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11:49 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Pence Among Potential Presidential Candidates Speaking At CPAC

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Governor Pence could be taking another step toward a presidential campaign tonight with an address to the Conservative Political Action Conference.   

The annual CPAC gathering is considered a mandatory event for Republican presidential hopefuls.

Pence is one of 15 potential 2016 candidates speaking at the four-day event being held just outside of Washington DC.

He says he‘ll make a case for state-based innovation instead of federal solutions.

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General News
10:01 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Hoosier Lottery And Ivy Tech Team Up To Promote Financial Literacy

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The Hoosier Lottery and Ivy Tech are partnering up to promote financial literacy. 

Lottery Executive Director Sarah Taylor says they’ve launched what's called a Massive Open Online Course, or "MOOC,"on the subject. 

She says it‘s part of their responsible gaming campaign and world lottery certification. 

"And it will be free to any Hoosier," says Taylor," but we're obviously wanting our winners and Ivy Tech students to take advantage of this opportunity.

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Health
6:15 am
Fri February 27, 2015

After Its Defeat, Governor Calls HPV Vaccination Bill Government Overreach

The governor says the job of the bill is better left to parents.
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Governor Mike Pence says he lobbied against legislation encouraging more young people to get vaccinated against human papilloma virus, or HPV, because of concerns about government mandates. 

The proposed House bill, authored by Rep. Sue Erringto (D-Muncie), set a goal for the state to have 80 percent of 13-to-15 year olds vaccinated against HPV by 2020. 

HPV is a virus linked to several forms of cancer, including cervical cancer, and only around 20-percent of Hoosiers are currently vaccinated against it. 

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Education
6:15 am
Fri February 27, 2015

ISTEP Kerfuffle Could Lead Lawmakers To Scrap It

There's no bipartisan support for starting from scratch with Indiana's standardized exams.
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The General Assembly passed the halfway mark of so-called “education session” this week, and so far state standardized testing has dominated much of the conversation. 

One bill that passed through the Senate during the first half of the session proposes doing away with the state-crafted ISTEP+, and perhaps moving toward using a national test.

With plenty of drama already over this year’s test – including timelines and test length – many see this as a common-sense idea.

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General News
6:00 am
Fri February 27, 2015

More Adoption Records Would Go Public If Old Rules Are Lifted

The bill would remove some longstanding rules about who has access to birth records.
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A bill now in the Indiana Senate would grant access to more than a half-century’s worth of sealed adoption records.

As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Leigh DeNoon reports, people adopted in Indiana between 1941 and 1993 have previously only had hit-and-miss opportunities to find out more about themselves and their biological families.

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