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The ACLU of Indiana is suing the city of Bedford on behalf of a resident who says he was forced to take down yard signs because they violated a local ordinance. The ACLU says the ordinance is unconstitutional.

Samuel Shaw is well-known in Bedford for the signs that, until recently, he displayed in his yard. According to the lawsuit, they conveyed political messages and personal opinions such as “I seek the truth” and “Over the hump with Trump.” At one point in September, Shaw had at least a dozen signs in his yard.

Fadi al-Asmi has learned to adjust his Syrian pastries to American tastes at the City Steam Brewery café in downtown Hartford, Connecticut. "America, chocolate!" he says, as he adjusts his baseball cap and serves his latest chocolate-encrusted confection.

It's not the only thing he's learned since he and his family were catapulted into a new life after arriving as refugees in May.

With the election less than two weeks away, experts say it may be beneficial to step away from contentious discussions.

Dr. Natalie Dattilo is a clinical psychologist and adjunct professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine. She says talking about the election too much can lead to what she calls Election Stress Disorder.

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When someone dies unexpectedly outside of a hospital in Marion County, Alfarena Ballew, chief deputy coroner, gets a call.

A $59 billion merger between Dow and Dupont will be delayed until at least next spring. The hang-up is over the agriculture side of the deal, which could impact thousands of workers in Indiana and the Midwest.

The two huge chemical companies planned to wrap up their merger by the end of this year. But company executives now say regulatory delays could push that into February or March.

The corporations plan to combine and then split into three separate companies: one agriculture, one material sciences and one specialty products.

Voter Registration Group Wants Warrant Unsealed

Oct 28, 2016


More than a month ago, the Indiana State Police began investigating the Indiana Voter Registration Project for possible voter fraud.

That came after reports that some registration applications had missing or incorrect information. The investigation, which spans 56 counties, included a State Police search of the group’s Indianapolis offices.

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Last year, football fans witnessed the Mother of all Michigan-Michigan State games. For the first time in years, both teams were ranked, revved up, and ready to go.

The Spartans moved the ball much better than the Wolverines, but still trailed Michigan until the last play of the game.

How was that possible?

Because Michigan’s fantastic punter, an Australian named Blake O’Neill, was having the game of his life, pinning the Spartans deep in their own end, time and again.  

Investigators were looking into why a charter aircraft carrying Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and more than 40 others slid off the runway Thursday night while landing at LaGuardia Airport in the New York City borough of Queens.

NPR's Scott Detrow reports that Pence, Donald Trump's running mate, and everyone else on board was safe after the jet touched down in stormy weather and just kept going.

If you’ve watched TV or listened to the radio in Indiana the last few months, you’ve probably heard something like this: "Bail out Bayh: a sellout, not a senator."

And this: "Congressman Todd Young will hurt our families."

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis political scientist Aaron Dusso says there’s a reason there are so many of those ads: conventional wisdom in political campaigns is that negative ads help depress turnout for one’s opponent.

Election Places Focus On Affordable Care Act Debate

Oct 27, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS – The success or failure of the Affordable Care Act or ACA, is hotly debated. In Indiana, more than half a million Hoosiers are now covered because of it, but a new federal report indicates that a small percentage of those people will see rising rates.

Q&A With Democratic Gov. Candidate John Gregg

Oct 27, 2016

This story is part of a three-part series showcasing the candidates for Indiana governor. See the Q&A with Libertarian candidate Rex Bell here

Democrat John Gregg got a bit of a head start in the race for governor – he’s spent a year campaigning, while his Republican opponent only became the nominee over the summer. And that’s meant Gregg’s been rolling out policy proposals for months.

NAEP Report Card: IN Students Boost Science Scores, Gaps Remain

Oct 26, 2016

Indiana students are showing gains in fourth grade and eighth grade science scores, and continue to exceed the national average on a closely watched national test.

Despite gains, large achievement gaps remain between white students and their black and Hispanic classmates, according to results released Thursday. While some gender gaps have closed nationally, they are not closing as quickly in Indiana.

Q&A With Libertarian Gov. Candidate Rex Bell

Oct 26, 2016

This story is part of a three-part series showcasing the candidates for Indiana governor. 

Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Rex Bell’s primary goal is, of course, to win his race. But that’s challenging as a third party candidate — and he says influencing the race is a victory, too. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith sat down with Bell to talk about where he stands on issues in the race.

This conversation has been edited for clarity and conciseness:

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story included a tweet and image of one of the students with the flag. That was incorrect. That was from a high school in Texas, and the image and tweet have been removed from the story.

Three students came to school at Bloomington High School North Wednesday wearing Confederate Flags as capes.

The students wore the flags around their necks for the entire school day, which some other students said made them feel unsafe.