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We travel to Illinois where legalized marijuana sales started January 1st. In part two of our series on marijuana legalization, we look into whether the economic benefits in other states could influence Indiana lawmakers.

Governor Eric Holcomb says he’s all in on boosting teacher pay. But he wants to wait until next year to do it. Democrats say those pay hikes need to come now. Coming up, our statehouse reporter talks about priorities laid out in the State of the State Address.

And physicians say safe sleep practices are one of the most effective ways to reduce infant deaths. Just ahead, a look at the debate surrounding new recommendations.

Those stories plus the latest news headlines from across the state right now on Indiana Newsdesk!

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January 17, 2020

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Marijuana Legalization, State Of The State

Could the economic benefits of marijuana sales in other states influence Indiana lawmakers? Governor Holcomb’s priorities in his State of the State Address. And debate surrounding practices used to reduce infant deaths.

January 17, 2020

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IU's New Metz Carillon Ready To Chime For First Time Monday

An Indiana University music school chair is calling the new carillon in the arboretum the city’s new civic soundscape.

January 17, 2020

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Daycare Swaddling Changes Confuse Some Parents

New state rules mean infants can no longer be swaddled in licensed childcare settings. That has some parents worried about whether it's safe to swaddle their babies at home.

January 17, 2020

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Will Money Sway Indiana Lawmakers To Consider Cannabis Legalization?

The sales of both medical and recreational product is growing rapidly; so is the influence of companies in the space.

January 16, 2020

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What's The Definition Of A Core Neighborhood?

One of the most controversial aspects of the UDO – which failed – was the incorporation of multifamily “plexes” into the city’s core neighborhoods. But what is a core neighborhood?

January 15, 2020

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Monroe County Public Library Votes To Eliminate Late Fees

The Monroe County Public Library is doing away with late fees. The board of trustees approved the change at their meeting Wednesday night.

January 10, 2020

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The door of Indy E-Cigs, a smoke and vape shop.

Change In Smoking Age Law Catches Some Retailers Off Guard

The owner of Indy E-Cigs, which has 10 locations in central Indiana, says all his shops are compliant, but he wonders how effective the law will be.

January 10, 2020

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Tobacco Age Limit, Marijuana Legalization

Confusion over the legal age to buy cigarettes. Former congressman Lee Hamilton joins us to talk about relations between the U.S. and Iran. Will this be the year a cannabis bill gains traction at the statehouse?

January 10, 2020

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Former U.S. Congressman Lee Hamilton Discusses Conflict With Iran

"The path to war is easy, anybody can get there," Hamilton says. "The path to peace is much tougher."

January 10, 2020

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Protestors handed out marijuana products at Monday's rally.

Legal Marijuana Sales In Neighboring States Won't Move Indiana Closer

As lawmakers arrived Monday for the first day of the 2020 session, dozens of protestors holding signs, smoking joints and chanting, greeted them on the steps of the statehouse. 

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January 9, 2020

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Faith Groups Fight Climate Change: It's Imperative To Care For God's Creation

Earth Care Bloomington's stated goal is to help faith communities “answer the moral call to care for our Earth through energy efficiency and conservation practices in their facilities and members’ homes.”

January 3, 2020

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' FFA Partnership, Veteran Jobs

One Indiana school is teaming up with one of the world’s largest tech companies to put students on the cutting edge of agricultural technology. And a program meant to help veterans find jobs is impacting a group already struggling to get work.

January 3, 2020

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Court Decision Could Threaten Jobs For Disabled Workers

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld the so called “Rule of Two” case in The United States vs. Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind.

January 3, 2020

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Microsoft Planting In An Indiana High School With Hopes Of Harvesting Talent

From Silicon Valley and Seattle to Hope, IN there's a push to recruit students who understand tech's connection with agriculture.

December 31, 2019

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State Health Department Confirms Seventh Flu-Related Death

More than half of the specimens collected in public health labs are Influenza B. The strain is typically seen in late winter and hits kids harder than adults.

December 27, 2019

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Disease-Carrying Coastal Tick Found In Indiana

Warmer winters may have allowed the tick to survive in states north of its usual range.

December 20, 2019

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The Biggest Stories Of 2019, Indiana's News Year In Review

Indiana made national headlines dozens of times this year. From the passing of two Indiana giants to GM union negotiations and a number of teacher protests.

December 20, 2019

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Owen Co. Festival Ordinance, Year In Review

Owen County’s festival ordinance passed this week prohibits events on the courthouse square. Churches are stepping in to help relieve some people’s medical debt. And we look back at the biggest stories of 2019.

