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The state will not appeal a federal court’s decision to overturn the conviction of the only Indiana woman charged with feticide for ending her own pregnancy.

In July, a federal court overturned the felony feticide charge for St. Joseph county resident Purvi Patel.

Court documents say Patel was 30 weeks pregnant when she took abortion inducing drugs that she bought online.

In the appeal, Patel’s lawyers argued the feticide law wasn’t applicable because it was intended to protect pregnant women from third parties who end a pregnancy.

Elle Moxley / StateImpact Indiana

A panel of school leaders and state education experts met for the first time on Monday to map Indiana’s path to compliance with the Every Student Succeeds Act. The federal government passed ESSA earlier this year, replacing No Child Left Behind.

ESSA requires states submit their plans to meet the new benchmarks. State superintendent Glenda Ritz assembled the 15-person panel to create recommendations for this plan.

It includes state goals for various education factors, including English language instruction, graduation rates, and student achievement on state tests.

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As Louisiana dries out after heavy rains left parts of the state flooded earlier this month, hundreds of Red Cross employees—including some from Indiana—are down south helping with relief efforts.

Retired Lafayette firefighter David Fagan responded to a Red Cross call for relief workers a little more than a week ago.

He and another area volunteer are now in Livingston Parish, an area east of Baton Rouge and one of the parts of the state with the heaviest flooding.

Fagan has been driving a van, equipped as a mobile kitchen, around flooded neighborhoods.

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Officials with MKE Sports, the company that owns the Lafayette Aviators baseball team, won’t say whether the team made a profit in its first year, but insist the team earned about what was expected.

“To be honest, you know, a lot of baseball isn’t about making a fortune or making a ton of money,” says MKE Director of Operations Dan Kuenzi.

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More than a year after the first one was established, more than one thousand people are now enrolled in Indiana’s several county-run needle exchange programs, and the Indiana State Department of Health is crediting them as one of the most effective ways to combat the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C.

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General Motors will invest $90 million to upgrade its Marion Metal Center in Grant County, the company announced Monday.

 

The money will pay for new, high-tech equipment at the 60-year-old facility where the company employs about 1,400 people, supplying metal parts for GM vehicles across North America.

 

It's the largest investment the Indiana Economic Development Corporation has announced since late May.

 

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A panel of school leaders and state education experts met for the first time on Monday to map Indiana’s path to compliance with the Every Student Succeeds Act. The federal government passed ESSA earlier this year, replacing No Child Left Behind.

ESSA requires states submit their plans to meet the new benchmarks. State superintendent Glenda Ritz assembled the 15-person panel to create recommendations for this plan.

It includes state goals for various education factors, including English language instruction, graduation rates, and student achievement on state tests.

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Congress could be asked to vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership as soon as September -- even while both presidential candidates oppose the trade deal, and manufacturing workers rally against it.

However, the agreement has support from most manufacturing business owners -- as well as support from another of Indiana's most trade-reliant industries: agriculture.

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Indiana’s unemployment declined in July, the third consecutive month the rate went down. The rate is now the lowest it’s been since the start of the year:

More than 11 thousand Hoosiers found jobs in the private sector in July, pushing Indiana’s unemployment rate down to 4.6percent. The rate has dropped .2 percent the last three months. That’s the longest period of sustained decline since the first half of 2015.

July’s employment gains were boosted largely by the professional and business sector, while leisure and hospitality jobs saw a significant drop.

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  A former federal immigration official testified Wednesday before an Indiana Senate panel on immigration, and he painted a bleak picture of the U.S. immigration system.

Michael Cutler worked for the Immigration and Naturalization Service for 30 years before leaving the agency two decades ago. He’s now affiliated with a private think-tank that advocates for limiting all immigration – including legal immigration.

Testifying before the study committee, Cutler warned of what he sees as the dangers posed by illegal immigration.

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