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Right now on Indiana Newsdesk… in May residents in East Chicago learned their community had a severe lead problem. Months later and still not all residents have been able to move from their contaminated homes. Coming up how a new disaster declaration might finally send some assistance to the area.

The governor wants to make it easier for communities to establish needle exchanges. But his plan for less state involvement is facing some challenges. Chief among them, a general misunderstanding about exchanges. Just ahead, details on what the governor is proposing and how fewer restrictions still might not lead to big expansion of exchanges.

About two dozen bison are roaming a prairie in the northern part of the state. Conservationists recently brought them in. Ahead, we explain the important role they’re playing in land preservation.

Those stories, plus a round up of what happened this week at the statehouse and the latest headlines from across the state right now on Indiana Newsdesk.

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February 19, 2017

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The visitor’s area at Kankakee Sands is open from 7am to dusk every day of the year.

WATCH: Indiana Nature Conservancy Fosters Prairie Using Bison

The visitor’s area at Kankakee Sands is open from 7am to dusk every day of the year.

February 17, 2017

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East Chicago's Calumet neighborhood is an Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site.

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How a new disaster declaration might help East Chicago, state needle exchange challenges and the important role bison are playing in land preservation.

February 17, 2017

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East Chicago's Calumet neighborhood is an Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site.

Tonight At 6 On ‘Indiana Newsdesk’

How a new disaster declaration might help East Chicago, state needle exchange challenges and the important role bison are playing in land preservation.

February 17, 2017

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The Tippecanoe County Health Department has been working on a proposal for a syringe exchange program for more than a year.

Locals Could Soon Approve Needle Exchanges, But Still Lack Funding

Syringe exchange programs still face significant opposition from some officials, and funding the programs remains the largest barrier.

February 10, 2017

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The effects of Trump’s immigration ban in Columbus, how opioid abuse is leading to more child neglect cases and seniors using the Internet to find love.

February 10, 2017

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A Presbyterian church in Columbus has posted a banner that reads 'Immigrants and Refugees Welcome.'

Tonight At 6 On ‘Indiana Newsdesk’

The effects of Trump’s immigration ban in Columbus, how opioid abuse is leading to more child neglect cases and seniors using the Internet to find love.

February 10, 2017

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Paula and Jim Meisberger with 4-year old Estelle, 2-year old Raiden, 6-year old Zoey (in front).  Also pictured is Paula's oldest daughter Angel and her son.

Opioid Addiction And The Rise In Child Neglect Cases

Childhood neglect cases are increasing in Indiana and many state agencies point to the rise in opioid addiction.

February 10, 2017

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More People Over 50 Are Online Dating, But Some Are Hesitant

Today, more than a third of single Americans are over 50 years of age.

February 3, 2017

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How Hoosiers are being impacted by the immigration order, a proposal to expand Pre-K and how an 8-year-old is using a favorite hobby to help refugees.

February 3, 2017

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Hundreds gathered with signs on Bloomington's Courthouse lawn to protest the recent executive order halting immigration from certain countries.

Tonight At 6 On ‘Indiana Newsdesk’

How Hoosiers are being impacted by the immigration order, a proposal to expand Pre-K and how an 8-year-old is using a favorite hobby to help refugees.

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