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A growing number of Hoosiers suffering from mental illness are ending up in jails. In the second part of a series on jail overcrowding, we look at what overcapacity jails mean for some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens.

We tour the IU School of Art, Architecture and Design in Columbus to see the next generation of architects at work.

Monroe County is looking at ways to improve its rural transit system. But many elderly people in rural areas want better service to help them be part of the Bloomington Community.

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February 15, 2019

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County Residents Face Transportation Challenges Outside Bloomington City Limits

As the first story of our Inquire Indiana project City Limits, we look at the challenges Monroe county residents face with transportation and what's being done to improve services for the future.

February 15, 2019

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Jail Overcrowding and Mental Illness

We look at what overcapacity jails mean for some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens. Tour the new IU School of Art, Architecture and Design building in Columbus. Monroe County is looking at ways to improve its rural transit system, in particular for elderly people in rural areas.

February 15, 2019

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Weekly Statehouse Update: Abortion Regulation, Clearer Voice For Foster Parents

A Senate committee advanced legislation to empower foster parents. Anti-abortion bills are on the move. And the House passes a vaping tax. Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

February 15, 2019

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IU's Master Of Architecture Program Growing In Second Year

Indiana University’s new Master of Architecture program is only in its second year, but applications are growing and students are settling into the new building in Columbus.

February 15, 2019

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Many of Indiana's jails are already overcrowded, and don't have the staff or room to provide necessary services to those with mental illnesses. (Steve Burns, WFIU/WTIU News)

Jail Overcrowding Exacerbates Problems For Those With Mental Illnesses

County sheriffs say more people are ending up in their jails who have mental illnesses. And, the overcrowded facilities don't have the resources to address their needs.

February 8, 2019

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Star Trek Exhibit At Indy Children's Museum Draws Trekkies From All Over

From original series die-hards to fans of the recent movies and everything in between, this exhibit has something for every kind of Star Trek fan. 

February 8, 2019

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Jail Overcrowding, Demand For Sand

How legislators are trying to help counties to keep up with the state’s exploding jail population, why Bloomington is raising stormwater fees, how sand helps drive the Indiana economy. Plus Star Trek lands at the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis.

February 8, 2019

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The Hancock County jail is designed to house 157 inmates. It regularly holds well over 200.

Statehouse Proposals Aim To Alleviate Jail Overcrowding

Seventy-seven percent of the state's jails are at or over capacity. Some lawmakers hope bills they're proposing will help address the problem. but critics say more expansive reform is needed.

February 8, 2019

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Demand For Sand: Prices Increasing For Limited Resource

The cost per ton of sand used for construction in Indiana has increased about 30 percent since 2012. Suppliers say in order to keep up with demand, they need more access to the source of the product.

February 6, 2019

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Bloomington Officials Propose Raising Stormwater Utility Fee

The stormwater utility fee would increase for property owners to create revenue for infrastructure maintenance and environmentally-friendly upgrades.

February 1, 2019

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Herald-Times Sale, Scott Co. Drug Free Zone

Newspapers are struggling while large media companies buy them up and downsize. The popular Exhibit Columbus has chosen the designs that will anchor this year’s exhibit. Reporter Barbara Brosher sits down with the new Scott County Sheriff who is aggressively going after drug dealers.

February 1, 2019

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New Scott Co. Sheriff Taking Aggressive Stance On Drugs

Jerry Goodin took over as Scott County Sheriff Jan. 1 and immediately promised to make the county a drug-free zone.

February 1, 2019

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Exhibit Columbus Announces Prize Winning Centerpieces

This is the second exhibition organized by Exhibit Columbus

January 31, 2019

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What Trevor’s Law May – Or May Not – Do For Franklin

Parents of kids with rare cancers in Franklin hope a recently funded law will help them determine the cause. Trevor’s Law aims to update the federal guidelines for investigating cancer clusters.

