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Two teachers from two different Indiana schools have died this week while away on spring break trips. They were both chaperones on their trips out of the country.

Kokomo High School teacher Melanie Peoples died this week while in China.

According to the school, Peoples died of natural causes in her sleep. She was chaperoning students on a spring break trip.

Peoples was an English teacher and had been with the school for four years. Before coming to Kokomo High School she was a teacher at Maple Crest Middle School for 14 years.

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Two thousand homes and businesses in Indianapolis were still without power early Monday afternoon after wind gusts reaching speeds over 55 miles per hour created disruptions to electricity throughout the state over the weekend.

Outages began on Saturday afternoon, mostly between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Indianapolis Power and Light reports as many as 31,000 people were without electricity over the weekend.

Joseph Nields is a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. He says there are a variety of ways the wind can interrupt the flow of electricity to one’s house.

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As Brent Dickson's 30-year tenure on the Indiana Supreme Court draws to a close, IUPUI's McKinney School of Law is looking at the precedents he leaves behind.

The former chief justice was a spectator as six attorneys and law professors dissected key rulings in civil, criminal, and constitutional law, from among the more than 700 majority opinions Dickson has authored.

Indiana Business Research Center

More than half of Indiana’s 92 counties experienced a decrease in population in 2015, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau Thursday. Most of the remaining counties saw one of the slowest population growths in decades.

Statewide, Indiana added just under 22,000 residents in 2015. That’s Indiana's second-smallest population gain since 1989. 

Matt Kinghorn is an analyst with the Indiana Business Research Center, which analyzed the data. He says this has been a problem for the Midwest for a few decades.

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Indiana’s unemployment rate increased slightly in February. It's only the second time in more than three years the rate has grown month-to-month. 

Indiana’s private sector added nearly 7,000 jobs last month.

Yet, the unemployment rate climbed a tenth of a percent to 4.7 percent, its highest level since June. 

That’s because 20,000 Hoosiers entered the labor force last month.  The labor force is a measure of not just people with jobs, but also people actively looking for jobs. 

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The Indiana Supreme Court Tuesday ruled that computer giant IBM did breach its contract with the state after former Gov. Mitch Daniels hired the firm to modernize Indiana’s welfare system. Both the state and IBM will receive damages after the court’s ruling

Gov. Daniels signed a ten-year contract worth more than $1 billion with IBM in 2006 to take over the state’s welfare system. 

Just three years later, Daniels cancelled the contract, citing what he said was a system plagued with problems.  The state and IBM sued each other, each seeking lost costs and damages. 

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The Kokomo City Council has passed an ordinance expanding civil rights protections to the LGBT community.

Monday’s vote was 5-4 – the same as a preliminary tally earlier this month -- and it did not come without some controversy.

Some business owners wanted assurances that the new ordinance would not be used to force them to do something against their conscience or to make them a target for saying no to a gay couple.

And Council member Robert Hayes says at least one of his colleagues received a threat prior to the vote.

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The state’s unemployment remained unchanged between December and January, resting at 4.6 percent – that’s nearly a percentage point less than it was a year ago and better than all of Indiana’s neighboring states.  And, over the past six years, from the height of the recession, Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped more than 6 percent.

Indiana Lawmakers Arrange A Flint, MI Donation Drive

Mar 9, 2016
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Members of Indiana’s Black Legislative Caucus have organized a drive to collect bottled water for residents of Flint, Michigan, where lead contamination has left municipal water undrinkable.

Here’s Sen. Lonnie Randolph (D-East Chicago), who chairs the Caucus --

“We just want to do what we can in our share, so to speak, because whenever you have talk about something like this, everybody’s involved," Randolph says. "Everybody has to do their share.”

They're also collecting diapers, baby wipes, and nonperishable food items.

Courtesy Governor Mike Pence

Governor Mike Pence joins 39 other governors in a bid to keep more National Guard military technicians from becoming federal employees. Section 1053 of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act states that a portion of uniformed employees would need to transition into civilian roles.

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