent infrastructure funding, and pays down some of the state’s debt.

February 26, 2013

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Sequestration Might Affect Middle Way House

If federal spending cuts take place Friday, Bloomington’s Middle Way House may be shuttered until a federal budget deal is reached.

February 26, 2013

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Head Start Programs Could Be Cut If Sequester Kicks In

Indiana will see cuts to its Head Start programs, but students will still attend class for the time being.

February 26, 2013

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House Speaker Would Like To See Changes To Gaming Bill

House Speaker Brian Bosma says he anticipates amendments to a bill that eases regulations on the gaming industry.

February 26, 2013

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Indiana Sees Jump In Teen Driver Deaths

Sixteen 16- and 17-year-olds died in driving accidents in the first six months of 2012, compared with only three the previous year.

February 26, 2013

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Senator Pulls Bill To Eliminate A-F School Grading System

Sen. Carlin Yoder wanted to work with a House bill, but that bill failed to pass.

February 26, 2013

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Indiana Senate Calls For Constitutional Convention

The Indiana Senate has voted in favor of a convention to consider constitutional amendments that would rein in federal spending.

February 26, 2013

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Indianapolis Air Show Canceled Because Of Budget Cuts

Indianapolis Air Show announced Tuesday it would cancel this year's show, fearing budget cuts from the federal sequestration.

February 26, 2013

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Bloomington Chamber Calls For Election Changes

Monroe County officials acknowledge there are problems, but there is widespread disagreement about solutions.

February 26, 2013

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Bill Requiring Ultrasound Before Abortion Moves To House

The Senate approved a bill that would require women to have an ultrasound before a drug-induced abortion.

February 26, 2013

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Senate Approves Bill On Rockport Coal Gasification Plant

The bill would require the state regulatory commission to look at the contract again if the state Supreme Court does not uphold it.

February 26, 2013

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IU Hoosiers Fall To Minnesota, 77-73

IU came up short against the University of Minnesota, making Tuesday's game the fourth time the Hoosiers have lost to an unranked team.

February 27, 2013

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Local Governments Worried About Loss Of Casino Revenue

A bill headed to the House would divert some of the revenue earmarked for local entities, and send it back to the casinos.

February 27, 2013

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Senate Passes Bill To Keep Medicaid Expansion Options Open

The bill directs the state to continue negotiations with the federal government, seeking a way to compromise on Medicaid expansion.

February 27, 2013

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Some Guard Members Would Receive Pay Cuts After Sequester

Indiana National Guard personnel are bracing for what could be a $7 million pay cut.

February 27, 2013

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WTIU Documentary To Explore High Rate Of Sexual Assault

Statistics show 17 percent of high-school-aged girls in Indiana have been raped, most often by a family member or trusted adult.

February 27, 2013

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Teacher Evaluation Law Changes How Administrators Work

Administrators in Indianapolis' Wayne Township are spending about half of their time in classrooms rather than in their offices.

February 27, 2013

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Environmental Groups File Suit Over I-69 Clean Water Permit

The groups say the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did not accurately assess the environmental impacts of filling in waterways to build I-69.

February 27, 2013

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Senator Seeks To Avoid Cuts, Governor Prepares For Them

Senator Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana) says he wants more flexibility in where cuts must happen, while Governor Mike Pence says the state is planning where to cut.

February 27, 2013

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Governor Pence Signs Farm Tax Bill Into Law

The first bill the governor signed into law prevents a $57 million in farm property tax increase.

February 27, 2013

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Indiana Reverses Decision To Suspend Unemployment Benefits

Indiana Department of Workforce Development says it must stop distributing federal unemployment benefits because of uncertainty surrounding sequestration.

February 28, 2013

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Pence Determined To Preserve Healthy Indiana Plan

Governor Mike Pence says he is not pursuing healthcare expansion under the Affordable Care Act through the Medicaid program.

February 28, 2013

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Kokomo Might Tap Reserves To Fund Planned Recyling Service

The city of Kokomo hopes to add curbside recycling by the end of the year and pay for it in part by lessening payments for trash hauling.

