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>>”INDIANA NEWSDESK” IS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY:>>COMING UP ON “INDIANA NEWSDESK.>>SOUTH BEND MAYOR, PETE BUTTIGIEG ANNOUNCED HIS RUN FOR PRESIDENT. WE TOOK A LOOK AT HIS TRACK RECORD AND WHAT IT COULD MEAN FOR 2020.>>CONVENTION CENTER PLANS ARE MOVING FORWARD.>>THE CHALLENGE HAS BEEN UNTIL VERY RECENTLY, WE DIDN’T KNOW WHAT THIS THING WAS THAT WE WERE TRYING TO DESIGN.>>AND YEARS OF POPULATION DECLINES IN RURAL AREAS HAS FORCED MANY CHURCHES TO SHARE PASTORS.>>WE DO PICK THE SLACK UP. SO WE DO SEE EVERY-DAY RUNNING OF THE CHURCH, THE PASTORS, THEY CAN’T DO IT ALL.>>HOW RURAL CHURCHES ARE FILLING THE GAPS BY PASTORS WITH MULTIPLE CONGREGATIONS.>>THESE STORIES, PLUS THE LATEST NEWS HEADLINES FROM ACROSS THE STATE, RIGHT NOW ON “INDIANA NEWSDESK”! ♪>>WELCOME TO “INDIANA NEWSDESK,” I’M JOE HREN. WELL, IF YOU HADN’T HEARD OF SOUTH BEND MAYOR PETE BUTTIGIEG, THAT PROBABLY CHANGED THIS WEEK. MAYOR PETES HE LIKES TO BE CALLED MADE A TWO-DAY SWING THROUGH IOWA TO KICK OFF HIS PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN AND SPENT MOMENTS ON NATIONAL TV. AS BARBARA BROSHER REPORTS, IT’S PART OF A WHIRLWIND WEEK THAT STARTED WITH HIS OFFICIAL CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCEMENT.>>MUCH OF BUTTIGIEG’S SPEECH FOCUSED ON HOW ONCE INDUSTRIAL MIDWESTERN CITIES LIKE SOUTH BEND ARE MODELS FOR INNOVATION AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL, AND HE SAYS THIS IS THE PERFECT PRIMER FOR PRESIDENT. THE SAME YEAR THAT PETE BUTTIGIEG WON AS MAYOR, SOUTH BEND WAS LISTED AS A DYING CITY. THE NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE DECLINED BY 2.5% DURING THE PREVIOUS DECADE. CASTING FURTHER DOUBT ON WHETHER THIS CITY WILL EVER BE ABLE TO RECOVER THE ARTICLE SAID. BUTTIGIEG USED THAT AS A RALLYING CRY.>>I RAN FOR MAYOR IN 2011, KNOWING THAT NOTHING LIKE STUDEBAKER WOULD EVER COME BACK. BUT BELIEVING THAT WE WOULD, OUR CITY WOULD, IF WE HAD THE COURAGE TO REIMAGINE OUR FUTURE.>>THE FORMER STUDEBAKER PLANT WHERE BUTTIGIEG ANNOUNCED HIS RUN FOR PRESIDENT, IS NOW BEING REPURPOSED AS A TECH HUB AND IT’S THAT KIND OF INNOVATION BUTTIGIEG SAYS HE WOULD BRING TO THE WHITE HOUSE. AND A MOMENT LIKE THAT CALLS FOR HOPEFUL AND AUDACIOUS VOICES FROM COMMUNITIES LIKE OURS. AND, YES, IT CALLS FOR A NEW GENERATION OF LEADERSHIP IN THIS COUNTRY.>>BUTTIGIEG HAS POINTED TO HIS SUCCESSES AS MAYOR, AS QUALIFICATION ENOUGH FOR THE NATION’S HIGHEST OFFICE. EVEN THOUGH NO ONE IN HISTORY HAS EVER MADE SUCH A LEAP. HE BOASTS ABOUT THE MORE THAN $100 MILLION IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DOWNTOWN HAS SEEN SINCE SOUTH BEND’S SMART STREETS INITIATIVE, WHICH MOST NOTABLY CONVERTED ONE-WAY STREETS TO TWO-WAY AND HE TALKS ABOUT REVERSING THE TREND OF PEOPLE LEAVING SOUTH BEND. U.S. CENSUS DATA SHOWS AN ESTIMATED POPULATION INCREASE OF 1% FROM 2010 TO 2017.