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January 1, 2015

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For Indiana Education in 2015, Money Matters

Funding for schools, programs and education-related projects will be a key topic of interest going into the new year.

January 1, 2015

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Megabus Taken Out Of Service Following Three Other Crashes

Megabuses were involved in three crashes in Indiana over the past few months, and another bus was taken out of service Wednesday because of safety concerns.

January 1, 2015

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Watch: Hundreds Participate In Bloomington Polar Bear Plunge

The 11th annual polar bear plunge was held in Bloomington today.

January 2, 2015

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How Funding Mental Health Could Keep People Out Of Prison

The criminal code overhaul aims to treat more low-level offenders at the local level, but mental health service providers say they need more money to do that.

January 2, 2015

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Shelters Hurting, Kitchens Thriving In Winter Months

Volunteer coordinator Sara Frommer says Interfaith Winter Shelter is scrambling for volunteers this year, especially for shifts on the weekend.

January 2, 2015

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Indiana’s Gas Prices Fourth Lowest In Nation, AAA Says

With 97 days of falling gas prices, this streak of declining prices is the longest ever.

January 2, 2015

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Rebuilding After Town Square Fires Costly And Complicated

Portions of town squares throughout Indiana have burned down after several fires in recent years.

January 2, 2015

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What Is “Freedom To Teach?”

Governor Pence's new initiative would allow schools to apply for waivers from certain portions of state law regarding teacher compensation.

January 2, 2015

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Indiana Attorney General Proposes New Restrictions On E-Cigs

The attorney general's proposal would include e-cigarettes in the statewide smoking ban.

January 2, 2015

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State Funds Efforts To Help Curb Agricultural Runoff

IDEM is handing out $150,000 in grants to farmers to lower sediments and nutrients running into the Wabash River.

January 2, 2015

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Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” January 2, 2015

Lawmakers are faced with whether to fund criminal code changes. What's being done to ensure burned out buildings aren't left in Indiana's historic towns?

January 3, 2015

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4 Issues To Watch In The Upcoming State Legislative Session

Key issues in the upcoming legislative session will include education funding and Sunday alcohol sales.

January 3, 2015

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Local Animal Shelter Sees High Demand For Rescue Pets

Bloomington Animal Shelter saw over 2,000 adoptions in 2014.

January 5, 2015

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Lawmakers To Push For Independent Redistricting Commission

Voices calling for Indiana to create an independent redistricting commission are getting louder this session.

January 5, 2015

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House To Vote Thursday On 30-Hour Work Week Bill

Ninth District Congressman Todd Young is co-authoring the bill for a second straight Congress.

January 5, 2015

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Where Indiana’s Senators Stand On Key Issues For 2015

Indiana's senators say the Keystone XL Pipeline, immigration and Obamacare will likely be the main issues this year.

January 5, 2015

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Only Two State Board Meetings Left With CECI Intact

State superintendent Glenda Ritz, CECI employees and the State Board of Education will meet Wednesday for the first time since Governor Pence dissolved CECI.

January 5, 2015

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UPDATE: Forecasters Predict Snow, Frigid Temperatures

Wednesday morning wind chills could fall to -20 degrees in some parts of the state.

January 5, 2015

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State Democrats To Address Wage Gap, Religious Freedom Bill

The House Democratic Leader says the wage gap is the most pressing economic issue facing Indiana.

January 5, 2015

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Farmers Want Congress To Pass Permanent Tax Extensions

Congress passed an extension in December, but it only applies to the 2014 tax year.

January 5, 2015

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Propane Prices Likely To Remain Stable This Winter

Abundant supply and responsible distribution are keeping the fuel at around $2 per gallon.

January 6, 2015

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Snow Coats Much Of Indiana, Most Roads Accessible

A few counties are under a travel advisory, the lowest level of weather and travel condition warnings.

January 6, 2015

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Lawmaker Seeks To Expand Statewide Smoking Ban To Casinos

Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, is proposing a bill that would ban smoking in casinos.

January 6, 2015

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Education Will Be Top Priority For Legislators This Session

The 2015 legislative session begins Tuesday, with many education issues coming to the forefront.

January 6, 2015

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Teacher Effectiveness Ratings Call Evaluations Into Question

Low numbers of teachers rated "ineffective" could lead the State Board of Education to make test scores a bigger factor in Indiana's teacher evaluation system.

