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February 1, 2018

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House Bill 1007 author Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) says the centers would be approved to operate at local hospitals that apply.

Opioid Treatment Expansion Bill Passes House

Indiana currently has 18 opioid treatment center options and this bill would increase that number to 27.

February 1, 2018

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State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jennifer McCormick, speaks to the Senate Education and Career Development Committee.

Lawmakers Move Bill To Get More Teachers Into Schools

With a teacher shortage in the state, lawmakers want to help license more teachers by waiving some testing requirements.

February 1, 2018

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If a parent had committed three violations from this list, the Department of Child Services would have had to automatically petition the court system to sever parental rights.

Lawmakers Gut Bill That Would Eliminate Certain Parents’ Rights

Indiana Senate lawmakers Wednesday made significant changes to a bill that would have resulted in more people facing termination of their parental rights.

February 1, 2018

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Monroe County Food And Beverage Tax Starts Today

If you go out to eat or grab drinks in Monroe County, you’ll have to pay a 1 percent food and beverage tax starting Thursday.

February 1, 2018

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Ball State Fraternities See Ban On Social Gatherings Lifted

A three-month prohibition against social gatherings hosted by fraternities at Ball State University is being lifted as previously planned.

February 1, 2018

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States Join Battle To Protect Great Lakes From Asian Carp

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says an interstate partnership is being established to help strengthen defenses against invasive Asian carp.

February 1, 2018

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Signs opposing the proposed waste transfer facility popped up all over the west side of Bloomington.

Company Drops Plans For Controversial Waste Transfer Facility

A company that wanted to build a waste transfer facility in Monroe County is withdrawing its proposal.

February 1, 2018

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DCS Director Terry Stigdon, left, and independent consultant Sue Steib, right, discuss the first progress report of the agency evaluation.

Consultant Delivers First Progress Report On DCS Evaluation

An independent consultant’s evaluation of the Department of Child Services has taken small steps in its first month on the ground.

February 1, 2018

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Transportation officials have narrowed down three alternatives to the eventual Ohio River crossing.

Officials Release More Details About I-69 Ohio River Crossing

Transportation officials say all three potential routes for an I-69 bridge connecting Evansville and Kentucky are likely to require tolling to fund the project.

February 1, 2018

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Reps. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) and Sue Errington (D-Muncie) discuss the to-be-appointed Muncie school board on the House floor Wednesday evening.

House Approves School Financial Management Bill

House lawmakers approved a school financials bill that, among other things, would let Ball State University take responsibility for Muncie Community Schools.

February 1, 2018

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From left: Beverly Calender-Anderson, Mayor John Hamilton (D-Bloomington) and Bloomington Police Chief Michael Diekhoff.

DOC Will Only Release Parolees With Local Ties To Monroe Co.

The Department of Correction is agreeing to only release parolees to Monroe County if they’re from the area or have relatives living there.

February 1, 2018

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Gov. Eric Holcomb (R-Indiana) at a podium with the Indiana state flag behind him.

Holcomb Played Behind-The-Scenes Role On Hate Crime Bill

Gov. Eric Holcomb's office worked behind the scenes, pushing for the inclusion of transgender people in the bill - or not passing anything at all.

February 1, 2018

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Sen. Aaron Freeman (R-Indianapolis) says the Senate added a provision to his bill expanding feticide law that he hopes heads off any issues.

Senate Passes Bill To Broaden Feticide Law

Sen. Aaron Freeman (R-Indianapolis) says the Senate added a provision to his bill expanding feticide law that he hopes heads off any issues.

February 1, 2018

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Townships in east-central Indiana, labeled by county.

House Rejects Effort To Give Voters Say In Township Consolidation

Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) proposed an amendment that would require voters to approve of consolidation before it went forward.

February 2, 2018

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The bill would prohibit local governments from regulating logging and mineral extraction on private property.

Logging Bill Sparks Debate Over Property Rights, Natural Resources

The bill would stop local governments from being able to regulate logging or mineral extraction on private property.

February 2, 2018

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Police Respond To 21+ Overdoses Near Indianapolis Shelter

Police say synthetic drugs may be to blame for the overdose spike near Wheeler Mission.

February 2, 2018

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Conner Prairie Looks To Grow Following Record Attendance Year

Conner Prairie officials are exploring ways to continue growing the outdoor museum through a new site master plan.

February 2, 2018

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Terre Haute Residents Want More Government Transparency

At a forum Thursday night two issues kept coming up - a lack of transparency, and an unwillingness between the city council and the Mayor to collaborate.

February 2, 2018

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Tonight At 6 On ‘Indiana Newsdesk:’ Hate Crimes Bill And Logging

The demise of Indiana's hate crimes bill. Proposed legislation would allow logging on private land. And how craft breweries are preparing for Sunday sales.

February 2, 2018

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Maj. Gen. Rick Stevens (pictured right)

Retired General Blocked From Indiana Congressional Race

A retired Army general is being blocked from entering a southern Indiana congressional race by a county Democratic official.

February 2, 2018

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Indiana U.S. Representatives  and U.S. Senate candidates, Luke Messer and Todd Rokita, won't say for sure whether they'll support a path to citizenship for DACA recipients.

Messer, Rokita Dodge On DACA Path To Citizenship

Indiana Congressmen Luke Messer and Todd Rokita won’t say for sure whether they’ll support a path to citizenship for DACA recipients.

February 2, 2018

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The Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis.