February 28, 2013

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Pence Pushes Income Tax Cut, Senate Unmoved

House GOP leadership left the governor’s tax cut out of their budget entirely and rejected an attempt by Democrats to amend it into the bill.

February 28, 2013

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Health Care Talks Continue But Medicaid Expansion Unlikely

Republican leaders say uncertainty about the financial burden placed on the state by Medicaid expansion likely eliminates that option.

February 28, 2013

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Chrysler To Invest $212 Million In Kokomo, Add 400 Jobs

Chrysler officials announced they will also build a new plant in Tipton County.

February 28, 2013

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Join A Live Discussion On Sexual Assault In Indiana

Join WTIU and WFIU tonight during the live premiere of Shadows of Innocence: Sexual Assault Among Indiana's Youth.

February 28, 2013

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Jobless Worry About State’s Stance On Unemployment Benefits

The Department of Workforce Development announced yesterday it would suspend unemployment benefits, then reversed that decision later in the day.

February 28, 2013

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Hoosier Reps Vote To Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act

If it had not been reauthorized, many women's groups were worried facilities that help women and men facing the threat of domestic violence could be closed.

February 28, 2013

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Since November 2012, Hostess has declared bankruptcy and has laid off some 18,000 people.

Hostess Bread Brands Auctioned Off

Hostess bread brands were auctioned off on Wednesday as a part of the company's liquidation of assets.

March 1, 2013

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Casino Bill Faces Uncertain Future

Legislators already differ on whether the bill amounts to an expansion of gambling.

March 1, 2013

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Nashville To Break Ground On Long-Awaited Salt Creek Trail

The multi-million dollar trail will provide a new recreation space for Brown County residents and visitors.

March 1, 2013

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Central Indiana Homes Sales On The Rise

While Hendricks County saw home sales rise significantly, Brown County saw sales drop during the same period.

March 1, 2013

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U.S. Attorney Warns Of Prosecutor Furloughs

U.S. Attorney's Office says budget cuts of between 5 percent and 8 percent means prosecutors will likely be furloughed without pay roughly two days per month.

March 1, 2013

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Does Indiana’s School Voucher Program Need Expansion?

Supporters of Indiana's fledgling school voucher initiative say expansion needs to not just fill slots but to create new seats at the state's private schools.

March 1, 2013

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Sequestration In Indiana: By The Numbers

A White House report outlines specific cuts that would likely be made in Indiana, but state agencies are still trying to determine how they will be implemented.

March 1, 2013

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Lawmakers Propose Reforms to Higher Education Financial Aid

Indiana lawmakers say making the state’s higher education scholarship programs easier to understand and use will help increase graduation rates.

March 1, 2013

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Purdue Announces Two-Year Tuition Freeze

President Mitch Daniels announced Friday his intentions to freeze tuition and most fees at current levels for the next two years.

March 1, 2013

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IU Hoosiers To Host Iowa Saturday

The No. 1 ranked Hoosiers will face the University of Iowa on Saturday at Assembly Hall.

March 1, 2013

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Sequestration Will Cost Some Student Workers Their Jobs

Some work study positions will disappear at Indiana University campuses, but the school’s flagship may be spared.

March 1, 2013

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Indiana To Reduce Federal Unemployment Benefits On March 30

The Department of Workforce Development announced Friday it would distribute full unemployment checks until March 30, then start cutting them by 10 percent.

March 2, 2013

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A Week In Review: Criminal Code, Budget, Abortion Drugs

At the Statehouse, the House passed a budget and a bill overhauling the state's criminal code. The Senate passed legislation regulating drug-induced abortions.

March 2, 2013

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Meetings To Be Held On New South Central Indiana Area Code

The 812 area code for Southern Indiana is set to run out of numbers by 2015.

March 2, 2013

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Brown County Schools Ask Parents For Help With Deficit

The Brown County School Corporation has sent questionnaires out to parents to gather input on a way to tackle the district's general fund deficit.

