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America’s newest national park sits in the shadows of some of the largest industrial companies in the nation. We look at how that industry affects tourism.

For the first time in history the wealthiest Americans are paying less in taxes than the middle class. Coming up, an expert joins us to talk about how the tax burden has shifted over the years.

Speaking this week in Indiana, the head of the EPA said federal regulations are not necessary to drive environmental progress.

And a sneak peek at this year’s glass pumpkin patch.

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October 11, 2019

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'Protect This Place': Indiana Dunes National Park Status Puts Pressure On Nearby Industry

While Indiana Dunes’ new designation has drawn national attention, so have recent industrial spills in nearby Lake Michigan waterways.

October 11, 2019

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Indiana Dunes, Honeybee Peril

The effect area industry has on tourism at the Indiana Dunes. How the tax burden has shifted over the years. And the head of the EPA visits Indiana.

October 11, 2019

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Glass pumpkins to be displayed in the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch of 2019.

Great Glass Pumpkin Patch Returns To Bloomington Saturday

The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch will return to the Monroe County Courthouse Saturday to celebrate its 10-year anniversary, with thousands of hand blown glass pumpkins available for purchase.

October 11, 2019

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Bee Hive

Beekeepers, Researchers & State Lawmakers Agree: We Need The Bees

A law that went into effect this year lifts some of the restrictions that local governments can impose on beekeepers.

October 10, 2019

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A Bird electric scooter sits in front of a house in a residential neighborhood.

There's A Scooter In My Yard. Can I Get It Impounded?

Bloomington resident Kaylie Scherer asked City Limits to find out what she can do to keep electric scooters from being parked on her private property, and if it is possible to have them impounded.

October 4, 2019

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' GM Strike, Jail Overcrowding

The latest on negotiations between the union and GM and the effect it’s having on the Indiana economy. Criminal justice reforms are making jail overcrowding worse. And grain silos are the canvas for a new art project.

October 4, 2019

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Sheriff Expresses Jail Overcrowding Concerns With State Officials

A jail task force is holding two more public meetings this fall to address overcrowding problems in county jails.

October 3, 2019

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Attorney Jim Bopp speaks to reporters after he asked a Hamilton County judge to strike down the so-called "fix" to Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Religious Conservative Groups Ask Court To Strike Down RFRA Fix

Attorneys for the state and four Indiana cities say the religious conservative groups don’t have a case, ironically, because there’s no evidence they’ve actually discriminated against anyone.

October 2, 2019

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AFL-CIO President Visits Central Indiana GM Facility, UAW Members

The president of the AFL-CIO visited striking auto workers from a central Indiana General Motors facility Tuesday afternoon. The stop comes as contract negotiations continue.

October 1, 2019

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Greencastle's painted silos

Greencastle Grain Silos Transformed Into A Canvas For Large Murals

Four grain silos at the intersection of U.S. 231 and Veterans Memorial Highway are now covered from top to bottom with Indiana-inspired artwork.

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September 27, 2019

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Purdue Pharma Files For Bankruptcy, Reaches Settlement With Several States

Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, has a deal to settle lawsuits with two dozen states and thousands of cities and other plaintiffs.

September 26, 2019

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The Story Behind An Indiana Original: Pizza King

Pizza King restaurants dot the corners of small towns, and most haven't changed much over the years. That's what makes generations of Hoosiers loyal to them.

September 24, 2019

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Legislative Leaders, Indiana Drug Czar Talk Harm Reduction

Indiana’s top drug treatment and enforcement official joined the conversation on tackling the opioid crisis.

September 20, 2019

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' GM Strike, Indiana Hemp

GM workers across the county say they are fighting for their share of the pie. Why a massive property auction has a lot of Nashville natives worried. After a recent legal change, Indiana’s newest crop, hemp, has momentum.

September 20, 2019

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As Harvest Nears, Farmers Mull Putting A New Crop In Their Fields Next Year

Processors and other industry observers have a warning, though.

September 19, 2019

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Unprecedented Auction Could Impact Future Of Nashville Businesses

About one-third of Nashville's downtown business district will be up for auction in October.

September 17, 2019

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Officials Tackle Monroe Convention Center Expansion Costs

Monday night’s meeting included city council, the mayor, county council, and county commissioners. The work session focused on funding.

September 16, 2019

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UAW Workers Across Indiana Participate In Nationwide Strike

United Automobile workers in Indiana joined the union’s national strike against GM Monday.

