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September 1, 2012

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Foundation Launches Early Childhood Education Initiative

The Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County helped local schools create pre-kindergarten classes.

September 1, 2012

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What The John Walker Lindh Trial Means For Religious Freedom

Lindh is suing the US government, saying the prison is stifling his religious freedom.

September 1, 2012

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Company Begins Construction On Wind Farm In Northern Indiana

The wind farm is expected to span over four counties once it is complete.

September 3, 2012

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Skillman Touting Mourdock’s Bipartisanship In New TV Ad

Skillman highlights Mourdock’s ability to work with both sides of the aisle...something Mourdock’s opponents say goes against his record.

September 3, 2012

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Bennett Wants Ability To Take Over Entire School Districts

If a number of schools in a single district fail, Bennett says the state’s takeover model may be expandable.

September 3, 2012

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Expelled Gay Student Files Federal Suit Against IPS

Their federal lawsuit claims administrators blamed Young for the bullying for being too flamboyant.

September 3, 2012

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Study: Low-Level Felons Often Are Repeat Offenders

The finding could affect sentencing reform efforts in the Statehouse.

September 3, 2012

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INDOT Renumbering I-69 Exits Statewide

Motorists' GPS units might need time to catch up with the changes underway.

September 3, 2012

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Hurricane Isaac Dampens Indiana, Doesn’t End Drought

Western Indiana gets soaked, but the whole state remains below-average in rainfall.

September 3, 2012

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IU Students Find It Difficult To Learn Using E-Textbooks

IU is trying to stay ahead of the curve by offering online textbooks, but some students are having a hard time making the switch from hard copies.

September 4, 2012

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Hearings Wednesday On Effectiveness Of New Stage Regulations

A legislative study committee begins work this week to establish more permanent regulations to help prevent another tragedy like the State Fair stage collapse.

September 4, 2012

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ISO Official: No Labor Day Talks Mean Cancellations Possible

A lack of face-to-face talks over Labor Day irks Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra officials trying to hammer out a new contract with musicians.

September 4, 2012

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Roll Of Dice On Gen Con Expansion Benefits Indy Economy

This year‘s Gen Con gaming convention set new records during its tenth year in Indianapolis.

September 4, 2012

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Monroe County Lifts Burn Ban

Monroe County Commissioners voted to lift the burn ban that was put in place June 15.

September 4, 2012

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Union, ISO Disagree Over Amount Of Budget Deficit

The orchestra says its budget deficit is $10 million, while the union says it is less than $1 million.

September 4, 2012

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Daniels Calls For Stop To Purdue Office Renovations

Governor Mitch Daniels says he did not know about the project that is costing nearly $400,000.

September 4, 2012

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Conventions Air Movie On Parents Taking Over Schools

A movie about parent trigger laws was screened at both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

September 4, 2012

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State Sees Increasing Number Of Robo Calls

The Attorney General's office has gotten more complaints about robo calls so far this year than all of last year.

September 4, 2012

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Higher Water Rates Cutting Into Budgets

Higher water bills are cutting into some household budgets more than utilities customers can afford.

September 4, 2012

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Kokomo Mayor Calls On Howard County To Downsize

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight says Howard County should not raise taxes even as it assumes more costs for emergency management and weights and measures.

September 4, 2012

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Supply Chain Company To Add 50 Jobs In Columbus

The Phoenix Group plans to build a $15-million facility in Columbus.

September 4, 2012

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IU Breaks Enrollment Record

Indiana University enrolled 87 more students than last fall, but the total number of credits students are taking decreased.

September 5, 2012

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State Considers Outsourcing Lottery Operations

Indiana is evaluating bids from four private companies to manage its lottery.

September 5, 2012

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Election Commission Nixes Mmoja Ajabu’s 7th District Run

Ajabu lost a primary to incumbent Congresswoman Julia Carson in 1996.

September 5, 2012

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August Rain Helps Indianapolis Watering Ban End At Noon

A voluntary ban will remain in place, as the state is still below its normal rain level.

September 5, 2012

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Stage Collapse Investigators Testify Before Study Committee

Stage collapse examiners say Indiana has made significant progress in preventing future accidents -- but also say the state still has work to do.

September 5, 2012

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Grant Funds Bloomington Police Department Technology Upgrade

Bloomington residents will have a new way to report crimes thanks to a donation from the federal government.

September 5, 2012

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Peabody Energy to Close Vincennes Mine

Peabody officials say 230 workers will lose their jobs when the mine closes.

September 5, 2012

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Groups Defend Specialty License Plates Before Wary Lawmakers

Committee members heard two hours of testimony on the issue Wednesday.

September 5, 2012

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August Revenues Below Projections

State officials say they projected the shortfall because August 2012 had one fewer payroll day.

