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IU’s graduate student workers voted to suspend their strike until the fall, but they got a big show of support from the university faculty this week. Just ahead, the faculty overwhelmingly voted to support the grad student’s forming a union.

If you’ve ever wondered what’s stocked in the fishery ponds just north of Martinsville, we’ve got the answer. In the early and mid-1900's, the property was the largest goldfish farm in the world.

And, we talk to an expert about COVID-19 as cases begin to tick back up and the country passes a deadly milestone.

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

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May 13, 2022

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The university will be putting together a task force to implement changes, IU spokesperson Chuck Charney told WFIU last week.

Grad strike suspended, Martinsville fishery ponds, COVID uptick | Indiana Newsdesk

IU’s graduate student workers voted to suspend their strike until the fall. If you’ve ever wondered what’s stocked in the fishery ponds just north of Martinsville, we’ve got the answer. And, COVID-19 cases begin to tick back up.

May 13, 2022

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A vial of COVID vaccine.

IU expert warns COVID pandemic not behind us yet

Graham McKeen said he gets that after more than two years living in a pandemic, many Americans are done worrying about the virus.

May 13, 2022

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The "Goldfish Capital of the World" might be closer than you think

Not far off of I-69, just north of Martinsville, sits a unique bit of Indiana history.

May 12, 2022

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City Limits: Is there an up-to-date map for Monroe County construction projects?

Up until May 2019, the county’s projects were included on the city’ InRoads platform.

May 10, 2022

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Are there more trees in Indiana than there were a decade ago?

Are there more trees or acres of forest in Indiana than there were a decade ago? A listener in Elkhart wanted to know.

May 10, 2022

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78% voted to suspend while 22% voted to continue the strike.

Indiana Graduate Workers Coalition votes to suspend strike until the fall

For the first time in 17 years, faculty members petitioned the Executive Committee of the Bloomington Faculty Council to convene the full Bloomington faculty for a meeting; 625 faculty members voted in favor of union recognition.

May 6, 2022

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Terre Haute woman running milestone race at Indy Mini-Marathon

The Terre Haute native ran her fist Indy Mini in 1997. But after running the 13.1-mile half-marathon each of the next two years, she figured she was done with the running.

May 6, 2022

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One Indiana non-profit helps retired race horses find new careers

Because so many race horses are retired each year, buyers can be picky, and don’t typically buy horses off the track that could incur extra costs. That’s where the nonprofit Friends of Ferdinand comes in.

May 6, 2022

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Educators consider the future of higher education as enrollment declines

According to the National Clearinghouse Research Center, higher education enrollment fell 2.7 percent in the fall 2021, following a drop of 2.5 percent the year before. 

May 6, 2022

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Leaked Supreme Court abortion decision, War impacting farmers | Indiana Newsdesk

Abortion-rights groups are rallying against the impending Supreme Court decision. The war in Ukraine is impacting farmers as fertilizer prices soar. And college officials are trying to reverse a trend of dropping enrollments.

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May 3, 2022

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IU legal scholar says overturning Roe would be groundbreaking  

A leaked draft of a Supreme Court decision that would overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade means abortion could become illegal in much of the U.S. 

May 2, 2022

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Longer growing seasons spells bad news for allergy sufferers in Indiana

Allergy season isn't only lasting longer, it's also getting more intense.

April 29, 2022

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Primary preview, Hoosier National Forest, Grad strike | Indiana Newsdesk

Indiana’s primary election is Tuesday - we sit down with two current Republican representatives battling for the same district. A project aimed at improving the Hoosier National Forest is being met with resistance. And, the graduate student strike against Indiana University is turning even more contentious.

April 29, 2022

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She was with Taylor Swift for her first No. 1, now she's a county prosecutor in Indiana

Now, the Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Harrison County, Stumler admits her path is unique but says she wouldn’t change a thing navigating back to her hometown.

April 28, 2022

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Organizers hope to have 700 people, including undergraduates and faculty, on the picket lines Thursday at multiple places on campus. In-person events were postponed Wednesday due to inclement weather.

IU faculty to consider recognizing grad student union in meeting next month

Members of IU faculty met this week upon the initiative of members of the Graduate Faculty Council and the American Association of University of Professors.

