Statewide News

Ball State To Remove Papa John's Name From Business Program

Aug 16, 2018

Ball State University trustees now say the Muncie school will remove the name of Papa John’s pizza founder and alumnus John Schnatter from a business program on campus.  As IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, the board says it is reversing course from an earlier statement on the recommendation of the university president.

Ball State’s board has voted to remove John Schnatter’s name from its Institute for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise.  Schnatter’s name will also be removed from a professorship funded by the same donation.

Indiana coast along Lake Michigan (Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore)
Lauren Chapman

The U.S. House passed a bill last year to make Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore the state’s first national park, but the National Park Service doesn’t think it should be one. 

Cloverdale Man Arrested For Nazi Vandalism At Carmel Synagogue

Aug 16, 2018

Nolan Brewer, a 20-year-old man from Cloverdale, Indiana, has been arrested and charged for the Nazi graffiti found at a Carmel synagogue in July.

A co-conspirator was also arrested, and remains in custody. U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler says the investigation is ongoing and gave no details about the co-conspirator, but he says the person is a juvenile.

Minkler says local and federal investigators received numerous tips about the crime, which led them to Brewer.

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch announced the creation of a cabinet-level position to help expand affordable broadband solutions for rural communities. Scott Rudd, right, will serve as Director of Broadband Opportunities. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch announced Thursday the creation of a cabinet-level position to help expand affordable broadband solutions for rural communities.

Long-time Radio Host Dies

Aug 16, 2018

Tributes poured in on social media late Wednesday after news that longtime Fort Wayne radio personality Charly Butcher passed away at the age of 61.


A private religious school’s plan to terminate a guidance counselor’s job for her marriage to a woman is throwing the state’s voucher system into the spotlight once again. The school received more than $1.5 million through school vouchers last year.

IDEM Tests Homes, Wells, Sewers In Franklin

Aug 15, 2018

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is doing more testing for chemicals that could be causing rare child cancers in Franklin. That includes re-testing air in homes that showed high levels of PCE and TCE in the report by the Edison Wetlands Association. 

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) says he’ll continue to review Kavanaugh’s record and watch his confirmation hearing before he decides whether to back him. (Photo courtesy of Sen. Joe Donnelly's office)
Lauren Chapman

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) met Wednesday with President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh for what the Hoosier lawmaker describes as a “wide-ranging conversation.”

One in five American children has or will have a serious mental illness - and at least half of them won’t get treatment. (WFIU/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

One in five American children has or will have a serious mental illness – and at least half of them won’t get treatment.

The Indiana Commission on Improving the Status of Children wants every school district in the state to have personnel to help integrate what’s called social emotional learning into the classroom – essentially, education that improves mental health.

Gun violence is now recognized as a public health issue in Indianapolis, after the City County Council passed a non-binding resolution. 

Ahmad Moore came to support the proposal with his daughter and members of his church. He says violence is a real problem in the city. 

"If you don’t be the change, if you don’t make your voice heard, then you’re basically saying that you agree with the way things are," says Moorie. 

Hundreds from around the state attended the event in Hamilton County. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Public health and public safety leaders gathered in Carmel to find ways to collaborate to address the opioid epidemic in Hoosier communities.

Indiana State Department of Health Commissioner Kristina Box says many are responding to the addiction crisis in Indiana.

Purdue Reaches Deal To Send Papa John's Money Back

Aug 14, 2018
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Purdue University President Mitch Daniels confirms the school has reached an agreement to return a gift made by Papa John’s Pizza founder John Schnatter.

Purdue’s Trustees earlier this month said they would “offer” to return the gift the Schnatter Family Foundation had made to endow an entrepreneurship center within the Krannert School of Management.

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) says he hasn’t made up his mind about President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) will meet Wednesday with President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The White River Alliance hosted the state’s first water summit this week. The two-day event brought experts together to take a closer look at how Indiana can protect its water resources.