September 5, 2012

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St. Vincent Health To Take Over Monroe Hospital

The Indianapolis-based healthcare provider will assume day to day operations of the hospital.

September 5, 2012

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Bloomington Installs Charging Stations For Electric Vehicles

Some Monroe County car dealers say Bloomington is a promising market for electric vehicles.

September 6, 2012

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Statehouse Testimony Whacks DCS For Poor Hotline Performance

Scathing testimony was heard Wednesday on the way the Indiana Department of Child Services handles its child abuse hotline.

September 6, 2012

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Survey: Teen Drug Use Decreasing For First Time In Years

Rates of drug use for marijuana declined, while over-the-counter drug use increased for some teens.

September 6, 2012

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Glenda Ritz Challenges Tony Bennett To At Least Nine Debates

Currently, no debates between the two are scheduled, but Bennett's campaign says it is looking at the calendar to see if any might be.

September 6, 2012

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Ball State To Make Eminent Domain Claim For New Dorm

Ball State University is using eminent domain to claim land currently occupied by a printing business to begin building a new dorm, hotel, and restaurant.

September 6, 2012

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Greenwood Strikes Down 40-Year-Old Gun Ban

Greenwood recently re-discovered a city ordinance on its books that banned residents from carrying concealed weapons.

September 6, 2012

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Indiana Schools Blur Lines Between Computer And Classroom

State education officials have paved the way for more schools to adopt "blended learning" curriculum, which combine digital and in-classroom instruction.

September 6, 2012

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All Indiana Counties Out of ‘Exceptional’ Drought

Rain storms that have moved throughout much of the state in recent weeks have helped alleviate drought.

September 6, 2012

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Thieves Put Food Bank Trucks Out Of Commission

Thieves took the catalytic converters from the vehicles over the Labor Day weekend, putting two Hoosier Hills Food Bank trucks out of commission.

September 6, 2012

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INDOT Says State Needs To Find More Transportation Funding

The INDOT Commissioner says the state needs more funding for long-term projects, but he did not specify where that funding might be found.

September 6, 2012

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Second Person Dies From West Nile In Marion County

Two people in Marion County and four in the state have died of West Nile Virus this year.

September 6, 2012

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Business Owners Upset About Bloomington Paid Parking Plan

The city of Bloomington is looking to expand paid parking in much of downtown.

September 7, 2012

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Voluntary Recall Of Mangoes Includes Ready Pac, Starbucks

Companies have voluntarily recalled packaged fruit products containing Daniella Brand mangoes, which could be contaminated by salmonella.

September 7, 2012

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State Begins Tracking Pharmacy Heists

There have been at least 74 thefts at Indiana pharmacies this year.

September 7, 2012

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Brown County Courthouse Preparing For Renovation

The building has been standing for more than a century and is in need of several upgrades.

September 7, 2012

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Reggie Miller To Be Inducted Into Hall Of Fame Friday

One analyst says Reggie Miller helped keep the Pacers in Indianapolis when it appeared they might go elsewhere.

September 7, 2012

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Join A Live Discussion On Concussion Prevention

Join Noon Edition's live chat Friday at noon to discuss what schools and the state is doing to prevent concussions in high school athletes.

September 7, 2012

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ISU Searches For Off-Campus Housing In Downtown Terre Haute

Indiana State University's expansion would further close the gap between downtown Terre Haute and the university.

September 7, 2012

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Health Related Degrees Best For Surviving Recession

Anyone with a health-related degree, regardless of their level of education, was less likely to be left unemployed by the economic downturn.

September 7, 2012

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IU Professor’s Theory Could Solve Einstein’s Energy Problem

Working with a colleague in China, an IU math professor has developed a theory that could explain dark energy and black holes.

September 7, 2012

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Indiana Schools ‘Racing’ For $400 Million Federal Prize

Indiana school districts are joining a national competition that encourages schools to personalize education for students.

September 7, 2012

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School Voucher Numbers Double In Program’s Second Year

More than 8,500 students have signed up to participate in Indiana’s school voucher program this year.

September 7, 2012

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United Way Of Monroe County Kicks Off Fundraising Campaign

United Way Monroe County hopes to surpass its goal of $1.41 million.

September 7, 2012

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Cummins’ Seymour Expansion To Continue Despite Hiring Freeze

Cummins says it is taking precautions this year, but expects to fulfill its promises to hire 290 worker in Seymour by 2015.

September 7, 2012

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Concussions Sideline Bloomington High School Athlete

Injuries like the one a Bloomington football player received two weeks ago inspired a new law requiring coaches to sideline players with concussion symptoms.

September 8, 2012

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More Women Enrolled in IU Dental School

Females outnumber males for the first time this year in the entering class at IU School of Dentistry.

