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January 1, 2018

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Police Can Take DNA From Any Felony Arrestee As Law Takes Effect

Police in Indiana will now be able to take DNA samples from anyone brought in on a felony arrest warrant after a law passed in 2017 takes effect Jan 1.

January 1, 2018

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Indiana Scientists Have Lead On First Treatment For Hydrocephalus

The researchers from IUPUI and IU School of Medicine recently received a $1.8 million federal grant to continue drug development.

January 1, 2018

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Bartholomew Co. Scholarship To Honor Serviceman Killed Last Summer

Army Sgt. Jonathon Michael Hunter, a Columbus resident, died in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan.

January 1, 2018

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Landowners Can Help Declining Bird Populations Through DNR Grant

The Indiana DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife announced that more than $1 million will help species like quail, pheasants, and sparrows.

January 1, 2018

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Indiana Lawmaker Wants Political Maps Drawn Independently

A northwestern Indiana lawmaker wants an independent commission to draw political-district maps instead of politicians.

January 1, 2018

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USDA Renews License For Highly-Criticized Wildlife Facility

Wildlife in Need has approval to operate another year despite public criticism and a lawsuit. The owner says allegations of animal mistreatment are unfounded.

January 1, 2018

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OPTIMISTIC Program Drops Nursing Home Patient Hospitalizations

A new research study aims to reduce avoidable hospitalizations of long-stay nursing home patients through a new clinical intervention model.

January 1, 2018

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Indiana Senator Pushes For CBD Oil Legalization

A state senator has filed a bill that would officially legalize the sale and possession of cannabis oil in Indiana.

January 1, 2018

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Lawmakers Pleased With Grocery And Liquor Store Alliance

State lawmakers say an alliance between grocery and liquor stores boosts chances for Sunday alcohol sales passage like never before.

January 2, 2018

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Proposed Bobcat Hunting Season Still Early In Planning Process

The state government is still in the early stages of planning for a potential Bobcat hunting and trapping season.

January 2, 2018

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Committee To Discuss How To Spend Millions After VW Settlement

The VW settlement stipulates the money states receive must be used to decrease damages caused by diesel.

January 2, 2018

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New Brown Co. Concert Venue To Break Ground In Spring 2018

The Maple Leaf Performing Arts Center will be a 2,000-seat venue located on State Road 46, just outside Nashville city limits.

January 2, 2018

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Youth Workers Train To Help Children Of Incarcerated Parents

The mental, emotional and physical health of children and families can be impacted when a parent is incarcerated.

January 2, 2018

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2018 Session Could Be ‘Free-For-All’ Without Central Focus

Speaker Brian Bosma says the 2018 legislative session lacks what he calls “one, overarching, bright, shiny object” that will draw the focus of most lawmakers.

January 2, 2018

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Bloomington Officials Still Question Methadone Clinic Plans

Officials in Bloomington say they have questions about how a methadone clinic planned in the city will operate.

January 2, 2018

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Judge Denies Arbitration Request On Firefighters Contract

A judge has denied a request by a union representing firefighters in a central Indiana department for arbitration amid contract talks.

January 2, 2018

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Cold Weather Prompts Warnings, School Closings In Indiana

Officials in central and northern Indiana are warning people that dangerously cold temperatures being felt in the state can quickly cause frostbite.

January 2, 2018

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What You Can Expect From The 2018 Legislative Session

Lawmakers are expected to take up Sunday alcohol sales, cannabidiol oil use and more during the legislative session that starts this week.

January 2, 2018

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Ex-Deputy Convicted In Fraud Case Released From Prison

A former sheriff's deputy has been released from prison after serving time in an overbilling scheme involving a school district in Terre Haute.

January 2, 2018

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Court Upholds Dismissal Of Johnson Co. Public Defense Suit

The lawsuit claims seven men facing charges in Johnson County received inadequate representation.

January 2, 2018

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Hospitals Take Precautions As Indiana Flu Cases Increase 43%

The growing number of flu-related cases in Indiana is pushing some hospitals to take extra precautions.

January 2, 2018

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Chart: Indiana Cities See Record Low Temperatures

New Year's Day set a new record low temperature for Bloomington on that day with minus 8 degrees.

January 2, 2018

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Plummeting Temperatures Cause Surge In Frozen Pipes Calls

Officials at the City of Bloomington Utilities say they’ve received more than 100 calls about frozen or broken pipes in the past couple of days.

January 2, 2018

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Gov. Allows Longer Truck Driving Hours To Address Propane Shortage

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed an executive order suspending regulations on driving hours for truck drivers transporting propane to help address a propane shortage.

January 2, 2018

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Lawmaker Proposes Change To Legalize Sunscreen In Schools

Indiana could soon join a growing list of states with laws allowing students to carry sunscreen at school.

January 2, 2018

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Families, State Leaders Praise Indiana Troops Before Deployment

Around 250 members of the Indiana National Guard will help support U.S. Central Command efforts in Southwest Asia.

January 3, 2018

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Indiana Lawmakers Returning For Possibly Contentious Session

Legislators are returning to the Indiana Statehouse to begin this year's General Assembly session.

January 3, 2018

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Indian Tribe Sets Jan. 16 Opening For New South Bend Casino

An American Indian tribe is set to open its first Indiana casino to join three it already operates in southwestern Michigan.

January 3, 2018

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Indiana Land That Harbors 2 Endangered Bats To Be Protected

A conservation group says a heavily wooded tract in western Indiana that's home to two federally endangered bats will be protected from development.

January 3, 2018

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IU Health To Transfer Ownership Of Bloomington Hospital To City

IU Health will demolish the hospital on the current site. The city has not decided what the site will be used for in the future.

January 3, 2018

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Larry Bird’s Older Brother Seeking Indiana House Seat

The older brother of Basketball Hall of Famer Larry Bird is entering the race for a seat in the Indiana Legislature.

January 3, 2018

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Lawmakers Announce Push To Expand Baby Box Locations

New legislation would expand last year’s law that legalized the devices meant to serve as a more anonymous way for someone to leave an unwanted newborn.

January 3, 2018

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Judge Orders IBM To Post $25M Bond In Indiana Welfare Case

A judge has ordered IBM to post a $25 million bond as it appeals a $78 million judgment stemming from a failed effort to automate Indiana's welfare services.

January 3, 2018

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Historic Paoli Bridge Reopens To Traffic Two Years After Collapse

The bridge reopened more than two years after a semi caused it to collapse.

January 3, 2018

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Follow Coverage Of The 2018 Legislative Session

The 2018 legislative session kicked off today. Keep up with the bills you care about with our comprehensive coverage, all in one place.

January 3, 2018

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Medical Marijuana Advocates Rally, Legislation Filed

Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) spoke at a rally at the Statehouse to announce his bill to legalize cannabis for anyone with a serious medical condition.

January 3, 2018

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PHOTOS: IU Club Hockey Team Practices On Arboretum Pond

The team practiced on a frozen pond in IU's arboretum Wednesday.

January 3, 2018

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Democrats Want Legislature To Investigate Issues At DCS

Republican legislative leaders indicated they likely won't take any significant action in the 2018 session to address issues at DCS.

January 4, 2018

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Law Protecting Pets From Hot Cars Could Apply During Winter Months

A law originally designed to protect pets from being locked in hot cars could apply to pets left out in the cold during winter months.

January 4, 2018

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Indiana State University’s First Female President Begins Job

Deborah Curtis has taken the helm as president of Indiana State University.

January 4, 2018

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Parole Rejected For Bloomington Man Convicted Of 1986 Murder

The Indiana Parole Board has rejected parole for 62-year-old Robert E. Lee, who was convicted in a woman's 1986 killing and dismemberment.

January 4, 2018

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Bloomington Chamber Names Phil D’Amico As New President

Phil D'Amico will lead the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce. He takes over from Jeb Conrad, who resigned in July.

January 4, 2018

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Bloomington Democrat Files Bill To Legalize Assisted Suicide

The proposed legislation would apply only to Hoosiers with a terminal illness and no more than six months to live.

