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1:16 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

State Health Officials Reminding Parents Of Vaccine Requirements For School

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As the school year begins for some students this week, doctors and schools want to remind parents that the state‘s immunization requirements have changed slightly.

Two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine are now required for all incoming kindergarten students before they can attend school, and those two doses must be at least six months apart.

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General News
12:56 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Hogsett's Political Future In Limbo

U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett speaks at a press conference in Bloomington.
Credit Bill Shaw

US Attorney Joe Hogsett leaves his federally appointed position at the end of this week.

But his political future may not be decided for a while longer.

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports:

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General News
12:35 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Hearing To Reveal More Information On The Status Of Indianapolis VA Hospital

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When an internal audit of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs last month marked Indianapolis’ VA hospital for further review, it didn’t give a reason for doing so.  

As Indiana Public Broadcasting's Gretchen Frazee reports, officials at the Roudebush VA Medical Center  now say it’s because of accusations that the hospital manipulated wait times.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is expected to brief Congressional leaders this week on the facilities it marked for further review.

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6:00 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Purdue Expert Says Outlook For Indiana's Corn Crop Is Good Despite Late Planting

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A Purdue expert says despite the Indiana corn crop being planted a bit late, high yields are still likely.

WBAA’s Kristin Malavenda spoke with Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen about the outlook for this year’s harvest.

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General News
12:16 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Lafayette Area Residents Have Millions In Unclaimed Property

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller
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Lafayette-area residents are owed nearly $9-million by the state.

That’s according to Attorney General Greg Zoeller, who stopped at Ivy Tech Community College this morning.

He says $8,752,878 in the state’s Unclaimed Property Division belongs to people who live in and around Lafayette.

That includes money from savings and checking accounts, investment earnings, and insurance proceeds and benefits.

Zoeller says in total, the state’s unclaimed property database holds more than $400-million in assets.

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General News
11:14 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Harsh Winter Likely To Result In Smaller Indiana Peach Crop

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It‘s peach season in Indiana, but it doesn't look like too many Hoosiers are having luck with their crop, thanks to a very harsh winter.

Thomas Roney, who helps manage Tuttle Orchard in Greenfield, Indiana, says for every degree below 10 degrees, you lose ten-percent of your peach crop.

He says because Indiana hit a sustained cold temperature of about 17-below this winter, a lot of the state‘s peach trees were severely damaged.

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General News
6:14 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Ten States Join Indiana's Gay Marriage Appeal

Judges have struck down same-sex marriage bans in 17 states, including Indiana.
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Ten states have joined Indiana‘s appeal of a federal judge‘s ruling that same-sex marriage in the state should be legal.

In a friend-of-the-court brief, the attorneys general from the states asked the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to affirm that each state has the right to set its own marriage laws. The states joining the case are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah.

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6:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Monthly Conversation With Mitch Daniels: GE Groundbreaking, Lobbying and 'President Daniels'

Purdue's President says he still gets asked about that OTHER presidency...
Credit courtesy Purdue President's Office

Some questions for Purdue's leader this month:

There was a lot of talk at the GE Aviation groundbreaking this week that Purdue grads might have something of an inside track to jobs there, since they’ll likely be high-skill positions. Can the university develop some kind of a pipeline there for those students who might qualify?

The trustees last week approved the merger of the Calumet and North Central campuses into Purdue Northwest. What kinds of savings might that reap for the school’s overall bottom line?

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General News
10:37 am
Wed July 23, 2014

9/11 Commission Reconvenes, Warns Of Cyber Threats

Members of the 9/11 Commission applaud co-chair Lee Hamilton (center) during a meeting surrounding the tenth anniversary of the attacks.
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The authors of the original report that detailed the events surrounding the 9/11 terrorist attacks say the next big threat is cyber-terrorism. The group has reconvened to assess the threats to the nation, ten years after their report.

They’ve updated recommendations the committee made ten years ago, and reconsidered whether those recommendations have been adopted as policy or made into law. 

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General News
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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