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Proposed CAFO Wins Case Against Indiana Summer Camp

May 23, 2018

A concentrated animal feeding operation — or CAFO — has won a legal battle against a religious summer camp in Rush County. The Indiana Supreme Court decided not to hear the case last week. 

President Donald Trump tweeted he will sign legislation that gives patients access to medicine that isn’t on the market yet. The new Right To Try law's official name is "Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act."

Indiana is no stranger to school closures due to bad weather, but increased eLearning options have allowed more schools to avoid extending the academic year into summer.

A school year is 180 instructional days, but what that instruction looks like in Indiana has shifted in recent years to include more eLearning, or days when students stay home and access assignments through a computer.

State Department of Education eLearning Director Candice Dodson, says schools can use eLearning days for several reasons.

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In a Purdue University lab, a new kind of medication is being tested – one scientists can design to minimize adverse side effects while still providing the drug’s desired outcome.

Meridith Robins is one of the researchers. She says her team is focusing on alcohol abuse, but the principle can also be applied to drug addiction.

An increasing number of places in Indiana lack a suitable number of health providers. The research was presented at a day-long summit Tuesday discussing Indiana’s health workforce.

Federal Funding Will Support Indiana Health Research

May 22, 2018
Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD, founding director of the Indiana CTSI. (Photo courtesy of Indiana University School of Medicine)
Jill Sheridan

There will be more public health resources in Indiana to speed research and advance treatment and prevention.

4th Congressional district Republican nominee Rep. Jim Baird, left, and Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun - a former state lawmaker - were attacked for their votes to raise the state’s gas tax 10 cents. (Courtesy Indiana General Assembly)
Brandon Smith

Two Republican primary candidates were attacked for their votes last year to raise the state’s gas tax. They both won their races.

And legislative leaders say those results affirm their support for the 2017 gas tax legislation.

Black women in Indiana are 35 percent more likely to die from breast cancer than the white women. A new national education campaign aims to bring that number down. 

Risk factors for the disparity in rates include lifestyle choices, genetics and healthcare access. The new Know Your Girls.org gives black women more information about breast health.

In 1868, a major train robbery took place near Marshfield, Indiana, as members of the Reno gang made off with $96,000 in loot.

That $96,000 robbery would be worth $1,529,957.57 today.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — One of the oldest buildings on the University of Notre Dame campus and one where late former school President Theodore Hesburgh and future football coach Knute Rockne once resided will be demolished next month.

Corby Hall is the traditional home of Congregation of Holy Cross priests who live and work at the university in South Bend.

The Environmental Protection Agency recently declared a Superfund site in Spencer because of contaminated groundwater. But town officials say the water is safe to drink.

The Franklin Street Groundwater site is contaminated with PCE — a chemical the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says likely causes cancer. It’s used in dry cleaning or to get grease off metal. The EPA put the Franklin Street site on its priority list last week.

A new test to determine if drivers have suffered a concussion is now required at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 

The so-called "goggle test" was recently approved by the FDA.

The I-Portal Portable Assessment System, or I-PAS looks a lot like a virtual reality device. The eye tracking computer test adds to INDYCAR’s concussion evaluation protocol says INDYCAR medical director Geoffrey Billows.   

"A little more accuracy and sensitivity to our evaluation and to help us perhaps diagnose concussions that may have a more subtle presentation," says Billows. 

Fast-Growing Invasive Vine Found In Indiana

May 21, 2018
Mile-a-minute vine (USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's Plant Protection and Quarantine)
Rebecca Thiele

A new invasive vine that can grow up to six inches a day could be spreading in the state. Experts found the mile-a-minute vine in Monroe County. It’s dead now, but they say it likely won’t be the last we see of the plant. 

State Releases New ILEARN Sample Questions

May 21, 2018

The State Department of Education (IDOE) has released sample questions for Indiana’s new standardized test that rolls out next year.

Elementary and middle school students will first take the state’s new ILEARN assessment in Spring 2019, and the sample item release offers a first look at the new exam created with test-writer group American Institutes for Research.

Journalist and author Sam Quinones was in Indianapolis recently to discuss his acclaimed book "Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic."  The Methodist Hospital Task Core hosted Quinones, whose book investigates the how and why behind the opioid epidemic. It has been praised by the National Book Critics.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Jill Sheridan sat down with the author last week.  

Jill Sheridan: You speak in the beginning about how this story really grabbed you and you needed to write this book, yes?

Ed Carpenter Wins Indy 500 Pole For The Third Time

May 21, 2018
Ed Carpenter with the Verizon P1 Award emblem after winning the pole position for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Photo courtesy of Chris Jones/Indianapolis Motor Speedway)
Samantha Horton

Driver and car owner Ed Carpenter secured the top spot in Indianapolis 500 qualifying Sunday, clocking an average speed of more than 229 miles-per-hour.