>>MORE PEOPLE ARE MOVING INTO SOUTH BEND THAN WE HAVE SEEN IN A GENERATION. THOUSANDS OF NEW JOBS HAVE BEEN ADDED IN OUR AREA. BILLIONS IN INVESTMENTS.>>BUT EVEN SOME OF BUTTIGIEG, THEY PLAN TO ADDRESS 1,000 VACANT PROPERTIES AND 1,000 DAYS. THE CITY REPAIRED SOME HOMES BUT TORE MOST OF THEM DOWN, LEAVING SHELF EMPTY LOTS ON SOME BLOCKS. AND OTHER CRITICS, INCLUDING INDIANA’S REPUBLICAN PARTY ARE QUICK TO POINT OUT BUTTIGIEG DOESN’T DESERVE COLD CREDIT FOR THE CITY’S SUCCESSES. IN A PRESS RELEASE SENT OUT AHEAD OF THE EVENT, THE GOP SAYS THE STATE GAVE $3.5 MILLION THROUGH THE REGIONAL CITY INITIATIVES TO SHUTTER THE STUDEBAKER BUILDING.>>STUDEBAKER WAS NOT JUST HIM. A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD ARGUE IT’S NOT HIM, IT’S SEVERAL OTHER ENTITIES. THEY CAN MAKE AN ARGUMENT ABOUT THE CHASE BUILDING DOWNTOWN, THAT WAS NOT HIM. IT’S A BUNCH OF PEOPLE.>>HOW BUTTIGIEG REACTS TO THOSE WILL BE KEY TO HIS CAMPAIGN’S SUCCESS HEADING INTO 2020. HE SAYS ANOTHER WEAK POINT THAT OPPONENTS WILL LIKELY LATCH ON TO IS HIS LACK OF EXPERIENCE DEALING WITH MORE COMPLEX ISSUES LIKE INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS. BUT THE LACK OF TRADITIONAL EXPERIENCE SOME WILL FAULT BUTTIGIEG FOR IS ALSO WHAT APPEALS TO MANY OF HIS FANS.>>I THINK THE ACTUAL ON-THE-GROUND EXPERIENCE HE HAS HAD IN SOUTH BEND AND BEING MAYOR AND DURING THE DAY-TO-DAY, THE BOTTOM UP EXPERIENCE IS PRETTY VALUABLE AND YOU CAN STACK IT AGAINST ANY OTHER KIND OF EXPERIENCE THAT ANY OF THE OTHER CANDIDATES MAY HAVE.>>WHEN YOU LOOK AT PETE BUTTIGIEG, IT’S LIKE YOU THINK BACK TO JOHN KENNEDY OR BARACK OBAMA, I MEAN HE’S THAT KIND OF PERSON THAT I THINK CAN REALLY PULL PEOPLE TOGETHER.>>THE BIG QUESTION IS WHETHER BUTTIGIEG WILL BE ABLE TO KEEP HIS MOMENTUM GOING THIS WEEK IN SOUTH BEND INTO 2020. REPORTING IN SOUTH BEND, FOR “INDIANA NEWSDESK,” I’M BARBARA BROSHER.>>>AND THE HOURS FOLLOWING BUTTIGIEG’S ANNOUNCEMENT, HIS CAMPAIGN REPORTED ANOTHER $1 MILLION IN DONATIONS.>>>THE LEADER OF THE INDIANA HOUSE BRIAN BOSMA IS SKIPPING VOTES ON A GAMBLING-RELATED BILL AFTER A CASINO INVESTOR ARRANGED A LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONTRACT FOR HIS LAW FIRM. THE REPUBLICAN HOUSE SPEAKER IS WORKING FOR THE VIGO COUNTY CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT BOARD, WHICH SUPPORTS THE BILL TO ALLOW A PROPOSED TERRE HAUTE CASINO. BOSMA SAYS HE WAS CONTACTED ABOUT THE WORK BY AN INVESTOR IN SPECTACLE ENTERTAINMENT, WHICH IS SEEKING TO MOVE A CASINO LICENSE TO TERRE HAUTE. BOSMA SAYS THE CONTRACT HASN’T INFLUENCED HIS LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS. EARLIER THIS YEAR, NEWS BROKE THAT SPECTACLE’S C.E.O. BOOKED GOVERNOR HOLCOMB ON A PRIVATE JET FLIGHT FOR OUT-OF-STATE MEETINGS.