5:44 am
Mon April 27, 2015

As HIV Outbreak Spreads North, State Officials Ponder Their Next Move

This sign in Scott County resident Tammy Breeding's yard responds to the recent HIV outbreak.
Credit Barbara Harrington / Indiana Public Broadcasting

The streets of Austin are lined with campaign signs focusing on the future of this struggling small town.

They’re on every corner, in every yard, even greeting drivers on the outskirts of town.

But, it’s the handwritten sign posted on Tammy Breeding’s lawn that sends perhaps the most powerful message of all.

"I had to make a statement. I want to take back my community, my neighborhood," she says.

The sign reads: "No loitering, prostituting in front of or around these premises. Violators will be prosecuted."

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Criminal Justice
5:21 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Bloomington, Noblesville Vigils Remember Slain IU Student

Students gather in Indiana University's Alumni Hall for a service remembering Hannah Wilson, whose body was found in Brown County late last week.
Credit Joe Hren / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana University’s Alumni Hall overflowed with somber students Saturday afternoon for a vigil in memory of IU student Hannah Wilson.

The 22-year-old was reported missing Friday afternoon. Her body was found in neighboring Brown County late Friday night.

In Noblesville, not far from Wilson’s hometown of Fishers, dozens also gathered early Saturday evening. After a song and a prayer, friends and family, including members of Wilson’s former cheerleading squad and Wilson’s sister, Haley, released balloons.

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5:14 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Legislators: Revenue Decrease Likely Won't Affect Budget Surplus

Lawmakers had said for weeks they'd wait until an April budget forecast to put the finishing touches on the budget.
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With only three days left in session, lawmakers are crafting a final version of the budget, and doing so with less money than they’d planned. 

Senate Leader David Long (R-Fort Wayne) and House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) both say money for K-12 education is safe – the $466 million increase in both House and Senate budgets will remain intact. 

And Long says they’re standing firm on maintaining a strong budget reserve.

“I think it’s important to do that given our recent memories of how tough it was when the recession hit,” Long says.

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6:00 am
Sat April 25, 2015

Lawmakers Could Support More Needle Exchanges, As Long As They Fight Drug Use

GOP leaders see it as an opportunity to fight drug use in a new way.
Credit Gretchen Frazee / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Legislative leaders say they‘re open to expanding an emergency needle-exchange program in Scott County to other parts of the state, as long as it goes beyond needles.

Senate President David Long (R-Fort Wayne) says legislators are working to expand a House-passed needle-exchange bill to incorporate provisions for HIV testing, drug treatment and enforcement. Long says it’d be a step toward combating drug runners who use Indiana as a storefront for their products.

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General News
2:03 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Purdue Grand Prix Delayed Until Sunday

A rainy Saturday forecast will put the annual race off for a day.
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Due to the prospect of rain in the forecast for Saturday, Purdue officials have decided to postpone the school's annual go-kart race, Grand Prix, for 24 hours. The school issued this notice Friday afternoon about the schedule change:

The 58th annual Purdue Grand Prix, scheduled for Saturday (April 25) has been postponed until Sunday (April 26) due to the weather forecast of rain being likely throughout the day on Saturday.

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