March 3, 2013

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IU Hoosiers Beat Iowa, 73-60

The Indiana Hoosiers beat the University of Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday for the second time this season.

March 3, 2013

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Bedford Girls Basketball Team Win State Championship

The Bedford North Lawrence girls basketball team defeated the Fort Wayne South Side Archers on Saturday 54-51 to become the state champions.

March 3, 2013

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IU Hoosiers Claim Share In Big Ten Title

The Indiana Hoosiers claimed a share in their first Big Ten Title on Sunday as they lead the conference by two wins.

March 4, 2013

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One Year After Tornadoes, Henryville Still Rebuilding

Several buildings in Henryville have been restored, but much work still needs to be done.

March 4, 2013

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Bill to Evaluate Cosmetologists Licensing

The ERASER committee has been proposed to replace an older licensing evaluation body.

March 4, 2013

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Senate Receives Criminal Code Overhaul Bill

The Indiana Senate is considering this week legislation overhauling the state's criminal code after the House passed the bill.

March 4, 2013

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IUPUI To Lead Team Investigating Ancient Coins In Australia

Ian McIntosh and a team of researchers are trying to find out how the thousand-year-old copper coins ended up in Australia.

March 4, 2013

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Kindergarteners Can Automatically Qualify For School Voucher

A provision in the voucher law allows families of students not already attending public schools to circumvent a one-year public school requirement.

March 4, 2013

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Climatologist: Indiana Farmland Recovered From Drought

A state climatologist says warm temperatures and day-long rains have helped the ground recover from last year's drought.

March 4, 2013

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Tom Crean Reflects on Hoosier Success And Challenges Ahead

The Hoosiers secured a share in the Big Ten Championship this weekend, but they still have several hurdles to overcome.

March 4, 2013

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March 27: Education’s Next Federal Budget Crisis

On March 27, the federal budget expires and money for most federal programs, including every education program, stops flowing.

March 4, 2013

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IU Not Pressured To Duplicate Purdue’s Tuition Freeze

Purdue University announced last week it would freeze tuition for two years, but IU says it will make decisions based on its own needs.

March 4, 2013

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Indianapolis Art Museum Cutting 29 Jobs

The Indianapolis Art Museum said Monday it needed to cut the jobs so it could rely more on donated and earned revenue for its operating expenses.

March 4, 2013

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Winter Storm Taking Aim On Central Indiana

A winter storm advisory is in effect from 7 a.m. Tuesday until 7 a.m. Wednesday.

March 4, 2013

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Kokomo Police Department Launches Horse Patrol Unit

Kokomo Police Department officers have begun training for the Mounted Patrol Unit, which will be used for special events.

March 4, 2013

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State, Crane Partner To Launch Defense Development Office

Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann announced Monday the newly created Office of Defense Development would be located in Bloomington.

March 5, 2013

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Indiana Outlines Plan To Minimize Sequestration Impact

Officials say the state should be able to absorb the cuts because it is in good fiscal condition.

March 5, 2013

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Pence

Pence’s Work Councils Proposal Receive Bipartisan Support

Proposed Indiana Works Councils would retool vocational education with the goal of creating a better-trained workforce.

March 5, 2013

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Rose-Hulman Announces New President

James Conwell has most recently worked as Vice President of Jacobs Engineering Group, a leading global company for engineering and technical services.

March 5, 2013

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Does It Matter That Most ‘MOOC’ Students Drop The Courses?

Skeptics of massive open online courses point to the large numbers of students who drop the course before it is over.

March 5, 2013

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Durham

National Lampoon Suing Durham Over Embezzlement

National Lampoon also filed suit against attorney John Tompkins, and others, who helped wire the money.

March 5, 2013

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Winter Storm Update: Rain Turns To Snow This Afternoon

A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow and sleet will cause travel difficulties and limited visibilities.

March 5, 2013

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Indianapolis

Indianapolis Democratic Councilman Switches To GOP

Evans says he grew tired of the "shenanigans" in the Marion County Democratic Party.

