Statewide News

Indiana home builders say President Donald Trump’s “America first” policies aren’t helping them. Lumber costs have increased since the beginning of the last year, which makes building a new home more expensive.

Indiana Builder’s Association CEO Rick Wajda says one reason for that is protectionist trade policies – including import tariffs – imposed by the Trump administration.

Faith Leaders Rally, Support Woman Facing Deportation

May 31, 2018

Erika Fierro, an Indianapolis mother of two, was warned during her immigration check-in at the end of April that she may only have a few weeks to get her affairs in order, including arrangements for her children. Her husband has already been deported.

Ethanol Groups Sue EPA Over Oil Refinery Waivers

May 31, 2018

Pro-ethanol groups are suing the Environmental Protection Agency for granting Renewable Fuel Standard exemptions to three oil refineries — which means those refineries don’t have to add the required amount of ethanol to their gas. 

New DNA Analysis Tool Predicts Pigment

May 31, 2018
An international team has developed the HIrisPlex-S DNA test system, a tool to accurately predict eye, hair and skin color from human biological material, even a small DNA sample. (Photo courtesy of IUPUI)
Jill Sheridan

new web tool builds on work to predict what an unidentified person might look like. 

National Softball Champs Return to USI

May 30, 2018
Steve Burger

To the storied history of college sports in Indiana, add one more entry.

The University of Southern Indiana welcomed home its national champion softball team Wednesday. 

Long-time supporter Barbara Marr fretted about the weather as she waited with several hundred others for the USI softball team to arrive at the rally.

Indiana Michigan Power Rate Increase Approved

May 30, 2018

Indiana Michigan Power will get less than half of the rate increase it was hoping for. On Wednesday, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission approved a rate hike of $96.8 million instead of the $263 million the utility had requested. 

Early Screening For Colon Cancer Could Save Lives

May 30, 2018

The American Cancer Society has announced new recommendations for colon and rectal cancer screenings.  The new guidelines lower the age from 50 to 45, following a rise in cases in younger people.

State Withholds Funding For 4-Year-Old Kindergartners

May 30, 2018

Schools who choose to enroll 4-year-olds in kindergarten will pay the price, as a new law prevents schools from receiving state dollars for kids who aren’t old enough at the start of the school year.

Holcomb Visits SF Motors in Mishawaka

May 30, 2018
Jennifer Weingart


Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb was in Mishawaka today at the new SF Motors plant.

SF Motors is a Chinese company that makes electric vehicles. It's headquartered in Santa Clara, California, but will be building cars for the U.S. market in the Mishawaka plant it calls EVAP (Electric Vehicle Assembly Plant).


FEMA Center Still Handing Out Flood Aid, Holcomb Visits

May 30, 2018
Jennifer Weingart


While Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb was in Northern Indiana on Wednesday he visited the FEMA disaster assistance center in Elkhart.

The center in Elkhart is one of three in Northern Indiana providing help for those impacted by record flooding in late February.

Residents can apply for FEMA assistance, or for loans and help from the U.S. Small Business Association.

Lauren Bavis/Side Effects Public Media

Indiana traffic safety officials hope last year's increase in motorcyclist fatalities isn't the start of a trend.

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A suburban Indianapolis middle school is set to resume classes five days after a male student allegedly shot and wounded a 13-year-old classmate and a teacher who's credited with disarming the assailant.

Noblesville West Middle School is scheduled to reopen Wednesday morning on a two-hour delay.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced the program at Chapel Hill 7th and 8th Grade Center. (Photo by Sarah Panfil/WFYI)

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced plans Tuesday to fund $2 million in new scholarship programs for low-income residents. It’s part of a broad effort to address gaps in the labor market, and to help more residents attain post-secondary credentials.

In his State of the City address last year, Hogsett announced the creation of a task force that would work to improve college access for low-income residents.

At the end of this month, 27 Indiana dairy farms – some small, some big – are nearing the end of a 90-day notice that their contracts with national distributor Dean Foods will be terminated.

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A suburban Indianapolis middle school is set to reopen for classes on Wednesday, five days after a male student allegedly shot and wounded a 13-year-old classmate and a teacher who was credited with disarming the assailant.

Noblesville West Middle School will reopen Wednesday on a two-hour delay and operate on the same shortened schedule Thursday and Friday, which is the district's final day of classes for the school year, said Noblesville Schools receptionist Jackie Chatterton.

Purdue Develops On-The-Spot Smartphone Food Tester

May 29, 2018

Researchers at Purdue University say they can test food for bacteria faster – and prevent foodborne illness outbreaks in the future.

Euiwon Bae is a senior researcher at Purdue’s School of Mechanical Engineering. He says the Purdue Center for Food Safety Engineering wanted to prevent foodborne illnesses, like the E. coli outbreak earlier this year.

