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January 3, 2011

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Dozens of New County Officials Take Oath

It was a proud day for the dozens of county officials who were sworn into office Saturday.

January 3, 2011

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Evansville Mayoral Race Could Play Key Role in 2012 Slates

The race to be the next mayor of Evansville could go a long way toward deciding how the 2012 political slate will look statewide.

January 3, 2011

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BMV Branches to No Longer Stock Tags/Plates

Starting today, license plates and registration tags will no longer be available at BMV branches.

January 3, 2011

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IU Prospect Charged with Underage Drinking

Bloomington Police have arrested 18 year old D’Angelo Roberts for illegal consumption of alcohol.

January 3, 2011

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Polar Bear Plunge Draws Record Crowd

More than a hundred plungers brought in the New Year by diving into the freezing water at Lake Monroe.

January 4, 2011

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Hoosiers Report Problems With Unemployment Website

Officials say an increase in site traffic caused a delay in Hoosiers being able to file for their unemployment benefits.

January 4, 2011

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Indiana Legislative Session to Focus on Budget/Education

Education changes proposed by Governor Mitch Daniels range from changing how teachers are evaluated to reducing the scope of collective bargaining.

January 4, 2011

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Lawmakers Ready For Meet-and-Greet, Start of Session

For some, the start of the Indiana General Assembly’s 2011 session is a time to meet new faces. For others, it’s a continuation of work already being done.

January 4, 2011

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Endangered Peregrine Falcon Shot and Killed Near New Albany

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is seeking information involving the shooting and subsequent death of a 16 year old Peregrine Falcon.

January 4, 2011

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YMCA Plans for Future Growth on County’s Northwest Side

The YMCA is planning for future growth by expanding its services on Monroe County’s northwest side.

January 4, 2011

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MCCSC School Board Holds Meeting to Ensure Compliance

The MCCSC reached an agreement with a Bloomington resident concerning appropriate action with regards to alleged violations of Indiana's public meeting laws.

January 5, 2011

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Hoosier Congressmen Take Oath of Office, Promise Action

One of the first acts of members of the U.S. House will be voting on a repeal of the federal health care reform laws.

January 5, 2011

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Vigo County Sheriff Retires After Almost a Decade

A Vigo County Sheriff has spent almost a decade serving the community. At the end of 2010, his tenure as sheriff will end.

January 5, 2011

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Columbus Now Expecting More Visits From Asian Investors

Columbus Mayor Fred Armstrong now says he’s expecting at least five visits from representatives of Asian companies he visited late last year.

January 5, 2011

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New Year’s Resolution 2011: Gym Etiquette

Millions of Americans are preparing for life changes for the new year. Memberships at health clubs soar, as do the grunts to power lift weight off.

January 5, 2011

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IU’s Doss to Enter NFL Draft

An IU Football team member has announced his intention to enter the NFL draft this spring.

January 5, 2011

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Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Commemorates 100 Years

An organization founded on Indiana University’s campus celebrates its founder’s day.

January 6, 2011

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Cost of Heating Homes Often Depends on Fuel Source

This winter’s bills could largely depend on the source of the heat.

January 6, 2011

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IN Secretary of State Sworn in Amid Fraud Allegations

White is under investigation into whether he committed voter fraud.

January 6, 2011

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First Days of 2011 Session Could Portend Next Two Years

The 2011 Indiana General Assembly has begun and lawmakers say its early days may help forecast how ashift in power will affect the Statehouse.

January 6, 2011

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IN Congressman Accuses China of Unfair Trade Practices

Indiana Congressman Pete Visclosky is speaking out against unfair Chinese trade practices.

January 6, 2011

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Former Police Chief Accused of Theft

A former Brazil city police chief is accused of stealing grant money for personal use.

January 6, 2011

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Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Sprouts From Illinois Farm

Contaminated alfalfa sprouts leads to multi-state salmonella outbreak.

January 6, 2011

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Hyland Once Again Appointed As MCCSC Interim Superintendent

After several tense weeks of meetings,Timothy Hyland has now been selected to temporarily lead the MCCSC.

January 7, 2011

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Increased Gas Prices Affect Transit Companies

Retail gas prices reach more than $3 per gallon, but, public transportation companies also feel the tug in their budgets.

January 7, 2011

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Brown County Tourism Breaks Records in 2010

Revenue generated from a 5% innkeepers tax was the highest it has been in 10 years.

January 7, 2011

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Borders Officially Closes in Bloomington

The 25,600 square foot bookstore and cafe is closing after about 16 years in Eastland Plaza.

January 10, 2011

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Winter Weather Advisory in Effect Tuesday

Forecasters from the National Weather Service are predicting another 3 to 6 inches of snow by Tuesday evening.

January 10, 2011

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Bill Would Deny Funding to Groups That Perform Abortions

Rep. Pence has introduced legislation that would deny funding to organizations that perform abortions.

January 10, 2011

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Local Bookstores Still Finding Ways to Stay Open

A local bookstore owner explains how she’s been able to stay in business during the uncertain economy.

January 10, 2011

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Local Congressman Responds to Arizona Shooting

Congressman Todd Young says he hopes this incident is isolated and not indicative of a general trend in politics.

January 10, 2011

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U.S. Attorney Collects a Profit

The United States Attorney for Southern Indiana said his office collected more money from criminal and civil penalties in 2010 than it spent.

January 10, 2011

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Mayor Goodnight to Co-chair IACT Legislative Committee

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight will be co-chairing the 2011 Indiana Association of Cities and Towns Legislative Committee.

January 11, 2011

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Winter Weather Advisory Extended

The winter weather advisory has been extended and is now in effect until 9 Wednesday morning.

January 11, 2011

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State of the State Address Live Tonight on WFIU/WTIU

WFIU will air the governor’s address live Tuesday at 7p.m.

January 11, 2011

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Justice Shepard to Give State of the Judiciary Wednesday

Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard will give his 24th State of the Judiciary.

January 11, 2011

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Snowfall Means a Break For Some, Work For Others

The Bloomington Street Division has its thirty-six truck fleet out in full force as snow continues to fall.

January 11, 2011

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Local Representatives Respond to State of State Address

Representatives Peggy Welch and Matt Pierce issued responses following Governor Mitch Daniel's annual address to the legislature.

January 12, 2011

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Hoosier’s Health Ranks in Bottom 4th of Nation

A national survey reveals Indiana ranks 38th when it comes to the health of its population.

January 12, 2011

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Chief Justice Shepard Delivers 24th State of Judiciary

Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard, in his State of the Judiciary speech Wednesday, outlined both challenges and changes affecting the state’s legal system.

January 12, 2011

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IU Law Prof Wants Better Numbers, Ratings Changes

An Indiana University law professor is calling on the American Bar Association to clear up how law schools are rated.

January 13, 2011

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State Lawmakers Debate Smoking Ban

State lawmakers are debating a bill that would ban smoking in public places.

January 13, 2011

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Rep Young Pledges to Repeal Health Reform, Cut Fed Budget

Indiana’s 9th District Congressman Todd Young plans on supporting a repeal of President Obama’s current health care plan.

January 13, 2011

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Terre Haute Councilman Expects Bennett Veto Overridden

A Terre Haute city councilman says he thinks Mayor Duke Bennett’s first-ever veto will be overridden at this evening’s council meeting.

January 13, 2011

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Daniels Comments on Where He Wants Money to Go

Marianne Holland talked to Governor Daniels about his message to Hoosiers and where he wants to see state money spent in the coming two years.

January 14, 2011

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Terre Haute Council Overrides Mayor’s Veto

The Terre Haute city council voted Thursday night to overturn Mayor Duke Bennett's first-ever veto.

January 14, 2011

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Julie Thomas Named Council President

Julie Thomas is taking the helm as the next president of the Monroe County Council.

January 14, 2011

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Proposed Budget Includes Deep Education Cuts

Governor Daniels' proposed budget flatlines almost all spending and cuts money to schools and higher education.

January 14, 2011

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Thousands of Hoosiers Waiting for Disability Services

Currently in Indiana, 22,000 people with developmental disabilities are on a Medicaid waiver waiting list.

January 14, 2011

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Administrators Give Feedback on Daniels Education Proposal

Veach said he’s glad the governor wants education to be at the forefront, but not at the expense of student’s futures.

January 14, 2011

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Terre Haute City Council Votes for Smoke Free Public Places

The Terre Haute City Council voted unanimously Thursday night to make all public places smoke free by July 2012. But it wasn’t without compromise.

January 17, 2011

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Former Reagan Aide Pushing for Pence Presidential Run

A former aid to President Ronald Regan has launched a campaign to Mike Pence to make a 2012 presidential run.

January 17, 2011

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Kruzan to Officially Announce Mayoral Candidacy Tomorrow

Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan plans to officially announce his bid for re-election tomorrow morning.

January 17, 2011

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Indiana University Events Recognize MLK’s Legacy

Saturday was the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Today, south central Indiana celebrated his life with a series of community events.

January 18, 2011

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Bloomingtion Celebrates MLK Day With Address By Famed Poet

The keynote address was given by Sonia Sanchez; a poet, professor and lecturer on black culture and literature.

January 18, 2011

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Kruzan Officially Announces Mayoral Bid

Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan is officially planning to seek a third term in office.

January 18, 2011

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New Law Would Require English Only on Gov Docs

A bill passed out of committee Tuesday would require all official state documents in Indiana to be printed solely in English.

January 18, 2011

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State Changing Way It Calculates Economic Forecasts

The state of Indiana is once again changing the way it calculates its economic forecasts.

January 18, 2011

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BMV to Offer Spay/Neuter Licence Plates

Spay Neuter Services of Indiana has created a license plate that will benefit low-income Hoosier pet owners.

January 18, 2011

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Pending Showers Purchase Leads to Lease Revenue Questions

Monroe County's Commissioners are hosting a public meeting Wednesday discussing the county’s pending Showers building purchase.

January 18, 2011

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Kruzan Announces Decision to Run for Third Term as Mayor

This morning at the John Waldron Arts Center in downtown Bloomington, Kruzan announced his decision to run for his third term as the city’s mayor.

January 18, 2011

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IU Student Dies After Being Found Unconscious at Frat House

A teenager who was found unconscious and not breathing at the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity house has died.

January 19, 2011

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Forecasters Predicting Another 3-6 Inches of Snow Thursday

A Winter Storm Advisory is in effect until 1 A.M. Friday.