January 4, 2018

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Terre Haute Macy’s To Close

Department store giant Macy's is closing the Terre Haute location. As of now, none of the other 11 Indiana locations are slated for closure.

January 4, 2018

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House GOP Agenda: Township Reform, Drug Treatment Centers

Legislation this session could eliminate nearly a third of all Indiana townships – potentially getting rid of more than 1,200 elected officials.

January 4, 2018

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Survey: What Should Bloomington Do With The Hospital Property?

The City of Bloomington is purchasing the site of the current IU Health Bloomington Hospital. What do you think the city should use the property for?

January 4, 2018

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Tax Overhaul Prompts Indiana Utilities Commission Investigation

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission will investigate the impact of the newly signed federal tax overhaul to determine possible benefits to customers.

January 4, 2018

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Monroe County Syringe Exchange Awarded Annual Grant

A $15,000 grant will help Monroe County continue to fund its syringe exchange program for the next year.

January 4, 2018

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Bloomington Business Starts Program To Prevent Beehive Theft

The new GPS system will allow commercial beekeepers to track and retrieve hives.

January 4, 2018

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Bloomington’s West Side Kmart To Close In April

Liquidation sales at the closing stores could start as early as Jan. 12.

January 4, 2018

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62 Deer Killed As Part Of Griffy Lake Cull

The city says an overpopulation of deer is hurting the preserve's ecosystem.

January 4, 2018

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Cursive Writing Debate Back At The Statehouse

One lawmaker has earned the nickname "Queen of Cursive" for proposing the same piece of legislation for seven years in a row.

January 5, 2018

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Democratic Leader Questions GOP ‘Secrecy’ On Child Agency

Indiana Democrats are questioning Republicans' reluctance to hold public hearings to review widely reported troubles at the state's child welfare agency.

January 5, 2018

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As Esports Industry Booms, Some Colleges Launch Varsity Teams

Reports estimate the global market will top a billion dollars in the next two years. While some schools are jumping on board, others are holding out.

January 5, 2018

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Rep. Lawson Won’t Seek Re-election, Calls Legislature “Toxic”

Rep. Linda Lawson of Hammond says she'll finish out her term and then give up the seat she first won in 1998.

January 5, 2018

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Tonight At 6 On ‘Indiana Newsdesk’

Some Orange County workers find out they’ll be keeping their jobs. It’s back to work for Indiana’s legislators. And Indiana’s National Guard heads to Kuwait.

January 5, 2018

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Southern Indiana Gets New Prosecutor Focused On Violence

The U.S. Justice Department says the federal Southern District of Indiana will receive an additional assistant U.S. attorney to focus on violent crime.

January 5, 2018

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Terre Haute Businessman Announces Bid For Mayor

Pat Goodwin is the owner of Tractor Tools Direct and a former Terre Haute City Engineer. He plans to run as an Independent.

January 5, 2018

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Legislative Session Weekly Wrap-Up: DCS, Cold Beer, CBD & More

Government and Politics reporter Brandon Smith recaps the first week of the legislative session.

January 5, 2018

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Senate Leader Wants Conversation Shift In Redistricting Debate

Sen. Greg Walker's bill would define what he calls the “criteria” of redistricting – prioritizing what map makers must consider when drawing districts.

January 5, 2018

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Longtime Northern Indiana State Representative To Retire

Rep. Bill Friend of Macy says he will finish out his term, but won't run again in 2018.

January 5, 2018

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Columbus Proposes Landlord Registry Ordinance

A proposed ordinance that would create a city landlord registry in south-central Indiana is facing opposition from property owners.

January 5, 2018

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IU Part Of Largest-Ever Concussion Research Project

The project tracks student athletes over time to determine the long-term effects of concussions.

January 5, 2018

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Messel Change Of Venue Hearing Rescheduled

A judge will consider granting a change of venue for Daniel Messel's trial for rape. The charges are unrelated to the death of IU student Hannah Wilson.

January 5, 2018

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Influential GOP Lawmaker Calls For Medical Marijuana Study

One of the most powerful Republicans in the Indiana House of Representatives says the Legislature should study the possibility of legalizing medical marijuana.

January 5, 2018

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Workers Keep Jobs As Paoli Furniture Plant Changes Owners

Employees at a manufacturing facility will get to keep their jobs as a factory slated to close down, will stay open under a new owner.

January 5, 2018

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Kroger Sign Now Up Outside Former North Side Marsh Supermarket

According to officials, the grocery store will reopen as a Kroger, but it's unclear when.

January 5, 2018

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Wind Chills Of -25 Expected Saturday Before Warmer Weather Returns

Forecasters say cold conditions will continue through the start of the weekend.

January 5, 2018

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Hoosiers Gather For Rural Opioid Addiction Symposium

Residents living in rural Indiana are looking at different ways to fight the opioid epidemic.

January 5, 2018

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Proposed Bill Gives Tax Credits For Raising Minimum Wage

An Indiana Senate Republican wants to give businesses tax credits for giving raises to minimum-wage workers.

January 5, 2018

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Transportation Committee Leaders Move Forward In 2018 Session

Transportation committee leaders in the Indiana General Assembly say their work isn’t done after last session’s landmark road funding bill.

January 5, 2018

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Watch ‘Indiana Newsdesk:’ Paoli Inc. Not Closing, Esports

Some Orange County workers find out they’ll be keeping their jobs. It’s back to work for Indiana’s legislators. And Indiana’s National Guard heads to Kuwait.

January 5, 2018

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Hoosier Health Group Launches County Health Data Tool

The enhanced website from the Alliance for a Healthier Indiana focuses on four core health measures that many Hoosiers fall short on.

January 5, 2018

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Bills Would Allow In-State Tuition For Undocumented Students

Two bills filed in the Indiana General Assembly would give ways for immigrants who graduate from an Indiana high school to be eligible for in-state tuition.

January 6, 2018

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Local Gyms Require Clean Shoes To Avoid Equipment Damage From Salt

It may feel too cold to exercise outside, but the harsh winter weather can also have an impact on your indoor workouts.

January 6, 2018

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Indiana’s Ivy Tech Plans To Increase Enrollment, Degrees

The school plans to more than double the number of degrees and credentials awarded annually over the next five years.

January 6, 2018

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First-Time Democratic Candidates Train To Run Campaigns

More than 200 prospective Democratic candidates from across Indiana packed two conference rooms in Indianapolis to learn how to run a political campaign.

January 7, 2018

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Indiana National Guard Soldier Dies At Fort Hood In Texas

Hundreds of families along with state leaders praised around 250 soldiers at a send off celebration last week.

January 7, 2018

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Snow And Ice Expected Monday Morning

Forecasters at the National Weather Service say to expect a messy wintry mix of ice and snow Sunday night into Monday morning.

January 8, 2018

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Healthcare.gov Signups Dip Only Slightly Thanks To Auto-Enrollment

This year’s enrollment on the federal healthcare marketplace dipped just slightly in Indiana, despite a shortened sign-up period and a drop in federal funding.

January 8, 2018

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DNR Officials Say Birds Face Threat To Survive In Winter

Sub-zero temperatures and lack of resources can make conditions difficult for residential birds during the winter months.

January 8, 2018

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Senate Committee To Take Up Cold Beer, Sunday Sales Bills

The chairman of an Indiana Senate committee that handles alcohol matters has scheduled a hearing for a bill to allow retail Sunday booze sales.

January 8, 2018

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Indiana’s Neighbor Ranks Number 1 For Residents Leaving The State

A national study on migration reveals Illinois ranks number one for the most people moving out of, rather than into, the state.

January 8, 2018

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Indiana Group Pushes For Repeal Of Protections For Smokers

A group of Indiana health and business organizations are pushing for a repeal of some legal protections given to smokers.

January 8, 2018

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Appeal Planned On Lawsuit Challenging Public Defender System

An attorney is planning to ask the state Supreme Court to consider if an Indiana county's public defender system is violating the rights of poor defendants.

January 8, 2018

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Senate Panel Advances Bill To Allow No-Excuse Absentee Voting

All Hoosier voters could cast absentee ballots by mail without any excuse under legislation advanced Monday by a Senate panel.