Gleaners Gets Efficient With Help From Amazon

May 29, 2018
Gleaners COO and CFO Joe Slater (left) gives Amazon employees a tour of the freezer. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

An Indiana food bank is getting food distribution tips from Amazon. Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana moves an average 30 million pounds of food to food insecure households each year. 

The online retail giant’s community program for food banks is called Kaizen which is Japenese for "change" says Amazon Director of Operations Mishtee Chatterjee.

Provided by Whistler family & Southern Illinois University

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities will wait until charges are filed before releasing information about a suburban Indianapolis student who allegedly shot and wounded a 13-year-old classmate and a teacher, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Hamilton County Prosecutor D. Lee Buckingham said in a statement that when a charging petition is filed against a juvenile for "an alleged act that would be a felony if committed by an adult, only then may very limited information be released."

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A suburban Indianapolis middle school remains closed four days after a teacher disarmed a student who shot and wounded a 13-year-old classmate.

While other Noblesville students returned to class Tuesday, Noblesville West Middle School remained closed aside from offering counseling for students and staff shaken by Friday's shooting.

Noblesville Suspect Update

May 29, 2018
Provided by Whistler family & Southern Illinois University

The Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office says it will not immediately release any details about the suspect in Friday’s school shooting at Noblesville West Middle School.

Noblesville Police say a male student brought guns into a classroom Friday morning, injuring student Ella Whistler and teacher Jason Seaman. The suspect was quickly taken into custody.

Will Power Wins Indy 500 For The First Time

May 28, 2018

The 102nd Indianapolis 500 – "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" – left fans on their toes until the very end Sunday, with a new face added to the list of winners.

With several veteran drivers crashing at the brickyard, it came down to the last four laps before Australian Will Power with Team Penske Chevrolet took the lead and didn’t give it up.

“It’s funny, you forget where you are, you’re so immersed in the race, that you don’t even realize,” Power says. “Like on the white flag lap, I started screaming because I just knew I was going to win it.”

Jason Seaman, a seventh grade teacher at Noblesville West Middle School, was shot three times when an unidentified student fired several shots in his classroom. He is credited with tackling and disarming the shooter.

Community-UIndy Nursing Program Aims To Fill Gap

May 27, 2018

Indiana needs more nurses in primary care settings. Community Health Network recently received more than $2.5 million in federal funds to address this need.  

The award from the Health Resources and Services Administration will allow Community Health to expand a partnership with the University of Indianapolis School of Nursing.  The school will add a first of its kind minor in primary care. 

Community Health chief nursing executive Jean Putnam says this will be a game changer.  

Hundreds of people gathered in Noblesville Saturday night for a prayer vigil, one day after a shooting at an area middle school that injured two.

Police say a male student at Noblesville West Middle School fired several shots in a seventh grade classroom Friday morning. The unidentified student is in police custody.

Jeanie Lindsay / IPB News

Last Updated: May 25 at 11:30 p.m. The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Authorities say a student is in critical condition and a teacher is stable after they were injured in a shooting at Noblesville West Middle School Friday morning. A male student is in custody and is the only suspect in the shooting.

Caterpillar is set to receive two tax abatements from the city of Lafayette because of plans for a $73.6 million investment – despite financial issues in recent years.

The Lafayette Redevelopment Commission showed no signs of concern Thursday when it approved Caterpillar’s two new tax breaks, in addition to the two the company already enjoys.

Active IMPD officers are in charge of teaching the implicit bias curriculum to recruits. (Photo: Drew Daudelin/WFYI)

Implicit bias training started Thursday for incoming officers in the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. It’s the first time the training is mandatory for recruits.

IMPD announced mandatory implicit bias training after the shooting of Aaron Bailey last year created tension between police and the community.

Small Indiana City Feels Aftermath Of Hurricane Maria

May 24, 2018
Araceli Gomez-Aldana / WBOI, Northeast Indiana Public Radio

In the months since hurricane Maria hit the island of Puerto Rico, a small Northeast Indiana city is feeling its aftermath in a unique way. The hurricane has caused a number of Puerto Ricans to relocate to Indiana.

Customers Paying For Damages From Duke Energy Lawsuit

May 24, 2018

Duke decided not to follow through on an agreement to buy energy from Benton County Wind Farm, prompting a lawsuit in 2013. A circuit court ruled that Duke violated its contract with the wind farm and has to pay $29 million in damages. 

Indy Suburbs Fastest Growing Cities, Towns In Indiana

May 24, 2018

Indiana outpaces the Midwest for population growth. But a new Indiana Business Research Center study finds the suburbs around Indianapolis take the spotlight.

Suburban counties around Indianapolis are growing rapidly, while other metropolitan areas in the state like Gary and Evansville are losing population.

Indiana Business Research Center senior analyst Matt Kinghorn says that’s part of a larger trend for the state. While Indiana isn’t growing as fast as southern or western states, but Kinghorn says Indiana is still standing out.