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Sunday marks the start of Sunshine Week 2020. This highlighting of open government was established in 2005 by the American Society of News Editors.

Though it didn’t seem like it at the time, the firestorm of controversy surrounding Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2015 didn’t last. It eventually died down and the larger conversation moved to a new topic.

The Issue: Lawmakers have again refused to hand over control of the once-a-decade redistricting process.

Our View: Reform advocates will never give up their efforts to get voters involved in this important task.

Our nation’s capital offers a rich variety of museums that appeal to multiple interests, including art, air and space, U.S. history, native peoples history and culture, as well as the newest building focused on African American history and culture.

The Issue: Proposed law requiring workplace accommodations for pregnant women in more Hoosier businesses

Our View: 27 other states have such laws. Indiana should step up to do its part for the sake of maternal and infant health

The Issue: Indiana’s new agenda for higher education, “Reaching Higher in a State of Change.”

Our View: College-readiness should remain a primary focus of the Commission for Higher Education, because neither the Core 40 degree nor General Diploma are rigorous enough to prepare students for a post-secondary education.

The Issue: Banning cellphone use on Indiana roads and highways

Our View: With overwhelming passage in the House and backing from Gov. Eric Holcomb, cellphone ban while driving goes to the state Senate. It is a public safety measure that deserves passage

The Ball State University professor who called police on a black student for not changing seats in class could have handled the situation better, especially considering that it didn’t sound like much of a situation to begin with.

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We’ve long been aware of the dangers of smoking — over 11,000 Hoosiers die each year — but vaping’s health consequences are becoming more apparent: four Indiana deaths from vaping have been among the 54 nationwide, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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We’ve long been aware of the dangers of smoking — over 11,000 Hoosiers die each year — but vaping’s health consequences are becoming more apparent: four Indiana deaths from vaping have been among the 54 nationwide, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

We want to draw attention to a comment made by New Albany city councilman Al Knable. He was speaking to the News and Tribune for our story on what’s ahead for the city in 2020. It published in Monday’s newspaper.

In his speech Wednesday before veterans at the AMVETS National Convention in Louisville, President Donald Trump was on his best behavior — for the most part.

Fifty years ago tomorrow, July 20, an amazing thing happened when two humans — Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin — landed on the moon and stepped onto its dusty surface. The fact their craft didn't hurtle to the ground and turn the moon into their grave was, in itself, hard to believe. …

Since the current session of the Indiana General Assembly began, the possibility of Terre Haute and Vigo County becoming part of Indiana's gaming infrastructure became more real with each passing legislative step. As recently as Monday, the House Ways and Means Committee added its mark to a …

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Obituaries

Lloyd W. Needham, 75, passed away Saturday at Baptist Hospital East. Memorial Visitation: Market Street Chapel, Naville & Seabrook FuneralHomes, Thursday, 4:00-5:30 PM, followed by Funeral Service.

Upcoming funeral services listed alphabetically from death notices published in the News and Tribune.

57 years of age passed away Saturday, June 27, 2020 at his home in New Albany. Rob was born July 3, 1962 to the late Robert Sr. and Betty Barker in Louisville, KY. He was a Veteran of the United States Air Force and a Christian by faith. He is survived by his sister Brenda Franks (Steve), br…

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