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12:12 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

State Still Waiting On No Child Left Behind Waiver Request

Howe High School in Indianapolis -- one of the schools taken over by private operators after years of failing student test scores.
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Even as five more states were granted waivers Thursday from certain parts of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, Indiana looks for the time being like it’s been…left behind.

Federal education officials had promised an answer on Indiana’s waiver request by the end of July, but a press release from the U.S. Department of Education yesterday confirmed a decision has not been made on Indiana’s claim.

"Despite media reports to the contrary, no decision has been made by the federal government regarding Indiana’s waiver," the press release says.

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Government
10:17 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Evan Bayh To Lead CIA Panel

The Indiana Democrat will wade into a spying allegation that has his former Senate colleagues irked.
Credit courtesy Evan Bayh

Retired Indiana senator and former governor Evan Bayh will chair an accountability board for the Central Intelligence Agency.

Evan Bayh’s appointment comes after an internal investigation showed agency personnel improperly gained access to Senate computers.

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Science & Medicine
10:04 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Purdue Economist: Good Corn Yields Would Mean Lower Meat Prices

Some economists say it could be a banner year for corn, but others say the jury's still out.
Credit Mike Loizzo / WBAA News

Experts appear divided on how much corn the state’s fields will yield this year, but there are some who are predicting record-high production.

They’re crediting this summer’s cool weather, combined with a lot of rain early in the season.

Purdue agricultural economist Chris Hurt says a corn surplus means lower prices on everything from cooking oil to animal feed – prices that will eventually translate into higher profits for meat producers.

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General News
6:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Ukrainian Purdue Professor Says Whole Country Feels Effects Of War With Russia

Maidan Square in Kiev, where Natasha Uhl says anti-Russian protests began last fall.
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A Purdue lecturer has returned from a visit to her native Ukraine, where she says fighting between state troops and Russian-backed separatists is taking its toll even in the capital of Kiev, her hometown.

Natasha Uhl says the conditions she saw aren't limited to the border region with Russia, which is many miles from the capital.

She also worries the Ukraine in which she grew up is not the same one currently inhabited by her son, daughter-in-law and their soon-to-be-born child.

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Transportation
4:02 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Pence Says Hoosier State Line's Future In Cities' Hands, Not State's

Lafayette's train station could remain this empty on most days starting in October if more funding to keep passenger trains running seven days a week isn't allocated.
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Governor Mike Pence is noncommittal on whether Indiana will support the future of the Hoosier State Passenger Rail Line with state dollars.  Speaking to reporters Thursday, Pence shifted responsibility to local communities along the line that runs between Chicago and Indianapolis.

Federal funding for the Hoosier State Line was cut off last year.  The state and local communities along the line reached a temporary funding agreement that keeps the route running through October. 

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General News
6:00 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Wine Competition At Purdue Features Thousands Of Wines From Around The World

Judging is underway at the Indy International Wine Competition.
Credit Kristin Malavenda / WBAA News

The nation's largest scientifically organized and independent wine competition is being held on the Purdue campus this week.

Purdue wine professor Christian Butzke talks about the Indy International Wine Competition and how the wine industry in the state is growing.

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General News
6:00 am
Thu July 31, 2014

State Preparing To Limit Amount Of Drug Treatment Meds Allowed At Home

Particularly of concern is how much methadone a person can have at one time.
Credit Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

The state is developing treatment rules prompted by legislation that will significantly limit how much drug addiction treatment medication patients can take home. 

Federal law caps the amount of methadone patients can take home.  If someone’s been in treatment for at least six months, they can get three doses to take home per week.  After a year, they can get 14 days worth of the medication; after two years, 30 days. 

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General News
1:16 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

State Health Officials Reminding Parents Of Vaccine Requirements For School

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As the school year begins for some students this week, doctors and schools want to remind parents that the state‘s immunization requirements have changed slightly.

Two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine are now required for all incoming kindergarten students before they can attend school, and those two doses must be at least six months apart.

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Education
11:39 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Though Ritz Can't Sue The State Board Of Education, A Judge Says Hoosiers Can

Glenda Ritz alleged the state board violated open meetings statutes. A judge said she had no standing. But a court now says Hoosiers themselves do.
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A Marion County judge is allowing a lawsuit involving a dispute between state superintendent Glenda Ritz and the State Board of Education to move forward.

The judge Tuesday denied the Attorney General’s request to dismiss the lawsuit filed by four residents against the State Board of Education.

The issue at the center of the lawsuit is whether State Board of Education members violated the state’s open meeting law when they decided via email to send a legislative leaders a letter, asking them to intervene in how school’s A-F grades were being calculated.

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Government
10:11 am
Wed July 30, 2014

State Looks To Local Government For Corruption-busting Ideas

If the program works as the attorney general describes, ideas will come to the statehouse from local leaders.
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Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says the state’s Public Integrity Coalition is developing strategies from the local level up to state government aimed at curbing public corruption.  Those strategies could include new legislation.

The Public Integrity Coalition, formed three months ago, brings together groups such as the Attorney General’s office, the State Board of Accounts – which is responsible for auditing all levels of government in the state – the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, and law enforcement groups around the state.

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