January 19, 2011

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State’s Charter School System Could Expand

Indiana's charter school program could expand under new laws.

January 19, 2011

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Statewide Smoking Ban Advances

The Indiana House Public Health Committee is advancing a smoking ban proposal.

January 19, 2011

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IU Extends Condolences to Family of Deceased Student

IU officials are extending their condolences to the family of a student who died after being found unconscious at a fraternity house.

January 19, 2011

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Indiana Looking to Expand ‘Do Not Call’ List

Indiana is looking to extend its Do Not Call policy to cell phones.

January 19, 2011

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IU Theatre Renovations Complete

The newly renovated ‘original’ facility opened this semester. Learn more about the space and new plans for summer theatre in Bloomington.

January 20, 2011

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Commissioners Agree to Lease for Showers Purchase

The Monroe County Commissioners voted Wednesday to take the next step needed to purchase the north portion of the Showers building.

January 20, 2011

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Indiana House Authorizes Changes to IU, BSU Trustees

A bill passed out of the Indiana House Thursday would change the way trustees are elected at Indiana and Ball State Universities.

January 20, 2011

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Indiana Considers Texting While Driving Ban

Legislators are considering two bills this session that would place restrictions on texting while driving.

January 20, 2011

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Snowflake Size Contributes to Overall Accumulation

South Central Indiana is expected to get 3-6 inches of snow today. The National Weather Service says the size of the snowflakes affects total accumulation.

January 20, 2011

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School Delays and Closures Being Reported Friday

The winter weather advisory remains in effect until 9 A.M. Friday.

January 20, 2011

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Columbus Survey Looks for Welcoming Factors

Heritage Fund officials say they hope to understand how people feel about Columbus and to build a more welcoming community.

January 20, 2011

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Ban On “Spice,” Similar Chemicals Passes Indiana Senate

The Indiana Senate has passed a bill which would curtail sales of currently legal hallucinogens like a synthetic marijuana called “K2” or “Spice.”

January 20, 2011

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Bloomington Resident to Appear on American Idol

Bloomington's Jeremy Gotwals will be debuting on American Idol tonight. He paid a visit to the Office of the Mayor this morning to share his excitement.

January 20, 2011

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Indiana Convention Center a Big Step Forward for City

The 275 million dollar Indiana Convention Center officially opened today with speeches from Governor Mitch Daniels and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.

January 20, 2011

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Local Businesses Prepared for Winter Weather

Many families have been stocking up on emergency supplies, in case they become stuck in their car or home for an extended period of time.

January 21, 2011

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Primary Elections Filing Opens

Candidates for mayor, city clerk and other positions could officially declare their candidacy starting Wednesday.

January 21, 2011

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Bartholomew, Brown County Big Brothers, Big Sisters to Merge

With the strain of the economy, Brown and Bartholomew County Big Brothers, Big Sisters chapters are looking to merge in an effort to continue providing services

January 21, 2011

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Weather Advisory Hinders Schools, Businesses

Freezing temps affect surrounding counties, causing delays and closures.

January 21, 2011

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Vigo County Schools Make Changes to Security Procedures

After several acts of violence across the nation, Vigo County has decided to make changes to their school board security policies.

January 21, 2011

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Bill Would Add Cell Phones to Indiana’s Do Not Call List

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is supporting a bill that will make it much more difficult for telemarketers to reach you on your cell phone.

January 23, 2011

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County Commisioner and CFC Inc Debate Land Use Plan

Land commissioners are hoping for a better quality of life with the new land use plan.

January 23, 2011

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John Hamilton to Face Kruzan in Mayoral Primary

Bloomington resident John Hamilton announced yesterday that he will run for mayor of Bloomington.

January 24, 2011

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Indiana Tea Party Groups Send Message of Unity

Tea Party Groups from across Indiana are trying to send a message of unity.

January 24, 2011

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Cases of Flu Deaths Grossly Under Reported

Healthcare providers across the state have reported higher numbers of flu-like symptoms in the last week.

January 24, 2011

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Bloomington Hospital Now IU Health Bloomington Hospital

Bloomington Hospital is now called IU Health Bloomington Hospital. Find out what the name change means for patients and employees.

January 25, 2011

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Republican Majority Pushes to Restrict Abortions

House Republicans pushing for "sanctity of human life act" and the "abortion provider prohibition act."

January 25, 2011

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VP Biden Plans Indiana Visit Wednesday

Vice-President Joe Biden is visiting a battery manufacturing plant in Greenfield on Wednesday.

January 25, 2011

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Amended Smoking Ban Could Face Final Vote Today

Several exemptions have been included in a statewide smoking ban the state legislature is debating.

January 25, 2011

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Committee Examines Ways to Save Money in Local Government

A new House committee met for the first time Tuesday to discuss ways to make local and state governments more efficient.

January 25, 2011

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Cold Weather Causing a Major Drop in Blood Donations

American Red Cross blood donations for the month of January are at a 10 year low.

January 25, 2011

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School Bullying in Spotlight at Indiana General Assembly

Legislators in the General Assembly are considering a bill that would force schools to take a more active role in preventing bullying.

January 25, 2011

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Sex Offenders May Be Required to Wear GPS Tracking Device

Under terms of a bill passed by the Indiana Senate Tuesday, some sex offenders would be required to wear GPS tracking devices.

January 25, 2011

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City Officials Searching for Park Ambassadors

Bloomington's Park and Recreation Department is seeking park ambassadors to report on park safety concerns.

January 25, 2011

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Residents Claim Referendum Money Not Distributed Fairly

Some residents who worked to get the referendum passed now say the money is not being distributed fairly.

January 26, 2011

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MCCSC Committee Presents Official Plan for Ref Money Use

The committee expects the school board to tweak the current recommendations based on community input.

January 26, 2011

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House Approves Texting Ban Bill

Now that it has passed in the House, the state Senate will consider a bill that outlaws texting while driving.

January 26, 2011

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Republican Congressmen Respond to State of the Union

Two of Indiana's congressmen say the President's State of the Union address did not call for enough cuts to federal spending.

January 26, 2011

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Proposed Bill Would Limit Teacher Bargaining Options

One of Governor Mitch Daniels’ main initiatives in reforming education is getting support from a Senate Committee.

January 26, 2011

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Biden Visits Greenfield Battery Maker

Vice President Joe Biden visited a Hancock County lithium-ion battery maker today to reaffirm America’s commitment to clean, electric vehicles.

January 26, 2011

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Holiday World Expecting Record Number of Job Applications

Officials with Holiday World expect to handle a record number of job applications to fill 2,100 seasonal positions.

January 26, 2011

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Bed Bugs May Be Cause for Mental Health Concern

About 50-percent of Americans are allergic to bed bugs.

January 27, 2011

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Referendum Money Draws Public Comment

Tensions were high last night at a public meeting held to discuss the potential use of MCCSC referendum dollars.

January 27, 2011

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Officials Say State Economy Might Never Fully Recover

State budget officials say the state economy will likely never reach the level it might have hit had the recession never happened.

January 27, 2011

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Terre Haute Expecting 150 New Jobs

150 Sony jobs are expected to move to a factory in Terre Haute.

January 27, 2011

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Sources: Pence Will Not Pursue Presidential Run

Sources say Representative Mike Pence plans to announce he will not run for President and instead will consider launching a campaign for governor.

January 27, 2011

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Indiana State University Continues to See Growing Enrollment

Indiana State University is continuing to see growing numbers of students.

January 27, 2011

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Indiana’s Mercury Production Among the Highest in Nation

Indiana is in the top five among states for the highest levels of mercury pollution.

January 27, 2011

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Vote Center Bill Clears House Committee

The House Elections and Apportionment Committee approved the bill, which already passed the senate.

January 27, 2011

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New Alcohol Laws Could be Overturned Soon

A bill being considered by the Indiana House could overturn an ID requirement for buying alcohol which is just a year old.

January 28, 2011

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Pence Plans State Listening Tour

Pence is leaving his options open after announcing he won't run for President.

January 28, 2011

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Monroe County Dems Want More Party Voice in Statehouse Talks

This week may have seen the first of a series of skirmishes illustrating the gulf between minority Democrats and the Republican majority in the Statehouse.

January 28, 2011

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MCCSC Administrator Explains New Proposed Positions

MCCSC Director of Elementary Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Cameron Rains, explains the role preventionists and interventionists in the schools.

January 28, 2011

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Low Income Earners Are Eligible For Bigger Tax Refunds

Low to moderate income residents in Bloomington can now file their federal and state tax returns free.

January 31, 2011

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Central Indiana Braces for Ice Storm

A winter storm hitting Indiana this week will bring ice to the central and southern part of the state and snow to the north.

January 31, 2011

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Flags at Half Staff in Marion County for Fallen Officer

The Indianapolis community is responding to the death of Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officer David Moore.

January 31, 2011

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School Districts Summers Shorten as Snow Days Pile Up

A snowy winter has caused local school districts to cancel a large-than-normal number of school days this year.

January 31, 2011

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Funding Source Questioned for State Plan to Reduce Obesity

The Indiana Department of Health has announced a ten-year plan aimed at lowering the state's obesity rate.

January 31, 2011

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Daniels: State Preparing for Severe Winter Storm

Governor Daniels says the state will monitor an approaching winter storm, but for now at least, state government will operate as normal tomorrow.

January 31, 2011

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Zacharias Pre-Trial Conference Rescheduled

Mark Zacharias made his first court appearance today, but his pre-trial conference was rescheduled to April.

January 31, 2011

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Smoking Ban Passes Through House

A bill to ban smoking in public places is on its way to the state senate.

January 31, 2011

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Bill Pushes for More Electronic Learning

A bill that would expand what is considered a textbook is moving on to the Indiana House.

January 31, 2011

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Vote Centers Get Support From County Clerks

Monroe County officials are crossing their fingers in hopes that a bill allowing all Indiana Counties to use vote centers is passed.

January 31, 2011

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Bedford Residents Remember Great Ohio River Flood of 1937

It’s the anniversary of the Great Ohio River Flood of 1937 and a community that played a significant role in the recovery is remembering the anniversary.

January 31, 2011

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Ice Prompts Closures as Officials Prepare for Next Impact

Freezing rain...sleet...and snow will begin across the area by this afternoon.

