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4:47 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

UPDATE: 7th Circuit Upholds Right To Work

Indiana Supreme Court
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3:00 p.m. update:

The federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday upheld Indiana’s Right to Work law as constitutional.  The ruling comes days before the law is challenged at the Indiana Supreme Court:

Indiana’s Right to Work law bans union contracts that require nonmembers pay fees for representation.  The International Operating Engineers union filed two lawsuits in the wake of the bill’s passage in 2012 – one in federal court, another in state court. 

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General News
12:00 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Social Security Pulling Hundreds Of Thousands Of Hoosiers Out Of Poverty

As Social Security marks its 79 year anniversary, a report finds it is providing great benefits to Indiana families and the economy.
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A report highlights the ways, at the ripe old age of 79, Social Security is helping neighbors in Indiana and the economy. While pensions have changed, jobs have been lost and homes have lost equity. Eric Kingson, co-director with Social Security Works says the program is still strong and lifted 500,000 Indiana residents out of poverty in 2012.

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General News
11:48 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Process To Develop State Water Plan Getting Underway

Valparaiso State Senator Ed Charbonneau
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The chairman of Indiana’s Senate Environmental Affairs Committee says it’s time for the legislature to begin developing a state water plan…but warns it will be a slow process. 

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General News
1:40 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

AAA Predicts Busy Holiday Travel

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Triple-A says Labor Day travel will be the strongest since 2008.

Hoosier Motor Club spokesperson Greg Seiter says they‘re projecting 34.7 million Americans will travel 50 or more miles from home during the upcoming holiday weekend.

That‘s up 1.3% over this time last year.

Seiter says it may be a sign that people are feeling better about the economy.

He adds this comes despite the fact that gas prices are currently rising in Indiana.

Seiter says that‘s due in part the holiday itself and a BP refinery explosion in Whiting.

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General News
1:30 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Urban Search And Rescue Teams Monitoring Federal Budget Talks

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Urban search and rescue teams are awaiting the outcome of another round of budget talks in Washington.

Indiana‘s Task Force One is one of 28 federally-funded search-and-rescue teams which race to disasters from the Washington mudslides to tornadoes in Arkansas.

But the annual stalemate over the federal budget creates some uncertainty.

Task Force One program manager Tom Neal says even the stopgap resolutions which lately have taken the place of formal budgets aren‘t a solution, because the task forces‘ money comes in the form of a grant, not a budget line item.

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General News
6:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Purdue Assisting In The Battle Against Ebola

Members of the Pen-Pen Peace Network watch videos in late July as part of their training with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare on Ebola.
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Purdue experts are doing their part to try and prevent the spread of Ebola.

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Dr. David Sanders and Purdue Peace Project director Dr. Stacey Connaughton discuss the university’s efforts on both the medical and social fronts.

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General News
1:31 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

New Law Requires High School Students To Learn CPR

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Freshmen and sophomores in Indiana high schools will now be required to learn CPR.

A new state law requires CPR training as part of required health classes. Danielle Patterson with the American Heart Association says 300-thousand high school students a year will be trained.

She says not having to wait for paramedics to arrive can be the difference between life and death.

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General News
6:00 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Purdue Study Examines How Peers Influence Prescription Drug Abuse

A new study out of Purdue indicates direct peer pressure isn't primarily responsible for young people misusing prescription drugs.
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Peer pressure is often pointed to as the reason young people make bad decisions.

But a new study out of Purdue indicates that when it comes to prescription drug abuse, direct peer pressure may not be the biggest factor.

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5:58 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Indiana Food Banks Split 20 Tons Of Mac And Cheese

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Three Indiana food banks are receiving 20 tons of macaroni and cheese.

Land O‘ Lakes donates 40-thousand pounds of dairy products in a different state each month.

August is Indiana‘s turn, for the first time in about two years.

Gleaners Food Bank CEO Cindy Hubert says the frozen heat-and-eat five-pound bags of macaroni and cheese are a good fit for the area, combining nutrition with a food people like to eat.

"For us, 20,000 pounds equates to about 12 or 13 thousand meals," says Hubert. "We figure a package of this will probably serve a family of four."

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General News
5:40 am
Wed August 27, 2014

No Timeline For Decision In Gay Marriage Case

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The 7th Circuit Court of appeals does not have a timeline on when it will rule in the lawsuits again Indiana and Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage bans.

A three-judge panel heard oral arguments Tuesday.

The appeals court judges kept attorneys on both sides on their toes with questions throughout the arguments.

Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fisher was only a few sentences in when Judge Richard Posner started asking questions.

The state’s argument largely lies in the idea that Indiana has an interest in regulating procreation through marriage.

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