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Indiana has one of the highest rates of evictions in the country – only six states are worse.

And many community advocates point to one issue as a major cause.

Wind turbines sit on farmland surrounding a home
Taylor Haggerty / WBAA News

West Lafayette will not adopt a ban on large wind turbines going into effect in Tippecanoe County. The city council voted against the ordinance this week.

The ordinance prevents turbines over 140 feet in the county, and county commissioners say it’s to keep the land free for economic development. They have repeatedly said the ban isn’t a statement against renewable energy or environmentally-friendly technology.

But City Council President Peter Bunder disagrees.

“It’s also about environmental energy. And it’s - it’d be difficult to separate those,” Bunder says.

The ACLU was in court Monday to ask a judge to prevent Indiana’s latest anti-abortion law from going into effect – it would largely ban the most common form of second trimester abortions from being performed in Indiana.

The Birch Bayh federal courthouse in downtown Indianapolis. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

A proposed South Bend clinic that performs abortions has the go-ahead to finally open after a federal judge ordered the state to clear a path.

The Birch Bayh federal courthouse in downtown Indianapolis. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

A federal judge in Indianapolis will hear arguments Monday over the latest lawsuit challenging an Indiana anti-abortion law.

It’s the eighth such challenge over the last nine years.

'No Promises' On Sept. 1 Start Date For Sports Betting

May 30, 2019
Gaming Commission Executive Director Sara Gonso Tait, left, discusses new gaming policies with commission members. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Hoosiers might not be able to start betting on sports Sept. 1, which is when new state law technically makes it possible.

Taylor Haggerty / WBAA News

The Montgomery County Area Plan Commission has passed the county’s contentious zoning ordinance, following another night of debate Wednesday.

The Plan Commission had earlier tried to send county commissioners the ordinance without a recommendation, but it was sent back to the Plan Commission following a re-reading of state statute which shows such a move is illegal for a first-time zoning ordinance.

Julia Zuchkov / Department of Development


Electric scooters will make a return to Greater Lafayette come late June, but with greater restrictions on where they can be parked and driven, as well as how many there will be.

Scooter companies Spin and Gotcha -- based in San Francisco and South Carolina -- have been approved to bring in their own scooters in the wake of Bird scooters flying the coop. City leaders and many citizens complained Bird had flooded the market late last year and West Lafayette economic development aide Julia Zuchkov says the city doesn’t want to be overwhelmed again.

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Gov. Eric Holcomb, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-Merrillville), and U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) cut a ceremonial ribbon at the Indiana Dunes National Park. (Justin Hicks/IPB News)
Justin Hicks

A group of politicians from Indiana found themselves standing together in an unusual spot Tuesday morning – the middle of the woods. They were attending a celebration at what is now Indiana’s first national park.

The Supreme Court delivered both a win and a loss to Indiana anti-abortion activists Monday with decisions on a 2016 lawsuit.