Amazon Expects More Cyber Monday Shoppers This Year

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Cyber Monday means a burst of activity at Amazon's four Indiana shipping centers.

With fulfillment centers in Indianapolis, Whitestown, Plainfield and Jeffersonville, Indy is one of 16 metro areas where Amazon Prime customers have the option of requesting delivery within an hour of placing their order.

Spokeswoman Lyn Hart traveled to Whitestown for what she says will be the online retailer's busiest day of the year.

“It’s really steady throughout the day because customers can expect to find deals very frequently,” Hart says. “They can shop throughout the day.”

Johnson County Undergoes Cancer Cluster Investigation

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A meeting to discuss the outcome of a community requested cancer cluster investigation is happening tonight in Johnson County.

The Indiana State Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Management will be on hand to hear from Johnson County residents about concerns over the area’s water supply and how it may or may not tie into cases of childhood cancer. The meeting is being held at Franklin Community High School.

Col. Frederic A. Drummond Jr., Chicago District commander, speaks to Sen. Joe Donnelly during a Congressional Staff tour at Brandon Road Lock and Dam, Joliet, Ill., April 22, 2014.
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U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly says his latest effort on military suicide prevention aims to help servicemembers and veterans connect with mental health providers in their communities.  That follows up on Donnelly’s 2014 legislation that allowed all military members to receive annual mental health screenings.

Senator Joe Donnelly says his latest package of bills, recently signed into law, helps servicemembers find mental health providers attuned to their specific needs.  Donnelly says one way is to expand training beyond traditional mental health providers.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has filed another lawsuit against the state, this time against the Family and Social Services Administration. 

​The newest lawsuit is over Medicaid payments for Hepatitis C treatment.

There is a cure for Hepatitis C, but it can cost as much $100,000. Medicaid programs can get the drugs for cheaper, but they're still expensive. So, to limit the burden on the state, there are requirements. Patients have to have a certain level of liver damage. Or they have to also be infected with HIVr before Medicaid will pay for the treatment.

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Like most high school freshmen, Nash Huffman goes back and forth on what he wants to be when he grows up.

A job at the hospital in his hometown of Noblesville interests him, but today, he really has a knack for reporting, using my microphone to interview his parents:

“So Mommy, tell me about your fears!” he asks his mother, Jan.

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In a week where holiday tournaments are sure to play havoc with national rankings, Purdue's men's basketball team came into Saturday night's game knowing it needed just an average shooting night and a victory over winless Lehigh to improve its own standings in the polls.

However, with 11 teams in the Associated Press top 25 losing in the past week, including four ranked higher than Purdue (Indiana and Cal twice apiece and Arizona and Miami once each), the only accurate shooting the Boilers did in the first half was from the free throw line, where they were 10-of-12.

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The game mattered a lot more to IU, which needed one more victory to become bowl eligible, than to Purdue -- and it showed.

The Hoosiers chewed up 659 yards of total offense -- the second time this season the team has allowed a record-setting number of yards (after giving up 595 versus Illinois) -- and the visitors controlled the momentum time and again as the Boilers tried to rally in the second half, with quarterback Nate Sudfeld and backup running back Devine Redding finding answer after answer in a 54-36 IU victory.

  Poetry seems to be lost in today's culture, but two Hoosier poets, Matejka and Boruch, aim to bring the art back. Cadaver, Speak examines the intricacies of life and the body, stemming mainly from Boruch's interesting trip to a morgue. The Big Smoke delves into the incredible story of boxer Jack Johnson and his struggles with racial predjudice. While the subject matter could not be more different, both authors tell thought provoking tales through beautiful poetry, and remind us that it may be an art we must rediscover.

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Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton was unopposed in this month’s general election – usually a sign of a politician’s strength.

But it may also represent a high bar for him to clear in his next four years, especially as the city tries to make good on the promise of its Stellar Communities designation.

Today on Ask The Mayor, we find out from Mayor Barton whether he’s managing expectations about his next term in office.

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Indiana saw the highest voter turnout for municipal elections in recent memory during this month’s race, even though only 20.5 percent of all eligible voters made their way to the polls.

Because it was a municipal election, only about 60 percent of all registered people were eligible to vote -- about 2.7 million voters.

Angie Nussmeyer of the Indiana Election Division says in 2011, 15 percent al all eligible voters voted in municipal elections, and in 2007, only 14 voted. She says the number of contested mayoral races probably led to this year’s jump.


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In his first few weeks in office, Tanzanian President John Magufuli has made big changes to the country's finances. He's slashed government budgets for everything from celebrations to international travel.

Here's how Quartz describes it:

Wisdom, a 64-year-old albatross that was tagged by scientists in 1956, is the oldest known bird to still be laying eggs.

Wisdom’s new egg was spotted over the weekend at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Vicki Croke, host of WBUR’s The Wild Life Blog, about albatrosses and how unusual this is.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has fired the city’s police chief after a public outcry over the handling of the case of a black teenager shot 16 times by a white police officer.

Emanuel announced at a news conference Tuesday that he has dismissed Superintendent Garry McCarthy, who only days ago insisted to reporters that the mayor had his “back.”

Protesters have been calling for McCarthy’s dismissal for days in response to the handling of the Laquan McDonald shooting. The black 17-year-old was shot 16 times by a white police officer in October 2014.

2015 was a huge year for gay marriage – arguably the biggest. In June, the Supreme Court decided in Obergefell v. Hodges that same-sex marriage is a legal right nationwide.

It took years and many other cases to get there. One of the big ones, which came just two years ago, was the United States v. Windsor, in which the court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional.

Iraqi Troops Fight ISIS For Ramadi

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Most of the recent focus on the fight against ISIS has been on Syria, but the war against the Islamic State group also continues to rage in neighboring Iraq. One of the main battle there is for the city of Ramdi.

ISIS overran the capital of Anbar Province in May, but in recent days Iraqi forces have made progress in their bid to retake the city. Here & Now’s Indira Lakshmanan checks in with reporter Mitch Prothero in Iraq, who is covering the story for McClatchy.

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