January 8, 2018

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Hoosiers Urged To Get Flu Shots As Deaths Rise To 25

Indiana's health commissioner is urging Hoosiers to get their flu shots and take other precautions amid a surge in flu-related illnesses and deaths.

January 8, 2018

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Bloomington To Hire Consultants For Hospital Reuse Recommendations

City of Bloomington officials are hiring an outside consulting firm to help decide what do with the current IU Health Bloomington Hospital site.

January 8, 2018

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Probe Into Slayings Of Delphi Teens Moving To Smaller Space

Indiana State Police say the base of operations for the unsolved slayings of two northern Indiana girls is moving to a smaller workspace.

January 8, 2018

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Cardinal Stage Announces Change To Spring Lineup

The company will produce "Fun Home" in place of "9 To 5: The Musical."

January 8, 2018

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Senate Panel Passes Bill To Allow Dead People’s Votes To Count

The Senate committee's approval comes despite objections from Secretary of State Connie Lawson’s office.

January 8, 2018

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New FDA Campaign Focuses On Where Smokers Purchase Cigarettes

A new FDA campaign aims to encourage smokers to keep trying to quit and it’s coming to Indiana.

January 8, 2018

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Republican Senate Leaders Outline 2018 Priorities

Those priorities include Sunday alcohol sales, opioid abuse prevention, and covering a gap in school funding left by an enrollment miscalculation.

January 9, 2018

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Legislative Leaders Expect DCS Talk From State Of The State

Indiana legislative leaders anticipate Gov. Holcomb will address recent controversy at the Department of Child Services in his State of the State tonight.

January 9, 2018

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Submit Your Questions For Terre Haute’s “Ask The Mayor”

We're getting ready to visit with Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett for Wednesday's show. Submit your questions now!

January 9, 2018

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Schools In Financial Trouble Could Get New Early Warning System

Lawmakers will consider legislation to identify and provide help to schools that are facing financial problems before they reach crisis levels.

January 9, 2018

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Orange County Commissioners, Amish Reach Agreement On Horseshoes

Amish living in Orange County will use milder steel horseshoes for half of the year.

January 9, 2018

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Kelley School Dean Will Carry Torch In Olympic Relay

The dean of the IU Kelley School of Business will join two alumni in South Korea for a celebratory torch relay before the 2018 Winter Olympics.

January 9, 2018

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Egg Prices To Remain Moderate In 2018

Hoosiers can expect to pay about three cents more for eggs in 2018.

January 9, 2018

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Notre Dame Researchers Study Community College Drop-outs

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame found those who receive mentorship support had a greater chance of completing an associates degree.

January 9, 2018

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1 Injured When Ambulance Collides With Buggy In Daviess County

Police said the ambulance's emergency lights were activated but its siren was not Monday night when it struck a horse-drawn buggy traveling along a rural road.

January 9, 2018

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Fresh Thyme To Open In Store Previously Slated For Whole Foods 365

The company's announcement ends months of speculation about whether a planned Whole Foods 365 slated for Bloomington's College Mall would actually open.

January 9, 2018

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What Hundreds Of Bloomingtonians Want To See On The Hospital Site

Hundreds of Bloomington residents say they want to see affordable housing on the IU Health Bloomington Hospital site once the city takes ownership.

January 9, 2018

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Committee Approves Bill To Help Veterans With Education Benefits

Military veterans won’t have certain financial resources counted against them when applying for tuition aid under legislation advanced Tuesday.

January 9, 2018

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T.C. Steele Historic Site To Recreate Artist’s Studio Wagon

The artist's studio wagon burnt down in 1913. A grant will allow the historic site to recreate the wagon.

January 9, 2018

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Terre Haute, Vigo Co. File Lawsuits Against Major Drug Companies

The city of Terre Haute and Vigo County officially filed lawsuits this week against opioid distributors and manufacturers.

January 9, 2018

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Crane’s Role In Nuclear Security The Focus Of High-Profile Visit

An event at a Southern Indiana military base this week highlights the increasing role Hoosiers play in developing military technologies.

January 9, 2018

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Veterans Legislative Day Highlights Priorities

More than 100 Hoosier veterans attended the annual event, many met with lawmakers to discuss legislative priorities.

January 9, 2018

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Holcomb Address Sets Specifics On Workforce, Touches On DCS

Gov. Eric Holcomb is seeking to reassure Hoosiers his administration will do “whatever it takes” to fix problems at the Department of Child Services.

January 10, 2018

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Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute’s Bennett On Budget Loan, Casino Bill

Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett talks why the city needs another budget loan and takes your questions.

January 10, 2018

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Indiana’s GOP US Senate Field Will Be Set Over Next Month

The period during which time the size of the Republican field for the party's U.S. Senate nomination will be determined this month.

January 10, 2018

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Vigo Co. Council Member Announces Bid For County Commissioner Seat

Council member Brendan Kearns says he will focus on communication, economic development and accessibility during his campaign.

January 10, 2018

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New Study Promotes Intervention For Veterans And Their Caregivers

Researchers plan for a collaborative care program for veterans with traumatic brain injuries or Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.

January 10, 2018

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IN Among States Expected To Debate Sports Betting Regulation Bills

Indiana is among 18 states predicted to introduce a bill this year that would regulate sports betting.

January 10, 2018

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Measles Case Confirmed On IU Bloomington Campus

Indiana University Bloomington officials say a student has a confirmed case of measles.

January 10, 2018

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Indiana DNR Collecting Coyote Carcasses To Monitor For Disease

The DNR has collected samples from deer harvested the last two seasons, but this is the first time the department will test coyotes.

January 10, 2018

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Activists Re-Form ‘Bloomington United’ Group

Some Bloomington activists are reviving an organization originally established 20 years ago.

January 10, 2018

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Fiery Semitrailer Crash Shuts Down I-65 In Southern Indiana

Authorities have shut down both lanes of Interstate 65 in southern Indiana after a fiery crash spilled hazardous chemicals and prompted evacuations.

January 10, 2018

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New Layoffs At Indiana Carrier Factory A Year After Trump Deal

A new round of layoffs is taking effect at the Carrier factory about a year after President Donald Trump touted a deal to save some of the plant's jobs.

January 10, 2018

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Events Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Across The State

Cities throughout the state will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with events ranging from lectures to volunteering.

January 10, 2018

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Chief Justice Focuses On Drug Crisis In State Of The Judiciary

Chief Justice Loretta Rush told lawmakers the state’s court system is prepared to meet the challenges it faces, including the ongoing opioid epidemic.

January 10, 2018

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Senate Committee Approves Sunday Alcohol Sales Bill

A Senate committee easily approved legislation to allow stores to sell alcohol on Sundays. It’s the first time such legislation has ever advanced in the Senate.

January 10, 2018

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School Funding Fix Advances To House

Legislation that would fix a school funding shortfall unanimously passed out of a key General Assembly committee Wednesday.

January 10, 2018

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Michelle Obama Scheduled To Speak At Indianapolis Event

"A Moderated Conversation with Former First Lady Michelle Obama" is planned for Feb. 13 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

January 10, 2018

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State Board Approves School Grading System Proposal

The State Board of Education has proposed a plan to change Indiana's grading system for school accountability, which has already been met with some criticism.

January 10, 2018

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Application For Abortion Clinic In South Bend Denied

The Indiana State Department of Health has denied an application for a license to open an abortion clinic in South Bend.

January 11, 2018

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Indiana AG Challenges Settlement Over Immigration Detentions

Curtis Hill is challenging a settlement barring the Marion County Sheriff's Office from detaining people based solely on requests from immigration officials.

January 11, 2018

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Computer Science Bill Receives Positive Testimony, Few Concerns

The Senate education committee heard testimony on a bill to mandate schools teach computer science.

January 11, 2018

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Vigo Co. Innkeeper’s Tax Generates $2 Million In 2017

It's the first time the tax has topped $2 million in revenue since it was instated.

January 11, 2018

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Both Indiana Senators Backing Trump Pick For Federal Judge

Both of Indiana's U.S. senators have endorsed President Donald Trump's nominee to become a federal judge in Indianapolis.