January 6, 2015

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Gov. Pence Calls For Release Of $200 Million In Road Funding

The $200 million is part of a fund the legislature set up in 2013.

January 6, 2015

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Bill Allowing Pence To Run For Two Offices Likely Dead

Lawmakers say the bill that would allow Pence to run for both governor and president in 2016 likely won't even get a hearing in the state Senate.

January 6, 2015

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Why Gas Prices Are Rising While Oil Prices Continue To Drop

Oil prices have dropped below $50 per barrel, but gas in Central Indiana has risen to above $2 per gallon.

January 7, 2015

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Ask The Mayor: Greencastle’s Sue Murray

Mayor Murray talks about the top three goals she hopes to accomplish in 2015.

January 7, 2015

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Duke Energy Will Expand Solar Power In Indiana

Duke Energy Indiana wants to expand solar power for customers.

January 7, 2015

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Report: More People Leaving Indiana Than Moving Here

More people are moving out of Indiana than are moving into the state, according to a report released by moving company Atlas Van Lines.

January 7, 2015

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Skyrocketing Salt Prices Hurting County, City Budgets

INDOT says salt prices are up 57 percent compared to last year.

January 7, 2015

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State Scholarship Program Needs More Money This Session

State Senator Luke Kenley says funding the 21st Century Scholarship Program is important to reach college success in the state.

January 7, 2015

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Tame State Board Meeting Is Newsworthy In And Of Itself

For the first time in a long time, State Board of Education members tended to interact cordially with one another to get things done at their monthly meeting.

January 7, 2015

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Report: Indiana Cities To See Moderate Economic Growth

A 2015 forecast for the economies in Bloomington, Columbus and Terre Haute remain hopeful.

January 7, 2015

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Democrats: Indiana Should Choose Wage Increase Over Tax Cuts

State Democrats plan to prioritize increasing the income of working-class Hoosiers this year.

January 7, 2015

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Sen. Donnelly Sponsors 40-Hour Work Week Bill

Donnelly wants to allow businesses to hire workers for up to 40 hours per week without being required to provide health insurance.

January 7, 2015

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Wind Chills Could Drop To -30 Degrees By Thursday Morning

Bitter cold will be felt by a large portion of the U.S. east of the Rocky Mountains for the next few days.

January 7, 2015

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Legal Battle Ends Over Abortion Clinic Law

The state has agreed to end the legal battle over a law putting tougher restrictions on chemical abortion clinics.

January 8, 2015

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Terre Haute Owed $3 Million After Contract Deadline Passes

A California-based company was supposed to pay Terre Haute $3 million by the end of December.

January 8, 2015

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Bill Calls For Appointed Superintendent, Beginning 2021

Some say appointing Indiana's state superintendent, rather than electing the position, could solve current issues on the State Board of Education.

January 8, 2015

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New Bill Would Designate An Official State Fossil

The "sea lily," a type of ancient echinoderm, holds special significance to Indiana.

January 8, 2015

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Pence’s Budget: More Funding To Public, Charter Schools

Governor Mike Pence announced his budget recommendations for the legislature to look over, with many of the items addressing different aspects of education.

January 8, 2015

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State Teachers Association Announces Its Legislative Agenda

ISTA President Teresa Meredith says she does not support the governor's budget plan for charter schools.

January 8, 2015

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A Breakdown Of What’s In Gov. Pence’s Budget Proposal

Pence's budget proposal to the general assembly includes education initiatives, bicentennial projects and money for community corrections.

January 8, 2015

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ISU Sees $350,000 In Oil Drilling Royalties

The money is the result of an agreement between Indiana State University and Pioneer Oil.

January 8, 2015

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Bloomington Recieves $10,000 “Site Readiness” Grant

The funding will help assess the 90-acre property south of Bloomington for future developers.

January 9, 2015

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What An Otter Trapping Season Would Look Like

DNR officials say the otter population has grown so large, it needs to start managing the once-endangered species.

January 9, 2015

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Week One Of 2015 Legislative Session Opens Budget Talks

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports on the week at the Statehouse.

January 9, 2015

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Legislature Ready To Talk Redistricting Reform This Session

All four legislative caucuses have supported creation of an independent redistricting commission in the past, and this could be the year they put it together.

January 9, 2015

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State Historian Corrects Date of First Indiana Basketball Game

The first game of basketball played in the Hoosier state did not take place in Crawfordsville, as previously believed.

