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As college students leave their dorm rooms for the summer, they have to make a decision: take their things home or get rid of them? What’s left behind used to be pitched in a dumpster, but more campuses are taking steps to repurpose as much as possible. Officials at Depauw University in Greencastle estimate they may be saving as much as two-thirds of what used to be thrown away and getting it into the hands of needy families.

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Indiana is just shy of its peak employment level, set in March of 2000. That‘s when the Bureau of Labor Statistics says the Hoosier State had 2,612,600 private sector jobs.  

Indiana Department of Workforce Development Spokesman Joe Frank says the state is now only 7,800 jobs short of that figure. Frank says Indiana's unemployment rate for April dropped by nearly half of a percentage point to 5.4-percent, the lowest it's been since May of 2008.

New Members Named To State Board of Education

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The leaders of the State House and Senate have made their initial appointments to the revamped State Board of Education. Byron Ernest was appointed to the board by House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis). That announcement came less than three hours after Senate President David Long (R-Fort Wayne) announced his appointee, Steve Yager.

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A bill to expand mental healthcare for veterans has cleared a first hurdle in the Senate, but Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) says he‘ll try to pass it a second time. The Armed Services Committee sent the mental health bill to the floor last week as part of a national defense bill. But Donnelly says he‘ll seek to tuck it into a second bill in the Veterans Affairs Committee, to give it two opportunities to move through the House.

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Last month, Indiana’s unemployment rate experienced its biggest one-month decrease in more than two decades, falling to its lowest level in seven years. 

Indiana’s private sector added more than ten thousand jobs in April, boosted by huge gains in the trade, transportation, and utilities sector. 

The unemployment rate fell to 5.4%, the lowest rate since May of 2008.  And the decrease of four-tenths of a percent is the largest since July of 1993. 

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