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The watch party looks and feels like a wedding reception, with a buffet line, floral arrangements, and artfully folded napkins. People dab away tears and critique the wedding dress (reviews are mixed). There’s even a table for Northwestern University alumni, who’ve gathered in support of the newly-minted Duchess of Sussex, a graduate of the Northwestern class of 2003.

Ball State Passes Muncie Schools Resolution

May 21, 2018
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Ball State University trustees last week formally accepted responsibility for Muncie Community Schools – a charge lawmakers gave the university earlier this week.  Now that the governor has signed House Bill 1315 into law, Ball State is beginning plans for Muncie’s upcoming school year and beyond.

 

Vice President Mike Pence was in Indianapolis Friday at a discussion for an America First Policies event.

Before his speech, he took a moment to recognize those killed in a mass shooting at a school in Texas. Pence shared message to victims and their families in Santa Fe, Texas: “your grief is our grief.” 

The St. Vincent DePaul food pantry in Indianapolis. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Doug Jaggers

The federal farm bill failed in the House on Friday, largely over issues on immigration reform. But another contentious issue divided Indiana representatives. A provision in the bill would have required people on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — or SNAP — to work or attend job training for 20 hours a week. 

Indiana Unemployment Rate Holds Steady In April

May 18, 2018
The Hoosier State’s unemployment rate is at 3.2 percent for the third consecutive month. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana's unemployment rate is at 3.2 percent for the third consecutive month. Before this year, it hadn’t been that low since late 2000.

Geese swim in overflow from the St. Joseph River,
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Three new Disaster Recovery Centers opened in Northern Indiana this week to help residents still dealing with aftermath from this year’s floods.

The centers operated by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are intended to help those seeking federal assistance for flood damages. Center workers are available to help navigate resources and assist with registration.

Indianapolis, state and health officials announce a syringe exchange program for Marion County. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

Hepatitis C cases in Marion County are up so much, the public health department in Indianapolis declared an epidemic. A syringe exchange program is part of the county’s answer. 

Marion County Public Health Director Virginia Caine spelled out a proposal for a syringe exchange program Thursday. 

Indiana used to have to post public notices in newspapers when a company applied for a permit to put pollution into the air. But the Indiana Department of Environmental Management wants to move away from paper ads.

National pharmacy chain CVS announced Thursday it will install drug disposal boxes at 49 of its stores around Indiana. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

National pharmacy chain CVS announced Thursday it will install drug disposal boxes at 49 of its stores around Indiana.

The units will allow Hoosiers to get rid of unneeded and unused prescription drugs.

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A federal judge has set a June hearing on Planned Parenthood's bid to block a new Indiana law that requires medical providers who treat women for complications arising from abortions to report detailed patient information to the state.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Young will preside over the June 8 hearing in his Evansville courtroom.

He'll hear arguments from attorneys for the state and Planned Parenthood over the group's request for a preliminary injunction to block two provisions of the law that's set to take effect July 1.

Indiana Native To Lead NASA's Johnson Space Center

May 16, 2018

A Hoosier has been chosen as the next director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.  Mark Geyer was born in Indianapolis and received his bachelors and masters degrees in aeronautics at Purdue University.  

Geyer has spent nearly 30 years with NASA.  His most current role is with the human explorations and operations missions where he provided direction for all NASA missions involving humans. 

In a statement from NASA Geyer said it’s an honor to lead the center.

Senate Public Policy Committee Chair Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) says he’ll give a hearing to a bill next year to legalize sports betting. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

A key Senate committee chair says legislation to legalize sports betting in Indiana will get a hearing next session.

That comes after this week’s Supreme Court decision that allows states to authorize such wagering.

Dyslexia: Finally Finding Time In The Spotlight

May 16, 2018

Grant Hartley is a fourth grader. He loves playing with Legos after school and says his favorite subject is gym.

Grant likes school, but he struggles sometimes – he has dyslexia.

For some people with dyslexia, reading typed words on a page is just as frustrating as trying to read a bowl of alphabet soup.

“It’s kind of hard like you got to figure out like which one would make the best sense in a sentence,” he says.

The St. Joseph County Child Fatality Review Team held its annual public meeting Wednesday in South Bend. The year’s number of deaths reinforce the Review Team’s thoughts on the dangers of co-sleeping with infants.
 

The Review Team of Saint Joe County saw a total of 27 deaths for infants under a year old in 2017, ten of which were caused by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS.
 

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