Statewide News

McCormick, Donnelly Discuss School Safety

Sep 10, 2018
Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and State Supt. Jennifer McCormick discuss school safety issues at a conference in Indianapolis. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick says the best way for the federal government to improve school safety is through support, guidance – and resources.

McCormick and Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) discussed such issues Monday at a school safety conference in Indianapolis.

Indiana FOP Endorses Donnelly In Senate Race

Sep 10, 2018
Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), left, receives an endorsement from the Indiana Fraternal Order of Police and its president Bill Owensby, right. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana’s largest law enforcement officers organization endorsed Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) Monday in the state's pivotal U.S. Senate race.

The Indiana Fraternal Order of Police calls Donnelly one of its strongest advocates in Congress. 

Hoosiers Demand Climate Action In Soggy March

Sep 8, 2018

About 100 people braved the rain to attend the Rise for Climate Action march at the Indiana Statehouse on Saturday. Speakers focused on midterm elections and how climate change harms underserved communities. 

courtesy Purdue Global

Following outcry from a national professors group, Purdue University Global has begun the process of doing away with non-disclosure agreements for faculty.

Ground Zero 360 Exhibit Opens In Indianapolis

Sep 7, 2018
Steve Burns / WFIU/WTIU News


A traveling exhibit stopping in Indianapolis puts a face on some of the nearly 3,000 lives lost on September 11.

Ground Zero 360 opened Friday at the Indiana War Memorial.

The exhibit allows people to hear first responder calls, touch pieces of the World Trade Center and see artifacts from those who died.

Saving Endangered Butterfly Could Mean Losing Some

Sep 7, 2018

In order to better protect an endangered butterfly, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says we might end up losing a few of them. The agency recently released a draft plan to restore the butterfly’s habitat in Indiana.

Bishop Kevin Rhoades at a recent press conference in Fort Wayne regarding the Pennsylvania grand jury report on child sex abuse in the Catholic Church.
Rebecca Green / WBOI


A Pennsylvania prosecutor is investigating a misconduct allegation against Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. The allegation is being investigated by the Dauphin County District Attorney’s office and Pennsylvania ChildLine.


Oil Site Cleanup Underway In Indianapolis

Sep 7, 2018

The Environmental Protection Agency recently started cleanup of an abandoned oil site in Indianapolis. From the 1950s to the 1980s the site was an oil collection business, then owned for a few years by a hazardous material contractor until it was abandoned for 25 years.


According to a release from the Indiana Attorney General’s office, the company deliberately overcharged for its work and shared the difference with Francis.

Currently serving part of his sentence in the Kosciusko County work release program, Francis was convicted of some, and pleaded guilty to other felony charges in connection to the scheme.

Indiana Democrats have called for Secretary of State Connie Lawson to ensure all Hoosier counties have paper backups for their voting machines. Lawson says she plans to ask the General Assembly for the funding to do so next year. (WFIU/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

A new report says states need to replace voting machines that can’t be independently audited – meaning, essentially, they don’t use paper ballots.

Mental Health First Aid Offered At Annual Summit

Sep 6, 2018
The 2018 Indiana Health and Wellness Summit made mental health a focus this year. (Jill Sheridan IPB News).
Jill Sheridan

This year’s Indiana Health and Wellness Summit in Indianapolis offered attendees training in mental health first aid. 

Just like CPR, people trained in Mental Health First Aid can help someone having a mental health problem.  

Wellness Council of Indiana executive director Jennifer Pferrer says her organization thought it was important to offer the training at this year’s summit. 

Report: Income Inequality In Indiana Continues To Grow

Sep 6, 2018

A recent report from the Indiana Institute of Working Families says income inequality continues to grow in the Hoosier State. The publication indicates a person in the top 1 percent of wage earners makes 17.3 times the average income of the bottom 99 percent.

Indiana Lawmakers Support Parks Fund Due To Expire

Sep 6, 2018

A national program that funded nearly 70 projects at parks and nature areas in Indiana will expire at the end of this month. Indiana U.S. legislators are backing bills to make the fund permanent. 

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at a law enforcement conference in Indianapolis. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith


U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions touted the Trump administration’s law enforcement efforts Thursday as he spoke at a conference in Indianapolis.

Alleged 13-Year-Old Noblesville School Shooter Will Admit To Crime

Sep 6, 2018

The 13-year old charged in this summer’s Noblesville school shooting will make a “juvenile admission” to the crime at his next court hearing in November. 