January 11, 2018

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Group In Talks To Take Over Madison County’s Needle Exchange

The county council voted last August to prohibit the use of local tax dollars in managing the needle-exchange, effectively ending the 2-year-old program.

January 11, 2018

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Purdue Announces Name Of Controversial Online University

Purdue's acquisition of for-profit Kaplan has been marked with controversy ever since it was announced last April.

January 11, 2018

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Mellencamp Son Speck Gets Probation After Bloomington Arrest

Police say 22-year-old Speck Mellencamp was arrested after he and his brother, Hud, were involved in a fight outside a Bloomington restaurant.

January 11, 2018

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Residents Urged To Compare Movements To Student With Measles

Health officials are advising residents who work at or go to certain businesses to carefully monitor themselves for measles symptoms.

January 11, 2018

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City Council Revises Density, Height Provisions In Master Plan

Bloomington City Council members approved amendments to the Comprehensive Master Plan concerning building height and neighborhood density.

January 11, 2018

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Casino Interests Gave To Indiana’s Rokita As He Pushed Bill

Republican Rep. Todd Rokita saw a spike in contributions after he took up legislation to end employee protections for tribal casino workers.

January 11, 2018

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Bill To Lift Ban On Drug Offenders Receiving SNAP Moves To Senate

The ban includes any conviction of Schedule 1 drug offense, for example: cocaine, marijuana, opioids, and LSD.

January 11, 2018

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School Principals Share Concerns On New Grad Pathways

Some school principals have said locally created pathways are critical, but the state has yet to outline what those requirements will look like.

January 11, 2018

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Experts Question New Green Light On Medicaid Work Requirement

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced it will support state policies that require people to work for their Medicaid coverage.

January 12, 2018

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City To Renovate ‘Columbus Commons’ Playground

City officials are planning to modernize the play space inside the 'Columbus Commons' community gathering place.

January 12, 2018

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Ceremony, Service Set For Indiana Soldier Who Died In Texas

The body of an Indiana National Guard soldier who died after arriving for training at Fort Hood in Texas is being returned to his home state.

January 12, 2018

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AG Hill Appeals ICE Detainer Decision

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill filed an appeal in a case involving a man who was detained at the request of immigration officials.

January 12, 2018

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Indiana Lawmakers Not Governed By Sexual Harassment Policy

Indiana lawmakers are waiting to see what state legislatures across the country do to update their sexual harassment policies.

January 12, 2018

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Winter Storm, Power Outages Forecast For Southern Indiana

The National Weather Service says up to a quarter-inch of ice and 2-4 inches of snow will create hazardous conditions across much of southern Indiana.

January 12, 2018

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Tonight At 6 On ‘Indiana Newsdesk’

A new bill could jeopardize small Indiana Townships. Governor Eric Holcomb’s State of the State address and a look at Bloomington’s Comprehensive Master Plan.

January 12, 2018

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Masked Protesters Given Warnings For Trespassing At Yellowwood

State officials say eight masked individuals were issued warnings for criminal trespassing at the site of a logging operation in Yellowwood State Forest.

January 12, 2018

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This Week At The Statehouse: Sunday Sales, State Of The State

Gov. Eric Holcomb delivered his State of the State, Sunday alcohol sales took a historic step, and a Senate panel voted to expand food stamps to ex-offenders.

January 12, 2018

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Weather Update: Additional One To Two Inches Of Snow Expected

A winter storm warning and advisory are in effect until 10 p.m. Forecasters predict snow and sleet accumulations of 1 to 2 inches for north and central Indiana.

January 12, 2018

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State Leaders Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy

U.S. Sens. Joe Donnelly and Todd Young say they’re working to continue Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy as they try to spread his message of love and unity.

January 12, 2018

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IDOE: State Graduation Rate Down Slightly In 2017

The State Department of Education released 2017 graduation rate data Friday, showing numbers slightly lower than the previous year.

January 12, 2018

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Proposed Mosque In Indiana Draws Opposition

An Islamic congregation's plan to build a mosque is facing opposition from residents of nearby upscale neighborhoods in a northern Indianapolis suburb.

January 12, 2018

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Indiana Taxes Exceed Expectations For First Time This Fiscal Year

Tax collections exceeded expectations in December, the first time that's happened this fiscal year.

January 12, 2018

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Police, Highway Crews Respond To Difficult Road Conditions

If you’re headed out on the roads this weekend, state police say give yourself some extra time.

January 12, 2018

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Watch ‘Indiana Newsdesk:’ Township Changes, State Of The State

A new bill could jeopardize small Indiana Townships. Governor Eric Holcomb’s State of the State address and a look at Bloomington’s Comprehensive Master Plan.

January 12, 2018

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Ind. Leaders Focus Efforts To Combat Opioid Crisis On Rural Areas

Data shows rates of drug overdose deaths are continuing to rise in rural areas of Indiana, surpassing metropolitan numbers.

January 12, 2018

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Bill Would Eliminate More Than 300 Of Indiana’s Townships

Under the proposal, all townships with fewer than 1,200 residents would be forced to merge with others.

January 13, 2018

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Watch: A Behind-The-Scenes Look At ‘Indiana Newsdesk’

See where reporters pitch and write their stories, meet the producers and crew and see the studio where it all comes together.

January 13, 2018

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Messer Wins State Party Straw Poll Of GOP Senate Candidates

Messer secured 45 percent of the vote to fellow Congressman Todd Rokita’s 25 percent, while former state representative Mike Braun won 11 percent.

January 15, 2018

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Lawmakers Cautious Of 529 College Saving Plans Paying K-12 Tuition

Indiana lawmakers want to study the impact of 529 College Savings Plans on state revenue.

January 15, 2018

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Medical Device Tax Suspension Expires, Ind. Companies Want Repeal

Indiana’s large life sciences industry will once again pay a tax on medical devices after legislators failed to continue a suspension of the measure.

January 15, 2018

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Critically Low Blood Supply Levels Concern Some Providers

The Indiana Blood Center says its blood supply levels across the Hoosier state are critically low.

January 15, 2018

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Monroe County Residents Celebrate Bicentennial

More than a hundred residents kicked off Monroe County's bicentennial celebration in the courthouse atrium with music, history and stories.

January 15, 2018

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Indiana Gas Utilities Had High Deliveries During Cold Snap

Vectren Energy North says the recent cold snap will cost its natural gas customers about 30 percent more than a year ago.

January 15, 2018

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AG Announces Expansion Of Indiana’s Human Trafficking Unit

Additional investigators and attorneys are being assigned to the Human Trafficking Investigations Unit in the Indiana attorney general's office.

January 15, 2018

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Rose-Hulman Receives $1.1 Million For Diversity In Computing

An alumnus of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is giving a $1.1 million donation to increase diversity in computing.

January 15, 2018

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Comedian Speaks On Race And Racism In America During MLK Breakfast

Sociopolitical comedian W. Kamau Bell spoke at IU about race in America at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day leadership breakfast.

January 15, 2018

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Angler Dies After Falling Through Ice On Martinsville Pond

Authorities say rescue crews pulled an unconscious 51-year-old Gregory Davis from the water. Davis of Camby later was pronounced dead at a hospital.

January 15, 2018

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Monday Winter Weather Snow Totals

Expect wind chills to range from 10 below zero to 20 below zero.

January 15, 2018

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Middle Way Childcare Program Receives National Accreditation

The Rise and Shine program provides care for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years old.

January 15, 2018

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State Requests Lawsuit Against 62 Hospitals Be Dismissed

Two South Bend attorneys who filed a lawsuit against 62 Indiana hospitals are not opposing the state's motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

January 15, 2018

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Bloomington Honors Martin Luther King, Jr. In Annual Celebration

The annual event centered on honoring the legacy of the civil rights icon while putting his work into contemporary context.

January 16, 2018

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Submit Your Questions For Bloomington’s “Ask The Mayor”

We're getting ready to visit with Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton for Wednesday's show. Submit your questions now!

January 16, 2018

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Bill To Raise Child Limit For Foster Families Sent To Senate

A bill that would raise the limit on children in a foster family from five to six is headed to the Senate floor.

