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Awareness Is Aim Of Early Alzheimer's Advisor

Aug 21, 2017

An Indiana woman will play a role in steering the national Alzheimer’s Association when it comes to the disease’s early stages.

Mary Kay Tarbell was recently named as an Early-Stage Advisor for the Alzheimer’s Association. The position provides an opportunity to advance awareness about the importance of early diagnosis.

Tarbell knew the signs of Alzheimer’s.

“I kind of felt the creeping questions,” she says she started asking. “Why am I forgetting this?”

Gen Con Partners With Child Advocates For Charity

Aug 18, 2017

Gen Con is underway in Indianapolis and every year the popular event names a charity partner. This year’s partner is Child Advocates which is Marion County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, organization.

CASA volunteers, provide a voice in court for children who have been removed from their homes. The Marion County branch of this organization hopes to reach the estimated 200,000 people attending Gen Con.

Executive director Cindy Booth says the need for CASA services is growing with the opioid epidemic.

Indianapolis Considers Moving Confederate Monument

Aug 18, 2017

Democrats on the Indianapolis City-County Council are calling for the relocation of a Confederate monument in a city park in wake of the racial violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The 35-foot granite marker sits in Garfield Park on the city’s Southside. It was built in 1912 to honor 1,616 Confederate soldiers and some slaves who died from disease and starvation at a prisoner of war camp in the city.

Indiana’s unemployment rate rose last month for the first time in five months even as the state’s private sector added jobs.

The Indiana unemployment rate went up 0.1 percent rising to 3.1 percent in July. That’s the first increase since February. But it still keeps the unemployment rate well below the national average and lower than all neighboring states.

Research: Biomarkers Could Help Prevent Suicide

Aug 17, 2017

New research helps identify people at risk for suicide using so-called biomarkers in blood tests. The study promotes what’s called precision medicine to help prevent suicide.

Indiana University School of Medicine researcher Alexader Niculescu’s years of research uses biology to determine who is more at risk of dying from suicide. He says it’s really no different then the work cardiologists do to prevent heart attacks.

Anti-Discrimination Groups Launch Hate Crimes Database

Aug 17, 2017

Anti-hate groups from across central Indiana want to better track hate crimes in the state. The groups met at a conference Thursday to launch a hate crimes database.

Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate executive director Amy Nelson says the group launched a hate crimes database because anti-discrimination organizations worry hate crimes are underreported in the state.

Opposing sides made one final pitch Wednesday to the Whitley County Plan Commission over buffers for confined animal feeding operations, or CAFOs.

Farmers and lakefront homeowners attended the meeting decked out, respectively, in green and blue shirts. They’ve disagreed for months on temporary buffers for confined animal feeding operations and ultimately failed to reach a compromise.

Homeowners asked the commission for a two mile buffer between CAFOs and nearby lakes; farmers wanted 1,000 feet. In the end, the commission decided on half a mile.

Purdue University will help train thousands of new Infosys employees in Indiana and nationwide.

The five-year agreement comes as the technology and consulting company readies a new hub in Indianapolis.

For years, Infosys hired mainly visa workers from overseas. The company said in May it’s shifting course, hiring 10,000 American employees – including 2,000 in Indiana.

President Donald Trump disbanded two of his economic advisory councils, after many members resigned in protest of his response to racist violence.

Trump tweeted Wednesday he was “ending” his Manufacturing Council and Strategic & Policy Forum, all made up of CEOs and other industry and workforce leaders.

Among those who resigned from the manufacturing group before that tweet were national AFL-CIO union president Richard Trumka and his chief of staff.

Indiana’s proposed federal education plan has been published online and it is now in the hands of Gov. Eric Holcomb.

Indiana is required to submit a new federal education plan this year as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced the No Child Left Behind law in 2015.

READ MORE: Indiana Plan Under the Every Student Succeeds Act

The plan includes the state’s academic standards, how students will be tested on those standards and plans to help to failing schools.

After operating for four years without a full-time leader, Indiana’s children’s commission finally has an executive director.

The Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana was established in 2013, but has never had a person whose entire job was dedicated to the commission.

Julie Whitman leaves the Indiana Youth Institute to become the executive director of the commission.

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South Bend and a local non-profit supported Barack Obama’s executive order Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, on its fifth anniversary. The order defers deportation of children brought into the country without legal documentation. People gathered at a rally urging the federal government to make DACA a permanent law.

Executive Director of La Casa de Amistad Sam Centellas said DACA supports the whole community.  

Four Indiana counties that were in danger of having no insurance options for customers on the Affordable Care Act marketplace will have choices in 2018. Decatur, Jackson, Grant and Wayne Counties were at risk of having no providers next year after Anthem and MD Wise announced in June they would be leaving the market at the end of this year.

Indiana school districts with 2,000 or fewer students lag behind academically as compared to larger corporations, according to a study commissioned by the Indiana Chamber and released Tuesday.

The report, conducted by researchers at Ball State University, found that the enrollment size of a school corporation correlates with student test scores and access to college prep courses.

A new partnership aims to provide members of the Indiana National Guard with mental health and substance abuse care. Indiana National Guard behavioral health officer Maj. Scott Edwards says the program called “Mission Recovery,” tailored to service member’s needs.

“So when service members come they are meeting with a provider who understands more about the realities of being a military member,” Edwards says. “That’s hugely important for us and it’s key to the success in any kind of initiative where people come to get help for mental health or substance abuse problems.”

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