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Legislation to ban handheld cell phone use while driving appears headed to passage after a Senate committee easily approved the measure.

That’s even as some lawmakers seemed to lower expectations Tuesday about the bill’s potential effectiveness.

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Indiana workforce agencies recognized career education programs, students, and business partnerships across the state Tuesday at the 2020 Career and Technical Education Awards for Excellence ceremony in Indianapolis. 

The Governor’s Workforce Cabinet and the Office of Career Connections and Talent hosted the awards ceremony. Students from high schools and colleges were nominated by teachers for recognition. 

DNR: NW Indiana Fish Kill Likely Caused By `A Natural Event'

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PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — State wildlife officials say that about 200 fish found dead Sunday in a northwestern Indiana river likely died due to natural causes.

The dead shad were found near a Portage, Indiana, marina along the East Branch of the Little Calumet River.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources' communication director, James Brindle, says all indications suggest the fish died from “a natural event."

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A new building for Purdue University's bands and orchestras program will be named after a Florida couple who donated $10 million toward the project.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels announced the donation from Marc and Sharon Hagle on Saturday.

Marc Hagle is president of the Florida-based real estate company Tricor International.

He graduated from Purdue in 1971 with a bachelor's degree and in 1972 with a master's.

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Over a two-year period, Indiana paid at least $1 million for medical coverage for Hoosiers who had already died. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) discovered the problem in a recent audit.

The audit found Indiana Medicaid failed to record death notifications in 2016 and 2017. This led to an estimated $1.1 million in payments to managed care organizations on behalf of dead Hoosiers.

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Teachers once again gathered at the Statehouse, following up on their Red for Ed rally in November. The Indiana Coalition for Public Education demanded action from legislators.

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A disciplinary hearing officer says Attorney General Curtis Hill’s law license should be suspended for 60 days without automatic reinstatement after four women accused him of sexual misconduct.

It’s very unclear whether that would require Hill to leave office.

Tuition Freeze At Purdue Will Continue For 9th Year

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University's president says the school's tuition freeze will continue for a ninth year.

President Mitch Daniels announced Saturday that Purdue's tuition and fees will remain at current levels into the 2021 school year.

Daniels said university officials wanted to let future students and their families plan ahead.

The Lafayette Journal & Courier reports that the university's tuition and fees are at $9,992 a year for in-state students and $28,794 for out-of-state students.

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Indiana lawmakers are trying to ensure low-income families whose children get a paid internship aren’t penalized when it comes to government benefits. 

Jasmine Burditt works for RISE Indy, an education advocacy group. She says Indiana has been emphasizing work-based learning for a few years – things like internships and apprenticeships. But she says government benefit programs haven’t adapted to that model.

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana judge is apologizing for a fight outside an Indianapolis fast-food restaurant during which he and another judge were shot and seriously wounded last year.

Clark County Circuit Judge Andrew Adams and two other judges were temporarily suspended as part of disciplinary action stemming from the May 2019 fight and shooting.

All three have since been reinstated. Adams tells the News and Tribune he was limited in what he could say publicly before his reinstatement, but he now wants to apologize.

Indiana State University To Consider Proposed Vaping ban

Feb 17, 2020
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana State University’s trustees will consider a proposal to add electronic cigarettes to the western Indiana school’s ban on tobacco-related products.

The Terre Haute campus is largely tobacco free under a policy that took effect in 2009, although the school has some designated outdoor smoking areas and it allows people to smoke in private vehicles.

A draft policy that would ban vaping will be presented to ISU's trustees this week.

The Tribune-Star reports that a final policy recommendation will be submitted for May's trustees' meeting.

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The South Bend Museum of Art has posted on their Facebook page that the missing exhibit item that disappeared over the weekend has been returned.  

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Indianapolis is one of the first cities in the United States to pilot 5G wireless services and now the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will become the first motorsports facility with the capability.

The first Indy 500 with Roger Penske as owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is less than 100 days away.

Retiree Donates Share Of Canadian Nickel Mine To Purdue

Feb 16, 2020

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A retired investment adviser has donated a stake in a Canadian nickel mining operation to Purdue University that could eventually produce a big windfall for the school.

Mother Of 3 Kids Killed In Bus Stop Crash Avoids Charges

Feb 15, 2020
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ROCHESTER, Ind. — Prosecutors say a northern Indiana mother of three children killed in a school bus stop crash will not face charges for attacking the driver who had just been sentenced for the crash.

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