February 1, 2011

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Slideshow – Ice Blankets South-Central Indiana

Ice has covered most of WFIU's listening area this morning, with more on the way.

February 1, 2011

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Winter Blast Impacting Air Travel

Flights across the nation have been impacted again because of the ice storm.

February 1, 2011

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Vigo County Hit Hardest By Power Outages

Power outages are being reported across the area, but the area hardest hit is Vigo County.

February 1, 2011

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IU Canceling Classes Until 1 PM Wednesday

IU Bloomington has canceled classes until 1 pm Wednesday.

February 1, 2011

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If State Smoking Ban Fails, City Bans Could Be Reevaluated

Mayors of some Indiana cities with partial smoking bans say they’re watching the statewide debate on the topic.

February 1, 2011

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Weather Cancels Statehouse, State Agency Operations

Governor Mitch Daniels has joined leaders of the Indiana House and Senate in closing down state operations.

February 2, 2011

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Closures and Power Outages Continue Today in Bloomington

Monroe County is facing several thousand power outages and a number of closures as the winter storm warning remains in effect.

February 2, 2011

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Travel Advisories Remain in Effect

Much of Indiana remains under a travel advisory today because of either snow, ice, or downed trees.

February 2, 2011

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Share Your Winter Photos!

Share your winter weather photos with us and we'll include them in our gallery at indianapublicmedia.org.

February 2, 2011

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About 50,000 Without Power Statewide

Duke Energy and REMC crews are out across the state working to restore power to customers.

February 2, 2011

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Police Suggest Traveling with Winter Kit

Local officials are urging people to stay indoors and postpone traveling plans due to the continued winter weather bearing down on the state.

February 2, 2011

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Municipal Salt Reserves Taxed, But Ready For One More Storm

Most municipal salt reserves aren’t taxed yet, but more severe weather could prove problematic.

February 2, 2011

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Red Cross Opens Emergency Shelters in Greene, Monroe Co

Due to extensive power outages across south-central Indiana, the Red Cross has opened several emergency relief shelters.

February 2, 2011

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Flights Slowly Return to Indy Airport

Business is slowly going back to normal at the Indianapolis Airport as the ice storms make their way east of the Hoosier state.

February 2, 2011

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More Oversight of Manure Storage Moving Through Statehouse

A bill requiring state oversight of satellite manure storage facilities is gaining support in the Indiana General Assembly.

February 2, 2011

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Lights Out Until Friday for Some Duke Energy Customers

Pam Chapman of Duke Energy says crews have been working around the clock to fix power lines and restore electricity to the Bloomington area.

February 3, 2011

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Montford Point Marines Saluted During Black History Program

A living legacy was saluted at Bloomington’s Black History Month Kick-off celebration.

February 3, 2011

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Shelters to Remain Open Until Power is Restored

Many area shelters plan to stay open until power is restored to all the residents in their area.

February 3, 2011

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New Deadly Infection Spreading Through Indiana

A life-threatening bacterial infection is making its way through Indiana hospitals.

February 3, 2011

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Many in Bloomington, Terre Haute Still Without Power

Thousands still in the dark following the latest round of nasty weather. Duke crews are working around the clock.

February 3, 2011

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Rural Roads Still Icy in Places

Now that primary roads are treated, crews are shifting their focus to gravel roads.

February 3, 2011

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After Ten Amendments Defeated, Vote Center Bill Moves On

It appears the first bill to reach the Governor’s desk this legislative session may be one requiring that vote centers be used in all Indiana counties.

February 4, 2011

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MCCSC Meets With Sen. Simpson to Discuss School Funding

Bloomington State Senator Vi Simpson takes questions from MCCSC board members Martha Street and Kelly Smith about budget projections.

February 4, 2011

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John Hamilton Outlines Economic Development Plan

Bloomington Mayoral candidate John Hamilton says his plans for economic development include creating more sustainable jobs and green jobs.

February 4, 2011

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Flimmaker Spike Lee Plans Bloomington Lecture

Filmmaker Spike Lee plans to visit Bloomington later this month to deliver a lecture.

February 4, 2011

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First Candidate Officially Enters Governor’s Race

Jim Wallace is the first candidate to officially announce his intentions to run for Indiana Governor.

February 4, 2011

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Sunday Festivities Feature Football, Friends and Fatty Foods

With the Super Bowl quickly approaching many people are getting ready for their annual game-day festivities.

February 4, 2011

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New Council Finds Business Leaders Optimistic About 2011

Inside Indiana Business has partnered with Walker, an Indianapolis based consulting and data company, to create the Indiana Business Council.

February 4, 2011

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Purdue Welcomes Wind Farm, Denies Coal-Fire Boiler

Purdue is taking a green step into more environmentally friendly energy options.

February 4, 2011

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No Waivers for Inclement Weather Cancellations

There will be no waivers given to any school districts for days they had to cancel this week due to the blizzard and ice storm.

February 4, 2011

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Senate Rejects Bill That Would Extend Summer Vacation

The senate has rejected an attempt to force schools to extend summer vacation from June 10th through Labor Day.

February 4, 2011

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Energy Co. Funding Project to Ready Site for Redevelopment

The Bloomington Economic Development Corporation has been awarded $20,000 from Duke Energy

February 4, 2011

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More Hoosiers Reporting Child Abuse

More than 24,000 cases of child abuse were reported in the state of Indiana in 2009

February 4, 2011

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MCCSC Officials Voice Opinions Concerning Superintendency

WFIU sat down with MCCSC educators, administrators, and school board members to discuss the future of the district’s leadership.

February 5, 2011

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Inclement Weather Means Overtime for USPS Workers

This week’s inclement weather may not have stopped the post office from delivering mail, but it certainly slowed the process down.

February 5, 2011

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Monroe Co. Library Purchases New Energy Efficient Bookmobile

The Monroe County Public library describes it as “lean, green and high-tech.” WTIU’s Noel Brennan shows us the library’s new energy-efficient bookmobile.

February 7, 2011

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Mourdock Plans to Challenge Lugar for Senate

For the first time since he was elected to the Senate, Richard Lugar will face an opponent in the primaries.

February 7, 2011

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I-Step Testing Could Be Entirely Web-based by 2014

The Indiana Department of Education hopes to make I-Step testing all online by 2014.

February 7, 2011

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IU Doctoral Students Uncover Glitch in Facebook’s Security

A team of Indiana University doctoral students is responsible for finding a glitch in Facebook's security protocol.

February 7, 2011

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Indiana Microbreweries Score Big on Super Bowl Sunday

According to several Indiana brewers, Super Bowl Sunday was a big win for Bloomington beer sales.

February 8, 2011

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Airport Parking Lot Closed After Partial Roof Collapse

The weight of snow and ice caused part of a roof canopy to collapse over the weekend at the Indianapolis Airport.

February 8, 2011

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Economist Predicts More Job Creation in Coming Months

The US unemployment rate fell almost half a percentage point in January.

February 8, 2011

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Young Hoosiers Ask Legislature to Protect Financial Aid

Students will gather at the statehouse today, calling on legislators to protect funding for financial aid.

February 8, 2011

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Indianapolis Super Bowl Committee Learns From Dallas

Members of the Indianapolis Super Bowl Committee say they learned from Dallas' successes and failures during this year's Super Bowl.

February 8, 2011

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Residents, Activists, Plead with State Budget Committee

The House Ways and Means Committee heard two hours of testimony from the public Monday about programs slated for cuts.

February 8, 2011

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Flu Status Increases To “Widespread”

The CDC raised Indiana's flu status on Monday from regional to widespread.

February 8, 2011

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First Case of White Nose Syndrome Discovered in Indiana

The first case of White Nose Syndrome in Indiana was discovered in Endless Cave in Washington County.

February 8, 2011

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Shalom Center Offering Adult Ed. Classes

Shalom Community Center, began holding free, on-site GED preparation classes starting January 25.

February 8, 2011

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Group Presents Counter Budget to MCCSC

Members of the Ad Hoc “Respect the Referendum” Committee say their plan is more in line with the original intent of the November ballot issue.

February 8, 2011

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Indiana to Get Census Information this Week

U.S. Census data for Indiana is expected to be released Thursday.

February 8, 2011

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House Committee Approves Amendment to Ban Gay Marriage

The committee voted 8-4 along party lines Monday to approve a resolution defining marriage as solely between one man and one woman.

February 8, 2011

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Senate Begins Discussions on Sentencing Reform Bill

The Indiana Senate’s Corrections Committee has begun discussion on a bill which addresses criminal sentencing reform.

February 8, 2011

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Not All City Council Members Seeking Re-Election

Some are seeking another term while others are deciding to take time off for various reasons.

February 8, 2011

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Jackson Creek Trail Named One of State’s Best

Bloomington residents don’t have to go very far to enjoy one of the state’s best trails.

February 8, 2011

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New Information Commons Opens on IU Campus

At a ribbon cutting ceremony earlier today, Indiana University officials opened a new information commons giving students a new place to work and study.

February 8, 2011

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Survey Reveals Growing Pessimism about Public Schools

A new survey reveals Hoosiers are growing more pessimistic about public schools.

February 9, 2011

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Third Republican Considers Gubernatorial Run

A former state attorney general is considering a run for the governor's seat.

February 9, 2011

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House Approves Charter School Bill

The House voted Tuesday to approve a bill designed to reform the state's charter school system.

February 9, 2011

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Bill on Illegal Immigration Issues Heads to Senate

The Hispanic community is raising concerns about a bill, requiring among other things, all government documents to be printed in English.

February 9, 2011

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Bill Would Put Dissolvable Tobacco Behind the Register

The Indiana House Public Policy committee is advancing a bill to keep dissolvable tobacco behind the register.

February 9, 2011

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: James Carville, Mary Matalin

Political strategists James Carville and wife Mary Matalin will headline the eighth annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service fundraising dinner.

February 9, 2011

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Neher Running for Bloomington City Council

A new candidate has entered the democratic primary for Bloomington’s city council.

February 9, 2011

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MCPL to Teach Young Adults about Money

The Monroe County Public Library is beginning a financial education project that targets 15 to 29 year olds.

February 9, 2011

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Educators/Parents Rally at Statehouse

More than a thousand Indiana teachers and parents attended a rally yesterday at the Statehouse.

February 9, 2011

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Gryphon Adding 60 Jobs in Bloomington

Sixty new jobs are coming to Bloomington by 2013.