Weekly Statehouse Update: Hate Crimes, Payday Loans

A hate crimes bill died again, a consultant delivered the first progress report of its DCS evaluation, and the House voted to create a new type of payday loan.

February 2, 2018

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State Representative Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville), speaks with three Indiana University  students following Friday's forum.

Legislators Take Break From Session During Bloomington Forum

While the panel included both Republicans and Democrats most participants stuck to their partisan platforms.

February 2, 2018

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A person getting a flu shot.

Indiana Flu Deaths Reached 136 Last Week, Up From 107

State health officials say the number of flu-related deaths in Indiana this season reached 136 last week, up from 107 the previous week.

February 2, 2018

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New Data: Child Abuse Deaths In Indiana Doubled In A Year

According to a report released this week, 70 children in Indiana died from maltreatment in fiscal year 2016, up from 34 the previous year.

February 2, 2018

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Forest Dorm, IU

IU Board Of Trustees Announce New $99 Million Residence Hall

The Indiana University Board of Trustees approved building expansions on both its Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses at a meeting Friday morning.

February 2, 2018

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Alex Azar, head of the U.S. Health and Human Services department, announced federal approval Friday in Indianapolis.

Indiana Medicaid Will Require People To Work To Maintain Coverage

Indiana is now the second state that will make people work in order to receive Medicaid benefits.

February 2, 2018

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Watch ‘Indiana Newsdesk:’ Hate Crimes Bill And Logging

The demise of Indiana's hate crimes bill. Proposed legislation would allow logging on private land. And how craft breweries are preparing for Sunday sales.

February 2, 2018

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Indiana University students attended a screening of the film, HAZE.

Film Directed By IU Alum Addresses Hazing, Alcohol In Greek Life

A film directed by an Indiana University alum tackles the dark side of Greek life.

February 2, 2018

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Alcoa Refuses To Sign Compromise Over Mining Regulations

The multi-national company anticipated working in Boonville’s Liberty Mine, but nearby residents were concerned.

February 2, 2018

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Former PBS Host Tavis Smiley Addresses Allegations In Town Hall

Indiana University alumnus Tavis Smiley did not make himself the focus of a town hall event he hosted at a church in Indianapolis Friday.

February 5, 2018

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State Police: Advisories In Place, But Road Conditions OK

There were a number of crashes Sunday night as snow began falling and the temperature started dropping.

February 5, 2018

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The committee formed after the Columbus African American population voiced concerns that they weren’t being treated correctly.

Committee That Oversees Columbus Police Dept. Could See Changes

Changes could be coming to a committee that provides oversight of the Columbus Police Department.

February 5, 2018

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Should The State Require ‘Soft Skill’ Standards In Schools?

"Soft skills" would be a new standard for schools under a piece of legislation being considered by lawmakers in the Senate this week.

February 5, 2018

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2018 Kids Count: Ind. Ranks 28th Overall, 41st For Infant Deaths

The 24th annual Indiana Youth Institute’s Kids Count Data Book was released Monday. The data tool measures the well-being of Hoosier children.

February 5, 2018

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Colts: Linebacker Edwin Jackson Among 2 Killed On Highway

Police say the driver is a Guatemalan citizen and has twice been deported. He was driving without a license and is believed to have been intoxicated.

February 5, 2018

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Pence’s Approach To Troubles In White House: He Wasn’t There

Pence has managed to skirt some of the biggest controversies of the Trump administration.

February 5, 2018

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Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh C.S.C. in his Hesburgh Library office

Notre Dame: Digital Archive Of Hesburgh Works Now Available

Father Hesburgh was Notre Dame's president from 1952 to 1987.

February 5, 2018

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Transportation officials have narrowed down three alternatives to the eventual Ohio River crossing.

Public Meetings Set On I-69 Ohio River Bridge Routes

The I-69 Ohio River Crossing agency says the bridge proposals being considered will all cost an estimated $1.5 billion.

February 5, 2018

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Police Say Indiana Meth Lab Seizures Dropped Sharply In 2017

Police reported 371 meth labs around the state during 2017, down from the 943 found in 2016.

February 5, 2018

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Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) voted against the measure because he wants the bill's original language - which would have eliminated the need for handgun licenses entirely.

House Passes Bill To Eliminate Lifetime Handgun License Fees

The House approved legislation Monday to eliminate the fee for Indiana’s lifetime handgun carry license.

February 5, 2018

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Pcf. Connor T. Brown.

19-Year-Old Paratrooper From Indiana Found Dead In North Carolina

A paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division has been found dead in North Carolina.

February 5, 2018

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Bills That Died In The 2018 Legislative Session

Indiana lawmakers are about halfway through the 2018 legislative session, and a few important deadlines have already effectively killed hundreds of measures.

February 5, 2018

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A lead sampling test kit.

Lawmaker Works To Enforce Lead Testing For Children On Medicaid

An Indiana lawmaker says she plans to continue fighting for legislation that would make it easier to identify lead poisoning in children.

February 5, 2018

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Rep. Bob Behning speaks to the chamber at the Statehouse.

Single Diploma Measure Moves Through House

Lawmakers in the House have approved a measure to change the state's diploma structure, in order to avoid federal consequences for some schools.

February 5, 2018

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Indiana House Approves Bill To Fix Rifle Hunting Mistake

A mistake included in a law approved last year prohibiting deer hunters from using rifles on public property would be fixed under a bill approved by the House.