>>THAT COMES JUST WEEKS AWAY FROM THE CLOSE OF THIS YEAR’S LEGISLATIVE SESSION. LAWMAKERS ARE BUSY AT WORK. BRANDON SMITH JOINS US WITH THE LATEST FROM THE STATE HOUSE. HELLO, BRANNON. FIRST, LAWMAKERS HAVE LESS THAN TWO WEEKS TO PASS A STATE BUDGET, AND A NEW REVENUE FORECAST CAME OUT THIS WEEK THAT PROJECTED THE STATE WILL COLLECT A LOT LESS OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT. SO HOW IS THAT FORECAST AFFECTING THE ALREADY CONTENTIOUS DEBATE AMONG LAWMAKERS ON DIFFERENT SIDES OF THE AISLE?>>YEAH, WELL, BETWEEN THE REVENUE FORECAST, IT SAYS THE STATE WILL TAKE IN LESS MONEY THAN ORIGINALLY ANTICIPATED, PLUS THE NEW MEDICAID FORECAST THAT PROJECTS MORE MONEY THAT HAS TO BE SPENT ON THAT PROGRAM. LAWMAKERS WILL HAVE $100 MILLION LESS TO WORK WITH THAN PREVIOUS FORECASTS PROJECTED. NOW LEGISLATIVE LEADERS SAY THAT WILL MAKE SOME TOUGH CONVERSATIONS OVER THE NEXT WEEK OR SO, INCLUDING RESETTING THE PRIORITIES JUST A LITTLE BIT. SO THAT WILL — THAT WILL SORT OF PROLONG THE HAGGLING, BUT THEY DID POINT OUT THAT THE BIG PRIORITIES, EDUCATION SPENDING, DCFS, THEY ARE ALIGNED ON.>>A BILL THAT WOULD HAVE EXPANDED THE PREDATORY LENDING OF PRACTICES DIED THIS WEEK IN THE HOUSE. WHAT HAPPENS WITH THAT BILL AND WHERE DOES IT LEAVE US?>>IT WASN’T EVEN CALLED DOWN FOR A VOTE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR BEFORE A CRITICAL DEADLINE, WHICH INDICATES THAT THE REPUBLICANS IN THE CAUCUS MEET, THE PRIVATE CAUCUS MEET, I SHOULD EMPHASIZE THAT THERE WAS NOT SIMPLY ENOUGH SUPPORT FOR IT, WHICH IS WHY IT WAS NOT CALLED DOWN FOR A VOTE. WHAT THE BILL DID, IT CREATES A NEW LOAN OPPORTUNITY, SOMEWHERE BETWEEN THE LOW PAYDAY LOANS AND TRADITIONAL BANK LOANS. OPPONENTS SAID IT GAVE ANOTHER OPTION FOR HOOSIERS WITH BAD CREDIT WHO COULDN’T OTHERWISE GET A LOAN BUT AS YOU POINTED OUT, OPPONENTS OF THE BILL SAID THE PERCENTAGE RATES OF UP TO 157% WERE SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE. NOW, THIS IS THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW THAT THIS BILL HAS BEEN PROPOSED. SO I WOULDN’T NECESSARILY RULE OUT THAT IT WILL COME BACK. IN YEAR.>>ALL RIGHT. LAWMAKERS ARE CREATING A SYSTEM WHERE THE WRONGFULLY IMPRISONED CAN BE PAID OUT IN $50,000 FOR EACH YEAR THEY SPEND IN PRISON. SO NOW HOW WOULD THIS WORK AND WOULD IT PREVENT THEM FROM SUING THE STATE?