January 16, 2018

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Indiana Health Agency: Flu Deaths Statewide 50 As Of Jan. 6

Health officials say the number of flu-related deaths in Indiana this season has doubled to 50 as of the first week of 2018.

January 16, 2018

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Manchester University To Offer First Online Pharmacy Program

In January, Manchester University will begin their new Pharmacogenomics or PGx online master’s program.

January 16, 2018

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IU Health Breaks Ground On New Bloomington Hospital

Indiana University and IU Health officials broke ground on the new IU Health Bloomington and Regional Academic Health Center Tuesday morning.

January 16, 2018

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New Rules May Make Getting And Staying On Medicaid Difficult

Under a proposal, Hoosiers would have to average 20 hours a week of work or another qualifying activity to get Medicaid.

January 16, 2018

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Evansville Police Say Officer Wounded Man During Struggle

Police in Evansville say an officer shot a man after he punched another officer and tried to take his gun.

January 16, 2018

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House Committee Easily Passes Bill To Block Short-Term Rental Bans

No one spoke in opposition during Tuesday’s House committee hearing.

January 16, 2018

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Hospital Pays Ransom In Bitcoin To Recover Files Lost In Attack

Hancock Health officials say patient safety was never at risk during a ransomware attack at the Greenfield hospital late last week.

January 16, 2018

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Advocates Say Hate Crime Law Would Help Indiana’s Reputation

Proponents of establishing a hate crimes law expressed optimism during a Statehouse rally Tuesday that this could be their year.

January 16, 2018

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State Adopts Coding Program For Prisoners

The program is designed to prepare prisoners for tech jobs when they’re released by offering virtual courses on coding.

January 16, 2018

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South Bend Casino Opens As First Indiana Tribal Casino

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians celebrated the grand opening of the Four Winds South Bend Casino on Tuesday.

January 16, 2018

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House Committee Cautiously Begins Debate On Township Reform Bill

A House committee cautiously began debate on a bill that would force more than three hundred townships across the state to consolidate.

January 16, 2018

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Lawmakers Hear Testimony On CBD Access Issues

The hemp extract is only legal for those with treatment resistant epilepsy. Legislators are considering a number of bills to increase access to the substance.

January 16, 2018

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Report Details How Many Student Transfer Out Of Home School Corp.

A new state report shows the number of students who transfer in or out of the school corporation boundary they reside in to attend other schools.

January 16, 2018

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Senate Approves Bill To Expand Baby Box Locations

The Senate unanimously passed legislation to expand locations where baby boxes can be used, even as some senators express concerns surrounding the devices.

January 17, 2018

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Ask The Mayor: Bloomington’s Hamilton On Hospital Redevelopment

Mayor Hamilton says city leaders will need to work on developing the outer areas of the hospital's current footprint as well.

January 17, 2018

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Hunters On The Lookout For Coyotes With Diseases

Coyote hunting season is underway in the Hoosier state and hunters are on the lookout for a range of diseases.

January 17, 2018

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Health, Business Leaders Push Lawmakers For Anti-Smoking Bill

Health and business leaders called on the legislature Tuesday to support House Bill 1380 at a rally.

January 17, 2018

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Land Trust Donates 17 Acres To Dunes National Lakeshore

A northwestern Indiana land trust has donated more than 17 acres of protected natural lands to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

January 17, 2018

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Ex-Indiana Child Services Director Hired By Attorney General

The former director of Indiana's child welfare agency is joining the state attorney general's staff nearly a month after she quit her state post.

January 17, 2018

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Fort Wayne Assembly To Produce 2019 Chevrolet Silverado

Silverado marketing manager Hugh Milne says beginning production of the truck in Fort Wayne will pay dividends for the company.

January 17, 2018

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House Committee Overwhelmingly Advances Sunday Sales Bill

A bill to legalize Sunday alcohol sales took a step closer to passage in the House Wednesday as a committee approved the measure 12-1.

January 17, 2018

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Democrat Harper Announces Bid For Secretary Of State

It’s been nearly three decades since Hoosiers elected a Democrat as Secretary of State.

January 17, 2018

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City of Bloomington Reminds Residents Of Fines For Snowy Sidewalks

Residents have to clear the sidewalk in front of their homes no more than 24 hours after it stops snowing or face fines up to $150 per infraction.

January 17, 2018

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Pain Medication Missing At New Castle Correctional Facility

The Indiana Department of Correction says more than 8,000 doses of a frequently abused pain medication are missing from an eastern Indiana prison.

January 17, 2018

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Monroe Co. Commissioners Amend Waste Transfer Zoning Requirements

The amendment means new facilities must go before the board of zoning for approval. Officials say that will add transparency and allow for more public input.

January 17, 2018

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Cold Beer Expansion Bill Fails In Senate Committee

A push to allow grocery and convenience stores to sell cold beer was dealt Wednesday what’s likely a death blow for the 2018 session.

January 17, 2018

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Advocates Gather To Oppose Proposed Immigration Detention Center

Community leaders and immigrant advocates gathered Tuesday to voice concerns regarding a proposal to build an immigration detention center in Elkhart County.

January 17, 2018

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2 Bills Would Address State’s Gender Wage Gap

Bills proposed this session would hold employers more accountable, and give the Indiana Civil Rights Commission authority to investigate employee complaints.

January 17, 2018

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New Guidelines Address Acute Pain Management

The Indiana Hospital Association, the Indiana State Medical Association and the State Department of Health partnered to create the guidelines.

January 18, 2018

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Could A New Bill Limit Student Access To Evidence-Based Sex Ed?

A potential law before the Indiana Senate would require written parental consent for sexual education in schools.

January 18, 2018

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Lawmakers Move On Bill Requiring Mandatory Drug Database Checks

Fourteen states currently require both physicians and pharmacists to check someone’s drug history, but Indiana isn’t one of them.

January 18, 2018

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Committee Hears Testimony On School Financial Management Bill

A House committee heard testimony on a bill Wednesday that would help the state identify schools facing financial problems.

January 18, 2018

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Indianapolis Among Top 20 Candidates For Amazon’s 2nd HQ

Indianapolis submitted a joint bid with suburb Fishers. Their bid made the cut among 238 total proposals from cities in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.

January 18, 2018

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Indiana City Denies Wrongful Conviction Amid Lawsuit

A northern Indiana city is maintaining that a Chicago man is guilty of a 1996 shooting in response to a lawsuit the man filed after being pardoned.

January 18, 2018

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Bloomington City Council Adopts New Comprehensive Master Plan

Bloomington City Council members voted last night to adopt a new comprehensive master plan.

January 18, 2018

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Paoli Peaks Enjoying Rare Ideal Conditions For Ski Slopes

The cold weather and recent snowfall make for "phenomenal" conditions at a southern Indiana ski resort.

January 18, 2018

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Sony Disc Plant In Terre Haute Laying Off 375 Workers

A western Indiana disc plant has told the state it's laying off 375 workers beginning in March.

January 18, 2018

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Senate Rejects Amendment To Sunday Sales Bill

Sen. Karen Tallian’s proposed amendment would make Sunday alcohol sales available like every other day – from 7 a.m. to 3 a.m.

January 18, 2018

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Bucshon Constituents Protest Bill Affecting Hospital Drug Prices

Rep. Bucshon introduced a bill that would temporarily pause enrollment in a program that lets nonprofit hospitals purchase drugs at discounted prices.

January 18, 2018

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Initiative Launched To Get More Democratic Women In Power

The initiative is called Hoosier Women Forward, a nine-month long leadership training program that will work with 20 to 25 Indiana Democratic women each year.

January 19, 2018

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VA To Offer Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy For Some Veterans With PTSD

The treatment delivers oxygen to people in chambers where the atmospheric pressure is up to three times higher than normal.

January 19, 2018

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Momentum Grows For CBD Oil Legalization

Legislative leaders say there’s growing momentum to legalize the controversial substance cannabidiol, or CBD, for all Hoosiers.

January 19, 2018

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Pence Has Long Pushed For Trump Policies On Israel

As governor, Pence signed a bill requiring the state to divest from any business that engaged in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement against Israel.