January 30, 2019

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Why It's Hard For The State To Say Franklin Has A Cancer Cluster

In the past decade, as many as 24 children in the small city of Franklin were diagnosed with rare cancers. But defining a cancer cluster — so it can be investigated — is complicated.

January 28, 2019

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Herald-Times, Other Local Papers Sold To GateHouse Media

The company that owns the Bloomington Herald-Times and nine other newspapers in southern Indiana has sold its publishing department to GateHouse Media.

January 25, 2019

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Employer Drug Tests, Trevor's Law

As the job market tightens, some Indiana employers are giving more leeway to employees who fail drug tests. And parents in the city of Franklin hope a new law will help them find out why some of their children have such high rates of cancer.

January 25, 2019

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Tidying Up? These Local Orgs Could Use Your Donations

Hoosiers have joined the nationwide organization craze sparked by the Netflix series Tidying Up. If you have items you want to toss, here are the Monroe Co. organizations that could use the donations.

January 25, 2019

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Drug Crisis Exacerbates Ongoing Indiana Workforce Shortage

Some businesses have taken steps to address challenges with drugs during a time when they're desperate for skilled employees.

January 24, 2019

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Middle Way House Worried About Potential Impact If Shutdown Continues

Middle Way House doesn't anticipate having to cut services because of the shutdown, but the nonprofit is worried about how those who use its transitional housing program could be impacted.

January 23, 2019

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Environmentalists, County Leaders Wary Of Construction Runoff Bill

House Bill 1266 could strip local governments of their ability to regulate storm water runoff that’s the result of construction activity.  

January 18, 2019

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Government Shutdown, Bar Exam

The government shutdown is causing anxiety for some Hoosier workers. What’s behind the low number of students passing the bar exam? And the governor used his State of the State Address to put pressure on legislators to pass a hate crimes law.

January 18, 2019

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Hoosiers Continue Working At Federal Prison With No Pay

As the partial government shutdown continues, employees at the federal prison in Terre Haute are expected to keep working without paychecks.

January 18, 2019

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Should Indiana Change The Bar Exam To Address Low Passing Rates?

Only 51 percent of people who took the Indiana bar exam last February passed. A state study commission is looking into what could be contributing to the problem, and whether the state needs to make changes.

January 18, 2019

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Strapped For New Recruits, Fire Departments Put Faith In Legislators

The byproducts of a strong economy and low unemployment are forcing Indiana police and fire departments to look harder for qualified applicants.

January 11, 2019

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' School Safety Proposals, Etching Headstones

More on several proposals would give schools more money for security. Lawmakers are also looking at ways to keep kids safe on their way to school. And we meet a man who travels to cemeteries to etch names and death dates on headstones.

January 11, 2019

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Indiana Engraver Carving Out Niche For Family Business

Guy Blanchett has been painstakingly engraving headstones in the Hoosier state since the early 80s. He’s teaching the craft to his grandson, hoping he will one day be part of the family business.

January 11, 2019

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Bill Would Let Schools Spend State Dollars On Gun Training

School districts can only use the state's secured school grant funds for certain safety improvements. The bill would expand how districts could use the dollars.

January 11, 2019

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'It Makes Me Cry Every Time.' Couple Helps Eagles Return To The Wild Healthy And Strong

An eagle hacking tower sits on a highly secluded part of Lola and Rick Nicholson’s property. Seventeen feet in the air, surrounded by trees and a large pond; not a bad view.

January 11, 2019

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Brown County Toy Chest To Host Community's First Gaming Conference

Toy Chest Owner Hilary Key says retail shifts and a huge increase in game sales over the last couple of years encouraged her to come up with the idea for the conference.  

January 10, 2019

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Craft Beer Boom Spurs Breweries To Offer Something Unique

2018 was a good year for Indiana breweries, with 32 new businesses opening in the state. That ties 2015 for the most openings in one year. 

January 8, 2019

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Family Of Slain Students Joins Lawmakers To Call For Better Bus Safety

Family members of three students who were struck and killed on their way to a bus stop in October joined legislators Tuesday to call for better school bus safety across the state.