March 5, 2013

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Mitosis

IU Microscope Image To Be Displayed In Times Square

The detailed images the microscope produces are more than just pretty pictures. They could also be key to future scientific discoveries.

March 5, 2013

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WEDDING RING

Bloomington Will Not Join Court Brief Against DOMA

Officials did not know about a deadline to sign onto an amicus brief encouraging the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

March 5, 2013

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IU Fans Camp Out For Ohio State Game Despite Cold

Harsh weather did not stop dedicated IU fans from trying to get the best seats for the Hoosiers' last home game.

March 6, 2013

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Ohio State Upsets No. 2 IU Hoosiers, 67-58

Ohio State University beat the Indiana University men's basketball team Tuesday, but the Hoosiers still win a share in the Big Ten Championship.

March 6, 2013

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Wall Street

Stock Market Unfazed By Sequestration Cuts

The Dow hit a record high Tuesday, even though experts say investors have given up on the possibility that Congress and President Obama can compromise.

March 6, 2013

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money

Cities Recycle Vehicles For Extra Cash, Equipment

The city of Franklin appears to be following Columbus' lead in finding more money to pay for equipment.

March 6, 2013

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inmates

Criminal Code Changes May Keep Uninsured From Rehab

Some criminals receive social or drug rehabilitation services in county jails, but many others are referred to outside facilities during their incarceration.

March 6, 2013

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Group Holds Meetings To Combat Homelessness

The South Central Housing Network is leading efforts to craft a regional plan to address the state of homelessness in the area.

March 6, 2013

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Joe Donnelly

Donnelly Looking To Curb Military Suicides

Last year, more combat troops took their own life than died in combat in Afghanistan.

March 6, 2013

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IUPD

Greensburg Training New K-9 Drug Dog

Officials hope the dog will help crack down on illegal drug traffic in the city.

March 6, 2013

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mitch mcconnell

Political Scientist: GOP Likely To Get Blamed For Sequester

Both parties are pointing fingers when it comes to federal budget cuts, but IU professor Margie Hershey says Republicans are likely to get more of the blame.

March 6, 2013

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pill package

Legislators Change Proposed Cap On Medical Drug Purchases

Proposed legislation would impose a yearly cap that limits how much ephedrine and pseudoephedrine a person can purchase.

March 7, 2013

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martinsville

Martinsville Shop Owners Discuss Downtown Revitalization

Empty and dilapidated Martinsville businesses will apply for grant funding aimed as restoring the city’s downtown.

March 7, 2013

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nat guard

‘Combat To College’ Bill Aims To Assist Veteran Transition

Veterans may find it easier to go back to school under a bill working its way through the General Assembly.

March 7, 2013

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Telephone

IURC Seeks Public Input For Area Code Relief

A variety of public meetings will be held on the topic across the state.

March 7, 2013

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Shortridge High School

Interim IPS Chief Is Happy To Stay Interim

But Dr. Peggy Hinckley hopes to be more than just a placeholder for the next occupant of the central office.

March 7, 2013

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Zoeller

Attorney General Pushing For School Safety Bill

The measure would provide at least $10 million in matching grant money for Indiana schools to hire more school resource officers.

March 7, 2013

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AFP-Indiana state director Chase Downham

Tea Party Group Advocating For Pence Tax Cut

Americans for Prosperity will air TV ads in support of a tax cut even GOP lawmakers have expressed skepticism about.

March 7, 2013

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Grades

House Dems Give GOP Colleagues Mid-term Grades

Scott Pelath evaluated the House GOP on putting the middle class first, reinforcing traditional public schools and taking a break from divisive social issues.

March 7, 2013

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Kokomo-Center Schools Will Add ‘Kindermusik’ To Curriculum

The teacher who ran the program outside the school system for the last nine years is leaving.

March 8, 2013

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banned books

Ivy Tech Students And Faculty Read Banned Books

The group flaunted its First Amendment rights by reading banned books from Dr. Seuss, Kurt Vonnegut and others.

