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5:18 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Known Affectionately as the Angel of Death

The author and Ollie.

It's time.  The New Year is in full swing, already a little frayed around the edges.  What resolutions were hastily made at the end of December are by now already achieved or have accommodated themselves to reality.  The snow, which arrived so unceremoniously at the beginning of the month, has seeped under every door, laying salty waste to carpet and hardwood alike.

Outside, one of our giant inflatable lawn ornaments last week simply gave up and lay down.  Ollie the penguin, my trusty glow-in-the-dark companion, is now no more than a few strings connected to a puddle of vinyl.

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1:27 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Pence Terminates Development Of Controversial JustIN Site

In a statement, the governor said the decision came after "thorough review of the preliminary planning and careful consideration of the concerns expressed."
Photo: Gretchen Frazee/WFIU News Gov. Mike Pence announced Thursday he's terminating development of the JustIN site immediately. In an e-mailed statement, Pence says the decision came after "thorough review of the preliminary planning and careful consideration of the concerns expressed."
1:19 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Indiana Farmers See Record Popcorn Crop

Farmers in the Hoosier state planted a total of 91,000 acres of corn used to make popcorn.
Indiana farmers saw a record popcorn crop last year, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Farmers planted a total of 91,000 acres of corn used to make popcorn - more than ever before. The state's production totaled 432 million pounds of corn.
1:14 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Strict Vaccine Requirements Could Prevent Outbreaks

Indiana’s relatively strict vaccination requirements could put the state at less risk of widespread outbreaks of vaccine-preventable illnesses.
The number of measles cases in California continues to rise in what has become the state's worst outbreak in more than a decade. California is one of 17 states that offer vaccine exemptions based on personal beliefs. All but two states offer religious exemptions. Indiana only allows vaccine exemptions in cases where religious beliefs are involved.
10:08 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Ritz To Testify Against Making Superintendent Appointed

The House Education Committee is meeting Thursday to continue its discussion on HB 1486 and begin discussion on a bill that would make the state superintendent an appointed position, not elected. Currently, the Superintendent of Public Instruction is an elected official, but if HB 1609 passes that would change.
10:06 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Microbeads Ban Clears House Committee

Micro-beads are found in a wide variety of beauty and personal products, and researchers say they're showing up in the water system.
A House committee Wednesday unanimously passed a bill that would make Indiana one of the first states in the nation to ban the use of tiny plastic particles known as microbeads in personal care products. Microbeads are found in a wide variety of beauty and personal products, including soaps, lotions and even toothpaste.
4:39 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Bill To Legalize Sawed-Off Shotguns Passes Senate Panel

Federal law allows people to manufacture, sell, and own sawed-off shotguns, also known as short barrel shotguns, but Indiana law does not.
A Senate panel Wednesday approved legislation legalizing the possession, sale and use of sawed-off shotguns. Federal law allows people to manufacture, sell, and own sawed-off shotguns, also known as short barrel shotguns. But Indiana law doesn't - and Sen. Jim Tomes, R-Wadesville, wants to change that.
4:37 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Pence Administration Will Consult Press Orgs On Just IN Site

Pence’s communications director Christy Denault says the original intent of the Just IN news service was to serve as a clearinghouse for press releases.
Photo: Gov. Mike Pence Pence administration officials say they'll work with press organizations to carefully evaluate the proposed state news service before it's unveiled to the public. Pence's communications director Christy Denault says the original intent of the Just IN news service was to serve as a clearinghouse, a "one-stop shop," for press releases from all state agencies.
4:31 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Indiana Sees Increase In Union Membership

Union membership in Indiana has risen for the past two years despite the enactment of the right-to-work law in 2012.
Photo: Bill Shaw Indiana experienced an increase in labor union membership in 2014, according to the latest U.S. Labor Department report. Two years after Indiana became a right-to-work state, the state saw union membership rise to 10.7 percent of the labor force in 2014, up from 9.3 percent in 2013.
4:27 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

French Lick Resort Reports Possible Credit Card Theft

The resort says any visitors between April 23, 2014 and Jan. 21, 2015 who used a credit card may have had their information stolen.
French Lick Resort announced yesterday that a possible compromise to its credit card system occurred on Jan. 13, putting employees and customers at risk. The resort said in a press release that any visitors between April 23, 2014 and Jan. 21, 2015 who used a credit card may have had their information stolen.

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