January 9, 2015

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Whikehart Won’t Run For Mayor, Leaving City Government

Whikehart plans to leave city government altogether.

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.

January 9, 2015

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December Revenue Report Strong, But State Still Struggling

Despite last month being one of the best for Indiana tax revenues this fiscal year, the state is still struggling to pull ahead of projections overall.

January 9, 2015

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Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” January 9, 2015

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 11, 2015

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UPDATE: Freezing Rain Causing Dangerous Driving Conditions

Freezing rain and sleet will create very slick road conditions and isolated power outages.

January 12, 2015

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Indiana Senators Promise Bipartisan Efforts

Both of Indiana’s U.S. Senators say Congress must work this session to build strong bipartisan support.

January 12, 2015

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Legislation To Raise Minimum Wage Not Expected This Session

State Democrats are leading the push, but they'll have a hard time getting their proposals past the Republican supermajorities in both the Senate and the House.

January 12, 2015

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Pence’s Proposed Budget Boosts K-12 Funding By $200 Million

$40 million of the education increase Pence is asking for would go to charter schools. The increase would amount to about $1,500 per charter school pupil.

January 12, 2015

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Big Ten Team In The Playoffs Brings Benefits To IU

Because Ohio State made the playoffs, Big Ten teams share a $6 million bonus – about $430,000 per university.

January 12, 2015

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U.S. Department of Education Calls For NCLB Rewrite

The U.S. Secretary of Education is urging Congress to rewrite the federal No Child Left Behind law, save for elements he considers essential, including testing.

January 12, 2015

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Duke Energy Awards Bloomington Grant for I-69 Research

Duke Energy Foundation awarded a $15,000 research grant to the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation as I-69 plans continue.

January 12, 2015

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Three Things To Look For In Tuesday’s State Of The State

The governor's 2015 State of the State address will likely focus heavily on education, but it could also include tax reform.

January 12, 2015

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Juries Could Weigh Seat Belt Use In Civil Lawsuits

Proposed legislation would allow juries to know whether or not someone involved in a car accident was wearing a seat belt.

January 12, 2015

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John Hamilton Running For Bloomington Mayor

Hamilton lost to Kruzan in the 2011 Democratic Primary.

January 13, 2015

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Website Allows Hoosiers To Compare Hospital Prices, Quality

The website displays public hospital charge data from the Indiana State Department of Health and allows visitors to compare Indiana hospitals side-by-side.

January 13, 2015

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How Raising Gas Taxes Could Affect The Transportation Budget

INDOT Commissioner Karl Browning doesn't recommend raising the gas tax but says an increasing number of bridges and roads in the state are in poor condition.

January 13, 2015

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VA Data Show Disparities In Veteran Benefits Spending

If you're a veteran and rely on benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, where you live may affect whether you receive the benefits you've earned.

January 13, 2015

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Expect Education As A Primary Focus In State of the State

Gov. Mike Pence delivers his annual State of the State address Tuesday night beginning at 7 p.m.

January 13, 2015

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Measure Seeks To Make Decapitation Punishable By Death

A state Senate committee Tuesday approved a bill to slightly expand the potential for prosecutors to seek the death penalty.

January 13, 2015

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Senator Files Emergency Legislation On Kokomo Stadium

If it passes, the proposal would authorize the Indiana Department of Homeland Security to issue a cease-and-desist order to stop work on the project.

January 13, 2015

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Preliminary ISTEP+ Tests Experience Interruptions…Again

An estimated 100-odd schools report experiencing timeouts during stress tests for the spring assessment – similar to events during the 2013 test period.

January 13, 2015

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State of the State Education Plans Nothing New To Hoosiers

Governor Mike Pence's State of the State address focused heavily on education, as many had expected.

January 13, 2015

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Reactions Vary To State of the State Education Agenda

The responses to education line items in Governor Mike Pence's State of the State address Tuesday night were as varied as the people who gave them.

January 14, 2015

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Public Art Plan Aims For Increased Community Engagement

The Public Art Master Plan establishes a blueprint for getting community members more involved in public art and details ideas for investing in new projects.

January 14, 2015

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Pence Proposes Balanced Budget Amendment

Indiana's Constitution already says the state cannot pass a law that creates debt.

