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2:05 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Tippecanoe County Begins Issuing Marriage Licenses To Same-Sex Couples

Daniel Peo (left) and Douglas Taylor (right) become the first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license in Tippecanoe County.
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A moment that many same-sex couples in the area have been waiting for happened around 9:45 this morning at the Tippecanoe County Courthouse.

WBAA’s Kristin Malavenda reports.

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9:49 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Tippecanoe County Issues First Gay Marriage License

County Clerk Christa Coffey had opted to wait for more direction before issuing any licenses.
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2:40 p.m. UPDATE:

Indiana Public Broadcasting Statehouse Reporter Brandon Smith has received this communication from a Department of Health spokesperson regarding the forms the state uses to grant marriage licenses:

"The state is working to comply with Judge Young's order in regards to new marriage licenses forms that allow more than just one male and one female applicant."

Some clerks had claimed they could not grant the licenses because the forms would not allow for two partners of the same sex.

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General News
5:53 am
Thu June 26, 2014

County Clerks Differ In Reaction To Striking Down Of Gay Marriage Ban

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Same-sex couples around Indiana Wednesday rushed to their county clerk’s office after a federal judge struck down the state’s ban on same sex marriage. 

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports on reactions to the decision and what the future now holds for gay Hoosier couples.

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General News
2:27 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Despite Ruling, Tippecanoe And Other Counties Waiting To Issue Gay Marriage Licenses

Tippecanoe County Clerk Christa Coffey says she's not sure a judge's ruling applies to her county.
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5:20 p.m. UPDATE:

Here's some of the coverage of the day's happenings from our other Indiana Public Broadcasting affiliates and their partners.

WFYI (Indianapolis)

WFIU/WTIU (Bloomington)

3:10 p.m. UPDATE:

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General News
1:07 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Indiana's Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down

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Same-sex couples can legally get married in Indiana immediately.

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General News
12:53 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Scorecard: Much Improvement Needed in Caring for Aging Hoosiers

A new scorecard from AARP ranks Indiana 47th among states for services and supports to help meet the long-term care needs of older residents.
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Indiana has seen efforts in recent years to improve the long-term care needs of older Hoosiers, but the findings of a new analysis suggest a lot more could be done.

AARP released a national scorecard by state on long-term services available for seniors and their families, and state legislative director Ambre Marr said Indiana ranks 47th overall.

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General News
1:27 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

State DNR Issues Algae Advisory for Mississinewa Lake

Mississinewa Lake
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Beware of the water in Mississinewa Lake--the Indiana Department of Natural Resources has issued a blue-green algae advisory.

DNR spokesperson Ginger Murphy says visitors should avoid drinking the water and take a shower after they swim.   

She says blue-green algae blooms are a seasonal occurrence in some Indiana waters, fueled by heat, sunlight and fertilizer runoff from lawns and farms.

"You need to look at the water," says Murphy. "If it really is a green look or a green sheen to it, then that's a good indication there may be a problem."

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General News
1:01 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Purdue Attempting To Address Shortage Of Students In STEM Fields

Ana Carneiro of Harrison High School in Tippecanoe County, Ind., conducts an experiment during activities at the 2013 Duke Energy Academy at Purdue. She will assist during this year's academy on the West Lafayette campus, June 22-28, before enrolling at Purdue this fall as a freshman planning to study chemical engineering.
Credit Vivien Lai / Purdue University

The Purdue Energy Center is trying to address a shortage of students entering STEM disciplines.

Managing Director Dr. Pankaj Sharma says increasing the number and quality of these students is necessary if the United States is to be a world leader in the energy sector.

He says right now we have close to 7-billion people on the planet and that’s expected to increase to roughly 9-billion by 2050.

Sharma says that will dramatically increase the demand for energy, especially from developing countries such as India, Brazil, and many on the African continent.

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General News
9:21 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Indiana Officials Declaring EPA Ruling A Victory

U.S. Supreme Court
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In a ruling issued Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court says the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to limit the amount of greenhouse gases companies can produce—but it can only do so if the company is already required to get permits for other pollutants. Environmentalists and state officials in Indiana are declaring the ruling a victory.

Indiana joined 12 several other states in suing the EPA, alleging its new standards regulating greenhouse gases overstepped the authority Congress had given it.

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General News
6:37 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Lafayette Urban Ministry Fights Achievement Gap With Summer Learning Program

LUM's 5th Quarter Learning Program
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While most kids look forward to putting away their notebooks and textbooks for the summer, a group of kids in Lafayette is using the next couple of months to prepare for the upcoming school year.

They’re part of the Lafayette Urban Ministry’s 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program, which is in its fourth year.

WBAA's Kristin Malavenda reports on the effort to close the achievement gap for low-income students in the area.

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