Stan Jastrzebski

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Stan Jastrzebski has spent a career in radio, with postings as News Director of NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, IN and time as a reporter at WGN Radio in Chicago and WIBC Radio in Indianapolis.  Stan holds a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University and has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press, the Radio Television Digital News Association the Indiana Broadcasters Association.  He spends his time away from the newsroom with his wife and daughter and enjoys board games, tennis and trivia competitions. Follow Stan on Twitter @StanJast .

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A Tippecanoe County woman found Wednesday with a reticulated python around her neck died of asphyxiation when the snake strangled her, according to the results of a preliminary autopsy released Friday.

Indiana State Police Sergeant Kim Riley says the house where Laura Hurst, 36, of Battle Ground was found is owned by Benton County Sheriff Don Munson and was specifically designed to hold snakes. Riley says Hurst was alone when she was discovered, though he declined to identify who found her.

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  Purdue University Athletics Department officials say it’s too soon to tell whether the school will adopt its own policy in the wake of NCAA officials making it legal for college athletes to accept money and hire agents.

Athletics Media Relations Director Tom Schott says for now, the school will follow general guidelines released Thursday morning by the Big Ten Conference.

That statement says months of dialogue between the conference and its member schools are likely ahead before any Big Ten-specific plans are announced.

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  Indiana State Police say a Tippecanoe County woman has died in a Benton County home where some 140 snakes were present.

An autopsy will be performed Friday morning on the body of Battle Ground resident Laura Hurst, 36, whom police say was found with an eight-foot-long reticulated python wrapped around her neck.

State Police say about 20 of the 140 snakes belonged to Hurst, who visited the house – which sits in a residential neighborhood in the small town of Oxford – about twice a week.

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  Duke Energy officials say the company will install its first field of solar panels on a university campus in Indiana when it puts 7,000 photovoltaic cells in Purdue University’s Discovery Park.

 

Duke spokesman Lew Middleton says the panels could generate enough power to run more than 200 homes, though he says the electricity generated will be distributed to the wider grid and will not necessarily stay in the Greater Lafayette area.

 

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I thought I knew what it meant to be cold.

I’d grown up near Chicago and winters there can be rough. But then there I was, shivering in my heavy coat and boots in a drafty bunkhouse at Birkenau in the middle of Poland in the coldest January I’d ever experienced.

 

The goat barn at the Putnam County fairgrounds in Greencastle, Ind., will soon be full of, well, goats. But right now it's full of folding tables stacked with clothes, books and housewares — including an anatomically correct coffee mug in the shape of a woman.

At the tables are families, lots of them. Some waited in line for more than an hour to get first dibs on the larger items, like furniture and appliances. Carrie Ardito was first in that line and ran to the back to claim a clothes dryer.

Last week, as a big storm bore down on Rockford, Ill., students in a Purdue University classroom prepared to track its effects using Twitter.

Using software jointly developed by Purdue, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Weather Service, they huddled around laptops to analyze a tiny sample of the tweets from the storm's immediate vicinity. They were looking for keywords like "damage" or "tornado" and for pictures of funnel clouds.

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A federal judge has signed off on an agreement reached between lawyers representing the state and Planned Parenthood of Indiana that nullifies a 2013 state law.

Ultimately, the law requiring a Lafayette abortion clinic to have the same facilities as those that perform surgical abortions never went into effect at all.

Almost as soon as the law was passed by the Indiana General Assembly in 2013, a challenge to it was filed in court and a judge barred the law from taking effect, pending an appeal.

A report out Thursday claims Indiana is one of the worst water polluters in the nation.

The analysis from the group Environment America shows Indiana dumped more than 17 million pounds of pollutants into its waterways in 2012 – more tonnage than any other state. Fourteen million pounds – or about four-fifths of the pollution -- was released by just one place, the AK Steel Foundry in Rockport. But the report only uses self-reported government data which leaves out industries such as oil and gas, and agriculture.

The next evolution of science is not happening in a lab, but in a basement in a rural Florida county. Thanks to online crowdsourcing, thousands of non-scientists can visit a site called Notes From Nature and lend a hand to university researchers cataloging their collections, from bark to bugs.