September 8, 2012

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Columbus Seeking Public Input For Arts District

The meetings are scheduled for Monday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in city hall.

September 9, 2012

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Indianapolis Symphony Cancels Season’s First Performances

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is canceling its first two weekend performances after contract negotiations with the union broke down Saturday.

September 10, 2012

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First Indianapolis Honor Flight Arrives In D.C. Today

Honor Flights have hubs throughout the country to say thank you to the men and women who served during that time.

September 10, 2012

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Commisson Wants College Success Coalitions In All Counties

The incentives for counties to participate go beyond wanting students to succeed.

September 10, 2012

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Drought May Soon Affect Popcorn Prices

The quality of the popcorn may not be as high as consumers have come to expect.

September 10, 2012

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Teachers Unions Aren’t Backing Democrats Quite As Reliably

Unions remain supportive of President Obama’s re-election campaign, but they are not supporting Democrats as reliably as they used to.

September 10, 2012

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Department of Corrections Trains Prisoners In Coal Mining

The Department of Corrections recently graduated its first class of students under its vocational training program for prisoners.

September 10, 2012

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Indiana State University Aims For Record Enrollment By 2017

ISU announced a goal of enrolling 14,000 students in a single semester by 2017.

September 10, 2012

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Bloomington To Hold 9/11 Commemorative Ceremony Tuesday

The city of Bloomington is holding a remembrance ceremony at city hall Tuesday at 9 a.m.

September 10, 2012

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Jobless Benefits May Have Delayed Hoosiers’ Job Search

A Princeton study says 13,000 Hoosiers could have put off looking for work because of unemployment benefits.

September 10, 2012

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Indiana Pension Fund Sues Wal-Mart Over Bribery Allegations

The Indiana Electrical Workers Pension Trust Fund is suing Wal-Mart for information about whether company directors were aware of a bribery scandal in Mexico.

September 11, 2012

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9/11 Marks Anniversary Of Crash Killing Four Indy Leaders

A memorial now sits in White River State Park commemorating those killed in a plane crash 20 years ago Tuesday.

September 11, 2012

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Chapel Hill Honchos Comparing Notes With Bloomington Brass

The visit is the latest in a series of biannual trips by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce to other college towns.

September 11, 2012

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Stage Collapse Claims Head To Field Questions In Panel Talk

Feinberg has thus far strayed away from answering questions about the amount of money allocated to the fund.

September 11, 2012

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Ceremonies Remember 9/11 Victims, Heroes

Local officials stressed the importance of teaching younger generations about what happened 11 years ago.

September 11, 2012

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Indy Symphony Locks Out Musicians

The Indiana Symphony Orchestra locked out the orchestra's musicians after union negotiations failed.

September 11, 2012

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Bloomington To Lift Water Ban Wednesday

City Utilities Director Patrick Murphy says since the restrictions were instituted, the average daily demand has decreased 18 percent to 20 percent.

September 11, 2012

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Federal Prize May Push Schools To Blend Computer & Classroom

The nationwide Race To The Top competition could push schools to integrate additional technology into the classroom.

September 11, 2012

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Commission Schedules Gubernatorial And U.S. Senate Debates

The Indiana Debate Commission has announced three gubernatorial debates and two tentative U.S. Senate debates.

September 12, 2012

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IU Bloomington Considers Transitioning To Gas From Coal

The public hearing on the energy master plan is scheduled next Monday at Whittenberger Auditorium in the Indiana Memorial Union.

September 12, 2012

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Monroe Co. Will Have To Pay Thousands To Election Board

Voting centers allow residents to vote anywhere in the county as opposed to the precinct they live in.

September 12, 2012

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Panel Discusses State Formula For Compensating Fair Victims

The results could serve as a guide for responding to future tragedies.

September 12, 2012

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Voting Process A Key Issue In Monroe Co. Commissioner Forum

Democrat Julie Thomas and Republican Nelson Shaffer expressed differing views on voting procedures and voter ID laws at a candidate forum.

September 12, 2012

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Monroe County District Three Commissioners Focus On Business

Monroe County commissioner candidates for district three debated several issues Tuesday at a League of Women Voters forum.

September 12, 2012

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Young Agrees To Two Debates, Yoder Says That’s Not Enough

Congressman Todd Young has agreed to two debates with Democratic challenger Shelli Yoder before the November election.

September 12, 2012

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Lawmaker Wants Ethics Probe Into Daniels’ Move To Purdue

A state lawmaker wants the state's Inspector General to clarify what Gov. Daniels can and cannot do as he transitions into his new role as Purdue president.

September 12, 2012

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Lawmakers Debate Using Restraint On Special Needs Students

Indiana legislators discussed Wednesday whether the state should place tighter restraints on the use of seclusion rooms for special needs children.