February 10, 2011

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Overflow Crowd Attends Land Use Hearing

The number of attendees at a Monroe County land use hearing exceeded that allowed by the building's fire code.

February 10, 2011

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John Hamilton Reveals Community-Based Public Safety Plan

Bloomington Mayoral candidate John Hamilton says his plan to make Bloomington safer includes help from the community and data analysis.

February 10, 2011

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Senate Committee Advances Illegal Immigration Bill

The Pensions and Labor Committee voted eight-to-one Wednesday in favor of a bill that will crack down on illegal immigration.

February 10, 2011

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Neher Announces Bloomington City Council Candidacy

Indiana University senior lecturer announced that he plans to run for Bloomington's Fifth District City Council seat.

February 11, 2011

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Bill Requires Premarital Class or Higher Marriage Fees

A State Representative says her bill requiring couples to get premarital counseling or face higher marriage license fees would lower the state's divorce rate.

February 11, 2011

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Verizon Stores Now Carrying iPhone

Verizon stores across the country opened their doors early yesterday morning to allow customers first access to Apple products.

February 11, 2011

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Hoosiers Wish for Spring

Temperatures this week in Central Indiana have struggled to get out of the single digits.

February 11, 2011

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Senate Considers Taking Back State Control of Toxicology Lab

Wyss calls moving the lab to state control perhaps the most important issue the general assembly will deal with this year.

February 11, 2011

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New Speaker Means New Demeanor in Indiana House

The first few weeks of the 2011 legislative session have seen both charged language and an unexpected amount of laughs on the floor of the Indiana House.

February 11, 2011

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2010 Census Information Released for Indiana

Indiana's 2010 Census data shows a bigger, more diverse state.

February 11, 2011

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Legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway Announcer Dies

Legendary Indianapolis 500 announcer Tom Carnegie died today (FRIDAY) at the age of 91

February 11, 2011

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Fairview Expands Student Enrollment

A local school is preparing to grow one of its signature programs, even as state education spending is flatlined.

February 11, 2011

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Latino Students Oppose Indiana Senate Immigration Bill

Latino students oppose Indiana Senate immigration bill, fearing racial discrimination towards multicultural community.

February 11, 2011

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With Indiana Census Data Out, Redrawing Districts Begins

In 2011, redrawing districts could be different from how it was done in 2000.

February 12, 2011

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Sage Steele 2011 Recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award

Sage Steele prepares to receive an distinguished award tomorrow at Bloomington's annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day Dinner. 

February 12, 2011

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211 Day Raises Awareness About The Information Helpline

Aid agencies in Monroe and Owen County hope that their relatively new, 2-1-1 phone call can become an industry standard.

February 12, 2011

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Winter Weather Taking Toll on City Streets

The city has filled 800 of them already this winter and expects hundreds more.

February 14, 2011

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Lawsuit Against I-69 Project Cites Environmental Concerns

The suit claims the I-69 project has violated the Federal Clean Water Act.

February 14, 2011

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Department of Revenue Anticipates Notable Changes

Americans get three extra days to do their taxes this year.

February 14, 2011

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Valentine’s Day Is The Busiest Day Of The Year For Florists

Area florists are expecting a busier valentines day than in previous years.

February 14, 2011

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IU Professor Studies Link Between Foreclosure And School

IU assistant professor Ashlyn Nelson is working with researchers from various universities to see whether there's a connection between education and foreclosure

February 14, 2011

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Educators Concerned About School Board Bill

Local educators are concerned about a bill being considered by the Indiana State Senate requiring local school board nominees to declare a party affiliation.

February 14, 2011

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Bill To Cut Funding For Children Of Disabled Veterans

A bill being considered at the statehouse would cut funding for some grants including the Children of Disabled Veterans.

February 14, 2011

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Underage Tobacco Sales Decline

Results of a new report show sales of tobacco to minors are down to an all-time low.

February 14, 2011

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Bat Research Community Mystified Over White Nose Syndrome

White Nose Syndrome is not only devastating news for researchers, but also for Indiana residents.

February 15, 2011

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Service Today for Tom Carnegie

A public service will be held today in Indianapolis for announcer Tom Carnegie.

February 15, 2011

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Indiana Senate Working to Curb Meth Production

A Senate committee this morning heard arguments from both sides about the electronic tracking system.

February 15, 2011

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Dalai Lama’s Nephew Killed During ‘Walk for Tibet’

The Dalai Lama's nephew was killed yesterday during a walk to raise awareness about the Tibetan struggle for independence from China.

February 15, 2011

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Bill Would Give Businesses More Time to File Property Taxes

A bill would give businesses more time to file amended property taxes, but at a penalty.

February 15, 2011

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House Votes to Advance Gay Marriage Ban Amendment

In a Joint Resolution, the House voted 70-26 in favor of defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

February 15, 2011

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Purdue Hosting Program for Local Farmers/Growers

The Purdue University Extension is hosting a program tomorrow night for farmers and small acreage landowners.

February 15, 2011

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Norbu Saw His Walks as Continuing His Father’s Work

Jigme Norbu, the Dalai Lama’s nephew, and Tibetan activist, died last night during the “Walk for Tibet” in Florida.

February 15, 2011

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House Committee Looks at Saving Schools Money on Insurance

The House Ways and Means Committee has begun consideration of a measure which aims to save school corporations money on health insurance.

February 16, 2011

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Planned Parenthood Responds To Possible Funding Cuts

Planned Parenthood denies claims that it uses federal funds to perform abortions.

February 16, 2011

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Display to Inform Students about Benton Murals

A new installation outside a classroom at Woodburn Hall will include information about each panel of the Benton Murals.

February 16, 2011

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Decatur Township Student May Sue District

A student may sue the Indianapolis area school district, alleging officials failed to protect her from repeated racial harassment and threats of violence.

February 16, 2011

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Study Links Young Binge Drinking to Dependency Later in Life

A new study shows that adolescent drinking problems may predict a person’s dependence on alcohol in early adulthood.

February 16, 2011

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Mourners Attend Ceremony to Honor the Life of Jigme Norbu

Bloomington and the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center mourn the loss of Jigme Norbu, nephew of the Dalai Lama, Tuesday evening.

February 16, 2011

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Controversial School Vouchers Bill Passes Committee

The controversial school vouchers bill proposal passed committee by an eight to ten vote Wednesday.

February 17, 2011

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49 Day Prayer Service Planned for Norbu

The Tibetan Cultural Center has planned a 49 day prayer service in remembrance of Jigme Norbu.

February 17, 2011

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Hamilton, Kruzan Disagree on Meaning of FBI Crime Stats

Bloomington’s police chief and mayor say crime statistics used by mayoral candidate John Hamilton have been misinterpreted.

February 17, 2011

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Healthcare Group Says Reform Act Will Benefit Hoosiers

A report released by the consumer healthcare group, Families USA, shows hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers could benefit from the Healthcare Reform Act.

February 17, 2011

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Red Cross Banking on Diverse Blood Supply

Recognizing efforts of the past continues to give the gift of life to millions of diverse groups today.

February 17, 2011

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Planned Parenthood At Risk of Losing State Funding

State funds given to Planned Parenthood could be eliminated under a bill making its way through the statehouse.

February 17, 2011

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Teachers and Daniels Locked in Disagreement On Ed. Reform

Teachers report that as they work to make their concerns heard, the governor’s efforts to quiet them are becoming more and more aggressive.

February 17, 2011

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House Advances New Tobacco Law

Representative Ron Bacon says the bill protects kids from buying dissolvable products containing such large doses of nicotine.

February 17, 2011

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Indiana, Kentucky Govs. Talk with Bridge Builders

Kentucky and Indiana officials addressed hundreds of potential contractors and others Wednesday, on getting the two Ohio River bridges built.

February 17, 2011

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Bill Would Eliminate Req. for Schools Admins. to be Licenced

A bill moving through the statehouse would eliminate the requirement that school administrators be licensed.

February 18, 2011

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IU Trustees Approve Room And Board Rate Increases

The Indiana University- Bloomington campus will raise room and board rates by an average of 6.3 percent in the 2011-2012 school year.

February 18, 2011

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Bill Would Allow Home-School Students to Play on Local Team

A bill that would allow Indiana home-school students to play on their local high school teams is headed to the senate.

February 18, 2011

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Bill Eliminates License Requirement to Carry a Handgun

A bill passed by the Senate Thursday would allow people to carry handguns on their own property or on someone else's property without a license.

February 18, 2011

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Welch’s Vote Against Gay Marriage Draws Criticism

Members of Bloomington's GLBT community are calling Rep. Peggy Welch after she voted for a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage.

February 21, 2011

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New Bartholomew County Senior Center Opens Today

Later today, 15 years of talks will be realized when the Bartholomew County Senior Center Services in Columbus opens its new facility, the Mill Race Center.

February 21, 2011

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Indiana One Of Worst States For CO2 Pollution

Indiana has been identified as one of the ten worst states for carbon dioxide pollution.

February 21, 2011

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Bloomington Arts/Ivy Tech Study Ways Art Impacts Economy

The City of Bloomington and Ivy Tech have collaborated to join a study analyzing the way that non-profit arts organizations impact local economies.

February 21, 2011

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Indiana Delegation Heading to India

Secretary of Commerce Mitch Roob will lead the state‘s first trade mission to India to establish partnerships.

February 21, 2011

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Monroe County YMCA Receives Major Grant for New Location

The Monroe County YMCA will soon be opening a new location, courtesy of a major grant.

February 21, 2011

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Actor and Author Hill Harper Speaks on Improving Literacy

As part of a Black History Month series, actor and author Hill Harper lectured to several students and community members about the importance of literacy.

February 21, 2011

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Project Will Keep Terre Haute Airport from Caving In

A 6-million dollar project to keep the Terre Haute International Airport from collapsing is underway.

February 21, 2011

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CWA Local 4730 Protests “Right to Work Bill” on IU Campus

Indiana University CWA Local 4730 President Bryce Smedley, believes the people of Indiana need to safeguard their futures as well as their rights.

February 21, 2011

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House Labor Committee Passes “Right to Work Bill” to House

Amidst pro-labor rallies in the statehouse, the House Labor committee passed a Right to Work bill to the full House Monday.

February 22, 2011

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Bill Would Change Requirements For Charter School Teachers

The Senate moved forward on a bill Monday that would change licensing requirements for teachers in charter schools.

