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Founded amidst controversy over the state’s new religious freedom law, Indiana’s First Church of Cannabis Wednesday hosted its inaugural service on the same day the law went into effect.

The worship opened with a house band playing about 30 minutes of music, mostly funky tunes with veiled or direct references to marijuana—the illegal plant Church founder Bill Levin says is his congregation’s holy sacrament.

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The reopening of a pedestrian entrance into West Lafayette’s Happy Hollow Park is still at least a year away, officials said Tuesday.

The footpath at the intersection of Grant and Salisbury streets has been closed for more than two years.

Parks and Recreation Department Superintendent Janet Fawley says erosion in the park makes the project more challenging.

“It’s hard to get in there because you can’t have a vehicle of any kind in that area," says Fawley. "You have to carry everything and it just is really time consuming and it’s a lot of work to get there.”

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Indiana's First Church of Cannabis will not be using any of its namesake herb at the inaugural service scheduled for Wednesday. But its founder still plans to end up in court.

Bill Levin, founder and "Grand Poobah" of the church won’t allow any pot smoking due to threats of arrest at his first church service booked for Wednesday afternoon at a repurposed church on Indy’s south side.

"We’re not going to get into a brawl with a police force who has already show their voluntary ignorance about our religion," Levin says.

Value Of Indiana Crops Down Despite Higher Prices

Jun 30, 2015
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An agricultural economist says potential low yields of corn and soybeans are driving crop prices up. But that’s not necessarily good news for farmers.

At the beginning of June, farmers predicted an above average yield of corn and soybeans for the year.

But, Mother Nature had her own plans.

Consistent rain has drowned fields, ruining some crops.

Purdue University Agricultural Economist Chris Hurt says that’s driving sale price of corn and soybeans up, but the overall value of the crop down.

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Hoosier businesses and individuals who owe back taxes to the state will have an opportunity to pay what they owe, without a penalty, this fall. The governor Monday announced a start date for the state’s tax amnesty program.

Indiana conducted its first tax amnesty program in 2005, collecting about $244 million in back taxes.

Those who participated in that program will be ineligible to take advantage of a new tax amnesty window, open from Sept. 15–Nov. 16.

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