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Noblesville Will Ask Voters For $50M Tax Increase To Boost Safety

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Noblesville Schools will ask voters this Fall to nearly double a current property tax rate to expand safety measures in the wake of the school shooting there in May.

Tuesday the school board voted to seek $6.25 million a year in additional general operations funding for the next eight years, for a total of $50 million.

The current operating referendum tax rate is 18.9 cents per $100 of assessed value. Voters approved that rate in 2016. The proposed referendum would replace the 18.9 cents rate with a new rate of 37 cents per $100 of assessed value.

Curtis Hill Attorneys Threaten Defamation Suit

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Attorneys Kevin Betz, right, and Sandra Blevins, left, sought to discredit parts of a leaked report that contains sexual misconduct allegations against Attorney General Curtis Hill. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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Lawyers for Attorney General Curtis Hill sought to discredit parts of a leaked report that contains sexual misconduct allegations against Hill.

State Moves To Ban Invasive Plants Trade

Jul 17, 2018

The Indiana Natural Resources Commission adopted a preliminary measure on Tuesday that would make the sale, transport, introduction, or distribution of more than 40 invasive plants illegal. 

Survey: Parents Fear For Child Safety In Schools

Jul 17, 2018

One in three parents fear for their child’s safety in school, according to a survey that a national education group conducts every year.

The Indiana Election Commission denied a challenge to Secretary of State Connie Lawson’s eligibility in the upcoming election. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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The Indiana Election Commission denied Tuesday a challenge to Secretary of State Connie Lawson’s eligibility in the upcoming election. 

More students are graduating from college in Indiana than ever before, according to a recent college completion report from the state.

Indy Council Passes Regulations For Electric Scooter Share Companies

Jul 17, 2018

Vehicle share companies, notably electric scooter companies Bird and Lime, will be able to do business in Indianapolis after regulations were approved by the City-County Council Monday night.

The proposal is largely unchanged from the one committee members approved in June. It requires vehicle share companies to purchase a license that costs $15,000 a year, pay $1 per day/per device, and to agree on a number of stipulations. 

Muncie Schools CFO To New Board: "It's A Solvent Company"

Jul 17, 2018

A new school board has met in Muncie with three weeks before the start of classes.  It’s a board appointed by Ball State University in the state’s first-ever legislative-mandated agreement of its kind.  And despite having to learn quickly, the board heard from the district’s emergency managers that logistically and financially, everything is in good shape.  That is, as IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, if the state comes through with a promised loan by September.

Arrest Made In April Tinsley Homicide Case

Jul 15, 2018
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John D. Miller, of the 13700 block of Main Street in Grabill, was arrested on preliminary charges of murder, child molesting, and criminal confinement.

Marion County Election Board Settles Lawsuit, Will Create Five Early Voting Offices

Jul 13, 2018

The Marion County Election Board has agreed to create five new early voting centers – the result of a settlement agreement reached earlier this week.

Common Cause Indiana and two branches of the NAACP filed a federal lawsuit against the board last summer.

The advocacy group argued the lack of early voting offices around Marion County was a constitutional issue, since a trip to the county's single downtown location was unreasonable for many residents.

Purdue Not Sure What E-mail Snafu Will Cost To Fix

Jul 13, 2018
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Purdue University officials have admitted a mistaken e-mail from a financial aid official led to thousands of prospective student Social Security numbers being shared. Now, the school is preparing to notify those affected and pay to clean up the mistake.

All Indiana high schools will offer an ethnic studies elective course starting this fall, after lawmakers approved a bill last year requiring the change.

The Indiana Department of Education recently released standards for the new ethnic studies course.  Director of School Improvement Robin LeClaire says one key part centers around student identity.

Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Carmel) says her recent visit to the southern border was “eye-opening” and “overwhelming.” (WFIU/WTIU)
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U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Carmel) says her recent visit to the southern border was “eye-opening” and “overwhelming.”

Brooks visited immigration facilities that housed thousands of immigrant children.

She says she doesn’t support any immigration policy that separates parents from their children. Still, Brooks says she was encouraged by what she saw at border facilities where thousands of children are held.

