Statewide News

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement Wednesday. He made the announcement the same day the court handed down its last pending opinion for the 2017-18 term. He said he would continue to serve through July 31.

Indiana is one of 15 states that pushed for a federal district court to dismiss a lawsuit against oil and gas companies that contribute to climate issues. The states got their wish this week. 

Court Date Rescheduled For Accused 13-Year-Old Noblesville School Shooter

Jun 27, 2018

A court hearing for the 13-year old charged in the Noblesville school shooting of his teacher and a student is rescheduled for this fall.

The juvenile hearing is now set for Sept. 10 and 11 in Hamilton Couty Circuit Court, according to the court administrator Wednesday. Last week, the court approved a request from the suspect’s attorneys for more time to review evidence in the case.

Indiana union leaders say a pivotal U.S. Supreme Court decision handed down Wednesday won’t have a direct impact on the state, but could change the way those groups receive support from national affiliates.

From left, ACLU of Indiana's Gavin Rose, Exodus Refugee Immigration's Sara Hindi, and Muslim Alliance of Indiana's Aliya Amin discuss the Supreme Court's decision on Pres. Trump's Muslim travel ban. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana Muslim and refugee organization leaders say they’re disappointed the Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from several predominantly Muslim nations.

The groups say despite what the court ruled, the ban is a "racist and discriminatory policy.”

Notre Dame Students Sue Over Birth Control Coverage Changes

Jun 27, 2018
Jennifer Weingart


  The University of Notre Dame has been sued over its plans to drop copay free birth control options starting July first. The student group is also suing the Trump Administration.


Notre Dame’s birth control coverage has changed several times since the Affordable Care Act mandated it.

'Bait' Near Dams Could Be Asian Carp

Jun 26, 2018

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is trying to raise awareness about a new fishing rule intended to prevent the spread of Asian carp. 

Hendricks Hospital, Anthem Can't Reach Deal

Jun 26, 2018

A hospital in central Indiana says Indianapolis based insurer Anthem is not playing fair.  The insurance company is not covering services at the facility it considers to be a so-called microhospital.  

Notre Dame Sued Over Birth Control Coverage

Jun 26, 2018
Jennifer Weingart


A group of organizations filed suit against the Trump Administration and the University of Notre Dame over changes to birth control coverage for students and employees.

A group of students and staff called Irish 4 Reproductive Health are suing because the University will stop offering co-pay free birth control starting July first.

The Indiana Supreme Court, by a 3-2 vote, decided not to consider a challenge to the state's nursing home moratorium. (FILE PHOTO: Peter Balonon-Rosen/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana Supreme Court will not consider a challenge to Indiana’s moratorium on new nursing home construction. 

A 2015 state law largely barred construction of new nursing homes. Those behind the ban noted most of the state’s existing homes were far from full.

Fish Ladder Shows Positive Early Results

Jun 23, 2018
Rebecca Green/WBOI

President Donald Trump is proposing a plan to merge the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor – it’s another indicator of a shift in views around education.

Court Date For Accused Noblesville School Shooter Postponed

Jun 22, 2018

A Monday court hearing for the 13-year-old boy charged in the Noblesville school shooting of his teacher and a student was postponed by the Hamilton County Court.

Attorneys for the boy filed a motion to request delay of the hearing for at least 60 days due to the large amount of evidence. County prosecuting attorney Lee Buckingham did not object to the motion.

"The discovery in this matter is voluminous. and will require additional time to evaluate," wrote the suspect's attorney Christopher Eskew and Ben Jaffe in the motion. 

ACA Rates Up For Hoosiers On The Marketplace

Jun 22, 2018

Hoosiers who buy insurance on the insurance marketplace established by the Affordable Care Act can expect higher premiums next year. 

More Emergency Responders In Indiana Relying On Drones

Jun 22, 2018
Barbara Brosher / WTIU/WFIU

An increasing number of Indiana police and fire departments are using drone technology to help navigate emergency situations. It’s part of a growing national trend.

