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11:48 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Indiana 23rd Among States In Volunteerism

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An Indiana-based expert says volunteers contribute $173-billion dollars of service every year.

Dr. Sara Konrath is an assistant professor at the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

She says the Corporation for National and Community Service‘s latest report that ranks Indiana 23rd among states when it comes to volunteerism.

Konrath says volunteers often help keep not-for-profit organizations in business.

She says anyone can volunteer and the best volunteers make those who tap into their personal passion and values.

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General News
11:41 am
Wed December 17, 2014

New Mobile App Alerts Drivers To Travel Hazards In Indiana

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Hoosiers now have access to a free mobile app that provides county travel status updates and alerts.

In addition to weather, the app will also include notifications with regard to flooding, hazardous materials spills and other events that could affect travel.

The app is meant to be used as part of a system to stay aware of changing travel conditions.

John Erickson with the Indiana Deptartment of Homeland Security, says the app provides county travel status updates and alerts.

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General News
11:28 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Energy Plan Proposals Coming From Pence And Legislators

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Legislators and the Pence administration are working on an energy efficiency proposal to replace the dismantled Energize Indiana plan.

Gov. Pence says he’ll propose an energy efficiency plan in his State of the State address next month. And House Utilities and Energy Chairman Eric Koch, R-Bedford, says he’s crafting a plan with his Senate counterpart Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis.

Energize Indiana was created by then-Governor Mitch Daniels in 2009 and repealed by this year’s legislature.

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Elections & Politics
6:00 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Former Party Chairs Agree With Push To Reform Indiana's Voting Process

While they were on campus, Dean and Steele had some ideas for how to get people interested again in voting.
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A group led by Common Cause Indiana announced this week it'll push state lawmakers to adopt a non-partisan redistricting process and end the gerrymandering of the state’s political boundaries.

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General News
4:05 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Atheist Group Sues Franklin County Over Courthouse Nativity Display

County officials says the same display has been graced the courthouse lawn each holiday season for generations.
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It’s become almost as much of a holiday tradition as chestnuts roasting on an open fire: a court battle over where a nativity display may be erected.

In Southeast Indiana’s Franklin County, such a display on the county courthouse lawn has prompted the atheist Freedom From Religion Foundation, in cooperation with the ACLU of Indiana, to sue the county.

County commissioners president Tom Wilson says the plaintiffs are late to the party, as it’s a display that’s gone up for the last 60 years.

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