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Lt. Governor candidates square off at State Fair

Aug 16, 2012
Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana's drought and the ethanol industry took center stage as the running mates in this year’s gubernatorial race took shared their views Wednesday at the Indiana State Fair in their only scheduled debate.  

As severe drought impacts most of Indiana, a debate over where the corn that does survive should go exists not just in the state but across the country.  And the ethanol industry is a major part of that debate.  Up to 40 percent of U-S corn crops could be needed to fulfill the federal government’s mandate for ethanol usage.  

Legislators concerned about new teacher evaluations

Aug 15, 2012
Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

As a new school year begins, it’s not just students who have homework due – Hoosier school corporations are required to submit new teacher evaluation programs to the state Department of Education by next month.  But some legislators say they are concerned about the effectiveness of the evaluations.

The state Department of Education developed a teacher evaluation model that was tested in dozens of school corporations last school year.  Schools don’t have to use that model – they can modify it, use other models or develop their own. 

Indiana Public Broadcasting

The wife of former Indiana Rep. Lee Hamilton died this weekend after being run over by her own car. She died from her injuries hours later at the hospital.

Bloomington police captain Joe Qualters says 82-year-old Nancy Hamilton was taking her pet to College Mall Veterinary Hospital off east Third Street in Bloomington Saturday afternoon.

“When she went to retrieve her animal from the back of her car, apparently the vehicle had not been placed in park and was still in gear,” Qualters said. “It was determined the vehicle knocked her down but then also rolled over her.”

Extra swine precautions at fair

Aug 10, 2012
Keith Weller acquired from USDA ARS

The Monroe County Fair shut down its swine barn Tuesday after concerns about a potential flu outbreak among the animals and some people.  State Board of Animal Health spokesperson Denise Derrer says it’s not just Monroe County that’s prompted action at the State Fair.

Daniels wants candidate input on ACA decisions

Aug 10, 2012
Indiana News Center

Under the Affordable Care Act, states must make a series of decisions regarding health care.  Two of those decisions require answers this year, and Governor Mitch Daniels is reaching out to the state’s gubernatorial candidates for input. In letters to the three gubernatorial candidates, Governor Daniels says he’s seeking their input because the costs and consequences of the decisions required this year will be borne by the next administration.

IYI: Impoverished students need breakfast, too

Aug 10, 2012
Scott Bauer acquired from USDA ARS

As child poverty in Indiana continues to increase, the Indiana Youth Institute is stressing the need for schools to offer breakfast programs.

Ten years ago, child poverty was in the single digits in Indiana.  It now sits at 22 percent. 

There are many ripple effects associated with the increase, including a growing number of students relying on school breakfast programs -- participation is up nearly 60% since 2005.

Still, Indiana Youth Institute President Bill Stanczykiewicz is concerned there are kids who aren’t getting a good breakfast.

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