>>RIGHT. THE FIRST THING THEY HAVE TO DO THEY HAVE TO PROVE THAT THEY ARE ACTUALLY INNOCENT AND THE BILL SETS OUT EXACTLY HOW THEY WOULD GO ABOUT DOING IT. IT’S NOT ENOUGH THAT YOUR CONVICTION WILL OVERTURN, SAY, YOU WOULD HAVE TO ACTUALLY PROVE THAT YOU WEREN’T IN ANY WAY INVOLVED IN THE CRIME, YOU ARE ACCUSED OF COMMITTING. NOW, COULD YOU TAKE THE PAYOUT WHICH AS YOU POINTED OUT IS $50,000 FOR EACH YEAR YOU SPEND BEHIND BARS BUT YOU WOULDN’T THEN BE ABLE TO SUE THE STATE. IF YOU SUE THE STATE, YOU CAN’T TAKE FROM THE FUND AND THOSE COURT AWARDS ARE OFTEN A LOT LARGER THAN WHAT THE PAYOUTS ARE OFFERING, BUT IT TAKES LONGER TO COLLECT THEM.>>OKAY. A VERY BUSY BRANDON SMITH AT THE STATE HOUSE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>THANK YOU, JOE.>>>AND NOW FOR HEADLINES, HERE’S THE LATEST ON THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES.>>SCOTT PRUITT HAS REGISTERED AS A LOBBYIST. THIS IS AFTER THEY WERE FIGHTING THE CLOSURE OF SEVERAL COAL-FIRED PLANTS. THIS PROVIDES LITTLE INSIGHT INTO WHAT HE’S DOING IN INDIANA, BUT SEVERAL GLUES POINT TO WORK ON BEHALF OF THE COAL INDUSTRY. PRUITT SERVED AS THE EPA ADMINISTRATOR FOR ABOUT FIVE MONTHS, LIKE OTHER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S APPOINTEES, HE SIGNED AN AGREEMENT NOT TO LOBBY THE FEDERAL AGENCY HE SERVED FOR, FOR FIVE YEARS AFTER LEAVING HIS POSITION.>>>REPUBLICAN U.S. SENATOR MIKE BRAUN MET WITH MEMBERS OF THE SOLUTIONS TOUR THIS WEEK. DURING THE LUNCHEON, BRAUN LAID OUT KEY ISSUES HE SAYS HE BELIEVES ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO HOOSIERS.>>THAT’S WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO GET OUT OF ME, FOCUSING ON THE TOUGH ISSUES, THE CONSTANT HEALTHCARE, AND IF WE EVER GET AROUND TO TACKLING INFRASTRUCTURE, WE DID THAT IN OUR OWN STATE HERE WITH A GOOD LONG-TERM ROAD FUNDING PLAN. I WOULD LIKE TO WEIGH IN ON THOSE PRACTICAL ISSUES THAT BENEFIT ALL OF US.>>HE HAS ULTIMATELY CRITICIZED THE GENERAL LACK OF EFFICIENCY IN WASHINGTON AFTER SPENDING HIS FIRST FEW MONTHS IN OFFICE. HE’S ALSO MADE HEALTHCARE A PRIORITY FOCUS AND SAID REPUBLICANS CAN’T KEEP PUSHING FOR A REPEAL OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WITHOUT HAVING A CLEAR REPLACEMENT.>>A JUDGE SAYS THE STATE’S DECISION TO BLOCK BLOOMINGTON’S ANNEXATION PLAN IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. THE STATE SAID THE ANNEXATION PLAN WAS TOO LARGE AND DIDN’T GIVE RESIDENTS ENOUGH TIME TO GIVE FEEDBACK. BUT JUDGE FRANK NARDI SAYS THEY WERE FOLLOWING RULES THAT WAS LAID OUT BY THE STATE LAW. THAT’S SOMETHING THAT JIM HAMILTON SAID THEY WERE DOING IN THIS WEEK’S ASK THE MAYOR.>>IT WAS EXACTLY WHAT THE LEGISLATURE REQUIRED. IN TERMS OF TOO MUCH, THERE HAVE BEEN BIGGER ANNEXATIONS IN THE STATE. WE WERE IN THE MIDDLE OF PROCESS TO DO THE ANNEXATION. IT WAS SHRINK AS THE BOUNDARIES ARE BEING CHANGED.