September 12, 2012

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Salmonella Found Again At Indiana Farm

Watermelons at Chamberlain Farms, the facility that was the source of a nationwide salmonella outbreak last month, have tested positive for the bacteria.

September 12, 2012

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Peabody Mine Closing Affects Environment, Local Economy

A mine in Southwestern Indiana stopped coal removal operations last week and has begun an environmental restoration process.

September 12, 2012

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IDEM To Stop Printing Air Quality Notices

Indiana Department of Environmental Management is drawing criticism for its decision to no longer publish its notices on air quality issues in local newspapers.

September 13, 2012

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Monroe County Commissioners Look To Expand Rural Transport

A $30,000 increase in the commissioners’ Rural Transit fund could help push an expansion of public transportation.

September 13, 2012

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Gregg Pushes Easier Business Regulations, Smaller Contracts

The former House Speaker's plan includes 25 different proposals affecting Indiana businesses.

September 13, 2012

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Amy Gerstman Investigation Casts Shadow Over Auditor Forum

Democratic candidate Steve Saulter acknowledges his boss of the last four years has tarnished the image of the office.

September 13, 2012

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Local Shoppers Ignore Study Saying Organic Is Not Healthier

Local business has not been affected by a Stanford University study that found organic food was no more nutritional than conventional food.

September 13, 2012

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IU Invests $8 Million To Increase Online Course Offerings

Indiana University aims to increase the number of online courses on all campuses and bring them under one umbrella.

September 13, 2012

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Brain Injuries Often Not Given Enough Attention

About 2 million people sustain brain injuries each year in the U.S. but only 1.7 million seek treatment.

September 13, 2012

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Indiana Same-Sex Assault Cases Cannot Be Classified As Rape

Same-sex assaults comparable to rape are prosecuted under the state's "criminal deviate conduct" law, not as "rape."

September 14, 2012

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Op-Ed Piece Limits 9th District Debates, But To How Many?

Both campaigns refer to a Bloomington Herald-Times editorial for guidance on how many debates to hold...but neither takes the paper's suggestion.

September 14, 2012

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IU Graduate Pitches Coat Check Business On ABC Reality Show

Derek Pacque appeared Friday on ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’ to pitch his coat checking business plan, but rejected Mark Cuban's offer to invest in the company.

September 14, 2012

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$200k In Cuts Found, Monroe County Needs $1.1 Million More

A $1.3 million deficit has been trimmed, but other governmental agencies are still asking for more money in the coming year, not less.

September 14, 2012

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Brownsburg Schools Hacked In Response To Anti-Muhammad Movie

The same video which led to the killing of American Ambassador Christopher Stevens may have led hackers to attack the Brownsburg Schools website.

September 14, 2012

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Slideshow: How Technical Education Is Changing In Indiana

Gubernatorial candidates are calling for Indiana high schools to bring back vocational training, but most school districts already have robust programs.

September 14, 2012

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Loretta Rush Chosen As Next Indiana Supreme Court Justice

Loretta Rush will be the second woman to serve on the Indiana Supreme Court.

September 14, 2012

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Madison Juvenile Facility Helps Track Butterfly Migrations

At the Madison Juvenile Correctional Facility in southern Indiana, one teacher is encouraging her students to look for science everywhere.

September 14, 2012

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Indiana DNR Mandates Companies To Report Fracking Chemicals

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is collecting information on chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.

September 14, 2012

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Historic Billie Creek Village On The Auction Block

The Historic Village could be sold at public auction if a buyer does not come forward by September 20.

September 14, 2012

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Officials Continue To Investigate Valparaiso Threat

The school issued a campus-wide alert Friday but never found anything suspicious.

September 14, 2012

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Listeners Weigh In On the Raw Milk Debate

The sale of raw milk for human consumption is illegal in Indiana, but lawmakers could take up the issue the next legislative session.

September 14, 2012

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Lt. Governor Candidates Disagree On Art Education Funding

Sue Ellspermann says schools need to emphasize art education, but Vi Simpson called for increased state funding for the arts.

September 14, 2012

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83-Year-Old Airplane Gives Aerial Tours Of Greencastle

Hoosiers can take a tour of Greencastle from a thousand feet in the air while riding in a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor airplane.

September 15, 2012

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Man Dies Of “Brain-Eating Amoeba” In Loogootee

Center for Disease Control and Preventions reports brain eating amoeba kills 99% of the infected patients.

September 15, 2012

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Daniels Appointees May Not Change Supreme Court’s Direction

When he leaves office, Governor Mitch Daniels will have appointed three of the five Supreme Court justice.

September 15, 2012

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Tourism Director Aims To Improve State’s Data On Visitors

Mark Newman says the state's current information about tourists is mostly "anecdotal."

September 16, 2012

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IU Football Falls To Ball State In Final Minutes

Indiana University lost to Ball State University on Saturday in the final seconds of the game.

