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Teachers have rallied at schools and the statehouse all year to push for better pay and more respect for their profession, and last month teachers throughout the state flocked to the governor’s teacher pay commission input meetings to reinforce an idea: Indiana’s education policy doesn’t respect public educators. 

Buttigieg Racing To Build Person-To-Person Network In Iowa

Sep 2, 2019
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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In the back of a West Des Moines brew pub, a dozen supporters of Pete Buttigieg sipped craft beer and wine, scribbling members of their social circles on campaign worksheets — clubs, yoga groups, jobs, school organizations.

Thousands Join In Annual Walk Across Mackinac Bridge

Sep 2, 2019
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ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — Light rain let up as thousands of people started the 62nd Labor Day walk across the Mackinac Bridge.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana family is suing Juul Labs Inc., accusing it of making electronic cigarettes that contain excessively high levels of nicotine without warning that they're addictive.

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UPDATE:

Indiana State Police say the girl's body was found in a shed behind her Gas City home. Her body was hidden in a trash bag. 

Read the entire release from Indiana State Police here: 

Gas City – This morning at approximately 3:00 a.m., the four day search for missing 10-year-old Skylea Carmack has come to a tragic end. Skylea’s body was located in a shed behind her Gas City home. She was hidden inside a plastic trash bag.

This morning, Amanda Carmack, 34, was arrested for the murder of Skylea Carmack, neglect of a dependent resulting in death, domestic battery resulting in death, and strangulation. She is currently incarcerated at the Grant County Jail. Amanda Carmack was Skylea’s step mother.

Preliminary evidence indicates Skylea was killed approximately between the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., on Saturday, August the 31, 2019. Preliminary evidence indicates she was strangled. An autopsy will be conducted to verify her cause of death. 

The Indiana State Police was assisted by multiple law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and community volunteers during the search for Skylea. The various agencies provided equipment, man power, intelligence gathering, and a host of other needed resources in an effort to find her. The agencies are too many to list in a press release, but their assistance was greatly appreciated.  

 

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Police throughout Indiana are now searching for a missing 10-year-old girl from Gas City.

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WINAMAC, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana river that's considered one of the nation's most ecologically diverse waterways is significantly cleaner thanks to a group of volunteers.

About 50 volunteers pulled more than one ton of trash and debris from the Tippecanoe River last week during a cleanup that began near the Tippecanoe River State Park and extended downstream about 20 miles.

Volunteer Beth DuBois says those who donated their time to the cleanup "want to keep our river clean for the next generation."

Sports Betting On In Indiana, Governor Bets On Home Teams

Sep 1, 2019
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SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Sports betting is underway in Indiana, with Gov. Eric Holcomb placing a bet at the Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville.

Indiana Casinos Ready For Start Of Sports Wagering Sunday

Aug 31, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Three casinos are set with celebrations to mark Indiana becoming the 12th state allowing sports betting.

Casinos near Indianapolis, Chicago and Cincinnati plan on taking their first sports wagers on Sunday as a new state law adopted this spring takes effect.

Gov. Eric Holcomb's office says he'll place the inaugural bet at Indiana Grand casino near Shelbyville. Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka is expected for the festivities at the Ameristar Casino in East Chicago, while the Hollywood casino in Lawrenceburg is also opening its on-site sportsbook.

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High school students got a chance to explore career options at Area 31 Career Center at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis Friday. Dozens of industry representatives set up booths to attract students to learn more about their trade.

Students from 11 school districts attended the annual Partnership Day at Area 31 Career Center to meet representatives from companies, trade groups, technical colleges and the military. 

Farmers In All Indiana Counties Can Seek Disaster Aid

Aug 31, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Eric Holcomb says farmers in all 92 Indiana counties are eligible for disaster assistance from the federal government after excessive rain and flooding.

The governor's office says farmers can apply for low interest loans to restore or replace property, pay for living expenses, refinance certain debts and reorganize. They must show at least a 30 percent loss in crop production or a physical loss to livestock, livestock products or real estate.

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch says it's been an "unprecedented year for Indiana farmers."

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State officials say the 40th cougar report in Michigan since 2008 has been confirmed.

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Since it became a national park, the number of visitors at Indiana Dunes has gone up dramatically. 

Lorelei Weimer is the executive director of Indiana Dunes Tourism. She says she wasn’t sure if the name change would have any effect on visitorship, since the National Park Service doesn’t do much of any marketing. Weimer says the media attention to the change played a major role.

So far this year, the park’s visitor center saw more people than it has in any of the past eight years – and the year isn’t over. June and July visitor numbers alone have doubled since last year.

Indiana Governor 'Disgusted' By Texts Official Sent Intern

Aug 30, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb says he's "disgusted" by inappropriate text messages that a top official from the state's child welfare agency sent to a college intern before he abruptly resigned in July.

Holcomb commented on Todd Meyer's resignation from the state Department of Child Services after The Indianapolis Star published a story Thursday about dozens of personal texts he had sent to the female intern, sometimes late at night and on weekends.

Among other things, he texted that he wanted to "hang out" with her.

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Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie says he’s encouraged by progress at his agency, even as more work is needed.

Wilkie addressed the American Legion national convention in Indianapolis this week.

The VA has been beset by problems and scandals stretching back years – inadequate care, lengthy wait times. In recognition of that, Wilkie points to the MISSION Act, which gives veterans more options for care.

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April of next year marks the six-year anniversary of the start of the Flint Water Crisis. That’s significant… because state law gives prosecutors six years to charge public officials for misconduct.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk about an effort to extend the statute of limitations in those cases.

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