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U.S. Rep. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) hosted a roundtable with law enforcement, medical officials and advocates Monday morning to discuss the opioid epidemic in northeast Indiana.

Metal detectors and “hardening” schools are one of several steps the state and schools are taking to keep kids safe, but another essential piece remains: how can teachers prevent or better prepare for the worst case scenario?

State Lawmakers, Advocates Discuss Medical Marijuana

Aug 11, 2018
Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) says medical marijuana legalization is a realistic goal for the 2019 session. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

A Republican state lawmaker says medical marijuana legalization is a realistic goal for the 2019 session.

Indiana farmers anticipate high yields for corn and soybeans. But coupled with retaliatory tariffs against the U.S. from China, Canada and Mexico, farmers’ income could continue to be depressed.

Hoosier Farmers Hit Twice With Trump Tariffs

Aug 10, 2018

Fifth generation Elkhart County farmer Mike Morehouse comes from a family that’s been working the land for more than 150 years. Growing corn and soybeans, he recently bought a new grain bin to store his corn.

News-Sentinel Lays Off Majority Of Staff

Aug 10, 2018
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Rebecca Green

The 100-year-old News-Sentinel laid off almost all of its remaining staff Friday afternoon.

Indiana Doctors First To Use Clot Removal Device

Aug 10, 2018
Dr. Dan Sahlein demonstrates the Embotrap II. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

Indiana doctors are some of the first in the country to use a new tool that increases the ability to extract clots from the head which can reduce the damage from a stroke.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Jill Sheridan talked to Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine Surgeon Dr. Dan Sahlein at a St. Vincent hospital in Indianapolis about a newly approved device called the Embotrap II that can change a stroke patients outcome for the better.

HU VP Resigns Amid Investigations

Aug 10, 2018
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Rebecca Green

 

Huntington University confirmed Vice President for Advancement Vince Haupert resigned from the northeast Indiana school Aug 7.

The City of East Chicago is working to replace lead pipes in up to 800 homes near the USS Lead Superfund site. Residents found out at a public meeting Thursday night some lead lines are only getting partially replaced leaving those residents still at risk. 

Study: Math Scores Drop For Students In Indiana Private School Voucher Program

Aug 10, 2018

Low‐income Indiana students who use a voucher to transfer to a private school as part of the country’s largest private school voucher program, fall behind academically in math, according to a study released this week.

The report by Notre Dame and University of Kentucky researchers found test scores of these students’ never recovered after they lost ground when transferring to a private school.

The group responsible for Indiana’s school safety report says the state needs to improve mental health services and data sharing to keep kids safe.

State Auditor Tera Klutz calls Indiana a "leader in fiscal responsibility." (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana started its new fiscal year on a positive note, with tax revenues that slightly outperformed expectations.

That’s despite the continuation in July of a negative trend.

Indiana collected about $5 million more in taxes than state budget makers planned for. That’s largely due to individual income tax revenue, which bested projections by more than $30 million.

Gov. Eric Holcomb says the key to push the measure over the finish line is to “change hearts and minds” in the legislature. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Gov. Eric Holcomb says “the time is right” for Indiana to pass a hate crimes law – and he’s ready to pitch in to help that effort. 

US Sen Young: "I'm Anxious" About Tariffs Strategy

Aug 9, 2018

US Senator Todd Young says while he supports President Donald Trump standing up to capitalist nations like China on trade, he also wants a more targeted strategy for international tariffs.  IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports.

“I’m very much aware Indiana is the most manufacturing-intensive state in the country.  We don’t want to disrupt our global supply chains.  That’s happening already.”

There are five times as many people employed in the clean energy industry than in fossil fuel jobs in Indiana, according to a report released Wednesday by the nonprofit Clean Energy Trust. 

Riley doctor Blake Froberg comments on a recent report about toxins in school supplies. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

A new report tested common school supplies like crayons and binders and finds a few products have toxins that are known to cause health problems.

Gov. Eric Holcomb pledged to work next session to ensure a hate crimes bill passes after vandals defaced a Carmel synagogue with anti-Semitic graffiti. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Religious conservative groups that oppose hate crimes laws in Indiana say Gov. Eric Holcomb’s support for the measure won’t matter.

The state is moving forward with plans to stop posting air pollution notices in newspapers, despite opposition. The notices let people know if someone has applied for a permit to put contamination into the air. Now the majority of those would be online or sent via email. 

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Indiana native, B.J. Hollars, now a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire, has a deep interest in the Americna civil rights movement and flair for creative nonfiction that have converged in a new book called "The Road South: Personal Stories of the Freedom Riders."

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A Wisconsin-based company has acquired a growing Indiana paper straw manufacturer.

Aardvark Straws is located in Fort Wayne and claims to be the sole U.S. producer of paper straws. It’s owned by Precision Products Group, which this week sold the company to disposable tableware manufacturer Hoffmaster Group, Inc.

Some of potential "patients" for Purdue veterinarians at the Indiana State Fair.  (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

For the fifth year, Purdue veterinarian students have partnered with the Indiana State Fair. On a peak day, there are more than 1,000 animals at the Indiana State Fair. 

Ag Barometer Sees Record Decline In Producer Sentiment

Aug 7, 2018
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Lauren Chapman

Purdue University’s Ag Economy Barometer, which measures producer sentiment, has seen record declines following establishment of the Trump administration’s tariffs. July’s declines were the biggest since the measure was first established in 2015.

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Lauren Chapman

President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Superfund program says he’ll recuse himself from sites contaminated by his former employer DowDuPont — eleven of which are in Indiana.

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Boxes are piled high in Anne Hickman’s hallway. Family photos peek out from behind the stacks in her one-bedroom Indianapolis apartment.

Two State Agencies Add New Chief Medical Officers

Aug 7, 2018

Two Indiana agencies named new chief medical officers, or CMOs, to lead efforts to improve the health of Hoosiers.  

Donnelly, Braun Weigh In On Iran Sanctions

Aug 7, 2018
U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and former state representative Mike Braun, a Republican, face off this fall in Indiana's U.S. Senate race. (Photos courtesy of the U.S. Senate and Indiana General Assembly)
Brandon Smith

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) says he supports sanctions on Iran that just took effect.

But the Hoosier Democrat also defends the Iran nuclear deal entered into during President Barack Obama’s term – an agreement President Donald Trump withdrew from earlier this year.

Donnelly Touts Drug Enforcement, Treatment Efforts

Aug 7, 2018
Sen. Joe Donnelly says it’s important to balance enforcement and treatment in the fight against drug addiction. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) Tuesday touted drug enforcement funding he’s helped secure for Indiana law enforcement agencies. 

More than $10 million will go to schools in Marion County to establish substance abuse prevention programs. The grants will support evidence-based prevention as well as social and emotional learning. 

Summer Study Committee Explores The Future Of Hemp

Aug 6, 2018
Elkhart-based FlexForm Technologies CEO Gregg Baumbaugh shows the study committee one of the car parts his company makes using hemp. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)
Samantha Horton

The Indiana Agriculture and Natural Resources Interim Study Committee took a field trip Monday visiting Purdue University’s Hemp research site and talking with experts about the plant.

Industrial hemp is still illegal to grow in Indiana outside of research. However, dozens of Hoosiers told the committee they think industrial hemp should be legal to be grown in-state.

Tritch Pushes Banks For Debates

Aug 6, 2018
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Rebecca Green

Democratic Indiana 3rd District House candidate Courtney Tritch said at the beginning of her campaign she wanted to challenge Representative Jim Banks to six debates before November’s midterm.

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