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The Associated Press fact checked the first Indiana U.S. Senate debate Monday evening among Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly and his challengers Republican Mike Braun and Libertarian Lucy Brenton. Donnelly, a moderate Democrat who has been in Congress since 2006, is considered one of the country's most vulnerable incumbents in his race against Braun, a Republican who's modeled his campaign as a political outsider and businessman after President Donald Trump.

Here's a look at some of the claims during the debate, held at Purdue University Northwest's Westville campus:


The Indiana Debate Commission received more questions about climate change for Monday night's Senate debate than any other topic. 

The discovery of a new drug compound could lead to non-opioid pain medication. 

Priests Added To List Of Abuse Allegations

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Jennifer Weingart


The Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend announced additions to its list of priests and deacons with credible allegations of abuse against them.

Michael Paquet, who served mainly in Fort Wayne, and Bruce Schutt, who served in Mishawaka, Fort Wayne and the military, have been added to the list. There are three allegations between them.

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), center, speaks during a U.S. Senate debate against Republican Mike Braun, right, and Libertarian Lucy Brenton, left. (Photo courtesy Indiana Debate Commission, Darron Cummings/AP)
Brandon Smith

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Republican challenger Mike Braun wasted no time in going on the attack in the first debate of this year’s Senate race.

Plans For Lawrenceburg Coal Ash Pond Could Get Revised

Oct 8, 2018

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management says a recent federal appeals court ruling could change closure plans for a coal ash pond in Lawrenceburg. 

November Election Voter Registration Deadline Tuesday

Oct 8, 2018

Tuesday Oct. 9 is the last day to register to vote for local, statewide and national representatives. 

More organizations have adopted Adverse Childhood Experience or ACE scores to assess the health impact of childhood trauma.  Some of these experiences are more common for children in Indiana than other states.  These include having a parent in prison and witnessing neighborhood violence.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Jill Sheridan sat down with Indiana Youth Institute President Tami Silverman, to talk about how ACE scores inform care.

Indiana U.S. Senate Candidates Set For First Debate

Oct 8, 2018

The candidates in Indiana’s hotly-contested U.S. Senate race will meet tonight in the first of two debates. Here's a little on what to expect from the meeting between incumbent Democrat U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Republican Mike Braun, and Libertarian Lucy Brenton.

Wraparound services aim to provide care beyond the initial medical condition and include social work, nutrition and mental health.  A new report from Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health and Eskenazi found wraparound services effectively improve health care outcomes.  

Alzheimer's Study Moves Ahead With Large NIH Grant

Oct 5, 2018

One year after it was announced, the first large-scale study of early Alzheimer’s disease receives a big boost from the National Institutes of Health. The $44.7 million grant is the single largest for the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Twelve states, including Indiana, are asking a federal district court to throw out a climate lawsuit against oil giants. The states’ attorneys general filed a brief in the case this week. 

Gov. Eric Holcomb says he and the Department of Child Services are "wide open" to input from everyone in the child welfare system. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Department of Child Services announced a campaign to encourage more Hoosiers to become foster and adoptive parents. But the new partnership with a national organization comes as many of the state’s foster parents say the system has significant problems.

The Environmental Protection Agency doesn't recommend pouring leftover pesticide down a sink, toilet, on the ground, or in a storm drain. Pesticides — by their very nature — are designed to kill. As part of WFIU’s project Inquire Indiana, Bloomington resident Eric Rensberger wanted to know how to properly dispose of his weed killer. 

A study co-authored by a Ball State University researcher has created an index to analyze how likely it is corporations that make political donations receive federal contracts. It’s called the “sweetheart index.”

Democratic Secretary of State candidate Jim Harper says Republican incumbent Connie Lawson shouldn’t accept campaign donations from auto dealers. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Democratic Secretary of State candidate Jim Harper says Republican incumbent Connie Lawson shouldn’t accept campaign donations from auto dealers. 

The life expectancy for a person in Indiana is 77 years, but across the state that number is influenced by where you live.  

A commission that regulates pollution along the Ohio River basin isn’t giving up its authority just yet. ORSANCO — the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission — delayed its vote on whether that power is better left solely to the eight states it represents, including Indiana. 

Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) says he has complete confidence in the "integrity and thoroughness" of the FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Angela Thompson is the state representative for the Indiana chapter of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

A bill moving through Congress would open access for nurse practitioners to prescribe medication assisted treatment, or MAT, for people in opioid treatment. A number of the policies in the SUPPORT Act focus on increased access to opioid treatment – including medication assisted treatment.  

It’s been about nine months since the Trump administration imposed strict tariffs on imported solar panels. We checked in with two solar companies in Indiana to see how they’re faring.

Officials have finally released results for the state’s standardized test, the ISTEP, after grading issues postponed their publication last month.

Protect Our Care Bus Tour Makes Indiana Stops

Oct 2, 2018

A coalition of groups working to preserve the Affordable Care Act, ACA, has two stops in Indiana on its first nationwide bus tour this week.  

The federal farm bill lapsed Sunday after no new reauthorization bill was approved. The bill includes everything from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to crop insurance to providing farmers education and technical support.

When birds run into airplanes, it’s not just bad for the animals. It can also cost airlines money and make passengers fear for their safety. A study from Purdue University says certain colored lights could be part of the solution.

The state’s schools chief has an aggressive legislative agenda for 2019, despite her surprise announcement this week that she doesn’t plan to run for re-election.

Dementia Friends Movement Launches In Indiana

Oct 1, 2018

The World Health Organization identified dementia as a public health priority.  In Indiana, the number of cases is expected to rise 18 percent by 2025.  A new movement is underway to make Indiana more dementia friendly through better awareness and understanding of the disease.

(From left to right) Reynolds Farm Equipment CEO Mitch Frazier talks with panelists AgNext CEO Troy Fiechter, farmer Jim Kline, and Taranis head of marketing Alex Whitley during Forbes AgTech Summit in Indianapolis. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)
Samantha Horton

Indiana farmers say high-tech agriculture has helped them be more profitable, but it also poses challenges. Some farms say it’s become difficult to find skilled employees who can use modern equipment.

Young Backs Bill To Make HUD Inspect Lead Pipes

Oct 1, 2018

U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) helped introduce a bill that would prevent lead in drinking water in low-income housing. It’s called Get the Lead Out of Assisted Housing Act of 2018

The state’s top education official announced Monday that she will not seek a second term, meaning the next person to hold the office could be appointed by the governor.