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The faster Indiana can transition from coal to renewable energy sources, the better for Indiana customers. That’s the takeaway from a new report prepared for the 21st Century Energy Policy Development Task Force charged with creating a statewide energy plan. 

Applied Economics Clinic researcher Bryndis Woods says more than half of Indiana's coal plants are 40 years old or more and will need expensive repairs in the next 30 years.

Indiana Sees Its First Flu Death Of The Season

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The Indiana State Dept. of Health has announced that the first Hoosier has died in the 2019-2020 flu season. No initial information was released regarding the county where the death occurred or the age of the individual. 

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The first accurate picture of the part of the eye where glaucoma starts has been captured. Researchers out of Indiana University recently accomplished this task.

Even with a microscope, it’s difficult to clearly see the structure of the eye related to glaucoma because of its location, moving fluid and a reflection. 

To correct this, the team of IU researchers adapted mirrors that astronomers use to view stars to see through the eye.

Dr. Thomas Gast is a senior scientist at the IU School of Optometry.

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The four women who say Attorney General Curtis Hill inappropriately touched them took the stand Monday at a state disciplinary hearing.

That was the bulk of day one of a week-long proceeding that sees Hill defending his law license.

Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon (D-Munster) and three legislative staffers – Samantha Lozano, Niki DaSilva and Gabrielle Brock – say Curtis Hill groped them at a party in March 2018.

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Today South Bend's former fire chief, Stephen Cox, was sworn in as the State Fire Marshal of Indiana.

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The 2019 Indiana Manufacturing Survey shows companies are increasingly concerned there aren’t enough workers in the industry. This comes when national unemployment numbers are low – and Indiana’s are even lower.

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PORTER, Ind. (AP) — More than 1,000 acres of the Indiana Dunes National Park will soon be going up in flames during prescribed burns at Indiana's only national park .

The National Park Service says nine prescribed fires planned this fall are expected to torch about 1,100 acres (445 hectares) of the 15,000-acre (6,070-hectare) park.

The agency says the controlled fires promote the park's unique ecosystems that include prairies, marshes and dune-lined beaches by boosting native plants and reducing fire risks.

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana University alumnus who founded a technology company has donated $60 million to IU for the creation of an artificial intelligence center.

ServiceNow founder Fred Luddy made the donation, which is the second-largest private gift IU has ever received. ServiceNow is a cloud computing company based in Santa Clara, California.

Some Indiana Farmers Uncertain Hemp Will Become Profitable

Oct 20, 2019
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WARSAW, Ind. (AP) — Some Indiana farmers have started harvesting their first legal crop of hemp without knowing for certain whether it will be lucrative.

President Donald Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill last December, legalizing hemp.

Since then, Indiana farmers have taken out permits to grow thousands of acres of hemp for its fiber, seed and cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD.

Hemp flowers and seeds can be processed to make materials that include paper, cloth and rope.

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A Purdue University professor and his wife have pleaded guilty to using more that $1 million in federal research funds for their own personal expenses.

Sixty-one-year-old Qingyou Han of West Lafayette is director of Purdue's Center for Materials Processing Research. He and his wife, 53-year-old Lu Shao of Lakewood, Ohio, pleaded guilty Friday to a felony wire fraud charge in federal court in Hammond.

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A high school baseball complex in the southern Indiana city where Papa John's founder began his pizza business will be named in his honor, a year after his name was stripped from a gym over racist remarks.

John Schnatter opened the first Papa John's in Jeffersonville in 1984. He stepped down as CEO in 2017 and later resigned as chair after facing backlash for using racist language during a conference call.

UPDATE: Lawmaker Testifies On Indiana Attorney General Groping Claim

Oct 19, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A state lawmaker says she told a lobbyist that Indiana's attorney general was a "creeper" soon after he allegedly drunkenly groped her at a bar.

Attorney General Curtis Hill looked on Monday as Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon testified about the encounter a party celebrating the end of the 2018 legislative session.

Reardon's testimony opened a potentially weeklong professional misconduct hearing that could lead to sanctions against Hill's law license.

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School counseling services, teacher training, and the governance of education in Indiana could all be changing in 2020. A group of lawmakers studying key education questions have finalized their recommendations for the General Assembly to consider next year.

Indiana Unemployment Hits Best Mark Since 2000

Oct 18, 2019
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Indiana’s unemployment rate hit its best mark in nearly two decades in September, falling again to 3.2 percent.

Yet the news isn't all good – other employment data struggled for the third month in a row.

The state’s unemployment rate has improved four consecutive months, the best streak in about two-and-a-half years. And 3.2 percent is the lowest level since December 2000.

But the state’s private sector shed jobs for the third month in a row – 3,400 positions lost last month. Those losses primarily came from the leisure and hospitality and manufacturing sectors.

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BRISTOL, Ind. (AP) — Police in northern Indiana say an officer fatally shot a suspect who crashed his vehicle into a patrol car during a chase that ended in Michigan.

The Bristol Police Department says in a news release the fleeing suspect led a chase that began in Bristol and ended just over the state line in St. Joseph County, Michigan, where the suspect crashed into a patrol car, slightly injuring one officer, and was shot around 12:30. Friday. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. His name hasn't been released.

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