Statewide News

Trump Visits Evansville, Endorses Braun

Aug 30, 2018

Thousands were expected to attend a rally in Evansville where President Donald Trump spoke Thursday night. 

President Carter: Housing A Basic Human Right

Aug 30, 2018
Barb Anguiano / WVPE

Anguiano: Let's start with your name and your title.

Carter: My name is Jimmy Carter. I used to be president, but I'm not anymore.

Anguiano: And what do you do now?

Carter: Well, I run the Carter Center and I work [on] Habitat [for Humanity].

Anguiano: What's the biggest thing, what's the biggest takeaway you've had from Habitat in general?

Spring 2018 ISTEP Results Delayed Due To Grading Issues

Aug 30, 2018

The Indiana Department of Education says results for the state’s standardized test, the ISTEP, are delayed due to issues the exam’s vendor reported as it finalized the data.

Seth Herald for Side Effects

Months in prison didn’t rid Daryl of his addiction to opioids.

“Before I left the parking lot of the prison, I was shooting up getting high,” he says.

Indiana Bike and Walk Summit was held in Indianapolis. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

Communities across Indiana are finding ways to be more walkable and bikeable.  An annual summit in Indianapolis highlighted success stories and challenges they face. 

Both Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), left, and Republican challenge Mike Braun, right, launched ads that feature President Donald Trump, center, ahead of Trump's visit to Evansville. (Photos courtesy of Lauren Chapman/IPB News, White House, and WFIU/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

President Donald Trump will make his 10th campaign trip to Indiana Thursday, in part to boost Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Braun. 

Steve Burger / WNIN

As many as thousands of opponents of the president’s policies from several states are expected to protest.  The main protest area will be at Ninth and Locust Streets, just east of the Ford Center.  

MCS Enrollment Dips, But Less Than District Planned For

Aug 29, 2018

Muncie Community Schools is losing students this year.  But, according to officials, the unofficial number is small, and less than the district planned for.  IPR’s Zoe Dwiggins reports.

Official enrollment counts are done in September across the state.  It’s that number that determines how much state money each district will get.  Unofficially though, Muncie Community Schools says it has lost 63 students this school year.

Barb Anguiano / WVPE


Rain bursts throughout the week have not been a deterrent for the close to 700 hundred volunteers at the Mishawaka Carter Works Project build site in Mishawaka. The rain was sort of welcome, offering a break from the spike in temperatures northern Indiana saw this week.


Volunteers are working full steam ahead, trying to finish as much construction as possible on the 28 homes on the site, while other volunteers are also working on remodeling 17 homes on a work site in South Bend.

The state's revised plan for what to do with money from a Volkswagen settlement takes public feedback into account.

Indiana received more than $40 million after the company violated the Clean Air Act. Several people wanted to use the money for greener school buses and electric charging stations — and the new draft covers those bases. 

The announcement of the global health initiative was made at Purdue University. (Photo Purdue John Underwood)
Jill Sheridan

Purdue University has been chosen to lead a new research effort to address extreme poverty across the globe.

The university will recieve a $70 million investment from the U.S. Agency for International Development, USAID, which aims to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. 

Extreme poverty impacts the health of millions through food insecurity, water safety, disease and violence.

Indiana Chamber Won't Endorse In U.S. Senate Race

Aug 29, 2018
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce won't endorse either Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) or Republican Mike Braun. (U.S. Senate/Indiana House of Representatives)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce won’t endorse either candidate in Indiana's U.S. Senate race.

It’s the first time the influential business organization hasn’t backed a Senate candidate since its endorsements began.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it’ll initially send farmers half of the $12 billion promised as restitution for damage caused by President Donald Trump’s trade war with China.

Buffalo Still Roam Steuben

Aug 28, 2018
Stock Photo

  The buffalo are still out and about in rural Steuben county, making Tuesday their third day on the run.


According to officials and local news reports, the large animals escaped their enclosure at a farm in an area west of Hamilton Lake.


The Environmental Protection Agency plans to tighten restrictions on lead dust in homes. But it wouldn’t affect those by Superfund sites like USS Lead in East Chicago. Advocates say the EPA needs to do more to protect the people most vulnerable to lead dust exposure. 

