Statewide News

New Haven City Court Judge Faces Disciplinary Charges

Sep 21, 2018
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Rebecca Green

Indiana’s Supreme Court filed disciplinary charges against the New Haven City Court and its Judge Geoff Robison.

According to the complaint, Robison had been deciding cases against state law infractions, such as speeding, and offering deferrals, in addition to processing city ordinance violations.

John Hurley’s classroom looks more like a workshop than anything. Old, industrial machines sit quiet, waiting, but other parts of the room come alive as students start cutting metal or assembling small engine parts. Hurley makes rounds to check in on each of them – it’s a workflow he knows well, since he’s been a career and technical education instructor in Spencer County for nearly a decade.

A new poll of older Hoosier voters finds health care is their top issue this election season. 

Northern Italy-based filter production company, Filtrec,  announced it will locate the company’s North American headquarters in Indiana.

Climate Shifts Mean Less Vibrant Fall Color For Indiana

Sep 21, 2018

Saturday Sept. 22 is the first day of fall and many Hoosiers look forward to seeing the leaves change. Unfortunately, due to climate shifts, the state will likely have less brilliant fall color in the future. 

Indiana will receive more than $18 million a year, for two years to address the opioid epidemic. The funds are part of a $1 billion package announced this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or HHS.

The Trump administration’s third round of tariffs to be imposed on China includes handbags, a product made by northeast Indiana-based Vera Bradley.

Harrison College Students Left Scrambling for Options Amid Closure

Sep 20, 2018

College students across the state are scrambling for options after Harrison College closed its doors Friday, with no warning. The college enrolled more than 1,300 students across its nine Indiana campuses.

One of these students is Ashlyn Bryant. She was slated to graduate from Harrison’s medical assistant program this March and learned of the school’s closure on Facebook.

New Indiana Toll Road Deal Gets Final Approval

Sep 20, 2018
Indiana Finance Authority Board Member Micah Vincent discusses the Toll Road deal. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana Finance Authority gave final approval to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s $1 billion deal with the Indiana Toll Road company.

Experts looking for cancer-causing chemicals in Franklin say, so far, they don’t see a widespread problem in the city. But recent sampling results show very high levels in some tests, indicating more investigation is needed. 

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Army National Guard has sent two helicopters and 14 pilots and crewmembers to North Carolina to help with Hurricane Florence relief efforts.

The Guard said Wednesday that the 38th Combat Aviation Brigade with two UH-60 Black Hawks deployed to Raleigh, North Carolina, on Sunday after a request for aviation support was received from North Carolina.

A trucking organization has released a blistering rebuke of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s plan to raise tolls on commercial trucks using the Indiana Toll Road. Todd Spencer, president of the Owner-Operated Independent Drivers Association, calls the governor’s move “a betrayal.”

Businesses that don’t factor in environmental risks could face financial consequences. That was one of the topics at Wednesday's 21st annual Pollution Prevention Conference in Indianapolis. 

School reviews in Indiana are changing again this year as part of the state’s renewed approach to school improvement.

Each year the state reviews schools with at least two years of failing letter grades, to look at different aspects of a school’s operations and figure out how they can improve. 

The latest state report on the number of children determined to have died because of abuse or neglect came out today. The analysis details the deaths of 59 Hoosier children killed in 2016.

There were 77 children who died in 2015.

The report found children 3-years-old and younger are at the highest risk for abuse and neglect, which is consistent across the U.S. 

Child Welfare Agency Proposes Changes To State Law

Sep 19, 2018
The Department of Child Services wants legislators to change some of the laws that govern the child welfare agency. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Department of Child Services wants legislators to change some of the laws that govern the child welfare agency.

Lawmakers debated those proposed changes in a study committee Wednesday.

GOP Indiana Senate candidate weighs in on Kavanaugh claims

Sep 19, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Indiana Senate candidate Mike Braun is weighing in on sexual misconduct allegations made against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who is President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

Braun tweeted Tuesday that he supports Senate Judiciary committee Chairman Chuck Grassley's call to review the claims, which Braun characterized as "11th Hour" allegations against someone with a "sterling" record and "outstanding" personal reputation.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Braun, the Republican candidate for a crucial Senate seat in Indiana, often refers to his rival, Sen. Joe Donnelly, as "Sleepin' Joe" and has vowed to wake the vulnerable Democrat from his "siesta" on Election Day.

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Becca Costello

A day after President Donald Trump announced another $200 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese products, members of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) insisted they remain optimistic about statewide business growth.

Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta, Second Lady Karen Pence and U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams tour the Belden plant in Richmond. (Jill Sheridan IPB News)
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Second Lady Karen Pence and U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams returned to Indiana Tuesday to highlight a new workplace drug rehabilitation program that is said to be the first of its kind.

Bishop Kevin Rhoades at a recent press conference in Fort Wayne regarding the Pennsylvania grand jury report on child sex abuse in the Catholic Church.
Rebecca Green / WBOI

The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend today published the names of 18 priests and deacons credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor.

 

A total of 63 credible allegations are cited with individual numbers attributed to each of the accused. The list was compiled by both

EPA Not Monitoring Asbestos In Midwest Schools

Sep 18, 2018

Indiana is one of many states that relies on the Environmental Protection Agency to make sure its schools are keeping kids safe from asbestos. In high doses, it can cause cancer and other diseases. But a new report by the agency’s internal watchdog shows the EPA isn’t making asbestos a priority. 

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Tuesday a list of allegations against Catholic priests and deacons in the Fort Wayne-South Bend diocese was released by Bishop Kevin Rhoades.

WVPE Jennifer Weingart spoke to Tim O’Malley, the director for education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame about the list, and about being a Catholic right now.

 

Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush discusses the 2018 edition of the Supreme Court's annual report. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush says she’s encouraged by progress shown in a new type of specialty court.

There are several types of so-called “problem-solving” courts. They include drug courts to help with the state’s addiction epidemic and others aimed at military veterans. Rush says one of the newest types is family recovery courts.

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Every day, Amanda Moller scoops powdered formula out of a can and shakes it up with water from her kitchen sink in University City, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. “It's like mixing a cocktail,” she said, "but not that much fun."

The formula doesn’t taste great – like watery pudding with a biting, cheesy aftertaste. But it’s something Moller needs to treat a rare metabolic condition she’s had since she was born. After 30 years, she’s gotten used to it.

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The Indiana Department of Health is reviewing a order from a judge that recommends a proposed abortion clinic in South Bend be licensed.

 

A map of articles reporting algal blooms across the country by the Environmental Working Group reveals a widespread problem. But that algae doesn’t seem to be contaminating Indiana’s drinking water as much as it is in other states. 

Bishop Kevin Rhoades at a recent press conference in Fort Wayne regarding the Pennsylvania grand jury report on child sex abuse in the Catholic Church.
Rebecca Green / WBOI

Bishop Kevin Rhoades is expected to release the names of priests and deacons within the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse tomorrow via the diocesan website.

School safety has been a hot issue after highly publicized shootings – including one in Indiana – this year. But so far, only a few school corporations have sought out loans through a new state program to fund safety improvements.

Report Ranks Indiana Near Bottom For Gender Pay Gap

Sep 14, 2018
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Lauren Chapman

The American Association of University Women’s 2018 gender pay gap report ranks Indiana 49th out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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