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The State Board of Education thinks there are serious consequences to the latest problems in grading the ISTEP exam, and is even considering taking legal action against the test’s maker, even though it’s unclear how successful such action would be.

Last month, the makers of the ISTEP-plus exam, CTB, announced grading the assessment would take longer than anticipated, thanks to the time needed to take to correct certain answers originally marked as incorrect on select open-ended questions.

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By many accounts, Purdue doesn’t compare well with its Big 10 peers when it comes to underrepresented minority student enrollment and success. During the Spring 2015 semester, African American, Pacific Islander, Native American, Hispanic and multi-racial students made up only 11.5-percent of the school’s student body.

According to census data, those same groups, minus those who identify as multi-racial, comprise more than 18-percent of the state’s total population.

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Governor Mike Pence wants federal aid for 19 counties affected by flooding that swept through Indiana earlier this summer. 

If granted, the governor’s request would provide FEMA grants to governments and some non-profit organizations in the 19 counties – most of which are in northeast and southeast parts of the state.

The grants would pay up to 75-percent of expenses to, for example, repair damage to roads, bridges and utilities.  It could also be used for debris removal and traffic control. 

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The I-65 closure is affecting other construction projects in the state. If the bridge doesn't open by INDOT's projected date in mid-September, at least one other interstate project will be pushed back.

INDOT has said the I-65 bridge will reopen in mid-September. But crews are waiting to resurface a section of I-74 in Eastern Montgomery County until then.

INDOT Crawfordsville District spokeswoman Debbie Calder says restrictions that had been in place on I-74 westbound have been lifted to accommodate detour traffic, thus slowing down the reconstruction.

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Think about the teachers you had as a kid. How many of them had been teaching for more than 10 years, 20 years, even 30 years? Quite a few probably, because that’s how the profession used to work. But in the last 10 years, that’s changed, with 40- to 50-percent of new teachers not making it past their fifth year.

So what is it like to be a new teacher? What happens in classrooms that cause half of new teachers to leave and what makes the other half stay?

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The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority is exploring ways to drive down housing and transportation costs, pairing with an Indiana-based energy technology consortium to try to craft energy efficiency solutions.

The IHCDA’s goal for low and middle-income Hoosiers is to ensure their housing and transportation costs don’t take up more than 45 percent of the household budget.

Rose-Hulman Sets Record Number Of Female Students

Aug 28, 2015
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Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology says the 20th anniversary of co-education at the school is being marked by a record number of female students this year.

Rose-Hulman says this year's incoming freshman class has 133 female students, which is a school record and represents one-quarter of the class.

Vice President For Enrollment Management and Strategic communications James Goecker says the school is increasing diversity in its student body, "with 30 percent of the 2015-16 freshman class of 547 being non-Caucasian, non-American citizen."

  Rock as a music genre has been defying social norms for quite some time, but only now has a woman done the same in the world of rock criticism. Jessica Hopper examines artists like Miley Cyrus, Riot Grrrl, and Nirvana, giving her honest thoughts on their contributions to rock culture. Her book, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic, gathers her various published pieces and groups them into themes such as "Strictly Business", "Bad Reviews", and "Nostalgia", giving a holistic view of today's changing world of rock.

President Obama reestablished diplomatic relations with Cuba in 2014, and Americans can now travel to this once-forbidden Caribbean island. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review for the moon travel guide to Cuba for those who want to take advantage of the nation's re-opening.  

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Just how long has Doris Myers been painting? Here's how she put it to the crowd of former students and admirers at the opening of her “Retrospective: 1930 to Present”:

“My first oil painting I did in my freshman year in 1935," Myers says. "Oh, do your math! It was a long time ago.”

At 93, Myers is one of Indiana's oldest working artists. She was born in November of 1921, just a year after women got the right to vote. She knew at a young age that she wanted to be an artist.

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Good news for tree huggers in Indiana—experts say while tree deaths caused by the invasive Emerald Ash Borer are at their peak, it’s likely the number of infestations will decline in the next few years.

For the past decade, the little beetle has been a big problem for the country’s trees. The ash borer burrows into a tree’s trunk, destroying the tissues and pathways that carry nutrients.

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This year’s Beers Across the Wabash might better be referred to as “Beers Next ToThe Wabash.” Construction on the event’s usual home on the John T. Meyers Pedestrian Bridge is behind schedule and won’t be done for at least another two weeks – thus moving the festival into neighboring Riehle Plaza.

Lafayette Public Works Director Jennifer Leshney says the bridge was originally slated to open August 28, but is behind schedule thanks to what she refers to as a “railing delivery issue.” Leshney says the railings weren’t delivered in time but didn't offer any more information.

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Crawfordsville’s mayor is organizing an informal social media campaign to put pressure on railroad operator CSX to pay more attention to the city.

Mayor Todd Barton, speaking Thursday on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, encouraged Crawfordsville residents to phone CSX to complain about trains clogging intersections in the city.

But he says the idea of an angry phone call may be passé.

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The Indiana Supreme Court will consider the future of Indiana’s personalized license plates after the state and the ACLU each had their say over a lawsuit challenging the program.

Greenfield Police Officer Rodney Vawter, with approval from the Fraternal Order of Police, had a license plate that read “0INK.” 

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles revoked it, calling it inappropriate.  The ACLU of Indiana, on behalf of Vawter, sued the BMV, saying its policy violates free speech rights. 

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There’s an argument to be made that getting the Stellar Communities designation was the easy part for Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton.

This week on Ask The Mayor, we’ll find out from him whether the toughest parts – gathering money and implementing an ambitious plan -- are yet to come, and whether that puts significantly more pressure on him to deliver meaningful change during his second term in office.

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