January 14, 2015

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Veterans Service Officers Help Vets Get More Benefits

The latest data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs show Indiana receives $4,935 per veteran each year.

January 14, 2015

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Bloomington Leader Tony Pizzo Dies At 93

Anthony Pizzo has been in Bloomington since the 1950s.

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 14, 2015

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Campaign To Reduce Indiana’s Infant Mortality Rate Launches

The State Department of Health is reaching out to new and expectant mothers in an effort to curb the state’s infant mortality rate.

January 14, 2015

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Indiana Appeals Court Upholds Tort Cap

The lawsuit revolved around the 2011 State Fair stage collapse.

January 14, 2015

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Chief Justice Calls For More Money For Court Technology

Rush says Indiana will begin this year a move to statewide electronic filing in its courts.

January 14, 2015

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Some Say Pence’s Coal Crusade Doesn’t Address Opportunities

Director of the Hoosier Environmental Council says Pence should focus on the opportunities Indiana has for clean energy.

January 15, 2015

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Save American Workers Act Passes Through House

New legislation could alter the definition of a full-time work week.

January 15, 2015

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Coming Up Friday at 6 p.m. On “Indiana Newsdesk”

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

January 15, 2015

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Will Lawmakers Allow 13 More Counties Into the Pre-K Pilot?

The state senate and house each have a bill before them proposing to expand the On My Way Pre-K pilot program – is there support behind growing the initiative?

January 15, 2015

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Italian Auto Suppliers Coming To Hoosier State

OMR Automotive and Sirmax say they're bringing operations to Indiana, which could create up to 110 new jobs.

January 15, 2015

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Proposed Ethics Reform Would Provide Clearer Standards

The legislation is aimed at providing more transparency in both the legislative and executive branches of state government.

January 15, 2015

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Redistricting Bill Would Not Make Changes Until 2017

Under the proposed legislation, changes to Indiana's redistricting system likely wouldn't come until 2017.

January 15, 2015

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Indiana Continues To Wait On EPA’s Ethanol Standards

Indiana farmers and ethanol producers are in limbo as they wait for the EPA to decide how much biofuel should be blended into the nation's gasoline.

January 15, 2015

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Cummins Unveils New Diesel Engine

The 2016 Nissan Titan XD is powered by a new 5-liter, V8 diesel engine.

January 15, 2015

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Darryl Neher Announces Candidacy For Bloomington Mayor

Darryl Neher says the theme of his campaign will be that Bloomington works better together.

January 16, 2015

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Legislators Consider Law Banning Phone Calls While Driving

Two lawmakers have introduced bills banning phone calls while driving, unless drivers are using hands-free technology.

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 16, 2015

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175,000 Hoosiers Enrolled Through Affordable Care Act So Far

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says 89 percent of uninsured people don’t know they can enroll in healthcare coverage from now through Feb. 15.

January 16, 2015

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Changing Timing of School Referenda Could Change Outcomes

School-related referenda may only get a chance on the ballot in November elections, should the General Assembly approve a new bill.

January 16, 2015

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House Ethics Committee To Finalize Proposal Next Week

Lawmakers are responding to ethics scandals of the past year by enacting reforms along two tracks.

January 16, 2015

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How Supreme Court Taking Up Gay Marriage Will Affect Indiana

If the U.S. Supreme Court decides states have the authority to regulate marriage, same-sex marriage could become illegal again in Indiana.

January 16, 2015

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Disabled Veterans Foundation Opens New Facility In Bedford

The Disabled Veterans Wish Foundation grants one wish to any veteran who is 100 percent disabled or terminally ill.

January 16, 2015

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Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” January 16, 2015

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

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 17, 2015

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute’s Duke Bennett

Mayor Bennett talks about the some of the goals he hopes to accomplish in 2015.

January 17, 2015

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How Indiana Could Become ‘Silicon Valley’ Of Agriculture

Agribusiness executives and researchers spoke at the Governor's Agriculture Conference in Indianapolis on Friday.

January 19, 2015

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Small Brewers Rally For Higher Production Limit

Senator Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, has a bill raising the limit to 90,000 barrels.

January 19, 2015

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Report Ranks Indiana 43rd For Early Education

The report ranks Indiana near the bottom of the country for early education, at a time when lawmakers are discussing an expansion of a pre-K pilot program.

