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VA law prevents utility shutoffs in extreme circumstances; MI construction industry responds to a high number of worker suicides; 500,000 still without power or water in the Houston area; KY experts: Children, and babies at higher risk for heat illness.

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The House passes the SAVE Act, but fails to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in inherent contempt of Congress, and a proposed federal budget could doom much-needed public services.

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Enticing remote workers to move is a new business strategy in rural America, Eastern Kentucky preservationists want to save the 20th century home of a trailblazing coal miner, and a rule change could help small meat and poultry growers and consumers.


A former state representative has been sentenced for gambling corruption; a Democratic U.S. Senate candidate in Indiana says she's running to address systemic issues she questioned as child; Republican Congresswoman Victoria Spartz - who represents parts of Indiana - has been charged with carrying a weapon in an airport terminal; downtown Lebanon is set for transformation using hundreds of thousands of state grant dollars; defense attorneys for the man accused of killing two Delphi teens are requesting the Indiana Supreme Court appoint a special judge for the case; and Clay County officials have declared a local disaster after a ransomware cyberattack.


Along with Indiana, 20 other states have already adopted Buyer's Exclusive Agency agreements. (Adobe stock)

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Indiana law introduces big changes to home buying

For years, Indiana home sellers have signed formal listing agreements with real estate brokers but now buyers also need written agreements before …

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The World Health Organization says heat stress is the leading cause of weather-related deaths and can exacerbate underlying illnesses. (Adobe stock)

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Tips for hot Hoosiers to stay safe in summer swelter

As summer temperatures rise, experts emphasize the need for Hoosiers to stay mindful of the heat to avoid serious health risks. Zac Schlader…

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Food Bank of Northwest Indiana reminds the community food support is crucial year-round, not just during the holidays. (Adobe Stock)
Increasing demand devours IN food bank resources

Food Bank of Northwest Indiana is facing a surge in demand for food assistance, despite the end of the pandemic. The facility serves about 60,000 …

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Congress allocated $1 billion for states to develop the 988 hotline amid growing concerns over worsening mental health. (Adobe stock)
Report: IN’s 988 success sets example but all states must improve crisis support

A new report gives Indiana high marks for its rollout of 988, a mental health crisis hotline, but also highlighted all states need to do more to …

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The Indiana Department of Environmental Management says the state has a 50% recycling goal for municipal waste, and requires mandatory reporting of solid waste and recycling data to track progress. (Adobe Stock)
IN book offers recycling resources for event organizers

Summer in Indiana produces a variety of festivals, outdoor concerts, and athletic competitions. These attractions produce large crowds and hundreds …

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Consumer fireworks should only be discharged on personal property or a location designated by the Indiana State Fire Marshal. (Adobe stock)
IN experts stress fireworks safety ahead of July 4th

As Hoosiers gear up for Independence Day, safety experts are stressing the importance of handling fireworks responsibly. Trevor Hash, division chief …

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Some 17% of people in Indiana with HIV are unaware of their status, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Adobe Stock)
IN center hosts sites for National HIV Testing Day

Today is National HIV Testing Day. First observed in the U.S. in 1995, anyone who is sexually active is urged to get tested to know their HIV status…

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A group of pornography website operators is suing Indiana over a new law mandating stricter age verification for adult content sites. (Adobe stock)
New Indiana law: Protection for minors or privacy invasion?

A controversial new law is set to take effect next week, requiring Hoosiers to upload sensitive documents, including driver's licenses and Social …

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There is a shortage of almost 140,000 affordable and available rental homes for extremely low-income Indiana residents, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition. (Adobe Stock)
Hoosiers push for statewide commission to tackle housing crisis

By Marilyn Odendahl for The Indiana Citizen.Broadcast version by Mark Richardson for Indiana News Service reporting for the Indiana Citizen-Free Press…

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A report by The Nature Conservancy says if clean energy continues to be sited the way it always has been, the U.S. will need an area the size of Texas to meet its climate targets. (Adobe Stock)
Conservationists tout IN old mines, brownfields to develop renewable energy

Today is the summer solstice, the day of the year with the most sunshine, and Indiana conservationists said they have a plan to make the best use of …

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The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says ground within 100 feet of a burial ground may not be disturbed for erecting, altering or repairing any structure that would impact the location without approval from the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. (Adobe Stock)
Juneteenth honors freedom amid possible IN graveyard extinction

Today is Juneteenth, the federal holiday recognizing this date in 1865 when slaves in Texas were told they were free, more than two years after the …

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According to Indiana Career Explorer, 1,300 job openings as chefs and head cooks are projected through 2030. (Adobe Stock)
Culinary camp teaches IN teens cooking, business skills

Kids' summer camp means horseback riding, hiking and scavenger hunts. But one Indianapolis chef is using the school break to teach youths cooking and …

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