All You Need to Know for Wednesdy

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Posted: Mar. 20, 2019 9:00 AM
Updated: Mar. 20, 2019 10:17 AM

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happening today- the next step in efforts to bring a casino to terre haute. the indiana house public policy committee will hear senate bill 5-52. if passed... the bill could bring a casino to town. i will be at that hearing today and have the very latest for you.

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several local law enforcement officers will also be at the statehouse today... they'll be supporting two bills that could help with the state's jail overcrowding problem. house bill 10-78 would allow judges to send those with low level felonies back to the state prison system -- instead of staying in local jails. senate bill 1-20 would raise the current daily fee sheriff's offices get for inmates. it would go from $35 to $55. authorities say if the bill is not passed it could fall on tax payers to make up for it.

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indiana drivers now have the option of declaring male or female on their licenses. you can now identify as non-binary or "x." you must provide documentation like birth certificates or doctors notes in order to receive an "x" non-binary refers to individuals who do not exclusively identify as masculine or feminine. therefore the change would allow individuals to remain neutral.

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are you feeling lucky??? tonight is the powerball drawing! the jackpot is pushing $550 million! news 10's abby kirk is live to break down your odds of winning. she's live at the "sunoco" gas station behind honey creek mall in terre haute. i'll admit -- i'm taking a gamble myself! before you go taking another mortgage out on your house let's break down the odds of having a winning ticket. people are taking chances. if there's no winner again tonight---the number is only going to get bigger. but here is an interesting look on it all. you may not be the lucky winner, but the more tickets that are bought, the more money goes back to the state. in vigo county last year almost $4 million from lottery tickets helped fund things like police and firefighters pension, teachers' retirement and other things for the county. again, the next drawing is tonight around 11:00 eastern time. live in terre haute, ak, news 10.

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indiana american water customers could soon see an increase in their bill. a hearing is scheduled for april 11th to talk about possible rate hikes. bills would increase by about 8% by 2020. it comes after a proposed agreement between indiana american water and consumer advocates. officials filed this agreement with the indiana utility regulatory commission this week. leaders there still have to approve this agreement.

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the y-m-c-a and mayor duke bennett are still working through the details to re-open the pool at the ymca. leaders say re-opening the pool isn't a "y" problem... it's a community problem. and that's where you come in. leaders hope to raise "85"-thousand dollars in support of needed programs and services. we've put ways you can donate on our website wthitv.com.

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flags are back to full staff this morning. they've been at half staff since the death of former u-s senator birch bayh last thursday. indiana governor eric holcomb ordered flags be flown at half staff until sunset the day of his funeral. news 10 has learned that "private" services were held in maryland the day after his death. the senator's remains will be buried in arlington cemetery at a later date..

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a traffic alert - much needed repairs are set to get underway on april 1st to the clinton bridge. news 10 found large potholes... and the bridge crumbling. while construction is going on...one lane will be open for traffic. the bridge is expected to be under construction until mid november.

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