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Growth in Indiana's manufacturing industry is slowing down, thanks to over-regulation and a lack of skilled workers.

That's the message from businesses that weighed in for a big annual survey on the health of the Hoosier manufacturing sector.

It's prepared by Indianapolis accounting firm Katz, Sapper & Miller, working with researchers at Indiana University, the Indiana Manufacturers' Association and Conexus Indiana.


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The three candidates for Indiana’s open U.S. Senate seat met Tuesday in a debate marked by pointed attacks. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports.

For Republican Todd Young and Democrat Evan Bayh, the debate was as much about their opponent as it was themselves.

Young repeatedly attacked Bayh for his support of Obamacare, which Young calls a “millstone” around the economy.

Inside A Dual-Language Preschool For Migrant Workers' Children

Oct 19, 2016
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Depending on the season, Indiana farms employ between 2,000 and 20,000 migrant farm workers. When workers migrate, often their families do, too.

Children in this mobile lifestyle can face interrupted schooling, cultural and language barriers, and social isolation — factors that inhibit a child’s ability to do well in school.

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A group of Indiana lawmakers is recommending the General Assembly take up a draft bill that would offer addiction treatment to certain misdemeanor offenders.

The state currently offers such treatment to select low-level felons as part of the newly-formed Recovery Works program, which allows justice officials to decide whether to offer vouchers for services such as addiction counseling and detox programs.

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Thousands of Hoosier voters’ registration information has been changed – leaving many unsure if they’re still registered.

Secretary of State Connie Lawson’s office received complaints from voters who couldn’t find their registration information or discovered that information had been changed.

That includes changes to first names and birth dates.

Lawson’s office says it discovered thousands of records have been altered and has passed that information onto the State Police for an investigation of possible voter fraud.

High School Grad Rates Up Nationally, Down In Indiana

Oct 18, 2016
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Federal officials announced this week the national high school graduation rate reached an all-time high of 83-percent for the 2014-2015 school year.

But while the rate is up nationally, Indiana’s graduation rate decreased for the first time since 2010.

During the 2013–2014 school year, Indiana’s four-year high school graduation rate was 87.9 percent. One year later, during the 2014-15 school year, the graduation rate is down to 87.1 percent.

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Bartholomew County may try the unusual tactic of a residential property tax deduction to ease tensions between large livestock farms and nearby residents.


At a property tax appeals board hearing Tuesday, county assessor Lew Wilson says not many Indiana counties have tried using the tax code to tackle the effects of concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs.


"I think it’s a little bit of new territory that we’ve got to deal with," he says.


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An Ohio flyer for the Donald Trump campaign misidentifies a Sikh man from Fishers as a Muslim Trump supporter.

The ad features Gurinder Singh Khalsa with the word "Muslim" superimposed above him.

“A friend of mine, she sent me the link, she said your picture is showing a campaign ad, a campaign flyer for Trump," Khalsa says. “I was completely shocked, nobody ever asked me to use my photo."

In August, Khalsa founded the Sikh Political Action Committee, a non-partisan group encouraging state lawmakers to include Sikhs in the conversation.

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A new bison herd arrived in Northwest Indiana over the weekend with a unique role – as conservation assistants.

A livestock semi trailer from South Dakota pulled into the The Nature Conservancy’s Kankakee Sands project along U.S. 41 before dawn Saturday, backed into a newly fenced field, and opened the gates.

Over the next 30 minutes, the bison made their way out of the truck, disappearing into the tall grass of an 1100-acre prairie restoration. Land steward Tony Capizzo says these large vegetarian creatures aren’t just for show.

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One of Orange County's biggest employers, the century-old Paoli furniture factory, is shutting down.

The region already has some of the highest unemployment in the state, so local officials hope the closure can be an opportunity, not a setback.

The Paoli company will lay off 367 workers and close its furniture plant's doors by October 2017.