The suspect’s attorney, Chris Eskew, says the admission in juvenile court is equivalent to a guilty plea in adult criminal court.

“Except you are not admitting guilt because you have not been charged with a crime,” Eskew says. “So he is not being convicted of anything, he is making admissions to the allegations that the state has brought against him.”

Urban Farm To Offer Holistic Re-Entry

Sep 6, 2018
Bellfound Farm founders Nekoma Burcham and Alena Jones. (Jill Sheridan IPB News)
Bellfound Farm founders Nekoma Burcham and Alena Jones. (Jill Sheridan IPB News)

A majority of women in the criminal justice system have experienced trauma and mental health providers will be onsite to help the women. The women will help run the farm business that will also provide healthy food access for the community.

The farm is funded by the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana.

Burcham says the holistic approach gives women a better chance for success.

More than 50 water fountains have been shut off in Hammond schools due to high lead levels. Teachers say fewer fountains and faulty air conditioning makes it difficult for kids to learn. 

State Officials Working To Fix ISTEP Issues

Sep 5, 2018

The full impact of scoring issues plaguing this year’s ISTEP results remains unknown, but state officials aims to resolve the problems by the end of this week.

Lawmakers Push Back Against Proposed DCS Changes

Sep 5, 2018
DCS Associate Director Todd Meyer, left, and Director Terry Stigdon, right, testify before a legislative study committee. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana lawmakers aren’t happy with some of the recommendations from an independent evaluation of the Department of Child Services.

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Nicole Smith-Holt’s son Alec was 23 when he started feeling sick. His muscles cramped. He was lethargic. He woke up multiple times every night to use the bathroom. After two weeks, Smith-Holt encouraged him to go to urgent care.

Indiana is leading efforts to implement 5G technology – internet access that relies on smaller wireless technology. But a proposal from the Federal Communications Commission mirrors a somewhat unpopular move the Indiana General Assembly has already made.

Steve Burns / WFIU/WTIU News

  A new knee replacement procedure is not only improving the recovery process, but it’s helping reduce the amount of narcotics being prescribed. 

The procedure, known as cryotherapy or cryoneurolysis, has only been around a couple of years.

Former workers from Honeywell Aerospace in South Bend stood with the Good Jobs Nation outside President Trump's Evansville rally protesting some of his decisions that they say are negatively impacting blue collar workers. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)
Samantha Horton

President Donald Trump again sought to position himself as protecting U.S. jobs from being outsourced during a Thursday evening speech in Evansville. Speaking to thousands at his rally, Trump says his administration has brought jobs back that were outsourced during former President Barack Obama’s presidency.

Steve Burns / WFIU/WTIU News

A group of players closes out practice with a salute to their most supportive coach and their biggest fan. 

"Coach E on three," they yell. "One, two, three, Coach E." 

Franklin College will play Benedictine University at home this Saturday. Kick off is at 6 p.m. 


Warming Could Make Pests Eat More, Study Says

Aug 31, 2018

A recent study shows rising global temperatures are likely to make pests hungrier, but researchers disagree about what impact that would have on Indiana. 

Charlotte Tuggle / WBAA News

As Purdue University students complained on social media about overcrowded living spaces, Indiana Department of Homeland Security officials visited the West Lafayette campus this week to ask questions.

Still, Purdue officials insist there was no “investigation” of the living space crunch.

When you take an antibiotic or another drug, some of it ultimately goes down the drain and ends up in public water supplies. Researchers at Purdue University Northwest are hoping that a device used to take gasoline additives out of water could also work for drugs. 

Girl Scouts Add New Badges To Promote STEM Education

Aug 31, 2018

Girl Scouts have more opportunities to show off their skills in science, technology, engineering and math after the organization introduced 30 new badges focused on STEM – several of which debuted this summer.

The new badges encourage girls to do things like design and program robots or investigate different parts of cybersecurity. Girl Scouts can earn those, and others like them, in kindergarten all the way through their senior year of high school.

Alcohol Law Revision Commission Debates Permit Quotas

Aug 31, 2018
The Indiana Alcohol Code Revision Commission debated whether to change the state's alcohol permit quota system. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana Alcohol Code Revision Commission – responsible for a potential rewrite of Indiana’s alcohol laws – debated Friday whether to change the state's alcohol permit quota system, which limits how many permits are allowed in a community.