January 5, 2019

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In Perry County, Workforce Needs Drive Expansion To Childcare, Preschool Access

As Indiana pushes forward on workforce development, businesses are realizing they need to prioritize childcare if they want to attract families and workers.

January 4, 2019

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Adoption Records, Childcare Incentives

What to expect during this year’s legislative session. Why it’s taking longer for adopted Hoosiers to find out more about their roots. And how quality childcare could be a tool employers in the state use to lure in qualified workers.

January 4, 2019

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Hoosier Adoptees Requesting Birth Records Waiting Longer Than Expected

A law that went into effect in July opened previously-closed adoption records. But, the state says fulfilling the high number of requests is taking longer than anticipated.

January 3, 2019

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Lawmakers Kick Off 2019 Session Preaching Bipartisanship

Legislative leaders of both parties kicked off the new session Thursday with messages of bipartisanship. But it’s also clear where some of 2019’s dividing lines will be.

December 21, 2018

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Police Recruiting, 2018 In Review

How police are changing their recruiting strategies to ensure the force’s future. Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb talks about the big stories in state government and what he hopes to tackle next year. And 2018 year in review.

December 21, 2018

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Tragedy & Activism: Indiana's Top News Stories Of 2018

2018 has been a year of tragedy and activism in Indiana, and our news team has been there to capture it all.

December 21, 2018

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Holcomb Talks DCS In 2018, Looks Ahead To 2019

Gov. Eric Holcomb spent a lot of 2018 focused on issues at the Department of Child Services. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith talks with Holcomb about that work and what lies ahead in 2019.

December 21, 2018

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Grain Elevators Deal With Consequences Of Tariffs, Record Yields

A large harvest and with low prices are leading more farmers to store their grain in hopes of finding better prices. The ripple effects are significant.

December 21, 2018

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Indiana Police Changing Policies To Attract Recruits

Fewer people are applying to be police officers, so some departments are making policy changes and offering incentives to attract recruits.

December 14, 2018

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The History Of A Hoosier Favorite: Pork Tenderloin

Some people asked us what foods are unique to the state as part of our Inquire Indiana series. That led us to a pursuit of pork.

December 14, 2018

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Industry Leaders Call For Safety Improvements In Road Construction Work Zones

Advocates want to see more complete road closures when possible and camera enforcement, which has been drafted into a bill for the upcoming legislative session.

December 14, 2018

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Cardinal Spirits, IU Team Up To Create 'Hyper-Local' Mead

Cardinal Spirits’ Honey Schnapps is made using honey and yeast from bees in Indiana and Fort Wayne.

December 14, 2018

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Road Worker Safety, Indiana Tenderloin

Increasing road construction work zone safety, how new water regulations will effect Hoosier farmers, and the history behind Indiana’s iconic tenderloin.

December 11, 2018

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Indiana Blocked Obama's WOTUS Rule, Now The Trump Administration Has Drafted Its Own

A proposed change to the controversial Waters of the United States rule could reduce the number of waters in Indiana regulated by the federal government.

December 7, 2018

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Senior Bankruptcies, Football Field Safety

Governor Holcomb’s legislative agenda, bankruptcies among senior citizen, and why field conditions play an important role in the safety of football players.

December 7, 2018

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Indiana University Crew Follows NFL's Lead In Implementing Field Safety Practices

NFL teams are required to follow certain field guidelines, all in an effort to offer players a high-quality, safe place to play.

December 7, 2018

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IU Students Developing Program's First Virtual Reality Video Game

The team of students is hoping to release their project 'Batteries Included' to the public in the spring of next year.

December 7, 2018

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Shrinking Social Safety Net Leaves Seniors Vulnerable

The percentage of older Americans filing for bankruptcy has increase twofold since the 1990s.

