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At least 15 dead as severe weather sweeps across central US; on Memorial Day, IA labor leaders honor fallen workers; Medical center installs microgrid to safeguard clinic power supply; 'Second look' laws gain traction, but MS sticks to elderly parole; Will summer heat melt New Mexicans' cravings for ice cream?

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One congressman cites ways Biden could get more support from communities of color. A new Louisiana law reclassifies two abortion medications as controlled substances. And Ohio advocates work to boost youth voter turnout.

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Smokey Bear thought only "you" could prevent forest fires, but decomposing mushrooms may also help, a Native American community in Oregon is achieving healthcare sovereignty, and Colorado farmers hope fast-maturing, drought-tolerant seeds will better handle climate change.


Vibes from an IU Indianapolis pro-Palestinian encampment feel different than other protests in the state, federal arson charges have been filed against a man who set fire to a city bus, a New Albany police officer has been arrested, police have discovered two people dead inside a Goshen home, and Wawa is breaking ground on its first Indiana locations.


Indiana University's campuses are vastly different in size and scope. IU Indianapolis has around 24,000 students, while IU Bloomington has around 48,000. (Adobe file)
Distinct vibes at IU Indianapolis pro-Palestinian protest

By Claire Rafford for Mirror Indy.Broadcast version by Joe Ulery for Indiana News Service reporting for the Mirror Indy-Free Press Indiana-Public News…

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According to, 43% of race car mechanics have a Bachelor's degree, 23% have an associate<br />degree and 18% hold a high school diploma. (Adobe Stock)
IN kids gain abilities in racing and life

The motor sports season is in full swing and back in 1991, two Indianapolis race fans started an organization to teach kids about more than speed…

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According to WorkingNation, more than 100,000 Americans miss work because of child care problems. (Adobe stock)
Indiana expanding shared-cost child care program

By Victoria Lim for WorkingNation.Broadcast version by Joe Ulery for Indiana News Service reporting for the WorkingNation-Public News Service Collabor…

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According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Indiana's industrial sector is the state's largest energy consumer, accounting for 46% of the state's energy consumption in 2021. (Adobe Stock)
IN university hopes to lead in environmental responsibility

A central Indiana university has taken the initiative to address environmental challenges on campus and in the nearby community. Surveys conducted …

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As we near summer, tens of millions of Americans will take to our nation's waters to spend time with family and friends. (Adobe Stock)
IN makes splash for Safe Boating Week

Hoosiers are launching their boats to enjoy another season on the water. However, before jumping aboard, now is an ideal time to review safety plans …

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends infants be exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of life, with continued breastfeeding combined with the introduction of soft foods for at least one year. (Adobe Stock)
Milk Bank secures breastmilk for IN newborns, premature babies

Newborns benefit the most from their mother's milk but may not always receive it. An Indiana nonprofit group works to get breastmilk donations for …

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In teacher training programs, critics said a new Indiana law could create a snowball effect on preservice teachers and their future students. (Adobe stock)
New IN law stirs debate over academic freedom, teacher training

By Aleksandra Appleton for the Chalkbeat Indiana .Broadcast version by Joe Ulery for Indiana News Service reporting for the Chalkbeat Indiana-Free Pre…

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reported prescription drug retail purchases in the U.S. approached $406 billion in 2022. (Adobe Stock)
Prescription drug scarcities leave consumers with few options

Supply chain disruptions mean consumers who need prescriptions filled in Indiana and around the country are running into roadblocks. Parents and …

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke, and every 3 minutes and 14 seconds, someone dies of a stroke. (Adobe Stock)
Study: Climate change may affect stroke side effects

Climate watchers are predicting this summer's temperatures may set records, which could aggravate some medical conditions. A 30-year study of health …

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While going through ownership changes, the Mark III Tap Room in Muncie, Ind., has moved buildings, closed and reopened multiple times. (Adobe stock)
Closure of Indiana's oldest gay bar impacts LGBTQ+ community

By Meghan Holt for the Ball State Daily News .Broadcast version by Joe Ulery for Indiana News Service reporting for the Ball State Daily News-Free Pre…

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The National End of Life Alliance says death doulas do not perform clinical procedures, nor do they give medical advice on a course of treatment. (Adobe Stock)
IN 'death doulas' a compassionate resource

Birth doulas assist new moms with the stress, uncertainty and anxiety of childbirth. Another type of doula offers similar support - to those who are …

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Families will have 120 days from when they receive their SUN Bucks cards to use the money. (Adobe stock)
New program provides healthy summer meals for IN students

A new program in Indiana will ensure year-round access to nutritious meals for students statewide. The Summer Electronic Transfer program provides a …

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