Roncalli High School guidance counselor says she may lose her job after administrators found out she is married to a woman.

IDOE: Bullying Data Reflects Improved Reporting Process

Aug 13, 2018

Data from schools across the state shows a sharp increase in bullying, but the numbers could be a bit misleading. That’s because the state recently changed how schools are required to collect and report the data.

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U.S. Rep. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) hosted a roundtable with law enforcement, medical officials and advocates Monday morning to discuss the opioid epidemic in northeast Indiana.

Metal detectors and “hardening” schools are one of several steps the state and schools are taking to keep kids safe, but another essential piece remains: how can teachers prevent or better prepare for the worst case scenario?

State Lawmakers, Advocates Discuss Medical Marijuana

Aug 11, 2018
Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) says medical marijuana legalization is a realistic goal for the 2019 session. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

A Republican state lawmaker says medical marijuana legalization is a realistic goal for the 2019 session.

Indiana farmers anticipate high yields for corn and soybeans. But coupled with retaliatory tariffs against the U.S. from China, Canada and Mexico, farmers’ income could continue to be depressed.

Hoosier Farmers Hit Twice With Trump Tariffs

Aug 10, 2018

Fifth generation Elkhart County farmer Mike Morehouse comes from a family that’s been working the land for more than 150 years. Growing corn and soybeans, he recently bought a new grain bin to store his corn.

News-Sentinel Lays Off Majority Of Staff

Aug 10, 2018
Rebecca Green

The 100-year-old News-Sentinel laid off almost all of its remaining staff Friday afternoon.

Indiana Doctors First To Use Clot Removal Device

Aug 10, 2018
Dr. Dan Sahlein demonstrates the Embotrap II. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

Indiana doctors are some of the first in the country to use a new tool that increases the ability to extract clots from the head which can reduce the damage from a stroke.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Jill Sheridan talked to Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine Surgeon Dr. Dan Sahlein at a St. Vincent hospital in Indianapolis about a newly approved device called the Embotrap II that can change a stroke patients outcome for the better.

HU VP Resigns Amid Investigations

Aug 10, 2018
Rebecca Green


Huntington University confirmed Vice President for Advancement Vince Haupert resigned from the northeast Indiana school Aug 7.

The City of East Chicago is working to replace lead pipes in up to 800 homes near the USS Lead Superfund site. Residents found out at a public meeting Thursday night some lead lines are only getting partially replaced leaving those residents still at risk. 

Study: Math Scores Drop For Students In Indiana Private School Voucher Program

Aug 10, 2018

Low‐income Indiana students who use a voucher to transfer to a private school as part of the country’s largest private school voucher program, fall behind academically in math, according to a study released this week.

The report by Notre Dame and University of Kentucky researchers found test scores of these students’ never recovered after they lost ground when transferring to a private school.

The group responsible for Indiana’s school safety report says the state needs to improve mental health services and data sharing to keep kids safe.

State Auditor Tera Klutz calls Indiana a "leader in fiscal responsibility." (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana started its new fiscal year on a positive note, with tax revenues that slightly outperformed expectations.

That’s despite the continuation in July of a negative trend.

Indiana collected about $5 million more in taxes than state budget makers planned for. That’s largely due to individual income tax revenue, which bested projections by more than $30 million.

Gov. Eric Holcomb says the key to push the measure over the finish line is to “change hearts and minds” in the legislature. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Gov. Eric Holcomb says “the time is right” for Indiana to pass a hate crimes law – and he’s ready to pitch in to help that effort. 

US Sen Young: "I'm Anxious" About Tariffs Strategy

Aug 9, 2018

US Senator Todd Young says while he supports President Donald Trump standing up to capitalist nations like China on trade, he also wants a more targeted strategy for international tariffs.  IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports.

“I’m very much aware Indiana is the most manufacturing-intensive state in the country.  We don’t want to disrupt our global supply chains.  That’s happening already.”