ISU approved oil drilling on its property after an Illinois oil company expressed confidence there is substantial oil beneath the surface.
The project is estimated to take two years to complete.
The state collected $22 million more in revenue than expected in December.
The plate will start appearing on cars at the end of the year to celebrate Indiana's bicentennial.
Pigs are back at the state fair after being removed because of swine flu concerns.
Terre Haute's free Internet service is limited to 100 customers at a time.
Legal procedures and research mean it could be two years before the state fair stage collapse lawsuits make it to court.
Two women are facing fraud charges after officials say they tried to take money from the State Fair Remembrance Fund.
The victim was a 24-year-old cheerleading coach from Ohio.
The Indiana State Fair Commission has hired a New York-based engineering firm to oversee the investigation into the deadly structure collapse last Saturday.