September 17, 2012

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Drought Increases Risk Of Harvest Season Accidents

State officials are urging farmers to use precaution as the drought has increased risks for fire, harmful dust and mold due to decomposition.

September 17, 2012

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SuperPACs Driving Indiana Senate Campaign Spending

SuperPAC funding continues to flow into the Mourdock and Donnelly election campaigns.

September 17, 2012

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Tippecanoe County Residents Target Of Voting Scam

The Indiana secretary of state says scammers are telling Tippecanoe County residents they can vote over the phone to avoid long election lines.

September 17, 2012

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Marilyn Mellencamp Memorial Exhibit Coming To Bloomington

The exhibit will include 40 paintings, including paintings and family portraits created by the late Marilyn Mellencamp.

September 17, 2012

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Bloomington Deer Task Force Finalizing Recommendation

The deer task force is holding a series of meetings in the coming weeks to finalize its recommendation to the city council and county commissioners.

September 17, 2012

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Automatic Spending Cuts Could Cost Indiana Schools Millions

Indiana school districts stand to lose more than $114 million if the automatic federal spending cuts go into effect.

September 17, 2012

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Indiana DCS Launches Pilot Program Aimed At Mental Health

The Indiana Department of Child Services is opening a center that will assess children's mental health as a preventative measure.

September 17, 2012

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Hoosiers Answer “Are You Better Off Than Four Years Ago?”

Hoosiers' responses are mixed when asked whether they are better off than they were before President Barack Obama took office.

September 17, 2012

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Governor Daniels Weighs Candidates’ Opinions On Health Care

Governor Mitch Daniels has solicited input from all three gubernatorial candidates on how the Affordable Care Act should be implemented.

September 18, 2012

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Indy City-County Council Responds To Mayor’s Pay Raises

A proposal requiring public disclosure of pay raises for government employees comes after Mayor Greg Ballard gave raises to his staff.

September 18, 2012

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IU Researcher Produces Cheaper Malaria Meds On A Small Scale

An Indiana University professor says a new, cheaper synthetic version of malaria medication can be manufactured in a lab.

September 18, 2012

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Forums Canceled After Candidates Decline To Attend

State Senate candidate Reid Dallas and State House candidates Bob Heaton and Peggy Mayfield will not be attending candidate forums.

September 18, 2012

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State Superintendent’s Campaign Nets $175K In Three Weeks

State Superintendent Tony Bennett has raised at least $175,000 in campaign funds since August 31.

September 18, 2012

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IU Seeks Funding For Energy Master Plan

The IU energy master plan was presented to students and faculty at a public meeting Monday.

September 18, 2012

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Indiana Considers Banning “Sales Tax Zappers”

Indiana is considering banning "sales tax zappers," computer programs that help business avoid paying sales taxes.

September 18, 2012

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ISTA, GOP State Senator Partner To Boost Financial Literacy

The Indiana State Teachers Association is partnering with Sen. Brent Waltz to compose legislation that would require financial literacy be taught in schools.

September 18, 2012

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Cook Medical Forms New Otolaryngology Division

Cook Medical recently announced the company's 10th division.

September 18, 2012

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Study: Half Of Indiana Could Be Obese By 2030

A study released Tuesday predicts more than half of all Hoosiers will be obese by 2030.

September 18, 2012

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Indiana Congressman Questioned On Jobs, Foreign Policy

U.S. Congressman Todd Young met with constituents Tuesday in Bloomington.

September 18, 2012

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Brown County Playhouse Booked Through 2013

Brown County Playhouse upgrades lead to facility being booked through 2013.

September 18, 2012

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Bloomington Installs New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

The city of Bloomington recently installed two public charging stations for electric vehicles in downtown parking garages.

September 19, 2012

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Columbus Officials To Get Three Percent Raise

The raise for elected officials, including the mayor and city councilors, follows the raise the council previously approved for all city employees.

September 19, 2012

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Statehouse Examining Shrinking Number Of Dispatch Centers

Kokomo's mayor says city taxpayers are being unfairly double-charged for emergency dispatch services.

September 19, 2012

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Home Sales Rise in Central Indiana

Rising home sales could be a positive trend in the coming months.

September 19, 2012

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New Fire Chief Appointed In Columbus

Columbus mayor appoints new fire chief, David Allmon on Monday.

September 19, 2012

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Medicaid Expansion Could Cost Indiana $2.6 Billion

The state could pay anywhere between $600 million and $2.6 billion more for its Medicaid coverage in the next seven years because of the Affordable Care Act.

September 19, 2012

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Career Education Might Help Curb ‘Brain Drain’ In Indiana

Indiana officials say offering more technical and career education programs could keep students from moving out of state when they graduate from college.

