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Three children died this week after a vehicle struck them as they crossed the street to board a school bus in Fulton County. While situations like this don’t happen often, bus drivers in Indiana say vehicles passing them illegally is nothing new.

The state is trying out a free radon testing program for day care centers in some Indiana counties.

Radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer in people who don’t smoke in the U.S., estimated to cause more than 21,000 deaths every year. It's a naturally-occurring gas that seeps into buildings from the soil. 

Groups Discuss Future Of Michindoh Aquifer

Oct 18, 2018
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Concerned Citizens of DeKalb County, or CCDC, hosted an informational meeting yesterday regarding the Michindoh Aquifer. Residents in the tri-state area are concerned about a plan to sell water from the aquifer to the Toledo suburbs. The Michindoh Aquifer, a portmanteau of the three states it touches; Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, is a prominent source of water for the corners of the three states.

Indiana Records First West Nile Virus Deaths

Sep 25, 2018

Indiana recorded its first two deaths from the West Nile Virus this week. One is in Marion County and one in Grant County.

Marion County health officials say the county hasn’t had a death from the virus that is carried by mosquitoes since 2012. 

The Marion County Health Department offers these tips to reduce the risk of becoming infected.

Indiana can no longer hold trains accountable if they block railroad crossings for a long time. (Charlotte Tuggle/WBAA)
Brandon Smith

Indiana can no longer hold trains accountable if they block railroad crossings for a long time.

EPA Not Monitoring Asbestos In Midwest Schools

Sep 18, 2018

Indiana is one of many states that relies on the Environmental Protection Agency to make sure its schools are keeping kids safe from asbestos. In high doses, it can cause cancer and other diseases. But a new report by the agency’s internal watchdog shows the EPA isn’t making asbestos a priority. 

EPA Adds Anderson Site To Priority List

Sep 12, 2018

A site in Anderson, Indiana, has been added to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund National Priorities List because of groundwater contamination.

Chemicals like trichloroethene, TCE, an industrial solvent and known carcinogen, and tetrachloroethene, PCE, a dry cleaning fluid, have been found in small amounts in treated water. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management says the water still meets safe drinking standards.

President Carter: Housing A Basic Human Right

Aug 30, 2018
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Barb Anguiano / WVPE

Anguiano: Let's start with your name and your title.

Carter: My name is Jimmy Carter. I used to be president, but I'm not anymore.

Anguiano: And what do you do now?

Carter: Well, I run the Carter Center and I work [on] Habitat [for Humanity].

Anguiano: What's the biggest thing, what's the biggest takeaway you've had from Habitat in general?

The state's revised plan for what to do with money from a Volkswagen settlement takes public feedback into account.

Indiana received more than $40 million after the company violated the Clean Air Act. Several people wanted to use the money for greener school buses and electric charging stations — and the new draft covers those bases. 

When police seize illegal drugs, those drugs must be identified and weighed. The Indiana State Police now have an estimated 6,000 case backlog for drug analysis. Testing for cases is delayed by as much as six months, but the state’s forensics director says it’s not a problem – yet.

Indiana State Police Forensic Analysis Director Eric Lawrence says there are more drug cases filed, and new synthetic drugs are added to the list of controlled substances.

“And that in and of itself makes the analysis more complicated and more time consuming,” Lawrence says.

Two State Agencies Add New Chief Medical Officers

Aug 7, 2018

Two Indiana agencies named new chief medical officers, or CMOs, to lead efforts to improve the health of Hoosiers.  

Donnelly Touts Drug Enforcement, Treatment Efforts

Aug 7, 2018
Sen. Joe Donnelly says it’s important to balance enforcement and treatment in the fight against drug addiction. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) Tuesday touted drug enforcement funding he’s helped secure for Indiana law enforcement agencies. 

Summer Study Committee Explores The Future Of Hemp

Aug 6, 2018
Elkhart-based FlexForm Technologies CEO Gregg Baumbaugh shows the study committee one of the car parts his company makes using hemp. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)
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The Indiana Agriculture and Natural Resources Interim Study Committee took a field trip Monday visiting Purdue University’s Hemp research site and talking with experts about the plant.

Industrial hemp is still illegal to grow in Indiana outside of research. However, dozens of Hoosiers told the committee they think industrial hemp should be legal to be grown in-state.

Tritch Pushes Banks For Debates

Aug 6, 2018
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Democratic Indiana 3rd District House candidate Courtney Tritch said at the beginning of her campaign she wanted to challenge Representative Jim Banks to six debates before November’s midterm.

Indiana is one of several states experiencing a Hepatitis A outbreak, and the state wants students to be better protected as they head back to school.

Drug Commission Formally Opposes Medical Marijuana

Nov 9, 2017

The Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse voted Thursday to formally oppose the decriminalization of marijuana in any form. The resolution that came one day after Gov. Eric Holcomb took the same stance.

Two members of the commission asked that it take a stand against medical marijuana in Indiana, according to the commission’s executive director Jim McClelland.

Holcomb Won't Support Marijuana Decriminalization

Nov 8, 2017

 

Gov. Eric Holcomb says he won’t support any push to decriminalize marijuana, even for medical use.

