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The state is handing down a series of corrective action requirements for a career center school in Bedford after a local school superintendent called for an audit earlier this year.

Sweltering heat and huge amounts of rain can do a number on the roads, bridges, and power lines we all rely on. A new study suggests the state could be doing more to protect its infrastructure from climate impacts. 

A subpar May – $44 million less than expected – put the state further away from its revenue goal with a month to go before the fiscal year’s end. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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Indiana tax collections fell further away from its budget plan in May, one month away from the end of the fiscal year.

(From left) Secretary of State Connie Lawson, State Auditor Tera Klutz, and State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell meet with GOP delegates ahead of the state party convention. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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Indiana Republicans just went through a Senate primary dubbed one of the "nastiest in the nation." And now there’s a fight over whether the party platform should define marriage as between a man and a woman.

A key lawmaker at the Indiana statehouse is urging other legislative leaders to focus more on school safety and is asking for an annual study committee on the issue.

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House Speaker Brian Bosma says legislators will review Indiana’s laws regarding juveniles being charged as adults in the wake of the Noblesville West Middle School shooting.

The 13-year-old suspect in the case will remain in juvenile court.

Last year, the state decided to slowly decrease how much Hoosiers with solar panels get paid to deliver energy to the grid. But the fight over net metering might not be over. Some municipal utilities — who the law doesn't apply to — are considering changing their net metering rules. 

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Stakeholders came together for an annual summit in Bloomington Wednesday to talk about the status of Interstate 69.

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Hoosiers did not stop signing up for Indiana's Medicaid expansion even though they had to pay into a health savings account. That’s according to new research from three Indiana University professors.

IU School of Medicine Dean Jay Hess (center) with Vera Bradley co-founders Barbara Bradley Baekgaard (left) and Patricia R. Miller (right). The Foundation has contributed more than $35 million for breast cancer research. (Courtesy of Indiana University Sc
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A new Indiana University School of Medicine research center will focus on aggressive and hard-to-treat breast cancers.

The center will target diseases like triple negative breast cancer, which aggressively impacts young, black and Latina women.

Indiana Republican Party Chair Kyle Hupfer says delegates at this weekend’s convention will vote to choose between two versions of the state party’s platform. (Indiana GOP)
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Indiana Republican Party Chair Kyle Hupfer says delegates at this weekend’s convention will vote to choose between two versions of the state party’s platform, its value statements.

The move comes as Hupfer tries to resolve a fight over whether to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

Early Learning Grants Awarded In 16 Counties

Jun 6, 2018
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The state is giving different early learning providers across Indiana more funding as a part of efforts to improve quality and access to preschool programs.

The Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) announced the recipients of more than $1.5 million dollars in grant money this week, for expanding the capacity of early learning across the state.

The Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office has formally filed charges against the 13-year-old Noblesville shooting suspect. 

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The former organist at a Brown County church will not face jail time for vandalizing the building following the 2016 presidential election.

A judge sentenced George “Nathan” Stang to 180 days in jail Tuesday, but suspended the sentence so he won’t serve any of that time. He will instead be on probation for more than one year and must complete 300 hours of community service. The judge stipulated Stang must complete at least 20 hours of community service per month.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends states spend more than $73 million annually on tobacco cessation and prevention efforts. A new report finds Indiana spends just more than 10 percent of that amount, less than half the national average. 

National Judicial Drug Task Force Meets In Indy

Jun 5, 2018
Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush (left) is the co-chair of the National Judicial Opioid Task Force. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush says judicial leaders from around the country feel a sense of urgency as they develop an infrastructure for court systems to address the nation’s opioid crisis.

A new state program will deliver medically tailored meals to people with HIV in Indiana. The Ryan’s Meals for Life project is funded by a $1 million grant from the Indiana State Department of Health. 

Adult Charter Schools Expand In Indiana

Jun 5, 2018

More schools for adults to earn a high school diploma open this fall, expanding a network of adult-focused charter schools in the state.