September 19, 2012

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DOC Seeks Home For Man Convicted Of Murder In Bloomington

Robert E. Lee must serve his parole in Bloomington, but the Department of Corrections has not found a place for him to live after his release.

September 19, 2012

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Unmanned Drones To Be Tested In Indiana Airspace

Indiana's National Center for Complex Operation has partnered with an Arizona-based company to test unmanned drones.

September 19, 2012

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Bloomington City Council Member Disappointed With Roundabout

The roundabout at Sare and Rogers roads cost nearly $2.5 million and was completed four days ahead of schedule.

September 19, 2012

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Fallen Kokomo Marine Heading Home

The Kokomo community is holding a prayer at Foster Park in Kokomo at 6:30 p.m.

September 19, 2012

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State Seeks To Revoke Bloomington Doctor’s License

A Bloomington doctor who has been sentenced to jail for insurance fraud could also lose his medical license.

September 20, 2012

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Exotic Plant Absorbs Arsenic From Ground

Sometime within the next year, researchers may have a way to get arsenic out of the ground, thanks to a subtropical fern.

September 20, 2012

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Wind Farms Hoping For Tax Credit Extension

If it’s not renewed, companies that own those farms will have to pay more in corporate income taxes.

September 20, 2012

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Residents Weigh In On Deer Problem

Members of the task force say the specifics of their recommendation will be made public if and when City Council approves.

September 20, 2012

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County Council Candidate Sophia Travis Dies

Sophia Travis died of a previously undiagnosed heart condition.

September 20, 2012

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Bedford Senator Pushes For Decriminalization Of Marijuana

Senator Brent Steele wants to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana as a part of a criminal sentencing overhaul.

September 20, 2012

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Tax Caps & Busing Struggles Continues For Indiana District

Franklin Township has received some relief after budget cuts, but it is still trying to regain its financial footing.

September 20, 2012

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Bloomington Replacing Dead Trees On The Square

The city of Bloomington is removing trees on the square that died because of the drought.

September 20, 2012

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Indiana’s Median Income Increases, Census Data Shows

A census report released Thursday shows the median household income increased in the past year, but it is still below the national average.

September 20, 2012

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State Rules For Bicycles On Trail Crosswalks Are Unclear

State laws for crosswalks were written with pedestrians in mind, not cyclists, making some of the rules unclear.

September 21, 2012

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Indiana Charter School Board Opens Third Application Cycle

The Indiana Charter School Board is holding hearings in communities across the state.

September 21, 2012

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Indiana Preparing For Flu Season Earlier Than Normal

Clinicians and doctors are protecting patients from influenza early this year.

September 21, 2012

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Jackson County To Recycle Yard Waste For Residents

Johnson County is turning yard waste into compost, which will be then turned into mulch for county residents.

September 21, 2012

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Indiana Farmland Prices Soar Despite Drought

Farmland prices have risen between 14 percent and 18 percent this year and will likely continue to increase.

September 21, 2012

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IU Health Solicits Women For Uterine Transplants

IU Health is recruiting women willing to undergo womb transplants, a process pioneered by Swedish medical teams.

September 21, 2012

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Live Chat: Voter Turnout And The Presidential Election

Join WFIU's Noon Edition for a live chat about how Indiana's role in the presidential election is likely to affect other races.

September 21, 2012

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IU Graduate Represents Actors From Anti-Muslim Film

An attorney who graduated from Indiana University is representing three actors in the anti-Muslim film that sparked protests across the Middle East.

September 21, 2012

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Indiana Adds Jobs But Unemployment Rate Rises

Indiana's unemployment rate rose above the national average to 8.3 percent, but the state also experienced significant job growth.

September 21, 2012

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People Line Up At AT&T Store For iPhone 5 Release

The iPhone 5 released Friday brought in a crowd to the AT&T store, although it was not as large as expected.

September 21, 2012

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Lotus’ Economic Impact Extends Beyond This Weekend

Bloomington officials says the thousands of visitors that come to the city for Lotus Festival each year often return after the festival has ended.

September 21, 2012

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Indiana’s School Children Still Largely Segregated

In Indiana, 86 percent of the typical white student’s classmates are also white, isolating black and Latino students.

September 21, 2012

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Dept. Of Corrections Finds Murderer A Place In Bloomington

The Department of Corrections has found a place for Robert E. Lee to stay in Bloomington after he is released Saturday.

September 22, 2012

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45/46 Bypass Construction On Schedule, Under Budget

45/46 Bypass contruction is scheduled to end in mid-November.

September 22, 2012

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Indiana Sees High Number Of West Nile Cases

Indiana has seen more than 45 human cases of West Nile virus this year, compared to just over ten last year.

