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Indiana Blood Center forced to lay off 45 employees

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More than three dozen Hoosiers will soon be out of a job at the Indiana Blood Center.

The organization is funded by service fees it charges hospitals to test and collect blood. The nonprofit must reduce expenses, though, following a 24 percent decrease in blood demand.

The Indiana Blood Center is freezing salaries, eliminating 45 positions, closing its Avon donor center and streamlining its mobile blood operations.

Staff members were notified Monday.

The changes take effect July 1.