January 19, 2018

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Indiana State Police Join 4-State Human Trafficking Campaign

The multi-state push will aim to educate motorists about human trafficking and will be paired with a crackdown on alleged human traffickers.

January 19, 2018

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Tonight At 6 On ‘Indiana Newsdesk’

Therapy that could help soldiers suffering from PTSD. The legislature heard debate about Indiana’s alcohol laws. And the Columbus landlord registry.

January 19, 2018

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Weekly Statehouse Update: Cold Beer Sales Dead, CBD Gains Momentum

A school funding fix was approved, a push to expand cold beer sales died, efforts to legalize CBD gained momentum, and more from this week at the Statehouse.

January 19, 2018

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Columbus Considers Controversial Registry For Landlords

Columbus' historic downtown is full of abandoned homes and rental houses with peeling paint. The city is trying to clean up the area with a landlord registry.

January 19, 2018

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Brown Co. Community Health Clinic To Open Next Week

The Brown County Health and Wellness Center will be free to teachers in the county, but will also be available to everyone in the community.

January 19, 2018

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Dubois Co. Highway Worker Shot At, Injured While Plowing Snow

Police say Thursday afternoon's gunfire shattered the snowplow's window and the driver suffered minor facial cuts from flying glass.

January 19, 2018

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Q&A: New ISU President Wants To Be A ‘Megaphone’

We sat down with Indiana State University President Deborah Curtis to discuss what she'll bring to the job and her ideas for the future of the university.

January 19, 2018

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IDEM To Host Public Meetings To Gather Input On VW Settlement

IDEM will have several public meetings to receive feedback on the distribution of millions of dollars from a settlement with Volkswagen.

January 19, 2018

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Hoosiers To March A Year After Women’s March On Washington

Hoosiers are marking the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March on Washington with marches around the state Saturday.

January 19, 2018

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Proposed ICE Facility Details Disclosed As Locals Oppose Project

The 1,200-bed detention center would be located east of South Bend in Elkhart County. The center faces opposition from nearby communities.

January 19, 2018

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Lawmakers Consider Foster Care Student Outcomes Legislation

A proposed bill would require the state to track and report data for foster care students, including graduation rates and enrollment.

January 19, 2018

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How Would A Federal Government Shutdown Impact Indiana?

Experts say the potential for a federal government shutdown may not have a big local impact.

January 19, 2018

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IU Professor Named NASA Planetary Protection Officer

Indiana University astrobiologist Lisa Pratt is NASA's newest 'Planetary Protection Officer.'

January 19, 2018

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Watch ‘Indiana Newsdesk:’ PTSD Therapy And Statehouse Roundup

Therapy that could help soldiers suffering from PTSD. The legislature heard debate about Indiana’s alcohol laws. And the Columbus landlord registry.

January 20, 2018

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Indiana’s ESSA Plan Approved By US Department of Education

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos approved Indiana’s plan to adhere to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act Friday.

January 20, 2018

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Hoosiers Turn Out For Women’s March In Bloomington, Indianapolis

Hoosiers around the state gathered Saturday to march one year after the Women's March on Washington.

January 22, 2018

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Movement Biomarker Could Help In Autism Diagnosis

IU researchers are part of a team that has developed a movement measure that could help better diagnose the disorder.

January 22, 2018

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Still No Leads In Two-County Church Vandalism String

Law enforcement officers from Brown and Bartholomew counties are still searching for answers in a string of church vandalisms that took place last year.

January 22, 2018

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Purdue Joins Team Devising Materials For Superfast Aircraft

Purdue University scientists have joined a team that's helping the Air Force develop technologies for superfast aircraft.

January 22, 2018

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Meadow, Forest Sites Designated New Indiana Nature Preserves

A forest tract in rural southern Indiana has been designated as the state's newest nature preserve.

January 22, 2018

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Police Probe Racist, Anti-Gay Banners Found Outside Church

West Lafayette police are investigating after racist and anti-gay banners were erected at a church known for its progressive stands on social justice issues.

January 22, 2018

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Committee Passes Partial Redistricting Reform; Advocates Want More

The bill's Republican author calls it the "best chance" to move the redistricting reform debate forward, even as advocates say it should go further.

January 22, 2018

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CoreCivic To Withdraw ICE Detention Center Plans

The private company CoreCivic announced Monday it will formally withdraw plans to build a multi-million dollar immigration detention center south of Elkhart.

January 22, 2018

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IU Health To Discontinue Paoli OB Services Due To Low Birth Rates

IU Health Paoli will discontinue obstetrics services in March due to low birth rates in Orange County.

January 22, 2018

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Senate Takes Historic Step, Passes Sunday Alcohol Sales Bill

A Sunday alcohol sales bill has never so much as passed a Senate committee before this year, let alone the whole chamber.

January 22, 2018

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House Passes Bill To Bar Locals From Banning Short-Term Rentals

The short-term rentals bill's overwhelmingly approval comes just one year after similar legislation couldn't muster enough votes in House.

January 22, 2018

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Senate, House Pass School Funding Measures

Lawmakers have approved a pair of school funding bills to address a multi-million dollar funding gap caused by a surprise uptick in public school students.

January 22, 2018

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Senator Young Applauds End To Filibuster

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) joined Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) in voting to end the filibuster.

January 23, 2018

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WL Church Hopes To Fight Bigoted Banners With Social Justice Songs

Leaders at a West Lafayette church where two banners full of racial slurs and veiled threats were posted Sunday aren't saying whether they’ll increase security.

January 23, 2018

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Some Say CHIP Insurance Used As Political Pawn In DC

The United States has reached an agreement for funding CHIP, the federally-run health insurance program for children and pregnant mothers.

January 23, 2018

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Diploma, Grad Pathways Focus Of New House Bill

Lawmakers debated during discussion of a bill that would restructure the state's diploma system and help implement new graduation pathway requirements.

January 23, 2018

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Puppy Mill A No Go In Bartholomew County

The county Board of Zoning Appeals voted Monday night to reject a proposed dog breeding facility.

January 23, 2018

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Lawmakers Again Pushing For State Forest Protections

Lawmakers are again attempting to set aside a portion of state forests to be protected from timber harvests.

January 23, 2018

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Both Sides Of Abortion Debate Organize In Indianapolis

People on both sides of the abortion issue made their voices heard at the Indiana Statehouse Monday and young Hoosiers were well represented.

January 23, 2018

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Hoosiers Make Late Run Hold Up With 71-68 Win Over Maryland

Juwan Morgan spent most of the weekend getting treatment on his injured right ankle and hoping he could play Monday night.

January 23, 2018

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Indiana Senate Panel To Take Up Hate Crimes Legislation

An Indiana Senate committee is set to vote on a legislation targeting hate crimes.

January 23, 2018

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Bill To Eliminate 300 Townships Takes First Step In House

The bill would require townships of less than 1,200 people to consolidate with adjacent townships.

January 23, 2018

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Security Increased At Jackson Browne Concert After Threat

Authorities in Florida are increasing security at a Jackson Browne concert following a possible threat left on banners at an Indiana church.

January 23, 2018

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Data Shows Indiana Union Membership Fell 12.5 Percent In 2017

The state saw its lowest level of union membership since 2013.

January 23, 2018

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Deal To Reopen Government Includes Medical Device Tax Suspension

The suspension comes just as medical device manufacturers were poised to make their first tax payments of the year.

January 23, 2018

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Indiana Soldier Killed In Crash Was Top Student, Athlete

An Indiana soldier killed in a California helicopter crash was a top student and athlete at his high school before starting Army officer training in college.

January 23, 2018

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Tariff Targeting Imported Solar Panels Could Affect Ind. Industry

A new tariff from the federal government could affect Indiana’s growing solar power industry.

January 23, 2018

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Unemployment Rate Drops In December, But So Did Labor Force

Indiana’s unemployment rate went down in December, the second consecutive month it’s fallen.

January 23, 2018

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Total Cost Of Deer Cull At Griffy Preserve: Over $43,000

The official results are in from December’s Griffy Lake Nature Preserve deer cull.

