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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.

Town of Orleans


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.

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The speculation is officially over.

After four lackluster years, Purdue Sunday fired head football coach Darrell Hazell.

“Well certainly I’ve been thinking about this at the highest level from day one," Athletics Director Mike Bobinski said at a press conference. "There’s no secret about that. This was a decision year or sort of a pivotal year for our football program. We all knew that going into the year; I knew that when I arrived here.”

Tale of the Tape

The numbers tell most of the story of Hazell's tenure in West Lafayette:

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Of 186,000 Medicare patients admitted to Indiana Hospitals in 2015, about one in six needed to return to the hospital within a month for different treatment. That’s a small decline from 2010, a drop in-line with national trends.

Suit Wants Indiana Added To Smog Producers List

Oct 14, 2016
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Indiana could be forced to reduce power plant emissions that cause smog. That’s because of a lawsuit filed by six northeastern states against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed the lawsuit with five other states last week. Those states are asking the EPA to add Indiana and eight other Midwestern and Southeastern states to the so-called Ozone Transport Region.

Drug Abuse Symposium Focuses On Preventing Addiction

Oct 14, 2016
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Day two of a drug abuse symposium in Indianapolis focused on prevention Friday. Officials say a disproportionate amount of time and money is focused on what to do after someone gets addicted rather than preventing someone from becoming an addict.

The philosophy behind drug prevention has changed in the last 20 years, says Indiana Prevention Resource Center educator Jasynda Radanovich.

City of Frankfort

Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes is on track to get an $8,000 raise next year.

That constitutes a 15-percent increase – compared to the 3-percent pay raise budgeted for most other city employees, as well as the clerk-treasurer and city judge.

Clerk-Treasurer Judy Sheets says, in accordance with federal law, the parks superintendent is set to receive an 8-percent raise.

The Frankfort City Council on Tuesday approved the salary ordinance on second reading. One more vote is required at next month’s council meeting.

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Labor unions are hoping to gain back some of the power they've lost in Indiana in recent decades by getting out the vote for state and local Democrats in November.

But with a distracting presidential campaign backdrop and an uphill battle to reform state labor policies, organizers are facing a lot of obstacles.

At a United Auto Workers training center in Kokomo, Terri Mutran sits at a laptop, calling members to tell them who the UAW and other unions have endorsed in Indiana.