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The FDA has approved a device developed in Indiana that helps reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms. The NSS-2 BRIDGE is a nerve-stimulating device placed behind the ear which sends electrical pulses to the brain.

It’s been shown to reduce severe effects of opioid withdrawal, such as nausea and vomiting. Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) says the technology fills a gap in treatment.

 

Transit Development Districts, or TDDs, were authorized last year by the the state of Indiana. They are special-purpose districts designated to help fund specific transportation projects. The TDD advisory committee for the South Shore Line met this week in Merrillville to discuss the implementation of the TDDs along the South Shore Line.
 

OUCC Says I&M Rate Increase Too High

Nov 9, 2017

The state’s utility consumer advocate says Indiana-Michigan Power’s proposed rate increase is too high.

Indiana-Michigan Power’s increase would go towards infrastructure upgrades, such as replacing power lines and trimming trees to avoid outages. Customers could see their monthly bill go up by about $26.

But public testimony in the case has been overwhelming negative. Anthony Swinger is a spokesperson for the Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, which represents the public in utility rate cases. He says the OUCC concluded the utility doesn’t need that much.

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The Lafayette City Council is one step closer to approving a nearly 50-percent water rate increase, but officials say it’ll only make a few dollars’ difference on an average resident’s monthly bill.

After conducting a rate study, the city is moving forward with what officials are calling the Water System Capital Improvements Plan -- which argues the current water charges aren’t enough to cover costs of running and maintaining Lafayette’s wastewater utility.

Foster Families Needed For Children In Indiana

Nov 1, 2017

The need for adoptive parents is growing in Indiana. The link between cases coming through the Department of Child Services and substance abuse disorders is direct.

So far this year DCS has completed more than 1,800 adoptions, up from a little more than 1,000 three years ago. This follows a sharp increase in the number of Hoosier children entering the foster system because parents are unable to care for them, often because of opioids.

Indiana DCS Director Mary Beth Bonaventura says awareness of the need for foster to adopt families is imperative.

An Indiana Board of Education member has resigned as leader of the beleaguered Hoosier Academies charter school network amid state sanctions due to years of failing academics.

Byron Ernest led Hoosier Academies Virtual School and two other related schools in the Indianapolis-based network since 2014. He did not respond to a request for comment.

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Lafayette officials are hoping to bring more exotic animals to the Columbian Park Zoo menagerie – including large cats and…

“We’re working right now on building a penguin exhibit,” says Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, speaking on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor Program. “Because that’s something people want.”

Roswarski says the building costs for a penguin exhibit total about $1.6 million.

NAACP Details Lawsuits Filed Over Voter Rights

Oct 26, 2017

The Indiana chapter of the NAACP is pinning its hopes for voting reform on a number of ongoing lawsuits. The organization is holding its state convention over the next few days.

Over the weekend members of the NAACP are scheduled to discuss topics like education policy, police investigations, and the East Chicago lead crisis.

The state chapter is also engaged in four lawsuits surrounding voter protections.

An estimated 60 percent of people in the prison system have suffered some type of traumatic brain injury or TBI. A conference Tuesday in Indianapolis for those who work in the re-entry system addressed that widespread issue.

During a series of sessions at the Marion County Conference On Re-entry a number of speakers focused on how traumatic brain injuries impair re-entry and possible solutions.

Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana executive director Dr. Lance Trexler says failure to address the issue has far reaching societal impacts.

Indiana Pork Producers and a Hancock County family farm took their Statehouse testimony to a hog barn this week. The group is worried lawmakers will put more regulations on animal agriculture.

The legislature is studying large animal farms this summer – barns that hold hundreds to thousands of animals. The larger ones are known as CAFOS.

Hill Farms is slightly smaller. Heather Hill says regulations have become stricter over the decades.

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