December 6, 2018

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Governor Holcomb Unveils 2019 Agenda

Gov. Eric Holcomb’s 2019 legislative agenda plans a lot of small steps forward on priorities he’s focused on since taking office.

December 4, 2018

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Prison Coding Program Expands With $2 Million Google Grant

One year ago Indiana adopted a unique program that trains prisoners to become software engineers. Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the program will expand, thanks to a $2 million grant from Google.

November 30, 2018

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2019 Legislative Session Preview: DCS, Hate Crimes, Teacher Pay

Lawmakers are just about a month away from voting on bills as part of the 2019 legislative session. Statehouse reporter Brandon Smith joins us to talk about what we can expect.

November 30, 2018

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Invasive Bamboo, Amygdala Rooms

State lawmakers meet to preview the legislative agenda. Certain types of bamboo can be harmful. And one Indiana school system is looking into how to manage student disciplinary problems before serving out punishment.

November 30, 2018

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Daviess County Schools Adopt Alternative Methods To Curb Disciplinary Issues

Elementary schools in Daviess County have implemented amygdala reset rooms to help curb kids’ disciplinary problems before handing out punishments.

November 30, 2018

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Should There Be Rules Restricting Bamboo Planting?

Yellow groove bamboo is a popular landscaping plant because of how quickly it grows, but that can also pose major problems.

November 28, 2018

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Supreme Court Likely To Apply Excessive-Fines Ban To States After Hearing Ind. Case

The Supreme Court left little doubt Wednesday that it would rule that the Constitution's ban on excessive fines applies to the states, an outcome that could help an Indiana man recover a $40,000 Land Rover police seized.

November 26, 2018

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DePauw Faculty Approve 'Vote Of No Confidence' In University President

For the first time in DePauw University history, faculty members approved a vote of no confidence in the university’s chief executive.

November 16, 2018

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' IU Mold Problems, Train Travel

It's unclear when widespread mold problems at two Indiana University residence halls will be resolved. One of the women who alleges that attorney general Curtis Hill drunkenly groped her and three other women joins us. And train travel in the state.

November 16, 2018

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Woman Who Accused AG Of Sexual Misconduct Wants Him Out Of Office

The inspector general’s report from the incident did note that Hill improperly groped the women and called the conduct “inappropriate, creepy, [and] unwelcome.”

November 16, 2018

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Classroom Business Picks Up in Brown County High School

Eagle Manufacturing is a classroom business that started out as a pilot program last year.

November 16, 2018

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Inquire Indiana: What Happened To The State's Once Thriving Passenger Train?

At one time, railroads crisscrossed the state carrying every type of commodity you could imagine, including people. One viewer wanted to know why it stopped.

November 16, 2018

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French Lick Resort Prepares For Annual Holiday Festivities

The French Lick and West Baden resorts anticipate high traffic ahead of a busy holiday season.

November 15, 2018

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Some Students Unhappy With IU's Response To Mold Problem

IU says it's continuing to address issues with mold in Foster and McNutt, but some students are unhappy with the response.

November 13, 2018

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Monroe County Commissioners President Exploring Run For Bloomington Mayor

Amanda Barge says she'll decide whether to run after getting feedback from local businesses, social service organizations and Bloomington residents.

November 9, 2018

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Loogootee High School Implements Machine Tool Program

How many high school students can say they’ve worked on equipment that makes it onto a U.S. Navy ship? At least six, thanks to a new manufacturing program at Loogootee High School.

November 9, 2018

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Midterm Election, Prison Release Training

The 2018 midterm election is over and campaigning for 2020 is already underway. We take you inside a state prison, where women are getting hands-on training that aims to help them succeed after their release.

November 9, 2018

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Indiana DOC Shifting Education Focus To Workforce Development

The Indiana Department of Correction is introducing new programs that align with Governor Eric Holcomb's workforce development goals.

November 8, 2018

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Bloomington Protesters Demand Protection For Russia Investigation

A group gathered in downtown Bloomington as part of a nationwide movement calling for the investigation into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign to be protected.

