Lead Stories

Good Crop Yields, Tariffs Mean Lower Incomes For Farmers

Indiana farmers anticipate high yields for corn and soybeans. But coupled with retaliatory tariffs against the U.S. from China, Canada and Mexico, farmers’ income could continue to be depressed.

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Arts and Culture

Post: Historical Thriller Brings 1790 Battle Of Kekionga To Life [nid:92506]

Indiana Native Tracks The Freedom Riders And Their Message

Indiana native, B.J. Hollars, now a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire, has a deep interest in the Americna civil rights movement and flair for creative nonfiction that have converged in a new book called "The Road South: Personal Stories of the Freedom Riders."

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State News

IDOE: Bullying Data Reflects Improved Reporting Process

Data from schools across the state shows a sharp increase in bullying, but the numbers could be a bit misleading. That’s because the state recently changed how schools are required to collect and report the data.

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The City of East Chicago is working to replace lead pipes in up to 800 homes near the USS Lead Superfund site. Residents found out at a public meeting Thursday night some lead lines are only getting partially replaced leaving those residents still at risk. 

Study: Math Scores Drop For Students In Indiana Private School Voucher Program

Aug 10, 2018

Low‐income Indiana students who use a voucher to transfer to a private school as part of the country’s largest private school voucher program, fall behind academically in math, according to a study released this week.

The report by Notre Dame and University of Kentucky researchers found test scores of these students’ never recovered after they lost ground when transferring to a private school.

The group responsible for Indiana’s school safety report says the state needs to improve mental health services and data sharing to keep kids safe.

Report: Indiana Could Take Better Cancer Action

Aug 10, 2018

The American Cancer Society’s study finds Indiana could do more to reduce preventable cancer deaths.  This is the 16th year for the annual “How Do You Measure Up?” analysis.

State Auditor Tera Klutz calls Indiana a "leader in fiscal responsibility." (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana started its new fiscal year on a positive note, with tax revenues that slightly outperformed expectations.

That’s despite the continuation in July of a negative trend.

Indiana collected about $5 million more in taxes than state budget makers planned for. That’s largely due to individual income tax revenue, which bested projections by more than $30 million.

Gov. Eric Holcomb says the key to push the measure over the finish line is to “change hearts and minds” in the legislature. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Gov. Eric Holcomb says “the time is right” for Indiana to pass a hate crimes law – and he’s ready to pitch in to help that effort. 

US Sen Young: "I'm Anxious" About Tariffs Strategy

Aug 9, 2018

US Senator Todd Young says while he supports President Donald Trump standing up to capitalist nations like China on trade, he also wants a more targeted strategy for international tariffs.  IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports.

“I’m very much aware Indiana is the most manufacturing-intensive state in the country.  We don’t want to disrupt our global supply chains.  That’s happening already.”

There are five times as many people employed in the clean energy industry than in fossil fuel jobs in Indiana, according to a report released Wednesday by the nonprofit Clean Energy Trust. 

Riley doctor Blake Froberg comments on a recent report about toxins in school supplies. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

A new report tested common school supplies like crayons and binders and finds a few products have toxins that are known to cause health problems.

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