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Gretchen Frazee, Barbara Brosher

Governor Mike Pence will meet with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump this weekend as rumors swirl around Pence as a potential pick for Trump’s running mate.

With the Republican National Convention a few weeks away, the Trump campaign is in the vetting process for vice presidential candidates.

And Pence campaign spokesman Marc Lotter confirms the governor will, in Lotter’s words, “spend a little time” with Trump this weekend.

Lotter says the meeting is consistent with other meetings Pence has taken with party leaders.

Annie Ropeik / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana is adding more large-scale hog farms every year. They're good business for farmers, but some neighbors say they can be bad for property values.

It’s an argument people are having across the state, especially in small towns, like Hope -- population: 2,200 -- in Bartholomew County.

 

It's where Nancy Banta's family has lived for almost 200 years. She heads up the gravel driveway to her farmhouse, where rocking chairs on a white-washed wood porch look out over a cornfield, and a wind chime hangs over the creaky screen door.

Craig Zirpolo

More than 500 pharmacies and treatment centers across the state can now distribute naloxone without a prescription under a new standing order from the Indiana state department of health.

The barriers to obtaining the overdose intervention drug have been falling throughout the last decade as the number of drug overdoses related to heroin and other opioids has increased statewide.

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Changes could be coming to Indiana’s new police body camera footage law – even though it just took effect Friday.

Lawmakers spent months over the last year negotiating the fine details of a law governing how and when police body camera footage should be released.

The final product requires police to prove why video should not be released, rather than put the burden of proof on the public.

It was a compromise supported by both the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police and the Hoosier Press Association.

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A federal judge Thursday ordered the state to include the names of both mothers on the birth certificate of a child born to a lesbian couple.

Indiana birth certificates list only the mother and the father.

Eight lesbian couples sued, seeking the right to include both mothers: the birth mother and her partner.

They argue the state’s current system sometimes denies them the right to give the child both last names and denies parents – and the children – certain rights and access to benefits.

Nick Janzen

This election year, a wall between Mexico and the United States is causing a stir.

But in northern Indiana, a different kind of wall has been roiling waters.

Along the Lake Michigan shoreline in LaPorte County, groups of residents are battling over the consequences of building sea walls -- which keep water from encroaching on land.

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Nick Janzen reports the fight may turn on what “private property” actually means.

Chris Morisse Vizza

The first week of August is the target date for the Tippecanoe County Election Board to test and choose new software to check voters in during the November election.

Problems with the program that electronically verified voters at polls during the May primary election prompted the board to end the county’s contract with Robis Elections and start searching for a new provider.

  The infrastructure we use every day is usually taken for granted. It is expected that cities have working roads, sidewalks, and water systems. But the history of that infrastructure is long and broad. From migration paths of buffalo, all the way to interstate highways, The Road Taken accounts for all the small improvements that have led to the backbone of American commerce and travel. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Purdue University Center for Cancer Research

Purdue was one of 270 institutions across the country who rallied their support Wednesday for Joe Biden’s “Cancer Moonshot,” a recently-announced federal iniative that looks to fund and mobilize researchers to, in their words, “double the rate of progress toward a cure.”

The initiative’s “moonshot” title evokes an optimistic time in history…when scientists achieved something Purdue alum and NASA astronaut David Wolf says seemed as impossible as finding a cures for cancer.

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Ivy Tech’s Board of Trustees has approved the contract for its new president -- former Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann.

The contract between Ellspermann and Ivy Tech is for three years. During that first year, Ellspermann will receive an annual base salary of $300,000.

She could be paid more but not less during the next two years. She is also eligible for an annual performance based bonus that can't not exceed $100,000, in addition to other perks and reimbursements.

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