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Exodus Refugee Immigration is expecting to resettle several Syrian refugee families in Indiana over the next few months, despite Gov. Pence’s continued opposition.

A judge ruled Monday in a civil lawsuit against Gov. Mike Pence, saying that Pence cannot deny state funds to Syrian refugees. The ACLU of Indiana is suing Pence on behalf of Exodus.

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A winter storm is expected to dump between 5 and 7 inches of snow in the Greater Lafayette area.

The snow, combined with winds gusting up to 35 miles per hour, are expected to diminish visibility and exacerbate travel problems on slick roads.

Amanda Lee, a meteorologist at the Indianapolis National Weather Service office, says rain will change to snow as temperatures begin to drop from the low-to-mid 30s Wednesday morning.

"There is a chance before changing over to snow that we'll have some sleet mixed in," she says. 

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House Democrats say the closing of Carrier plants in Indianapolis and Huntington shows Republicans have gotten the economy wrong.

Minority Leader Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City) argues the move of 2,100 to Mexico proves Republican initiatives, from right-to-work to corporate tax cuts to the repeal of the common construction wage, haven't worked.

“We continue to have very low economic growth,” Pelath says. “We continue to have negligible, if not negative, wage growth and we don’t see any real improvements here.”

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A proposed $1.1 billion plan includes $920 million for ‘cooperative agreements with states,’ which could include programs in Indiana. Zoeller says he’d like to have Indiana first in line for that funding.

“The numbers of people we’re talking about are really beyond our capacity to address,” Zoeller says. “So we really are going to need federal help. “

The proposal is part of President Obama’s overall budget, which must be approved by Congress.

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MENTAL HEALTH  

The Indiana Youth Institute’s annual Kids Count Data Book is out Monday and much of the information focuses on the health of Hoosier kids.

In Indiana, five percent of kids have been diagnosed with serious behavioral problems, four percent with anxiety and three percent with depression. All those rates are higher than the national average.

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With the broad strokes of West Lafayette and Purdue University’s State Street Project settled, residents Thursday night delved into the nitty-gritty details of the Plenary Roads plan for the project.

Each of the approximately one-dozen speakers at a public hearing was largely complimentary of the plan.

However, one of the few areas of disagreement was the plan’s suggestion to convert many one-way roads into two-way streets.

Purdue Fire Chief Kevin Ply, though, calls the measure a win for public safety.

Suicide Prevention Group Wants Help From Indiana Schools

Feb 10, 2016
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Suicide-prevention activists want Indiana schools and colleges to make themselves the first line of defense.

Eight states require schools to have suicide-prevention policies. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention wants Indiana to be the ninth.

And Indiana-Ohio area director Lisa Brattain says universities need more counselors trained in suicide prevention, and should make information about counseling resources part of freshman orientation.

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The election of an openly-gay bishop and the carrying out of same-sex marriages have led to the sanctioning of the Episcopalian Church by the Anglican Communion.

The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church is expected to reaffirm the Church’s commitment to a progressive approach to the LGBT community today.

The Anglican Communion, is a voluntary organization of protestant bishoprics and parishes that has 86 million members worldwide.

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Indiana’s longest-living governor, Edgar Whitcomb, passed away Thursday at the age of 98.

Born in 1917 in southern Indiana, Edgar Whitcomb served in World War Two as a B-17 navigator.  He twice escaped from a Japanese prisoner of war camp, detailing his account in his 1958 book “Escape from Corregidor.” 

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Now that West Lafayette has completed the bidding process on its 120-million State Street Redevelopment Project, the city, along with project partner Purdue University is ready, in the Joint Board’s words, to convert State Road 26 from “a state highway into a main street.”

An information meeting Thursday evening kicked off State Street’s next phase: educating city residents about the project and eliciting their input. More formal public hearings are to follow. 

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