>>THE STATE LAWMAKERS INSERTED LANGUAGE IN THE BUM ET CETERA BUDGET BILL IN2017 THAT HALTED . THEY SAID IT VIOLATED THE SUBJECT SUBJECT CLAUSE BECAUSE IT WAS INCLUDED IN THE BUDGET BILL. NARDI ALSO SAID IT WAS UNCONSTITUTIONAL BECAUSE BLOOMINGTON’S ANNEXATION ATTEMPTS WAS SINGLED OUT. HE SAID THERE WASN’T ANYTHING UNIQUE ABOUT BLOOMINGTON’S ANNEXATION ACTION. THE NUMBER OF MUMPS CASES AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY’S BLOOMINGTON CAMPUS HAS MORE THAN DOUBLED IN THE PAST WEEK. THERE ARE ABOUT 17 CASES ASSOCIATED WITH THE OUTBREAK AN INCREASE OF TEN SINCE LAST WEEK. THE I.U. HEALTH CENTER SEES THREE TO FOUR STUDENTS A DAY WOULD WANT TO BE TESTED FOR MUMPS BECAUSE THEY ARE EXHIBITING SYMPTOMS. I.U. SPOKESPERSON CHUCK CARNEY SAYS MANY OF THE STUDENTS WITH THE VIRUS ARE LINKED.>>OF THE 16 OF THESE CONFIRMED CASES WE KNOW THAT NINE DEFINITELY WERE ASSOCIATED WITH ONE FRATERNITY HOUSE. SO WE FEEL LIKE IT’S FAIRLY WELL CONTAINED. IT IS ON CAMPUS, BUT IT IS NOT ALL THE WAY ACROSS CAMPUS AT THIS POINT.>>JUST OVER HALF THE MEMBERS OF THAT FRATERNITY OPTED TO GET A THIRD MMR DOSAGE. CARNEY SAYS I.U. IS ADVISING STUDENTS WITH MUMPS SYSTEMS TO GET THEMSELVES TESTED BUT MORE CASES ARE LIKELY. CARNEY SAYS THOSE PERIODS WILL BE LONGER ADDITIONAL CASES POP UP. THE UNIVERSITY SAW FIVE MUMPS CASES IN 2016.>>>INDIANA UNIVERSITY HAS APPROVAL TO START WORK ON A $56 MILLION RENOVATION OF TWO BLOOMINGTON CAMPUS RESIDENCE HALLS THAT FACE EXTENSIVE MOLD PROBLEMS LAST FALL. THE STATE BUDGET COMMITTEE SIGNED OFF WEDNESDAY ON I. U.’S PLANS FOR OVERHALLING THE FOSTER AND McNUTT COMPLEXES. ABOUT 2500 BEDS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE. THEY SPENT $9.5 MILLION ON RESERVING SPACE AT NEAR CAMPUS APARTMENT COMPLEXES FOR STUDENTS.>>>A NEW STUDY FROM THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGO ARE I CULTURE SAYS WHILE MORE ACRES OF LAND ARE BEING FARMED, THERE ARE FEWER FARMS IN INDIANA. BROCK TURNER REPORTS.>>NEWLY RELEASED FARM CENSUS DATA COLLECTED IN 2017 SHOWS THERE WERE ABOUT 319,000 MORE ACRES OF LAND FARMED IN INDIANA, COMPARED TO FIVE YEARS EARLIER, BUT THE NUMBER OF FARMS HAS DROPPED BY ABOUT 2,000 OVER THE SAME PERIOD. THAT’S BECAUSE LAND IS OFTEN SOLD BETWEEN FAMILY FARMS IN INDIANA.>>YOU KNOW 65% OF THE LAND MASS IN INDIANA IS AGRICULTURAL LAND. AND IT’S GONE UP PRETTY MUCH — IT’S PRETTY MUCH STAYED THAT WAY. THAT PERCENTAGE FOR A LONG TIME. SO IT’S GOING TO GET FARMED.>>WHITE SAYS TRADE DISPUTES AND STRONG YIELDS ARE PUSHING COMMODITY PRICES DOWN AND THAT’S MAKING IT HARDER FOR FARMERS TO TURN A PROFIT. SOME HAVE TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF ACRES THEY FARM OR NUMBER OF ANIMALS THEY RAISE TO MAKE IT ECONOMICALLY VIABLE.>>THE MARGINS HAVE GOT SO THIN THAT YOU WILL SEE A CONSOLIDATION IN THERE. THE ONLY WAY TO GET A LARGER NET PROIF IT IS TO INCREASE — PROFIT IS TO INCREASE THE ACREAGE.