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When Toni and Jim Hoy adopted their son Daniel as a toddler, they did not plan to give him back to the state of Illinois 10 years later.

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Nearly one in five Hoosier children doesn't have regular access to healthy food.

At Richmond Community Schools in Wayne County, enough students qualify for free and reduced-price lunches that the entire school gets two free meals every school day. For many students, this means a day off school is a day without breakfast and lunch.

"When we have snow delays or no school, it breaks my heart to think of the kids who don’t get to eat that day," said Bridget Hazelbaker, communication coordinator for Richland Community Schools.

Not 'Just A Phase': Growing Up With Gender Dysphoria

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The transition from youth to adolescence can be anxiety-inducing, navigating the physical changes and social pressures to fit in.

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Kentucky plans to restore vision and dental insurance to nearly half a million Medicaid recipients who lost coverage this month. The state cut coverage after a federal judge’s decision to deny its Medicaid waiver, but the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services said Friday those who lost their coverage should have it back by Aug.1.

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Alaska plans to use federal grant money to purchase a controversial device used in opioid addiction treatment.

Last week, the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced it will use part of a $1.3 million federal grant to purchase the Bridge device, which is made in Indiana. The Bridge is a nerve stimulator that attaches around a patient's ear to reduce nausea, aches and other symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal.

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On a sunny Saturday morning, Samantha Wilmot helped a customer pick a fresh cantaloupe the best way she knows how, by smell. Satisfied, she accepted a few dollar bills from the man who stopped by her booth at the Columbus Farmers Market.

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More nurse practitioners are stepping up to meet the needs of Hoosier patients as Indiana grapples with a shortage of primary care doctors.

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Lee Ann Stuart still wears her nursing scrubs, even though the only work she’s been doing since Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center closed June 11 is to pack boxes of medical supplies to be hauled away.

“It’s strange walking those halls, and they’re empty and the lights are down,” Stuart says. She’s been a nurse at the hospital in rural Kennett, Missouri, for 22 years.

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As tensions over abortion access increase across Indiana and nationwide, a new report shows the number of Hoosier women who had abortions increased for the first time in five years.

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Nearly half a million low-income Kentuckians lost their dental and vision insurance this month after a federal judge halted Kentucky’s Medicaid waiver program.

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