INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The deadline for comments on proposed changes to Indiana's education standards is almost up. Lawmakers passed a bill last year requiring the state to draft new guidelines amid growing criticism of Indiana's use of national education standards called the Common Core. Department of Education spokesman David Galvin says more than 1,100 comments already have been submitted.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Mayor Greg Ballard is set to announce a new plan to reduce violence in Indianapolis in a year on track to beat last year's homicide count. Indianapolis experienced more than 25 homicides before the end of February. The city of 885,000 residents is on track to break the 125 homicides it experienced last year.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - A company based at the Purdue Research Park has received a $15 million boost to its work on technology designed to boost the amount of cancerous tissue surgeons can remove. The new funding will go toward additional clinical trials needed to optimize technology developed by OnTarget. It causes cancerous tissues to light up with fluorescent imaging during surgery.
ELKHART, Ind. (AP) - A woman who planned DePauw University's Walker Arboretum has given $4.6 million to a northern Indiana charitable foundation. Mary Elizabeth Walker established the gift with the Elkhart County Community Foundation as an "endowed donor advised fund." She died in 2011. The gift will allow $230,000 to be granted this year.
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