February 5, 2018

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Sen. Mike Young (R-Indianapolis), left, discusses his CBD legalization bill with Sen. Erin Houchin (R-Salem).

Senate Joins House In Passing Indiana Cannabis Oil Bill

The Indiana Legislature is poised to allow anyone to use cannabidiol, a cannabis-derived extract believed to have therapeutic benefits.

February 5, 2018

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Rep. Ed Clere's (R-New Albany) bill would have prevented school officials from censoring student journalists' content or disciplining students because of what they produce.

Student Press Freedom Bill Fails On House Floor

Rep. Ed Clere's bill would have prevented school officials from censoring student journalists' content or disciplining students because of what they produce.

February 6, 2018

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House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says members of the GOP caucus - many of whom represent rural areas - had concerns with the township reform bill.

Township Reform Bill Dies Without Vote In House

House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says members of the GOP caucus - many of whom represent rural areas - had concerns with the township reform bill.

February 6, 2018

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A rendering of TMC Bloomington LLC 121 Kirkwood west of CVS on Kirkwood Avenue.

Developer Scales Back Plans For Downtown Mixed Condo Unit

The Bloomington Plan Commission heard a proposal for a 56 foot tall mixed-use downtown development during its February meeting.

February 6, 2018

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College Uses Interactive Event To Attract New Nursing Students

A for-profit nursing school’s central Indiana campus is trying to get more students interested in the field, which faces a shortage of qualified practitioners.

February 6, 2018

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Fire Marshal: Indiana Fire Deaths Fell 10 Percent In 2017

Seventy Hoosiers died in fires last year. That's down from 78 deaths in 2016, or about a 10.3 percent drop.

February 6, 2018

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Secretary of State Connie Lawson, Greg Pence, and his wife, Denise.

Mike Pence’s Brother Files For 6th District Congressional Race

Greg Pence is officially running for the 6th District Congressional seat, the same position his brother Vice President Mike Pence once held.

February 6, 2018

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Indianapolis Colts field at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Colts Have A New Coach In Patriots’ Josh McDaniels

The team announced the hiring of New England's longtime offensive coordinator on Twitter. Word leaked last month that the sides were close to a deal.

February 6, 2018

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Sen. Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis) argues SB 33 would not necessarily keep churches safe.

Senate Passes Bill To Allow Guns At Churches On School Grounds

The bill says churches would still have the right to bar guns from their grounds.

February 6, 2018

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The contamination didn't lead to any major medical issues.

Drug Exposure At Indiana Jail Sends 24 To Hospital

More than 20 people who were near the contaminated area of the northeastern Indiana jail went to the hospital.

February 6, 2018

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Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) honors the Purdue University football team earlier this session.

Senate Unanimously Approves Bill To Name Firefly State Insect

Indiana is one of just three states in the country without an official state insect. Legislation passed in the Senate Tuesday would change that.

February 6, 2018

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Senate Approves Workforce Development Legislation

Lawmakers in the Senate approved a bill that includes pieces to amp up efforts to connect students with career and work opportunities.

February 6, 2018

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Jesse Myerson, outreach director for Hoosier Action, says a new bill meant to combat drug dealers won't have a positive effect on the state's opioid crisis.

Political Group Outlines ‘Agenda For Working Hoosiers’

Members of the group talked about societal issues surrounding poverty, like predatory loan companies and access to food stamps.

February 6, 2018

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Bicycles covered with snow on the IU campus.

Two More Inches Of Snow Predicted By Wednesday Morning

Up to 2 inches of snow and light icing expected south of I-70 late tonight and Wednesday morning.

February 6, 2018

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Indianapolis Colts field at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Josh McDaniels Backs Out Of Deal To Become Colts Coach

The Colts say McDaniels informed them Tuesday evening that he would not sign the deal.

February 6, 2018

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Edwin Jackson

Suspect In Colts Player’s Highway Death Due In Indiana Court

Prosecutors will decide whether Manuel Orrego-Savala will face criminal charges in Sunday's fatal crash.

February 6, 2018

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Pic of don at UDO meeting in Bloomington

Officials Begin Process To Update Bloomington’s Development Code

City officials hope to adopt a new unified development ordinance in the next year, but it will be a dense process.

February 6, 2018

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Sen. Michael Crider is the author of the bill.

Senate Backs Bill Aimed To Improve Handling Of Rape Evidence

A bill aimed at improving the way authorities handle sexual assault evidence has won Indiana Senate approval.

February 7, 2018

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Edwin Jackson

Man Charged In Drunken-Driving Crash That Killed NFL Player

Manuel Orrego-Savala, who has twice been deported, is charged with causing death while driving intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident

February 7, 2018

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This is a traditional bobsledding track.

Purdue Univ. Researcher Introduces New Plastic Bobsledding Track

With the winter Olympics around the corner, one Indiana researcher is looking at ways to make bobsledding accessible to all Hoosiers.

February 7, 2018

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Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop

Ask The Mayor: Columbus Lienhoop On Police Appeal Committee, Mall

Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop talks about the railway overpass, riverfront funding and anchor stores leaving Fairoaks Mall.

February 7, 2018

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Indianapolis Colts field at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Colts Say ‘Rivalry On’ After McDaniels Backs Out Of Deal

Indianapolis Colts general manager Chis Ballard has a message for New England — the rivalry is "back on."

