Statewide News

Indiana's Infant Mortality Rate Still Lags

Jul 26, 2018
Health leaders discuss infant mortality in Indianapolis. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Indiana’s infant mortality rates are not going down. In the past few years they’ve actually ticked up slightly.  Health leaders gathered at an Infant Mortality Summit lead by Community Health Network to discuss ways to reduce Indiana’s high rate.

ACLU of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky President and CEO Christie Gillespie discuss their latest court victory. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana’s Planned Parenthood and ACLU leaders celebrated their latest victory in court Thursday. And ACLU of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk says such occasions have become “routine.”

Hoosiers protest the 2016 anti-abortion law at the Statehouse shortly after it took effect. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

A federal appeals court says an Indiana law that requires women to have an ultrasound at least 18 hours before an abortion is unconstitutional.

CAFOs off Route 25 in Tippecanoe County. (FILE PHOTO: Annie Ropeik/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Farmers officially don’t have to report toxic emissions from animal waste and other pollutants. On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency solidified a rule on that after more than a decade of debate. It could have implications for Hoosiers living near confined animal feeding operations or CAFOs  

Nearly 1,000 people attended the Statewide Opioid Summit in Indianapolis. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

The Statewide Opioid Summit focused on the intersection of addiction and the justice systemand highlighted Medication-Assisted Treatment.

USDA Announces $12 Billion In Aid To Farmers

Jul 24, 2018
Corn field In Elkhart County, Indiana. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)
Samantha Horton

U.S. farmers hurt by President Donald Trump’s trade war could be receiving up to $12 billion in economic relief the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday.

When Indiana repealed its energy efficiency resource standard in 2014, taxpayers missed out on about $95 million in savings and thousands of jobs. That’s according to two policy briefs by the Applied Economics Clinic, prepared for energy watchdog the Citizens Action Coalition. 

Study: Paternal Depression May Be More Common

Jul 24, 2018

Indiana University School of Medicine researchers found a higher than expected number of fathers may have postpartum depression.

Statewide Partnership Aims To Reduce Opioid Addiction

Jul 24, 2018
Indiana Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) announces RALI Indiana coalition. (Photo courtesy of Bose Public Affairs)
Jill Sheridan

A new statewide coalition of business and health leaders will work to align resources and education to drive down opioid addiction across the state.   

The Marion Superior Court appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the sexual misconduct allegations against Attorney General Curtis Hill – the same attorney selected to prosecute former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White.

Not "Just A Phase": Growing Up With Gender Dysphoria

Jul 24, 2018
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Cass Herrington / Side Effects Public Media

The transition from youth to adolescence can be anxiety-inducing, navigating the physical changes and social pressures to fit in.

Nearly 300 Attend Vigil For Duck Boat Accident Victims

Jul 24, 2018

Nearly 300 people gathered at an Indianapolis church Monday night to remember those lost in the duck boat accident near Branson, Missouri.

The service specifically honored the Colemans. Nine members of the Indianapolis family were among the 17 people killed last week when the amphibious tour boat they were on capsized and sank during a sudden storm.

Angela Coleman, 45; Arya Coleman, 1; Belinda Coleman, 69; Ervin Coleman, 76; Evan Coleman, 7; Glenn Coleman, 40; Horace Coleman, 70; Maxwell Coleman, 2; and Reece Coleman, 9, did not survive the accident.

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Jill Sheridan

Of all Indiana's traditional public school systems, 94 percent will receive handheld metal detectors to enhance school safety through a new program. The state will provide the devices free to the 369 systems that applied for them.

School systems requested the handheld metal detectors after Governor Eric Holcomb announced the program earlier this month.  In a statement Holcomb says he's pleased. 

The federal government doesn’t require schools to test for lead and neither do most states — including Indiana. As a result, school districts around the country are often left to decide how much lead is too much, what water fixtures to test, and when to test them.

DePauw Recieves $1M Grant To Build Diversity In STEM

Jul 23, 2018

DePauw University will receive a five year, $1 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to encourage more women and minority students to study STEM fields.