February 22, 2011

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Indiana Senate Moves Forward Illegal Immigration Bill

Indiana law enforcement officials may soon be able to stop people purely on suspicion of being illegal aliens.

February 22, 2011

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House Democrats Don’t Appear For Roll Calls, Chamber Stalls

The Indiana House must delay business again as Democrats failed to appear for Tuesday’s roll call.

February 22, 2011

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MCCSC Voting Tonight on Ref. Money

The Monroe County Community School Board could vote this evening on how to spend money raised by the corporation’s successful funding referendum.

February 22, 2011

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Monroe County’s Land Use Plan Could Restrict Development

Opponents of Monroe County’s Comprehensive Land use plan warn the proposal could restrict development in more than half the county.

February 22, 2011

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State Troopers Won’t Be Used To Round Up Missing Democrats

Governor Daniels will not task state troopers with reconvening the Indiana House

February 22, 2011

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Kunga Norbu Speaks About Continuing Brother’s Legacy

The nephew of the Dalai Lama, Kunga Norbu, spoke to the media Tuesday for the first time since his brother’s Jigme’s death last week.

February 23, 2011

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MCCSC School Board Passes Referendum Budget

The new measure partially restores many programs cut during the 2010 fiscal year.

February 23, 2011

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Bloomington Joins Statewide Effort Against Drunk Driving

The Bloomington District of the Indiana State Police is joining forces with over 250 other Indiana law enforcement agencies in a crackdown on drunk driving.

February 23, 2011

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Democrats Still Missing, House Republicans Won’t Negotiate

House Democrats flee to Illinois to avoid voting on several controversial bills.

February 23, 2011

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Legislation Would Weaken Teacher Unions Bargaining Ability

The Senate Tuesday passed a bill Terre Haute Senator Tim Skinner said will significantly hurt the teaching profession.

February 23, 2011

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Motorists May Experience Sticker Shock at the Pump

Regular gas is more than three-thirty a gallon in some spots across Indiana. Analysts say the unrest in the Middle East is fueling the spikes.

February 23, 2011

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Estonian Ambassador Visits IU to Celebrate Independence Day

Reinart said he chose to visit IU because it is one of just two American universities that offers Estonian studies.

February 23, 2011

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Democrats Undecided on Statehouse Return

House Minority Leader Pat Bauer broke his silence Wednesday afternoon, talking about the Democrats’ walkout and what would bring them back.

February 23, 2011

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Fans in Frenzy for the IU Purdue Basketball Game

With 3 hours to go before the Purdue game the scene outside Assembly Hall looks more like a tailgate.

February 24, 2011

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Monroe County Officials to Create a Voter Registration Board

The county’s population has surpassed the 125,000 mark, meaning the county must begin talks about creating a voter registration board.

February 24, 2011

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Monroe County Is on the Way to Using Vote Centers

Members of the public now have 30 days to voice an opinions on county vote centers.

February 24, 2011

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House Rules Committee Could Extend Deadline to Pass Bills

The House Rules Committee could extend the deadline to pass bills originating in the House.

February 24, 2011

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Northern Indiana Preparing for 6 Inches of Snow Tonight

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Carroll, Warren, Tippecanoe and Howard counties for heavy snow.

February 24, 2011

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Indiana Deputy Attorney General Fired Over Twitter Post

Mother Jones magazine exposed several postings from Cox's personal twitter and blog accounts encouraging violence to Wisconsin protesters.

February 24, 2011

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Speaker Bosma Adjourns House Until Monday

The House will not have a floor session again until at least Monday after House Democrats said they wouldn’t return Thursday or Friday.

February 24, 2011

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State Treasurer Mourdock Will Run Against Lugar in 2012

Mourdock admits his five-term incumbent opponent will have more money for the campaign, but said money is not as important as constituent motivation.

February 24, 2011

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New MCPL Grant Will Help Promote Financial Literacy

The "Smart Investing at your Library" grant focuses on people ages 15-29 by teaching on several areas such as budgeting, investing and managing credit and debt.

February 24, 2011

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Habitat for Humanity Questioning Monroe County Land Use Plan

Some restrictions of the plan, like disallowing building on land with a 15 percent grade, could significantly reduce available land, resulting in higher prices.

February 25, 2011

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Planned Parenthood Could Lose All Federal Funding

Planned Parenthood may lose all it's federal funding if House Bill 1205 passes, forcing many Hoosiers to seek reproductive health care elsewhere.

February 25, 2011

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DNR Hopes to Increase Size of Fish to be Kept if Caught

DNR South Regions Fisheries Supervisor Brian Schoenung said the proposal follows research collected in recent years.

February 25, 2011

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Bill Would Penalize Releasing Exotic Animals into the Wild

State animal experts say they’re in favor of a bill which would make it a class C misdemeanor to release an exotic animal into the wild without a permit.

February 25, 2011

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Senator Simpson Discusses Jobs, Education Bills

Vi Simpson spent time this week meeting with union representatives and educators to discuss controversial right-to-work and education reform legislation.

February 25, 2011

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CountryMark Energy Confirms Significant Indiana Oil Find

The oil exploration is located on land near the Terre Haute International Airport and is part of The Illinois Basin.

February 28, 2011

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Fort Wayne Schools Suspend Seniority Rules To Save Jobs

A Northeast Indiana school board plans to consider a resolution Monday supporting the district’s teachers.

February 28, 2011

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Indiana Energy Companies Complete Merger

Northern Indiana Public Service Company completes its merger with Kokomo Gas & Fuel.

February 28, 2011

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Tornado Confirmed in Gibson County

Severe weather has ended but flooding and clean-up from last night’s storm is underway.

February 28, 2011

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House Remains Without Quorum

With no movement from either side in the Indiana House, Democrats remain in Illinois and the House remains without a quorum.

February 28, 2011

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Danny Glover Makes Appearance at Statehouse Monday

The pro-labor rallies at the Indiana Statehouse gained a celebrity boost Monday as actor Danny Glover joined the protests.

February 28, 2011

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Kokomo Firefighters Union Files Grievance Over Pay Raise

The firefighters union in Kokomo is filing a grievance against the city, stating that they were not given a 1.5% pay raise which they say was promised to them.

March 1, 2011

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Bill Banning Texting While Driving Passes Senate Committee

Though the bill passed the committee, several members raised concerns about the legislation.

March 1, 2011

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Survey Team Confirms 2 More Tornadoes During Monday’s Storm

An EF-1 tornado touched down about 5 and a half miles southwest of Jasper damaging several large metal buildings, a barn and a radio tower.

March 1, 2011

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Still No House Dems at the Statehouse

Pat Bauer said he sees progress towards negotiations, but that the progress is limited to communication through the media.

March 1, 2011

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Kokomo Hosts Public Hearing on Coal Gasification Plant

When proposed in 2006, Duke estimated the cost at over $1.9 billion. However, that cost has since been revised to nearly $3 billion.

March 1, 2011

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Community Kitchen of Monroe County Expanding Operations

Community Kitchen of Monroe County hopes to begin renovating their new facility by March.

March 2, 2011

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Monroe Co. Election Board Consider Precinct Consolidation

The option would reduce the total number of precincts open on Election Day.

March 2, 2011

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New Bill Suspends Unemployment Benefits for Failed Drug Test

Anyone failing or refusing a drug test would no longer be eligible to receive unemployment benefits until they find a job and work for eight weeks.

March 2, 2011

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House Minority Leader Says Democrats Closer to Returning

Bauer cited two labor bills in particular that Democrats need assurances about, whether by changing the legislation or dropping it entirely.

March 2, 2011

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Hostettler Touting Constitutional Interpretation Class

Former six-term, 8th District representative, John Hostettler came to Bloomington Monday to drum up business for his “Constitution Institute”.

March 2, 2011

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Vigo County Keeping Un-Vaccinated Kids Out of School

Students in Vigo County School Corporation who have not met new vaccination requirements by March 21 will kept out of school.

March 3, 2011

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Kruzan Announces New Initiatives in State of the City

Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan credits an increasingly diversified economy for Bloomington’s economic success and resiliency over the past year.

March 3, 2011

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Health Fair Gives Students a Chance to Find Their Niche

Over 100 schools from across the Midwest set up tables in Alumni Hall Wednesday for Indiana University’s annual Health Programs Fair.

March 3, 2011

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Nobel Laureate Ostrom Receives Grant to Continue Research

Indiana University Professor Elinor Ostrom has received a grant to further the work for which she was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2009.

March 3, 2011

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Floods Likely as Rain Moves into Area

National Weather Service meteorologists say areas of south-central Indiana should prepare for flooding as storms move into Indiana over the next few days.

March 3, 2011

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Collaborative Effort Nets Big Drug Bust

Collaborative effort has led to a central Indiana drug ring being dismantled.

March 3, 2011

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Bosma to Fine Dems $250 per Day of Absence

After threatening fines for nearly two weeks, Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma announced them for all House Democrats that remain out of the Statehouse.

March 3, 2011

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Daniels Wants Secretary Of State To Resign After Indictment

Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White was indited today by a Hamilton County grand jury on charges of voter fraud.

March 4, 2011

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The City Of Bedford Starts Street Sign Replacement

The city of Bedford is getting a head start on the statewide road sign upgrade.

March 4, 2011

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Negotiation on Public Works Bill Could Bring Democrats Back

There may be room for negotiation on one of the bills Indiana House Democrats say is a key to their return.

March 4, 2011

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State Senator Visits Colleagues in Illinois

Indianapolis State Senator Greg Taylor is back from to Illinois after visiting his House colleagues there Wednesday.

March 4, 2011

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New Poll Shows Hoosiers Support More Wind Power

A bill on its way to the Indiana House would mandate that 10 percent of Indiana power come from renewable sources by 2020.

March 4, 2011

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Notre Dame Professors Weigh In on Right to Work Law

The study was presented by Notre Dame professor Dr. Marty Wolfson, who said the numbers directly contradict a study released by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

March 4, 2011

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Indiana State Superintendent Defends Education Reform

These days, Bennett seems to spend much of his time traveling around the state campaigning on behalf of his model of education reform.

March 4, 2011

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IU Finishes Home Basketball Schedule with Senior Night

Indiana entered Thursday’s game against Wisconsin hoping to send Jeremiah Rivers out victorious.