April 27, 2022

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MCCSC changes school start times, bumps bus driver pay

The district currently has about 80 drivers but needs 140 to be fully staffed. This shortage results in drivers running more routes than the current schedule allows. 

April 22, 2022

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Project spurs controversy between Hoosier National Forest and environmentalists, residents

The project aims to improve the health of the forest but environmental groups and some nearby residents have concerns about the clear cutting, burning and herbicide use.

April 22, 2022

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Recruiting young voters, Solar power incentives, Little 500 | Indiana Newsdesk

Party leaders are working to encourage students to vote in this year’s midterms. Utility companies are lobbying hard to end net metering. And fans are back for this year’s Little 500 races.

April 22, 2022

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Solar panels – like these on a roof in Bloomington – take most Hoosiers about 12 years to pay off. With higher net metering rates going away this year, it’s likely that payback period will get even longer — and discourage people from going solar.

With so much support, who wants to phase out rooftop solar incentives? Answer: Indiana utilities

Indiana utilities have more influence on politics in the state than you might imagine. Net metering is a good example.

April 22, 2022

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Young voters showed out for the 2020 election. Can they keep it up?

The 2020 jump in youth voter turnout has aught the eyes of political scientists and politicians. Now, student groups are working to keep that momentum going.

April 21, 2022

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Fans returning to Little 500 for first time since 2019

Last year, the men’s and women’s races were back on, but they took place in late May after school had ended. And had no fans.

April 18, 2022

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Semi-Autonomous robots compete in Indiana state competition

More than 30 high school teams competed over the weekend in the first Indiana Robotics State Championship at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute.

April 15, 2022

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A rural Indiana town is paying high-wage workers to move. Is it good policy?

The process is facilitated by T-Map, which is trying to attract some of the estimated 40 million remote workers—over half of whom are open to moving in the next couple of years.

April 15, 2022

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Cook Medical buys 62 acres in Owen County for worker housing

The medical device manufacturer plans to build 90 homes for its employees on the property.

April 15, 2022

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Graduate workers on strike, Remote workers reviving towns | Indiana Newsdesk

On Indiana University’s campus, graduate workers are striking. A former Army sergeant from Indiana is helping with the refugee crisis unfolding in Ukraine. And could attracting remote workers be the way to revive some Indiana towns?

April 15, 2022

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Indiana University graduate workers go on strike for union recognition

Around 1,000 graduate student workers at Indiana University’s Bloomington campus are on strike to demand the school recognize them as a union.

April 14, 2022

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A former Army sergeant from Indiana is helping with the refugee crisis unfolding in Ukraine.

Former Indiana Army sergeant helping with the Ukrainian refugee crisis

A northern Indiana man who just returned from Ukraine's border felt helpless watching the invasion on TV and wanted to do more to help. 

April 13, 2022

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An IU Libraries public digital scholarship project, the collection was a collaboration between the Scholarly Communication Department, the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Library, the Lilly Library and the Education Library.

IU libraries create first-of-its-kind African-American digital resource collection

An IU Libraries public digital scholarship project, the collection was a collaboration between the Scholarly Communication Department, the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Library, the Lilly Library and the Education Library.

April 8, 2022

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Regenstrief scientist develops criteria that could be used for mask mandates

A research scientist at the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis has co-authored a paper he hopes will help bring some clarity to mask wearing.

April 8, 2022

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Non-clinical staff shortage, Library branch construction | Indiana Newsdesk

Hospital administrators have been raising wages of non-clinical staff to lure employees after the pandemic. Construction is underway for what will be Bloomington’s third public library. And advocates are questioning timber harvesting.

April 8, 2022

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Monroe Co. Public Library's third branch under construction, to be completed early 2023

After years of discussion surrounding funding and work to understand public needs, the new branch is on track to be completed next year.

April 8, 2022

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DNR carrying out "management activities" in Owen-Putnam County State Forest

There are special places worth saving. At least, that’s the motto of Owen-Putnam Friends of the Forest. The group is dedicated to celebrating the natural heritage, recreation, ecology, and sheer beauty of the forest.

April 8, 2022

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Hospitals struggle finding more than just doctors and nurses

Staff say finding non-clinical staff can be even harder than clinicians.

