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The Indiana Natural Resources Commission has voted to end the hunting season of a game bird whose numbers have declined in recent years. The ruffed grouse is a chicken-sized bird native to Indiana, but Indiana Department of Natural Resources spokesman Phil Bloom says it's become harder to find.

"I think in the last four years, out of 15 routes, our biologist who does that stuff on an annual basis has heard one drumming," Bloom says. "We need to do something to protect what ruffed grouse are left and go from there."

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The federal government will spend millions of dollars trying to figure out why honeybees and monarch butterflies are disappearing.

Purdue entomology professor Christian Krupke says the study—which will include several federal agencies-- is long overdue.

He says the consensus is that there are a number of factors that have led to the decline of honeybees.

"Pathogens, parasites, pesticides and habitat availability," says Krupke. "Which of those ranks first largely depends on where those particular bees reside."

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Health workers continue to fight an HIV outbreak in the Southeastern part of the state.

As of Monday, 158 people had tested positive for the virus, mostly due to injection drug abuse.

To help stem the spread of the virus, health workers in Scott County have been operating a temporary needle exchange, where drug users can trade in dirty needles for clean ones.

The county is one step closer to making that exchange more permanent.

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Hoosier teenagers who take driver’s education classes will be able to get their license a little sooner under legislation set to take effect in July.

The bill’s author hopes the change will incentivize more young people to go take driver training courses.

Under current law, teens who don’t take driver’s ed can get their license at 16 years, nine months old, while teens who do take driver’s ed can get their license three months earlier, at 16 and a half.

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A do-it-yourself stage cover designed by a Westfield High School employee may be to blame for the stage’s collapse during a musical performance last month.

The Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office has reviewed the circumstances surrounding the incident which injured more than a dozen students – one of whom hasn’t returned to school – but found no basis to charge auditorium director Quentin James with any crime.

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