>>THE EXISTING FARMERS TAKE ON MORE. WHITE SAYS THEY COULD BE SELLING THE SEEDS FOR FUTURE PROBLEMS AS THE DEBT INCREASES.>>2012, WE HAD OUR HIGH COMMODITY MARKETS AND NOW WE HAVE LOW COMMODITY MARKETS AND SO THAT KIND OF PERCENT SPECIFICKIVE ON THAT ASPECT OF IT, BUT YOU WILL SEE STILL THE SAME NUMBERS OUT THERE, I THINK EVENTUALLY.>>FUTURE FARM CENSUS REPORTS COULD PROVIDE A CLEARER PICTURE OF HOW CURRENT TRADE POLICIES ARE IMPACTING HOOSIER FARMERS FINANCIALLY. FOR “INDIANA NEWSDESK,” I’M BROCK TURNER.>>>COMING UP NEXT, ON “INDIANA NEWSDESK,” THE CITY OF BLOOMINGTON IS PURCHASING NEW PROPERTY THAT WILL MOVE THE MONROE COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER PROJECTS FURTHER INTO THE CITY’S DOWNTOWN. AND SOME RURAL CHURCHES ARE HAVING TO SHARE PASTORS IN AN EFFORT TO CUT COSTS. THESE STORIES AND MORE, RIGHT HERE ON “INDIANA NEWSDESK.”>>WELCOME BACK TO “INDIANA NEWSDESK.” THE MONROE CONVENTION CENTER IS EXPANDING NORTH. THE CITY’S PURCHASE OF THE REPORT OFF COLLEGE AND THIRD STREETS WILL PUSH THE CONVENTION CENTER EXPANSION PROCESS FURTHER INTO DOWNTOWN BLOOMINGTON.>>THIS WEEK’S SECOND PUBLIC FORUM FOCUSED ON SITE DESIGN. SKETCHES OF HOTEL, PARKING, BANQUET, EXHIBITION AND RETAIL LOCATIONS LINE THE WALLS OF THE CONVENTION CENTER. BUT A KEY CHANGE TO THE PROJECT COMES WITH THE CITY’S $5 MILLION PURCHASE OF THE BUNGER AND ROBERTSON PROJECT.>>YOU CAN VISUALLY SEE THE CONVENTION CENTER FROM THE COURTHOUSE AND YOU CAN SEE THE COURTHOUSE FROM THAT CORNER AND SO IT REALLY STARTS TO DRAW PEOPLE TO THE CONVENTION CENTER, ALL OF A SUDDEN IT FEELS LIKE IT’S PART OF THE DOWNTOWN.>>STAKEHOLDERS AND RESIDENTS LOOKED AT SITE PLAN, WITH ARCHITECTURES CONVERGENT DESIGNS AND SCHMIDT ASSOCIATES. ONE HAS ELEVATED ARCH GARDENS AND OTHERS HAVE BRIDGES AND WALKWAYS ACROSS THE STREET.>>YOU WANT TO HAVE THOSE GROUPS COME HERE. THAT’S WHAT WE ARE AFTER. I’M SEEING THAT IN THESE GUYS.>>THE ARCHITECTS HOPE TO BE BACK IN MAY WITH A SITE PLAN COST PROPOSAL TO BEGIN THE DESIGN WORK.>>THE CHALLENGE HAS BEEN THAT UNTIL VERY RECENTLY, WE DIDN’T KNOW WHAT THIS THING WAS THAT WE WERE TRYING TO DESIGN. SO IT’S STARTING TO COME INTO FOCUS.>>THE $30 MILLION FOR THE CONVENTION CENTER EXPANSION COMES FROM A 1% COUNTY FOOD AND BEVERAGE TAX INCREASE THAT TOOK EFFECT FEBRUARY OF 2018.>>AS PEOPLE CONTINUE TO MOVE AWAY FROM RURAL AREAS, THERE’S A NEW TREND THAT’S DEVELOPING IN CHURCHES THIS. DATA SHOWS FEWER PEOPLE ARE ATTENDING SERVICES REGULARLY, AND THAT’S LEADING SOME CHURCHES TO START SHARING PASTORS. BROCK TURNER HAS THE STORY OF ONE SUCH PASTOR IN SOUTHERN INDIANA.>>LET’S SEE, WE HAVE BEEN IN TEXAS, NEW MEXICO, BEEN IN ALASKA, AND BACK TO NEW MEXICO, AND BACK TO ALASKA AGAIN. I HAVE BEEN IN OKLAHOMA AND NOW WE ARE HERE IN INDIANA.