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Some South Dakota farmers are unhappy with industrial ag getting conservation funds; Texas judge allows abortion in Cox case; Native tribes express concern over Nevada's clean energy projects.

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The Colorado Supreme Court weighs barring Trump from office, Georgia Republicans may be defying a federal judge with a Congressional map splitting a Black majority district and fake electors in Wisconsin finally agree Biden won there in 2020.

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Texas welcomes more visitors near Big Bend but locals worry the water won't last, those dependent on Colorado's Dolores River fear the same but have found common ground solutions, and a new film highlights historical healthcare challenges in rural Appalachia.


A fire in Columbus leaves a family of eight homeless, another fire in New Castle leaves two dead, four members of Newfields associate board resign, college presidents testified this week before a congressional committee about their concerns over the increase of antisemitism on college campuses, and a high percentage of Indiana's third graders are failing reading skills.


A study on reveals a 6 1/2-foot artificial Christmas tree would have to be used for at least 12 years for it to be more ecofriendly than a real Christmas tree. (Adobe Stock)

Friday, December 8, 2023

Real vs. artificial tree: Which is better for the environment?

Hoosiers could get their holiday trees from any of about 200 tree farms in the state, according to the Indiana Christmas Tree Growers Association…

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Indiana's three neighboring states - Illinois, Michigan and Ohio - have already legalized using recreational marijuana and in Kentucky, it is allowed for legal use medicinally. (Adobe stock)

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Neighboring states leave Indiana behind in 'cloud of smoke'

Most Hoosiers are okay with legalizing marijuana -- 85% approve, according to a poll from Indiana Public Radio and Ball State University. However…

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According to the latest MLA survey, college-level enrollments in languages other than English peaked in 2009 at almost 1.7 million. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Colleges see big drop in foreign-language enrollments

Fewer college students are taking foreign language courses, and a new report warns this could affect how well students are prepared for a globalized …

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The Thrive Indianapolis Annual Report 2022 says Indianapolis has been recognized as a Tree City USA for 35 consecutive years. (Adobe Stock)
Indy, Bloomington recognized for environmental action plans

Bloomington and Indianapolis are getting some international recognition for the work they're doing to help the environment. The two have been named …

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Ryan White died in April 1990. He is buried in Cicero, Ind. (Joe Ulery)
World AIDS Day 35: Remember and Commit

As World AIDS Day turns 35, the mother of an Indiana teen who became the public face of the disease is a reminder of the importance of never …

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Data from the report
Shoppers' guide directs people to products 'Made in America'

Consumer watchdogs say Black Friday sales might have set records this year, as retailers offer deep discounts to get shoppers into their stores…

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A Small Business Consumer Insights Survey found projected spending among U.S. consumers who shopped at independent retailers and restaurants on Small Business Saturday in 2022 reached an estimated $17.9 billion. (Adobe Stock)
Small Business Saturday highlights survival, growth of entrepreneurs

Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, an opportunity for small businesses to market their products and services out of the shadows of "big-box" stores …

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The Indiana Department of Natural Resources launched the Sportsmen's Benevolence Fund, recently renamed Indiana Hunt for Hunger, in 2008 to create an easy way for hunters to help fight food insecurity in the state. (Adobe Stock)
Hoosier hunters team with food banks to fight hunger

Indiana food banks are in dire need of meat for families who simply cannot afford to buy it at the grocery store and local hunters are doing their par…

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WGU Indiana stresses existing partnerships and creating new partnerships between higher education and employers will create a jobs pipeline of educated talent. (Adobe Stock)
New urgency to close skills gap between college and employment

Preparing students to find a job straight out of college is not always easy in Indiana. However, barriers graduates must jump to successfully …

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A 2021 AARP report estimates the hourly economic value of unpaid family caregiving in Indiana at $14.61, and those hours add up to $10.8 million per year. (Adobe Stock)
IN family caregivers need more support

About 790,000 Hoosiers are family caregivers for relatives in declining physical or mental health. But Indiana ranks fairly low in support for family …

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According to Clean Grid Alliance, Indiana ranks 19th in the nation for solar power and 12th for wind-energy production. (Adobe stock)
Renewable energy fuels major economic payoffs in rural Indiana

Wind and solar projects are powering a big surge for Indiana's economy. You've probably seen tall wind turbines and row after row of flat panels on …

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The American Psychiatric Association says African Americans are less likely to be offered either evidence-based medication therapy or psychotherapy, compared with the general population. (Adobe Stock)
Wellness center offers mental-health services specific to people of color

No Indiana county has enough mental-health professionals to meet the local needs according to the Rural Health Information Hub. Add to that an …

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