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Research shows that daily exposure to preschool education creates a firm foundation for an academic career and improves chances of success later in life. But in Indiana, children who get these opportunities are in the minority.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Republican lawmakers in Indiana are rolling back the language in a series of bills they said would increase transparency around school curricula, after the proposals drew national attention and widespread opposition.

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SOUTH BEND — The Studebaker National Museum harbors a bullet-nosed car that Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem — that woolly-headed band of textile rockers in “The Muppet Movie” — once gave a psychedelic paint job.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Health announced Wednesday that Hoosiers ages 12 to 15 who received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least five months ago are now eligible to receive a booster dose following approval from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and FDA.

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As the state and nation recover from the economic fallout of COVID-19, millions of workers have left their jobs, and companies across the country have resorted to sign-on bonuses and other incentives to recruit much-needed help.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers formally started the 2022 legislative session Tuesday, announcing their priorities for the upcoming weeks and shirking COVID-19 safety protocols with no masks or social distancing.

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INDIANAPOLIS — At the top of Gov. Eric Holcomb's priorities for the 2022 legislative session is eliminating the 30% business personal property tax on new equipment, enabling the state to compete with neighboring states that have lower tax hurdles.

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PORTER, Ind. — For Deborah Armstrong, knowing that blue water fills the background of the the Indiana Dunes National Park brochure, is useless. Armstrong, who is blind, helped Indiana Dunes develop a new audio-described brochure, pushing the park to paint a vivid picture of the park.

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INDIANAPOLIS — In a Wednesday press conference, Gov. Eric Holcomb fired back at recent comments from Attorney General Todd Rokita questioning the validity of the state’s COVID-19 reporting and nearly 14 hours of legislative testimony rife with misinformation.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Commotion in some school districts over topics ranging from COVID-19 mask mandates to teaching about racial injustice has Indiana Republican lawmakers looking at steps they argue will give parents more sway over what happens in classrooms.

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COLUMBIA CITY — A northeastern Indiana priest has agreed to plead guilty to child solicitation and sexual battery charges for allegedly sexually abusing a teenage girl and a young woman.

INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb is directing flags to be flown at half-staff to honor the life of former Sen. Bob Dole. Flags should be flown at half-staff at the Indiana Statehouse immediately until sunset on Thursday.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Legislators from across Indiana headed to the Statehouse on Tuesday for the official kickoff of Organization Day, the ceremonial start of the Indiana General Assembly.

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Just one day after Sine Die, the official end, of the 2021 session, legislators started the 2022 session Tuesday by introducing a resolution to terminate the statewide public health emergency declared on March 6, 2020, by executive order.

INDIANAPOLIS — The House and congressional district maps moved through the House chamber on first reading, with 63 representatives voting to move the maps to second reading against 30 "no" votes.

INDIANAPOLIS – Ahead of public testimony on proposed district maps for Indiana’s nine congressional districts and 100 house districts, Republican map makers emphasized their priorities for new maps: compactness and maintaining communities of interest.

Over the next few weeks, the Indiana General Assembly will reconvene in the state capital to hammer out the final details for district maps, bringing the much-delayed redistricting process to an end and publishing new maps for Hoosiers to use in the coming decade.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is investigating the cause of a fish kill reported Saturday in Wildcat Creek in the Foster Park area.

BREMEN — The Indiana State Police will be working next week with Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia state police agencies for what is known as the Six-State Trooper Project.

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Some bills passed by the 2021 Indiana Legislature remain in legal limbo, including legislation that would allow the General Assembly to call itself into session.

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This year, with increasing numbers of Hoosiers being fully vaccinated and a growing sense that the worst of the pandemic has passed, Indiana State Parks officials expect business to boom again.

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INDIANAPOLIS — More than 30 Indiana Senate Republicans joined the growing list of politicians calling for Indiana University to reverse course and rescind its COVID-19 vaccine requirement for students and staff, saying they had “grave concerns.”

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Just weeks after state health officials opened up COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all Hoosiers ages 16 and older, regulators have seen a decline in demand even as case numbers increase.

INDIANAPOLIS — In an unusual and historic year, lawmakers left the state capitol Thursday without finishing all of their 2021 business, purposefully leaving without filing the “sine die” motion to mark the end of session.

On Friday, police arrested a Kokomo man — listed on the Kokomo School Corporation’s website as a kindergarten teacher at Elwood Haynes Elementary School — after they say he was engaged in the possession and distribution of child pornography.

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A bill regulating hospital relationships with their patients and communities inspired several amendments in the closing weeks of the 2021 session, with Indiana lawmakers attempting to amend Senate Bill 325 to ban “vaccine passports” and drug price transparency on Monday.

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Within hours, lawmakers passed two bills through committees that would impact the health of pregnant women, but the principles of the two bills conflict.

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The Republican Party holds the Indiana governor’s office, supermajorities in both legislative chambers and the majority of county-level elected offices.

INDIANAPOLIS — In contrast to the “tsunami” of bills nationwide restricting ballot access after the 2020 elections, voting bills in Indiana have yielded some “modest” steps forward, according to voting advocates and bill sponsors.

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In the year since Bette Mathias had gone to church much had changed — masks, hand sanitizer and social distancing replaced the hugging she remembered but, after so much time away, it was welcomed.

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