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State Democrats filed a challenge Wednesday to Rep. Todd Young’s (R-9th) place on the ballot for the U.S. Senate Republican primary. They say Young doesn’t have enough of the signatures he needs to be on the ballot in May.

Senate candidates need 500 signatures from registered voters in each congressional district in order to appear on the primary ballot.  Clerks in the three northwest Indiana counties that make up the First District certified 501 signatures for Todd Young. 

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A buzz phrase in small Indiana communities the last several years has been “quality-of-life.” One group in Frankfort – a diverse town of 16,000 -- hopes to sustain an arts guild, just two years after the county’s first art gallery opened. Guild members say they’ll have to contend with inertia from the community if they want to survive.

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It took 93 people 10 years to complete, but a team led by Purdue University scientists has finally sequenced the deer tick genome, an achievement that may uncover better ways to prevent illnesses such as Lyme Disease.

Ticks transmit a huge number of pathogens and parasites that kill thousands of humans and animals each year. But partly because of its long, complicated genome, the tick is also a somewhat neglected area of study.

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Former Indiana Republican Party Chair Eric Holcomb will soon have the number two job in Indiana state government. Governor Mike Pence announced Tuesday that Holcomb will take Sue Ellspermann’s seat as the state’s lieutenant governor.

Current Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann told Governor Pence of her interest in seeking the open presidency position at Ivy Tech last December. Pence began the search for her replacement soon after and says Holcomb’s background makes him a perfect fit.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: A picture later in this story shows a redacted version of the hacked website. It contains content that is likely to be considered offensive.

4:15 p.m. UPDATE:

Tippecanoe School Corporation officials now say a teacher's password was used improperly to gain access to an e-mail account and the teacher's website.