Statewide News

State Unveils Interactive Map Tracking EMS Naloxone Use

Aug 23, 2018

State and local groups working to address opioid addiction have a new tool. The state unveiled the Naloxone Administration Heatmap Thursday that updates each time time emergency responders administer the opioid overdose antidote, naloxone.

Indiana Manufacturers Association President and CEO Brian Burton presents at the regional summit held at Subaru in Lafayette. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)
Samantha Horton

Indiana Manufacturers Association visited Subaru in Lafayette Thursday, one of the several stops around the state meeting with manufacturers.

Medicaid Work Requirements Studied At Committee

Aug 23, 2018

Indiana lawmakers met Thursday to study changes in programs like Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP.

One Case Lands Indiana On Measles Watchlist

Aug 23, 2018
A rash forms on a person with measles 3-5 days after they contract the virus. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Lauren Chapman

Indiana is one of 21 states the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention placed on a watch list for measles.  The state has had one reported case of measles. It takes three to declare an outbreak. 

Lawmakers Grapple With Short-Term Rental Taxes

Aug 23, 2018
There seems to be broad agreement among stakeholders that short-term rentals should pay sales and innkeeper’s taxes, like hotels. But there isn’t agreement about how they should be collected. (Lauren Chapman/IPB New)
Brandon Smith

The legislature ensured in its 2018 session short-term rentals – such as Airbnb – would be legal throughout the state. Lawmakers now grapple with how to tax those rentals.

A Texas federal judge’s ruling could mean Indiana will get back nearly $100 million dollars from the federal government. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

A Texas federal judge’s ruling this week could mean Indiana will get back nearly $100 million from the federal government.

The lawsuit centers on fees paid through the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

The ACA requires all health insurance providers to pay a fee – it’s in part how the law funds itself. The law also says states don’t have to pay it.

Part of the new Affordable Clean Energy rule announced Tuesday would focus on making coal plants more efficient — which could help them run for longer. But utility advocates say that’s unlikely to change energy companies’ plans. 

New Study Finds Some Indiana Students Lack Access to School Options, A-Schools

Aug 22, 2018

A new study finds that a large majority of Indiana students have access to an A-rated school by attending public, private or charter school. But in rural areas, students may face a lack of these school options.

EdChoice, an Indiana based nonprofit that advocates for school vouchers and charters, published the study. 

Indiana's Farm To School Programs Land Federal Grant

Aug 22, 2018

A boost of federal funding will help send farm fresh fruits and vegetables to Indiana schools. The Indiana State Department of Health will receive nearly $100,000 from a USDA grant to increase access to locally sourced foods in school cafeterias.  

Indiana Democrats File Ethics Complaint Against Braun

Aug 22, 2018
The Indiana Democratic Party filed an ethics complaint against Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana Democratic Party Wednesday filed an ethics complaint against Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun – days after Republicans filed one against U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Braun's opponent.

The complaint alleges Braun didn’t properly file information about a loan he made to his campaign.

Charlotte Tuggle / WBAA

A statewide school safety recommendations report released earlier this summer emphasizes increased communication. Indiana Department of Homeland Security Director Bryan Langley was one of its authors.

New rules from the Environmental Protection Agency give states the power to set their own goals for greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. The Affordable Clean Energy rule, or ACE, replaces the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. 

Reports suggest longtime Fort Wayne potato chip, pretzel and cheese puff producer Seyfert’s will close.  

Binge Drinking Trends Increase In Young Hoosiers

Aug 21, 2018
Lauren Chapman

Binge drinking trends among young adults in Indiana are changing – the practice no longer tapers off after college. A new report finds that young people in Indiana continue to drink excessively into their mid-twenties.


The Indiana State Department of Health administrative hearing to decide if the non-profit Whole Woman’s Health Alliance will receive a license to perform abortions in South Bend begins tomorrow in Indianapolis.


Founder and CEO of Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, Amy Hagstrom-Miller says it’s still unclear what information the State Health Department was not given when the organization was denied their initial license request in January.  

Gary Emergency Manager Chips Away At Operating Defecit

Aug 21, 2018

The state-appointed manager of the Gary Community School Corporation told state officials Monday the district faces less of a deficit than it did a year ago.

The annual operating deficit is  $15 million -- that’s $7 million less than the original deficit when state lawmakers approved the takeover. Eliminating the deficit by the end of 2019 remains the manager’s goal.

Yet the district remains in debt by $98 million, much of that coming from outstanding bonds and loans from banks and the state.

Purdue University

UPDATE (3:20 p.m., August 21):

Public relations representatives for comedian Andy Gross have begun circulating an apology for the performer's act during Purdue's Boiler Gold Rush freshman orientation.

Rebecca Kaufman, a lawyer with Beverly Hills, California firm Glassman Media Group, says Gross is not consenting to taped interviews, but sent a statement which reads, in part:

Emilie Syberg / WBAA

“Each kid has a 1 on 1 device--they all have Chromebooks--so there's no shortness of technology, there's just a shortness of space," Sowers says. "And there's a shortness of me, is what becomes the problem.”

Schools could have another option to fund safety measures if a state lawmaker gets his way, by creating a new avenue for schools to seek support from their local taxpayers.

Indiana GOP Files Ethics Complaint Against Donnelly

Aug 20, 2018
The Indiana Republican Party filed an ethics complaint against Sen.  Joe Donnelly (D-Ind). (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana Republican Party filed an ethics complaint Monday against U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.).

The complaint objects to video footage Donnelly’s office released of his meeting with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The student section of the stands was filled with rainbow flags, face paint and t-shirts at the football game Friday between Roncalli and Southport high schools.

Diocese Promises Release Of Names Of Alleged Abusers

Aug 17, 2018
Rebecca Green / WBOI/NIPR

The names of those credibly accused of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend will soon be known.


Bishop Kevin Rhoades made the promise Friday afternoon, during a press conference called in response to the Pennsylvia grand jury report detailing decades of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church there.


Corn field In Elkhart County, Indiana. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)
Samantha Horton

A yearly Purdue University study says farmland values are increasing in Indiana – but that may not be what farmers want to hear in times of a trade war.

Recent analysis studied the perceptions of participants involved in a landmark study that found – for chronic pain – opioids may not be more effective than other pain medication like ibuprofen.  

A new study shows the historical blood lead levels of children in East Chicago’s Superfund site remained higher than those in the rest of the city.

Indiana parents told a judicial committee Friday about flaws they experienced in the state’s family court system. The hearing was to gather feedback on Indiana’s child support guidelines. 

The guidance counselor at risk of losing her job at a private religious school because of her same-sex marriage doesn’t want the school to face backlash, but she still hopes to see change.

People have until Monday to comment on whether ORSANCO — the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission — should give up regulatory power. 

July marks the first time in about seven years the Indiana unemployment rate got worse in two consecutive months. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana’s unemployment rate rose again in July, the second consecutive month the rate worsened. 

IU Establishes Regenerative Medicine Center

Aug 17, 2018
Chandan Sen, PhD, will serve as the inaugural director of the Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering effective Aug. 15. (Photo courtesy of Indiana University School of Medicine)
Jill Sheridan

The Indiana University School of Medicine has made regenerative medicine its newest focus. A new team of researchers brings the latest science to Indiana.