November 8, 2018

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Hoosiers Elect Trio Of Republican Women To Statewide Posts

The three stumped on the campaign trail together and joined fellow Republicans during a watch party on Tuesday.

November 7, 2018

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Is I-69 Section 5 Really Complete?

INDOT says I-69 section 5 is “substantially complete,” but temporary lane restrictions will likely continue for the next several weeks.

November 7, 2018

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Braun's Alliance With Trump Key For Many Hoosier Voters

Voters at the Indiana GOP's election night party say similarities between Mike Braun and President Donald Trump drew them to the polls.

November 7, 2018

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View Complete Election Results For 2018 Midterm

Explore results from the 2018 midterm elections with our interactive charts and maps.

November 2, 2018

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Indiana's 9th Congressional District Cited As Race To Watch

Incumbent Republican Trey Hollingsworth faces Democratic Challenger Liz Watson for Indiana's 9th Congressional District.

November 2, 2018

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What's Drawing Hoosiers To The Polls?

We visited the counties with the highest and lowest voter turnout in 2016 to find out what issues matter to voters.

November 2, 2018

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Inquire Indiana: Why Is Indiana So Conservative?

An Indiana historian explains why Indiana, at times, has been so conservative.

October 30, 2018

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Hoosiers Gather For Pittsburgh Shooting Memorium

During a night of tearful remarks, community members of all backgrounds gathered in solidarity of the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.

October 26, 2018

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Watch ‘Indiana Newsdesk:’ Indiana's U.S. Senate Race, Stepp Cemetery

With the election less than two weeks away, we sit down with the candidates for Indiana’s senate race. An Indiana farmer whose messages to Trump is getting lots of attention. And how Stepp Cemetery got it’s ghostly reputation.

October 26, 2018

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Stepp: A Small Rural Cemetery That Looms Large In Hoosier Lore

There are tales of a ghostly woman in black who appears in the cemetery and is drawn to a baby’s grave, and a 'spooky' tree stump that came to be known as the Warlock Seat.

October 26, 2018

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Indiana Farmer Creates Corn Maze Thanking Trump For E15

Benton County corn farmer Bruce Buchanan farms about 6,000 acres with his son and recently drew national attention when he got some help and carved the message “Thanks Mr. Trump For E15” into his field.

October 19, 2018

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Rural Hoosiers Face Long Drives To Reach Prenatal Care

Indiana’s maternal and infant mortality rates are far higher than the national average. Experts say one of the reasons is a lack of access to care providers, especially in rural areas.

October 19, 2018

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Scooters, Infant And Maternal Mortality Rates

Electric scooters might not be as an environmentally-friendly as you think. Indiana struggles with high infant and maternal mortality rates. And the Secretary of State position is up for election this year.

October 19, 2018

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Tonight On 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Scooters, Infant And Maternal Mortality Rates

Electric scooters might not be as an environmentally-friendly as you think. Indiana struggles with high infant and maternal mortality rates. And the Secretary of State position is up for election this year.

October 17, 2018

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Electric Scooters Might Not Be Environmentally-Friendly After All

Lime scooters in particular are advertised as an environmentally-friendly alternative to cars. When used as a substitute for walking or biking, however, they actually increase your carbon footprint.

October 16, 2018

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Bloomington, Columbus Partner To Spur Regional Economy

The cities are in the process of raising $1 million with the goal of leveraging up to $1.5 million from Indianapolis development organization Elevate Ventures.

October 15, 2018

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Balanced Budget Constitutional Change Issue Awaits Voters

Voters this year are being asked whether they support an amendment to the Indiana Constitution obligating the General Assembly to adopt balanced budgets unless two-thirds of the members of both chambers vote to suspend the requirement

October 12, 2018

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Election Security, Cave Safety

As Hoosiers start casting their ballots in early voting, election security is top of mind. Senate candidates battle it out in their first debate. And Indiana has a lot of caves to explore, but it can be dangerous.

