Statewide News

Indiana is one of several states experiencing a Hepatitis A outbreak, and the state wants students to be better protected as they head back to school.

Susan B. Anthony List Indiana chair Sue Swayze Liebel leads a demonstration outside the Indianapolis office of Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.). (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Anti-abortion groups want to put pressure on U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) to vote for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. 

There’s a door-to-door campaign effort in Indiana by national anti-abortion group the Susan B. Anthony List. The group’s state chair Sue Swayze Liebel says the message is simple: Indiana is an anti-abortion state.

Rare child cancers in Franklin are getting more attention as a result of chemical testing organized by the nonprofit the Edison Wetlands Association. But state agencies expressed doubt at the validity of that testing at a community listening session on Friday. 

2018 Gen Con Rolls Out New Sustainability Efforts

Aug 3, 2018
One of the "Unboxing Stations" new to this year's Gen Con. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)
Samantha Horton

Gen Con – the largest table top gaming convention in North America – is expected to have more than 60,000 attendees playing hundreds of games over four days.

The heavy foot traffic can bring with it a lot of trash.

A new report says Indiana is making progress to close achievement gaps in higher education, but also shows that some groups still lag behind.

EPA Halts Obama-Era Clean Car Standards

Aug 3, 2018

The Environmental Protection Agency is making good on plans to halt Obama-era fuel economy standards. It announced a new proposal Thursday that claims to prioritize safety over fuel efficiency. 

Indianapolis Teen Speaks Up Against Youth Violence

Aug 3, 2018

Brandon Warren is an 18 year-old from Indianapolis who became an anti-violence activist after he lost a friend.  He was recently recognized as one of the nation’s top youth volunteers.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Jill Sheridan recently sat down with Warren to talk about the root causes of youth violence ahead of the second annual peace walk for his group We LIVE Indy.

Sheridan: You became involved in the youth violence effort, after a personal story.

Purdue Strips Papa John's Name From Economic Center

Aug 3, 2018
Purdue University

The Purdue University Board of Trustees Friday removed Papa John’s founder John Schnatter’s name from its economic research center.

Donnelly, Braun Talk Health Care On Campaign Trail

Aug 3, 2018
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Braun speaks with supporters at the Indiana State Fair. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) talked about health care on the campaign trail Friday as he makes his pitch for re-election.


New home construction in Indiana dropped last month as home builders grapple with the increasing costs associated with tariffs.

According to a U.S. Census Bureau report, Indiana had nearly 1,500 single-family permits in June. That’s a 10 percent decrease from May and an eight percent drop from this time last year.

Gen Con's Sell-Out Crowds Tests Indy's Capacity

Aug 2, 2018
Table top game enthusiasts gather at the Indiana Convention Center. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)
Samantha Horton

It's projected to be another record-breaking year for the annual Gen Con, gaming convention. Doors opened Thursday at the Indiana Convention Center for one of the largest conventions of its kind in the United States.

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The former Wabash County coroner faces a felony charge of official misconduct, accused of failing to complete proper documentation on more than 300 cases that came through her office.

Bedford Utilities

The city’s utilities department says, in addition to treating water with chlorine and ultraviolet light, it tests water four times a week for indicators of E Coli.

More than 15 percent of families in Indiana struggle to afford enough food according to a new report. For households with children in Indiana, the rate is even higher at 18.9 percent.  

State Working To Improve Test Security

Aug 1, 2018

The state is making changes to better secure student testing and avoid more invalid scores or student retakes.

Franklin Community Schools says kids can return to Needham and Webb elementary schools on Aug. 8, the end of summer break. A company tested the properties for cancer-causing chemicals that some think could be contributing to high child cancer rates in the area.

State's Hardest Hit Fund Reopened

Aug 1, 2018
Some Hoosiers who’ve fallen behind on mortgage payments can once again get help from the state. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Some Hoosiers who’ve fallen behind on mortgage payments can once again get help from the state.

That's after the state’s decision to reopen its Hardest Hit Fund.

(Courtesy of Cummins)
Lauren Chapman

A joint effort between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Indiana-based Cummins Inc. found some of the manufacturer’s engines have faulty emissions control system components.

Purdue hydrology professor Laura Bowling presents the most recent Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment report findings. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Purdue Climate Change Research Center released another one of its Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment reports Tuesday morning. The publication examines climate change’s impact to Indiana and highlights implications for crops due to rising temperatures.

IU Precision Health Challenge Makes Progress

Jul 31, 2018
Dr. Jay Hess is the Indiana University School of Medicine dean. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

Indiana University’s 2016 Grand Challenge aims to advance precision medicine. The precision health challenge seeks to advance treatment and cures for diseases common in Indiana such as cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) says he’s hopeful the Senate will vote in August on comprehensive opioid addiction treatment legislation. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) says he’s hopeful the Senate will vote in August on comprehensive opioid addiction treatment legislation.

Young met with local stakeholders to discuss ways to address the state’s opioid crisis.

A recent state law will allow a northwest Indiana water company to replace all lead pipes owned by its customers — something utilities couldn’t do before. 

Christine Herman/Illinois Public Media

When Toni and Jim Hoy adopted their son Daniel as a toddler, they did not plan to give him back to the state of Illinois 10 years later.

New Law Aims To Reduce Indiana's High Diabetes Rates

Jul 30, 2018
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signs the diabetes action plan bill. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Gov. Eric Holcomb ceremonially signed the bill that creates a diabetes action plan. 

Ball State Makes College Entrance Exams Optional

Jul 30, 2018

More Hoosier students won’t have to take the ACT or SAT – if they’re applying to certain schools.  As IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, Ball State University says it won’t require the two most common college entrance exams for undergrad hopefuls.

 For students applying to Ball State University for the fall of 2019 and beyond, submitting scores from the SAT or ACT will be optional.  Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns says research shows the stronger measure of student academic success is a high school grade point average.

Attorneys For Indianapolis Family Say Duck Boat Design Flaws Have Been Known For Years

Jul 30, 2018

Attorneys representing an Indianapolis family who lost nine members in a Missouri tourist boat accident held a news conference Monday in Kansas City.

It comes a day after family members filed a $100 million lawsuit against the owners and operators of Ride the Ducks of Branson -- Ripley Enertainment, Inc.; Ride the Ducks International, LLC; and Ride the Ducks Branson, LLC --  claiming wrongful death, outrageous conduct, and negligence.

Indiana Democrat Calls For Enhanced Election Security

Jul 30, 2018
Democratic Secretary of State candidate Jim Harper says Hoosiers should be concerned about election security this year. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Democratic Secretary of State candidate Jim Harper says Hoosiers should be concerned about election security this year.

Holcomb Announces Support For Hate Crimes Bill

Jul 30, 2018
Gov. Eric Holcomb says he'll work to find consensus on hate crimes legislation. (Zach Herndon/WTIU)
Lauren Chapman

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Monday he’ll support hate crimes legislation in the 2019 session.

The move comes after vandals defaced a Carmel synagogue with anti-Semitic graffiti.

The Environmental Protection Agency was ready to ban some uses of the cancer-causing chemical TCE or trichloroethylene, but EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt put that effort on hold last year. 

New Employer-Based Health Clinic Opens In Kokomo

Jul 26, 2018
Gov. Eric Holcomb at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new FCA Family Health & Wellness Center in Kokomo. (Photo provided by St. Vincent)
Lauren Chapman

A new primary care center in Kokomo will serve more than 22,000 Hoosiers, all employees of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, FCA.  The clinic is part of a growing trend of direct employer provided care.