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A scheduled test of Tippecanoe County’s new voter check-in equipment had to be postponed Monday when the company that supplies ballots failed to deliver a computer file in time.

The file, which gives audio of each candidate’s name and party affiliation, is used by voting machines to assist visually-impaired voters.

That prevented a public run-through of new technology the county has purchased from Votec – technology County Clerk Christa Coffey says she’s expecting the first delivery of this week.

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Indiana’s redistricting study committee discussed Monday some of the finer details of what redistricting reform would look like.

The study committee’s discussion – and much of the public testimony – focused on the formation, size and makeup of an independent redistricting commission, similar to those in other states.

The Coalition for Redistricting Reform, a private group of reform advocates, brought the committee a detailed plan for creating a nine-member commission. 

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Residents of East Chicago's West Calumet Housing Complex are suing local officials as well as the private companies charged with cleaning up the neighborhood's lead-laden soil. 

The suit was filed on behalf of 13 residents against the City of East Chicago and Mayor Anthony Copeland; the East Chicago Housing Authority and its director, Tia Cauley.

In June, Mayor Copeland ordered the demolition of the West Calumet Housing Complex because of lead contamination. Lead levels have been measured in excess of 100 times what’s considered safe.

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Union County is small— only one Indiana county has fewer people. A block away from the courthouse in Liberty, a small building pulls double duty as the health department and area planning office.

Here, a young woman in pajamas is sitting with her head in her arms.  She’s here to be assessed for a new medical device that might give her almost instant relief from her painful drug withdrawal symptoms.

Jason Savage

Renowned filmmaker Ken Burns speaks Thursday at Purdue University as part of Purdue’s series on Corporate Citizenship and Ethics.

Ken Burns is an Emmy winning and Academy award nominated documentarian. His free talk Thursday evening, “Sharing the American Experience” will cover The Civil War, Baseball, and Jazz. He says while he is used to being behind the camera, it’s not uncommon to be on stage or sharing the spotlight.

A bold new twist on the average take of Christianity is waiting in the pages of Accidental Saints. Contemporary and relatable, the chapters following author Nadia Bolz-Weber's life as she navigates her faith provides both believers and non-believers a new way to look at the world. As her second book, Bolz-Weber dissects the good and bad in others, and discusses how her interactions shape her faith. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review. 

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Indiana gubernatorial candidates typically have about six months between the primary and general elections to introduce and define themselves to the electorate. And they’re already spending millions to do so.

But 2016 isn’t a typical election cycle.

There are 188 days between Indiana’s May primary and the general election.

Incumbent Republican Mike Pence was elevated to the national ticket, catapulting Eric Holcomb to the head of gubernatorial ticket with just more than 100 days to go. He says it’s been a whirlwind since.

Jake Harper, Side Effects Public Media

On a hot day, some adults have taken a group of kids to explore the neighborhood around their school, SENSE — the Southeast Neighborhood School of Excellence, a K-8 charter school in Indianapolis. They’ve left the school’s air-conditioned cafeteria to perform a walk audit.

They’re looking for missing sidewalks and bike lanes, potholes, and other issues that may make it unsafe to walk to school. The theory is, if you identify and fix some of these obstacles, and kids might be more likely to walk or bike to school.

Peter Balonon-Rosen, Indiana Public Broadcasting

Public schools in Indiana serve about 2,400 students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Of those students a growing number now use cochlear implants, small medical devices that stimulate nerves in the inner ear and give a sense of hearing.

As technology develops, and cochlear implants become more common, many public schools are still working to catch up.

City of Frankfort

To complete a new vision for Frankfort’s downtown, the city and county will have to find $10-20 million .

But first, say some consultants who recently completed a report on that redesign, the city has a number of cosmetic challenges to overcome.

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we talk to Frankfort’s Chris McBarnes about where he hopes to get the money and what needs to be cleaned up first.

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