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10:10 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Ball State Researcher Working On Treatment For Bat-Killing Fungus

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A biology professor at Ball State University is working with other Midwest researchers to find a treatment for a fungus that’s killing the country’s bats at a record rate.  

Bats carry a negative reputation through most of the world.  This week, scientists announced a theory that bats are the cause of the rapid spread of the Ebola virus that is devastating regions of Africa.  But Ball State associate professor Tim Carter says bats play a critical role in our ecosystem.

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Arts & Culture
7:20 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Book Review: In The Country of Men

Credit amazon.com

The unnamed North African nation is a state of being more than a country, a story without borders or time told in this emotionally moving tale through the eyes of a man remembering a summer of his boyhood when his family and the world he knew was torn apart by revolution.  Nominated for a Mann Booker Prize In The Country of Men will be the featured book in our new Fall Muslim Journeys Book Discussion at the West Lafayette Public Library on Thursday, August 28, 2014.

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Government
2:44 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Ask The Mayor: Frankfort's Chris McBarnes

The mayor calls the condition of State Road 28 leading into town "deplorable" -- but it's the main connector between downtown and his planned expansion to I-65.
Credit City of Frankfort

Some questions for the mayor on this month's program:

You and I spoke a couple weeks ago when the city pool was closed about some of the overhaul that was needed to make that facility safer. What’s the latest on those efforts?

You say in your latest 200-day plan you want to review the condition of aging police and fire facilities. Is it likely the city will have to rehab or replace several of those?

What kind of money does the city have in its capital projects budget to pay for updates to infrastructure?

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Education
1:00 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Indy Charter School To Close After Cheating On ISTEP

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard
Credit City of Indianapolis / http://www.indy.gov

Flanner House Elementary, a charter school sponsored by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s office, will close after allegations of cheating on ISTEP tests.

Mayor Ballard accepted the decision by Flanner House’s Board of Directors Thursday to surrender its charter and close the school.

The Mayor’s Office of Education Innovation began investigating the school after it showed “extraordinarily high gains” on ISTEP tests in 2013 and 2014.

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Health
9:50 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Indiana Falling Short In Cancer Prevention Efforts

A new report from the American Cancer Society‘s Cancer Action Network says most states - including Indiana - are falling far short in the battle against cancer.

The report, now in its 12th year, says 75% of states aren‘t making progress in passing or strengthening policies that aid in addressing cancer issues.

The report says almost 36,000 Hoosiers will be diagnosed with cancer this year and about 13,000 of them will die from it.

Government Relations Director Brianna Herndon says Indiana scored well in only one of 12 benchmarks.

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Education
9:38 am
Thu August 21, 2014

More Indiana Students Taking AP Classes

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More Indiana high school students are enrolling in "advanced placement" classes, according to the state Department of Education.

Indianapolis Public Schools saw a more than 80-percent jump between 2006 and 2011 according to the Department of Education.

Carmel Clay saw a 115 percent increase in students taking "A-P" classes.

State education officials say this is more than just a point of pride for students and parents...it is also saving real money.

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Arts & Culture
5:03 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Delphi Opera House Receives $200,000 Donation

A mock-up of the front of the opera house, with the names of donors whose money has been pledged to refurbish specific parts of the structure.
Credit Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

The stairs up to the third floor performance space in the Delphi Opera House creak and bend as construction crews walk up and down them. A curving stairwell to what once was balcony seating features a narrow corridor strewn with dust and peeling paint. It’s not hard to see the building needs more than four million dollars in improvements. But on Wednesday, community leaders announced they’d received another $200,000 chunk of that.

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General News
9:03 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Hoosier Lottery Operator Falls Just Short Of Revenue Goal

The company running the Hoosier Lottery set a record for revenue in their first full year, but it fell just shy of the revenue level it guaranteed the state.

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General News
7:57 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Report: Former Energy Efficiency Program Was Cost Effective

Energizing Indiana provided incentives for individuals and businesses to be more energy efficient.
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A new report indicates the state’s energy efficiency program legislators eliminated earlier this year was cost effective, saving about $3 for every one dollar spent.

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission report shows the biggest payback from Energizing Indiana, as the program was called, was in rebates given to commercial and industrial businesses that upgraded to energy efficiency equipment.

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General News
7:47 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Lawmakers Question Whether Deer Preserves Should Be Allowed

Critics say captive deer operations threaten the state’s wild deer population.
Credit Bloomington-Monroe County Deer Task Force / https://bloomington.in.gov/deertaskforce

The showdown over high-fenced deer hunting preserves in Indiana could be coming to a head as lawmakers investigate the issue in preparation for the 2015 session. At issue is whether the preserves should have the right to operate in Indiana.

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