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HAMMOND - A Hammond woman is facing a slew of charges that stem from possible drunk driving and a physical altercation with another woman.  Indiana State Police Spokesperson Sergeant Ann Wojas says that just before 3:30 in the morning on Wednesday (10/25), an Indiana State Trooper pulled-up behind a Buick SUV parked in one of the toll booth lanes on the Indiana Toll Road, just east of the Indiana/Illinios State Line.  The officer saw a woman get out of the front passenger door and throw a beer can at the driver while yelling expletives.  The passenger told the officer she and the driver ha

Indiana tax revenues fell further behind expectations as the state finished the first quarter of its fiscal year.

The first two months of the fiscal year put the state more than $40 million below expectations. September made it more than twice as bad.

Total tax collections last month were more than $66 million less than projected, which puts the state $107 million off the mark for the fiscal year.

Sales, corporate, and individual income taxes all missed their targets in September. Corporate and sales taxes haven’t yet met expectations at any point this fiscal year.

U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) met with federal Veterans Administration officials to discuss the long waits many veterans face to have claims processed, and says he wants to work directly with the office to make significant changes.

Young says the amount of time veterans have to wait for a claim to be processed is around two years and appeals take even longer.

“One veteran that we discussed today has been on appeal for almost 10 years,” he says.

Western Lake Erie is again dealing with nutrient pollution and harmful algae this year, and environmental groups say the states around the lake—including Indiana—aren’t doing enough to keep the water clean.

Water that flows into western Lake Erie — from Ohio, Michigan, Ontario, Canada and Indiana — carries a lot of nutrients that come from farms and urban areas. And when those nutrients hit warm lake water during the summer, algae grows.

Federal officials have closed a one-time extension for companies that needed more temporary visa workers – landscapers and other non-farm laborers.

Indiana brings in hundreds of these workers a year and makes up about one percent of the program nationwide.

Typically, nearly half of the nation’s H-2B workers are landscapers, and that proportion is even higher in Indiana.

For fiscal year 2017, more than 70 percent of the state’s 1,550 H-2B visa workers were brought on in landscaping jobs.

Under a new federal education law thousands of Indiana diplomas known as general diplomas would no longer count for a school’s graduation rate.

As a result, Indiana could see its statewide graduation rate drop from 89 percent to 76 percent, based on 2016 data.

Now Indiana’s Congressional delegation wants the federal education department to give the state more time to prepare before that change takes effect.

Report: Indiana Girls Lag Behind In Wellness

Sep 1, 2017

A new report shows Indiana girls lag behind their peers in other states when it comes to health and well-being. The State of Girls report analyzes data for more than 568,000 Hoosier girls.

The state of Indiana filed a lawsuit Monday to allow it to collect sales tax from online sellers who don’t have a presence in Indiana.

New state legislation that prompted the lawsuit means the state could collect those taxes if the courts rule in its favor.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1992 that online retailers don’t have to collect and remit sales tax if they have no physical connection to the state.

A trucking company moving from Illinois to Indiana is the latest of dozens of companies that have made that switch in recent years.

It’s a boon to struggling northwest Indiana economies that Indiana officials say is thanks to their state’s business-friendly tax and regulatory structure.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation says at least 55 companies have moved some or all of their business from Illinois to Indiana in the past two years. They say that will create more than 5,500 jobs and $610 million in investment.

Youth Survey Finds Vaping, Tobacco And Drug Use Down

Aug 25, 2017

An annual survey of Indiana teens finds the use of tobacco, vapor, alcohol and drug use on the decline.

This year the 27th Youth Survey from the Indiana University’s Indiana Prevention Resource Center analyzed answers from more than 126,000 Hoosier students – sixth to 12th grade – at 409 schools around the state. The questions cover issues ranging from use of various drugs to gambling and mental health.

The study first included the use of electronic vaping products two years ago and has found a steady decrease in the number of teen’s vaping every year.

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Pregnant women with opioid addiction often face obstacles in managing their treatment, including finding a doctor and battling with insurance paperwork. At a vulnerable time, they often stumble and relapse because of these problems.

While treatment for the disease is relatively straightforward, the communication between insurers and providers can be riddled with clerical errors and prone to delays.

 

A new law in Indiana will provide protection to anyone who rescues a pet trapped in a hot car. But good Samaritans may have to pay a fee for their assistance.

The law, set to take effect July 1, says a person who forcibly enters a vehicle to remove an animal will only be responsible for half the cost of damages unless the vehicle owner agrees to pay all of it.Governor Holcomb signed House Enrolled Act 1085 into law on Monday. This means that anyone who breaks into a hot car to rescue a domestic animal will have criminal immunity.

Indiana Unemployment Rate Lowest Since Early 2001

May 19, 2017

The unemployment rate declined in April for the second consecutive month, down 0.3 of a percent to 3.6 percent. That’s the biggest single month drop since late 2010. And 3.6 percent is the lowest rate since February 2001.

But the Hoosier private sector lost 9,300 jobs last month. That’s the largest single month decline since June 2009. The losses were led by the manufacturing and private educational and health services sectors. And the private sector has now shed jobs four of the last five months.

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