Statewide News

Sessions' Visit Draws Protests

Jun 14, 2018
Araceli Gomez-Aldana
Rebecca Green/WBOI News

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited Fort Wayne Thursday afternoon to discuss the Trump administration’s immigration policies. During his remarks, Sessions strongly defended policies that separate undocumented children from their parents.

Climate Shifts Could Hurt Indiana Corn

Jun 14, 2018

A new study predicts the U.S. could lose nearly half of its corn by the end of the century due to climate. That could have detrimental effects in Indiana, the country’s fifth largest corn-producing state. 

Mayor Pete To Get Married On Saturday

Jun 14, 2018
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg
City of South Bend



South Bend Mayor Pete Buttiegieg will be skipping the Indiana Democratic Party Convention this weekend and will instead be getting married.

Who Decides How To Protect LGBTQ Student Rights?

Jun 14, 2018

School policies across the state to specifically address the rights of lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) students vary, and advocacy groups say those can have a long-term impact on kids.

Contractor Chosen for INDOT Tolling Research

Jun 14, 2018

The Indiana Department of Transportation chose a contractor to conduct research and create a strategic plan for potential statewide interstate tolls.

INDOT spokesperson Scott Manning says HNTB Indiana Inc. will investigate options for all-electronic tolling, the current condition of Indiana’s Interstate System, and potential construction plans.

"They will be at a high level, researching how a statewide interstate tolling plan could work," says Manning. 

Indiana Democratic Party delegates will officially choose their candidates to run for statewide office at this weekend’s convention. (Indiana Democratic Party)
Indiana Democratic Party delegates will officially choose their candidates to run for statewide office at this weekend’s convention. (Indiana Democratic Party)

Indiana Democratic Party delegates will officially choose their candidates to run for statewide office at this weekend’s convention.

Two of those candidates signed on to run less than two weeks before the party’s big meeting

A fifth of all Hoosier registered voters cast a ballot in last month’s primary election. (Steve Burns/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

A fifth of all Hoosier registered voters cast a ballot in last month’s primary election. 

Turnout normalized this year after historically poor turnout in the last midterm primary.

Judge Approves First Client For New, Less Restrictive Alternative To Guardianship

Jun 13, 2018

When a person loses the ability to make important life decisions, a guardian is sometimes appointed to help. But many who regain some of that ability become stuck in a restrictive system that is no longer needed.

A county judge on Wednesday approved a first-of-its-kind case in Indiana that represents a new option for people in that situation.

Jamie Beck has an intellectual disability, and was placed into a nursing home at age 19 after both her parents passed away. A legal guardian was appointed.

Retaliatory Chinese tariffs have impacted trade of recycled material from Indiana and elsewhere. This problem could create an opportunity for Indiana – but at a cost.

Walmart Opens Indiana’s Newest Milk Facility

Jun 13, 2018
Araceli Gomez-Aldana

Walmart announced plans to build a milk processing plant in Fort Wayne back in 2016. Now the big box retail chain is opening the doors to Indiana’s newest milk processing facility. 

The state’s first set of coalition schools received approval from the State Board of Education Wednesday. The group of districts will waive some state requirements to change how they offer career and technical education, or CTE.

Judge Blocks WOTUS In Indiana, 10 Other States

Jun 13, 2018
Rebecca Thiele

Attorney General Curtis Hill approves of U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia's decision to block the Waters of the United States rule or WOTUS in Indiana and 10 other states — Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Kentucky.

Cal Montgomery, ADAPT organizer was arrested in Indiana after a protest. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

Muncie residents heard passionate answers from hopeful applicants for the future Ball State University-appointed Muncie Community Schools board Tuesday night.  As IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, 20 finalists were asked to appeal to a public that won’t get to directly vote them in.

The Muncie Central High School auditorium looked like the set of an academic quiz bowl – with 20 candidates ready to go.  But instead of buzzing in answers, they had a chance to introduce themselves and make a case on why they should help run Muncie Community Schools.