April 8, 2022

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Indiana couple missing in Nevada 'at peace' as husband died

Beverly Barker, who's 69, was released from a Reno, Nevada, hospital Thursday, two days after rescuers found her and the body of her 72-year-old husband, Ronnie.

April 6, 2022

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“They’re fighting for us.” Foreign policy experts speak on U.S. intelligence and leadership during Ukrainian war

“They're fighting for us. They're fighting for their own freedom, the values, their identity,” former Ambassador William Taylor said. “But those are our values.”

April 4, 2022

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Monroe Co. Sheriff installs naloxone vending machine, 20 doses distributed already

Naloxone, or Narcan, is a medication used to reverse opioid overdose.

April 1, 2022

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ILEARN testing begins, Film premieres at West Baden | Indiana Newsdesk

Educators are eager to find out the impact of two-years of online, hybrid and in-person learning on kids. More than 300 trees will be planted in Bloomington. And, a Bloomington author made sure the screen adaptation of his book was filmed at West Baden Springs Hotel.

April 1, 2022

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2022 ILEARN gives administrators another chance to track pandemic impact on schooling

In 2021, the Indiana General Assembly tasked the Department of Education with conducting a two-year study on the impact the pandemic has had on schooling.

April 1, 2022

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Indy photographer trying to connect old Bloomington home videos with owner

Leah Tribbett made a trip down to Bloomington for some antique hunting a few weeks back and stopped at the Antique Mall off the town square.

March 31, 2022

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IU’s most recent exchange began almost four years ago. Every other Wednesday, academics from IU and the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, in Ukraine’s capital city, have long conversations on Zoom. 

IU has maintained resilient partnership with Ukraine since founding of democracy

In 2018, the U.S. State Department awarded IU a grant of just under $1 million to implement academic programs at the university, which is known as NaUKMA. IU contributed an additional $360,000 to the project.

March 28, 2022

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Hoosier-produced supernatural thriller premieres in French Lick

Bloomington native and New York Times bestselling author Michael Koryta’s novel “So Cold the River” is now a major motion picture.

March 25, 2022

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Child welfare cases, nursing home workers, pollution | Indiana Newsdesk

Children involved in welfare cases are not guaranteed legal representation. Nursing home workers are turning to staffing agencies to find better jobs. And Indiana has the most polluted rivers and streams in the nation.

March 25, 2022

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As nurses demand higher pay, nursing homes and staffing agencies clash on the price

A handful of states – including Minnesota and Massachusetts – have passed laws putting wage caps on how much staffing agencies can pay nurses. But in Indiana, lawmakers haven’t discussed any solutions.

March 25, 2022

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Advocates hope for study committee after bill highlighting lack of legal representation for children fails

One bill proposed this session tried to address the issue of legal representation for children by ordering a public defender be provided to children in need of services and kids in cases of termination of parental rights.

March 23, 2022

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South senior Daniel Larsen presents his work at the Regeneron Science Talent Search in Washington, D.C., last week.

South senior wins $100K scholarship at prestigious math and science competition

Daniel Larsen went to work on understanding Carmichael numbers and found a possible breakthrough in mathematics.

March 23, 2022

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RiverLink tolling is in place on three bridges connecting Louisville Metro and Southern Indiana.

Metro Council resolution urges removal of tolls on RiverLink bridges across the Ohio River 

The three bridges this would affect are: Abraham Lincoln Bridge (I­-65 North), the John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge (I-65 South) and the Lewis and Clark Bridge (SR 265/KY 841) connecting Prospect, Kentucky, and Utica, Indiana. 

March 18, 2022

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The scoreboard at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall is lit up for the NCAA Tournament games this weekend.

Hosting NCAA Tournament games the next step for IU women's program

For the first time ever, the Hoosiers will be hosting opening round games at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Saturday and Monday.

March 18, 2022

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Rising alcohol use during pandemic, Nursing homes vaccinated or fined | Indiana Newsdesk

Some nursing homes still must meet COVID vaccine guidelines or face fines. Recovery experts are concerned how the pandemic affected the rise in alcohol consumption. And the IU women’s basketball team is hosting NCAA Tournament games.

March 18, 2022

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Residents concerned as long-term care staff booster rate lags

Dozens of Indiana nursing homes could soon be cited as non-compliant with the federal government’s vaccine mandate.

