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A new report from the American Thoracic Society estimates 189 deaths occurred in Indiana because of air pollution annually from 2011 through 2013.

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The infant mortality rates among black babies in Indiana are more than twice the state’s average, according to data from the Indiana State Department of Health.

In 2014, 14.7 babies per every 1000 born to black mothers died before their first birthday. The state’s total infant mortality rate was a little over 7 per every 1000.

Additionally, the rate of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome—SUIDS—among black babies is getting exponentially higher. In 2014, 240 African-American babies per every 100,000 died from SUIDS, a 60 percent increase over the year before.

Purdue University

The Purdue Board of Trustees met Friday, where President Mitch Daniels gave his end-of-the-year report and the Board approved an increased cost on faculty health care premiums.

NEW STUDENTS

Purdue University set several records this year with its incoming freshman class, research funding, technology transfer and donations.

But Daniels says there’s still a way to go.

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In the crossroads of America, it's pretty easy to get around by driving or flying. But if you want to take the train, your options are limited.

Now, public-private deals such as the Hoosier State train are trying to change that.

Proponents of more rail service hope the Indianapolis-to-Chicago line so far will help prove their point to lawmakers.

On a Friday morning, the Hoosier State train is snaking north between Dyer and the Illinois state line. About 90 passengers sleep in their seats, eat breakfast in the dining car or use free WiFi.

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Next year, Purdue opens its Polytechnic High School in Indianapolis. It’ll work within the Indianapolis Public Schools, but also be a competitor in some ways.

And it’ll offer something no other high school in Indiana does – direct admission to a university upon graduation.

So as more and more schools advertise to lure students away from their competitors, does Purdue have an unfair advantage?

We pose that question to Mitch Daniels on this month’s conversation with him.

NWS: Kokomo Tornado Rated EF-3

Aug 25, 2016
Annie Ropiek

UPDATE: The National Weather Service confirmed a fifth tornado, an EF-0 in Marion County.

Residents and teams from the Indianapolis National Weather Service office are surveying the damage after several tornados swept through Central Indiana Wednesday evening.

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As WBAA tried to report on the fiscal situation with the Hoosier State Line, we were left to extrapolate whether the train was finally in the black financially.

Turns out we're not alone.

Chris Morisse Vizza

Results are mixed one year into a two-year partnership involving the state, Amtrak, a private contractor and communities served by the Hoosier State passenger train.

The state’s goal has been to improve the route, attract more riders and generate more revenue to make the four-times-a-week round-trip service between Indianapolis and Chicago more self-sufficient.

WBAA’s Chris Morisse Vizza assess the progress thus far, and whether it’s enough to win continued funding from Indiana legislators.

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The Uptown Jazz & Blues Festival is Lafayette’s last summer festival of the year. There is "cool jazz, smoking hot blues, and the smell of barbecue" as festival goers meet at the Historic Fifth Street Market District.

UJBF was established in 2005, and has become one of the premier music festivals in Indiana. It incorporates local, regional and national touring acts - literally setting the stage for a unique community gathering. Local brews and eateries add to the "evening’s hip, upscale vibe."

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