Indiana

More personnel changes are coming to the State Board of Education. As one member sent the governor his letter of resignation this week, and some others come to the end of their terms later this month.

About 40 students at Hamilton Heights High School are expected to participate next fall in a new State Earn and Learn construction program, the first of its kind in the state. (Courtesy Indiana Department of Workforce Development)
Justin Hicks

A high school construction program in central Indiana was the first to receive an apprenticeship certification from the Department of Workforce Development. It will fast-track students into the workforce after high school.

The ACLU was in court Monday to ask a judge to prevent Indiana’s latest anti-abortion law from going into effect – it would largely ban the most common form of second trimester abortions from being performed in Indiana.

Report: Indiana Ranks Fifth Worst For Black Homicides

May 31, 2019

A new report from the Violence Policy Center, or VPC, finds Indiana has the fifth worst rate of African American homicides in the nation.

For many students in Indiana, eighth grade is the first and last time that they’ll focus on climate change in class. It's the only class required for all students that specifically talks about climate change in the Indiana education standards. Many high school students are encouraged to take courses that prepare them for college like chemistry and biology, instead of environmental science. 

New Data Tool Arms Indiana Leaders With Statistics

May 31, 2019

The Indiana Office of Career Connections and Talent released a data tool Wednesday aimed at helping community organizations and policymakers understand trends in their region. It combines information from state and national sources.

'No Promises' On Sept. 1 Start Date For Sports Betting

May 30, 2019
Gaming Commission Executive Director Sara Gonso Tait, left, discusses new gaming policies with commission members. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Hoosiers might not be able to start betting on sports Sept. 1, which is when new state law technically makes it possible.

Pendleton Recovers From Scary Moment After Tornado Hits Town

May 28, 2019

Emily Cox and Micah Yason

 

Tornadoes twisted through Ohio and Indiana overnight. At least one person was killed and some 90 people were injured.

In the small town of Pendleton, northeast of Indianapolis, the National Weather Service is confirming an EF2 tornado touched down. About 75 homes were damaged with some totally destroyed. But there no fatalities reported in the small town

Summer Study Committee To Study High Drug Prices

May 24, 2019
(Pixabay)
Lauren Chapman

Indiana lawmakers will examine high prescription drug prices in a study committee this summer.  They will consider many factors that play into the pricing system.

 

As “Stop the Bans” rallies take place nationwide, in a cool, rainy Fort Wayne, protesters took too a local coffee shop to write letters to political leaders, and media outlets, on why they’re against the restrictive abortion measures that have made recent headlines.

In the middle of a crowded coffee shop, five women huddled around laptops. One of them was Jessica Bunch, the Fort Wayne community organizer with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Indiana and Kentucky. She sat at the head of the table, answering questions about abortions in Indiana.

Indiana began the final quarter of its 2019 fiscal year with a positive month of revenue collections. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana began the final quarter of its 2019 fiscal year with a positive month of revenue collections.

Swedish manufacturing company Saab announced plans Wednesday to invest $37 million in a new facility in West Lafayette.

Holcomb Announces First Round Of Trails Grants

May 2, 2019
Gov. Eric Holcomb poses with the head of the Speedway Trails Association, which received the single largest award from the first round of the Next Level Trails program. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Dozens of organizations across Indiana will get money to build out more than 40 miles of new trails.

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the first round of his trails grant program Thursday.

Gov. Eric Holcomb and legislators pose with students at Seymour High School after signing a career and technical education bill into law. (Zachary Herndon/WTIU)
Justin Hicks

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a career and technical education bill into law Tuesday afternoon at a high school manufacturing center in Seymour, Indiana. 

ACLU Sues Indiana Over Latest Anti-Abortion Law

Apr 25, 2019
ACLU of Indiana leadership discusses their latest abortion lawsuit against the state. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

The ACLU of Indiana followed through Thursday on its threat to sue the state over the latest anti-abortion law.

The suit comes one day after Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the legislation into law.

Public Health Funding Report Finds Indiana Behind

Apr 24, 2019

Indiana lags behind other states when it comes to public health funding, according to a new report.  The analysis examines what the state spends to prevent disease and injury.

The Indiana Department of Education says Indiana’s teacher shortage is counterproductive to its priorities.

Youth Summit Addresses Substance Abuse Prevention

Apr 17, 2019

Dozens of Indiana students attended a substance abuse prevention summit at the Statehouse. The event highlighted the expansion of one program to reduce prescription drug abuse. 

Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) and Sen. Ryan Mishler (R-Bremen) discuss the new revenue forecast. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana budget writers will have about $100 million less to work with than previously anticipated.

A new revenue forecast unveiled Wednesday will help determine what Indiana’s new state budget will look like.

Lawsuit Challenges Ban On Online Eye Exams In Indiana

Apr 12, 2019

Indiana is one of three states that bans online eye exams for prescriptive lens. A recently filed lawsuit challenges the restriction.

The central message of Monday’s state of higher education address is one Hoosiers have heard before; it focused on the need for a more skilled workforce.

The Indiana Statehouse (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana Senate approved legislation Monday that allows 12- and 13-year-olds accused of attempted murder to be tried in adult court.

The Indiana Statehouse (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana revenues are on target with three months left before the state closes its books on the 2019 fiscal year.

The state collected about $14 million more in taxes in March than the budget plan projected. That puts Indiana roughly where it wants to be for the entire fiscal year – about 0.5 percent ahead of its target.

A new report from the Commission for Higher Education shows Hoosiers enrolling in college at slightly lower rates than two years ago.

House Committee Makes Dramatic Changes To Gaming Bill

Mar 27, 2019
The Indiana Statehouse (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The House Public Policy Committee dramatically altered this session’s major gaming bill Wednesday.

Children are reaching out to text-based crisis communication hotlines to seek help for mental illness. But a Purdue University study finds they’re also using them as a method to report abuse.

Lawmakers are scaling back a proposal to make the U.S. citizenship civics test a high school graduation requirement for Hoosiers.

The Indiana House debates a hate crimes bill. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

House Republicans approved a bill creating hate crimes protections Tuesday, one which doesn’t have the support of more than 700 businesses that advocate for such a measure.

Widespread protests in several states have brought teacher pay and school funding into the spotlight, and this year, Indiana educators have pressed for statewide action on the same issues.

Rep. Matt Pierce (D-Bloomington) says he has a "very strong, philosophical opposition to revenue sharing with private companies out of criminal penalties or criminal fines." (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

House lawmakers have changed a school bus safety bill to eliminate a way for schools to pay for cameras on school bus stop arms.

The legislation comes as a result of an incident that killed three Rochester, Indiana schoolchildren last year.

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