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8:17 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Report: Indiana Improving Its Pain Management Policies

The state still doesn't get an A grade, but it does appear to be improving.
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The American Cancer Society says Indiana has improved significantly when it comes to pain management policies.  But a report from the Society’s Cancer Action Network says the state still has more to do.

There are only eight states that received less than a B from the Cancer Action Network in its report on pain management and patient care policies.  Indiana moved this year from a C-plus to a B. 

Network Associate Director David Woodmansee says that’s because of a new step taken by the State Medical Board.

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Education
7:27 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Kokomo School Caters To Adults Who Want More Than A GED

Kokomo's Excel Center works to get adults high school diplomas, not GEDs.
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Ninety-six percent. That’s the number of Indiana employers who expect their workforce could increase in the next couple of years.

In most cases, they’ll be looking for employees who have at least a high school diploma.  StateImpact Indiana’s Rachel Morello visited a new charter school in Kokomo that offers adults the opportunity to go back to school and earn a high school diploma, rather than a GED.

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Business
1:03 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Jobs Grow In June And So Does State Unemployment Rate

Workforce Development officials say a manufacturing resurgence continues to lead Indiana's job creation efforts.
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Indiana added more private sector jobs -- 10,000 of them -- last month than any other June on record.

Indiana Department of Workforce Development spokesman Joe Frank says every major industry sector experienced growth.

Frank says manufacturing – the sector the state is most known for – has been one of the key drivers of the job growth.

"Our growth in the manufacturing sector since July 2009 -- the low point of employment in the state -- we've grown 77,800 manufacturing jobs," Frank says. "That's the second-largest increase in the nation."

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General News
10:51 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Former IU Student Killed Aboard Malaysia Air Flight Downed By A Missile

Karlijn Keijzer was a rower on Indiana University's team during her time at the school. Her coach remembers her fondly.
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A former Indiana University student was among the victims on Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 that was shot down in Eastern Ukraine Thursday, killing everyone on board.

Indiana University rowing team head coach Steve Peterson confirms 25-year-old Karlijn Keijzer was a passenger.

"She was a very good student," Peterson says. "She was Academic All-Big Ten, she was a national scholar-athlete. And that was in grad school in chemistry. On top of that, she was arguably the best rower on our team that year."

Keijzer is from Amsterdam and rowed for the university in 2010.

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General News
6:04 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Task Force Says Lawyers' Pro Bono Work Should Be For Free, Not For Credit

The panel says lawyers should do pro bono work because it's worthwhile, not because they're getting some other form of compensation.
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A panel investigating Indiana’s pro bono legal system says lawyers shouldn’t be rewarded with continuing education credits for providing free and low-cost legal services to Hoosiers in need.  

Chief Justice Brent Dickson mentioned the need to boost pro bono efforts in his 2013 State of the Judiciary address, his first as Chief Justice. 

In his address this year, he talked about the results of a study that examined civil law cases in the state.

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Education
5:53 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Infighting Leads To More Questions About Ritz's Authority

The Indiana Board of Education and Superintendent Glenda Ritz have had a turbulent relationship.
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Kindergarten teacher Twyla Flint is worried.

"We’ve been hearing about the discourse, the difficulties that they’ve been having through, you know, television and news reports over the last several months," she says.

Flint could be describing Congress. But she’s actually talking about a more local group: Indiana’s State Board of Education.

The group has a lot of influence over what happens in her classroom so Flint went to watch the Board meeting last Wednesday like it was some kind of traveling sideshow.

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General News
1:37 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Ask The Mayor: Frankfort's Chris McBarnes

Mayor McBarnes says as many as 20 landlords could soon be told their properties are slated for demolition if they aren't rehabbed.
Credit Courtesy City of Frankfort

A push by Frankfort’s mayor could help bring down blighted buildings in the city – but it might also force the people currently living in them to find a new home.

Chris McBarnes, speaking on WBAA’s “Ask The Mayor,” says letters will soon go out to as many as 20 landlords whose properties have been deemed unsafe by the city.

If those landlords don’t agree to a plan to refurbish them, the city may raze the property and evict any tenants. McBarnes says the city can’t do much more for those evicted than put them in touch with Frankfort’s landlord association, though.

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General News
6:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Untangling The Conflicted History Of Lew Wallace, One Summer At A Time

This historical marker outside the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum in Crawfordsville avoids controversy by simply listing Wallace's military engagements, rather than explaining them.
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Each summer, the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum in Crawfordsville takes a look back at an important moment or aspect of the "Ben-Hur" author's life.

But that life is a conflicted one and portraying it objectively can be a problem. For instance, how to deal with longstanding criticisms that Wallace's missteps at the 1862 Battle of Shiloh may have cost some of the more than 20,000 men who died there their lives?

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Education
12:28 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

WGU Indiana Sees Growth, But State Still Lags In Number Of College Grads

At WGU, adults take classes online to earn degrees. But only about one of every five Hoosiers has completed a bachelor's degree or better, whether learning online or at a traditional university.
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The Indiana arm of Western Governors University has grown more than ten-fold in the past four years, according to numbers released by school administrators.

260 students were enrolled four years ago. Today, more than 3,600 take classes from the online, nonprofit state university.

Chancellor Allison Barber says a new scholarship program could grow that number further.

"In celebration of our fourth anniversary, WGU Indiana just launched [its] largest scholarship offering. And it's $400,000 in scholarship money," Barber says.

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General News
6:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Purdue Technology Identifies Patients Most At Risk Of Falling

Purdue doctoral student Albert Kim, right, wears a smartphone modified so that it can be used to measure a person's walking gait. This is to prevent falls in people with compromised balance, such as the elderly or those with Parkinson's disease. Looking on is Babak Ziaie, a professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering
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Researchers at Purdue are using smartphones to help detect which people are most at risk of falling.

WBAA’s Kristin Malavenda spoke with Purdue professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Dr. Babak Ziaie and Health and Kinesiology associate professor Dr. Shirley Rietdyk (REE dike) about the technology known as SmartGait.

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