March 18, 2022

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Recovery experts worry about long-term effects of pandemic drinking

Studies reported a 50 percent spike in drinking initially, with levels remaining elevated throughout 2020. Addiction experts say it’s still an issue that could have serious consequences down the road.

March 17, 2022

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Cold beer at The Beverage Shop in Ellettsville, Ind.

Indiana has the most polluted rivers, streams of any state

A new report by the Environmental Integrity Project shows that after 50 years of the Clean Water Act, the U.S. still has a long way to go to protect its waterways.

March 15, 2022

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Students gathered at the Indiana Statehouse for the 2019 Youth Climate Strike.

Why do some people think that climate change isn’t happening?

Nathaniel Geiger is an assistant professor at Indiana University and researches climate engagement. He said it’s important to know the majority of Hoosiers believe in climate change.

March 11, 2022

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MCCSC to add 4 new cost-saving electric buses to fleet

MCCSC Director of Transportation Nathan Oliver says the funds will help the district reach its goal of covering all general routes with EV buses in the next seven to 10 years. 

March 11, 2022

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March 14 proclaimed ‘Local Hand Sanitizer Day’ in Bloomington

At the start of the pandemic, hand sanitizer was in short supply. Staff at local distillery Cardinal Spirits realized they had access to high-proof alcohol and quickly switched gears from spirits to sanitizer.

March 11, 2022

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Gas prices, Milk bank demand, Legislature wraps-up | Indiana Newsdesk

The impact on the global market of the crisis in Ukraine. The state’s lone milk bank is scrambling to keep up with an increased demand for breast milk. And, the Indiana legislature wrapped up its 2022 session this week.

March 11, 2022

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Donations to Indiana's only milk bank for infants aren’t keeping up with increased demand

The Milk Bank–which distributes donor milk to premature, ill, and other needing infants across the Midwest–has been experiencing shortages since the fall.

March 7, 2022

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Average gas prices in Monroe County above $4 Monday

Gas prices in Indiana have passed $4 a gallon for regular. According to AAA, the average price per gallon in Monroe County Monday was $4.01, a 62-cent increase from last month.

March 4, 2022

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Ellettsville pantry short on food and space

Chavez says getting the Community Development Block Grant to help pay for a new space was the easy part. It’s finding a location to move that’s proven-at least so far-to be impossible.

March 4, 2022

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Mask mandates end, Permitless gun legislation, Paoli Peaks | Indiana Newsdesk

Mask mandates end as COVID cases and hospitalizations rapidly decline. Permitless gun carry legislation takes an unexpected turn this week. And more than a thousand people gather for the People’s Convoy rally in Monrovia.

March 4, 2022

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Paoli Peaks' season ends with complaints resort is going downhill

David Wilcox lives in Bloomington, and he’s been skiing and snowboarding here for the past 17 years. And he’ll keep coming back. But he won’t be able to hit the slopes as much as he used to. That’s not by choice.

March 4, 2022

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After 'playing Candyland,' permitless carry legislation poised to become law in Indiana

Indiana may soon join 21 other states which have adopted similar measures, but one major problem worries law enforcement officers and even those in favor of permitless carry.

March 3, 2022

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Monroe County mask mandate ends Friday, but health officials warn the pandemic isn't over

The state’s last remaining county-wide mask mandate is expected to end Friday at midnight with the expiration of the latest health emergency.

March 3, 2022

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AG Rokita backs The People's Convoy: 'Thank you for standing up'

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita made a surprise appearance at the People’s Convoy's "Rally for Freedom & Accountability" on Wednesday.

March 1, 2022

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The war in Ukraine presents challenges for the state of democracy globally

More countries have been turning away from democratic governance than to it in the past 15 years due to the economic impact of globalization. Does Russia's invasion of Ukraine add to the move away from democracy?

February 25, 2022

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IU students protest Russia's attacks on the Ukrainian people

Indiana Ukrainians react to invasion, Regulating books, Avian flu | Indiana Newsdesk

Russia’s military invasion has many Ukrainians in the U.S. concerned. Librarians are concerned by attempts at the state level to regulate books. And a fifth turkey farm in southern Indiana has tested positive for avian flu.

