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Mackenzie Fields, Dan Meno and Eryn Ruder hold signs on the street across from Eli Lilly prior to the shareholder meeting. Fields illustrated all three of the signs. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)
Samantha Horton

A small group of advocates stood on the sidewalk facing Eli Lilly’s headquarters in downtown Indianapolis Monday holding neon signs asking for an explanation of skyrocketing insulin prices.

There T1International and People of Faith for Access to Medicines organized the gathering before Nicole Smith-Holt went inside to deliver a statement.

Tick Tests Often Inaccurate Indiana Experts Say

May 7, 2018
Students in Keith Clay's lab at Indiana University are working to develop a system that helps determine if it will be a bad year for mosquito and tick-borne diseases in Indiana. (Zach Herndon/WTIU)
Rebecca Thiele

A recent Centers for Disease Control report shows that tick and mosquito-borne diseases have more than tripled in the U.S. since 2004. But if you find a tick on your body, don’t count on a tick test to let you know if you have Lyme disease. 

A new partnership between the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Ivy Tech Community College will make tuition discounts available to some Hoosier employees as part of an existing program at the 2-year college.

Ivy Tech’s Achieve Your Degree program connects Hoosiers with education programs – and financial aid options – to build their career credentials. The new partnership between Ivy Tech and the Indiana Chamber expands those efforts and includes a 5 percent discount on tuition costs not already covered by financial aid, for employees at the chamber’s member companies.

Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville), center, presents the controversial Gary-Muncie school takeover bill to a meeting of the Legislative Council. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Members of the public Monday got their only chance to testify on legislation the General Assembly will consider in its upcoming special session.

The testimony was solely about a Gary-Muncie school takeover bill, the most controversial measure lawmakers will hear next week.

The National Institutes of Health announced Monday the launch of a large scale clinical trial that will expand efforts to give more HIV positive transplant candidates new kidneys. The new study will track 160 kidney transplants.

A change to the Endangered Species Act could harm plants and animals in Indiana that are awaiting federal help. A proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would get rid of blanket protections for all species that are close to becoming endangered or “threatened.” 

Hoosiers Warned About Voter Participation Letter

May 4, 2018
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Jill Sheridan

People across Indiana are contacting the Secretary of States office to report they’ve received letters that claim to be voting record audits. 

The letter from the “Indiana State Voter Report Program” lists voter information on past participation as well as that of friends and neighbors.  

Indiana has restrictions on voter participation records, only providing it to political parties and legislative caucuses.  

State Kicks Off New School Cybersecurity Initiative

May 4, 2018

Cybersecurity in schools is the focus of a new initiative from the Indiana Department of Education, and it includes thousands of dollars in funding for some schools.

The initiative aims to get schools on the same page, and more prepared, in terms of cybersecurity. Schools can apply for matching grants of up to $25,000 to build up their cybersecurity systems, and improve 24-hour system monitoring.

The department’s chief technology officer John Keller says it’s crucial, since more schools are offering more tech to students.

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NAPPANEE, Indiana (AP) — CSX says severe weather may have played a role in a freight train derailment in northern Indiana that injured two crew members.

The company says in a statement that while the derailment's cause remains under investigation, "it appears that severe weather may have been a factor" in the derailment late Wednesday near Nappanee, about 25 miles southeast of South Bend.

The National Weather Service says a severe thunderstorm swept through that area about two hours before the derailment occurred just before midnight.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's campaign says he'll talk about the economy and recent tax cuts during a rally in Indiana next week.

The campaign says the May 10 rally will be held at Atlantic Aviation in South Bend.

Trump campaign official Michael Glassner says the president will discuss tax cuts he signed into law late last year and highlight how Indiana families are benefiting from them. Glassner says the president also wants to encourage his supporters to help increase the GOP majority in Congress by voting in November's congressional elections.

People are said to experience food insecurity when they do not have access to enough food for all family members to live a healthy, active life. An annual report measures the rate of food insecurity in Indiana slightly under the national average, almost 14 percent of the population. 

The county where the Map the Meal Gap report found the highest rate of food insecurity is Marion County, at 18.3 percent. The county with the lowest measured rate is Hamilton County, at 8.8 percent.  

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Northeast Indiana's congressional delegation and recreational vehicle business leaders gathered in Elkhart for the sixth annual RV Industry Power Breakfast today. 

The group celebrated record March sale numbers, as well as looked ahead to the future of RV manufacturing how to appeal to a broader consumer base.

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Jennifer Walthall says the state’s new Open Beds program has exceeded all expectations in its first six weeks. Open Beds is a partnership between FSSA and Indiana 2-1-1 to connect those in need of addiction treatment with local resources.

The program has served more than 100 people in its first six weeks. And Walthall says it’s significantly cut down the time it takes to connect them to the help they need, as in the case of a 23-year-old with a heroin addiction.

Officials from the Japan Consulate visited Purdue University Wednesday for a forum connecting the business, education and government sectors. The visit was one of many stops for members of the consulate who are making the rounds of Indiana to understand how Japanese investment is impacting local communities.

Voter advocacy groups say an Indiana law will illegally throw Hoosiers off the voting rolls. And they’re suing to stop the state from using that law. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Voter advocacy groups say an Indiana law will illegally throw Hoosiers off the voting rolls. And they’re suing to stop the state from using that law.

