The state Water Infrastructure Task Force held its first official meeting Wednesday. Legislators created the group last year to study the state’s water systems and make a plan to tackle water and wastewater needs. 

Study: Crowdsourced Hospital Ratings May Not Be Fair

Sep 12, 2018
Hospital results at the federal government's Hospital Compare rating site. (Screenshot medicare.gov/hospitalcompare)
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Though many websites offer non-scientific ratings on a number of services, two Indiana University scientists say judging hospitals that way likely isn’t fair.

U.S. Education assistant secretary Frank Brogan visited Purdue University’s charter high school in Indianapolis today as part of the department’s national back to school tour.

Department members are traveling to public, private and charter schools across the country this week in an effort to spotlight innovative teaching and management ideas.

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Nearly 100,000 people are waiting for a kidney transplant in the U.S., but many will never get one. Instead they’ll stay on dialysis for the rest of their lives. A team of doctors in Philadelphia have found a possible solution to this problem, by infecting patients with a potentially fatal virus.

Advocates for human trafficking victims say the state needs a single point of contact to direct victims to the services they need. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
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Advocates for human trafficking victims say the state needs a single point of contact to direct victims to the services they need.

State lawmakers Wednesday debated the best way to set up such a system.

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.

Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) was in a serious motorcycle accident in northern Michigan. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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One of Indiana’s top state lawmakers was involved in a serious motorcycle accident Wednesday morning.

Indiana officials say at least 70 percent of unwanted phone calls reported by Hoosiers are scams. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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Indiana officials say the vast majority of unwanted telephone calls reported by Hoosiers are scams.

And officials say that’s the problem with the state’s Do Not Call list – it wasn’t designed to prevent scams.

Indiana Deputy Attorney General Marguerite Sweeney says at least 70 percent of unwanted phone call complaints are about scams. And that’s in part why the Do Not Call list won’t stop them.

Teen First In Indiana To Recieve New Cancer Treatment

Sep 10, 2018
Kylee Sweat is Riley Hospital’s first ever CAR T patient and the first pediatric patient to start treatment in Indiana. (Photo Iu Riley Hospital)
Jill Sheridan

An Indiana teenager is the first in the state to receive a new type of cancer treatment for leukemia. CAR T cell therapy was just approved by the FDA last year. 

The state has released this year’s ISTEP scores to schools and corporations after running into grading issues late last month. The results were initially scheduled to be made public last week.

The State Department of Education sent out a statement Monday saying the fix for a 10th grade math question increased 27,813 student scores. A second issue dealing with data collection on some paper exams affected 115 students across grade levels.

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President Trump is highlighting progress of his "America First" agenda as he speaks to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, in effect spiking the football at what his secretary of state described as the "Super Bowl of diplomacy."

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Fashion company Michael Kors is buying Versace, the Italian luxury brand founded by Gianni Versace in 1978, for $2.12 billion. The two fashion houses made the announcement Tuesday, one day after speculation spread about a potential deal.

Donatella Versace, the artistic director of the Milan-based fashion house who helped lead the company after her brother's death in 1997, said it's the perfect time for the company to join with Michael Kors.

Instagram Co-Founders To Step Down

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Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, co-founders of Instagram, have announced their plan to leave the company that produces the popular photo-sharing application.

"We're planning on taking some time off to explore our curiosity and creativity again," Systrom said in a statement on the company's website. "Building new things requires that we step back, understand what inspires us and match that with what the world needs; that's what we plan to do."

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