February 7, 2018

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New Rules Could Lock HIP Enrollees Out Of Coverage For Six Months

The changes are part of last week’s federal authorization, which allows Indiana to continue operating HIP 2.0 for another three years.

February 7, 2018

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Edwin Jackson

DNA Sought From Immigrant In NFL Player’s Death

Indiana prosecutors are seeking a DNA sample from the immigrant charged in a drunken-driving crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson.

February 7, 2018

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Remonstrators and a representative for Kilroy's discuss a permit renewal with the board.

Local Alcohol Board Hears Permit Renewal For Kilroy’s On Kirkwood

The local Alcohol Board heard complaints from residents about Kilroy's on Kirkwood while reviewing the business's alcohol permit.

February 7, 2018

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Rep. Ryan Dvorak is a democrat from South Bend.

Lawmakers Advance Workforce Bills As Session’s First Half Ends

House and Senate lawmakers waited until the final day of the session’s halfway point to advance their top priority for 2018: workforce development measures.

February 7, 2018

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The new Bloomington location is one of six Marsh stores reopening as a Kroger.

Bloomington North Side Marsh Reopens As Kroger Thursday

A former Marsh grocery store on Bloomington’s north side is opening as a Kroger on Thursday, but store officials say there’s still a lot left to do.

February 8, 2018

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Indiana University's Neurology Center

Grant To Help Create Holistic Cancer Care

A new Indiana University School of Medicine program to holistically address a cancer patient’s needs has received a $14 million gift.

February 8, 2018

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Closures Of 5 Carson’s Stores In Indiana To Cost 300 Jobs

The Carson's stores in Indiana slated for closure are in downtown Indianapolis' Circle Centre mall, Anderson, Columbus, Marion and Elkhart.

February 8, 2018

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John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp To Be Inducted Into Songwriter Hall Of Fame

Indiana native John Mellencamp is one of ten musicians being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this year.

February 8, 2018

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Mauer spoke to students and faculty while receiving the university’s Excellence in Justice Award.

Sentencing Project Director Receives ISU Award

Marc Mauer is executive director of The Sentencing Project, an organization that pushes for reform in America’s judicial system.

February 8, 2018

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Proposed detox center location

Proposed Detox Facility In Monroe County Denied Zoning Variance

Monroe County’s Board of Zoning Appeals is not permitting a detox facility at the site of the former Hoosier Energy building.

February 8, 2018

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Black and white photo of Edwin Jackson in his Indianapolis Colts uniform with his name and

Monday Funeral In Atlanta Set For Colts Linebacker Edwin Jackson

Jackson's funeral will be held Monday at Big Bethel AME Church in his hometown of Atlanta.

February 8, 2018

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Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) says more work on redistricting wouldn't be necessary if Republicans heeded a previous study committee's recommendation.

Senate GOP Wants New Redistricting Study Committee

Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane says more work on redistricting wouldn't be necessary if Republicans heeded a previous study committee's recommendation.

February 8, 2018

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The chapter will cease operations until fall 2021.

Tau Kappa Epsilon Suspends IU Chapter Until 2021 For Violations

Indiana University says it conducted an independent investigation after learning of alleged activity at the fraternity house.

February 8, 2018

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Black and white photo of a pregnant stomach with hands holding an ultrasound.

New Medicaid Rules Nix Administrative Maze For Pregnant Hoosiers

New changes to Indiana’s Medicaid program may make it easier for women to keep continuous health coverage during pregnancy.

February 8, 2018

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A map showing some of the homes and businesses that will need to relocate for I-69 section 6.

INDOT: I-69 Section 6 Will Cost Nearly $1.6 Billion

The Indiana Department of Transportation released the final environmental impact statement for I-69 Section 6, which will run from Martinsville to Indianapolis.

February 8, 2018

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A chalkboard with white handwritten letters in cursive.

Researcher Pushes Back On Cursive Writing Op-Ed From Senator

A lawmaker's push for cursive writing struck a nerve for one researcher who says her work was misrepresented.

February 9, 2018

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Vigo County To Launch Automated Dispatch System This Year

Monroe County is also adding an automated system and expects to go live with it in the next couple of months.

February 9, 2018

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Barbed wire atop a chain link fence.

Jackson Co. To Close Juvenile Detention Center

Jackson County plans to close its juvenile detention center by the end of March. The sheriff says the space will help address jail overcrowding.

February 9, 2018

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A draft of the proposed changes to the oversight committee.

Columbus Police Oversight Committee Considers Appeals Changes

After 25 years, an oversight committee of the Columbus Police Department is looking at proposed changes to update the appeals proce

February 9, 2018

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Efforts To Lower School Age Fail In 2018 Session

Lawmakers killed a bill to lower the compulsory school age, but other state officials and groups plan to bring back the conversation in future years.

February 9, 2018

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An Amazon Alexa device on a stack of books.

Amazon’s Alexa Now Offering Indiana Travel Advisories

The Indiana Office of Technology announced Thursday that Alexa users can get county-level travel statuses.

February 9, 2018

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Gonzalo P. Curiel, US Federal Judge, head shot.

Indiana-Born Judge To Hear Legal Challenge On Mexico Border Wall

A previous case made headlines in 2016 when Trump used Judge Gonzalo Curiel’s Mexican heritage to paint him as biased because of his immigration stance.

February 9, 2018

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Tonight On ‘Indiana Newsdesk:’ Coal Mine Dispute & Teacher Housing

A mine wants to reopen in Southern Indiana, but a dispute has led to a standstill. And a pilot project that helps teachers put down roots in their community.