Indiana Democratic Party Chair John Zody questions Attorney General Curtis Hill’s use of taxpayer dollars to defend himself from sexual misconduct allegations. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Indiana Democratic Party Chair John Zody questions Attorney General Curtis Hill’s use of taxpayer dollars to defend himself from sexual misconduct allegations.

Diabetes Impact Project Focuses On Place

Jul 11, 2018

 

A city’s layout – neighborhood-by-neighborhood access to health care, outdoor recreation and healthy food – can have a significant health impact. In Indiana, some neighborhood diabetes rates reflect these factors. 

A new $7 million diabetes impact pilot in Indianapolis could serve as a model for communities across the state.

Alma Trawick, 69, knows a lot about diabetes.

Schools now have more guidance from the state around new graduation pathway requirements, after months of discussion with educators and school leaders who have stressed the importance of locally created options for districts.

Muncie Ball Jar Factory To Close Next Summer

Jul 10, 2018

Ball canning jars will soon no longer be made in Muncie for the first time since the company’s first jars came off the line in 1888.  IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports.

After founding a company in Muncie – a town with enough natural gas to create a booming factory – and lending the family name and financial support to a local teacher’s college, the Ball Corporation’s headquarters left Muncie for Colorado in 1962.  But Ball jars have continued to be made in part in Muncie.  That is, until next summer, according to current owner Newell Brands.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry says he can't handle any issues related to allegations against Attorney General Curtis Hill because Hill's office represents him in court. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry asked a court Tuesday to appoint a special prosecutor to handle any issues related to sexual misconduct allegations against Attorney General Curtis Hill.

Jay County Schools To Buy Guns For Some Staff Soon

Jul 10, 2018
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A rural Indiana school district that plans to give some staff members access to guns says it could purchase them within the next month.

Nearly 50 Jay School Corporation employees volunteered to have access to the guns.

School Financial Indicator Committee Meets This Week

Jul 10, 2018

Under a bill passed earlier this year, the state plans to keep closer tabs on financially struggling schools. A committee meets this week, to discuss which financial risk factors the state might monitor as part of that plan.

President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court. (Wikipedia Commons)
Brandon Smith

President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has many eyes turning to Indiana –  incumbent Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) is a key vote in the Senate.

Donnelly’s statement says only that he’ll carefully review Kavanaugh’s record and qualifications. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) is more direct – he praises Kavanaugh as an “originalist.”

Even though at least one of the companies providing Affordable Care Act insurance in Indiana temporarily saves money from a recent Trump administration move, company officials say the decision create more questions about the future of health coverage for Hoosiers.

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Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky will be closing its Fort Wayne health center.

Indiana hasn’t updated its rules on energy efficiency and safety measures in several years. Environmentalists hope a proposed change to the building code leads to a greener Indiana.

State Offers All Schools Handheld Metal Detectors

Jul 9, 2018

Earlier this year, lawmakers made $35 million available in the common school fund so schools can take out loans to pay for safety upgrades, and set aside more dollars for the state’s school safety grant program.

Now, in a video update shared online, Gov. Eric Holcomb says another way the state wants to make schools safer is by helping control what gets inside.

Attorney General Curtis Hill maintains his innocence after four women accused him of groping them and two others corroborated those accusations. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill maintains his innocence in the face of sexual misconduct allegations and calls to resign.

Hill spoke to the media Monday for the first time since the allegations went public.

A small group of protesters gathered at the Statehouse Saturday to support the four women accusing Attorney General Curtis Hill of sexual misconduct at a party in March.

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Lauren Chapman

Thursday night at the stroke of midnight, speculations became reality when the U.S.-imposed tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods.

The Educators’ Village in Indianapolis is marketed as affordable teacher housing, and crews broke ground in November last year.

But the Educators’ Village has an income cap, and some teacher salaries at Indianapolis Public Schools put them just outside of that range.

Attorney General Curtis Hill says he won’t resign after the governor and other GOP leaders called on him to step down. Instead, Hill wants a new investigation into allegations he groped four women earlier this year.

He calls the allegations “vicious and false,” and says legislative leaders’ inquiry into his conduct is a “travesty.”

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