The Indiana House Chamber (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

A House panel this week revived legislative language on firearm regulations that had stalled at the 2019 session’s halfway point.

Howe, Manual Could Become Charter Schools After Takeover Ends But IPS Warns of Financial Pitfalls

Mar 6, 2019

Two Indianapolis high schools under state intervention could become charter schools instead of facing closure, the State Board of Education decided Wednesday, despite concerns raised by Indianapolis Public Schools.

Social, Emotional Learning Focus Of New Program

Feb 21, 2019
Fifth grade girls at Floro Torrence School in Indianapolis will participate in the pilot program. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

Across the state, a growing number of school systems are adding mental health resources through social and emotional learning.  Two Indianapolis schools recently launced a new pilot program that addresses these needs. 

Most states allow minors to consent to pregnancy-related care. But in Indiana, teens cannot legally consent to prenatal, labor and postpartum care, including testing and epidurals.

School accountability in Indiana could focus, in part, on what students do after high school under a plan in the House, as lawmakers seek to align the state’s school accountability system with new graduation pathways.

Indiana may not be fully prepared for disaster, disease outbreak or bioterrorism, according to a new report. A new national assessment places the state in the bottom tier. 

Students with disabilities perform better on tests when they spend more time in general education classrooms, according to a recent study on student inclusion from Indiana University.

Gun Bill Generates Hours Of Testimony At House Panel

Jan 30, 2019
Bloomington resident Courtney Dailey is one of several members of Moms Demand Action who showed up at a House committee to oppose a gun bill. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Legislation that failed in 2018 is back again in 2019, once more trying to allow guns in churches on school property and make changes to Indiana’s gun licenses.

A new report from a group of educators and advocates says the state needs to invest millions of dollars to fully address issues with teacher pay, and has recommended action they say is vital to reducing Indiana’s teacher shortage.

The state has invalidated 2017 ISTEP scores for an entire school in Gary, after an investigation into what education officials are calling one of the biggest cheating cases involving teachers.

Rush Hails Progress In 2019 State Of The Judiciary

Jan 16, 2019
Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush delivers the 2019 State of the Judiciary address. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush hailed better service for what she calls court “customers” during her annual State of the Judiciary address Wednesday.

Nearly two-thirds of Indiana’s high schoolers earn college credit before they graduate, and the state’s Commission for Higher Education (CHE) sees it as a key step toward closing achievement gaps for low-income and minority students.

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Lauren Chapman

Hoosiers who receive food through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP will receive February benefits despite the government shutdown.  The USDA directed states to apply and issue benefits early.

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

A top policy expert says the proposed Indiana House rules to govern sexual harassment by lawmakers are comprehensive.

E15 Rule Change Delayed Due To Government Shutdown

Jan 10, 2019

Farmers are worried the partial federal government shutdown might further delay a proposal to allow gasoline with 15 percent ethanol to be sold year-round. The Trump administration’s goal was to have it in effect this summer. 

State Budget Director Jason Dudich, left, and Office of Management and Budget Director Micah Vincent, right, present Gov. Eric Holcomb's proposed budget. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

State policymakers will have more new money in the upcoming two-year state budget than many previously thought.

Gov. Eric Holcomb answers Indiana Farm Bureau President Randy Kron's questions about issues impacting the Hoosier agriculture industry. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)
Samantha Horton

Indiana Farm Bureau hosted its legislative kickoff Wednesday bringing together organization members and legislators. Some of the priorities this session include rural school funding, insuring deployment of expanded broadband, tax values, hemp, confined feeding and township government.

Bryan Hannon chairs Tobacco Free Indiana and Raise it for Health. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

A new poll shows about 70 percent of Hoosier voters support an increased cigarette tax. 

Hate Crimes Bill Advocates Launch Broad Coalition

Jan 8, 2019
Indiana Forward, a coalition of more than 700 members, will push in the 2019 session for a hate crimes law. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

A coalition of more than 700 advocates who want the legislature to pass a hate crimes bill say Indiana can’t wait any longer.

Group Urges State Lawmakers To Study Drug Pricing

Jan 3, 2019

A petition urging Indiana lawmakers to study rising drug prices was delivered to the Statehouse this week. 

Covering Kids And Families Now Statewide

Dec 7, 2018
Best selling author Dr. Sampson Davis spoke at the annual Covering Kids and Families meeting in Indianapolis. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Covering Kids and Families, or CKF, celebrated its goal to cover all 92 Indiana counties. Hundreds of partners gathered in Indianapolis at a recent annual meeting. 

The health care advocacy group builds partnerships to provide resources that connect Hoosiers health insurance. 

Indiana Group Joins Lawsuit Over CAFO Rule

Dec 6, 2018

The Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana is joining seven other groups in a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

It wants the agency to do away with a 2016 rule that exempts medium-sized confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) from undergoing an environmental review before getting a federal loan.

A pair of Gary lawmakers is calling for the state to end its contract with the group running the financially distressed Gary Community Schools Corporation.

Solinftech corporate development director Renato Hersz speaks at the AgriNovas 2018 Agbioscience Innovation Summit Thursday about the company's decision to put its U.S. headquarters in Indiana. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)
Samantha Horton

Brazilian ag tech company Solinftec has announced it will invest $50.6 million to locate its U.S. headquarters in Indiana.

How Addiction Crisis Impacts Indiana Families

Nov 20, 2018
Dr. Joseph Ryan presents at the meeting to highlight the opioid epidemic on families. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

Indiana has one of highest rates of children in foster care and much of the blame is placed on neglect related to substance use. The Center for Families at Purdue University hosted a meeting to frame what is working in other states and highlight policies.

State Bans Sale Of Two Aquatic Invasive Species

Nov 13, 2018

Indiana has banned the sale and distribution of two invasive aquatic plant species — starry stonewort and water soldier. Both species could hurt recreation in the state. They tend to form dense vegetation in the water that make it hard for boats to move through and can crowd out native species. 

Deadly Deer Disease Nears Indiana's Borders

Nov 13, 2018

Officials with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources are trying to keep a fatal deer disease from entering the state. Deer with chronic wasting disease have been found about 25 miles from Newton County near Illinois and about 35 miles from Steuben County near Michigan.

Indiana Early Voting Ahead Of Last Two Midterms

Nov 5, 2018
Indiana’s early voting turnout this year is well ahead of the last two midterm elections. (Jessica Whittle Photography/Flickr)
Brandon Smith

Indiana’s early voting turnout this year is well ahead of the last two midterm elections. And heading into the final day of in-person early voting, absentee ballots were starting to approach even 2016’s numbers, which were the highest in state history.

ACA Marketplace Enrollment Opens In Indiana

Oct 31, 2018

The individual marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act, ACA, is open Wednesday. Although there have been some changes to the federal program, Hoosiers who need health insurance, will have options.

What You Need To Know About Voting In Indiana

Oct 31, 2018
Becca Costello / WFIU/WTIU News

  Hoosiers headed to the polls next week can vote from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday in an election that will decide a U.S. Senate seat, several statewide positions, many local-level races and a ballot proposal to amend the state constitution. 

Here's what you need to know before heading to the polls: 

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