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Indiana farmers fight food insecurity

Urban and rural farms in Indiana are working to provide more opportunities for residents to get fresh, nutritious and local produce.

The Lafayette Journal and Courier reports food sharing initiatives, such as urban farms, are growing in places like Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and Lafayette.

Indianapolis’s Flanner House partnered with farmer Johnathan Lawler to open an urban farm, which hopes to distribute 40,000 pounds of produce to food deserts this year.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports almost 15 percent of Indiana households were food insecure between 2013 and 2015, meaning they had limited access to nutritionally adequate food.

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Deadline for Indiana lawmakers to strike budget deal

Indiana lawmakers had set a Friday deadline to reach an agreement on the state’s next two-year budget and raising taxes to pay for improvements to the state’s crumbling infrastructure.

But with just hours left in this year’s legislative session, the House and the Senate were still far apart on some key tax provisions. That’s put some other pieces of Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb’s agenda in limbo.

Holcomb, the House, and the Senate still need to find agreement not just on how much, but also how to raise taxes.

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Gilman man enters plea in check-fraud scheme

32-year-old Adam Hall of Gilman pleaded guilty (Thursday) to theft over $100,000 in a check-fraud scheme in Champaign. Hall admitted his role in stealing cash from a Champaign business last year.

Sentencing is set for June 16.

The Champaign County State’s Attorney’s office states Hall pleaded guilty, admitting that between August and December of last year, he took part in 38 transactions that involved the theft of $144,568 from Martin One Source, a printing company at 808 Country Fair Drive.

Assistant State’s Attorney Joel Fletcher agreed to seek a prison sentence of no more than eight years for Hall, even though penalties for the crime range from probation to four to 15 years in prison.

Hall admitted that he cashed checks written to a fictitious vendor by Kimberly Allen, 35, of Buckley, an employee of the company who was responsible for paying vendors.

Allen was also charged in late January with theft over $100,000. Her case is unresolved, and she’s due back in court May 23.

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Rep. Bennett welcomes constituents to Town Hall meeting

Area citizens are invited to attend a Town Hall meeting Thursday (4/20) in Watseka. State Representative Tom Bennett extends the invitation for the 5 pm meeting at the Iroquois County Administrative Center.

Bennett says he plans to provide an update on what’s happening in the Illinois General Assembly and hopefully get input from people about their concerns........

The no-budget scenario is a constant concern for education, government and service agencies. Bennett’s well aware of the frustrations with so many people affected, so community input is all welcome.........

The Thursday Town Hall meeting is at 5 pm at the Adm Center in Watseka.

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Boil Order in Boswell

A boil order is in place for the town of Boswell in Benton County, Indiana. The boil order will remain in place at least thru 7 pm today (Wednesday).

The town was dealing with a water main break. Repairs were made Tuesday.

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