January 19, 2015

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NASA, NOAA Says 2014 Was Earth’s Warmest Since 1880

Some climate scientists have used geological data to say that we may be in the warmest period for the earth in at least the last 2,000 years.

January 19, 2015

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What Will Obama’s Education Budget Look Like?

How do Governor Pence's priorities for education spending stack up with President Obama's?

January 19, 2015

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Volunteers, Organizations Spend MLK Day As Day Of Service

Forty-one organizations in Bloomington received funding this year to complete service or educational projects to honor King’s legacy.

January 20, 2015

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Don’t Expect Many Surprises In Obama’s State Of The Union

President Obama delivers his annual State of the Union speech Tuesday night at 9 p.m. EST, but don't expect any new announcements on education.

January 20, 2015

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ISTEP Stress Test Delayed Due To School Feedback

The stress tests have been watched closely since 2013, when 78,000 students taking the ISTEP were disrupted.

January 20, 2015

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Band Of Potawatomi Indians Could Become Casino Competition

The Pokagon Band says it wants a full-fledged casino, but federal law allows it to open a facility limited to electronic bingo machines with no state input.

January 20, 2015

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DNR Approves Kokomo’s Flood Management Plan

Kokomo has received approval from the DNR on a flood mitigation plan, even as it seeks to resolve a dispute with FEMA regarding similar issues.

January 20, 2015

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Bill Would Require High School Students To Pass Civics Exam

The House Education Committee held a hearing Tuesday on a bill that would require high school students to pass the 100-question civics exam before graduation.

January 20, 2015

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Senate Committee OKs Expanding Rape Statute Of Limitations

Under current law, the statute of limitations to prosecute for rape is five years.

January 20, 2015

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Route For Final Section Of I-69 Could Be Changed

INDOT officials say factors have changed since the initial route along State Road 37 was selected ten years ago

January 20, 2015

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Terre Haute Residents Threaten Lawsuit Over Sludge Contract

Terre Haute's contract with a company that promised to convert its sewage sludge to diesel has sparked controversy.

January 20, 2015

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Commission Unanimously Approves Otter Trapping Season

The trapping season sets a quota of 600 otters total and two per person.

January 20, 2015

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Donnelly Wants President To Address Veterans, Middle Class

He says he also wants to know how Obama plans to work with Congress.

January 20, 2015

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Amazon Invests In Indiana Wind Farm

The investment is part of Amazon Web Services' plan to use renewable energy for 100 percent of its services.

January 21, 2015

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington’s Mark Kruzan

Mayor Kruzan talks about the latest developments for switch-yard park and the certified technology park.

January 21, 2015

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Purdue Holds Moment Of Silence On Anniversary Of Shooting

Andrew Boldt was shot and killed by Cody Cousins in the school's engineering building a year ago today.

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 21, 2015

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Would A Proposed Wine Shipping Bill Help Hoosier Wineries?

Current law says retailers can only ship wine directly to individual customers if there’s been a face-to-face transaction first where their age was verified.

January 21, 2015

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Legislation Allows Alcohol Licenses Despite Reaching Limit

Greencastle officials plan to grant alcohol licenses despite reaching their limit.

January 22, 2015

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Charter Schools Closing Due To “Chronic Under-Performance”

Ball State University informed two charter schools Friday that their charters will not be renewed.

January 22, 2015

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Is Second Grade Too Early To Take A State Test?

What do state lawmakers, teachers and other school advocates have to say about moving the IREAD-3 test to second grade?

January 22, 2015

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Indianapolis Will See Tourism Boost In Coming Years

The city has booked 880,552 future hotel room nights and conventions, which total nearly $815 million in future economic impact for Indianapolis.

January 22, 2015

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Bill Aimed At Stopping Baseball Stadium Construction Passes

SB 100 gives the Indiana Department of Homeland Security the ability to issue a cease-and-desist order in certain circumstances.

January 22, 2015

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Three Guns Confiscated At Indianapolis International Airport

Authorities confiscated three guns, one of which was loaded, from two passengers at Indianapolis International Airport on Wednesday morning.

January 22, 2015

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Committee Approves Alternative To Energy Efficiency Program

The new proposal would provide flexible energy efficiency goals for utility companies.

January 22, 2015

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Study Raises New Concern About E-Cigarettes

A new study finds that high-voltage vaping can be more hazardous than tobacco cigarettes.