December 20, 2019

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Hoosiers And Medical Debt: "I Didn't Want To Be That Deadbeat Person"

According to a recent study by Health Affairs, medical debt nationally totals more than $80 million.

December 17, 2019

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Endwright East Senior Center Funded Through 2020

Mayor John Hamilton says the city found the $20,000 needed to continue operating the center two days a week.

December 17, 2019

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Owen County Approves Controversial Events Ordinance Without Public Comment

The new ordinance is essentially the original proposal with cleaner language that makes it less likely to be subject to litigation.

December 13, 2019

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Indiana Health Ranking, Biggest Gym

A new study puts Indiana near the bottom of the nation for the health of its residents. And we take a trip around the Hoosier state to find the biggest high school gym.

December 13, 2019

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Trade Deal Between US, Canada And Mexico Gains Key Support

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the time was needed to ensure workers protections, while Republicans blame the Speaker for playing politics.

December 13, 2019

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Which Indiana High School Has The Biggest Gym? Depends On Who You Ask

For years New Castle has been known as the biggest gym, not just in Indiana, but in the country. But the most recent count shows that’s not correct, Seymour, not New Castle is the new number one.

December 13, 2019

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Indiana Gets Low Marks On Health Survey Ranking

Indiana also saw drug deaths increase between 2007 and 2019 from an average of 8.6 to 23.7 per 100,000 people.

December 13, 2019

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French Lick Resorts Making Workforce Housing A Top Priority

French Lick Resorts recently added 71 new rooms along with a sports bar. Now it needs more workers to staff the growing tourism business. 

December 6, 2019

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Voter Turnout, Rural Healthcare

Party officials have their work cut out for them getting Hoosier voters to turn out. As lawmakers gear up for next year’s legislative session, what to expect from legislators next year. And, the challenges of healthcare in rural areas.

December 6, 2019

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Experts Say 2020 Primary Election May Exceed 2018 Record-Breaking Voter Turnout Numbers

While many people are focused on the holidays, Hoosier political pundits and candidates are already gearing up for the 2020 election.

December 6, 2019

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In Rural Indiana, The ACA Isn't Working As Intended And Alternatives Could Be Worse

Thousands of Hoosiers rely on the Affordable Care Act for their health insurance, and in rural communities it’s not functioning as originally intended.

December 5, 2019

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What's The Deal With All These Empty Storefronts In Bloomington?

It’s been a week since Thanksgiving and the holiday shopping season is officially in full force. But if you’re shopping around Bloomington, you’re bound to pass some some empty storefronts. Why?

December 4, 2019

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Old Tomato Cannery Stirs Up New Fears In Franklin

Franklin residents concerned about rare child cancers in the area are now turning their attention to another polluted site.

November 23, 2019

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Red For Ed: How Teacher Action Unfolded At The Statehouse And What Comes Next

It’s hard to say how different legislative races could play out. But next year’s race for governor is a big one: the winner will choose McCormick’s successor – appointing the state’s chief of schools for the first time. 

November 22, 2019

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Teacher Rally, Climate Change

Hoosier teachers rally at the statehouse to call on Indiana to catch up with other states. Executions that were supposed to start soon at the penitentiary in Terre Haute are on hold. And, combating climate change.

November 22, 2019

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Bird Migration Is Changing With Climate: Indiana University Is Helping Track It

Allison Byrd says that info can guide conservation practices in the places where the birds choose to stop — which she says is especially important right now because of climate change.

November 21, 2019

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Putnam Co. Museum Exhibit Creating Conversation, Controversy

The exhibit will remain in the Putnam County Museum through the end of November.

November 21, 2019

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Bloomington Resident Says First Step In Combating Climate Change Is Community Involvement

We reached out to Bloomington resident Rhonda Baird, who’s been active in the local environmental activism scene, about what she does to be environmentally friendly in her everyday life.

November 15, 2019

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Pantry 279 Asking For Thanksgiving Donations

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, Pantry 279 is looking for help to feed 1,500 needy families this holiday season.

November 15, 2019

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Election Security, Farm Fatalities

Election officials across the state are looking for ways to make sure every vote is counted. The nation’s largest dairy producer files for bankruptcy. And farm accidents are down overall in Indiana, but small farmers are seeing more injuries.

November 15, 2019

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Recent Increase In Farm Accidents Tied To Old Equipment, Lack Of Experience

A study from Purdue University says there were 34 farm-related deaths last year in Indiana. While those numbers are significantly down from when the study began some 40 years ago, there’s been a recent increase.

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