October 12, 2018

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Hoosier Experts Offer Opportunities To Learn Safe Caving Practices

Southern Indiana is one of the best places to cave, and for the most part experts say it’s an extremely safe sport. But recent cave accidents have led many people to wonder about their own safety.

October 12, 2018

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Tonight On 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Election Security, Caves

As Hoosiers start casting their ballots in early voting, election security is top of mind. Senate candidates battle it out in their first debate. And Indiana has a lot of caves to explore, but it can be dangerous.

October 12, 2018

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Local Schools On Alert As Vaping Spreads Among Students

The FDA is labeling vaping an “epidemic” among young people.

October 12, 2018

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Inquire Indiana: Which Counties Don't Have Paper Ballots?

Two people had questions about paper ballots in Indiana, so we tracked down the answers as part of our Inquire Indiana project.

October 11, 2018

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IU Gets $300K Grant To Preserve Angel Mounds Artifacts

The Angel Mounds Collection at IU's Bloomington campus comprises 2.8 million objects recovered there from 1939 to 1983.

October 9, 2018

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Climate Change Most Popular Question Topic For Senate Candidates

The Indiana Debate Commission received more questions about climate change for Monday night's Senate debate than any other topic.

October 5, 2018

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New Program Gives Healthcare Workers Easier Access To Human Trafficking Training

More cases of human trafficking are being identified across the country each year, including in Indiana. A new program offers an easier way to train healthcare workers to identify and respond to human trafficking.

October 5, 2018

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Human Trafficking, Superintendent Not Running For Re-Election

Human trafficking experts launch new webinar training for physicians and nurses. Indiana’s top education official announced she won’t be seeking a second term. And one Hoosier had a simple question: what to do with old weed killer?

October 5, 2018

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Vigo Co. Commissioners Facing Backlash For Proposed Jail Site

Some council members say the commissioners are seeking approval for that location in a way that cuts the city council out of the process.

October 5, 2018

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Mathers Museum Exhibit Showcases 'Fantasy Coffins' From Ghana

The Ga people of Ghana make coffins in the shape of animals, objects and food to bury their dead in. The exhibit runs through mid-December.

October 5, 2018

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Inquire Indiana: How Do You Properly Dispose Of Pesticide?

As part of our project Inquire Indiana, Bloomington resident Eric Rensberger wanted to know how to properly dispose of his weed killer.

October 1, 2018

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Indiana Schools Chief Will Not Seek A Second Term

Superintendent Jennifer McCormick said Monday that she has ruled out another run in 2020. McCormick is in her first term after ousting her Democratic predecessor Glenda Ritz in 2016.

October 1, 2018

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Barrel-Aged Beer Trend Turns Underground Industry Mainstream

As barrel-aged beer becomes increasingly popular, the need for barrels is creating a large industry of its own.

September 28, 2018

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Teachers Running For Office

An unprecedented number of teachers are running for office. Plus, we spend time with a Hoosier farmer in an era of agricultural tariffs. And, the growing popularity of barrel-aged beers is creating new business opportunities.

September 28, 2018

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A Day In The Fields With A Hoosier Farmer During Harvest

Harvest season is underway, a bit earlier than usual. We spent a day in the fields with a farmer in Clay County to see how being put in the cross-hairs of the trade war is affecting farmers.

September 28, 2018

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Tonight On 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Teachers Running For Office

An unprecedented number of teachers are running for office. Plus, we spend time with a Hoosier farmer in an era of agricultural tariffs. And, the growing popularity of barrel-aged beers is creating new business opportunities.

September 28, 2018

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Hoosier Teachers Running For State Office, Joining National Trend

Teachers across the country are running for office, with campaigns focusing on the key issues that led to massive teacher protests earlier this year: school funding and pay.

September 21, 2018

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' I-69 Martinsville, Wind Farms

INDOT wants to close state road 37 in Martinsville for much of 2021. Plus, nothing says fall like persimmons in Indiana. And proposed wind farm projects in central Indiana are facing opposition because of health worries.

