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Indiana in Brief

Sunday, October 21, 2012

* CDC raises number of Ind. meningitis cases to 38

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The number of fungal meningitis cases linked to injections of a recalled back pain medication has risen to 38 in Indiana.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported one additional case on its website Sunday. Two Indiana patients have died.

The Indiana State Department of Health has released no details about the two deaths or the clinics they're linked to.

Six Indiana clinics received the tainted steroids.

Two Indiana law firms on Friday filed a lawsuit related to the outbreak on behalf of a Columbus woman who says she received three steroid injections at Wellspring Pain Solutions in Columbus.

The tainted steroids were produced by the New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Mass.

*Report ranks Ind. 11th for high student loan debt

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- A new report says the average student loan debt for graduates of Indiana's public, four-year universities last year rose to $27,500, or more than $1,000 higher than the national average.

A report by the advocacy group Project on Student Debt ranks Indiana 11th highest in the nation for student debt.

It says 63 percent of the state's 2011 graduating class had debt, slightly below the national average.

Indiana Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers tells the Journal & Courier of Lafayette the debt has a chilling effect on how people decide on going to college.

The institution with the highest loan payback was Indiana University-Northwest at nearly $32,000 while students at the University of Southern Indiana owe $18,000 on average. Indiana University came in at $28,000 and Purdue at $27,000.

*Indy firefighters rescue man from river after fall

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indianapolis firefighters have rescued a man from the White River after he fell from a bridge in downtown Indianapolis.

They say 40-year-old Al Curtis William told rescuers that had blacked out and fell over the railing of the Washington Street bridge Saturday night to the river about 30 feet below.

His cries for help had alerted passersby, who summoned a nearby police officer.

Rescuers found on a rocky patch near White River State Park and partially submerged. They used ropes to climb down and reach him, then placed him in a boat that took him to a waiting ambulance.

Medics says he was suffering from hypothermia and taken to a hospital.

* Sisters of Providence Bake Sale

The Sisters of Providence will conduct a bake sale from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18, in the hallway outside of the Gift Shop at Providence Center, located at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Cookies, pies, breads, candy, jellies, cakes and more will be available.

All proceeds will benefit the sisters' ministries.

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