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11:24 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Indiana Poultry Farmers Wary Of Bird Flu

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As Indiana and Illinois battle a strain of dog flu, farmers and other poultry breeders are watching out for bird flu that‘s affecting other states in the Midwest.

The H5N2 strain of bird flu has been spotted primarily at turkey farms in Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Missouri, as well as Arkansas to the South.

Last week, it was reported at a chicken farm in Wisconsin and has also affected farms in Canada.

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Education
8:25 am
Tue April 21, 2015

New Campaign Aims To Give College Students Intern Experience

Indiana Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers
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A national survey of college students and hiring managers shows 80 percent of employers want new hires to have completed an internship…but only eight percent of students say they’ve invested time in those opportunities.  The Commission for Higher Education launched an initiative Monday aimed at improving Indiana’s talent pipeline.

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Government
6:00 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Ethics Reform Moving, Even As It's Pushed (Again) To The Back Burner

Former Rep. Eric Turner (R-Cicero) was investigated for possible ethics violations before his term ended last year. He'd been involved with legislation that benefited his family's nursing home business.
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Although other issues have overshadowed them this session, the Indiana legislature entered the 2015 session with two major goals: pass a budget and write new ethics reforms.

Recent ethics scandals at the Statehouse prompted lawmakers this session to strengthen Indiana’s ethics code. 

The bipartisan legislation is the most sweeping ethics package in a decade.

But some critics say the changes don’t go far enough.

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Health
5:25 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Clinton County Health Department May Raise Service Fees

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After eight years of declining revenue, the Clinton County Health Department may have to raise service fees to make up for its losses.

The Clinton County Council recently increased the department’s loan cap to $65,000 -- $15,000 more than what it was allowed to borrow at the beginning of this year.

Health Department Administrator John Brannan says the department is asking for more grants from the state before taking money from the community.

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Government
5:21 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Even Before Study, Lubbers Offers Ivy Tech Grad Rate Fixes

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Indiana‘s higher education commissioner says Ivy Tech‘s anemic on-time graduation rates are partly a case of growing pains.

Just 4-percent of Ivy Tech students earn their degrees in four years. Even after six years, the figure is just 28-percent -- well below the figures for community colleges in other states.

Teresa Lubbers notes Ivy Tech evolved from a vocational school to a state community college network just 10 years ago. And she says the school receives a higher percentage of students who need remedial work on basic skills.

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