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6:31 am
Thu July 24, 2014

State Commission Will Continue Debate Over Business Personal Property Tax

A hotel in downtown Terre Haute -- a city whose mayor says the business personal property tax could stifle a budget that has already shrunk by 40-percent due to tax caps.
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The next showdown between the state and local governments over the business personal property tax will be at a blue ribbon commission studying the issue this summer. 

Legislation passed this year allows local governments to either exempt new equipment from the business personal property tax, eliminate it on small businesses or abate the tax on specific projects for up to 20 years.  It also created a study committee to examine the business personal property tax. 

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General News
6:14 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Ten States Join Indiana's Gay Marriage Appeal

Judges have struck down same-sex marriage bans in 17 states, including Indiana.
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Ten states have joined Indiana‘s appeal of a federal judge‘s ruling that same-sex marriage in the state should be legal.

In a friend-of-the-court brief, the attorneys general from the states asked the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to affirm that each state has the right to set its own marriage laws. The states joining the case are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah.

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General News
6:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Monthly Conversation With Mitch Daniels: GE Groundbreaking, Lobbying and 'President Daniels'

Purdue's President says he still gets asked about that OTHER presidency...
Credit courtesy Purdue President's Office

Some questions for Purdue's leader this month:

There was a lot of talk at the GE Aviation groundbreaking this week that Purdue grads might have something of an inside track to jobs there, since they’ll likely be high-skill positions. Can the university develop some kind of a pipeline there for those students who might qualify?

The trustees last week approved the merger of the Calumet and North Central campuses into Purdue Northwest. What kinds of savings might that reap for the school’s overall bottom line?

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Government
11:10 am
Wed July 23, 2014

As Appeals Courts Differ On Obamacare Exchanges, Pence Says Indiana Got It Right

One appeals court panel says those buying healthcare from the federal exchange can't take subsidies to pay for it, another rejects that argument.
Credit Healthcare.gov

Governor Mike Pence says he stands by his decision not to operate a state-run health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act. 

Two federal appeals courts Tuesday ruled on cases involving insurance subsidies in the Affordable Care Act.  A Washington D.C. circuit court ruled that the federal government cannot provide subsidies for more than four million Americans—including more than 100,000 Hoosiers-- who purchased insurance through federally-run healthcare exchanges. 

Just a few hours later, an appeals court in Virginia ruled in favor of the Obama administration. 

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General News
10:37 am
Wed July 23, 2014

9/11 Commission Reconvenes, Warns Of Cyber Threats

Members of the 9/11 Commission applaud co-chair Lee Hamilton (center) during a meeting surrounding the tenth anniversary of the attacks.
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The authors of the original report that detailed the events surrounding the 9/11 terrorist attacks say the next big threat is cyber-terrorism. The group has reconvened to assess the threats to the nation, ten years after their report.

They’ve updated recommendations the committee made ten years ago, and reconsidered whether those recommendations have been adopted as policy or made into law. 

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Science
6:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Research Could Lead To Printing Drugs For Individuals, Not Populations

This is the sixth incarnation of the drug printing rig, which drops small amounts of a drug onto the concave surface of a pre-made placebo pill.
Credit Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

Rex Reklaitis thinks of his drug printing rig almost like a time machine.

The Purdue researcher is working to develop a commercially viable machine that can print small amounts of a drug which are tailored to an individual patient.

That would be a shift away from the current model used by large drug companies which can make hundreds of thousands of aspirin tablets in an hour.

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Education
12:09 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Tippecanoe County Fails To Make Finals Of State's Pre-K Pilot

Tippecanoe County parents will have to wait until officials roll out the program statewide.
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Parents in Allen, Jackson, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh Counties will soon be eligible to receive state funding to send their kids to preschool.

Indiana's Family and Social Services Administration Tuesday announced those five counties have been chosen from a pool of 18 semi-finalists to participate in Indiana’s pre-K pilot program. 

The FSSA selected the final counties based on their need for preschool programs and their ability to meet that need. Officials had also said cooperation between agencies in each county would be a major determining factor.

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Education
9:33 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Kids Count Study Labels Indiana Middle Of The Pack On Education

Indiana is ranked 26th overall.
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Indiana children are making strides in education, according to new data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual KIDS Count report.

Indiana ranks 26th nationally in education this year, ahead eight places from 2013.

The rankings are based on several components, such as high school graduation rates and the percentage of children in pre-kindergarten.

One of the major contributing factors to the increase is an 11-percent improvement in the number of students proficient in both 4th grade reading and 8th grade math.

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Government
7:14 am
Tue July 22, 2014

State Unveils News Transparency Website

The website tracks how the state spends its money and whether it's getting good returns on its investments.
Credit State of Indiana

The governor’s office has unveiled a new website aiming to improving transparency and accountability in state government -- a one-stop shop for Hoosiers keeping tabs on state agencies’ performance.

The state’s previous transparency portal earned Indiana the title of most transparent state government site by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a consumer watchdog organization. 

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General News
6:00 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Purdue Device Could Standardize Test For Pacemakers

The SafePace device tests pacemaker leads to make sure they are implanted securely.
Credit Purdue University

Cardiac surgeons could use a Purdue invention to standardize a test that determines if a pacemaker is implanted securely.

WBAA’s Kristin Malavenda spoke with biomedical engineering graduate students Johnny Zhang  and Elizabeth Mercer about their device, known as SafePace.

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