General News
7:47 am
Thu January 15, 2015

First Date? Purdue Research Shows Sweets Might Boost Your Chances Of A Love Connection

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New research from Purdue suggests if you want to make a positive impression on a potential love interest, serving them sweet tasting food and beverages might give you an advantage.

Lead researcher Dongning Ren says three recent studies establish a potential link between sweets and romantic feelings.

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General News
7:00 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Bill Would Open Birth Parent Records To More Adoptees

The law would still allow birth parents to opt out of being searchable, however.
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Adult Hoosiers who were adopted would gain broader rights to learn their birth mother‘s name, under a bill headed for the Senate floor.

Children adopted since 1994 can get their original birth certificate unless the birth mother opts out when she agrees to the adoption. Sen. Brent Steele‘s (R-Bedford) bill would extend that right to adoptions before that time.   

But Indianapolis adoption attorney Steve Kirsh warns the bill could take an emotional toll on birth mothers.   

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6:00 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Appeals Court Rules State's Tort Claim Cap Constitutional In Stage Collapse Case

The music stage at the Indiana State Fairgrounds after it collapsed on August 13, 2011.
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The Indiana Court of Appeals Wednesday ruled that the state’s tort claims cap – which limits how much money people can sue the state for – is constitutional. 

The state’s tort claims cap is set at $700,000 per person and $5 million per incident. 

Jordyn Polet is the only injured victim of the State Fair stage collapse who did not accept the state’s settlement offer in 2011. 

Part of Polet’s lawsuit over the tragedy challenged that claims cap. 

In a unanimous decision, the Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of the cap. 

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5:41 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Pence's Teacher Performance Pay Plan Unpopular With Educators

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Governor Mike Pence plans to increase performance pay for teachers, but some argue the policy he outlined in Tuesday’s State of the State address is not in teachers’ best interests.

Purdue political scientist Robert Browning says the policy may be a way to pacify both conservatives who favor performance pay over raises, but still give pay increases to the 90-percent of teachers who qualify for bonuses because the state regards them as “effective”.

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1:03 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Labor Of Love Campaign Aims To Curb State's Infant Mortality Rate

The State Department of Health is spending the next year reaching out to new and expectant mothers in an effort to curb the state’s infant mortality rate. 

Indiana’s rate of infant deaths is one of the worst in the country.  First Lady Karen Pence says the Labor of Love campaign, meant to reduce that rate, will be carried on all major TV stations, at bus depots, in radio ads, and in a variety of publications.  She says messages will include everything from the importance of prenatal care and breastfeeding to safe sleep.

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