September 22, 2012

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Johnson County Seeks To Expand ‘Work Release’ Facility

Officials are looking to expand its Johnson County Community Corrections center, which allows people to work while serving jail time.

September 22, 2012

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Cold Temperatures Ushering In Fall Season

Despite record breaking weather in the summer, experts says fall and winter is projected to be normal temperature

September 22, 2012

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DNR Breaks Ground On Goose Pond Visitor Center

Governor Mitch Daniels says the Goose Pond investment will have environmental and economic benefits.

September 24, 2012

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Leaders Debate Hoosier Lottery Privatization

A state commission is deciding whether privatizating the management of Indiana's lottery could increase revenues.

September 24, 2012

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Airport Implements Pre-Check Security Program

Passengers can pay $100 for five years or may be invited by the airline to participate in Custom's Border Crossing program.

September 24, 2012

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John Gregg Calls For Resignation Of DCS Director

A report shows DCS Director James Payne took state assistance and became involved in a case involving his grandchildren.

September 24, 2012

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Downtown Bloomington Restaurant ‘Japanee’ Catches Fire

Firefighters contained a large fire burning in downtown Bloomington at Japanee on 8th Street and Walnut Avenue Monday morning.

September 24, 2012

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Indiana Creates Prescription Drug Task Force

The task force will make recommendations to the legislature in the upcoming session on how to reduce prescription drug abuse.

September 24, 2012

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Indiana Department Of Child Services Director Resigns

Department of Child Services Director James Payne resigned Monday over ethics allegations.

September 24, 2012

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History Has Economists Arguing For More Higher Ed Spending

As tuition rises and public funding falls, some are questioning whether land-grant universities are serving their mission.

September 24, 2012

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Farmers Rethink Insurance And Drought-Resistant Crops

As farmers begin to harvest crops that have been devastated by the drought, many are looking for ways to avoid similar difficulties next year.

September 25, 2012

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Gubernatorial Candidates Say DCS Reform Is Neccesary

John Gregg says DCS is a broken system. Mike Pence says, although reform is needed, DCS is meeting the needs of the community.

September 25, 2012

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Indy Orchestra Lockout Hurting Local Economy, ISO Reputation

An IU arts administration lecturer says the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's lockout will cause a ripple effect throughout the economy.

September 25, 2012

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Drug-Related Charges Spark Rise In Female Incarcerations

The number of women in Indiana prisons has increased 50 percent in the past decade, mostly because of drug-related charges.

September 25, 2012

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Washington City Council Raises Water Rates

Washington City Council members say water utilities is no longer solvent.

September 25, 2012

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Suu Kyi Thanks Fort Wayne For Support Of Burmese Refugees

Aung San Suu Kyi, the democratic opposition leader in Myanmar, spoke Tuesday in Fort Wayne, which is home to about 4,000 Burmese immigrants and refugees.

September 25, 2012

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Live Coverage Of Indiana’s State Of Education Address

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett will deliver his annual State of Education address Tuesday night.

September 25, 2012

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IU Composting Dining Hall Food At Campus Garden

Indiana University is taking food waste from its dining halls and composting it for fertilizer.

September 25, 2012

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Kinsey Board Member Introduces App To Reduce Sexual Assault

Users of the Circle of 6 app can send a message to their friends if they are in a dangerous situation.

September 25, 2012

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Billie Creek Village to Be Publicly Auctioned Next Month

Billie Creek Village near Rockville is going to public auction because it did not sell during a private auction earlier this month.

September 25, 2012

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Robert Lee Transferred Out Of Monroe County

The man convicted of murdering a Bloomington woman has been transferred out of Monroe County because of the attention his case received.

September 25, 2012

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State Superintendent Praises School Accountability System

Superintendent Tony Bennett touted the benefits of new teacher evaluations and the state's A-F grading system during his State of Education address.

September 26, 2012

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SERIES: Mothers Maintain Families While Serving Time

More than two-thirds of women in U.S. prisons are also mothers, and prison time can have devastating impacts on their families.

September 26, 2012

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Higher Ed Commissioner: Indiana Needs Its College Grads

Students from other states who come to Indiana for college leave after graduation because of the lack of opportunities.

September 26, 2012

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Divorce Battles Prompt Review Of Custody Guidelines

Judges may change the way courts oversee custody battles between heated parents.

September 26, 2012

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DNR’s GiveIN Game Program Begins For Second Year

Hunters can share venison through GameIN game program, now in its second year.

September 26, 2012

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State Superintendent Pushes For More “Accountability” Powers

In his State of Education address, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett emphasized the need to make schools more accountable to the state.

September 26, 2012

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Commission Delays Vote On Outsourcing Hoosier Lottery

The Indiana Lottery Commission will decide next week whether to privatize management of the Hoosier Lottery.