January 23, 2015

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Senate Leaders Say They Won’t Challenge Sunday Alcohol Sales

Bills to allow Sunday sales have never made it to the Senate floor, but President Pro Tem David Long says he doesn't have a problem with the change.

January 23, 2015

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Indiana Congresswomen Help Block GOP Anti-Abortion Bill

The House did pass an alternative bill yesterday, H.R.7, that would prohibit taxpayer funding of elective abortions.

January 23, 2015

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‘I Have No Idea’ Of Footballs’ Condition, Tom Brady Says

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he didn't give the game balls a thought during his team's win over the Indianapolis Colts.

January 23, 2015

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Weekly Statehouse Update: Wine Sales, Energy Efficiency

Bills legislators addressed included increasing the statute of limitations in rape cases and changing the requirements for ordering wine on the Internet.

January 23, 2015

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DNA Could Predict Physical Appearance Of Crime Suspects

Susan Walsh, an assistant professor at IUPUI, says a DNA computer program could help law enforcement narrow down suspects based on hair and eye color.

January 23, 2015

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Terre Haute Audit Finds Mayor Did Not Misuse City Funds

An audit showed the Department of Redevelopment, not the mayor's office, did not appropriately allocate funds.

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 23, 2015

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Will More Charter School Funding Prevent Failures?

Some are questioning the academic progress of charter schools after Ball State University said it would close two Indianapolis charters.

January 23, 2015

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Bills Would Create Three-Foot Passing Zone For Bicycles

The proposed legislation says motorists who do not give cyclists the three-foot clearance could be fined up to $500.

January 23, 2015

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Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” January 23, 2015

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 24, 2015

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Correctional Facility Will Allow Magazine To Be Distributed

The order issued Thursday by an Indianapolis federal court says GEO Group has agreed to distribute a publication that reports on prisoners’ issues.

January 25, 2015

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Fire Department Dispatched To Bloomington’s Village Deli

The Bloomington Fire Department was called to The Village Deli around noon Sunday.

January 26, 2015

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Potential Fight In Corrections Funding

A fight over funding may be looming at the General Assembly between local community corrections programs and the state Department of Correction.

January 26, 2015

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City Of Kokomo Files Lawsuit Against IDHS Over Stadium

The lawsuit, which was filed in the Marion County Environmental Court, seeks to allow the city to continue construction on the Kokomo Municipal Stadium.

January 26, 2015

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House Committee Postpones Vote On High-Fenced Deer Hunting

Legislation to legalize and regulate high-fenced deer hunting preserves has failed in past sessions.

January 26, 2015

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Charter School Performances The Last Three Years

As the funding of charter schools comes up in this legislative session, charter school performance is sure to be at the center of that conversation.

January 26, 2015

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Indiana License Plates To No Longer Be Made By Inmates

After a months-long bidding process, the BMV signed a contract with Intellectual Technology Incorporated for the company to produce the state’s license plates.

January 27, 2015

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Bill Would Require Ignition Device For Repeat DUI Offenders

The bill has been assigned to the Roads and Transportation Committee. The proposal will get its first hearing on Wednesday.

January 27, 2015

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Monroe County Veterans Court Experiences Delays

Guidelines that would make a special court for veterans legal in Monroe County are being met with delays in the application process.

January 27, 2015

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HIP 2.0 Gets Federal Stamp Of Approval, Will Begin Feb. 1

The expansion offers three different levels of coverage and will cover 350,000 uninsured Hoosiers.

January 27, 2015

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Indiana Unemployment Rate Ticks Up Slightly

State officials say the rise in the unemployment rate can be attributed to an increase in the number of people seeking jobs.

January 27, 2015

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Revisiting IDOE Duties At The Education Committee Meeting

The House Education Committee met Tuesday to discuss a bill that would shift many duties of the Department of Education over to the State Board of Education.

January 27, 2015

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Ethics Reform Takes Another Step Forward In Statehouse

The proposed code prohibits representatives from advocating in matters where they have a direct personal or financial interest.

January 27, 2015

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Pence Says Site Will Be A Resource, Not A News Source

The State of Indiana is launching a resource website called Just IN to house press releases from government agencies.

January 27, 2015

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As Northeast Battles Snowstorm Hoosiers Recall 1978 Blizzard

The Great Blizzard of 1978 dumped 20 inches of snow on Indianapolis.