September 21, 2018

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Tonight On 'Indiana Newsdesk:' I-69 Martinsville, Wind Farms

INDOT wants to close state road 37 in Martinsville for much of 2021. Plus, nothing says fall like persimmons in Indiana. And proposed wind farm projects in central Indiana are facing opposition because of health worries.

September 21, 2018

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County, City Leaders In Stalemate Over Convention Center Hotel

The stalemate is between Monroe County and City of Bloomington leaders over whether Sun Development’s Embassy Suites should receive the bid as the private hotel developer.

September 21, 2018

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Police Drones Dramatically Shorten Wait Times At Crash Sites

Police are using drones to more quickly analyze a crash scene. They say it reduces traffic shutdown time and makes the investigations safer.

September 21, 2018

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Should Hoosiers Near Wind Farms Worry About Their Health?

There’s not a lot of research that definitively links turbines to negative health outcomes. We looked into some of these concerns and what scientists have to say.

September 21, 2018

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Region's Persimmon Pride On Display At Annual Festival

Southern Indiana's soil and climate allows persimmons to thrive.

September 18, 2018

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Downtown Martinsville Businesses Optimistic About Plan To Close Part Of SR-37

The Indiana Department of Transportation wants to close the stretch of SR-37 from SR-39 to Morgan Street for one construction season in order to expedite I-69 construction.

September 14, 2018

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Buffering: Rural Hoosiers Without Internet Hope State Grants Will Help

$100 million in grant funding was dedicated as part of Governor Eric Holcomb's infrastructure plan.

September 14, 2018

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Rural Broadband, Lee Hamilton

The economic possibilities of rural broadband and the potential hurdles. How one county is dealing with jail overcrowding. And former Indiana Congressman Lee Hamilton on why the threat of global extremism is worse today than 17 years ago.

September 14, 2018

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Tonight On 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Rural Broadband, Lee Hamilton

The economic possibilities of rural broadband and the potential hurdles. How one county is dealing with jail overcrowding. And former Indiana Congressman Lee Hamilton on why the threat of global extremism is worse today than 17 years ago.

September 14, 2018

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Inquire Indiana: What Is That Thing Behind Lowe's In Bloomington?

Our next question from our ‘Inquire Indiana’ segment comes from a viewer who wants to know more about a public art sculpture.

September 11, 2018

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Lee Hamilton: Global Extremism Threat Has Grown Since 9/11

A report written by a group of experts that included former Democratic Rep. Lee Hamilton of Indiana says violent extremism has grown since the Sept. 11 attacks and poses a greater global threat today.

September 7, 2018

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Civil Forfeiture, Micro Scholarships

Part two of our series on civil forfeiture, the governor says the I-69 project will be finished ahead of schedule thanks to $600 million. Plus a new type of scholarship is inspiring students to think about the expense of college much sooner.

September 7, 2018

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Tonight On 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Civil Forfeiture, Micro Scholarships

Part two of our series on civil forfeiture, the governor says the I-69 project will be finished ahead of schedule thanks to $600 million. Plus a new type of scholarship is inspiring students to think about the expense of college much sooner.

September 7, 2018

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How Micro-Scholarships Help Highschoolers Plan Early For College Financing

As the cost of higher education increases, a program lets high school students earn small scholarships with things like getting good grades, playing a sport, or visiting a college campus.

September 7, 2018

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Do Indiana's Civil Forfeiture Laws Violate The State Constitution?

Indiana police seized more than $3 million in cash and property during fiscal year 2017. But a Marion County court case challenges what happens to that money.

September 4, 2018

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State Announces $1B Infrastructure Investment, Moves Up I-69 Completion Date

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Tuesday the state will invest $1 billion in infrastructure projects, including speeding up construction of I-69 Section 6 by three years.

