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1:52 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

State Park Entrance Fees On The Rise

Prophetstown State Park
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Entrance fees for Indiana State Parks are on the rise.

A series of price increases take effect next week.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources spokesman Phil Bloom says the fee hike is due to higher operational costs.

"We're looking to generate some additional revenues," says Bloom. "Parks are not only an important quality of life destination for Hoosiers but they're also a key contributor to the state's economy."

Bloom says daily entrance fees will increase from $5 per vehicle to $7 for Indiana residents, and season passes will go from $40 to $50.

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1:16 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

State Budget Includes Money For Bicentennial Projects

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Four construction projects linked to Indiana‘s Bicentennial celebration next year have a green light from legislators.

Department of Administration Commissioner Jessica Robertson says some of the $53-million set aside for the event in the new state budget will be used to renovate the plaza on the east side of the statehouse, including the addition of a time capsule.

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8:49 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Drug Overdose Antidote To Be Carried By Local Law Enforcement

Nasal Narcan (Naloxone)
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Two local law enforcement agencies are joining police departments across the nation in equipping officers with an antidote to heroin overdoses.

But not everyone agrees allowing police to administer Narcan is the best response to an increase in heroin use.

West Lafayette Police Chief Jason Dombkowski says heroin wasn’t really on the department’s radar until February. That’s when a Purdue student died from a heroin overdose. And while the incident occurred in Lafayette, Dombkowski realized the department needed to be better prepared to address drug use.

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8:47 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Town At HIV Outbreak’s Epicenter Will Open New Clinic

A needle exchange operating in Scott County has distributed more than 10,400 needles.
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The small town at the center of Indiana’s HIV outbreak is getting a new clinic to help with treatment and testing.

It’s part of a partnership between the Town of Austin and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

The free clinic will be housed at Foundations Family Medicine, the only doctor’s office in Austin. It will expand upon the services IU Health is currently offering in the community once a week, such as free HIV testing.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation also plans to build a pharmacy at the clinic to help with long-term medical needs.

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General News
8:43 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Pence Signs $31 Billion Two-Year Budget Into Law

Pence hails the state’s two-year, $31 billion spending plan as something “every Hoosier can be proud of.”
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Indiana’s new budget is officially law as Gov. Mike Pence signed it Thursday.

Pence hails the state’s two-year, $31 billion spending plan as something “every Hoosier can be proud of.”

The governor signed the budget in front of a sea of students at an elementary school in Lebanon, Ind., highlighting the largest funding increase for K–12 schools in state history.

Yet at 2.3 percent growth each year, that increase only keeps pace with inflation. Still, Pence calls it a historic achievement.

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