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A state House bill would require utilities to get the state’s permission before shutting down a coal plant — at least until Indiana can develop a statewide energy plan. 

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Pete Buttigieg finds himself in a place that he could hardly have contemplated when he began running for president a year ago: He likely cannot finish lower than second in the Iowa caucuses if he wants to advance in the Democratic presidential nominating campaign.

Each of the top four candidates within reach of the lead in Iowa faces his or her own version of the challenge.

But the 38-year-old former mayor of a midsize Midwestern city has a particularly high burden of proof in his bid to win the right to face President Donald Trump.

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Elkhart County residents gathered at the Lerner Theatre Wednesday night for something called “The Big Event.” It was a chance for people to show their pride in Elkhart .

The Vibrant Communities Organization hosted the event. It’s an initiative that aims to highlight all the good things about Elkhart County and continue to make improvements.

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Mishawaka High School presented the board of trustees Wednesday night with a new plan they’ve been using to discourage students from vaping.

The new disciplinary plan requires students caught with vaping products, or other drugs, on school grounds to go to education classes with the district’s DARE officer. It also involves the Mishawaka Police Department that gives out citations to students under 18-years-old and $145 tickets for repeat offenses.

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Businesses in Indiana and around the country need to be more proactive in evaluating their security systems to prevent cyber threats.

The biggest vulnerability many businesses face when it comes to cybersecurity often comes from employees. 

FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Robert Middleton says that includes clicking on phishing emails and other spoof messages.

He says cybersecurity threats are growing not just in Indiana, but around the world.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers have rolled back a proposal that aimed to require a poster with the national motto “In God We Trust” and the American and state flags be displayed in all public school classrooms.

The Indiana Senate education committee modified the bill to make the poster optional before voting Wednesday to advance it to the full Senate.

The bill originally required the posters be at least 11 inches by 17 inches, with the letters of “In God We Trust” a minimum 4 inches tall.

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A bill going to the Senate floor would create a program for high schoolers to try out careers while performing community service, called the Indiana Youth Service Program. 

The program would last for 10 weeks during the summer between a high school student’s junior and senior years. Public or private high school students could apply. A pilot group of students would be selected by a panel based on their curiosity, work ethic, and desire to serve others.

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A bill to ban drivers from holding cell phones while driving unanimously passed a House committee Wednesday.

The legislation, a priority of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s, now heads to the House floor.

Indiana Lawmakers Consider Requiring Youth Bicycle Helmets

Jan 22, 2020
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Safety advocates are pushing for an Indiana law requiring all youths to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle, skateboard or skates on public property.

A bill discussed Tuesday by the Indiana House public safety committee would give police officers the option to issue tickets with maximum $25 fines to violators under age 18 or impound the riding device until the child is shown to have a proper helmet.

Jail Expansion Being Debated In Marshall County

Jan 22, 2020
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Marshall County Commissioners voted Tuesday to gather more information before moving forward on a possible expansion of the county’s jail. 

The South Bend Community School Corporation is holding two community meetings today to discuss a possible innovation school within Washington High School. 

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Notre Dame has announced that the limited tickets for the first U.S. presidential debate on campus on Sept. 29 will go exclusively to students currently enrolled at N.D. 

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The Indiana House easily approved legislation Tuesday raising the legal age to smoke and vape to 21.

The measure focuses on enforcement, since Congress recently raised the age as well. It makes it easier for retailers who sell to those underage to rack up higher fines and even get their licenses suspended – which retailers have complained about.

But Rep. Ed DeLaney (D-Indianapolis) says the bill doesn’t go far enough in helping stop young people from getting addicted to nicotine.

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A bill passed by the Indiana House Tuesday would ban companies from mandatory microchipping of employees. Although it seems like science fiction, the practice is growing more common in Europe and Asia.

Tesla Can Sell Vehicles In Michigan Under Legal Settlement

Jan 21, 2020
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Tesla will be able to sell and service its vehicles in the back yard of Detroit's three automakers under a lawsuit settlement, a person briefed on the matter says.

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