September 26, 2012

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Drought Could Increase Pork Prices, Reduce Pork Producers

Drought conditions this summer have driven up the price of grain, which is a main food source for hogs.

September 26, 2012

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Tim Durham Sentencing Set For November

The jury found the financier guilty on all 12 counts of conspiracy to commit fraud, wire fraud and securities fraud.

September 26, 2012

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Mailbox Bomb Causes Small Explosion At Candidate’s House

Second District Congressional Candidate Brendan Mullen says he witnessed a black car pull up to his mailbox and hastily put something inside.

September 26, 2012

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11th Ranked IU Soccer Falls to Notre Dame 1-0

The Indiana Hoosiers men's soccer team fell to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in Bloomington.

September 27, 2012

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Women With Felony Convictions Face Roadblocks After Release

More women than ever are going to prison in Indiana, and because the majority of women serve sentences of between two and 10 years, most of them will get out.

September 27, 2012

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Mooresville School Receives Threat Through Social Media

A student informed school officials about a threat made over social media.

September 27, 2012

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Fruit Fly Population Booms From Mild Winter

Indiana has seen a rise in the fruit fly population in recent months.

September 27, 2012

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Indiana Lawmakers Discuss Additional Farm Insurance

Lawmakers met with agriculture experts Wednesday to discuss providing additional insurance for the state's farmers.

September 27, 2012

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Clothes Retailer Expanding In Greencastle

Ascena Retail Group plans to open an e-commerce distribution site in Greencastle.

September 27, 2012

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Deer Task Force Finalizes 200-Page Recommendation

For the urban areas, the task force is recommending using a snare device that will alert a biologist when a deer is caught.

September 27, 2012

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A Walk Behind The Wire: Women In Indiana’s Prisons

The number of women in Indiana's prisons has risen in recent years. WFIU's three-part series takes a look at the consequences of the increase.

September 27, 2012

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Fire Marshal Wants To Extend New Temporary Stage Regulations

The General Assembly passed legislation authorizing the state Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission to develop temporary stage equipment regulations.

September 27, 2012

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Court Affirms Injunction Against Medicaid Dental Care Cap

The Seventh Circuit Court says the Family and Social Social Services Administration (FSSA) cannot impose a $1000 cap on Medicaid dental coverage.

September 27, 2012

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Crane Technologies To Be Made Available To Public

Crane has partnered to create a transfer agreement that allows southern Indiana businesses to purchase some of Crane’s technology and equipment.

September 27, 2012

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Indiana Crafting ‘A-F’ Ratings For Schools Of Education

Like School Letter Grades, Indiana Crafting ‘A-F’ Ratings For Schools Of Education

September 28, 2012

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Some Hoosiers Eligible For Foreclosure Claim From Settlement

Some Hoosiers are eligible to recieve money for improper foreclosures.

September 28, 2012

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Diversity Tour Visits IU’s Bloomington Campus

The Tour 4 Diversity is a traveling conference that aims to inspire minorities to enter the field of medicine.

September 28, 2012

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Parents Of Dyslexic Students: Schools Should Rethink Reading

Parents says students with dyslexia do not always qualify for accommodations associated with a learning disability, causing anxiety over standardized tests.

September 28, 2012

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Indiana Prison Guards Charged With Assaulting Inmates

Four officers at the Wabash Correctional Facility have been fired and charged with felony assault.

September 28, 2012

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Indiana To Take On First Big Ten Opponent Northwestern

The Hoosiers are scheduled to play the Wildcats in Evanston on Saturday.

September 28, 2012

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FDA Allows Higher Levels Of Mold In Corn

The Food and Drug Administration is allowing higher levels of a mold into livestock feed because of low corn yields.

September 28, 2012

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Cheryl Munson To Replace Travis On County Council Ticket

Monroe County Democrats are holding a meeting Friday night and are expected to choose Cheryl Munson to replace the late candidate.

September 28, 2012

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HPER Renamed IU School Of Public Health

Indiana University says the new designation will make students more marketable.

September 29, 2012

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Sycamore Land Trust Acquires 1,600 Acres

The land adjacent to the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge is the largest acquisition in the Sycamore Land Trust's history.

September 29, 2012

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Cause Of Riley Hospital Illnesses Still Unknown

Four people were hospitalized Thursday, but tests for several toxic chemicals that could have been the cause came back negative.

September 29, 2012

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Kokomo Honored For Improvement To Quality Of Life, Business

Kokomo has received the 2012 IACT Community Achievement Award.

September 29, 2012

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Indianapolis Orchestra Cancels Concerts For Fourth Week

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and its musicians are in contract negotiations that have prolonged for more than a month.

September 30, 2012

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Deer Contract Virus In 40 Indiana Counties

Thousands of deer in Indiana have contracted epizootic hemorrhagic disease, a virus that can be fatal to the animals.

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