February 9, 2018

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January Revenues Tick Up, Still Behind State Budget Plan

A little more than halfway through the year, total tax collections for Indiana are about $40 million - or 0.5 percent - behind the state's budget plan.

February 9, 2018

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The Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis.

Statehouse Update: Halfway Through The 2018 Session

Township reform legislation died, workforce development measures advanced, and the Senate approved a bill to allow guns in church on school property.

February 9, 2018

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Residents Worry New IU Hospital Could Impact Running Course

IU Health’s new regional academic health center is set to open in 2020, but some residents are concerned the new hospital could displace a running course.

February 9, 2018

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Teacher Housing Tackles Turnover, Neighborhood Revitalization

Keeping teachers around is a complicated issue, but officials say housing often plays a key role.

February 9, 2018

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Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Columbus is being torn dorn to make way for medical uses.

Columbus Clarion Hotel, Conference Center Demo Complete By March

A portion of the land will be used for specialty outpatient and medical offices. The rest will be used for other community needs such as lodging or retail.

February 9, 2018

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Quaff ON! Brewing Co. is currently Nashville Utilities largest customer.

Utilities Battle Over Quaff ON! Expansion Closer To Resolution

A ruling from a state agency could mean an almost yearlong battle over the utilities of a development in Brown County is closer to resolution.

February 9, 2018

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The Regenstrief Institute at Indiana University School of Medicine.

Project Aims To Streamline Opioid Data, Focus Resources

The Regenstrief Institute will create a "data commons" as part of the Indiana Univeresity Grand Challenge to tackle addiction in Indiana.

February 9, 2018

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Cold Front May Bring Snow, Sleet and Freezing Rain Saturday

Light wintry precipitation is possible late tonight and Saturday.

February 9, 2018

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Shelli Yoder Speaks Out About Controversial Waste Transfer Station

A proposal for a waste transfer station in Bloomington is officially dead after a vote by the Monroe County Board of Zoning Appeals.

February 9, 2018

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Pharmacies See Shortage Of Vaccines As Flu Deaths Rise

The Indiana State Department of Health says the flu has killed 167 Hoosiers so far this season.

February 9, 2018

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Owen County Zoning Board Working With Gun Range To Ensure Safety

The firing range in Spencer remains closed after nearby residents claim their homes were hit with stray bullets.

February 9, 2018

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Attorney General Curtis Hill stands at a podium

AG Opinion Sidelines Bill To Allow Dead People’s Votes To Count

An opinion issued by Attorney General Hill's office says a person ceases to be a resident if they die - and the state Constitution requires residency to vote.

February 9, 2018

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Alcoa wants to expand its operations at Liberty Mine in Warrick County.

Dispute Between Alcoa And Boonville Could Have Larger Impact

Boonville, Ind. Mayor Charlie Wyatt worked at Alcoa for 41 years. Now the company writing his retirement checks suing the town he serves as mayor.

February 9, 2018

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Watch ‘Indiana Newsdesk:’ Coal Mine Dispute And Teacher Housing

A mine wants to reopen in Southern Indiana, but a dispute has led to a standstill. And a pilot project that helps teachers put down roots in their community.

February 9, 2018

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John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp Speaks Ahead Of Documentary Screening

Indiana native and musician John Mellencamp spoke at Indiana University Friday ahead of a documentary screening about the negative consequences of coal.

February 12, 2018

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Airbnb reports rapid growth for the short-term rental service in Indiana this year.

Short-Term Rental Tax Issues Will Wait For 2019 Session

Disagreements over how to regulate the burgeoning short-term rental industry seem likely to be solved this year. But how to tax them may wait until 2019.

February 12, 2018

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State Will Cover More Addiction Treatment For Hoosiers On Medicaid

The federal government approved the expanded coverage earlier this month as part of the Healthy Indiana Plan’s Medicaid waiver extension.

February 12, 2018

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Indianapolis Colts field at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Colts Hire Frank Reich As New Head Coach

Five days after New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels reneged on a deal to take the Colts' job, the team hired Reich.

February 12, 2018

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Once Section 5 is complete, there will be a two-year gap before Section 6 construction starts.

State On Track To Meet I-69 Section 5 August Deadline

The section of interstate is supposed to be complete by August 2018, which is nearly two years behind schedule.

February 12, 2018

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In Terre Haute, nearly $1.8 million will go toward retiring nearly four miles of gas main and more than 250 service lines this year.

Gas Main, Service Line Replacement Starts In Terre Haute

Work has started in Terre Haute to replace some gas mains and service lines.

February 12, 2018

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Mount Vernon Harbor aerial view

Indiana’s Mount Vernon Shipping Port Set Cargo Mark In 2017

The Ports of Indiana Commission says the Mount Vernon port was boosted by increases in ethanol, fertilizer and coal shipments last year.

February 12, 2018

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Sen. Eddie Melton (D-Merrillville) wants to create a special legislative commission to investigate the Department of Child Services.

State Senator Wants Legislative Commission To Investigate DCS

Sen. Eddie Melton says his proposed commission is meant to work in conjunction with ongoing independent efforts to explore issues at the embattled state agency.

February 12, 2018

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Mayor Duke Bennett

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!

February 12, 2018

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Indiana City In Jeopardy Of Losing Animal Health Business

Officials in Greenfield are awaiting Eli Lilly and Co.'s decision on whether it will sell or spin off its animal health business.

