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A new report from Purdue University says the Internet connectivity gap is widening between the state's rural and urban counties.

Indiana already ranks among the bottom 10 states for Internet access. In 2014, only 71 percent of Hoosiers had access to broadband internet, according to census data.

 

About 12 percent had no Internet access at all, and about one percent were still using dial-up.

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Indianapolis is enlisting its residents to help count bees, butterflies and other bugs as part of a crowdsourcing science initiative. The “City-Wide Pollinator Count” aims to tell scientists more about where the bees are…and aren’t.

Crowdsourcing data has proved a valuable tool for scientists. Initiatives such as the Great World Wide Star Count and Cornell Ornithology Lab’s Backyard Bird Count catalog information scientists would otherwise never be able to access.

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Governor Mike Pence has endorsed Lietutenant Governor Eric Holcomb as his preferred candidate to replace him on the GOP’s gubernatorial ballot.

Holcomb is one of four candidates vying to replace Pence on the ballot, along with U.S. Representatives Susan Brooks and Todd Rokita and State Senator Jim Tomes.

Just days away from a vote on his replacement, Pence indicated a preference for Holcomb. In a statement, Pence says he made his choice when he picked Holcomb to take over as lieutenant governor earlier this year.

Appeals Court Overturns Purvi Patel Feticide Conviction

Jul 22, 2016
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An Indiana Appeals Court overturned the feticide conviction Friday for a woman who took abortion inducing drugs. The case was the first time a woman has been convicted of feticide for ending her own pregnancy.

Purvi Patel was 30 weeks pregnant when she took abortion inducing drugs. She delivered the pre-term fetus in her home.

Prosecutors charged her with felony feticide and neglect of a dependent resulting in death.

  The much-anticipated eighth part of the Harry Potter saga is released on July 31. The story begins nineteen peaceful years after the Battle at Hogwarts, where Harry and Ginny are saying goodbye to their children on their way to school. Although in script-form, the next addition is full of the same intricate dilemmas, light humor, and magic that are characteristic of the seven novels that came before. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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Indiana will witness its first real heat wave of 2016 this week. Temperatures are expected to peak in the mid-90s this weekend, and the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory through Saturday evening.

The hot conditions are the result of a so-called “heat dome,” which is exactly what it sounds like. Even though the name is simple, the conditions that create a heat dome are a complicated combination of pressure, temperature and air density.

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A Purdue University study may have big impacts on the dairy supply chain.

Purdue researchers confirmed that a new process, similar to pasteurization, adds weeks to the shelf life of milk.

 

To pasteurize milk, you heat it up to 72 degrees Celsius for 15 seconds. That kills enough bacteria for the milk to last about two weeks before it goes bad.

 

The new process heats pasteurized milk in droplet form -- for less than a second, to about 60 degrees.

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Two giant mergers among the nation’s five largest health insurers, including Indianapolis-based Anthem, were put on hold Thursday by the U.S. Justice Department, which cited concerns about the so-called “Big Five” becoming the “Big Three.”

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Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes says he’ll consider running for Indiana’s 4th District congressional seat if incumbent Todd Rokita wins the Republican nod to replace Governor Mike Pence on the ballot.

McBarnes, who’s just a couple years older than the 25-year-old minimum to run for the U.S. House, says he’s discussed the possibility with his wife, but adds he’d have to decide whether he could make more change in Congress than he can in Clinton County.

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According to a recent report released by the Indiana Department of Child Services, the majority of fatalities due to child abuse or neglect occur in babies and toddlers.

Of the 66 fatalities that occurred in 2014—the most recent year in which data is available—60 percent occurred in children three years old or younger.

DCS spokesman James Wide says the youngest children are the most vulnerable.

“If we’re not actively supervising these children then they will get into things that will hurt them,” he says.

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