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3:11 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Indiana Could Ban Microbeads By 2019

A Minnesota first-grader drew this for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to illustrate the dangers of microbeads to wildlife.
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A House committee has unanimously passed a bill that would make Indiana one of the first states in the nation to ban the use of tiny plastic particles known as microbeads in personal care products. 

Microbeads are found in a wide variety of beauty and personal products, including soaps, lotions and even toothpaste. 

The problem, say researchers, is that those microbeads are showing up in the water system. 

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Health
10:33 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Vaping Liquids Could Soon Face Stricter Regulations

Stricter regulations on e-liquids would include a new permit that would cost manufacturers $5,000.
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A Senate committee Thursday narrowly approved a bill regulating manufacturers of e-liquids, which are used in vaping pens and e-cigarettes.

The production of e-liquids, also known as vaping liquids or e-juices, is essentially unregulated in Indiana.

Sen. Carlin Yoder, R-Middlebury, authored legislation that would create several regulations, including a new permit that would cost manufacturers $5,000, stringent security requirements — bottling and packaging standards, using child-proof caps on containers and prohibiting the sale of e-liquids to minors.

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General News
10:26 am
Fri January 30, 2015

USDA Program Can Help Grow Next Generation of Indiana Farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a program to help the next generation in Indiana and around the nation get into farming and ranching, as the current "crop" of farmers ages.
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The average age of Indiana farmers is 56, and as their retirement nears, there is a need to get the next crop of farmers up and running.

In Indiana and round the nation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing $18 million to help educate and develop the next generation of agribusinesses. The funding is in the 2014 Farm Bill, under the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development program.

Traci Bruckner, senior associate for agriculture and conservation policy for the Center for Rural Affairs, said the program is a great starting point for people who want to farm.

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Sports
2:58 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Bill Would Require Concussion Training For Most Coaches

Anyone who coaches players younger than 20 would be required to undergo at least some training to diagnose possible head trauma.
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High schools in Indiana are required to educate their coaches, student athletes, and parents about concussions and head injuries, and follow specific rules after a head injury occurs.

A new law would apply those same rules to grades 5-8.

Senate Bill 403 would require all coaches and assistant coaches to complete some safety education courses, if their athletes are less than 20 years old.

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Science & Medicine
2:43 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

IUPUI Scientist Using DNA To Determine Physical Traits

Based on what the DNA code says, scientists could make educated guesses what the person looks like.
Credit Gretchen Frazee / Indiana Public Broadcasting

An IUPUI biology professor is developing a technique to determine what someone looks like, based solely on his or her DNA.

The work is being funded by a $1 million grant from the National Institute of Justice over the next three years.

Read more and see a video of the procedure here.

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