January 23, 2018

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Senate Committee Begins Debate On Hate Crimes Bill

Debate on a hate crimes bill was emotional and, at times, heated Tuesday as a Senate committee kicked off conversation on the issue.

January 23, 2018

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Donnelly Says Focus On Moving Country Forward Following Shutdown

He says the moderate group is ready to work together again if funding talks fall through in February.

January 23, 2018

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Senate Committee Approves Bill To Expand Feticide Law

Current law says a person commits murder if they knowingly or intentionally kill a viable fetus.

January 23, 2018

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House Approves Sunday Alcohol Sales Bill

Legalized Sunday alcohol carryout sales seem a near certainty after the House approved such a bill just one day after the Senate passed an identical measure.

January 24, 2018

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INDOT Says Motorists May Encounter Pothole Repair Crews

The Indiana Department of Transportation is warning motorists to watch out for crews fixing potholes.

January 24, 2018

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Ask The Mayor: Kokomo’s Goodnight On Fire Union Dispute

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight talks about the unresolved fire union contract negotiations and the Indiana General Assembly.

January 24, 2018

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Home For All Ages: Can Tiny Houses Help Older People Age In Place?

The University of Southern Indiana is building a small, modular home to demonstrate how the tiny housing model could mean more accessible living for all ages.

January 24, 2018

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CBD Bill Advances To Senate Floor

Lawmakers voted in favor of a bill to legalize the hemp extract CBD oil for all Hoosiers. Recent amendments ease a number of restrictions on the substance.

January 24, 2018

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Indianapolis Airport Sets Passenger Record During 2017

Indianapolis International Airport leaders say it saw a record number of 8.77 million passengers last year.

January 24, 2018

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Indiana House Panel Dumps Proposed Handgun Licensing Repeal

A House Committee voted in favor of a bill that keeps the current handgun licensing process while eliminating what is now a $100 fee for a lifetime permit.

January 24, 2018

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State Dismisses Lawsuit Against 62 Indiana Hospitals

The state is officially dismissing a lawsuit claiming 62 Indiana hospitals defrauded taxpayers by falsifying records.

January 24, 2018

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Indiana Hospital Implements Holistic Opioid Safety Program

An Indiana hospital is instituting a new, holistic opioid program that’s focused on giving patients options beyond traditional painkillers.

January 24, 2018

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Submit Your Questions For Martinsville’s “Ask The Mayor”

We're getting ready to visit with Martinsville Mayor Shannon Kohl for Wednesday's show. Submit your questions now!

January 24, 2018

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Abortion Bill Imposes New Reporting Requirements For Complications

A Senate committee moved forward Wednesday with Statehouse Republicans' annual effort to impose further regulations on abortion.

January 24, 2018

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Senate Confirms Alex Azar As Trump’s 2nd Health Secretary

Azar spent 10 years as an executive of Indianapolis-based drugmaker Eli Lilly, which has been criticized for raising the price of insulin and other medications.

January 24, 2018

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Simpler CBD Legalization Bill Clears House Committee

The unanimously-approved bill takes a simpler approach to authorizing CBD's use.

January 25, 2018

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Senate Committee Moves Dyslexia Bill Forward

Lawmakers in a senate committee approved a bill that would screen young students for dyslexia and provide more training about it to teachers.

January 25, 2018

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Mapping How The Opioid Epidemic Sparked The Scott Co. HIV Outbreak

Genetic sequencing shows how the virus jumped from a slowly spreading infection to a virus transmitted quickly via needle sharing and smaller sub-epidemics.

January 25, 2018

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School Financial Management Bill Sent To House Floor

The bill would have a major impact on financially struggling schools. But, some key provisions of the bill are causing concern.

January 25, 2018

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What’s The Future Of Terre Haute’s Struggling Golf Courses?

Golf courses Rea Park and Hulman Links have operated with an average deficit of nearly $500,000 per year since 2012.

January 25, 2018

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Vigo Co. Hires Company To Conduct Jail, Justice System Review

The Vigo County commissioners have contracted a company to reassess a proposal for a new county jail.

January 25, 2018

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Lil Bub’s Lil Shop To Close Next Month

Lil Bub’s Lil Shop on North Morton Street will close its doors on Feb. 13. The online Bub Store will still sell new items.

January 25, 2018

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House Adopts Resolution To Study Medical Marijuana

The Indiana House voted Thursday to urge the federal government to loosen its grip on marijuana so the drug can be more effectively studied.

January 25, 2018

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House Votes To Require Sexual Harassment Training For Lawmakers

The provision would require lawmakers take at least one hour of sexual harassment training each year.

January 25, 2018

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Student Press Freedom Bill Advances Out Of Committee

The bill is still on shaky ground as principals, superintendents, and school boards oppose it.

January 25, 2018

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Lawmakers Consider Changing How Counties Plan Future Jails

The bill requires counties considering a new jail to first arrange a feasibility study to assess alternatives like housing inmates in a nearby county.

January 25, 2018

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Indiana City Approves Lake Michigan Cruise Ship

City officials in northwest Indiana have approved plans for a cruise ship that would take fun-seekers out along the Lake Michigan coastline.

January 26, 2018

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Putting The M In STEM: Elementary School Content Licenses

Proposed legislation lawmakers are considering would create special licenses in math for elementary school teachers.

January 26, 2018

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Advocates Hope State Can Make Pre-K Application Process Easier

The state's On My Way Pre-K program has been beneficial to families, but officials say the application process can become overwhelming.

January 26, 2018

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Vigo Co. Park Employees Begin Annual Production Of Maple Syrup

This week marks the beginning of a sweet tradition in Vigo County’s Prairie Creek Park.

January 26, 2018

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Bloomington Considers Future Of City Transportation

The city is working with a consulting firm on a transportation master plan. It will be used to help prioritize transportation projects.

January 26, 2018

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Hoosier National Forest End Year-Round Bat Cave Closures

Cave restrictions were put in place nearly a decade ago to protect hibernating bats from the deadly White Nose Syndrome.

January 26, 2018

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Retired Indianapolis Archbishop Buechlein Dies At 79

Buechlein died early Thursday at the infirmary of southern Indiana's St. Meinrad Archabbey, where he had been living since his retirement.

January 26, 2018

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IU Health Reverses Decision, Paoli OB To Remain Open

IU Health will continue to offer obstetrics services at IU Health Paoli Hospital, reversing an earlier decision that services would end in March.

January 26, 2018

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GOP Caucus Picks County Councilman For Indiana Senate Seat

A central Indiana county councilman will replace a Republican state senator who resigned to join a law firm in Washington, D.C.

January 26, 2018

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Bill To Regulate Factory Farms Dead For 2018 Session

House Environmental Affairs Committee Chair Dave Wolkins decided not to hear a bill this session that deals with confined animal feeding operations, or CAFOs.

January 26, 2018

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Settlement Reached In East Chicago Pollution Lawsuit

The company has agreed to pay a $5 million fine and will spend $250,000 to clean up lead contamination in East Chicago.

January 26, 2018

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Tonight At 6 On ‘Indiana Newsdesk’

Can a hate crimes bill finally make its way into Indiana law? Plus this week at the statehouse. And how advocates hope to expand the state’s pre-K program.

January 26, 2018

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Weekly Statehouse Update: Abortion, Gun Licenses, Sunday Sales

Here's what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

January 26, 2018

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Locally-Filmed Movies Now Streaming On Netflix, Hulu

Netflix users can now stream 'The Good Catholic,' which was shot in Bloomington. The film 'Columbus' is streaming on Hulu.

January 26, 2018

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INDOT Officials: Tolling Is Not Completely Off The Table

The Indiana Department of Transportation is moving forward with the possibility of tolling four different interstates.

January 26, 2018

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Indiana Flu Deaths Reach 107 For State’s Current Flu Season

State health officials say the number of flu-related deaths in Indiana this season jumped to 107 last week, up from 79 the previous week.

January 26, 2018

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Holcomb Extends CBD Enforcement Moratorium

Holcomb says he wants to give lawmakers more time to develop legislation that's expected to change the law regarding the sale and use of CBD.

