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2:50 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

State Won't Recognize Gay Marriages Issued Last Month

Hundreds of marriages have been invalidated -- at least temporarily -- but there is one union that will be recognized.
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Indiana will not recognize same sex marriages performed between a federal judge’s ruling striking down the state’s gay marriage ban and an appeals court order halting that decision. 

Federal judge Richard Young ruled Indiana’s ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional in an order handed down late last month.  Two days later, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay of that ruling, halting its effects. 

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General News
10:08 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Indiana State Museum Looking For Artifacts That Represent The State's Jewish History

Indiana State Museum
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The Indiana State Museum is looking for items related to the experience of Indiana‘s Jewish community. Senior vice president Susannah Koerber says the museum is in search of objects from everyday Jewish life, from sports equipment to items families brought along when they first came to America.

"They could be objects other immigrant families brought with them that maybe helped them link their original home and their new home," says Keorber. "Things that people used as part of their everyday activities."

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General News
9:55 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Purdue Replacing Bleachers At Ross-Ade With South End Zone Patio

Bleachers in the south end zone of Ross-Ade Stadium are temporarily being replaced by a patio area.
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Purdue University will sell more beer and wine at football games this fall, but only in one section of Ross-Ade Stadium.   The bleachers have been removed from the south end of the stadium, and while permanent plans are still being drawn up, the area will feature the South End Zone Patio this season.

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Science
6:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Video Games Could Identify, Train Better Vet Surgeons

A student participating in the study plays an archery game requiring the same sorts of dexterity and coordination used in laparoscopic surgery.
Credit courtesy Purdue Veterinary Medicine

Video games have long been known to improve hand-eye coordination. Now, a Purdue study shows that may be of particular use to veterinary surgeons.

The research suggests video games may be better tools than the so-called “box trainers” vets currently use to learn laparoscopic surgery.

A box trainer is usually made from PVC pipe that's covered by a cloth to hide what's inside (usually rings which students are told to put on posts). The catch is that has to be done using two arms with mechanical fingers on the end.

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General News
1:07 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Coroner Says Increased Caseload Prompted Request For More Money

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The Tippecanoe County Council has appropriated an additional $80,000 for the Coroner’s Office.

Coroner Donna Avolt says they have already spent more than $78,000 on autopsies this year, compared to roughly $64,000 for all of last year.

She says she doesn’t expect the caseload to ease up at all.

Avolt says this has been a rough year, with numerous drug-related deaths, fatal fires, and a homicide.

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General News
12:21 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

State Lawmaker To Take Personal Leave While Deployed

Columbia City State Senator Jim Banks
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State Senator Jim Banks, a Naval Reserve officer, will become the first state lawmaker to use a provision in Indiana law to take a temporary leave of absence when he is deployed to Afghanistan this fall. 

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General News
12:06 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Study Aimed At Improving Regional Economies In Indiana

Indiana Economic Development Corporation president Eric Doden
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A Pittsburgh consulting firm has begun a study aimed at boosting regional economies in Indiana.

At Governor Pence‘s request, legislators this year called for a study comparing regional cities in Indiana to similar regions in other states, then examining what the comparable cities have done to spur economic development and looking for patterns which might be duplicated here.

Indiana Economic Development Corporation president Eric Doden says the legislation didn‘t specify which cities to study, or which clusters of cities constitute a region.

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General News
11:58 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Ask The Mayor: West Lafayette's John Dennis

The mayor chats with News Director Stan Jastrzebski about Amtrak, homelessness prevention and other topics.
Credit City of West Lafayette

Some questions for the mayor this week:

You’ve been critical of Amtrak’s Hoosier State service, even as the city has helped subsidize its continued operation during the past year. This week, it was announced a private firm in Chicago, Corridor Capital, is the preferred vendor to operate the line starting in October. Is that any better, in your estimation, than Amtrak running the trains?

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General News
11:58 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Grants Help Nonprofits Improve Their Effectiveness

The Indiana Youth Institute is offering grants to help nonprofit groups that serve children improve their effectiveness.
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In a boost for children's programs, more than a dozen Indiana nonprofits have the chance to enhance their practices and serve more residents around the state.

The "Capacity Building Coaching" grant is being offered by the Indiana Youth Institute, which consulting program manager Carolyn Langan says is an opportunity to help organizations overcome some of their basic day-to-day challenges.

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General News
5:05 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Future Of Americus Quarry In Question After Commissioners Approve Ordinance

Dozens of members of the Americus Area Community Coalition show their support for an ordinance that establishes a buffer zone between quarries and residential areas.
Credit Kristin Malavenda / http://wbaa.org/

Tippecanoe County Commissioners have given final approval to an ordinance that bans a new quarry if 100 residences are within a two-mile radius of the proposed operation.

The move puts the future of a proposed limestone quarry near Americus in question.

WBAA’s Kristin Malavenda reports.

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