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4:51 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

State And IBM Going Before Indiana Supreme Court Thursday

A trial court found in IBM's favor, but the Indiana Courts of Appeals reversed that decision.
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The ongoing legal battle between the state and computer giant IBM will have its day in front of the Indiana Supreme Court Thursday. 

The state hired IBM in 2006 to modernize its welfare system, signing a ten-year contract worth $1.3 billion. 

But the shift from human case workers to greater automation was beset by reported problems, and three years later Governor Mitch Daniels canceled the contract. 

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Elections & Politics
11:57 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Susan Brooks On Restoring Trust In Congress And Whether There's A Need For Centrism

Brooks says she went to Washington to be a problem-solver, only to find the problems were bigger than she realized.
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Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-5th) is finishing her freshman term in Congress and is favored to win a second in next week’s election. She says she went to Washington to help Congress’ image, but the job was all but insurmountable -- the institution remains as unpopular as ever.

WBAA’s Stan Jastrzebski sat down with Brooks recently to talk about whether there’s any way to get the public believing in national politics again, especially if Republicans take control of the Senate.

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Transportation
3:39 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Hoosier State Line Ridership Down, Even As Amtrak Adds Riders Nationally

Trains station's like Lafayette's have been quieter during the last year.
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Ridership on the Hoosier State Rail Line dropped nearly eight-percent over the last year, while ticket revenues declined more than ten-percent.

Ridership on Amtrak lines across the country rose in the last fiscal year, which ended in September.  But on the Hoosier State Line, which runs from Chicago to Indianapolis, ridership fell by nearly 3,000 people, down to just less than 34,000. 

And ticket revenues dropped nearly $100,000, settling at a little more than $800,000 last year. 

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Education
6:32 am
Mon October 27, 2014

New ISTEP: No Yellow Pencils Or Multiple-choice Questions

Students are increasingly learning on computers and taking standardized tests on them.
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Ian Fernandez and his mom, Karen, sit at their kitchen table going over his math assignment for the night.

Fernandez is a fifth grader at Child’s Elementary School in Bloomington, and his math worksheet is something most of us would recognize; lists of number expressions looking for solutions, or diagrams of shapes with labeled edges that help students find the area and perimeter.

Ian is comfortable doing these problems but then I show him and Karen some practice questions for this year’s fifth grade math ISTEP.

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Education
6:00 am
Mon October 27, 2014

State Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Case About School Bus Fees

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A lawsuit over whether school districts can charge parents fees for transportation will go before the Indiana Supreme Court.   The state Court of Appeals transferred the case involving Franklin Township Schools to the state Supreme Court, though it isn‘t clear whether the court will agree to hear the case. In June, the appeals court reversed a verdict from a Marion County Superior Court judge, ruling that charging fees for busing was unconstitutional.

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