>>AS A PASTOR OF SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCHES FOR NEARLY 20 YEARS NOW, NELSON MATTHEWS HAS GOTTEN ACCUSTOMED TO DOING AI LOT OF DRIVE — A LOT OF DRIVING.>>IT’S A BIT FRUSTRATING FOR ME TO SPEND MORE TIME ACTUALLY TRAVELING THAN MINISTERING, SO TO SPEAK.>>WHILE MANY CHURCHES, ESPECIALLY IN METROS WITH LARGER POPULATIONS HAVE PASTOR OR PASTORS DEDICATED, IN RURAL INDIANA, THAT’S NOT ALWAYS THE CASE.>>IT’S INTERESTING PASTORING ONE CHURCH, WHICH WE DID IN ALBUQUERQUE AND TULSA, TO PASTORING FOUR. IT’S REALLY KIND OF HARD FOR ME TO COMPARE IT, IN A WAY, BECAUSE I SPEND SO MUCH TIME ON THE ROAD DURING THE WEEK.>>DURING AN AVERAGE WEEK MATTHEWS ESTIMATES HE TRAVELED NEARLY 200 MILES ACROSS SOUTHERN INDIANA. MOSTLY BETWEEN THE FOUR CHURCHES HE’S RESPONSIBLE FOR PASTORING. MANY OF THOSE MILES ARE SPENT WITH HIS WIFE CAROL, IN A BLUES BAR. AND HE SAID, I THINK I WOULD LIKE TO GO BACK TO CHURCH. AND I WAS LIKE, REALLY? SO DO I. AND THAT WAS OUR DECISION.>>IT IS A TREND THAT’S DEVELOPING ACROSS THE COUNTRY. ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL CONGREGATION STUDY, COMMISSIONED BY DUKE UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR MARK CHASE, IN 2006, ONLY 18% OF RURAL CHURCHES HAD A PRIMARY PASTOR THAT SERVED ANOTHER CONGREGATION. THE MOST RECENT DATA COMPILED IN 2012 SHOWED NEARLY ONE-THIRD OF RURAL CHURCHES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES SHARE THEIR PASTOR WITH ANOTHER CONGREGATION.>>ABOUT HALF OF RURAL CHURCHES HAVE A FULL-TIME CLERGY PERSON COMPARED TO ABOUT THREE-QUARTERS OF URBAN CHURCHES THAT DO. AND KIND OF ANOTHER ANGLE ON THAT IS THAT THERE’S MORE OF THE CLERGY WHO WORK IN RURAL CHURCHES ALSO SERVE OTHER CHURCHES.>>AS HE DRIVES TO THE 11 A.M. SERVICE IN BEDFORD, MATTHEWS BELIEVES THERE’S SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT THESE CHURCHES, DESPITE THEIR SMALL SIZE.>>CEDAR RIDGE IN PAOLI, INDIANA, HAS A SPOT IN EVERY SERVICE FOR A CHILDREN’S MESSAGE. BUT TODAY THERE WEREN’T CHILDREN IN THE CONGREGATION.>>BEDFORD’S SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH HAD SEVEN CHILDREN, WHO PARTICIPATED IN THEIR MESSAGE, BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN THE AGING POPULATION ISN’T OF CONCERN TO SOME OF THEIR YOUNGER MEMBERS.>>IT WORRIES ME SOMETIMES BECAUSE THERE’S NOT A WHOLE LOT OF YOUTH IN THE CHURCH. I AM ONE OF THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT’S — THAT WILL GROW UP IN THIS CHURCH UNLESS WE BRING OTHER PEOPLE IN, I’M GOING TO BE ONE OF THE ONLY PEOPLE LEAVING THIS CHURCH. WE DON’T HAVE A LOT OF YOUTH TO LEAD THE CHURCH.