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Vendors are being asked not to sell or display the Confederate flag at next month's Indiana State Fair.

A spokeswoman says the fair "wants to be welcoming to all." She says vendor contracts contain language that allows the prohibition. The fair opens August 7th.

The Kentucky State Fair Board has also voted to prohibit the sale or giveaway of any item displaying the Confederate flag.

NASCAR is asking race fans not to bring the flag to the Brickyard 400 Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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12:45 p.m. Update:

Indiana State Police have reopened Interstate 65 in both directions following a fiery, multi-vehicle crash that killed five people overnight. A description of the crash's circumstances from state police can be found here. WARNING: description of the crash may  not be suitable for some readers. 

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6:00 a.m. Update:

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When a 19th Century songwriter mentioned a spot “where the buffalo roam,” he probably didn’t mean Kosciusko County in North Central Indiana. And yet, that’s exactly what startled neighbors there late Wednesday and early Thursday.

Sheriff’s deputies say a herd of nearly two dozen buffalo and bison escaped from a holding area and wandered toward a nearby highway.

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Even though restrictions are in place keeping poultry from county fairs happening this month, many of those events are still exhibiting stuffed birds. Not stuffed by a taxidermist, mind you, but stuffed by a toy company.

A number of young people around the state who’d perspired in pursuit of primping and plumping their prize poultry have now had to postpone those plans.

So instead, drawings of birds, stuffed animals and explanations of the bird flu that’s keeping the live animals from the fairs are appearing in the birds’ stead.

Study: Number Of Hoosier Kids In Poverty Increasing

Jul 21, 2015
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It’s a mixed bag in terms of economic well-being for Indiana’s children. The Hoosier State worsened in two of four areas in the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2015 KIDS Count report.

In 2013, 30-percent of Hoosier kids’ parents lacked secure employment, compared to 28-percent in 2008. That’s despite the state’s unemployment rate dropping to pre-recession levels.

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After an early success, a push by animal rights groups to ban pig wrestling at Indiana county fairs appears to be losing steam.

The Delaware County Fair Board voted in May to cancel pig wrestling at this month's fair after five years of holding the event. But at least five other fairs have moved forward.

An electronic petition drive on change.org zeroed in on Whitley County and collected 23,000 signatures, but the event took place as planned Monday night. The Monroe and Allen County fairs will follow suit next Wednesday.

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Governor Mike Pence Thursday proudly touted Indiana’s continued fiscal strength as he closed the books on the fiscal year.  But Democrats are wondering why Pence continues to order state agencies to cut their budgets.

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Wednesday‘s announcement of a nine-year commitment from the Future Farmers of America, or FFA, is Indianapolis‘s first big score in the convention market since the religious-freedom controversy.

But officials say they need more data before they can assess whether the RFRA storm has passed.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard says he believes the city and state have taken the right steps to prevent more damage, with legislators following RFRA with a bill declaring it can‘t be used to justify discrimination.

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Local governmental agencies are not very responsive to public records requests made via e-mail, according to an Indiana University study.

Indiana law requires government agencies to respond to a records request within seven days, even if they don’t have the requested information.

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Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana, says he is “profoundly skeptical” of the nuclear agreement announced Tuesday between Iran and a group of nations led by the U.S.

Sen. Coats, who serves on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, says he will carefully review the details of the deal before rendering a final opinion.

He says the Iran agreement reminds him of a deal President Clinton made with North Korea, which ultimately resulted in that country obtaining nuclear weapons.

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A Department of Child Services case manager say she’s handling way too many cases, putting children’s lives at risk, because the agency won’t hire enough people.

The ACLU is taking the state to court over the issue.

Indiana law mandates that DCS must have enough caseworkers so that one employee doesn’t supervise more than 17 children at a time.

Case manager Mary Price says her caseload is 43 children — too many, she says, to effectively handle.

New Overtime Rules Could Cost Purdue Millions

Jul 14, 2015
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A proposal currently under review by the federal government would make millions more Americans eligible for overtime pay. Those changes could affect hundreds of Purdue employees and cost the university millions of dollars.

According to federal law, a salaried worker needs to hit three goals in order to be exempt from overtime rules -- do administrative, professional or executive work, be paid a salary, not an hourly wage and earn at least $455 a week.

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It’ll be several more weeks before Lafayette residents get their new recycling containers.

Mayor Tony Roswarski, speaking Thursday on WBAA’s “Ask The Mayor,” says the city plans to place an order for between 22,000 and 24,000 of the 96-gallon toters in the next few days.

“We’re going to be ordering the toters at the first part of next week and we hope to be rolling them out yet this fall,” Roswarski says.

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A recent report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics shows of the roughly 477,000 sworn police officers in the United States in 2013, only about one-in-eight were women.

That’s a 7% increase compared to 1987, but law enforcement experts say there’s a long way to go to recruit more women to the field.

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Indiana’s highly-publicized First Church of Cannabis is going to court, hoping to stop the state from enforcing marijuana laws when it comes to the use of cannabis in its church services. 

The state's so-called "religious freedom" law creates a legal standard that says government must have a compelling reason to restrict someone’s religious practice and do so in the least burdensome way possible. 

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