March 4, 2011

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FTC Chairman Visits IU Mauer School of Law

Liebowitz likened working for the federal government to donning a cape and tights – either way, he said, it’s about catching the bad guys.

March 7, 2011

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New College Calculator Helps Students Select a School

The program enables the user to do side-by-side comparisons of any three Indiana colleges at one time.

March 7, 2011

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City of Bloomington to Host “Citizen Preperation Course”

The City of Bloomington and Indiana Legal Services are teaming up to create a six-week “Citizenship Preparation Course."

March 7, 2011

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Indiana Business People Support Right to Work Legislation

The Indiana Business Council released the results of an online survey Friday saying Indiana business people support Right to Work legislation.

March 7, 2011

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Area Flooding Causing Several Road Closures

Greene and Daviess counties are experiencing flooding that has caused several county roads to be closed.

March 7, 2011

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Third Week of Indiana Democrat Hold-Out Begins

As the third week of the Indiana Democrat hold-out begins, the House remains unable to do business.

March 7, 2011

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Interfaith Power and Light Combines Faith and Conservation

Interfaith Power and Light is a program aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of the world.

March 8, 2011

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Colorectal Cancer Awareness Advocates Want Hoosiers Screened

More than 1,100 residents are expected to die from the disease this year.

March 8, 2011

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Terre Haute Airport Under Construction to Prevent Cave-ins

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has launched a project to fill in vacant mine caverns that lie underneath the airport.

March 8, 2011

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Senate Passes Bill Limiting Agritourism Liability

The bill assumes participants in agritourism events understand the risks associated with whatever activity they’re engaged in.

March 8, 2011

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Bosma: Agenda Will Not Be Reduced from Current Calendar

Speaker Brian Bosma said if the House goes into a special session, the agenda will not be reduced from the current calendar.

March 8, 2011

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East Fork White River More Than Two Feet Above Flood Level

County Emergency Management Director Dennis Moats said National Weather Service reports show little possibility for the river to reach last weekend’s highs.

March 8, 2011

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Mayoral Candidates Challenge Each Other Over City Growth

Bloomington mayoral candidates talk on how to manage city growth.

March 9, 2011

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Indiana Charter Schools Receive High Ranking

The Hoosier State is one of only five states whose charter students perform better in both reading and math than their traditional public school counterparts.

March 9, 2011

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Phone Conversation a Big Step in Bringing Democrats Home

Bauer said the conversation returned the two sides to where they were last week after Bauer visited the Statehouse.

March 9, 2011

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Head of Columbus Charter School Suspended

The International School of Columbus is now under the leadership of its fourth head of school in the last two years.

March 9, 2011

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Monroe County Officials Oppose Indiana Senate Bill 590

Monroe County officials passed a resolution in opposition to Indiana Senate bill 590, a bill similar to Arizona's which cracks down on illegal immigration.

March 10, 2011

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Cook Remains Richest Hoosier

Cook Group founder Bill Cook remains the richest person in Indiana, according to the latest list of the world‘s billionaires from Forbes.

March 10, 2011

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North Vernon, Greencastle to Redevelop Downtowns

North Vernon and Greencastle will use about $30 million over three years to redevelop their downtowns.

March 10, 2011

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City Council Candidate Wants More Multimedia Communications

A candidate has proposed an initiative that he thinks will help communication between the council and its constituents.

March 10, 2011

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Kokomo Mayor Heading To Michigan To Discuss Auto Success

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight will be a panelist for the Roads to Renewal automotive conference on March 30th, in Dearborn, Michigan.

March 10, 2011

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Bill Would Increase Opportunity for Charter School Creation

Speaker Brian Bosma, the bill’s author, said charter schools are not a cure-all, but do offer choice and possible change.

March 10, 2011

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Thousands of Protesters Rally at Statehouse

Thousands gathered at the Indiana Statehouse Thursday to protest labor and education bills and to show support for House Democrats.

March 10, 2011

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Indy Cutting back to Save on Rising Fuel Costs

Marc Lotter, spokesman for Mayor Greg Ballard says police patrols, snowplow drivers and pothole crews will not be cut back because of expensive gas prices.

March 11, 2011

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Bloomington Charter School Provides Insight on Funding

A proposal currently being debated at the Indiana Statehouse would expand charter schools in Indiana.

March 11, 2011

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INDOT releases a list of road closures due to flooding.

March 11, 2011

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FSSA Seeking Input on Health Care Exchange Program

The Family and Social Service Administration has begun seeking input from Hoosiers about the state’s plan to establish a health care exchange program.

March 11, 2011

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White Determined to Keep Office While Facing Seven Counts

White told reporters that despite losing the governor’s support, he continues to have the support of the people who elected him.

March 11, 2011

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Local Islamic Leaders React to Congressional Hearings

Imam Mikal Saahir says his congregation, comprised almost entirely of U.S. citizens, does not see the hearings as constructive or responsible.

March 11, 2011

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Alternative Methods Keep Juveniles out of the System

Indiana legal experts say new methods of rehabilitating teens convicted of crimes appear to be working, but could still be improved.

March 11, 2011

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Japan Earthquake Leaves Many in the IU Community Scrambling

As university communications personnel worked to contact Japanese students, volunteer professor Takako Kojima attempted to contact her family in Tokyo.

March 14, 2011

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Amendment Would Ban Calls with Texting while Driving

An amendment Monday would add placing or receiving telephone calls to the language of a bill banning texting while driving.

March 14, 2011

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Postal Officials Considering Consolidating Processing Center

The study is a part of an on-going effort to streamline activity and reduce costs in the wake of less stamped mail.

March 14, 2011

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Indiana House Democrat Holdout Hits Week Four

House Speaker Brian Bosma said he continues to speak with Minority Leader Pat Bauer, but there has been no real progress.

March 14, 2011

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Unions: Right to Work a Threat

Employees of some Monroe County food service unions say they’re keeping an eye on the state’s “Right to Work” discussion.

March 15, 2011

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Many Indiana Companies Having Trouble Reaching Japan

Many Indiana-based employees and executives are reporting difficulty contacting parent companies in Japan.

March 15, 2011

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Bloomington Residents’ Water Bills to Rise

A 15 percent increase should show up on Bloomington residents' water bills within the next 90 days.

March 15, 2011

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Monroe County May Owe Indiana $2 Million

Chief Deputy Auditor Steve Saulter says the state may have given the county more cash than it was owed.

March 15, 2011

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Consumer Advocate Recommends Cost Cap On Edwardsport Plant

Duke is now requesting approval of an additional $500 million, promping the Office of Utility Consumer Counselor to recommend a cap on total costs.

March 15, 2011

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IU Researcher Says Cell Ban Might Not Reduce Crashes

Indiana legislators are considering a new rule that would limit cell phone use while driving for motorists of all ages.

March 15, 2011

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Oliver Winery Founder Passes Away at 89

The founder and namesake of Bloomington’s Oliver Winery has died.

March 15, 2011

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Bloomington Mayoral Candidates Square off at Meeting

Two of Bloomington’s Democratic mayoral candidates squared off for the first time before the Democratic Women’s Club Tuesday.

March 16, 2011

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Annual Statewide Tornado Drill Scheduled for Today

The first test will be activated during the morning between 10:15 and 10:30. The second will take place during the evening between 7:30 and 7:45.

March 16, 2011

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Worlds Largest Ethanol Producer Opens Plant in Indiana

The largest ethanol producer in the world held a grand opening ceremony Tuesday at its new refining facility in Cloverdale.

March 16, 2011

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Bill Requiring Hands-Free Device While Driving Passes Senate

The legislation originally banned only texting while driving.

March 16, 2011

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Democrats Say Education Bill Is Unconstitutional

House Democrats say they want to be satisfied some Republican legislation is not unconstitutional before they return to the Statehouse from Illinois.

March 16, 2011

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One Siren Fails During Statewide Tornado Drill

Monroe County Emergency Management Director Jim Comerford can check each of the 42 sirens in the county with a computer system.

March 17, 2011

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Hundreds Protest Immigration Bill

Opponents say the bill could lead to legalized racial profiling of Indiana's Hispanic population.

March 17, 2011

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Senate Hears Amendment Banning Civil Unions

Indiana has a statute on its books defining marriage as between a man and a woman, but Terre Haute attorney Jim Bopp said that statute needs further protection.

March 17, 2011

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Bosma Makes Final Offer to Dems, Working w/ Senate on Budget

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says time is up for House Democrats to return to the Statehouse.

March 17, 2011

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Ivy Tech to Host Education Summit

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced the locations of four regional education summits. Indiana’s Ivy Tech Community College will host one of them.

March 17, 2011

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Kruzan Recommends Mediator for Statehouse

A Democrat who was part of his party’s 1995 walkout says it may be time to call on a panel of mediators to help bring Democratic House members back.

March 17, 2011

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Committee Makes Significant Changes to Charter School Bill

One change increases the percentage of teachers in a charter school that must be licensed from 50 to 75

March 18, 2011

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Indiana Participating in Earthquake Drill

The Great Central U.S. Shake Out will take place April 19th to help Hoosiers know what to do in the event of an earthquake.

March 18, 2011

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Strong Opposition to SB 590 – Immigration Bill

A bill similar to one passed in Arizona which cracks down on immigration is making its way through Indiana’s House.

March 18, 2011

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State Mulls Charging Illegal Immigrants Out of State Tuition

The Senate Education committee heard testimony on a bill prohibiting illegal immigrants from paying in-state tuition at Indiana colleges and universities.

March 18, 2011

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Experts Say Alternative Sentencing Key to Criminal Reform

Criminal Justice Professor says Indiana’s judicial system is antiquated, and new methods of rehabilitation are needed for modern offenders.

March 18, 2011

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Charter Schools to Fund Own Transportation

Indiana’s public schools will not be required to help fund charter school transportation.

March 21, 2011

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Indiana College Students in Japan Not Returning Home

Only Earlham College in Richmond is recommending its 25 students studying abroad to return to the U.S., at least until classes resume in May.

March 21, 2011

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Public Hearings Announced on Redistricting

Senate Minority Leader Vi Simpson said she believes the public meetings are merely partisan efforts.

March 21, 2011

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House Committees Begin Crafting Plans for Senate Bills

The House still needs a quorum to do official business.

March 21, 2011

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Rear Facing Seats Recommended for Children Up to Two

Children in rear facing car seats are five-times safer in the event of a crash than those in forward facing seats.