February 12, 2018

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Colts Will Establish Memorial Scholarship For Edwin Jackson

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is donating $25,000 to establish the Edwin Jackson Memorial Scholarship.

February 12, 2018

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A brown wooden gavel with a gold band sits in front of an open law book.

Indiana Guardianship Registry Prevents Exploitation

An online registry that aims to protect elderly people from being financially exploited by their court-appointed guardians is now being used by courts.

February 12, 2018

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Stellar Grant Reset To Help Regions Realize Visions Faster

The Stellar Community Program has funneled nearly $90 million to Indiana cities and towns, but the state decided it was time for a reset.

February 12, 2018

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The new location opened on January 1, 2018.

Spencer Pride Opens New 9,000 Square-Foot Community Center

After thousands of hours of renovations by volunteers, Spencer Pride is celebrating the opening of their new 9 thousand square foot community center.

February 12, 2018

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Sen. Erin Houchin (R-Salem), right, speaks to fellow Sen. Mike Young (R-Indianapolis) on the Senate floor.

Bill Advances To More Strictly Regulate Child Care Facilities

The bill stems from an investigation into a Merrillville child care program. It was shut down after DCS officials discovered unsafe conditions.

February 12, 2018

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Gov. Eric Holcomb speaks to foster families at the Statehouse.

Foster Families Recognized At Statehouse Event

An appreciation event for foster families across the state comes as the Department of Child Services is under review.

February 13, 2018

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Joe Donnelly

Kochs Launch $4M Campaign Against Dems, Including Sen. Donnelly

The ads accuse the senators of "voting against tax cuts for you."

February 13, 2018

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Indiana Police Hope Anniversary Of Teens’ Murders Spurs Tips

Liberty German and Abigail Williams disappeared Feb. 13, 2017. Their bodies were found the next day.

February 13, 2018

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Endangered Barn Owl Recovering From Alleged Gun Shot Wounds

Although the rare bird population is doing better than in recent years, barn owls are still rare, and it’s illegal to shoot them.

February 13, 2018

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Indiana Looking For More Rural Sites For Summer Food Program

The Summer Food Service Program feeds children healthy meals when school is out for the summer.

February 13, 2018

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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, along 15 miles of Lake Michigan.

Trump Budget Again Targets Regional Water Cleanup Programs

Trump's proposed 2019 budget for the Environmental Protection Agency released Monday would cut Great Lakes restoration funding by 90 percent.

February 13, 2018

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DuPont Cleanup

Judge Denies East Chicago Residents Say In Cleanup Plans

A federal judge has denied East Chicago residents’ request to intervene in court proceedings concerning lead contamination in a public housing complex there.

February 13, 2018

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Officials have warned public schools that they could receive less money than expected because of an unanticipated increase in statewide student enrollment.

School Funding Gap Widens With New Numbers

The multimillion-dollar gap in school funding that Indiana legislative leaders have pledged to fill is larger than first projected.

February 13, 2018

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Alcohol Board Delays Decision On Renewal Of Kilroy’s Permit

The Monroe County Alcohol Board is delaying a hearing that will determine whether Kilroy’s on Kirkwood can continue to sell alcohol.

February 13, 2018

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Sen. David Long (R-Fort Wayne) announces his retirement from the legislature with his wife Melissa alongside him.

Indiana Senate’s GOP Leader Retiring From Legislature

The Republican leader of the Indiana Senate says he will be stepping down from the Legislature later this year.

February 13, 2018

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Man Arrested In Crash Killing Colts LB Charged In 2nd Case

A man charged in a drunken crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and another man has been charged in an unrelated case.

February 13, 2018

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The BearCat by Lenco is the model of the armored vehicle the Bloomington Police Department is contracted to purchase.

Bloomington Police Dept. Will See New Armored Vehicle This Summer

The Bloomington Police Department says an armored vehicle is coming to the city this summer, but many residents aren’t happy about it.

February 13, 2018

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State lawmakers say they'll seek to find a balance between innovation and safety when it comes to self-driving cars.

Industry Groups Divided On Self-Driving Car Regulations Bill

State lawmakers say they’ll seek to find a balance between innovation and safety when it comes to self-driving cars.

February 13, 2018

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A ground rig sprayer applies chemicals to a field.

State Says Education Is The Best Defense From Dicamba Runoff

Indiana’s State Chemist Office has been busy ahead of the 2018 planting season preparing farmers to use the powerful herbicide Dicamba.

February 13, 2018

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Vigo County

Vigo County Schools Superintendent Announces Retirement

Dr. Danny Tanoos made the announcement during the school’s monthly school board meeting Monday.

February 13, 2018

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Girls Go CyberStart is an online series of challenges to test a participant’s interest and potential in the cybersecurity field, and includes activities around web attacks, programming, and computer forensics.

Girls Go CyberStart Competition Kicks Off Next Week

A multi-state effort aimed at getting more women in the cybersecurity career pipeline comes to the web this month.

February 13, 2018

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Indiana can move forward with lethal injections following an Indiana Supreme Court ruling sanctioning the state's use of a new lethal injection drug.

State Supreme Court Rules On Lethal Injection Drug Lawsuit

Indiana can move forward with lethal injections following an Indiana Supreme Court ruling sanctioning the state’s use of a new lethal injection drug.

