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An Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis study of California’s prison realignment – directing more offenders into probation, community corrections and local jails – shows no significant impact on public safety.  

But some Indiana experts say it's too soon to conclude whether similar reforms in the Hoosier State will have the same effect. 

California’s Realignment Act was passed in 2011. 

A study led by IUPUI professor Jody Sundt looked at crime rates in the three years following its passage.  

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 The Indiana Department of Correction says it has reached a milestone by enrolling thousands of released offenders in HIP 2.0 and Medicaid.  

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Six months before the November general election, the Tippecanoe County Election Board is shopping for a new contractor to provide computer software needed to run the voting system.

The three-member board voted Friday to cancel the county’s contract with Robis Elections, based in Wheaton, Illinois.

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Top agronomists at Purdue University will be part of a new nationwide higher education task force on food security.

The Association of Public and Land Grant Universities is putting together the 31-member commission, which aims to ensure that the world's rapidly growing population has enough to eat.

It was funded by the Kellogg Foundation to devise research and public education ideas for improving food access and nutrition by 2050, when the global population is set to hit 9 billion.

Indiana Bee Deaths Down Since 2015

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports Indiana lost fewer honey bee colonies in the first quarter of this year than the first quarter of 2015, when the state lost 22-percent of its 9,500 colonies.

The Honey Bee Colony Loss Survey reports this year’s first quarter loss is 12-percent.

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A new directive to schools from the Obama Administration to accommodate transgender students isn't actually all that new.

Indiana School Boards Association attorney Lisa Tanselle says the government told schools two years ago to honor the bathroom and locker room preferences of transgender students.

She says Friday's letter to schools advises them to edit student records to reflect gender identity, and adds guidance for accommodations on overnight trips, but otherwise essentially reaffirms the stance that transgender students are covered by sex discrimination laws.

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Indiana tax collections last month fell short of projections and dropped the state below expectations with two months left in the fiscal year. 

Indiana has fallen short of expected tax collection amounts for two consecutive months after April revenues were $39 million less than projected. 

Both sales and individual income taxes fell short of the mark, with corporate income taxes the lone bright spot for the month. 

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The next concert from the Lafayette Chamber Singers is Sunday afternoon, May 15th, and features selections inspired by Shakespeare. On the program is music by Amy Beach, Michael Tippett, as well as selections by Thomas Arne, Erich Korngold, and Jaakko Mantyjarvi. Artistic Director Clayton Lein says not only it was a challenge but it was exciting to assemble the program, including music for ensemble and soloists. WBAA’s John Clare spoke to Lein about “Under the Greenwood Tree” in the WBAA studios.

  Life always has its challenges we must deal with. But when the challenge is a degenerative disease like early-onset Alzheimer's, it can make even the most simple things difficult. The Day We Met is such a story about a woman who finally puts all the pieces of happiness together, just to realize she has been diagnosed with the terrible disease. The novel is a collection of her journal entries, and the entries of her loving husband and oldest daughter.

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An appeals court has ruled against the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration in a case challenging changes the agency made regarding Medicaid waivers for people with disabilities.

The waivers allow those with disabilities to receive care outside of institutions and group homes, and, the ACLU argues, “to live in their communities even though their disabling conditions would otherwise require they be placed in an institution.” The waivers cover the costs of services such as home health aides.

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