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Veterans’ military pensions will be 100 percent exempt from Indiana’s income tax in the next four years. And the state is using that to recruit retiring servicemembers to Indiana.

Gov. Eric Holcomb pushed lawmakers to exempt military pensions from the income tax for years. In 2019, he finally got his wish. It will ultimately cost Indiana nearly $15 million per year in revenue when the pensions are fully exempt. Holcomb says it’s a major recruiting tool.

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The Bloomington Police Department is investigating after they say residents found neighborhood watch flyers claiming to be from the Ku Klux Klan on Monday. Captain Ryan Pedigo says they received 10 reports of flyers being located in the city so far.

The flyers include the image of a hooded figure and say, “Do your part to keep white communities safe and report suspicious activity. You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake.”

Police say they are investigating who is responsible for the flyers and whether they are affiliated with the KKK.

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They are a group that have been performing since 1842. We’ll hear from maestro Bill Kisinger about Lafayette Citizens Band. Thursday night (August 8) is the final concert at Riehle Plaza with guests Organistan and Monday, September 2nd (Labor Day) is their 2019 season finale at Jefferson High School.

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Officials are one step closer to finalizing regulations on commercial-scale farms in Montgomery County, after the county plan commission selected members for a confined feeding operation study committee Monday.

The plan commission selected 13 members for the committee: four farmers, four rural residents, two realtors, two school officials and one member of the plan commission itself – Ashley Adair.

Adair says her goal is to both research the impact of CFOs and to get community input.

John Dillinger's Grave To Be Exhumed

Aug 5, 2019
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John Dillinger, the 1930s gangster and bank robber, was killed by the FBI in 1934 and supposedly buried in an Indianapolis cemetery.

Dillinger's relatives asked the Indiana State Department of Health permission to exhume the body from Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis. In the request, Dillinger’s nephew and niece say they were presented with evidence to suggest the body is not actually his. Their request has been approved.

Susan Sutton of the Indiana Historical Society says getting to the coffin may a tough task.

Incident At Crane Naval Base Leads To Investigation

Aug 2, 2019
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Officials at the Crane Naval Base aren’t disclosing much information about the incident yesterday that led them to issue a warning to shelter in place. 

The alert went out around 2 o’clock Wednesday. 

Multiple agencies responded to the base after construction workers unearthed an unidentified object .

It’s unclear whether the object posed a threat or compromised the safety of people on the base, but the personnel at the facility were directed to seek shelter while the object was handled by explosives teams and local police and fire.

Book Review: Undeniably Indiana

Aug 2, 2019

A book for hoosiers about hoosiers. Undeniably Indiana is the first crowdsourced book of stories from Indiana residents about their "wacky and wonderful state." This well-written collection features nostalgic stories of basketball, unpredictable weather, and, of course, corn (P.S. don't ask who published this). West Lafaytte Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.  

City of West Lafayette

Purdue students planning to vote this year have new ID rules to contend with. And with about three months to go until Election Day, what can the city of West Lafayette do to help ensure these voters make it to the ballot box?

Taylor University Board Chair Named Interim President

Aug 1, 2019
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Taylor University has named the school’s Board of Trustees Chair as its interim president for the upcoming school year.

Paige Comstock Cunningham has been a Taylor trustee for 17 years.  University officials say she will step down from the board to serve in the interim leadership role.

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Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton defended his decision to cancel the city-run farmers’ market on August 3 and August 10 during a public press conference at City Hall Wednesday.

The mayor made the decision after a tense confrontation near an alleged white supremacist’s booth at the market led to the arrest of a protestor.

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