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8 Counties in Indiana Step Back in Time

January 19, 2006|From Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — In a state where time has long been a contentious issue, the federal government Wednesday granted the requests of eight counties to switch from the Eastern to the Central time zone.

Nine other counties that sought the change were turned down by the Department of Transportation, which regulates time zones.

The requests were prompted by a state law enacted last year that mandated statewide observance of daylight saving time beginning in April. All but 15 of Indiana's 92 counties had rejected daylight saving time for more than three decades.

The Department of Transportation bases its decisions on whether changes will benefit commerce, looking at such factors as commuter patterns.

Starke, Pulaski, Daviess, Dubois, Knox, Martin, Perry and Pike counties will begin following Central time April 2. Ten Indiana counties were already on Central time.

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