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The Religious Freedom Restoration Act is dividing Hoosiers. Does the measure protect religious freedom or allow businesses to discriminate? Ahead we cut through the debate and explain how the measure could impact Hoosiers.

Imagine moving to a place you’ve never heard of. That’s the situation many Syrian immigrants find themselves in as they relocate to other countries to escape war and the threat of ISIS. It’s a difficult process involving layers of security screenings. Ahead, one family’s journey to resettle in Indiana.

And a local animal shelter improved its euthanasia rate by about 30 percent… how they did it coming up. These stories and a look at this week’s top headlines.

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March 26, 2015

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The governor declares the HIV outbreak a public health emergency. The religious freedom act becomes law. Why the terminally ill may now use experimental drugs.

March 25, 2015

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Syrian Refugees Find New Homes In Indiana

Three Syrian families have come to Indiana. A total of 2,000 are expected to arrive in the U.S. this fiscal year.

March 21, 2015

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Artist Seeks To Memorialize Syrian Civil War In Artwork

Soulaf Abas' oil paintings and prints depict the devastation and grief the Syrian civil war has created.

March 20, 2015

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How the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is dividing Hoosiers, a Syrian family’s journey to escape war and resettle in Indiana and this week's top headlines.

March 19, 2015

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House Attempt To Amend ‘Religious Freedom’ Measure Fails

The amendment was defeated 60-31 mostly along party lines, with just three Republicans breaking ranks to support it.

March 19, 2015

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How the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is dividing Hoosiers, a Syrian family’s journey to escape war and resettle in Indiana and this week's top headlines.

March 15, 2015

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Indiana could become the first state to officially legalize baby boxes, and a veteran might have to leave behind his dog because of city regulations.

March 13, 2015

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Indiana Baby Box Proposal Sparks National Debate

Baby boxes aim to provide mothers who want to give up their children safely an extra layer of anonymity.

March 13, 2015

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Army Veteran’s Pit Bull Not Welcome In Some Communities

An Army veteran wants to move to the Hoosier state once his military contract expires. But, his pit bull isn't welcome in the communities he wants to live.

March 6, 2015

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An HIV epidemic in Indiana is spreading. Why the Children Services Department is in violation of the law. Thousands pay tribute to the man known as Father Ted.

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