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Indiana Colleges Launch Push For More Minority STEM Degrees

Nov 3, 2016

A group of six Indiana colleges will launch an initiative to double the number of students of color graduating with science, technology, engineering and math degrees.

The Indiana STEM Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation will begin in December to increase Indiana’s STEM minority pipeline. The $4.8 million project is funded by the National Science Foundation.

A report from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business characterizes the nation’s economy as underperforming.

Researchers say a lack of government and private investment may have set the national economy back. And while household spending is up and may have helped the economy, it can’t be the only factor working to improve growth.

Kelley School economist Kyle Anderson worked on the report. He says the country has seen growth in the past eight years since the recession, but not as fast as economists would have wanted.

City of West Lafayette

The mayor ruffled some Republican feathers a year ago by endorsing a couple candidates who weren’t Republicans.

This year, a state house race covering his city is one of the most watched in Indiana. Find out who the mayor has endorsed and why.

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Nineteen people are running for school board positions across Allen County this year, and they’re the only candidates who won’t have their party affiliation listed by their names.

 

Hoosiers will find a constitutional amendment on the ballot this November for the first time in six years.

Amending Indiana’s constitution is notoriously difficult. This amendment would protect a citizen’s right to hunt and fish, but it has some people wondering what it will actually do.

Public Question number 1 asks voters to “forever preserve” a Hoosier’s right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife.

Superintendent Candidates Clash On Management, Communication

Nov 2, 2016

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On Election Day, past the presidential race on your ballot, past the governor, Indiana voters will decide Indiana’s top education official.

Democratic incumbent Glenda Ritz and Republican Yorktown superintendent Jennifer McCormick, have many things in common.

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The relationship between Indianapolis, in cash-strapped Marion County, and its affluent northern suburb of Carmel often draws comparisons with the famed rivalry between "Parks & Rec’s" fictional Pawnee and Eagleton.

Dental App Could Increase Access

Nov 1, 2016

A new app developed by researchers working at the Indiana University School of Dentistry and Regenstrief Institute could help people who are having a dental emergency and ultimately increase access to care.

The idea for the application came when one of the researchers had a dental emergency of his own, says IU School of Dentistry Professor Dr. Thankam Thyvalikakath.

“He was trying to convey the information to the dentist about what he was experiencing and at that time he realized if only I could send all this information in an effective manner,” Thyvalikakath says.

A week away from Election Day, Democrats still have multiple paths to winning back the Senate. Meanwhile, Republicans are hoping that new revelations about possible new Hillary Clinton emails related to her private server can only bolster the "check and balance" argument they need to make for voters to separate their GOP candidates from the top of the ticket.

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A new study from the nonprofit Mental Health America puts Indiana 45th in the nation when it comes to mental health care.

Indiana’s corn and soybean industries are pushing back against a New York Times investigation that alleges genetically modified crops, or GMOs, haven’t done what they set out to do.

Companies like Monsanto made GMOs a mainstay in agriculture 20 years ago, by altering corn and soybeans to kill pests and withstand chemical use.

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The federal exchange offers four different levels of coverage—Bronze, Silver, Gold and Catastrophic, categorized by premium prices, amounts of coverage and out-of-pocket costs. About 60 percent of the 169,000 Hoosiers who buy on the exchange opt for a silver plan, according to the latest federal data available.

It was never a secret. In 2010, the conservative political strategist Karl Rove took to the Wall Street Journal and laid out a plan to win majorities in state legislatures across the country.

“He who controls redistricting can control Congress,” read the subhead to Rove’s column.

The ACLU of Indiana is suing the city of Bedford on behalf of a resident who says he was forced to take down yard signs because they violated a local ordinance. The ACLU says the ordinance is unconstitutional.

Samuel Shaw is well-known in Bedford for the signs that, until recently, he displayed in his yard. According to the lawsuit, they conveyed political messages and personal opinions such as “I seek the truth” and “Over the hump with Trump.” At one point in September, Shaw had at least a dozen signs in his yard.

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