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Right now on Indiana Newsdesk:

Hoosiers 50 and older can now get the COVID vaccine… and there’s an avenue for teachers to get the shot as well. The latest vaccine information just ahead.

A lot of Hoosiers are getting an unpleasant surprise when they open their electric bill. Why are customers paying more? That story coming up.

Black lawmakers are calling for changes after some of their colleagues were shouted down and booed by some Republicans during a debate. Ahead, how state leaders are addressing racism, equity, and civility. And does the new leader of house have control of his chamber?

Those stories and the latest news headlines from across the state, right now on Indiana Newsdesk.

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March 5, 2021

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Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine trial in northwest Indiana is looking for participants after a nearly month-long pause at the local research clinic.

Vaccination Increase, Black Legislative Caucus, High Electric Bills | Indiana Newsdesk

Hoosiers 50 and older can now get the COVID vaccine, and teachers can get the shot as well. Why are customers paying higher electric bills? And how state leaders are addressing racism, equity, and civility.

March 5, 2021

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This Winter's High Energy Bills Due To Cold Weather

Even though this winter’s temperatures were average in the context of the past 30 years, there has not been a colder winter since 2014-2015.

March 5, 2021

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Black Lawmakers Asking For GOP Accountability After Heckling Incident

The head of Indiana’s House Republicans says he will not tolerate unruly behavior from his GOP colleagues.

March 4, 2021

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Ordinance Protecting Bloomington Homeless Encampments Fails

The measure would have offered certain protections to people experiencing homeless in the Bloomington community who are currently sleeping outside in public spaces.

March 3, 2021

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Indiana Opens Vaccine Registration To Hoosiers 50 And Older, Second Expansion This Week

The Indiana Dept. of Health lowered the minimum age to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to 50 years old Wednesday afternoon.

February 26, 2021

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Vaccine Site Tour, Racially Restrictive Covenants | Indiana Newsdesk

Some rural communities are facing an uphill battle to administer the vaccine. How racially restrictive covenants limited access for African-Americans to get a home during the 20th century. And an Indiana Statehouse update.

February 26, 2021

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In Rural Indiana, Volunteers Outnumber Staff In Some COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Rural health departments are working to distribute COVID-19 vaccines, and many are running into issues beyond just hesitancy.

February 25, 2021

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Here's What It's Like Inside the Monroe Convention Center Vaccination Site

Monroe County health officials are receiving and administering about 800 COVID-19 vaccines a week.

February 25, 2021

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Bloomington Officials Split On Ordinance That Would Protect Homeless Camps

The proposed law would ban the city from removing homeless encampments, like the ones seen in Seminary Park this winter, unless sufficient housing options are available.

February 25, 2021

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Black History In Southern Indiana: Racially Restrictive Housing Covenants In Bloomington

Our look back at Black history in Southern Indiana stays right here in Bloomington, where reporter Mitch Legan tackles a City Limits question: What's the city's history of racially restrictive housing covenants?

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February 22, 2021

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Nationwide Gas Price Hike Being Felt In Indiana

Indiana is among 10 states that experienced the largest increase in gas prices over the past week.

February 19, 2021

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Homebound Hoosiers Vaccination, Private School Vouchers | Indiana Newsdesk

The COVID-19 vaccine age requirement is pushed back due to the winter storms. Some argue a bill expanding private school vouchers would divert funds from public education. And we visit a Tuskegee Airmen training ground in Seymour.

February 19, 2021

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Area Agencies On Aging Partner With State To Get Vaccine To Homebound Hoosiers

There are now almost 400 sites around the state for eligible individuals to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. But just getting to a site can be an issue for some Hoosiers.

February 19, 2021

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Black History In Southern Indiana: The Freeman Field Mutiny

WFIU continues its look back on Black History in Southern Indiana by turning our attention to Seymour, where the city’s connection to the Tuskegee Airmen continues to inspire.

February 17, 2021

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Newfields President Resigns Amid Outrage Over 'White Art Audience' Job Posting

An independent committee will conduct a review of Newfields’ leadership, culture and boards. It will also expand exhibitions and programming for and by Black and other marginalized communities and conduct anti-racism training.

February 16, 2021

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Former Ed Chiefs McCormick, Ritz & Reed Criticize Voucher Expansion Legislation

A bipartisan group of former Indiana education chiefs are speaking out against Republican-led legislation to expand the state’s private school voucher program.

February 15, 2021

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Mid-States Corridor Weighing Possible Routes

Officials with the Mid-States Corridor expect to pick a preferred route this fall to connect Southern Indiana to Central Indiana.

February 12, 2021

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Pandemic Driving Up Demand For Used Cars In Indiana

Lower interest rates and a dwindling supply of new cars fueled a used car buying Frenzy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

February 12, 2021

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African-American Vaccination Rates, Legislative Update | Indiana Newsdesk

The state still has no plans to vaccinate teachers and other essential workers. African-Americans are receiving the vaccine at a-lower rate than the rest of the population. And the latest from the Indiana Statehouse.

