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Since 2015, Indiana counties have established syringe-exchange programs with the hopes of curbing the spread of HIV and hepatitis.

The latest county to establish such a service — Allen County — has decided to call the program something different, a move other counties in Indiana are considering as well.

The Indiana bill legalizing needle exchanges refers to the services as syringe exchange programs, and most counties’ terminology has followed suit. But earlier this month, Allen County announced the establishment of a syringe services program.

Elkhart Plans Survey Of Lead Water Pipes

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In the wake of the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, many towns across the country are taking steps to reduce the risk of lead contaminated drinking water—including Elkhart. Elkhart’s first step is identifying those lead service lines.

Elkhart’s Board of Public Works freed up nearly $300,000 for the city’s public works department. Utility Service Manger Laura Kolo says the money will be used to locate all the lead service lines.

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Trail advocates in Northeast Indiana want to create the largest trail system in the state. They plan to create an 81-mile trail from Angola to Bluffton.

The proposed trail was recently named the Poka-bache Connector. The first part of the name -- Poka -- comes from Pokagon State Park in Angola, which is where the trail will begin.

The path will travel downstate for 81 miles and end at Ouabache (pronounced Wabash) State Park in Bluffton, which is where the second part of the name Poka-bache comes from.

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Indiana’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in September, the first time in five months the rate didn’t go down.

The Indiana unemployment rate stayed at 4.5-percent last month. That’s still its lowest level in nearly a year and lower than all of its neighboring states.

The private sector added about 10,000 jobs for the month, the sixth consecutive month of increases. Gains came in almost all employment areas - the only outlier was the trade, transportation and utilities sector, which shed 1,300 jobs.

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At the annual Indiana Republican Party Fall Dinner, many members of the GOP paid tribute to retiring Senator Dan Coats.

Coats is not seeking re-election this year, after a career in politics that has included serving in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, as well as acting as a U.S. ambassador to Germany.

On behalf of Governor Mike Pence, Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb awarded Senator Coats and his wife Marsha Coats the highest award in Indiana, the Sagamore of the Wabash.   

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A new study explores where Hoosier manufacturing workers go when they lose their jobs.

Its authors, at the Indiana Business Research Center, say it shows more investment in job training would go a long way.

Economic analysis director Tim Slaper says the study sought to answer a simple question about laid-off manufacturing workers:

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Top Indiana University administrators say a long-term efficiency initiative is unlikely to result in faculty or staff downsizing.  

The project, part of the university’s Bicentennial Strategic Plan, is called the Presidential Initiative to Reduce Administrative Barriers to Academic Excellence.

Vice President for Research Fred Cate says large organizations tend to accumulate layers of administrative red tape that can make it difficult to work efficiently.

A committee, made up of seven people including Cate, will spend the next few years on the project.

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Indiana voters have 15 options to choose from if they want to write in a candidate for President in this year's election. Many Republicans who are dissatisfied with Donald Trump have announced their intention to write in Mike Pence for president, but that write-in could end up being a vote for Trump anyway.

Fifty years after the creation of the first television show, Star Trek has become one of the most famous science-fiction stories in our culture today. Known for its intergalactic characters and far-reaching technological advancements, Star Trek as an enterprise is encapsulated in this Encyclopedia-Britannica-like book. Rated as one of the best containing all the facts, seasoned lovers and newly-interested readers alike are sure to fall in love. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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Research at Purdue has uncovered a naturally-occurring material that — in a phenomenon that seemingly defies logic — becomes thicker when it’s stretched.

Most materials get thinner vertically when they’re stretched horizontally, think about how a water balloon becomes more fragile with more water inside. However, scientists have manufactured so-called “auxetic” materials that can do the opposite, thanks to a special way their atomic structures line up, like a hinge that opens.