Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch

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Gov. Eric Holcomb and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch were sworn in for their second terms Monday at a ceremony that – because of COVID-19 – lacked the crowd and much of the pomp and circumstance from four years ago.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch delivered their state Republican Party convention speeches in a very different way this year – televised, in the party’s first virtual convention due to COVID-19.

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A last-minute change to a bill at the Statehouse in the days before the 2020 legislative session came to an end opens the door for charter schools to receive property tax funding through referendum measures. Lawmakers approved the multi-purpose bill on the last day of session after more than an hour debating the language.

Lawmakers created an avenue for charter schools to access referendum funding Monday, with a sudden change to legislation in the Senate that worries public education advocates.

It’s been exactly 100 years since Indiana approved the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote.

Indiana will have a new Speaker of the House in the next few months as Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) announced his retirement Tuesday.

Indiana Gov. Holcomb boasts swelling campaign fundraising

Jul 1, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb continues swelling his campaign bank account ahead of the expected formal launch of his re-election bid.

Holcomb's campaign says it collected $1 million at a fundraising event this past week and received a $1 million transfer from Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch's campaign account. That comes as Holcomb's campaign ended 2018 with about $4 million in the bank, with new state campaign reports due in mid-July.

The former state Republican chairman has scheduled a July 13 announcement event at the Hoosier Gym in Knightstown.

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.

Lieutenant Governor Previews Broadband Access Grant Program

Feb 20, 2019

Indiana’s lieutenant governor says the state will announce details of a grant program this week that will give broadband providers money to expand Internet service into more rural areas.  As IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, the state is funding the effort with proceeds from the renegotiated Indiana Toll Road agreement.

Today:   Lake County Coronor Merilee Frey spoke to a local group about the area's opioid crisis and we bring you the conversation we had with her after the meeting. A little later in the program, we have another new Indiana state legislator from northwest Indiana -- State Rep. Carolyn Jackson (D-1), who defeated Libertarian Party candidate Donna Dunn in the Nov. 6 general election to represent residents of sections of Hammond and Whiting.  She talks about the issues she raised during the campaign that got her elected, many of which she says came from residents she spoke with.

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch announced the creation of a cabinet-level position to help expand affordable broadband solutions for rural communities. Scott Rudd, right, will serve as Director of Broadband Opportunities. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch announced Thursday the creation of a cabinet-level position to help expand affordable broadband solutions for rural communities.

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Today:    On this Reporters' Roundtable Thursday, we talk with Lauren Cross of the "Times of Northwest Indiana" about the stories she's posted online and in print in the newspaper, inckuding her exclusive conversaton with former FBI director James Comey -- the first speaker in this year's Purdue University Northwest Sinai Forum series.   He comes into northwest Indiana on Sept. 9th. By the way, the tickets for the entire season of speeches are already sold-out.  We also spoke with Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and "Northwest Indiana Gazette" publisher Ken Davidson.

State Launches Program To Connect Veterans With Jobs, Housing

Jan 26, 2018

State officials Friday announced a new program that connects veterans with job opportunities and housing. It’s also an effort from the state to fill tens of thousands of unfilled jobs.

The program is called Next Level Veterans – a source for career training and a homebuyer program tailor made for veterans. The state launched a website to act as its hub.

Gov. Eric Holcomb says he wants veterans to consider making Indiana home, as they transition back to civilian life.

A state plan for the support needs of Hoosiers with intellectual and developmental disabilities will get an update soon for the first time in 20 years. A new state task force aimed at helping the estimated 100,000 Indiana residents with such disabilities met in Indianapolis Monday.

Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany) authored a bill last session to update the state’s plan to provide community-based services.

“Unfortunately, some people are not being served well or as well as they could be served,” Clere says.

Indiana’s Connie Lawson will lead the National Association of Secretaries of State for the next year.

The Hoosier Secretary of State was officially installed as president Monday as the group wrapped up its annual conference, held this weekend in Indianapolis.

Lawson says her new role in the organization is an extension of her commitment to Hoosiers.

“I mean, it’s important, obviously, for Indiana to have a seat at the table. If you don’t have a seat, you don’t have a voice, so it’s important for us to have that voice on the commission,” Lawson says.