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6:00 am
Tue July 1, 2014

As Archery Popularity Spikes, Indiana Inventor Finds His Target Audience

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Sales of archery equipment have spiked in the last couple years – especially among fans of movie heroes wielding bows and arrows. That archery craze has helped bolster sales for a small Indiana company that builds its business around people shooting each other. It's a game that’s sort of like dodgeball and paintball meeting The Hunger Games.

One of the first things I did when I went to see Archery Tag played was get shot with an arrow. At close range. By someone who shoots arrows for a living.

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3:52 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Status Of State's Hundreds Of Same-Sex Marriages In Doubt

Federal benefits will be easier to access than state ones until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on gay marriage.
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The status of marriages between same sex couples in Indiana is still up in the air after a federal appeals court Friday stopped same-sex marriages until the state’s appeal can be heard. 

Last Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Young ruled Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.  Within hours, same-sex couples across the state were getting legally married. 

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10:04 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Rewrite Of Indiana Criminal Code Goes Into Effect Tomorrow

The rewrite of Indiana's criminal code takes effect July 1.
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The top-to-bottom rewrite of Indiana‘s criminal code takes effect tomorrow.

The revised criminal code creates seven classes of felony instead of five, allowing finer distinctions between sentencing ranges.

And legislators reviewed the appropriate category for each crime, moving several nonviolent crimes lower on the sentencing scale.

Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council executive director David Powell says prosecutors are "as ready as we can get" for the transition.

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9:58 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Hot Summer Weather Puts Pets In Peril

Taking Fido for a ride is one of the joys of summer. But veterinarians caution against leaving a pet in a vehicle unattended, even with the windows cracked.
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Dogs left in hot cars are an all too common summertime sight. Animal experts say it's extremely dangerous for animals, and could land their owners in hot water.

Courtney Thomas, president and CEO of Great Plains Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said animals left in cars can suffer heatstroke within minutes. Temperatures can soar inside a vehicle, even with the windows cracked.

"The side effects of that can ultimately result in the death of the pet," said Thomas. "Other neurological and sometimes permanent situations can arise as well."

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5:01 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Purdue Energy Camp Sparks Interest In STEM for Students, Teachers

Students at the Duke Energy Academy at Purdue test wind turbines they built themselves.
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About 50 high school students and 30 teachers spent the past week on the Purdue campus learning about energy related topics.

It was part of a program designed to spark their interest in fields related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

WBAA's Kristin Malavenda has more.

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11:18 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Like Other States Before, Indiana's Gay Marriage Decision Is Stayed

Chicago's federal building, which houses the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
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The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Friday halted same-sex marriage in Indiana, granting a motion by Attorney General Greg Zoeller to stay the effects of a ruling that struck down the state’s gay marriage ban. 

District Court Judge Richard Young Wednesday handed down a decision ruling Indiana’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional and ordered counties to license marriages for same-sex couples. 

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3:16 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Tippecanoe County Mulls 'Single Entry' Homelessness Resource Center

Churches are sometimes called upon to answer some of the questions Tippecanoe County leaders want directed instead to a single agency designed to have the information.
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Tippecanoe County leaders are advocating the creation of what they’re calling a “single point of contact” system for preventing and eliminating homelessness. They want to streamline the multiple services used by the homeless to make it easier to get them back on their feet.

City of Lafayette homeless and community outreach director Adam Murphy says there are bottlenecks in the current system which stop those wanting for services from getting all they need.

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2:31 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Warren County Among A Handful Still Not Issuing Gay Marriage Certificates

Clerk Deb Hiatt says she knows her constituents in the sparsely-populated county and doesn't want any of them left "in limbo" by her decisions.
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In one of the state’s least populous counties, the clerk is still waiting to allow same-sex marriages.

Despite a Wednesday ruling by a U.S. District Court judge, Warren County Clerk Deb Hiatt says she’d need an order from a local judge before she’d go forward with doctoring a state form that allows for one man and one woman in each union.

Hiatt says she would feel like she was duping her constituents if she married a couple and then the order to allow gay marriages was stayed.

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9:25 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Ham Radio Exercises Set For This Weekend Across Indiana

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Indiana "ham" radio operators this weekend will set up and operate emergency communication systems to simulate how to respond to a natural disaster.

American Radio Relay League Spokesperson Joe March says field exercises will take place at 22 sites throughout Indiana.

He says the public is invited to participate in parts of the 24-hour, off the electric grid field exercise.

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9:19 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Summer Reading Can Prevent Learning Loss

Libraries in Indiana offer reading programs to keep children on track educationally during the summer months.
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Even as Indiana children enjoy their summer vacation, educational experts say it's important they find the time to sharpen their reading skills.

Suzanne Walker, children's services consultant at the Indiana State Library, says studies have shown what is sometimes called the "summer slide," the loss of reading or math skills learned during the school year.

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