February 14, 2018

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Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett

Ask The Mayor: Terre Haute’s Bennett On Transparency, Sony Layoffs

This week we visit Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett and talk about the state's notice to reduce the city's budget by $2.5 million.

February 14, 2018

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A voter in Bloomington

Indiana Lawmaker Blocking Bill To Count Dead People’s Votes

Lawmakers supported the bill last month that requires officials to count absentee ballots "marked and forwarded" by voters who then die before Election Day.

February 14, 2018

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NCAA Denies Notre Dame Appeal Over Academic Integrity

An undergraduate Notre Dame student working as an athletic training assistant wrote or substantially edited assignments for several football players.

February 14, 2018

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Sammy L. Davis

Vietnam Vet And Medal Of Honor Recipient To Receive Sachem Award

The Sachem Award is the highest honor the state can bestow on someone.

February 14, 2018

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Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama In Indy: We Need Diversity And Strong Female Voices

An estimated 12,000 people attended the sold-out event that raised about a million dollars for the Women's Fund of Central Indiana.

February 14, 2018

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Brian Sparks has served as the UDWI CEO for about the last decade.

UDWI Electric Co-Op Countersuing Former CEO Brian Sparks

UDWI's claim states that Sparks’ conduct constituted malicious, fraudulent and, in some cases, blatant theft or conversion of UDWI funds.

February 14, 2018

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Dozens of Bloomington residents gathered at City Hall Tuesday for the

‘State Of Black Community’ Highlights Inequality In Bloomington

Leaders from the Bloomington community gathered for an annual State of the Black Community Address at City Hall Tuesday night.

February 14, 2018

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HIP 2.0 logo printed on a piece of paper.

HIP Replacement: A Guide To The New Changes To Indiana’s Medicaid

Indiana’s Medicaid program got an update on Feb. 2 when the federal government approved a new version of the Healthy Indiana Plan.

February 14, 2018

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Wide shot of Wildlife in Need, showing a wooden cage with a

Judge Grants Injunction Against Indiana Wildlife Center

The injunction temporarily bans Wildlife in Need from declawing its big cats, and from hosting events where visitors can interact with tiger cubs.

February 14, 2018

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Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne) says he wants to clear up vagueness in his legislation regulating short-term rentals.

Committee Debates Potential Changes To Airbnb Bill

Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne) says he wants to clear up vagueness in his legislation regulating short-term rentals.

February 14, 2018

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Liberty Christian School in Anderson, Indiana.

Anderson School Closes For Two Days Because Of Flu

Liberty Christian School officials say about 20 percent of the school’s approximately 500 students and 50 percent of teachers are out sick with the flu.

February 14, 2018

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Boxes of beer on a grocery store shelf.

Sunday Sales Legalized Sooner Under Change In Committee

Sunday alcohol carryout sales would become legal even earlier than expected under a legislative change made in a House committee Wednesday.

February 14, 2018

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DCS Director Terry Stigdon, left, and independent consultant Sue Steib, right, discuss the first progress report of the agency evaluation.

Children’s Commission Receives Update On DCS Review Process

An independent review of the Indiana Department of Child Services will soon branch out to agencies around the state.

February 15, 2018

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Paul Macklin

IU Professor Models Cells To Fight Cancer With Math

Indiana University Professor Paul Macklin is using math to model cells and fight back against cancer.

February 15, 2018

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A bridge in Columbus, IN.

Preservation Conference Held In Columbus For the First Time

The 49th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference Will Be Held In Columbus For The First Time.

February 15, 2018

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Jennifer McCormick, Indiana superintendent of public instruction, says Indiana schools would be affected by the proposed federal education budget.

Public Comment On School Accountability Rules Kicks Off Next Week

The State Board of Education is working to create new rules around school accountability, and a series of public hearings begin next week.

February 15, 2018

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A bulk carrier sits at the dock in Burns Harbor.

Ports Of Indiana Land Record Numbers In 2017

While the numbers have been showing positive results over the past years, the focus is already on how to keep setting unprecedented numbers.

February 15, 2018

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IU cross country course route overlaid on overview of new hospital design

Advocacy Group Petitions To Protect IU Cross Country Course

Friends of the IU Cross Country Course launched the petition on Sunday and has already collected more than 600 signatures.

February 15, 2018

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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, along 15 miles of Lake Michigan.

Indiana Supreme Court: Lake Michigan Shoreline Open To All

The ruling could be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

February 15, 2018

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The company in September sought a 20 percent rate increase for its Indiana customers to generate $263 million in new revenue.

Settlement Would Significantly Cut I&M’s Proposed Rate Hike

A settlement between Indiana's state consumer advocate and Indiana Michigan Power would significantly cut the utility's proposed rate hike.

February 15, 2018

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Gov. Holcomb is ordering flags throughout the state to be lowered to half-staff.

Indiana Governor Directs Lowering Flags For Florida Victims

The order calls for flags to be lowered until sunset Monday.

February 15, 2018

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The city would use the money to repair cracked and damaged sidewalks throughout Bloomington.

Bloomington Tax Increase Would Pay For Sidewalk Repairs

The Bloomington City Council is considering increasing a local tax to pay for repairs to city sidewalks.

February 15, 2018

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The IU Health logo on the current Bloomington hospital building

Purchase Agreement For Current IU Hospital Site Facing Delay

The City of Bloomington and IU Health are delaying the deadline for a purchase agreement for the current hospital site on West Second Street.

February 15, 2018

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Flexform Technologies CEO Gregg Baumbaugh displays one of the automobile interior parts his company manufactures using hemp.