March 22, 2011

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Millions of Hoosiers at Risk for Diabetes

More than 1.6 million Hoosiers have pre-diabetes, putting them at high risk for type 2 diabetes in the future.

March 22, 2011

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Indy Brewery Expanding Using Locally Made Products

Sun King Brewery is growing at a rapid rate and in that process they have bought and installed two new beer tanks from a Bloomington company.

March 22, 2011

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Right to Work Advocates Launching Ad Campaign

Right to Work committees began an ad campaign aimed at pressuring the Governor and the Speaker to bring back Democrats and vote on Right to Work legislation.

March 22, 2011

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Bloomington Leaders Plan Bike, Pedestrian Enhancements

City of Bloomington officials Tuesday announced a plan to make the city friendlier to bicyclists and pedestrians by 2016.

March 23, 2011

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Bennett Examines New School Funding Formula with Senate

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett testified on a number of ideas, including the new school funding formula.

March 23, 2011

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Affordable Care Act Marks One Year Anniversary

Families USA, a nonpartisan national health care advocacy organization, released state-by-state data on the potential impact of the law.

March 23, 2011

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Gay Marriage Ban Passes Indiana Senate Committee

A proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and civil unions in Indiana passed a Senate committee Wednesday.

March 23, 2011

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Parade, Band Spark Beginning Of IU Energy Challenge

Several dozen Indiana University buildings are beginning a competition against themselves to save energy – a competition which began Wednesday with a parade.

March 24, 2011

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Statewide Smoking Ban Moves Through Senate

A bill proposing a ban on smoking in public places was heard by an Indiana Senate committee for the first time Wednesday.

March 24, 2011

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IU Professor Says Smoke-Free Does Not Hurt Casinos

A study found that a smoke-free air law in Fort Wayne did not decrease the number of customers attending the off-track betting facility in that area.

March 24, 2011

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24 Years of Help for At-Risk Youth

This week is National Safe Place Week and the Youth Services Bureau of Monroe County is commemorating the Safe Place Program.

March 24, 2011

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Senate Makes Changes To Charter School Bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee added two amendments to the charter school bill.

March 24, 2011

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Lugar in Bloomington to Discuss U.S. Foreign Policy

Indiana Senior Senator Richard Lugar was in Bloomington this afternoon talking foreign policy to the city’s Chamber of Commerce.

March 24, 2011

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Goodnight: Dems’ Return Date May Not Affect Elections

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight says union leaders still appear to want a variety of outcomes from the continuing House Democratic boycott.

March 25, 2011

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Fukushima Raises Concerns About Indiana Nuclear Power

A bill which has passed the Indiana Senate may bring the nuclear debate to the state’s General Assembly.

March 25, 2011

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Greenfield Company to Produce Batteries for Electric Volvo

Developers say the car will go 95 MPH, and it will drive 80 miles on a single charge.

March 25, 2011

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Indiana’s Government Transparency Portal Receives High Grade

But while the website received high scores in nearly all categories, it got low marks for not providing information on expenditures for quasi-public agencies.

March 25, 2011

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Student Shot At Martinsville’s West Middle School

All Martinsville schools were on lock-down Friday following an early morning shooting at the city’s West Middle School.

March 28, 2011

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Ivy Tech Hosts National Community College Summit

A community college summit at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis aimed to improve college graduation rates and job placement after a degree is earned.

March 28, 2011

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Greensburg Honda Plant Not Affected Yet By Japan Earthquake

A spokesperson for Honda Manufacturing of Indiana says the company’s Greensburg plant has not been affected by the natural disasters that occurred in Japan.

March 28, 2011

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Kokomo Teachers Ink Contract Before Rules Changes Adopted

The contract runs through 2015 and flat-lines teacher pay over the next four years.

March 28, 2011

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Legislation Would Target Worker Training Funds

The legislation passed out of the House by overwhelming majority, but died once it reached the Senate and its sponsor was not re-elected back to office.

March 28, 2011

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House Democrats Return from Month Long Walkout

Walkout ends after a month long standoff between Republicans and Democrats over a number of pieces of legislation.

March 28, 2011

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Shooting Victim Upgraded to Serious Condition

The Martinsville teen who was shot Friday has been upgraded to serious condition after undergoing a second surgery.

March 28, 2011

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Bloomington South Wins Second State Title in Three Years

The Bloomington South Cougars brought home their second state title in three years with a 56-42 win over the Kokomo WildKats.

March 29, 2011

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Democrats Return to Statehouse, Work on Project Labor Bill

State lawmakers wasted no time once Democrats returned to the capital Monday following a five-week walkout.

March 29, 2011

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MCCSC Offers Superintendent Job to DeMuth

The school board voted last night to appoint Doctor Judith DeMuth, of LaPorte, Indiana, as the district’s new permanent superintendent.

March 29, 2011

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Bosma: Dems Return a Charade, Redistrict Dem Strongholds

Bosma says, ‘”yes, there were compromises”, but, the public collective bargaining bill is "very much alive and well."

March 29, 2011

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New Redistricting Software Available for Public Use

Indiana lawmakers will soon begin redrawing the state’s political boundaries.

March 30, 2011

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Overturned Boat Kills Two During Sailing Trip for Disabled

Heart of Sailing board president John Shean said ten people were aboard the 26-foot 1988 MacGregor sailboat when it capsized.

March 30, 2011

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Abortion Amendment Defeated in Indiana House

Cicero Representative Eric Turner, the bill’s author, says the amendment would open a huge loophole.

March 30, 2011

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House Amends Controversial School Vouchers Bill

Republicans lowered a cap on the number of vouchers available to 7,500 in the first year and 15,000 in the second year.

March 30, 2011

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Senate Votes to Constitutionally Ban Same-Sex Marriage

The senate voted 40-10 to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage.

March 30, 2011

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Senate Dems Release Proposed Redistricting Maps

Indiana Senate Democrats released their proposed redistricting maps Wednesday.

March 30, 2011

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Bloomington Announces a Centralized Recycling Center

A new recycling facility is opening in downtown Bloomington.

March 30, 2011

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House Passes Bill Restricting Minimum Wage

Local governments in Indiana would no longer be able to set their minimum wage higher than the state level

March 30, 2011

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Gov. Daniels in Bloomington Amid Protests

Governor Mitch Daniels was in Bloomington today, addressing the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce.

March 30, 2011

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IU, Taylor Universities Launch Weather Balloon

Several students and faculty members from both IU and Taylor University gathered this morning in Dunn Meadow.

March 31, 2011

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State Budget Passes House

The state’s $28 billion budget has cleared its first hurdle.

March 31, 2011

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School Voucher Bill Passes House

A school vouchers bill that would offer money to parents to send their children to private school is on its way to the Indiana Senate.

March 31, 2011

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Greensburg Honda Plant Adjusting Production Levels

Greensburg Honda Plant officials are adjusting production levels in an effort to preserve parts.

March 31, 2011

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Democrats Concerned About Committee Meetings, Fines

Indiana House business was delayed Thursday as Democrats met to discuss issues they’re concerned about moving forward for the rest of the session.

March 31, 2011

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Hamilton Outlines Neighborhood Development Plans

Democratic mayoral candidate, John Hamilton, discussed his plans on strengthening and maintaining core neighborhoods in the city of Bloomington Thursday.

March 31, 2011

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Democratic Caucus Members Endorse Kruzan for Mayor

Members of the Monroe County Democratic Caucus endorsed Mark Kruzan for Mayor in the upcoming election.

April 1, 2011

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IEDC Planning Trip to Italy for New Jobs and Investments

The trip is part of the state's attendance at the USA: Going Green / Opportunities for Italian Companies conference.

April 1, 2011

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Victim in Martinsville Shooting Now in Fair Condition

15-year-old Chance Jackson has undergone two surgeries and is recovering from his injuries.

April 1, 2011

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Groups Protest Education Reform at Statehouse

On Wednesday, groups gathered to show support for the measures.

April 1, 2011

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Bill Permits Transportation of Handguns without License

The bill allows people to carry a handgun without a license if they’re attending a firearms-related event.

April 4, 2011

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Last Day For Voters To Change, Add Registration

Today is the last day for a voter to submit a new voter registration application or update an existing one for the Tuesday, May 3rd primary election.

April 4, 2011

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Lawyer: Martinsville Shooting Suspect Unfairly Portrayed

Accused shooter's attorney says adult prison would have a significantly negative impact in his client.

April 4, 2011

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Kruzan Touts Senior Livability, Hamilton Cites Past Promises

Bloomington’s mayor says he hopes to increase the city’s livability for seniors. But one of his May challengers says the plan smacks of missed opportunities.

April 4, 2011

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Obama to Visit Indianapolis Friday

Allison’s new facility uses the kind of alternative technology Obama sees as a chance to reduce U.S. oil imports by one-third by 2025.

April 4, 2011

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Senate Makes Changes to Bill Expanding Charter Schools

The Senate also passed an amendment raising the percentage of charter school teachers who must be licensed.

April 5, 2011

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Lawmakers Catch Up With 5 Week Delay

The House has completed the work it was supposed to finish six weeks ago. But legislators have just four weeks left to finish the rest of their assignments.

April 5, 2011

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Pseudoephedrine Bill Moves Through House

A bill would implement a system at pharmacies to track sales of products containing ephedrine and pseudoephedrine.

April 5, 2011

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R-BB Gets Nearly $200k for iPads, Classroom Tech Improvement

Nearly $200,000 in grant funding will transition middle school math, language arts and social studies curriculums away from using printed textbooks.

April 5, 2011

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Standard and Poor’s Improves Kokomo Bond Rating

The City of Kokomo’s bond rating has been raised to the second-highest possible level by Standard and Poor’s.

April 5, 2011

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Early Voting Open in Monroe County

Early absentee voting began today in Monroe County.

April 6, 2011

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IU Study Shows Water Quality Lacking

A study of the Indian Creek watershed in Morgan and Johnson Counties finds that some contaminants are well above safe limits.

April 6, 2011

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Volunteers Participate in United Way ‘Day of Action’

An estimated 150 volunteers from various organizations in Monroe County, participated in United Way’s Day of Action.

April 6, 2011

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Kruzan Urges Stricter Gun Laws

Bloomington’s mayor has signed on to a pact urging Congress to enact stricter gun laws.