March 8, 2013

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statehouse

Higher Health Care Costs Cause Contention In Budget Hearings

The Senate Appropriations Committee got its first official look at the budget bill Thursday.

March 8, 2013

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police

IUPD Following Up On Anti-Gay Graffiti Suspects

Messages written in chalk started in front of the IU chemistry building and ended at the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity.

March 8, 2013

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area code hearing

Monroe County Residents Support Area Code Overlay

Residents say they would rather have two different area codes in the same region, than force some Hoosiers to get new phone numbers.

March 8, 2013

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Monroe County tower

FAA To Close Some Indiana Airport Control Towers

Some Indiana control towers will be closing due to pre-sequester cuts.

March 8, 2013

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7 Districts Asking Voters To Raise Their Taxes, Fund Schools

Voters in seven Indiana communities will go to the polls in May to decide whether they will raise their own property taxes to raise money for schools.

March 8, 2013

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juvenile offender at Madison Correctional Facility

Indiana Juvenile Recidivism Rate Drops After 2010 Peak

In 2012, 34 percent of juvenile offenders were rearrested within three years, compared to 39.2 percent in 2010.

March 8, 2013

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GM worker

Analysts: Indiana To See Strong Economic Growth This Year

Two recently published studies suggest Indiana’s economy may remain strong despite sequestration.

March 8, 2013

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Senate

Senate Democrats Agree With Major Parts Of GOP Budget

Ranking minority leaders say they agree with most of the Republican budget but would still like some changes to be made.

March 8, 2013

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man panhandling

Indianapolis Mayor Proposes Ban On Panhandling

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard called for a ban on panhandling during his State of the City address on Friday.

March 8, 2013

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construction at Tokarskis

Construction Begins Near I-69 Opponents’ Property

Construction began Friday behind the home of long-time I-69 detractors Thomas and Sandra Tokarski

March 9, 2013

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Indiana statehouse

Statehouse Week In Review: Budget And Prescription Drugs

Indiana legislators debated the state's budget and whether to restrict purchase of cold medications used for methamphetamine.

March 11, 2013

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Glenda Ritz

Superintendent Ritz Looks For Legislative Support

Ritz found support from the crowd about changing school testing in Indiana.

March 11, 2013

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foreclosed home

Many Claims Unfiled in Robo-Signing Foreclosure Settlement

More than 15,000 eligible claims were not filed, meaning some residents may have missed out on money which legally was theirs.

March 11, 2013

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IU

IU Men’s Basketball Team Wins Big-Ten Championship

IU is the top seed heading into this week’s Big Ten Conference Tournament at the United Center in Chicago.

March 11, 2013

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pigs

Bill Could Impede Farm and Factory Whistleblowers

Opponents say the public relies on whistleblower activity to promote regulation.

March 11, 2013

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test taking

GED Teachers Encourage Students to Pass Test Before Changes

The GED Testing Service will administer a new, harder exam starting on January 1, 2014.

March 11, 2013

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vectren north

Fewer Gas Customers Seeking Help Paying Bills

Vectren says it‘s a sign that more people are finding work, and it‘s also due to low natural gas prices.

March 11, 2013

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Camp Atterbury

New Office Focuses On Attracting Defense Industry

The Office of Defense Development will be located in Bloomington.

March 11, 2013

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statehouse

Statehouse Rally Calls For More Education Policy Changes

Democrats say Republicans need to stay true to their pledge and slow down on passing more sweeping education changes.

March 11, 2013

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Not enough computers may be the only obstacle to make all I-Step testing web-based by 2014

‘Teaching To The Test’: Is It A Problem? Is It Worth Fixing?

One scholar at a think tank that generally supports the increased testing says it’s time to address the claims of the “typical anti-test crowd” head-on.

March 12, 2013

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bartholomew county office

Bartholomew County Commissioners Consider Part-Time Work Cap

Under the Affordable Care Act, employers with fifty or more employees will need to provide health insurance to those working more than 30 hours per week.

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