A federal court hearing Wednesday centered on Indiana’s use of what’s known as the Interstate Crosscheck system.

Counties Want Out Of New Indiana Abortion Lawsuit

May 2, 2018
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky CEO Christie Gillespie (left) and ACLU of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk discuss a recent victory in an abortion lawsuit. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Three Indiana county prosecutors don’t want to defend the state’s new anti-abortion law against a suit brought by Planned Parenthood.

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  A group of students at Notre Dame is seeking clarification on changes to their health care plans that go into effect starting July first. The confusion lies around reproductive health care.

 

Hearing set for psychologist's license

May 1, 2018
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There’s an update in a case WNIN News has been following for the past year and a half. 

More than forty-four years after it was issued, Bloomington psychologist Albert Fink’s license to practice psychology in Indiana could be revoked at a hearing later this month.

Governor's Workforce Cabinet Meets For The First Time

May 1, 2018

A couple of months after being created by lawmakers, the newly-formed Governor’s Workforce Cabinet met for the first time Tuesday.

A mixture of government and education officials, as well as business leaders from across the state make up the 21-person cabinet. Chairman Danny Lopez says the cabinet must be results-driven to work. 

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Lauren Chapman

The State Board of Education plans to take a closer look at virtual charter schools. Members approved a new committee at their meeting Wednesday to review and make policy recommendations around virtual schools.

Eli Lilly CEO Dave Ricks announces new diabetes pilot project. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

A new partnership aims to reduce diabetes in three neighborhoods in Indianapolis where the rates of the disease are as high as 17 percent. The effort builds on work Eli Lilly and Company has developed in Mexico, South Africa and India.

Eli Lilly and Company CEO Dave Ricks says the $7 million, five-year effort will focus on three communities in Indianapolis. 

GOP Senate Candidates On The Attack In Final Debate

Apr 30, 2018
Indiana's Republican U.S. Senate candidates (from left) Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Brownsburg), Rep. Luke Messer (R-Greensburg), and Mike Braun greet each other after the final debate before the May primary election. (Darron Cummings/Indiana Debate Commission)
Brandon Smith

The final debate between Republican U.S. Senate candidates Mike Braun, U.S. Rep. Luke Messer (R-Greensburg) and U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Brownsburg) was focused almost entirely on attacks between each candidate.

The moderator at one point implored them to answer his specific question – a request the candidates mostly ignored.

Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Brownsburg) is one of three candidates vying for a chance to challenge incumbent Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) (Tyler Lake/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Brownsburg) is one of three candidates hoping to emerge from the state’s Republican primary and face incumbent Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) this fall. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith discussed the campaign with Rokita, who formerly served as Indiana’s Secretary of State.

State Grant Supports Neonatal Opioid Program

Apr 30, 2018
Community Health leaders join state officials for an announcement about the neonatal program. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

State and health leaders met at an Indianapolis hospital to announce a new project to help pregnant Hoosier mothers who are addicted to opioids, the effort expands a pilot to reduce neonatal abstinence syndrome or NAS.

NAS happens when a baby is exposed to drugs in the womb.  Providers at Community East Hospital addressed this issue in response to the rise in cases that they were seeing says OBGYN Anthony Sanders. 

Bills For Special Session Largely Unchanged

Apr 30, 2018
Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says the substantive change to the bills is an adjustment to new Internal Revenue Services regulations. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Legislation lawmakers will consider during their special session is now online for the public to view. The bills are mostly unchanged from the regular session’s end.

Vectren To Merge With Texas-Based CenterPoint Energy

Apr 27, 2018

Indiana-based energy company Vectren will be acquired by a Texas-based firm. It’s expected to be complete by the first quarter of 2019.

Boards of both companies approved the merger in what was described by both firms’ CEOs as a good match.

Annie Ropeik, IPBS

On this edition of "Lakeshore Update," we'll hear about EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s unannounced visit to East Chicago, Lauren Chapman reports on a deportation vigil in Indianapolis,  Governor Eric Holcomb is planning a trip to Israel and Europe, and Chris Nolte has a conversation about a proposed concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) on a certified organic dairy in Newton County. All of that, and more, on this edition of "Lakeshore Update."

This week the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Service (CMS), the federal agency that runs the programs, called for hospitals to provide more information about prices.  

But the Indiana Hospital Association, IHA, already provides Hoosiers with information about billing and medical services around the state.  

Mycareinsight launched in 2015 and displays general charges, comparisons and rankings about the 100 most common inpatient services.

The U.S. Department of Education denied Indiana’s request to count thousands of the state’s basic high school diplomas known as general diplomas.

A new federal education law, Every Student Succeeds Act, requires states to report graduation rates uniformly. The rule change means Indiana’s least rigorous diploma of the four offered, the general diploma, no longer counts in graduation rates.

Indiana’s most recent federally reported graduation rate is 87 percent.

Messer Discusses Issues In Bruising Senate Primary

Apr 27, 2018
Rep. Luke Messer (R-Greensburg) is one of three Republicans vying to unseat incumbent Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) (Tyler Lake/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

Three Republican candidates are jockeying for a chance to unseat Democratic incumbent Senator Joe Donnelly this year. Luke Messer joined that race after serving in Congress since 2013 – with a few years at the Statehouse on his resume before that. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith talked with Messer about issues in the bruising GOP primary campaign.

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