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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.
Credit Raul Lieberwirth / https://www.flickr.com/photos/lanier67/237055775

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.
Credit Bill Shaw

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

Credit Department of Veterans Affairs / http://www.va.gov/

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.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

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
Credit State of Indiana / http://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/

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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General News
11:14 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Harsh Winter Likely To Result In Smaller Indiana Peach Crop

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It‘s peach season in Indiana, but it doesn't look like too many Hoosiers are having luck with their crop, thanks to a very harsh winter.

Thomas Roney, who helps manage Tuttle Orchard in Greenfield, Indiana, says for every degree below 10 degrees, you lose ten-percent of your peach crop.

He says because Indiana hit a sustained cold temperature of about 17-below this winter, a lot of the state‘s peach trees were severely damaged.

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Education
11:13 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Counties That Missed Out On Pre-K Pilot Still Planning To Implement The Program

Preschool classrooms like this one could soon be filled with kids from five Indiana counties whose parents will get financial assistance to afford the schooling.
Credit Barnaby Wasson / https://www.flickr.com/photos/barnabywasson/27991131

A preschool classroom can be overwhelming. Take one at Bloomington Montessori for example.

There’s a few dozen students scattered around the room, each doing a different activity. One child is painting on an easel, two boys are building and knocking down a tower of blocks, and a  girl is pouring water from one cup into another over a sink.

Teacher Eve Cusack attempts to stop all of this activity and corral the children to go outside.

Designing, finding, or affording a high quality preschool program is often just as confusing to navigate as the classroom itself.

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Government
12:19 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

State Senator's Wife To Seek His Seat While He's Deployed

State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) has been called up to active duty by his U.S. Naval Reserve unit.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Amanda Banks announced Thursday she’ll seek to keep her husband Jim’s state Senate seat in the family when he’s deployed to Afghanistan this fall. 

Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) announced earlier this month that, starting in September, he'll be deployed to Afghanistan in his role as a Naval Reserve Officer. 

Banks is unopposed in November’s election and the seven month deployment means he will miss the entire 2015 legislative session. 

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Arts & Culture
7:15 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Nick Schenkel Book Reviews: The Starboard Sea

A first novel, this is one of those rare and exciting finds, marvelously capturing both the brittleness of youth culture and the soon-to-be, wanting-to-be adult personality – the bravado and the inner doubts. It's a book that features young adult characters with themes and prose that will captivate readers regardless if they are teens or adults.

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