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6:00 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Purdue Device Could Standardize Test For Pacemakers

The SafePace device tests pacemaker leads to make sure they are implanted securely.
Credit Purdue University

Cardiac surgeons could use a Purdue invention to standardize a test that determines if a pacemaker is implanted securely.

WBAA’s Kristin Malavenda spoke with biomedical engineering graduate students Johnny Zhang  and Elizabeth Mercer about their device, known as SafePace.

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10:51 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Former IU Student Killed Aboard Malaysia Air Flight Downed By A Missile

Karlijn Keijzer was a rower on Indiana University's team during her time at the school. Her coach remembers her fondly.
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A former Indiana University student was among the victims on Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 that was shot down in Eastern Ukraine Thursday, killing everyone on board.

Indiana University rowing team head coach Steve Peterson confirms 25-year-old Karlijn Keijzer was a passenger.

"She was a very good student," Peterson says. "She was Academic All-Big Ten, she was a national scholar-athlete. And that was in grad school in chemistry. On top of that, she was arguably the best rower on our team that year."

Keijzer is from Amsterdam and rowed for the university in 2010.

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General News
6:04 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Task Force Says Lawyers' Pro Bono Work Should Be For Free, Not For Credit

The panel says lawyers should do pro bono work because it's worthwhile, not because they're getting some other form of compensation.
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A panel investigating Indiana’s pro bono legal system says lawyers shouldn’t be rewarded with continuing education credits for providing free and low-cost legal services to Hoosiers in need.  

Chief Justice Brent Dickson mentioned the need to boost pro bono efforts in his 2013 State of the Judiciary address, his first as Chief Justice. 

In his address this year, he talked about the results of a study that examined civil law cases in the state.

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General News
1:37 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Ask The Mayor: Frankfort's Chris McBarnes

Mayor McBarnes says as many as 20 landlords could soon be told their properties are slated for demolition if they aren't rehabbed.
Credit Courtesy City of Frankfort

A push by Frankfort’s mayor could help bring down blighted buildings in the city – but it might also force the people currently living in them to find a new home.

Chris McBarnes, speaking on WBAA’s “Ask The Mayor,” says letters will soon go out to as many as 20 landlords whose properties have been deemed unsafe by the city.

If those landlords don’t agree to a plan to refurbish them, the city may raze the property and evict any tenants. McBarnes says the city can’t do much more for those evicted than put them in touch with Frankfort’s landlord association, though.

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General News
6:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Untangling The Conflicted History Of Lew Wallace, One Summer At A Time

This historical marker outside the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum in Crawfordsville avoids controversy by simply listing Wallace's military engagements, rather than explaining them.
Credit Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

Each summer, the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum in Crawfordsville takes a look back at an important moment or aspect of the "Ben-Hur" author's life.

But that life is a conflicted one and portraying it objectively can be a problem. For instance, how to deal with longstanding criticisms that Wallace's missteps at the 1862 Battle of Shiloh may have cost some of the more than 20,000 men who died there their lives?

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General News
6:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Purdue Technology Identifies Patients Most At Risk Of Falling

Purdue doctoral student Albert Kim, right, wears a smartphone modified so that it can be used to measure a person's walking gait. This is to prevent falls in people with compromised balance, such as the elderly or those with Parkinson's disease. Looking on is Babak Ziaie, a professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering
Credit Purdue University photo/Mark Simons

Researchers at Purdue are using smartphones to help detect which people are most at risk of falling.

WBAA’s Kristin Malavenda spoke with Purdue professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Dr. Babak Ziaie and Health and Kinesiology associate professor Dr. Shirley Rietdyk (REE dike) about the technology known as SmartGait.

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General News
6:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Norfolk Southern Train Uses Games And A Horror Story To Push Rail Safety

This train ran from Michigan to Illinois promoting ways to be safer around the rails.
Credit Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

In Indiana last year, 34 people – 19 pedestrians and 15 automobile passengers -- were killed by encounters with trains. That places the Hoosier State among the ten worst in America for train fatalities.

To try to stem that tide, Norfolk Southern Railroad officials have embarked on their yearly Project Lifesaver train rides. It’s an effort to keep pedestrians and motorists safer around train tracks.

Think about it like this: what sits beneath most rails? Often, it's loose gravel.

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General News
5:06 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Indianapolis Pays Its Last Respects To Slain Officer Perry Renn

Credit Sam Klemet / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officer Perry Renn was laid to rest today, less than a week after he was shot and killed after responding to a call on the city’s east side.

More than 2,300 people came to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to pay their respects.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence said not only did Renn die a hero, but he lived his life as one, too.

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General News
2:10 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Ask The Mayor: Lafayette's Tony Roswarski

Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski.
Credit Lafayette Mayor's Office

Some questions from this week's show:

Wednesday, the state said it wouldn’t honor the same-sex marriages performed last month. What’s the city’s position on that question?

You and John Dennis have advocated the creation of a single-entry agency which could help address homeless issues in Tippecanoe County. Where might you find the money that would be needed to pay for running such a thing? What do you think it’ll cost?

Does the city plan to change its fireworks ordinance to change the number of days (or the hours during the day) it's legal to fire them off?

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General News
1:11 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Transportation Panel Lists Top Priorities

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A blue ribbon panel Governor Mike Pence assembled to study Indiana’s future transportation needs has identified four top priorities for the state’s road construction projects.

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