Indiana’s first new psychiatric hospital in decades has opened in Indianapolis.  The NeuroDiagnostic Institute, or NDI will offer early diagnosis and advanced treatment to Hoosiers with serious psychiatric conditions.

Indiana FSSA Division of Mental Health and Addiction director Kevin Moore addresses the Commission to Combat Drug Abuse. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Indiana’s Commission to Combat Drug Abuse met Friday in Indianapolis discussing how the state has addressed the opioid and addiction crisis. The group highlighted progress, as well as areas of need.

House Panel Approves Electric Scooter Regulations

Jan 30, 2019
Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) says his bill governing electric scooters does include one preemption of local regulations. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

A House panel approved legislation Wednesday to regulate electric scooters, which have proliferated across the state during the last year.

Jill Sheridan

Two weeks of bad weather in Indiana has resulted in critically low levels of blood supply.  The weather has impacted both on-site blood donations and mobile drives.

Republican Senator Jim Merritt Enters Race For Indianapolis Mayor

Jan 10, 2019

Sen. Jim Merritt says Indianapolis' current administration, led by Democratic Mayor Joe Hogsett, has failed to come up with long-term solutions to many of the city’s problems. "They patch," he says of his opponents. (Drew Daudelin/WFYI)

In an old, abandoned car dealership north of downtown Indianapolis on Thursday, Jim Merritt confirmed what many have expected for months. The state senator will seek the Republican Party’s nomination for mayor of Indianapolis.

Indianapolis Not Chosen For Amazon HQ2 Site

Nov 13, 2018

Indianapolis will not be receiving the gift of landing Amazon HQ2 this holiday season.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump will be making two trips to Indiana for political rallies in the final days before voters next week decide the state's hotly contested U.S. Senate race.

Trump's campaign says he'll be at Southport High School in Indianapolis on Friday, then at Fort Wayne's Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Monday. The two Indiana rallies are among nearly a dozen Trump has planned across the country over six days beginning Wednesday.

The campaign says Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to also attend the Indianapolis rally.

DeVos Visits FFA Convention In Indianapolis

Oct 26, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visited Indianapolis Friday for the National FFA Convention. She spoke with students and stopped by various booths focused on the marriage of agriculture and technology.

Electric scooters are taking over Indiana’s cities. They're often billed as an environmentally-friendly transportation alternative, but that depends on how you use them. 

Chicago State gets grant to increase minorities in science

Sep 24, 2018

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago State University is receiving a $1.3 million federal grant to increase minority participation in science, technology, engineering and math.

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush said the National Science Foundation is providing the funding to the Louis Stokes Midwest Regional Center of Excellence. The center is a partnership between Chicago State University and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Gun violence is now recognized as a public health issue in Indianapolis, after the City County Council passed a non-binding resolution. 

Ahmad Moore came to support the proposal with his daughter and members of his church. He says violence is a real problem in the city. 

"If you don’t be the change, if you don’t make your voice heard, then you’re basically saying that you agree with the way things are," says Moorie. 

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.

UN Report: Indianapolis Nears Bottom For Sustainability

Jun 12, 2018
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Lauren Chapman

The Indianapolis metro area ranked low in a recent United Nations sustainability report. It was fourth from last in this year’s U.S. Cities Sustainable Development Goals Index, which looks at green development challenges in cities. 

Adult Charter Schools Expand In Indiana

Jun 5, 2018

More schools for adults to earn a high school diploma open this fall, expanding a network of adult-focused charter schools in the state.

The Excel Center is a tuition-free charter school for adults to earn a high school diploma. Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana opened the first one in 2010. Three new Excel Center schools will open this year, increasing the number of them in Indiana to 17.

Courtesy Sears Holdings

Three Indiana Sears stores will close in early September – including the one in Lafayette’s Tippecanoe Mall.

The Sears locations in Indianapolis and Muncie were also on the list of the 63 stores that will be shutting down after Sears found them to be, in the words of a corporate press release, “non-profitable.”