September 13, 2019

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Vaping, Animal Cruelty

We look into the sudden increase of vaping deaths. Recent changes to Indiana law are making it easier for prosecutors to crack down on animal abusers. And more on the history of the Jordan River.

September 13, 2019

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Indiana Health Experts Worry About Spike In Vaping Related Illnesses

The federal government is cracking down on vaping after it’s been linked to at least six deaths, including most recently in Indiana.

September 13, 2019

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Animal Cruelty Changes Give Prosecutors More Tools

Laws that took effect in July are making it easier for prosecutors to file charges in some of the horrific animal cruelty situations they see.

September 12, 2019

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ISU Students Building 'Tiny Homes' To Help Reduce Homelessness

Indiana State University is paying for the cost of each "tiny home." Students will build them in a warehouse and then a crane will move the homes to a vacant lot near Chase and 14th streets.

September 11, 2019

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What's The History Of The Jordan River?

You've walked past it - or over it - more times than you can count, but what do you really know about Indiana University's iconic stream?

September 6, 2019

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Spencer Festival Ban, Exhibit Columbus

The future of Spencer's annual Pride festival could be in jeopardy. Poor Handmaids from Indiana traveled more than a thousand miles to see the border crisis firsthand. And large works of art are on display as part of Exhibit Columbus.

September 6, 2019

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How Indiana Police Helped Bring Gangster John Dillinger To Justice

The Dillinger saga helped convince Indiana lawmakers that the State Police were necessary.

September 6, 2019

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Exhibit Columbus Celebrates Community Through Good Design

This is the fourth year of Exhibit Columbus. It alternates every year between a symposium and an exhibition of ambitious designs.

September 6, 2019

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Indiana Volunteers See Border Crisis Firsthand

Several sisters from the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ spent time volunteering at the border earlier this summer.

September 4, 2019

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ILEARN Results Are Public. So How Much Lower Were Those Scores?

According to state data, less than half of all students reached proficiency in English Language Arts (ELA) and math, with proficiency rates of 47.9 and 47.8 percent respectively. 

September 3, 2019

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Owen County Commissioners Vote To Consider Petition; Residents Skeptical

Owen County commissioners are considering whether to form a temporary commission that would provide input on potential changes to ordinances governing festivals in downtown Spencer.

August 30, 2019

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' ILEARN, Brown Co. Photographer

The state’s new ILEARN exam is testing the patience of parents and educators. The complicated relationship between Indiana University and the City of Bloomington. And a Brown County photographer making history.

August 29, 2019

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McCormick Presses For Overhaul Of School Accountability System

Educators are pressing for an overhaul of the state’s school accountability system after a reported drop in student achievement on the state’s new ILEARN exam – including the state’s top education official.

August 29, 2019

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State Historical Marker Dedicated For Photographer Frank Hohenberger

A historical marker recognizing photographer Frank Hohenberger's contributions to photography and art now sits in front of The Nashville House in Brown County.

August 29, 2019

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How Does Tax-Exempt IU Contribute To Bloomington?

IU covers nearly three square miles inside the city of Bloomington and doesn’t pay property taxes on it. This is an issue discussed in many cities that are home to major universities.

August 23, 2019

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Lawmaker: Abolishing Textbook Fees Unlikely

An Indiana lawmaker says there are no plans to eliminate the annual per-child fee parents have to pay for curriculum and learning materials.

August 23, 2019

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Trade War, Gun Laws

We check in with farmers a year into President Trump’s trade war with China. The nation continues to grapple with how to implement new gun laws. And some parents are shocked at high costs that come with a public education.

August 23, 2019

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Amid Tariff War With China, Farmers Remain Committed To Trump, GOP

Many farmers say they believe if China won’t purchase American soybeans other countries will, but experts say some nations have already started to produce more soybeans and those markets won’t easily return. 

August 22, 2019

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The Risk Of Lyme Disease In Bloomington

A lot of folks in Bloomington complain about the prevalence of deer in the city, but they may not realize they could be helping to draw them in.

August 19, 2019

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Moms Demand Action, Activists Call For Federal, State Response On Gun Violence

Moms Demand Action and other gun control activists from across Indiana gathered at the Statehouse Saturday to demand state and federal policymakers pass legislation to reduce gun violence.

August 16, 2019

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Farmers Market, Restoring Cemeteries

The Bloomington farmers’ market reopens downtown this weekend. Plus, how volunteers are working to make sure old cemeteries aren’t forgotten. And crews are putting the finishing touches on Brown County’s new music venue.

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