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10:20 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Crane Leader Chosen To Help Commercialize Defense Technology

John Dement speaks at a press conference announcing his appointment to a post at the Indiana Office of Defense Development.
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The Indiana lieutenant governor has appointed an official from Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center to lead the state’s efforts to commercialize defense technology.

John Dement is being named the Indiana Office of Defense Development’s director of technology commercialization.

His main job will be to take the innovations produced in the laboratory setting at Crane and aid in their development and sale to commercial markets.

Technology used in military guns, for example, can be altered and sold to commercial gun manufacturers that produce guns for deer hunting.

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General News
10:13 am
Wed December 3, 2014

IHSAA Reports 1,200 Head Injuries In Fall Athletic Season

Football is the sport with the highest number of concussions. It accounts for 30 percent of all concussions sustained by high school athletes.
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Indiana schools are reporting student athletes experienced more than 1,200 concussion-related events during the five-month fall athletic season.

This is the first year the Indiana High School Athletic Association has asked schools to report the data. Reporting concussions to the IHSAA is still voluntary and about half of Indiana public high schools did so for the fall season.

Chris Kaufman, assistant commissioner of the IHSAA, says the events reported can include anything from headaches to full-blown concussions.

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General News
11:28 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Purdue Online Guide Points Parents Toward Educational Gifts

Monica Cardella, director of Purdue’s INSPIRE Institute for Pre-College Engineering, watches as children play with a Goldie Blox toy, one of the items included in INSPIRE’s “Engineering Gift Guide.”
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Parents looking for educational toys for their kids this holiday season can turn to Purdue for advice.

The College of Engineering has developed the “Engineering Gift Guide,” which features toys, games, books, movies and apps for mobile devices for a variety of ages.

Associate professor of engineering education Monica Cardella says it‘s important to recognize that girls can enjoy creating circuits, conducting science experiments, and designing structures as much as boys.

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General News
6:00 am
Tue December 2, 2014

From Sheriff To Commissioner, Brown Looks Back At Career And Ahead To New Role

Tippecanoe County Sheriff Tracy Brown speaking at a Commissioners meeting in 2012, where he was honored for 25 years of service to the Sheriff's Department.
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Tippecanoe County will have a new sheriff in less than a month.

Tracy Brown is leaving the post because he has served two four-year terms—that’s the limit for a county sheriff in Indiana.

But he’s not leaving government service.

Brown was elected to the District One Commissioner seat and will be taking over that role January 1st.

He's currently helping sheriff-elect Barry Richard transition into taking over the department.

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General News
12:57 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Purdue Survey Indicates Most People Plan To Spend The Same Or More This Holiday Season

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Most people who responded to a Purdue University survey expect to spend about the same or more on everything that comes with the holiday season this year.

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