Senate Panel Approves Bill To Open Up Hemp Industry In Indiana

A bill to open up the industrial hemp industry in Indiana passed a Senate panel, even as supporters face pushback from some skeptical lawmakers.

February 15, 2018

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Federal Court Hears Appeal Of Decision On 2016 Ind. Abortion Law

A federal court heard an appeal of a judge’s decision to strike down key parts of a 2016 Indiana abortion law Thursday.

February 15, 2018

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County officials outline features of the Greene County jail expansion during groundbreaking event.

Greene County Jail Expansion Officially Underway

Greene County broke ground on a nearly a $15 million expansion of its jail today.

February 15, 2018

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The bill now moves to the House for consideration.

‘Soft Skills’ Bill Moves Forward In House

Among other things, the bill creates a statewide work ethic certificate program for students.

February 15, 2018

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A pregnant woman

Maternal Mortality Bill Moves Forward

The proposal would create a committee to review cases and determine cause of death.

February 15, 2018

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Hamilton At Podium

Protesters Shut Down Hamilton’s State Of The City Address

A local Black Lives Matter group disrupted the address as the mayor talked about an armored vehicle police will start using this summer.

February 16, 2018

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A copy of the Glenco Health textbook

House Committee Hears Testimony On Sex Education Bill

Opponents of the bill say it is inconsistent next to this session's anti-bullying legislation. They say this bill would ignore LGBTQ issues.

February 16, 2018

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The Indiana Statehouse

Senate Education Committee Delays School Finance Bill Vote

Some committee members say the bill too radically changes plans lawmakers approved last session.

February 16, 2018

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Tippecanoe County Deputy Prosecutor Jason Biss presents existing overdose data to the review team.

Tippecanoe Co. Forms Drug Overdose Death Research Team

Tippecanoe County is one of four in the state selected to start a data-collecting pilot program on drug overdose deaths.

February 16, 2018

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Brian Sparks has served as the UDWI CEO for about the last decade.

Tonight On ‘Indiana Newsdesk:’ UDWI Investigation And LGBTQ Center

New allegations of the former UDWI CEO. Why some kids are ending up in the Department of Correction without having an attorney. Spencer's new LGBTQ center.

February 16, 2018

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Spending time in the Department of Correction is the harshest punishment a juvenile can receive, aside from being waived into adult court.

Program Gives Kids In Juvenile Detention Lesson In Legal Rights

Since the program started in April 2017, attorneys have found at least 7 kids who didn't have an attorney when they should have.

February 16, 2018

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The Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis.

New Crime Would Increase Drug Dealing Penalties If Buyer Dies

The bill's supporters say it's largely targeted at the emergence of drugs laced with fentanyl, which has led to a spike in overdose deaths.

February 16, 2018

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The Indiana state flag, blue with a gold torch and stars surrounding it.

Statehouse Update: DCS Investigation, Key Leader Retiring

A key retirement is announced, Democrats call for a special commission to investigate DCS, and legalized Sunday sales gets moved up.

February 16, 2018

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Former Congressmen Lee Hamilton (D-IN) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) speak to reporters.

Veteran Statesmen Lugar, Hamilton Discuss Democracy, Civility

Former Republican Sen. Richard Lugar and Democratic Rep. Lee Hamilton discussed civility, bipartisanship and citizen involvement at an event Thursday night.

February 16, 2018

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Computer keyboard.

Dem. Senators Await Response After Equifax Investigation Demands

The CFPB has not responded to a letter of concerns from Democratic Senators about the pending status of an Equifax breach investigation.

February 16, 2018

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A screenshot of the new INDOT website, which includes the INDOT logo, a photo of a highway with the text

INDOT: New System Streamlines Reporting Of Roadway Problems

State officials have launched a new system intended to make it easier for Indiana motorists to report roadway problems such as potholes.

February 16, 2018

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A yard sign to promote Gary Public School Corporation at the district office.

Gary Emergency Plan: Close High School, Reconfigure Grade Levels

The state-appointed manager of the Gary Community School Corporation told state officials a proposal to close two buildings is only the start of cutting costs.

February 16, 2018

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Baby sleeping on the floor

MCCSC Opening An Early Learning Center This Fall

MCCSC is opening a childcare center for kids five and under this fall. The program will accept up to 90 kids and registration begins in two weeks.

February 16, 2018

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The discussion included four students who are participating in school-to-work programs.

Holcomb Applauds BCSC School-To-Work Programs During Round Table

Holcomb says the Bartholomew County programs could serve as a model for the rest of the state.

February 16, 2018

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A Van Buren Township Volunteer Fire Department engine driving with flashing lights.

Brown Co. Trustee: Fire Department ‘Holding Our County Hostage’

Brown County could lose tens of thousands of dollars in grant money if it doesn’t resolve a legal battle with a volunteer fire department.

February 16, 2018

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Flu vaccine being administered

Indiana Flu-related Deaths Reached Nearly 200 Last Week

State health officials say Indiana's flu-related deaths rose to nearly 200 last week as the current severe flu season continued.

February 16, 2018

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A brown wooden gavel with a gold band sits in front of an open law book.

Watch ‘Indiana Newsdesk:’ UDWI Investigation And Juvenile Justice

New allegations of the former UDWI CEO. Why some kids are ending up in the Department of Correction without having an attorney. Spencer's new LGBTQ center.

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