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Earthworms are often seen as a welcome presence in gardens, and even on fishing hooks. But in the Northeast, experts say invasive "crazy worms" from Asia are creating havoc in forests — and they say the unusual worms are a danger to animals and plants, and especially to sugar maple trees.

"The street cred that they have is hiding the invasion," Josef Görres, a soil scientist at the University of Vermont, says of the worms.

Poor people and people of color use much more electricity per square foot in their homes than whites and more affluent people, according to new research. That means households that can least afford it end up spending more on utilities.

People recovering from a stroke will soon have access to a device that can help restore a disabled hand.

The Food And Drug Administration has authorized a device called IpsiHand, which uses signals from the uninjured side of a patient's brain to help rewire circuits controlling the hand, wrist and arm.

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A new program starting later this month will give workers a pathway into highway construction careers. It’s a joint project between the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Indiana Construction Roundtable. 

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Indiana is closing its OptumServe COVID-19 testing sites at the end of June. The sites, set up early in the pandemic, have provided more than 541,000 free tests since May of last year.

Researchers at Purdue University are working to find more environmentally-friendly adhesives for everything from cardboard packages to shoes. 

  

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Indiana collected far more in taxes last month than even recent rosy projections anticipated, which leaves the state well-positioned heading into the final month of the current fiscal year.

Indiana got a new revenue forecast in April, which projected how much the state would collect in taxes each month for the next couple of years. That forecast was much more positive than previous predictions.

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The city of Logansport plans to do its own air monitoring for pollution from a proposed zinc oxide manufacturing plant in Cass County. Waelz Sustainable Products installed an air monitor in Logansport's downtown earlier this year in collaboration with the county.

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: local governments across Indiana are deciding whether to opt out of the state’s potential opioid lawsuit settlements in pursuit of their own – including Lafayette. How could the city spend potential settlement funds in the future, and what’s the status of current efforts to combat the opioid crisis?

Health Officials Worry About Low Vaccination Rates

Jun 9, 2021

Upon taking office, President Joe Biden set July 4 as a benchmark for getting 70% of the nation fully vaccinated from the COVID-19 virus.


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Hotels are seeing more demand as people take vacations, and more are expected over the summer. But the industry’s recovery is uneven and Indiana’s will likely take longer than other areas. A national hotel industry group is urging Congress to pass legislation that would give direct relief to hotel operators and workers needing the financial help to fill the gap while travel returns.

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Thousands of Hoosiers are getting more than $200 each through a settlement between the state and a subprime auto lender.

City councils in West Lafayette and Lafayette voted on Monday to move forward with their lawsuits against opioid distributors and manufacturers separately from Indiana’s opioid litigation.  

  

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