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Indiana is gearing up for a celebration of its 200-year history -- and former Congressman Lee Hamilton says the upcoming bicentennial party can’t just be about the state’s past, but also about its future. 

Hamilton – who co-chairs the Indiana Bicentennial Commission – says he wants the state’s Bicentennial Celebration to be about trying to make Indiana’s future a better one. 

Library's World Record Attempt A Balancing Act

May 29, 2015

The Hancock County Public Library hopes to kick off its summer reading club by setting the world record for having the most people simultaneously balancing books on their heads.

They need roughly a thousand people to complete the feat to beat a record set in Australia last year.  Catherine Riley, the library‘s youth services manager, hopes the event will engage young readers.

"We’re tying it in to kicking off summer reading because we have a superhero theme, and we thought that’d be a good way to have kids be super heroes by getting this world record" Riley says.

ISTEP, Smoking And More To Be Studied By Legislature

May 29, 2015
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ISTEP testing, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, and redistricting are among more than 40 topics assigned to legislative study committees this summer. Legislators will review some topics they started to address in this year‘s session, including needle exchange programs, and some they deliberately put off for more study, like replacing ISTEP with a shorter test. House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says the ISTEP review will be of particular interest.

Before anyone got their news from Facebook or Twitter, telegrams made current events accessible around the globe. The invention's rise in popularity allowed the American Civil War to become one of the first conflicts to spark global interest.

The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War by Professor Don Doyle examines how the war was received in the rest of the world, and how both sides attempted to sway international opinion. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has this review.

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Republican legislative leaders say a formal study on creating civil rights protections for the LGBT community won’t happen this year -- but they say they’ll be thinking about the issue regardless.

Republican leaders admitted earlier this year that controversy surrounding the religious freedom bill fast-forwarded the debate around adding LGBT protections to the state’s civil rights statute.