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One thing became clear during the first meeting of the panel tasked with rewriting the ISTEP, Indiana’s standardized school assessment test.

Change will come slowly because there’s so much work to do.

And one legislator says the state may need to bring back the ISTEP to allow enough time to develop a good alternative.

The 23-member committee created by the 2016 Indiana General Assembly met for the first time on Tuesday.

The group has a December 1, 2016 deadline to evaluate different tests and recommend a replacement test.  

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A judge Tuesday denied Indiana University’s attempt to join a lawsuit by the ACLU and Planned Parenthood challenging Indiana’s new anti-abortion law. 

The ACLU of Indiana, on behalf of Planned Parenthood, filed a lawsuit last month seeking to block a new state law that bars abortions performed solely because of a fetus’ potential disability, sex or race. 

Indiana University says a different part of the law, one that bans receiving fetal tissue, will criminalize its research on Alzheimer’s disease. 

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The Indiana Court of Appeals heard arguments from Purvi Patel Monday. Patel’s case gained national attention in March of 2015 when she was convicted of child neglect and feticide after she delivered an extremely preterm fetus alone in her northern Indiana home.

Patel is the first woman in the country convicted of feticide for ending her own pregnancy after taking abortion drugs she bought online.

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People have been drinking—and smoking—inside Lafayette’s Knickerbocker Saloon for almost two centuries. But earlier this spring, the historic bar decided to go smoke-free. However, the transition requires more than posting a “no smoking” sign on the door.

Knickerbocker owner Jeff Hamann says most people just don’t expect or tolerate smoking in public anymore.

And smoking rates have, for the most part, been decreasing in Indiana, dropping 2.5 percent between 2011 and 2014.

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Governor Mike Pence is backing U.S. Steel in calls for an investigation into China's steel industry.

That's after the federal government imposed new tariffs on China last week -- a move some steelworkers say doesn't go far enough.

Last month, U.S. Steel asked the U.S. International Trade Commission for a total ban on Chinese steel imports, saying practices overseas have cost thousands of American jobs.

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The ACLU of Indiana says it has no issue with Indiana University joining its lawsuit against the state over controversial anti-abortion legislation.

But the Indiana Attorney General’s office wants to block IU’s action.

The ACLU, on behalf of Planned Parenthood, filed suit last month seeking to block legislation that bans abortions performed solely because of a fetus’ potential disability, gender or race. 

Indiana University also wants to challenge the law, specifically, a section that criminalizes the receiving of fetal tissue. 

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Daily fantasy sports companies have until August to declare they want to keep doing business in Indiana.

In March, Indiana became the second state to formally affirm daily fantasy games are legal -- four states have followed since.

Indiana's law sets a $50,000 registration fee for the operators. The Indiana Gaming Commission wants a letter of intent by August 1 from companies who plan to run games, with a full application due by November.

Gregg To Announce Running Mate Before Dems' Convention

May 23, 2016
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Democratic gubernatorial nominee John Gregg plans to announce his running mate next month, about a week before the party's state convention.

Gregg isn't saying how many potential lieutenant governors he's considering, but says he's looking for someone who shares his vision on the economy and education.

But he says the criteria are slightly different from his first run four years ago -- he says he's also looking for someone who can help win over the centrist Republicans he's betting are dissatisfied with Governor Mike Pence.

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A new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute finds 87 percent of Medicaid-eligible children in Indiana have health insurance.

That might sound like a substantial figure, but 32 states have participation rates for that same group above 90 percent. Indiana ranks 44th for its childrens’ Medicaid coverage.

About 4 out of 10 kids in Indiana receive Medicaid coverage...that’s approximately 650,000 people.

And experts say there some are still slipping through the cracks. Almost 9 percent of Medicaid-eligible children remain uninsured.

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Some Indiana Senate lawmakers are hoping for a study committee that will focus on a program to reduce food deserts.

First, they must convince legislative leaders to direct a committee to examine a potential program to make fresh food more accessible.

Republican Senator Randy Head, R-Logansport, authored a bill last session to reduce food deserts, or areas where fresh food accounts for less than 10 percent of accessible and available food.

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