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Morning Headlines: Friday, December 4, 2015

Good morning! Here are some of the stories we are following today.

1. A new study says most tax credits go to larger companies in Indiana. 

Indiana is routinely ranked as one of the best business climates in the country, but a new study says small businesses may not see the same benefits as large companies.

The Indianapolis Star reports that of the $618 million awarded to Hoosier businesses, 87 percent was awarded to big businesses. 

2. 43 Indiana National Guard Armories will not be available to rent until further notice due to concerns over lead dust contamination. 

The Indiana National Guard is taking extra precautions and closing most of their armories to the public due to new lead dust contamination standards.

The old standard was 200 micrograms per square foot, however due to the new requirements of 40 micrograms, the National Guard wants to test its' facilities util reopening them to the public.

3. Despite rainfall, some of Indiana is still in a moderate drought. 

While neighboring Kentucky is experiencing no drought conditions, a new report says that 53 percent of Indiana is abnormally dry and 18 percent is in a moderate drought.

However, the nation has seen improvements from last year as a whole, with 20 percent of the country in moderate drought conditions compared to 29 percent at this time last year.

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