According to the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College, the number of public safety agencies with drones has increased more than 80 percent in the past year.

Their success has other industries looking to drones for solutions.

Drones Cheaper, Faster Than Planes In Emergencies

Hoosiers can now plan to start paying sales tax for almost everything they buy online after the U.S.  Supreme Court ruled such taxation legal.

Indiana’s new graduation pathways will include college entrance exams as one gatekeeper to graduation for some students, but the U.S. Department of Education says that means schools must take extra care to follow student data privacy laws.

A new lawsuit in federal court seeks to strike down almost all of the state’s abortion-specific regulations. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

A lawsuit filed in federal court Thursday seeks to strike down almost all of Indiana’s abortion-specific regulations.

First Baby Box To Open In Central Indiana

Jun 21, 2018

The Hoosier State’s third baby box will be installed in a central Indiana fire station. Indiana lawmakers approved legislation this year to expand the state’s Safe Haven law to allow 24 hour fire stations to install baby boxes. 

Monica Kelsey is a firefighter and founder of Safe Haven Baby Box. She says the option is safe.

Syringe exchange. (Jake Harper/Side Effects Public Media)
Jill Sheridan

After the approval of Marion County’s syringe exchange program this week, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill had a warning for other counties considering the programs.  

(U.S. EPA)
Lauren Chapman

The region of the Environmental Protection Agency that includes Indiana has lost more than 100 employees since President Donald Trump’s election. A union that represents EPA Region 5 says that means there are fewer watchdogs in the Midwest. 

Indiana National Guard soldiers are issued equipment at Camp Atterbury. (Indiana National Guard)
Brandon Smith

Gov. Eric Holcomb’s office says there are no Indiana National Guards troops currently on the ground at the  southern border of the United States  – “and no plan to send troops, either.”

Young Joins Cruz's Family Separation Bill

Jun 20, 2018
In a statement, Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) says “America can be a nation of laws while still being a nation of compassion.” (WTIU)
Brandon Smith

Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) announced Wednesday he will co-sponsor Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) family separation bill.

Valerie O’Loughlin (right) and Polly Husmann (left) co-authored a study about learning styles that says the categorization of learners may not be as important to student success as previously thought. (Jeanie Lindsay/IPB News)
Jeanie Lindsay

Learning style categories have been ingrained into teaching methods and study strategies for years, but an increasing body of research on the topic suggests those categories may not have as big of an impact on student outcomes as previously thought.

Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush says a recent independent report on the Department of Child Services underscores the need for a wholesale approach to improving child welfare. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush says a recent independent report on the Department of Child Services underscores the need for a wholesale approach to improving child welfare.

The Commission on Improving the Status of Children discussed the report at its meeting Wednesday.

Charlotte Tuggle / WBAA

CSX and Norfolk Southern officials both declined a taped interview for this story.

Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic diocese issued a statement Tuesday in response to the Trump administration’s controversial immigration policies.  

Here is his statement verbatim: 

Samantha Horton / IPB News

State officials Tuesday touted the first business to use a new kind of apprenticeship, which offers both pay and college credit.

Estimates suggest Indiana may need to fill a million jobs by 2028. 

Office of Work-based Learning and Apprentice Executive Director Darrel Zeck says the Earn and Learn initiative is designed to allow small-to-mid-sized businesses to form their own apprenticeship programs.

“As a state, we can offer multiple pathways to help businesses,” Zeck says. 

School health text book. (Jill Sheridan IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

Topics at the annual Indiana School Health Conference this week touch on numerous supportive health services and the issue of school safety was front and center. 

More Indiana schools are focused on how to best provide social and emotional learning in an effort to support students behavioral health. 

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), left, and Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun, right, don't agree on who's to blame for the Trump administration's family separation policy. (Photos courtesy of the U.S. Senate and the Indiana General Assembly)
Brandon Smith

Both the Democratic and Republican candidates in Indiana’s Senate race say the U.S. should not separate parents from their children at the border. But those candidates don’t agree on who’s to blame for that policy.