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An energy efficiency program to replace the one lawmakers eliminated last year is taking shape. But critics say unless it undergoes some major revisions it won’t produce any meaningful energy savings.

465 families made the cut for Indiana’s Pre-k pilot program. That’s a small fraction of those in need. The state is closely watching the pilot programs to see if the benefits outweigh the costs. Ahead a look at how things are going in some of the counties where the pilots are underway.

And a professor is developing tools to help police determine what crime suspects look like based solely on their DNA.

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January 23, 2015

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Critics say the new energy efficiency program needs major revisions. The state is watching the Pre-k pilot programs to see if the benefits outweigh the costs.

January 23, 2015

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Lawmakers, Advocates Spar Over Energy Efficiency Alternative

Energizing Indiana aimed to reduce the state’s energy consumption by about 12 percent over ten years. Does a proposed replacement go far enough?

January 21, 2015

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Amid Overwhelming Demand, State Ponders Growing Pre-K Pilot

Indiana plans to follow students enrolled in the pre-k pilot for the next several years to determine whether those benefits outweigh the cost to the state.

January 17, 2015

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Questions Remain As Terre Haute Mayor Renegotiates Contract

Mayor Duke Bennett factored an expected $3 million in last years budget, and without it, the city's finances remain in the red.

January 16, 2015

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The consequences of raising Indiana's minimum wage. Academic leaders in Indiana are praising President Obama's plan to offer free community college.

January 16, 2015

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Minimum Wage Hike In Indiana Could Be A Tough Sell

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia now have a minimum wage higher than the federal minimum, but the chances of Indiana following suit aren't great.

January 15, 2015

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The consequences of raising Indiana's minimum wage. Academic leaders in Indiana are praising President Obama's plan to offer free community college.

January 14, 2015

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Can Free Tuition Change Students’ Attitudes About College?

President Obama wants to bring down the cost of community college tuition, and advocates in Indiana are excited about a platform for a national conversation.

January 9, 2015

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Are Indiana leaders overstepping their authority to regulate e-cigs? A proposal addresses resident's otter concerns but will it cause otters to disappear again.

January 9, 2015

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Proposed E-Cigarette Regulations Creating Controversy

The proposed regulations would allow for more enforcement at the state level.

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