February 25, 2022

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Law limiting library defense options up in the air, while educators question its necessity

Legislation that would weaken a library’s defense if prosecuted for providing harmful materials to minors is in legislative limbo.

February 23, 2022

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Ukrainian residents living in Indiana fear for their friends and families as Russian troops move in

Indianapolis ranks seventh in a list of cities in the United States with the largest Ukrainian populations.

February 19, 2022

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State officials: Bird flu found at 4th Indiana turkey farm

Laboratory testing of a second commercial flock of turkeys in Greene County has come back as presumptively positive for the virus, the Indiana State Board of Animal Health said.

February 18, 2022

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HB 1041 aims to keep school sports 'fair' by banning transgender girls. But is it an issue in Indiana?

House Bill 1041’s advocates say it ensures athletes assigned female at birth get a level playing field. But LGBTQ advocates say the bill addresses a problem that doesn’t exist in Indiana and will have a negative impact on trans youth.

February 18, 2022

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Transgender girls sports, wood burning fireplace dangers, Pantheon Theatre | Indiana Newsdesk

A bill that would ban trans girls from competing in girls’ sports is making its way through the senate. The dangers of wood burning stoves and fireplaces. And IU graduate student workers continue their fight to unionize.

February 18, 2022

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Labor professor on grad students trying to form union: They’re workers

Graduate workers have unionized in other states including California, New York, Washington and Oregon. But because of state laws, Indiana may differ.

February 17, 2022

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That cozy wood fire could carry a hidden health impact

Burning wood emits super fine particulates that, when breathed in, can lodge in vital organs leading to a variety of health issues, experts say.

February 17, 2022

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Before its new purpose as a co-op space, the Pantheon hosted big names such as Red Skelton, Duke Ellington, and Hank Williams Returning the building’s exterior to its former glory is the goal.

Historic Vincennes theater restorations delayed due to supply chain issues

The Pantheon Theatre in Vincennes received a $732,000 grant to renovate the exterior. Now, nearly a year-and-a-half later, restorations have come to a halt.

February 17, 2022

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Indiana lawmakers respond to criticisms of curriculum bill, approve sweeping changes

The Senate education committee adopted an amendment from Sen. Linda Rogers to address concerns from teachers and parents. Rogers said her goal is to bring parents and schools together.

February 14, 2022

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Monroe County's racial covenant project nears mapping stage

The Monroe County Recorder’s Office is set to begin mapping locations of properties with racially restrictive covenants as part of its project to collect and identify properties that contain such restrictions.

February 11, 2022

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Brian Garvey has been using a woodstove to heat his pre-Civil War home in Monroe County for 40 years.

Indianapolis e-waste recycler, nonprofit receives EPA grant

Officials with the nonprofit RecycleForce said the grant will help them train an additional 40 people to safely handle e-waste and other hazardous materials.

February 11, 2022

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Nurse shortage, Renting after prison, Transgender legislation | Indiana Newsdesk

Legislation would help alleviate a dire need for nurses in the state. Rising rental rates are making it difficult for persons just getting out of jail to find housing. And, advocates rally over a bill that would ban transgender girls from girls sports.

February 11, 2022

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Rising rent, pandemic making it hard for people with criminal records to find housing

Advocates report more barriers to accessing resources and steep rent are making it tough for people with criminal records to find places to live.

February 10, 2022

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Hoosiers from across the state rallied at the Statehouse Wednesday, ahead of HB 1041's second public hearing during this legislative session.

Protesters rally against transgender athlete ban bill ahead of Senate hearing

Protests echoed through the Statehouse ahead of the bill's second public hearing Wednesday, as lawmakers in the Senate were faced with a group rallying outside the chamber.

February 10, 2022

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Ivy Tech nursing students have a debriefing session after doing rounds at IU Health Bloomington.

It could take a decade to rebuild nursing workforce in the state

Oni Thomas is entering a profession that already faced a worker shortage before the pandemic. Since early 2020, nursing has been hit particularly hard by the constant care of those suffering from COVID-19.

February 8, 2022

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A protest sign at Sunrise Bloomington's rally to demand Indiana University to divest from fossil fuels.

Climate activists demand Indiana University divest from fossil fuels

The group, Sunrise Bloomington, hopes IU Foundation board members will put the issue on their agenda this week.

