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DeVos Visits Charter Schools, Hog Roast On Indiana Tour

CHARLOTTESVILLE U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos found supporters and skeptics during a half-day trip to urban and rural Indiana schools Friday for the final day of her national back to school tour. DeVos sought to draw attention to innovative curriculum and teaching methods at stops at charter school classrooms in Gary and Indianapolis before attended a high school football game here in rural Hancock County east of Indianapolis. Standing outside the Eastern Hancock High School football...

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Regionally Speaking, Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Today: Indiana Public Broadcastng's Annie Ropeik reports on a new state credit program called "Moving Forward," that will be able to help the city of East Chicago and other local agencies assist residents who've been affected by the lead contamination -- by giving them a chance to live in contamination-free housing. We talk with childhood cancer survivor Ryan Darby and Zafar Brooks, the executive director of the non-profit Hynundai Hope on Wheel Foundation, which is giving two grants to...

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$93,000 Remains to Close the Gap

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East Chicago Lead Contamination Crisis

State Takes Long View Of East Chicago's Affordable Housing Needs

Lake County and East Chicago could have new affordable housing by 2020 as part of a state tax credit program called Moving Forward. Its how officials plan to fulfill their promise to help East Chicago residents displaced by lead contamination. Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority executive director Jake Sipe says Moving Forward tries to rethink affordable housing as about more than just a number of units. Were defining success by the impact that we can have on the community...

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Trump Address on Afghanistan, Annotated

President Trump is addressing the nation Monday night, beginning at 8:00 PM CT, on U.S. engagement and "the path forward" in Afghanistan and South Asia. Senior U.S. officials tell NPR that the president is expected to order about 4,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. The decision follows months of deliberation within the Trump Administration, involving top military commanders, political advisers and even enlisted veterans of the nearly 16-year war. NPR journalists from across the newsroom...

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Hurricane Maria threatens to devastate Puerto Rico, mere weeks after the U.S. territory was battered by Hurricane Irma. Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello tells NPR's Ailsa Chang how the island is preparing ahead of one of the worst storms in recorded history.

A Girl's Love For Bugs Goes Viral

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Canadian Sophia Spencer, 8, loves bugs. A tweet her mom sent out about that made headlines and led to a paper the girl co-authored in a science journal. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Spencer and her co-author, scientist Morgan Jackson.

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Updated at 3:30 a.m. ET Wednesday

The death toll continues to rise in Mexico after Tuesday's earthquake. The country's national civil defense agency confirmed the death toll stands at 248. Rescue teams are digging through the rubble to find survivors.

Updated at 2:00 a.m. ET Wednesday

Mexico's civil defense agency has raised the death toll from Tuesday's earthquake. Officials say 226 people have died — more than half in the capital Mexico City.

Updated at 11:10 p.m. ET

Hoosiers Outspoken On Confined Animal Farms

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A legislative study committee took nearly six hours of public testimony Tuesday on confined animal feeding operations, or CAFOs.

About one hundred people showed up to provide comments as the committee considers CAFO and animal agriculture regulations in Indiana.

Malcom DeKryger, CEO of Belstra Milling, which provides animal feed to Hoosier farms, told a story about two brothers in Pulaski County who wanted to expand their family’s operations, but were denied a CAFO because of restrictive zoning ordinances.

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