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CLOVERDALE, Ind. (AP) — The owner of a western Indiana ethanol plant is blaming its shut down on the Trump administration allowing some refineries to not blend ethanol with gasoline as required under federal law.

South Dakota-based ethanol producer Poet says it will cease production by mid-October at its Cloverdale plant, one of four it operates in Indiana. A company notification says 50 workers will lose jobs from the closure.

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Indiana State Police have released information about a passenger on board a bus in Porter County trying to commandeer it while it was being operated on I-94 in Porter County. Read more from the release below.

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A grant competition from the state’s largest early learning nonprofit aims to address so-called child care deserts. The group will offer up to $1 million of funding for at least 10 recipients, to improve access to high-quality early education services.

State Revenues Begin New Fiscal Year Roughly On Target

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Indiana began its new fiscal year with tax collections that were roughly on target with where the state wants them to be.

The state didn’t take in as much money in taxes in July as budget writers planned. But it was close – just $2 million less than anticipated. That’s only 0.2 percent off the mark.

And most major tax categories outperformed expectations – individual and corporate income taxes came in above target. That’s especially positive for corporate tax collections, which have exceeded projections for six consecutive months.

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There are new allegations from the women suing Attorney General Curtis Hill and the state over accusations Hill groped them last year.

Three legislative staffers – Samantha Lozano, Gabrielle McLemore, and Niki DaSilva – and Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon (D-Munster) sued Curtis Hill and the state earlier this year. They level allegations of sexual harassment and employment retaliation.

A new filing in that case claims Lozano reported “unwelcome and inappropriate advances” by a male member of the General Assembly to the House Democratic chief of staff this past spring.

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A consumer advocate group says Indiana Michigan Power doesn’t need most of its proposed $172 million rate increase. Under I&M’s proposal, customers’ monthly bills would go up by more than 11 percent — an increase of about $21 for a typical resident. 

The utility says it would go to pay for things like smart meters and electric vehicle charging stations.

But Anthony Swinger with the Office of Utility Consumer Counselor says I&M also wants to offer a discount for customers that use more than 900 kilowatt hours a month — mostly businesses and industrial companies.

Loretta Rush Reappointed As Indiana Chief Justice

Aug 21, 2019
Indiana Courts

Loretta Rush will continue to serve as Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court for another five years.

The state’s Judicial Nominating Commission officially reappointed her Wednesday.

Rush’s reappointment as chief justice was a foregone conclusion as the commission formally met with each member of the five-person court. The other justices talked about challenges the court system faces and praised Rush for her leadership.

Justice Christopher Goff called the chief a "stellar attorney" and a "stellar person," noting, in particular, her humility.

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Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Ogden Dunes) became the first Democrat to announce a 2020 bid for Attorney General Wednesday.

Democrats are hoping to win a race for the office for the first time in more than two decades.

Tallian, an attorney, has served in the Indiana Senate since 2005. She’s been a leader in her caucus on foreclosure and pension issues. And she’s perhaps best known by many as the General Assembly’s fiercest advocate for marijuana legalization.

Not A 'Tattooed Guy': Larry Bird Wants Mural Changed

Aug 21, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Larry Bird likes the mural but not the tatts.

A lawyer for the former NBA star has asked an artist to remove certain tattoos from a large painting of Bird on an Indianapolis multi-family residence. The tattoos include two rabbits mating on his right arm and a spider web on a shoulder.

Artist Jules Muck painted Bird in a blue basketball uniform. It's a replica of a 1977 Sports Illustrated cover when he played for Indiana State.

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Activists rallied against the high cost of prescription drugs, outside of U.S. Sen. Todd Young’s (R-Ind.) Indianapolis office Tuesday. The group wants the senator to lead the way to lower drug prices.


Planned Parenthood plans to stop taking money from the federal Title X program. That has some health providers worried about the potential impact on rural and low-income Hoosiers. 

HHS officials say organizations ultimately had to make a decision – comply and continue to receive federal funding or provide abortion services and lose federal dollars. 

Bayer, Elanco Animal Health Reach $7.6 Billion Agreement

Aug 21, 2019
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Indiana-based Elanco Animal Health is set to become the second largest animal health company in the world. The company announced the $7.6 billion agreement with Bayer Tuesday. 

The acquisition would expand Elanco’s business in the cattle industry and the growing companion animal market.

Indiana State Department of Agriculture director Bruce Kettler says he hopes the announcement could bring additional jobs to Indiana.

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An online learning company will soon be given state funding to help adults get their high school diploma. It’s the first organization approved to receive grant money from the Workforce Diploma Reimbursement fund.

The Governor’s Workforce Cabinet approved reimbursements for Graduation Alliance up to $6,750 for each eligible Hoosier adult who receives a high school diploma in their program. Its classes offer a mixture of online assignments as well as phone calls and texts with a teacher.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Federal health officials say 11 Indiana residents with a history of vaping have been stricken with severe respiratory illnesses.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tracked 94 cases of the illnesses in 14 states since June. The agency says some patients grew so ill they needed a ventilator to help them breathe, but improved when treated with steroids.

All of the patients reported having used e-cigarettes in the weeks or months before falling ill.

Federal agents say a truck driver warned that he would commit a mass shooting at a church in Memphis, Tennessee, on Thursday.

Court records filed Monday say Thomas Matthew McVicker was apprehended in Indianapolis before the plan could be carried out.

An FBI special agent says in an affidavit that McVicker made "credible threats to conduct a mass shooting and suicide."

McVicker's friend in southern Alabama this month told a Florida FBI agent that McVicker was considering "shooting a church up" or killing people on the street.