Chris Morisse Vizza

For a second time in 17 years, students from Tippecanoe County have traveled to the statehouse to advocate for a bill designating Say's Firefly as the state insect.

And, for a second time in as many years, the General Assembly elected to not take action on the bill.

The firefly activists, second- and third-graders at West Lafayette's Cumberland Elementary School, plan to shine a light on the topic until state lawmakers see things their way.

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While Hillary Clinton campaigned in Northern Indiana Tuesday, her husband Bill Clinton spoke at an event in Indianapolis.

The former Democratic U.S. President says Hillary Clinton has the most realistic plan to fix the country’s economic problems.

His speech focused on income inequality, student debt and terrorism.

In an apparent appeal to supporters of Democratic rival Bernie Sanders, Clinton says Hillary Clinton’s economic plan involves giving companies a 15 percent tax credit if they share their profits fairly.

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More than 330,000 unpaid caregivers are providing an estimated $4.6 billion in care for about 100,000 Hoosiers diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

The data is among the Alzheimer's Association's recently released annual report highlighting facts and figures about people impacted by the disease.

This year, the national information focuses on the unpaid caregiver.

Brandon Smith

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz Thursday made his pitch to state party leaders and donors, one day after Donald Trump addressed a rally of thousands in Indianapolis. 

Cruz delivered the keynote speech at the state Republicans’ spring fundraising dinner.

The focus of Cruz’s speech – and, he says, the focus of the election – is jobs, freedom and security. 

The theme is what Cruz deemed the “leviathan” of the federal government.

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The Indiana Youth Institute reports that more than half of Hoosier children have a history of tooth decay in their permanent teeth, and a recent federal report shows Indiana kids on Medicaid are not getting the recommended care. 

The problem goes beyond a dislike for the dentist's drill. Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic diseases in children. 

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The Indiana Court of Appeals says the University of Notre Dame’s security police department is a public agency and therefore should comply with open records requests.

But questions remain about what types of records the university must release.

The ruling is the latest decision in a lawsuit ESPN filed against Notre Dame last year for failing to hand over records the sports network requested.

ESPN had requested records from several universities as part of an inquiry into interactions between university police departments and student athletes.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

With more people dying from drug overdose in Indiana than car accidents, school administrators are clamoring for ways to help their students avoid the temptation of drugs.

The Indianapolis-based nonprofit Operation Lifeline has started an outreach program to fill that need.

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Leigh DeNoon was on hand for one of the group’s recent presentations, and has this report.

Bill Stanley

 This week, the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns conference in French Lick will cover how the state’s municipalities are balancing ways to provide services for their citizens while reducing spending.

IACT Executive Director Matt Greller says the issues are the same for every community--big and small.

The season’s major juried arts event, the Round the Fountain Art Fair takes place on the grounds of the Tippecanoe County Courthouse on Saturday, May 24th.

Purdue wins Bucket, Hope's future in question

Nov 24, 2012

As the sun began to set on Ross-Ade Stadium, Saturday afternoon, Purdue head coach Danny Hope was perched atop some of his players’ shoulders while the rest of the Boilermakers were hoisting the Old Oaken Bucket for the second straight year.

“It was really a special moment.  I never had that happen before,” said Hope. 

Running back Akeem Shavers added, “It was one of those moments you see in a movie.”

Purdue’s 56-35 win over rival Indiana was a Hollywood ending, but whether or not a sequel is in the works remains a mystery.