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1:16 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

State Health Officials Reminding Parents Of Vaccine Requirements For School

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As the school year begins for some students this week, doctors and schools want to remind parents that the state‘s immunization requirements have changed slightly.

Two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine are now required for all incoming kindergarten students before they can attend school, and those two doses must be at least six months apart.

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Education
11:39 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Though Ritz Can't Sue The State Board Of Education, A Judge Says Hoosiers Can

Glenda Ritz alleged the state board violated open meetings statutes. A judge said she had no standing. But a court now says Hoosiers themselves do.
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A Marion County judge is allowing a lawsuit involving a dispute between state superintendent Glenda Ritz and the State Board of Education to move forward.

The judge Tuesday denied the Attorney General’s request to dismiss the lawsuit filed by four residents against the State Board of Education.

The issue at the center of the lawsuit is whether State Board of Education members violated the state’s open meeting law when they decided via email to send a legislative leaders a letter, asking them to intervene in how school’s A-F grades were being calculated.

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Government
10:11 am
Wed July 30, 2014

State Looks To Local Government For Corruption-busting Ideas

If the program works as the attorney general describes, ideas will come to the statehouse from local leaders.
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Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says the state’s Public Integrity Coalition is developing strategies from the local level up to state government aimed at curbing public corruption.  Those strategies could include new legislation.

The Public Integrity Coalition, formed three months ago, brings together groups such as the Attorney General’s office, the State Board of Accounts – which is responsible for auditing all levels of government in the state – the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, and law enforcement groups around the state.

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Science
6:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

To Learn More About Solar Power, Researchers Zap Spinach With Lasers

When the spinach is processed to harness a protein called Photosystem II, it becomes a deep green substance that's manipulated with a paintbrush in a test tube.
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A Purdue University researcher and her students are using store-bought spinach leaves and lasers to try to better understand photosynthesis -- that’s the process by which many plants make their food.

But Yulia Pushkar and her students have a bigger goal in mind – understanding how the plants turn sunlight into energy so much more efficiently than solar panels.

Her study of a compound known as Photosystem II could help scientists learn how to better harness the sun’s power.

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Government
3:34 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Indy Smoking Ban Upheld, But Will Be Appealed To State Supreme Court

No matter the outcome at the appellate level, the case was likely to find its way to the state's highest court.
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A judge has upheld Indianapolis' smoking ban in a ruling that will be appealed directly to the Indiana Supreme Court.

In a ruling issued Monday, Marion County Superior Court Judge James Osborn ruled against a lawsuit filed by two members of the Tavern League of Indiana - The Thirsty Turtle and the Whistle Stop Inn.

Their attorney, Mark Small, had asked Osborn for an immediate ruling against the smoking ban after the state Supreme Court struck down Evansville's ban.

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General News
12:56 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Hogsett's Political Future In Limbo

U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett speaks at a press conference in Bloomington.
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US Attorney Joe Hogsett leaves his federally appointed position at the end of this week.

But his political future may not be decided for a while longer.

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports:

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General News
12:35 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Hearing To Reveal More Information On The Status Of Indianapolis VA Hospital

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When an internal audit of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs last month marked Indianapolis’ VA hospital for further review, it didn’t give a reason for doing so.  

As Indiana Public Broadcasting's Gretchen Frazee reports, officials at the Roudebush VA Medical Center  now say it’s because of accusations that the hospital manipulated wait times.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is expected to brief Congressional leaders this week on the facilities it marked for further review.

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General News
6:00 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Purdue Expert Says Outlook For Indiana's Corn Crop Is Good Despite Late Planting

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A Purdue expert says despite the Indiana corn crop being planted a bit late, high yields are still likely.

WBAA’s Kristin Malavenda spoke with Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen about the outlook for this year’s harvest.

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Education
3:23 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Lubbers Builds On Congressional Testimony With '15 To Finish' Program

Purdue University junior Sarah Correll spoke in favor of the program at its roll-out Monday.
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The Indiana Commission for Higher Education wants to help college students finish their degrees on time, unveiling Monday its ’15 to Finish’ campaign. 

Tthe initiative is a coordinated, statewide effort to inform students, parents, and advisors about the importance of taking 15 credit hours per semester.

Only 30-percent of Hoosiers complete a bachelor’s degree on time.  And an extra year of college costs an average of $50,000 . 

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General News
12:16 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Lafayette Area Residents Have Millions In Unclaimed Property

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller
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Lafayette-area residents are owed nearly $9-million by the state.

That’s according to Attorney General Greg Zoeller, who stopped at Ivy Tech Community College this morning.

He says $8,752,878 in the state’s Unclaimed Property Division belongs to people who live in and around Lafayette.

That includes money from savings and checking accounts, investment earnings, and insurance proceeds and benefits.

Zoeller says in total, the state’s unclaimed property database holds more than $400-million in assets.

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