January 26, 2018

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Watch ‘Indiana Newsdesk:’ Hate Crimes Bill And Pre-K Program

Can a hate crimes bill finally make its way into Indiana law? Plus this week at the statehouse. And how advocates hope to expand the state’s pre-K program.

January 26, 2018

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State Launches Program To Connect Veterans With Jobs, Housing

The program is called Next Level Veterans. It’s a source for career training and a homebuyer program tailor made for veterans.

January 27, 2018

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Avian Cholera Killing Wild Waterfowl In SW Indiana County

State wildlife officials say avian cholera has killed more than 300 wild waterfowl in southwestern Gibson County.

January 28, 2018

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Legislators To Address Rural Broadband Despite Encouraging Report

A report from an Indiana trade organization claims nine in ten Hoosiers have access to high-speed Internet, but legislators are not convinced.

January 29, 2018

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How Would Legalized Sunday Sales Impact Breweries?

As Indiana’s alcohol laws draw closer to allowing Sunday sales, some brewery owners are worried that it will hurt their sales.

January 29, 2018

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Bloomington Lawmaker Wants To Ban ‘Lunch Shaming’

A proposed bill would ban schools from publicly identifying students who can’t afford to pay for their lunches.

January 29, 2018

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IU School Of Medicine Set Record For 2017 Funding

The Indiana School of Medicine announced a record year in research funding.

January 29, 2018

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Historic Vincennes Mural Moves To Knox County Public Library

A 160-year-old mural of the Wabash River front of historic Vincennes has moved to a new home in the Knox County Public Library.

January 29, 2018

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Eliminating Indiana Handgun Permit Fee Could Cost $11M

Those seeking lifetime permits to carry a handgun in public now pay fees of up to $125 are mostly split between state and local police agencies.

January 29, 2018

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House Committee Votes To Increase Smoking Age To 21

The House Public Health Committee approved a measure that would raise the minimum smoking age to 21.

January 29, 2018

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Senate GOP Rejects Dems’ Effort To Create Redistricting Commission

An amendment would have established an independent redistricting commission to largely take over the duties currently performed by lawmakers.

January 29, 2018

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Bill Would Limit Local Regulation Of Private Property Logging

Local governments would be unable to regulate timber harvests on private property under a measure that passed out of committee Monday.

January 29, 2018

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Ex-Pence Gubernatorial Aide Files Papers To Run For Congress

A former Mike Pence gubernatorial aide is running for an open congressional seat that spans swaths central and northwestern Indiana.

January 29, 2018

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First Class Graduates From New Prison Welding Program

All ten women who enrolled in their program received a welding certificate.

January 29, 2018

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Teens Facing Felony Charges For Making Threats To Paoli Schools

The Paoli School Corporation canceled one day of school last week in response to the threats.

January 29, 2018

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Bullying, Human Trafficking Legislation Move Forward

Legislation to improve data collection around bullying and information about human trafficking have been approved by a House committee.

January 30, 2018

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New Grant Initiative Focuses On Substance Abuse Prevention

Funding to help schools in central Indiana develop substance abuse prevention programs is available.

January 30, 2018

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Indiana Conservation Group Acquires Land Near Wabash River

A conservation group has acquired more than 50 acres (20 hectares) of natural habitat along or near Indiana's official state river, the Wabash River.

January 30, 2018

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U.S. Senate Rejects Bill To Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks

The Senate has rejected legislation designed to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

January 30, 2018

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Senate Panel OKs Bill To Allow Sex Offenders To Attend Church

An Indiana Court of Appeals ruling says serious sex offenders are entitled to attend worship services - even if the church is on school property.

January 30, 2018

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Push For Hate Crimes Law Fails Again In Indiana Legislature

Indiana will remain one of five states without a hate crimes law after the Senate Republican caucus opted not to take a vote on the bill this session.

January 30, 2018

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Indiana Medicaid Program Granted One-Month Extension

The extension buys time for the state and federal government to finalize details of how the program works.

January 30, 2018

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MCCSC Board Pens Letter To Lawmakers Opposing School Takeover Bill

The Monroe County Community School Corporation Board is opposing a bill that would allow the state to take over financially distressed schools.

January 30, 2018

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House School Discipline Bill Met With Concerns

Lawmakers in the House Education committee are split on a bill that would require schools to use positive discipline practices.

January 30, 2018

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Body Of Soldier Who Died In Helicopter Crash Returns Home

The body of an Indiana soldier who died in a California helicopter crash is returning to his hometown ahead of a funeral service this weekend.

January 30, 2018

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Hoosiers Encouraged To Watch For ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’

Hoosiers should be able to witness what NASA says is a “lunar trifecta” Wednesday morning.

January 30, 2018

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Ind. Police Officer To Join Donnelly At State Of The Union Address

Sen. Joe Donnelly will host Lebanon police officer Taylor Nielsen, who dealt with mental health problems after a 2016 double murder.

January 30, 2018

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Senate Approves Bill Adding New Abortion Reporting Requirements

The measure also adds new details about a woman to reports sent to the state following an abortion.

January 30, 2018

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Bill To Increase Minimum Smoking Age Dies In House

Speaker Bosma announced the bill needed to go through House Ways and Means - and because Tuesday was a committee deadline, the bill can't advance this session.

January 30, 2018

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House Unanimously Votes To Legalize CBD

There are several bills dealing with CBD this session, in both chambers. The measure approved Tuesday takes the simplest approach.

January 30, 2018

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Terre Haute Receives 2nd Notice From State To Reduce Spending

The state is once again telling the city of Terre Haute to reduce its spending. This marks the second year the city has gotten the notice.

January 31, 2018

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Ask The Mayor: Martinsville’s Kohl On I-69 Corridor Growth, Goals

Martinsville Mayor Shannon Kohl takes your questions on I-69, downtown revitalization and more.

January 31, 2018

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Legislation Update: Sex Ed, Computer Science

The State Senate approved a bill Tuesday requiring parents to opt-in to sex education.

January 31, 2018

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Flu Activity Means Telehealth Visits Up At Some Hospitals

Telemedicine allows doctors to examine patients through video conference.

January 31, 2018

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Indiana House Approves Bill To Lift Light Rail Ban

The Indiana House has approved a bill that would lift a ban on building light rail in the Indianapolis area.

January 31, 2018

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Muncie: Lessons From A University-School Collaboration In Boston

A university taking over a local school district is exceedingly rare – it’s only happened once before.

January 31, 2018

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Man Convicted In Deadly 2012 House Explosion Dies At Hospital

Mark Leonard was convicted in the November 2012 natural gas explosion that destroyed his then-girlfriend's home and killed two next-door neighbors.

January 31, 2018

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What Ind. Officials Think About Trump’s First State Of The Union

With reactions ranging from "powerful" to "disappointing," here's what Indiana officials have to say about President Trump's first State of the Union address.

January 31, 2018

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Ind. Lawmakers Unhurt In Train Crash, Bucshon Assists As Doctor

The four Indiana lawmakers who were on a train that collided with a truck are unhurt. Rep. Larry Bucshon, who is a doctor, provided assistance at the scene.

January 31, 2018

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Bill Would Allow Guns In Churches On School Grounds

A change to the bill means houses of worship still retain control over who carries a gun into their facility.

January 31, 2018

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Senate Panel Advances Bill Creating Official Indiana Insect

A measure that would make the Say's Firefly the official state insect was endorsed Wednesday by the state Senate's Public Policy Committee.

January 31, 2018

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Senate Committee Takes Small Step Toward Rape Kit Tracking System

Sen. Mike Crider (R-Greenfield) says his bill is step one of a two-step process that will better track Indiana rape kits.

January 31, 2018

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House Approves New Payday Loan With 200 Percent Interest Rate

The bill is opposed by dozens of groups, including all of the state's major veterans organizations.

January 31, 2018

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State Health Dept. Awards 3,000+ Naloxone Kits To Rural Counties

More than 3,330 naloxone kits are headed to first responders working in rural areas throughout Indiana.

January 31, 2018

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Parke County Schools Seeing Spike In Flu-Related Absences

More than 20 percent of the students at a Parke County school stayed home yesterday with flu-like symptoms.

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