August 31, 2018

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Truck Driver Shortage, Jimmy Carter Home Blitz

Part one of our series on civil forfeitures. Plus, there’s a truck driver shortage. And former President Jimmy Carter and his wife are in Indiana to help build nearly two dozen Habitat for Humanity homes.

August 31, 2018

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Trucking Industry, Drivers Disagree On How To Address Shortage

Currently you can’t drive a semi-truck across state lines unless you’re at least 21. A bill backed by Rep. Trey Hollingsworth (R-Ind.) would lower that to 18.

August 31, 2018

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Tonight On 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Truck Driver Shortage, Jimmy Carter Home Blitz

Part one of our series on civil forfeitures. Plus, there’s a truck driver shortage. And former President Jimmy Carter and his wife are in Indiana to help build nearly two dozen Habitat for Humanity homes.

August 31, 2018

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U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Indiana Civil Forfeiture Case

Police seized Timbs' $42,000 Land Rover after he sold an undercover detective a few hundred dollars worth of heroin. Timbs says that violates the Eighth Amendment's Excessive Fines clause.

August 31, 2018

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True Star Of Franklin College Football Team Inspires From The Sidelines

Emry Himes, who has Down syndrome, is the newest member of the coaching staff. He's inspiring players to look beyond simply winning the game.

August 27, 2018

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David Letterman And Jimmy Carter Launch Habitat Project

Former President Jimmy Carter and comedian David Letterman have helped launch a Habitat for Humanity building blitz in northern Indiana.

August 24, 2018

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Watch ‘Indiana Newsdesk:’ International Students, Prostate Cancer

International student enrollment is declining. A new program at Purdue University is helping young scientists launch their own experiments. Plus, Indiana scientists are working on innovative ways to diagnose prostate cancer.

August 24, 2018

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New Purdue Program Provides Supplies For Zero Gravity Experimentation

Purdue University has launched a program that aims to help young scientists everywhere run their own experiments in zero gravity.

August 24, 2018

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IU And VA Study Aims To Develop Better Test For Prostate Cancer

Researchers are working to develop a more reliable, less invasive way to detect prostate cancer. And, you might be surprised to find out what they’ve come up with

August 24, 2018

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Tonight On ‘Indiana Newsdesk:’ International Students, Prostate Cancer

International student enrollment is declining. A new program at Purdue University is helping young scientists launch their own experiments. Plus, Indiana scientists are working on innovative ways to diagnose prostate cancer.

August 24, 2018

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Tale Of Two Cities: Bike Share Programs Vary From Place To Place

Bloomington's new bike share is significantly different than Columbus' which started in 2016.

August 24, 2018

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Higher Ed Leaders Want To See International Enrollment Trend Reversed

Universities across the country are experiencing dips in the number of international students studying at their institutions.

August 17, 2018

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Watch ‘Indiana Newsdesk:’ Truancy Court, Light Pollution

We take you to a school that’s using a truancy court to learn how they can help families get their kids to school. A visit to the forest to see how researchers are working to measure light pollution.

August 17, 2018

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Engineers Seek 'Dark Sky' Designation For Hoosier National Forest

In a bid to earn coveted International Dark Sky status, Indiana University engineers are putting high tech sensors in the Hoosier National Forest.

August 17, 2018

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Brown County Residents Rally Behind Campaign For New Skate Park

A student-led campaign to bring a new teen recreation park to Nashville, Indiana is nearly halfway to it's fundraising goal.

August 17, 2018

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More Indiana Schools Adopting Truancy Courts To Connect Families With Resources

An increasing number of Indiana school districts are turning to truancy courts to address issues with chronic absences. But, the focus isn’t on punishing students.

August 16, 2018

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Friday On ‘Indiana Newsdesk:’ Truancy Court, Light Pollution

We take you to a school that’s using a truancy court to learn how they can help families get their kids to school. A visit to the forest to see how researchers are working to measure light pollution.

August 15, 2018

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Donnelly Meets With Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) says he’ll continue to review Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s record and watch his confirmation hearing before he decides whether to back him.

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