Indiana

All IN: The Friday Pitch-In

Jan 17, 2020

This week’s Friday Pitch-In kicks off with a recap of what’s happening at the Statehouse with Reporter Brandon Smith.

We also get commentary on the governor’s State of the State speech from political analyst Andy Downs, and we sit down with Butler Arts Professor Wendy Meaden, who’s writing a textbook on mask making.

Produced by Matt Pelsor.

Guests:

Indiana’s infant mortality rate has dropped at the highest rate in six years.

The Indiana State Department of Health ISDH confirms seven flu-related deaths this season in a report released Friday

Indiana Approved For Medicaid Mental Health Waiver

Dec 23, 2019

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) announced the federal approval of a Medicaid waiver that will pay for inpatient stays for Hoosiers diagnosed with serious mental illness.

The state’s largest early learning nonprofit says 2019 was a year of progress, and should set up 2020 to be “transformative” for early learning providers and families looking for improved access. 

Athletics programs around the state and country are facing a shortage of school sports officials, and a class of students at IUPUI in Indianapolis is trying to tackle the problem by sharing possible solutions to different elements of the problem. 

Indiana has lost nearly 8,000 manufacturing jobs through November this year. And some economists say that’s a bad sign for the overall economy.

Indiana was awarded $5.2 million to help pregnant and postpartum women with opioid addictions. 

At Pike High School in Indianapolis, nutrition teacher Kam Bontrager is guiding students through their last lab of the semester. The task for the day? Making smoothies. 

Indiana’s two racetrack casinos will begin offering live table games at the start of 2020.

The Gaming Commission approved those new offerings this week.

Indiana doesn’t have good grades when it comes to election integrity and security.

Gov. Eric Holcomb will push next year to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21.

Holcomb To Unveil 2020 Agenda Tuesday In Terre Haute

Dec 6, 2019

Gov. Eric Holcomb will unveil his legislative and administrative agenda for 2020 Tuesday.

It’s likely to build on the themes Holcomb’s focused on throughout his term.

Legislative leaders from both parties say they’re looking forward to Tuesday’s teacher rally at the Statehouse.

But Republicans and Democrats still seem split on the education issues driving the public demonstration.

Hoosiers bet about $48 million on sports online last month, the first time such wagers were legally possible in Indiana.

All IN: The Friday Pitch-In

Nov 8, 2019

We end every week with the Friday Pitch-In, where we catch up on some of the biggest Indiana headlines of the week with Digital Producer Lauren Chapman.

Indiana lawmakers on an interim study committee on public health made a series of recommendations as they wrapped up their work this week. The issues could come up next legislative session.

Indiana Reports First Flu Death

Oct 22, 2019

Indiana has reported the first flu-related death of the season. The Marion County Public Health Department confirmed the death occurred there. 

Statewide Expo Connects Indiana Latinos With Jobs

Oct 13, 2019

More than 10,000 attendees went to the Indiana Latino Expo this Friday and Saturday at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. It connected Hoosier Latinos with information about healthcare, documentation and jobs.

Two programs that link health providers with on-the-ground experts will expand with help from the state. The work builds on the success of previous ECHO projects in Indiana. 

Indiana Voter Registration Deadline Is Monday

Oct 4, 2019

Hoosiers must register to vote by the end of the day Monday if they want to cast a ballot in this November’s election.

All IN: Fall Foliage in Indiana

Oct 2, 2019

Towns in and around Brown County are already seeing more visitors than usual, and the leaves have barely begun to change. In a few weeks, traffic will be backed up along State Road 46, and the town of Nashville will be flooded with tourists. How does Brown County, Indiana deal with over a million leaf gazers in the span of just a few weeks? 

Students equipped with more advanced high school diplomas perform better in college, according to a new report highlighting the need for schools to offer more support for low-income students and students of color.

A new statewide campaign to address sexual assault against women in Indiana launched to raise awareness and change laws around the issue. 

Two major law centers are taking aim at school voucher programs across the country. The groups are kicking off a new campaign to drive more public dollars to public schools, called Public Funds Public Schools. 

Indiana has collected more in taxes so far this new fiscal year than budget writers planned for.

Advanced Energy Job Sector Growing in Indiana

Sep 4, 2019

The national business group Advanced Energy Economy is reporting a 4 percent growth in Indiana jobs last year. That means more Hoosiers than ever are working in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

More Indiana youth are vaping than ever before and the state plans to address the issue. 

State and health leaders joined teens from Fishers High School to announce the new three-part initiative. 

Educators are pressing for an overhaul of the state’s school accountability system after a reported drop in student achievement on the state’s new ILEARN exam – including the state’s top education official.

Indiana is gearing up to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote.

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