Nearly three weeks after a student shot his teacher and classmate at a Noblesville middle school, district leaders Tuesday announced new building safety enhancements and increased mental health supports.

Funding is in place for some items, but leaders say they must seek additional finances to cover current and future measures, including state and federal grants or possibly try a property-tax increase referendum on the November ballot.

Purdue University Professor Doug Samuels led the study. (Photo courtesy of Purdue University)
Jill Sheridan

A patient’s self-evaluation of mental health problems may be more accurate than previously thought according to new research out of Purdue University. 

State's Virtual Schools Committee Holds First Meeting

Jun 12, 2018

A new state committee focused on virtual charter schools met for the first time Tuesday. It marks the beginning of an investigation into those schools by state officials.

U.S. Senate Takes Up Farm Bill After House Bill Fails

Jun 12, 2018
Produce from local farmers is unloaded at the Lafayette-based Food Finders. (FILE PHOTO: Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

After the farm bill failed in the U.S. House last month, it’s the Senate’s turn to take the legislation up. Wednesday's Senate hearing is unlikely to be as controversial. 

Democratic Secretary of State candidate Jim Harper, left, is running against incumbent Republican Secretary of State Connie Lawson, right. (Harper For Indiana/Indiana Secretary of State)
Brandon Smith

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson supports the voter purge method recently halted by a federal judge.

Mexico and Canada have retaliated against the Trump Administration’s newest round of steel and aluminum tariffs. These new taxes could hurt states, like Indiana, that have supported the president.

UN Report: Indianapolis Nears Bottom For Sustainability

Jun 12, 2018
(Wikimedia Commons)
Lauren Chapman

The Indianapolis metro area ranked low in a recent United Nations sustainability report. It was fourth from last in this year’s U.S. Cities Sustainable Development Goals Index, which looks at green development challenges in cities. 

Wyatt Willliams, interpretive naturalist at Spring Mill State Park, kneels down in a patch of invasive periwinkle. He says it was planted there as a ground cover. (Rebecca Thiele/IPB News)
Rebecca Thiele

It’s safe to say invasive plants don’t care about property lines. That's where CISMAs come in — Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas. There are 10 in the state right now and seven more in the works. 

Federal labor officials have approved Gov. Eric Holcomb’s waiver request for his reconstituted workforce cabinet.

Buttigieg, Obama Talks Confirmed, Content Unclear

Jun 11, 2018
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg
City of South Bend


South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is among the list of Democrats the news website Politico has indicated met with former President Barack Obama in D.C., to discuss a potential 2020 bid for the Presidency.

Mark Bode, Buttigieg’s Director of Communications, confirmed the Buttigieg and Obama have met several times, most recently for a- quote, “informal, private conversation last fall.”

Ticks and Mosquitoes are Out for the Season

Jun 11, 2018
Scott Bauer / USDA



  It’s summer time, which means it’s peak season for ticks and mosquitoes. This year is shaping up to be a very active season for ticks in particular. There are ways to prevent these nuisances while enjoying the outdoors.

Federal Judge Halts Indiana Voter Purge System

Jun 11, 2018
A federal judge’s ruling says the method by which Indiana deletes voters from its registration lists likely violates federal law. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana’s voter roll purge system is on hold after a federal judge temporarily halted it.

The judge’s ruling says the state's method to delete voters from its registration lists likely violates federal law.

A trial date is set later this month for the 13-year-old boy charged in the shooting of his teacher and a fellow student at Noblesville Middle School.

The video board at Evansville's Ford Center shows Indiana Republican Party Chair Kyle Hupfer as he speaks to his party's convention. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana Republicans approved a party platform at their convention Saturday that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

The first genetically-modified animal for human consumption could be arriving in grocery stores across the United States as early as next year.

Massachusetts-based AquaBounty Technologies has developed a biotech salmon that it plans to grow near no major body of water, in a production facility in the small town of Albany, Indiana. The company producing the breed of high-tech fish hopes to change the aquaculture industry.

As unlikely as the location is, the fish is just as unusual.

Science Behind the Fish