Post-its at the Delphi United Methodist Church are a testament to a community's grief and disbelief
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The quick thinking of one of two murdered Delphi teens may give law enforcement the necessary clue needed to find the girls’ killer.

The bodies of 14-year-old Liberty German and 13-year-Old Abigail Williams were found on Valentine’s Day, a day after they failed to return from a hike near the Delphi Historic Trail in Carroll County. The deaths quickly were treated as a homicide.

On Wednesday, Indiana State Police released an audio recording found on German’s cell phone—a three-second clip of a male voice saying “down the hill.”

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As President Donald Trump prepares a second version of an executive order restricting immigration to the United States, Purdue University and many other schools are trying to stay in contact with international students who might be interested in studying in the United States.

Several Big Ten Conference schools have already taken their own steps to appear welcoming to international students and on this edition of WBAA’s Monthly Conversation with Mitch Daniels, we ask what Purdue is doing.

Advocates for redistricting reform had a message for lawmakers today at the Statehouse: “We’re not going anywhere.”

About 30 people, including representatives from six different advocacy groups, gathered to protest the collapse of redistricting reform efforts this session.

Crafted after a two years of study, House Bill 1014 had overwhelming support from those who attended an Elections Committee hearing, but Committee Chairman Milo Smith didn’t call it for a vote.

Bonuses Inconsistent With Teacher Performance Statewide

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Heather Peacock is part of a family of educators.

“Both my sister and sister-in-law are teachers,” she says.

The three of them teach in different school districts in the Indianapolis area: Zionsville, Perry Township, and Wayne Township, where Peacock works. Right before the holidays, they all received their state-issued bonuses for being good teachers.

Felony Arrestee DNA Bill Clears House

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House lawmakers sent a bill to the Senate that allows law enforcement to collect DNA samples from anyone arrested for a felony.

Rep. Greg Steuerwald (R-Danville), the measure’s author, says the bill “identifies the guilty” and “exonerates the innocent.”

The samples would be compared to others in a national database, helping, Steuerwald says, link people to past crimes.

“It can only be used for criminal identification. That is it. It is not online; it is not open to the public,” Steuerwald says.

 

The House approved legislation that its author says “modernizes” Indiana’s gaming tax structure.

Rep. Todd Huston’s (R-Fishers) legislation would impose a new tax on casinos – a 3 percent levy on their gaming revenue. It would replace the admissions tax, which Huston’s bill would eliminate.

“As you step on a riverboat casino you are charged $3. This antiquated way of charging that tax has stood in the way of progress for much too long,” Huston says.

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The following school corporations are operating on a 2-hour delay due to fog on Wednesday, February 22, 2017:

Attica

Benton Community

Clinton Central

Covington Community Schools

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Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASAs, in Tippecanoe County are learning to identify youths who are at-risk of becoming human trafficking victims. They’re also learning how to talk about the issue when red flags appear.

County CASA Executive Director Coleen Connor says human trafficking may not yet be a significant problem, locally. But she wants to prepare the volunteers for what’s likely to come in the future.

Abortion Bill Changed After Returning To Committee

Feb 21, 2017

 

A House committee altered and then approved an abortion regulation bill after the unusual step of sending the bill from the House floor back to the committee.

The bill mandates doctors tell patients their medication-induced abortions could be reversed. It also mandates doctors tell patients that no scientifically valid studies verify that practice.

ISTEP Replacement Bill Clears House

Feb 21, 2017

The Indiana House passed legislation Monday to replace the ISTEP exam starting in the 2018-19 school year.

House Bill 1003 was approved in a 67-31 vote. It offers the basic framework for a new exam called I-LEARN. That stands for Indiana’s Learning Evaluation Assessment Readiness Network.

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Scientists said in a video that they were "surprised to find that the miniature forms are in fact locally abundant and fairly common." The frogs likely escaped notice until now because of their tiny size and secretive habitats, hidden under damp soil or dense vegetation.

Reform groups in Mexico have been trying for years to persuade politicians to regularly disclose their assets and incomes, pointing to their northern neighbor as an example of a place where financial disclosure is the norm in government.

Then came President Trump, who has steadfastly refused to release his tax returns.

They were unlikely settlers of America’s heartland: children, shipped from New York orphanages to small towns in the Midwest at the turn of the 20th century. And the little town of Concordia, Kansas, is making sure they’re not forgotten.

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