February 6, 2022

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Cook exhibition to open at Monroe County History Center

“Preserving History: The Legacy of Gayle and Bill Cook” is a new exhibit that details the couple's story and the process of restoring many of Monroe County’s most iconic buildings.

February 4, 2022

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Afghan evacuee shares his story, attracting remote workers | Indiana Newsdesk

We share the story of an Afghan evacuee who was housed at Camp Atterbury. Community leaders are re-thinking how they attract employers working remotely. And Bloomington residents can submit their own plans for traffic calming devices.

February 4, 2022

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Inside the Monroe County Humane Association’s clinic for stuffed animals

Six-year-old Ellie Buchanan was at the clinic Tuesday with her mother to pick up two discharged patients – Ballerina Bunny and a cheetah named Spot.

February 4, 2022

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Life after Atterbury: One Afghan evacuee shares his story

Reporter Mitch Legan spoke with Massaud Vighagh, who was forced to flee Afghanistan after the Taliban's takeover.

February 4, 2022

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Some mayors want a piece of Indiana’s budget surplus. So far, legislators aren’t biting

Limited budget options across Indiana could be stunting growth. 

February 3, 2022

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How does Bloomington decide where to place traffic calming projects?

The city is accepting new proposals for resident-led projects through February. It is dedicating another $50,000 to the initiative.

January 28, 2022

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Indiana eclipses 1.6 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, but cases appear to be slowing

Indiana surpassed 1.6 million confirmed COVID-19 cases Friday, just over a week from its most recent milestone. 

January 28, 2022

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School COVID protocols, Hotels for Homeless, Bus driver burnout | Indiana Newsdesk

Some parents say new MCCSC COVID protocols makes the decision to send their kids back to school more difficult. We visit with one man who found housing through Hotels for Homeless. Bus drivers stressed by staff shortages are complaining of burnout.

January 28, 2022

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Circus museum in Peru needs repairs

The Circus Hall of Fame is housed in an old barn that was once used as winter quarters to store and repair circus wagons. But as locals prepare to celebrate its 100th anniversary in June, it’s the barn that now needs fixing.

January 28, 2022

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Indiana House approves ban on transgender girls' participation in girls school sports

The bill's author, Rep. Michelle Davis (R-Whiteland), said it's about preserving fairness in girls' sports competitions.

January 27, 2022

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Advocates say more housing resources are available, but community has long way to go

Just over a year ago, the city of Bloomington drew criticism from advocates when it cleared a homeless encampment from Seminary Square.

January 26, 2022

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MCCSC bus drivers: bus system 'in flames,' work environment is toxic

According to bus driver Rocky Laster, over 40 bus drivers have left the system in the last year and more are actively looking for other jobs.

January 26, 2022

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MCCSC makes it easier to return to school after positive COVID test or close contact

The school board voted to shorten the number of days someone needs to isolate after a positive COVID test to five and expanded the types of negative tests schools will accept.

January 25, 2022

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A bald eagle is released from captivity at the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center Tuesday.

Bald eagle named Christmas released back into the wild at Crane

Six weeks after being found injured on the base, a female bald eagle, dubbed Christmas, was released back into the wild at Lake Gallimore on the south side of the complex.

January 21, 2022

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Rural hospitals turning to National Guard, childcare challenges | Indiana Newsdesk

Rural hospitals are turning the Indiana National Guard for help. New partnerships are helping rural child care providers during the pandemic. And an IU expert fills us in on the latest situation on the Russian troops stationed on the Ukraine border.

January 21, 2022

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Fewer people and resources in rural areas mean the challenges many providers face, like maintaining adequate staffing, are more difficult to find solutions for.

Rural Hoosier communities rally as COVID-19 worsens child care crisis for parents, providers

Paige Schank is the chief financial officer for the Tell City Electric Department. This isn't her typical morning; today she's using vacation time to volunteer at the center where her two kids come for care.

January 21, 2022

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Life inside an Indiana hospital receiving help from the National Guard

Across the state, the story is similar. Isolation units are full of unvaccinated patients with COVID-19.

January 20, 2022

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Law bans pet shops from selling dogs and cats in Bloomington. Will their businesses fold?

Kidwell said she is unsure if her business will make up the lost revenue once the ordinance is in effect. 

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