Statewide News

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.

The Alcohol Code Revision Commission unanimously recommends a ballot referendum system for any community that wants to increase its alcohol permit quota. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The state commission responsible for examining Indiana’s alcohol laws says local communities should get to decide whether to add more alcohol permits to their area.

Courtesy Purdue University

Today’s nurses may be using outdated materials that keep them from training future moms how to properly breastfeed. But Purdue engineering students are unveiling a device to aid them.


A federal judge says the Indiana Department of Correction can’t enforce a policy that stipulates inmates only receive mail on lined, white paper while a lawsuit challenging the rule makes its way through the courts.

The judge granted the preliminary injunction earlier this week.

Event Provides Overdose Reversal Drug, Training

Sep 28, 2018
Free naloxone was distributed at the event at IUPUI. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

The public had an opportunity to learn to administer the overdose reversal drug naloxone in Indianapolis. The event was held simultaneously at four public libraries in the city.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering downgrading an office that makes sure it uses the best science to make decisions. Two former EPA officials in Indiana say it’s another move by the Trump administration to diminish the role of scientists. 

Computer models
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Purdue University researchers are developing ways to use magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, scans to better detect breast cancer. But they haven’t tested their theories on humans yet. 

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) says he has “deep reservations” about President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and will vote against him. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) says he has “deep reservations” about President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and will vote against him.

A committee tasked with helping the state figure out how to keep a better watch on schools’ fiscal health heard from school leaders and officials Thursday, as the group comes up with a list of factors to monitor.

Public Health Committee Focuses On Access To Treatment

Sep 27, 2018

Indiana lawmakers met to talk about ways they are addressing the opioid epidemic. Access to treatment is improving but continues to be an issue. 

Projected High Yields, Tariffs Challenge Hoosier Farmers

Sep 26, 2018

The United States Department of Agriculture projects record yields for Indiana farmers this year.  But demand has fallen, in part because of Chinese tariffs on U.S. corn and soybeans, so farms’ cash flow could be limited.

New poll results show a majority of Great Lakes residents, including Hoosiers, support swift action to keep invasive Asian carp out of the lakes. The group that commissioned the survey says one of Indiana’s neighbors isn’t working fast enough. 

Research presented by the Indiana Commission for Women says Hoosiers are ready for a government program that ensures all workers have access to paid family and medical leave. (Courtesy of Indiana Commission for Women)
Brandon Smith

Researchers say Hoosiers are ready for a government program that ensures all workers have access to paid family and medical leave.

The Indiana Commission for Women presented the research Wednesday.

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Residents living in homes built before 1978 in four Indiana cities can apply for the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.


Muncie Schools Board Hears Of Extra 2019 Budget Money

Sep 26, 2018

Board members for Muncie Community Schools are getting closer to finalizing the district’s 2019 budget.  And as IPR’s Zoe Dwiggins reports, the new board on Tuesday discussed something previous boards couldn’t – what to do with extra money.

Lugar: Kavanaugh Allegations 'Very Serious'

Sep 25, 2018

Former Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar offered thoughts on allegations against Brett Kavanaugh and on the Trump administration’s tariffs at the launch of an event in Indianapolis Tuesday.

Nearly 90 companies in Indiana play some role in renewable energy projects, which bring jobs to the state. But these businesses can’t be as successful without the policies to support them, according to a new report by the Environmental Law & Policy Center

Photo by Alban Gonzalez is licensed under CC 2.0.

When Matthew Timion needed to get his son treatment for mental illness, he did not anticipate it would be so hard to get the insurance company to pay for it.