February 12, 2021

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Advocates Face Uphill Battle Against Vaccine Hesitancy In Minority Communities

As the state continues to expand vaccine eligibility, racial disparities and hesitancy in the Black community are becoming apparent.

February 12, 2021

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Schimpff's Confectionary Celebrates Valentine's Day And 130 Years

Last spring, the candy store had to sell Easter candy for 75% off as the pandemic hit. Although sales have bounced back, they are not up to pre-pandemic levels.

February 10, 2021

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House Committee Debates Bill To Eliminate Indiana Handgun Licenses

Indiana law enforcement groups are on both sides of a debate over legislation that would no longer require Hoosiers to get a handgun license.

February 9, 2021

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Authorities Investigating Greene County Covered Bridge Fire As Arson

An arson investigation is underway after Taylor Fire Rescue discovered a pile of matches and a can of gasoline just before 10 a.m. Sunday.

February 9, 2021

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Columbus Seeking Bloomingfoods To Fill Need As Urban Grocer

The city is working with developer Flaherty & Collins to build a $39 million mixed-use building with 200 apartments, parking, and retail space.

February 5, 2021

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Vaccination Update, Sen. Young On Impeachment Jury, Town Clock Church | Indiana Newsdesk

The latest on the state’s vaccine rollout plan. Indiana Senator Todd Young will be one of the jurors in next week’s Senate impeachment trial. And we spotlight the Town Clock Church in New Albany.

February 5, 2021

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With Impeachment Trial Looming, Hoosier Republicans Send Mixed Signals

A Senate conviction could bar Trump from running for public office again. Trump’s legal team has argued he cannot be impeached because he no longer holds office.

February 5, 2021

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Black History In Southern Indiana: New Albany's Town Clock Church

Located just a few hundred yards north of the Ohio River, New Albany's Town Clock Church was a key stop on the Underground Railroad.

February 3, 2021

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Nursing Homes Must Allow Visitors During Lockdown Under Senate Bill

Legislation approved by the Indiana Senate would require all nursing homes to allow at least some limited visitation for their residents – even during a pandemic.

February 1, 2021

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Almost 40 Cities Working To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Through IU Program

Nine cities in Indiana will work on projects to reduce their impact on the planet: Bloomington, Carmel, Elkhart, Fort Wayne, Gary, Goshen, Richmond, West Lafayette and Zionsville.

January 29, 2021

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Our Reporters Who've Been Covering The Federal Executions Now Have COVID

Two reporters from the WFIU/WTIU newsroom covering federal executions in Terre Haute tested positive for COVID-19. Why didn't the U.S. Prison Bureau notify other journalists that they might have been exposed?

January 29, 2021

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State Museum Highlights Opioid Crisis While Overdoses Soar

More than 800 Hoosiers died in the first six months of 2020 from overdoses, according to Indiana Department of Health preliminary data. That’s a 41% increase compared to the first six months of 2019.

January 29, 2021

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COVID Vaccine Precautions, Liability Protections | Indiana Newsdesk

The state is expected to lower the age requirement for Hoosiers seeking to receive the COVID-19 vaccine sooner than later. Some worry if COVID-19 liability protections could strip the rights of workers. And an exhibition about opioid deaths.

January 29, 2021

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Some Grocery Stores Continue To Ban Reusable Bags, Despite Low Risk Of COVID-19 Spread

While some stores allow customers to bring reusable bags, others don’t. The science on how the virus spreads has evolved — and some question the need to continue reusable bag bans.

January 29, 2021

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IU Expert Says To Maintain COVID Prevention Practices Even After Getting Vaccine

While you may be partially protected after the first dose and even more so after the second, you still need to follow the CDC guidelines of using preventative measure against the virus – wearing masks, washing hands and social distancing.

January 29, 2021

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COVID-19 Liability Protection Bill Signed Into Law, Prompting Concern From Some Workers

Some workers are concerned Indiana is going too far.

January 27, 2021

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Indiana Black Caucus Pleased With Progress Of Justice Reform Agenda

The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus says it’s pleased with progress so far this session on its justice reform agenda.

January 22, 2021

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Vaccination Eligibility, Libertarian Party Momentum | Indiana Newsdesk

The latest on who can sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine. What’s next after the city removed a homeless camp from a Bloomington park. And how the Libertarian Party is working to capitalize on last year’s momentum.

January 22, 2021

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Angel: A Therapy Dog Remembered

Therapists said she had eyes that looked into your soul.

January 22, 2021

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History Through Headlines: The Election Of 1968, Birch Bayh & The Electoral College

The inauguration of President Joe Biden this week officially brought an end to the 2020 election saga. Former President Donald Trump’s wave of lawsuits over results put the Electoral College in the spotlight once again.

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