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Angry fans have followed officials to their cars or made verbal threats. Other things stack up too, like travel, buying uniforms, training – and usually, a select handful of people decide who gets assigned to the high-stakes games.

November 8, 2019

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The Owen County Courthouse (Sept. 2019)

Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Owen Co. Festival Ordinance, Women Officials

Owen County Commissioners are still considering a downtown festival ordinance. What’s behind a massive Duke Energy rate hike. And why high school officials, especially women, are leaving the field for good.

November 8, 2019

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Vigo County Casino Vote Passes Overwhelmingly

Voters in Vigo County approved a referendum to build a casino by a 63% margin Tuesday night.

November 8, 2019

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What You Need To Know About The Duke Energy Rate Case

The utility says that money would go to pay for everything from metering infrastructure, to helping retire some coal plants earlier, to maintenance on the Edwardsport plant, to tree trimming.

November 8, 2019

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Spencer Residents, Businesses Brace For New Festival Ordinance

Earlier this week, the Owen County Commissioners voted to table a controversial festival ordinance after tremendous pushback from residents. Now, all they can do is wait.

November 4, 2019

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The inside of the newly-renovated Eskenazi Art Museum. Nov. 4, 2019.

Eskenazi Museum Of Art To Reopen This Week

The $30 million makeover includes multiple new exhibits and programs as well as a few changes to the museum architecture.

November 1, 2019

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Nashville Auction, IU Health Hospital Site

The Nashville property auction and what this means for the town’s future. More on the current hospital site when IU Health moves to its new location. And the Owen County ordinance that makes it more difficult to host events.

November 1, 2019

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Indiana Artist To Open Bloomington Art Show About Mental Illness, Addiction

Brian Johnson has struggled with addiction and mental illness since he was 14 years old. He's lived in Austin, Ind. his whole life and was there during one of the biggest drug-fueled HIV outbreaks to ever hit a small town in America.

October 31, 2019

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State Suspending Medicaid Work Requirement After Lawsuit

The move comes after a lawsuit was filed in September against Indiana's plan. Federal courts have blocked the Trump administration from allowing similar work requirements for Arkansas and Kentucky.

October 31, 2019

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As New IU Health Facility Goes Up, Residents Concerned About Future Of Current Site

We reached out to stakeholders in the project to see how the planning process is coming along, and how all this will impact the two single family neighborhoods closest to the site.

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October 30, 2019

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McCormick's Creek State Park Fire Tower Reopens After Remodeling

After a two-year renovation project, the fire tower at McCormick’s Creek State Park is officially open to visitors.

October 29, 2019

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Spencer Downtown Event Coalition Preps For Nov. 4 Meeting

The Owen County Commissioners are expected to pass an ordinance that could make it much more difficult to hold a special event or festival on county grounds.

October 25, 2019

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Curtis Hill Hearing, Plant-Based Protein

Are plant based alternatives to meat addressing the uncertainty of the world’s food supply? Details on the final stretch of I-69. Attorney General Curtis Hill’s disciplinary hearing. And vintage arcade games are making a comeback.

October 25, 2019

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Final Decision On Curtis Hill Is Months Away

The nearly week-long hearing featured 26 witnesses, hours of testimony and dozens of pieces of evidence. That must be compiled into one record both sides review.

October 25, 2019

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In The Age Of Hyper-Real Video Games, Arcades Are Making A Comeback

At a time when video game technology is improving so quickly that it’s hard to distinguish between what's real and what's pixelated, retro video games and arcades are making a comeback.

October 24, 2019

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Meat In The Middle: Ranchers, Climate Experts See Growth Of Plant-Based Alternatives

The plant-based protein market is growing — and fast. But how much of a difference does eating meat alternatives actually make?

October 22, 2019

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INDOT Says It Will Complete I-69 Phase To Indy by 2024

INDOT Officials outlined the final phase of the I-69 expansion plan in the first of three meetings around Central Indiana.

October 18, 2019

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Strike Agreement, Farming Solar Power

The GM and UAW agreement. Farmers struggling with low prices and bad weather are looking at solar power. And a school program that helps kids who would likely otherwise, slip through the cracks.

October 18, 2019

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From Corn To Solar: For Some Farmers, There's 'More Money In Producing Electrons'

An Indiana farmer says the payout per acre of solar is much greater than corn or soybeans.

October 18, 2019

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New Marion Co. Education Center Designed To Keep Kids From Slipping Through The Cracks

The goal of the Compass center is to ensure that each student graduates with a realistic plan for life after high school, whether it is college enrollment, military enlistment, or employment with a livable wage.

October 17, 2019

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UAW Leaders Give Initial Approval To Contract, Strike Will Continue Until Members Vote

Thousands of auto workers in Indiana will continue to strike at General Motors facilities while waiting to vote on a tentative contract.

October 17, 2019

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Bloomington Releases Greenhouse Gas Inventory, Part Of Larger Statewide Project

Bloomington’s local government operations make up less than 10 percent of the city’s overall greenhouse gas emissions. But of that 10 percent, most of the emissions come from moving and treating water and wastewater.

October 16, 2019

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Bloomington Accessibility Council: City Tries But Still Has Long Way To Go

One Bloomington resident expressed concern that as the city makes changes, people living with disabilities will be left behind.

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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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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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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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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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 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.

September 27, 2019

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Purdue Pharma, Pizza King

Purdue Pharma is settling with dozens of states, but do those most affected by the opioid crisis feel it’s enough? Lee Hamilton weighs in on the impeachment inquiry of President Trump. And why no two Pizza Kings are quite the same.

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.

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