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced the program at Chapel Hill 7th and 8th Grade Center. (Photo by Sarah Panfil/WFYI)

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced plans Tuesday to fund $2 million in new scholarship programs for low-income residents. It’s part of a broad effort to address gaps in the labor market, and to help more residents attain post-secondary credentials.

In his State of the City address last year, Hogsett announced the creation of a task force that would work to improve college access for low-income residents.

Global Tech Firm Announces Expanded Indiana Jobs Plans

Apr 26, 2018

Global tech firm Infosys announced Thursday it will create more Hoosier jobs than originally planned – now 3,000 in total at its North American training center, based in Indianapolis.

Vice President Mike Pence attended the announcement after a central Indiana political event on tax reform was postponed until after the state’s May primary election.

Federal Judge: Marion County Must Open More Early Voting Sites

Apr 26, 2018

A federal judge ruled Marion County must provide at least two new early voting satellite sites before the November election.

Common Cause Indiana, the Indiana State Conference of the NAACP and others filed suit last year arguing the county’s single early voting site suppressed voting.

U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker agreed with their argument in an injunction issued Wednesday.

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The National Constitutional Coalition of Patriotic Americans will host a pro-second amendment rally in Indianapolis on Saturday.


The event is expected to run about two hours, and coincides with similar events across the in state capitals across the country.

Tomorrow’s rally will take place at the Indianapolis Statehouse, where attendees will gather to hear speeches from state representatives, such as Republicans Jim Lucas, and Jim Baird, as well as second amendment advocates.

(Photo courtesy of World Trade Center Indianapolis)
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Indianapolis has received final approval to  headquarter a local chapter of the World Trade Center organization. Following a year-long application and approval process, leaders hope it will expand Indiana’s position in the global market.

Republican leaders say they halted gun bills in each chamber Thursday to avoid debate on several gun regulation proposals.

Lawmakers say they plan to revive some of the language in those bills before the session ends.

Drug Dealing Resulting In Death Bill Goes To Governor

Feb 27, 2018

Legislation approved by the Senate Tuesday creates a new crime to charge drug dealers with higher penalties if the person they deliver those drugs to overdoses and dies. But some lawmakers worry the measure will ensnare otherwise innocent people.

House Committee Approves Bill To Ban Eyeball Tattooing

Feb 26, 2018

A House panel Monday unanimously approved legislation its author calls “the grossest bill of the session.” The measure would ban the practice of eyeball tattooing.

Gene Helveston is a longtime Indiana ophthalmologist. He supports the bill to ban the practice of tattooing an eyeball – though he acknowledges he doesn’t know of anyone who does it or has had it done.

Lawmakers in the House made a few small changes to a controversial sex education bill Thursday, but debate in the chamber also took an unexpected turn.

The stroke of a pen is all that separates Indiana from legal Sunday alcohol retail sales.

The state Senate voted one last time Thursday to send to the governor a measure eliminating a Sunday sales ban that’s stood since Prohibition.

Lawmakers are giving mixed input on a bill about teacher licensing waivers, and members of a House committee shared concerns about the proposal during a meeting Thursday.


The Indiana Task Force on Public Defense is touring the state to hear from attorneys, social workers, and citizens about strains on the public defense system.

House and Senate lawmakers waited until the final day of the session’s halfway point to advance their top priority for 2018: workforce development measures.

Senate Votes To Legalize Cannabidiol

Feb 5, 2018

The Indiana Senate approved legislation Monday to allow anyone in the state to buy or sell cannabidiol, or CBD.

The Senate’s bill is similar to language approved last week by the House – meaning CBD legalization appears to have a clear path forward this session.

The Indiana House approved legislation Wednesday to create a new type of payday loan – with interest rates of up to 200 percent – that opponents argue amounts to predatory lending.

The legislation creates a loan of between about $600 and $1,500, with a term of up to 12 months. Rep. Woody Burton (R-Whiteland) says the loans are aimed at those with poor credit who have nowhere else to turn.