Legal Defense Fund Launched To Support Curtis Hill

Jul 23, 2018

A nonprofit legal fund, Fairness for Curtis Hill, announced its launch Monday to help defend Attorney General Curtis Hill against sexual misconduct allegations.

At the end of this month, the Johnson County Recycling District will close all of its drop-off spots for the time being as a result of China’s ban on certain recyclables. 

Indiana’s unemployment rate ticked up last month for the first time in nearly a year. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana’s unemployment rate ticked up last month for the first time in nearly a year.

The rate increased 0.1 percent, up to 3.3 percent in June. That’s the first time it’s gone up since July last year.

A recent report from a national teachers union points to a number of states failing to reach pre-recession spending levels for public education, including Indiana.

The American Federation of Teachers released the public education funding report. It says Indiana needs $511 million to reach 2008 school funding levels – the same year lawmakers limited the money schools could collect through property taxes.

National Report Shows Indiana Income Inequality Rising

Jul 19, 2018

The national nonpartisan Economic Policy Institute ranks Indiana 39th among states for income inequality.

The University of Southern Indiana is partnering with rural hospitals in its region to train student nurses in primary care roles.

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Alaska plans to use federal grant money to purchase a controversial device used in opioid addiction treatment.

Last week, the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced it will use part of a $1.3 million federal grant to purchase the Bridge device, which is made in Indiana. The Bridge is a nerve stimulator that attaches around a patient's ear to reduce nausea, aches and other symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal.

Muncie’s building commissioner is pleading guilty to some federal fraud charges relating to work he did as a city official.  As IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, the guilty plea is part of a deal that will dismiss more than 30 charges against him.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry says Attorney General Curtis Hill was “plainly wrong” when he asked a court to block an investigation by the Inspector General and halt the appointment of a special prosecutor. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry says Attorney General Curtis Hill was “plainly wrong” when he asked a court to block an investigation by the Inspector General and halt the appointment of a special prosecutor.

Four women accused Hill of groping them at a party in March.

Gov. Eric Holcomb says he had no choice but to call for Attorney General Curtis Hill’s resignation. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Gov. Eric Holcomb says he had no choice but to call for Attorney General Curtis Hill’s resignation.

That’s because Holcomb says he believes the four women who’ve accused Hill of groping them at a party in March.

Hundreds of teachers from across the country are stepping into the role of student this week as they learn skills like how to program robots.

More than 500 educators gathered in Bloomington this week to learn more about computer science and maker education, as part of the IT industry’s efforts to improve STEM education.

Formal Charges Filed In Tinsley Killing

Jul 18, 2018
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Detectives from the Fort Wayne Police and Indiana State Police tied Miller to the case via DNA left at the scene, other objects containing his DNA left for investigators over the decades since the killing, and familial DNA from a public database.

Noblesville Will Ask Voters For $50M Tax Increase To Boost Safety

Jul 18, 2018

Noblesville Schools will ask voters this Fall to nearly double a current property tax rate to expand safety measures in the wake of the school shooting there in May.

Tuesday the school board voted to seek $6.25 million a year in additional general operations funding for the next eight years, for a total of $50 million.

The current operating referendum tax rate is 18.9 cents per $100 of assessed value. Voters approved that rate in 2016. The proposed referendum would replace the 18.9 cents rate with a new rate of 37 cents per $100 of assessed value.

Curtis Hill Attorneys Threaten Defamation Suit

Jul 18, 2018
Attorneys Kevin Betz, right, and Sandra Blevins, left, sought to discredit parts of a leaked report that contains sexual misconduct allegations against Attorney General Curtis Hill. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Lawyers for Attorney General Curtis Hill sought to discredit parts of a leaked report that contains sexual misconduct allegations against Hill.

State Moves To Ban Invasive Plants Trade

Jul 17, 2018

The Indiana Natural Resources Commission adopted a preliminary measure on Tuesday that would make the sale, transport, introduction, or distribution of more than 40 invasive plants illegal. 

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