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Some Indiana lawmakers are weighing whether schools should have the option to locally license or permit new teachers. It was a main point of conversation during the General Assembly's final education study committee meeting Tuesday. 

A pair of state lawmakers say drivers in Indiana need a “hard reset in what’s expected of them behind the wheel.” Those lawmakers are proposing short- and long-term solutions to reckless driving amid an increase in traffic fatalities.

Healing Through Art (Repeat)

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The COVID-19 pandemic took many of us away from our friends and family. But for some, quarantines and lockdowns also brought people to the arts. Today we explore how art can be an effective way to heal from stress and trauma.

Indiana House Advances Redistricting Bill To Senate

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Indiana House Republicans approved a redistricting bill Thursday that likely maintains GOP supermajorities in the Statehouse and eliminates any competitive races for Congress.

Democrats have long decried the redistricting process. Unfair maps drawn ten years ago, they argue, created a biased system. And Rep. Carey Hamilton (D-Indianapolis) said the new maps perpetuate that.

“Let’s be clear: these maps are among the most gerrymandered in the history of our nation," Hamilton said. "And thus, by definition, they will disenfranchise voters.”

For the month of September, we're bringing you stories of workers across Indiana, about what they do and how they find meaning in their jobs. This week, Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Justin Hicks profiles Ciin Mang. She’s a refugee from Myanmar and was recently promoted to production line manager at Master Spas in Fort Wayne. 

Indiana House Republicans inserted the proposed Senate district map into the redistricting bill Wednesday, over the objections of Democrats.

Indiana House Democrats proposed an alternative state House redistricting map Wednesday, which was rejected by Republicans.

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona praised the efforts of educators and focused on the importance of masks to keep schools open as he visited classrooms in northern Indiana Wednesday. The stops in Elkhart and South Bend were part of a multi-state bus tour across the Midwest, highlighting the return to in-person school.

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A nonprofit in Columbus, Indiana focused on civic collaboration is looking for a handful of rural communities that want to improve their education and workforce training systems. It comes out of a newly awarded grant of $750,000 from a national education philanthropy named Ascendium.

Indiana Senate GOP leaders say they are prepared to make changes to their proposed Senate redistricting map after they get public input next week.

Indiana Senate Republicans unveiled their redistricting proposal Tuesday for the state Senate district lines. The map will help decide who represents every Hoosier for the next decade.

On pregnancy-related deaths, Indiana is ranked near the bottom of the country. Today we find out why with public health experts, a state representative, and community leaders working to address the problem.

We also learn how substance use and mental health issues became a big part of the story. And we talk about why Black women face pregnancy related deaths three to four times more than white women.

A van full of bras, underwear and menstrual products made stops in Indiana as a part of a multi-state tour. The organization, I Support The Girls, launched the Vangina Tour to raise awareness of the lack of access many women have to essential items.

The prevalence of misinformation and conspiracy theories have become a growing point of concern in the last few years, in light of its clear impact on politics and culture in Indiana and around the world.

Today we talk to a professor about the psychology behind conspiratorial thinking, and a media expert about what role the news and social media play.

A federal court has ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to decide whether to make the lake sturgeon a federally protected species.

A panel of lawmakers made minor changes to state House and Congressional redistricting maps Monday.

The House Elections Committee then voted to send the maps to the full House.

Committee Chair Rep. Tim Wesco (R-Osceola) says the changes were based in part on feedback from Hoosiers in last week’s public hearings. For instance, he said one change was because of concerns that an apartment complex in Fort Wayne was divided between two state House districts.

Indiana surpasses 900,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases. State data debunks a COVID-19 hospitalization myth. And more hospitals are reporting they are “in crisis mode.”

Indiana State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) has died at the age of 63. Davisson was first elected in 2010. A pharmacist, he served as Vice Chair on the...

Indiana State Rep. Steve Davisson Dies At 63

Sep 19, 2021

Indiana State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) has died at the age of 63.

Davisson was first elected in 2010. A pharmacist, he served as Vice Chair on the House Public Health Committee. He had been forced to miss much of the last part of session this year while dealing with cancer.

In a statement, Speaker Todd Huston (R-Fishers) called Davisson a “giant of a man” who “lived an extraordinary life of love, courage and service.” Gov. Eric Holcomb called him “a man of faith, family and community.”

He is survived by his wife, five children and several grandchildren.

After last year’s in-person convention was canceled due to COVID-19, thousands of tabletop game enthusiasts return to downtown Indianapolis for Gen Con this week. Vendors hope pent-up demand from the past two years encourages purchases.

Friday Recap

Sep 17, 2021

Today we revisit some of our favorite conversations from this past week. First, we find out how different schools are reacting to COVID-19 and the Delta variant. We also hear the story of a Burmese refugee who made a new home in Indiana, and learn about a streaming service launched earlier this summer that was exclusively built to present Indiana documentaries.

Produced by Mariam Sobh.

Indiana's August unemployment rate remained stuck at 4.1 percent for the third month in a row. The state lost both employed and unemployed workers from the total labor force as thousands of jobs remain unfilled.

It appears Indiana Senate lawmakers will approve the state Senate redistricting map without any changes – regardless of what Hoosiers have to say at the only public hearing on that map.

The Senate map will be unveiled Tuesday, revealing which state Senate districts Hoosiers will live in for the next decade. Wednesday, House lawmakers plan to insert the legislative language version of that map into the redistricting bill.

Child care providers from across the state gathered in Indianapolis Thursday to discuss how best to use a massive influx of pandemic relief funding aimed at early childhood education. 

A new piece of COVID-19 misinformation claims that most of the summer surge of hospitalizations are actually people who aren’t really sick.

Hoosiers brought Indiana lawmakers some specific concerns and recommendations about the proposed state House and Congressional redistricting maps Thursday.

Many people raised broad issues with the partisan balance of the maps.

Artificial Intelligence

Sep 16, 2021

Artificial intelligence is everywhere these days, and a few universities in Indiana are working to advance the technology. Today we talk to experts about what A.I. can be used for and the ethical concerns surrounding it.

We also get an update from the hosts of the comedy podcast "Defending Indiana."

U.S. farmers are starting to feel a little more optimistic about the financial conditions of their farms. While the improved optimism is small, this is the first increase in three months according to the latest Ag Economy Barometer survey.

Indiana House Republican leaders Wednesday defended the redistricting maps they unveiled this week.