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A bill that would require schools to test for lead in drinking water passed the state House on Thursday. The measure was originally aimed at Lake County schools, but it was recently amended by Rep. Sue Errington (D-Muncie) to include all Indiana schools. 

Kids who get exposed to lead can have trouble learning, behavioral issues, and poor kidney function. The bill would require all schools that haven’t tested for lead at least once since 2016 to do so within the next two years.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has declined to take a case stemming from the 2014 water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Approximately 25,000 people have sued over the crisis, in which a change in the source of the city's water resulted in lead contamination.

The case the justices turned away without comment Tuesday involves a lawsuit against the city and water regulators.

The lawsuit claims the officials failed to protect residents from a foreseeable risk of harm.

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A large coalition — made up of doctors, legal experts, advocacy groups, and others — is petitioning the state to lower its threshold for when public health agencies should address elevated blood lead levels in children.

Right now Indiana’s required threshold for many services is 10 micrograms per deciliter, twice as high as what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends. 

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The City of South Bend has started the process of partnering with an organization that city officials hope will help make the best of state and federal funds to fix health hazards in homes.

The Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, or GHHI, is a national organization that works with cities to bring together separate resources for home repairs and help homeowners have healthier homes.

  The Boy Scouts of America has issued a recall for neckerchief slides that contain levels of lead that exceed federal limits.

Colored enamel on the Wolf, Bear, Lion and Webelos slides contains lead, which is toxic if ingested by children.

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Residents living in homes built before 1978 in four Indiana cities can apply for the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.


South Bend Lead Tests More Targeted

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The non-profit Near Northwest Neighborhood in South Bend hosted free lead testing for area residents Saturday.

  The tests were primarily for children under the age of seven and pregnant women in census tract six on South Bend’s Northwest side.

Emily Dean is an outreach coordinator for Near Northwest Neighborhood. She said testing is the first step in addressing the issue of lead in the neighborhood.