Sheriffs Ask For County Jail Per Diem Increase

Aug 28, 2018
The number of Level 6 felons in county jails increased about 37 percent in the last year. (WFIU/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

Indiana sheriffs say the money they get to house Department of Correction inmates needs to increase. 

City Wants To Speed Up Testing In Franklin

Aug 28, 2018

​​The City of Franklin wants to speed up testing for cancer-causing chemicals. The city announced Tuesday it's hired the same company that tested two Franklin elementary schools, EnviroForensics, to collect samples at some homes next to the old Amphenol industrial site. 

Carters Share Thoughts On Mishawaka Build Project

Aug 27, 2018
Barb Anguiano / WVPE

Volunteers with the 35th annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Works Project with Habitat for Humanity began construction of 28 new homes Monday in Mishawaka.

After leading a quick devotional, Former President Jimmy Carter, along with Rosalynn Carter, headed to their worksite.

The Carters say the build site this year might be one of the best organized ones they’ve seen yet.

“I think Rosalynn has expressed it properly that we’ve never had as good of preparation,” the former president said.

A handful of national charter school experts offered recommendations to state officials Monday on how to better regulate Indiana’s virtual schools.

Purdue University research published Monday says rural Indiana would benefit from broadband connectivity in a wide variety of ways.

"Numerous" Wild Buffalo Loose In Northern Indiana

Aug 27, 2018
National Park Service

The Hamilton Police Department is reporting “numerous" wild buffalo on the loose, ranging from Johnson Lake Road to East Bellefontaine Road, near Clark’s Landing in Hamilton.

Barb Anguiano / WVPE


Habitat for Humanity International kicked off its week-long, 35th annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Works Project at the University of Notre Dame on Sunday.


Former President Jimmy Carter told hundreds of volunteers, future homeowners and donors with Habitat for Humanity that he never intended to be a part of Habitat for Humanity as long as he’s been. But the 94-year-old Carter says it’s been a profound experience.


Ball State Program Teaching Security To Election Officials

Aug 26, 2018

Ball State University is working with the Secretary of State’s office to train Hoosier election officials in election security procedures.  As IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, the program’s directors say the new certificate program is tailored exclusively for Indiana election needs.

There’s a long list of things the Secretary of State’s office says Hoosier election officials are supposed to know well.  Some, like election systems and election laws are obvious.  Others, like “physical space management” and “public relations,” are not.

Survey Finds Vaping Up Amont Indiana Youth

Aug 24, 2018

The annual Indiana Youth Survey looks at substance use, mental health and other addiction risk factors.  This year’s assessment found a significant increase in use of electronic cigarettes by middle and high schoolers. 

A new review says Indiana has some of the strongest standards for math and English language arts (ELA) among states that don’t follow the Common Core, while several other states received poor marks.

U.S Rep. Susan Brooks talks Guns and School Safety in Noblesville

Aug 24, 2018

U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Carmel) met with superintendents and police officers Friday morning in Noblesville to discuss school safety and mental health. Noblesville West Middle School has been a focus of school safety talks since a shooting there in May.

Brooks is the founder and co-chair of the Congressional School Safety Caucus. She commented on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ possible reallocation of federal funds to allow states to purchase guns for schools.

U.S. Senate Approves Funding For Cancer Cluster Law

Aug 24, 2018

Health problems linked to environmental issues will get federal attention under funding legislation approved this week by the U.S. Senate.

Former HU VP Charged With Misdemeanor Battery

Aug 24, 2018
Rebecca Green

Charges were filed Friday morning against former Huntington University Vice President for Advancement Vincent Haupert in the Huntington Superior Court.


According to the affidavit, Haupert is being charged with battery, a Class B misdemeanor.


When police seize illegal drugs, those drugs must be identified and weighed. The Indiana State Police now have an estimated 6,000 case backlog for drug analysis. Testing for cases is delayed by as much as six months, but the state’s forensics director says it’s not a problem – yet.

Indiana State Police Forensic Analysis Director Eric Lawrence says there are more drug cases filed, and new synthetic drugs are added to the list of controlled substances.

“And that in and of itself makes the analysis more complicated and more time consuming,” Lawrence says.