January 28, 2015

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More Funding Needed For 21st Century Scholars Program

A large increase is anticipated in the number of students taking advantage of the scholarship program over the next two years.

January 28, 2015

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Ask The Mayor: Kokomo’s Greg Goodnight

Mayor Goodnight talks about his greatest achievement of 2014 and looks ahead to what's next for Kokomo in the new year.

January 28, 2015

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French Lick Resort Reports Possible Credit Card Theft

The resort says any visitors between April 23, 2014 and Jan. 21, 2015 who used a credit card may have had their information stolen.

January 28, 2015

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Indiana Sees Increase In Union Membership

Union membership in Indiana has risen for the past two years despite the enactment of the right-to-work law in 2012.

January 28, 2015

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Pence Administration Will Consult Press Orgs On Just IN Site

Pence’s communications director Christy Denault says the original intent of the Just IN news service was to serve as a clearinghouse for press releases.

January 28, 2015

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Bill To Legalize Sawed-Off Shotguns Passes Senate Panel

Federal law allows people to manufacture, sell, and own sawed-off shotguns, also known as short barrel shotguns, but Indiana law does not.

January 28, 2015

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Report: More Students On Track To Graduate In Four Years

A report released by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education shows students who receive state financial aid are on track to graduate in four years.

January 28, 2015

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Indiana Farmers See Record Popcorn Crop

Farmers in the Hoosier state planted a total of 91,000 acres of corn used to make popcorn.

January 29, 2015

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Strict Vaccine Requirements Could Prevent Outbreaks

Indiana’s relatively strict vaccination requirements could put the state at less risk of widespread outbreaks of vaccine-preventable illnesses.

January 29, 2015

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Microbeads Ban Clears House Committee

Microbeads are found in a wide variety of beauty and personal products, and researchers say they're showing up in the water system.

January 29, 2015

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Indy Eleven Unveils New $82 Million Stadium

The stadium includes a dome roof and nearly 18,000 seats.

January 29, 2015

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Projects to Move Historic IU Homes Now Underway

Historic homes in Bloomington are in the process of being relocated.

January 29, 2015

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Panel Passes Bill To Change Education Board Chair

A bill in the House would allow members on the State Board of Education to elect their own board chair.

January 29, 2015

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Coming Up Friday at 6 p.m. On “Indiana Newsdesk”

We explain why Governor Pence is touting HIP 2.0 as a national model for Medicaid reform. Will state lawmakers fund the demand of a college scholarship program?

January 29, 2015

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Pence Terminates Development Of Controversial Just IN Site

In a statement, the governor said the decision came after "thorough review of the preliminary planning and careful consideration of the concerns expressed."

January 29, 2015

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Vaping Liquids Could Soon Face Stricter Regulations

A Senate committee approved a bill that would regulate liquids used in e-cigarettes. E-cigarette and vape shop owners say it could put them out of business.

January 29, 2015

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Indiana Senators Vote To Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

The bill, which the president has threatened to veto, will soon head to Obama's desk.

January 30, 2015

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Lawmakers Seek To Expand Concussion Prevention Practices

A new bill from Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane would extend current concussion laws to middle school athletes and coaches.

January 30, 2015

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INDOT Extends Amtrak Contract As Negotiations Continue

The Indiana Department of Transportation has extended the passenger rail service's contract while long-term negotiations on the Hoosier State line continue.

January 30, 2015

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Here’s What You Might Have Missed In Indiana News This Week

While the governor's proposed health care expansion got a seal of approval, press organizations criticized his plan to create a state-run news agency.

January 30, 2015

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Pelath Expresses Concern As Budget Writing Looms

House Minority Leader Scott Pelath’s problem with the budget process lies in a power of the governor’s called reversion.

January 30, 2015

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“Death Cafes” Scheduled For Next Month At IUPUI

The moderator of the cafes says the forums “increase awareness of death with a view toward helping people make the most of their lives.”

January 30, 2015

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Flu Death Toll In Indiana Climbs To Over 100

About 96 percent of the reported deaths occurred in those who were 50 years or older.

January 30, 2015

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Bill Would Lead To Fewer Polling Places

Democrats charge a bill that would lead to fewer polling places.

January 30, 2015

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Video: Watch “Indiana Newsdesk” January 30, 2015

We explain why Governor Pence is touting HIP 2.0 as a national model for Medicaid reform. Will state lawmakers fund the demand of a college scholarship program?

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