The Excel Center is a tuition-free charter school for adults to earn a high school diploma. Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana opened the first one in 2010. Three new Excel Center schools will open this year, increasing the number of them in Indiana to 17.

Naloxone Recalled Due To Syringe Plunger Particulate

Jun 5, 2018

Naloxone manufacturer Hospira issued a voluntary recall of its single-use cartridge syringe system for the opioid overdose antidote.

The company says it found loose or embedded particulate matter on the syringe plunger.

The recall is on lot numbers 72680LL and 76510LL.

If someone is exposed to the particulate, Hospira says there is a low chance of experiencing adverse health effects, including allergic reactions and pulmonary dysfunction. The company says it has not received any complaints about the items affected by the recall.

New Supreme Court Ruling May Affect Indiana Religious Freedom Lawsuit

Jun 4, 2018

Conservative groups in Indiana say a U.S. Supreme Court ruling may help their lawsuit against what they say are weakening religious freedom protections in the state.

The opinion, handed down Monday, found that Colorado baker Jack Phillips could not be required to make a custom wedding cake for a same-sex wedding.

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Indianapolis health researchers hope the results of a new study will encourage policymakers to support nationwide Medicaid expansion.

Study: Dust Suppresant Puts Radium Into Air, Water

Jun 4, 2018

Some communities use wastewater from producing oil and gas to reduce dust on country roads. It’s legal to do so in 13 states, including Indiana. A new study by Penn State University shows the practice is likely putting radium, a cancer-causing chemical, into the air and water. 

St. Vincent, Anthem Reach Deal On Microhospitals

Jun 4, 2018

Hoosiers with Anthem insurance are now covered for care at St. Vincent’s “neighborhood hospitals.” The two organizations have reached a deal to include the hospitals in the network. 

The neighborhood hospital or microhospital model offers patients inpatient and emergency care in a smaller, more accessible setting. 

St. Vincent has opened four of those new hospitals in the past year but they were not in network for patients with Anthem. St. Vincent Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Richard Fogel says they had to correct this. 

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The family of Ella Whistler says she will remain at Riley Children’s Hospital for the foreseeable future, after a classmate shot her seven times inside a classroom at Noblesville West Middle School in May.

In a statement released Monday, the Whistler family detailed Ella’s life-threatening injuries for the first time.

The family says she was shot in the face, neck, hand, and chest. She sustained collapsed lungs, a broken jaw, broken clavicle, multiple broken vertebrae, broken ribs, a severed vertebral vein and significant nerve damage.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Four years after Indiana's dispatch centers began adopting text-to-911 technology, residents in all 92 of the state's counties can now send texts during emergencies if they're unable to speak to dispatchers.

Indiana's dispatch centers now receive an average of between 500 and 600 text-to-911 calls every day and the technology is exceeding expectations statewide, said Ed Reuter, the executive director of the Statewide 911 Board.

Bill Davis Appointed To Chair Alcohol Code Panel

Jun 1, 2018

Former state Sen. Beverly Gard has been replaced as the chair of the Indiana Alcohol Code Revision Commission. House Speaker Brian Bosma appointed former state Rep. Bill Davis to take over.

Indiana Schools Recognized For Counseling Programs

Jun 1, 2018

Stroke Center Reports Calls On The Rise

Jun 1, 2018

An Indiana stroke call center reports an increase in the number of cases they are responding to.  The Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine Stroke Call Center has the state’s only 24-hour team of physicians.

They respond to calls from doctors around the state to advise a course of action. Dr. Andrew DeNardo is an interventional neuroradiologist at the center.

"We were maybe getting one to two calls a week and now we’re getting about five to 10 calls a day," DeNardo says.

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Three Indiana Sears stores will close in early September – including the one in Lafayette’s Tippecanoe Mall.

The Sears locations in Indianapolis and Muncie were also on the list of the 63 stores that will be shutting down after Sears found them to be, in the words of a corporate press release, “non-profitable.”

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