April 6, 2011

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Smoking Ban Fails to Pass Indiana Senate

The bill lost support from two sides – those who believe a smoking ban constitutes government intrusion and those who want a more comprehensive law.

April 6, 2011

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Public-Private Partnership Bill Advances

The bill would shift authority to approve public-private partnership, or P3, projects from the state legislature to the governor.

April 7, 2011

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Bill Loosens Restrictions on Buying Alcohol in Indiana

Under current law, anyone buying alcohol must be asked to show identification.

April 7, 2011

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Indiana Budget Agency Releases Monthly Revenue Report

Budget Agency Director Adam Horst said while the state still has a way to go, the March revenue report is encouraging.

April 7, 2011

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Prosecutors Fire Back at Daniels Over Prison Reform

Hoosier prosecutors are firing back at Governor Daniels‘ threat to veto their bill requiring longer sentences for the most violent offenders.

April 7, 2011

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Jacobs School Celebrates 100 Years with Opera Premiere

The IU Jacobs School of Music is celebrating 100 years of music with a world premier.

April 7, 2011

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Mayoral Challenger Hamilton Proposes New Ethics Code

Hamilton says one of his first priorities as mayor would be to propose a comprehensive ethics policy for high-ranking city employees.

April 7, 2011

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Obama Trip to Indianapolis Cancelled

President Obama will not be traveling to Indianapolis Friday due to budget negotiations.

April 8, 2011

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Ephedrine Tracking Bill Moves Through House

Stricter limits on the purchase of ephedrine products may soon go into effect.

April 8, 2011

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Immigration Bill Moves to House

Republican leaders have expressed concerns over its effects.

April 8, 2011

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Indiana Wineries Helping Local Economies

Indiana wineries attract about 2 million visitors per year.

April 8, 2011

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Dreyfuss Takes Active Stance in Civility

Dreyfuss was the O’Bannon Institute’s keynote speaker, concluding two days of public policy discussions.

April 11, 2011

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Republicans Making Progress On Redistricting Maps

Republicans are expected to unveil long-awaited redistricting maps next week.

April 11, 2011

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Provision to Contract Lengthens MCCSC Teachers Work Day

A provision in the new four-year contract between the MCCSC and the Monroe County Education Association will lengthen the work day for teachers.

April 11, 2011

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Additional Rain Leads to Flood Warnings Through Tuesday

The heaviest rain will occur south of Vincennes and Bloomington, but no severe weather is expected.

April 11, 2011

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Republicans Release Proposed Redistricting Map

Senate Republicans unveiled their redistricting maps earlier today.

April 11, 2011

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Jury Selected for Murder Trial of IU Professor

A jury of 5 men and 7 women have been assembled to hear the case.

April 12, 2011

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IU Applies to Host 2012 Presidential Debate

Officials will visit prospective debate sites this summer to evaluate their facilities and their capability for hosting a debate.

April 12, 2011

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State Senate Approves Anti-Nepotism Bill

The bill would ban local government employees from serving as their own boss, and it officials‘ ability to hire relatives.

April 12, 2011

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House Releases Redistricting Maps

With Indiana House Republicans making public their redistricting maps, several incumbents from both parties have been drawn together.

April 12, 2011

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Retailers Pressing State to Enforce Online Tax Laws

Indiana retailers are pressing legislators to crack down on unpaid sales taxes from internet purchases.

April 12, 2011

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Testimony Begins in Griffin Case

Witness testimony has begun in the case of Michael Griffin.

April 12, 2011

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Toll Road Bill Mangled with More Than 70 Amendments

The bill transfers control over establishing private-public partnership toll roads in Indiana from the state legislature to the governor.

April 12, 2011

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Treasurer Points to RBB Bonds as Source of High Tax Bills

Treasurer Cathy Smith told the County Council that the higher tax bills are the result of bonds issued by the Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation

April 13, 2011

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Senate Passes Charter School Bill

Opponents of the bill say it will drain money from the traditional public school system.

April 13, 2011

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Griffin Takes Stand in Own Defense, Case To Jury Thursday

Michael Griffin was on the stand for more than 90 minutes recounting his first meeting with Don Belton.

April 13, 2011

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Public Wants More Info on Redistricting Maps

Members of the public are asking for more time and more information about redistricting maps released this week.

April 13, 2011

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ISP Setting Up Sobriety Checkpoints Friday

The Indiana State Police will be cracking down on impaired drivers this weekend.

April 14, 2011

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Interactive Robot Experts Aim to Showcase Research

As part of national robotics week, social and technical researchers at IU are collaborating to educate people about the field of informatics.

April 14, 2011

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Business Bureau Warns of Excess Tax Fees

Make sure you read the fine print and know what your obligations will be.

April 14, 2011

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Indiana Foreclosures Down, but Likely to Rise Soon

Investigations into the foreclosure process prompted temporary halts from some servicers late last year, creating a bottleneck.

April 14, 2011

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Abortion Bill Amended

A Senate committee changed certain provisions in a controversial informed consent for abortions bill Wednesday.

April 14, 2011

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House Democrats Release Own Redistricting Maps

Indiana House Democrats presented their own redistricting maps Thursday as a counterpoint to the maps released by Republicans.

April 14, 2011

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Hamilton Proposes Solutions For Sewage Overflow Problem

Bloomington Mayoral Candidate John Hamilton says the city needs to do more to address pollution issues in the areas waterways.

April 14, 2011

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Bloomington Recognized As Bicycle Friendly Community

The League of American Bicyclists visited Bloomington today to present five awards to the city, local businesses and Indiana University.

April 14, 2011

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Michael Griffin Found Guilty of Murdering IU Professor

A jury of five men and seven women has found Michael Griffin guilty of murder in the stabbing death of Indiana University English professor Don Belton.

April 15, 2011

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Daniels: Extra Revenue to Benefit Schools

Daniels is planning to allocate $150 million in unexpected revenue to education.

April 15, 2011

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House Amends Illegal Immigration

Proof of citizenship, English-only documents are stripped from bill.

April 15, 2011

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New Tech High Seeing Success with Project Based Learning

The approach a local school is using to improve student achievement is being incorporated at districts across the nation.

April 15, 2011

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Billionaire, Philanthropist Bill Cook Dead at 80

Cook was medical equipment group founder and wealthiest man in Indiana.

April 16, 2011

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Interview with Cook Group President Kem Hawkins

Kem Hawkins, president of Cook Medical Group, shares memories of company founder and Indiana philanthropist Bill Cook and speculates on the company's future.

April 16, 2011

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Cook Is Remembered for Innovation, Altruism

Condolences are delivered by Daniels, Coats, McRobbie, and others.

April 18, 2011

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The Cook Company Future And Its Founder’s Legacy

Cook Medical Group President Kem Hawkins says the company's mission will not change with the passing of founder Bill Cook.

April 18, 2011

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Cook Viewing Expected to Draw Thousands

Bill Cook will lie in repose Saturday from 10-6 at the Cook global headquarters.

April 18, 2011

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Columbus ‘Commons’ Nearing Completion

The new Commons in Columbus will incorporate many features from the old building.

April 18, 2011

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Bloomington Leaders Remember Cook’s Impact

Flags stand at half-mast in downtown Bloomington – a reminder that the city lost a major visionary business man.

April 19, 2011

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Planned Parenthood of Indiana Could Lose Federal Funding

Planned Parenthood would lose its state and federal funding under a bill the State Senate amended Monday.

April 19, 2011

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Hearing Resumes Today For Martinsville Shooting Suspect

The fate of the 15-year-old who police say shot another teen in Martinsville will be being argued again today.

April 19, 2011

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Democrats Cry Foul Over Charlie White Bail-out Amendment

The legislation shifts authority to the governor to appoint a replacement when statewide office holders are determined to be ineligible.

April 19, 2011

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Measure Would Require Birth Certificate for Presidential Run

The Indiana Senate is considering a resolution that would require presidential candidates to show an official birth certificate.

April 19, 2011

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Leaders: Bill Cook Saved French Lick-West Baden

Orange County leaders are remembering the late Bill Cook for dragging the area out of impending economic doldrums, thanks to his investment there.

April 20, 2011

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Severe Weather Sweeps Through Indiana

A flash flood watch is in effect through Wednesday morning for most of the broadcast area.

April 20, 2011

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Senate Bill Defunds Planned Parenthood

Part of the legislation now includes canceling all state contracts with facilities providing abortions…and one of those contracts is Medicaid.

April 20, 2011

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Trees Destroy Cars, Homes in Bedford Storm

Falling trees knocked out power and caused property damage across Lawrence County.

April 20, 2011

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Armstrong Delivers Columbus State of City for Final Time

Columbus Mayor Fred Armstrong delivered his sixteenth and final State of the City Address last night.

April 21, 2011

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Senate Amends Budget with Anti-Bolting Measure

The amendment allows citizens to sue if their representatives fail to show up for session more than three consecutive days without an excused absence.

April 21, 2011

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MCCSC Plan to Lengthen School Day Faces Opposition

Public opinions appear to be divided on a plan put forward last night to extend the Monroe County Community School Corporation student day.

April 21, 2011

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Senate Passes “Charlie White” Bill

The governor drew a step closer to being able to appoint a replacement for embattled Secretary of State Charlie White Thursday.

April 21, 2011

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Purdue to Expand Regional Recruiting

The university will place representatives in five regions of the country to attract more students from outside Indiana.

April 21, 2011

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State Senate Passes Budget Bill

Bill sponsor Luke Kenley said the Senate stayed true to its goal of creating a budget that would not raise taxes or lead to deficit spending.

April 21, 2011

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Bill Allowing Cities to Declare Bankruptcy Near Death

A proposal to help cities get out from under crushing debts has been pulled from consideration and could be dead for the year.

April 21, 2011

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At Least 14 Tornadoes Confirmed in Indiana

At least 14 tornadoes touched down across the state Tuesday.

April 21, 2011

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Possible 30,000 People Expected for Cook Viewing

Bill Cook's body will be on display in the atrium of the Cook Group's world headquarters.

April 21, 2011

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Mayoral Candidates Square Off in Debate

Bloomington mayoral candidates Mark Kruzan and John Hamilton faced off in a mayoral debate.

April 22, 2011

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Senate Passes Minimum Wage Law

Currently, Bloomington is the only city in Indiana with a wage standard higher than the state’s.

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