>>AS ELDERS OF THE CHURCH, WE TAKE AND WE DO PICK THE SLACK UP AND STUFF. WE DO THE EVERYDAY RUNNING OF THE CHURCH. PASTORS, THEY CAN’T DO IT ALL. IT’S THE LAY WORKERS THAT HAS TO PICK THE SLACK UP AND GO OUT INTO THE COMMUNITIES AND VISIT THE SICK AND DO SO. WE ALL WORK TOGETHER ON IT, THE ELDERS, THE PASTORS, THE CONFERENCE, EVERYTHING WORKS TOGETHER AS ONE UNIT.>>AND IT’S THE TOGETHERNESS THAT MATTHEWS SAYS MAKES EACH CHURCH SO SPECIAL.>>AND A LARGE CHURCH, THERE’S PEOPLE THAT JUST, YOU KNOW, YOU SEE THEM BUT YOU DON’T REALLY GET TO KNOW THEM FOR ONE REASON OAR ANOTHER, MAYBE BUSYNESS OR JOBS OR THEIR TRAVEL AND IT SEEMS LIKE WHEN YOU ARE AROUND A SMALLER CHURCH, THAT YOU JUST REALLY GET TO KNOW PEOPLE BETTER.>>MATTHEWS SAYS HE WISHES HE COULD BE A MEMBER IN EACH OF THE CHURCHES HE PASTORS. HE CREDITS THEM FOR CREATING A WELCOMING COMMUNITY THAT IS VITAL FOR CONNECTEDNESS.>>IN SMALL CHURCHES, WITH A COUPLE OF EXCEPTIONS, IT’S A CLOSER KNIT BUNCH OF PEOPLE, WHICH IT’S WEDDINGS OR FUNERALS OR JUST GETTING TOGETHER AND FELLOWSHIPPING AND HAVE SOME SOCIAL EVENTS TO GO ON, IT’S JUST REALLY NICE TO BE ABLE, THAT THEY FEEL LIKE THE NORMAL FLOW OF THEIR CHURCH LIFE IS CONTINUING AND THEY JUST DEPEND ON IT AND LIVE FROM IT.>>AND THE MEMBERS AGREE.>>THE BEST PART ABOUT A CHURCH IS THAT THE PEOPLE REALLY. YOU HAVE ALL OF THESE DIFFERENT PEOPLE COMING TOGETHER, WORSHIPING AND STUFF AND IT’S LIKE A FAMILY. THE BIGGER CHURCHES, YEAH, THEY GOT ONE PASTOR AND STUFF, BUT IN THE RURAL CHURCHES, LIKE WE ARE. AND STUFF, WE AIN’T NEVER HAD A PASTOR THAT WAS HERE — WE ALWAYS HAD PASTORS THAT TOOK AND HAD TWO, THREE CHURCHES, FOUR AND STUFF. SO, YOU KNOW, YOU GET USED TO IT AND YOU JUST WORK AROUND IT.>>AFTER THIS LONG DAY, MATTHEWS IS LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS BEING A FLOWER FARM. HE AND HIS WIFE START PLANNING THEIR NEXT WEEK ON THE WAY HOME. EASTER CHOIR PRACTICE IN BEDFORD IS MOVING TO BE THE MOST DIFFICULT TO FIT INTO THEIR BUSY SCHEDULES. THEY VIEW THIS TIME AS A BLESSING AND THEY ARE NOT DISCOURAGED. NOR “INDIANA NEWSDESK,” I’M BROCK TURNER.>>>AND MEMBERS OF THE INDIANA GEOLOGICAL AND WATER SURVEY ARE BUILDING A LIFE-SIZED REPLICA OF A 10-FOOT TALL SLOTH THAT WENT EXTINCT 12,000 YEARS AGO. WHILE THE BONES WERE DISCOVERED IN THE BANKS OF OHIO RIVER, GEOLOGIST HAS DISCARDED THEM IN 1947.>>THEY WERE TOSSED OUT, BOTH OUT OF THE WINDOW OR PUT OUT FOR THE TRASH. SO THE SKELETONS OF THE MEGALONYX AND THE MASTODON WERE THROWN OUT OF OWEN HALL.>>THE SLOTH’S SKELETON WILL BE REPLICATED USING 3D PRINTING. THE FINAL EXHIBIT SHOWCASING THE 10-FOOT 3-D SCULPTURE IS EXPECTED TO OPEN IN SEPTEMBER.>>>THAT’S THE EDGE OF THIS PROGRAM. OUR WORK CONTINUES THROUGHOUT THE WEEK AT WTIUNEWS.ORG. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.>>”INDIANA NEWSDESK” IS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY:

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