Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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Some of Indiana’s law enforcement agencies are changing the way they operate based on an outside review of the state’s policing policies and procedures. 

Gov. Eric Holcomb ordered the third party review more than a year ago, as part of his plan for greater diversity, equity and inclusion in state government. The report was prepared by the private firm Hillard Heintze, which has also worked with police in Louisville, Colorado and Illinois.

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The Indiana General Assembly has two new members, one a Republican and one a Democrat.

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Indiana Sen. Scott Baldwin (R-Noblesville) has been linked to the anti-government extremist group the Oath Keepers.

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Indiana lawmakers want to improve the system for reviewing child deaths.

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State health officials say they’re worried fewer people will get vaccinated against the flu this year.

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Infrastructure like hospitals, power plants, and roads are at more of a risk for flooding over the next 30 years than residential homes. That makes cities' most basic and critical operations less functional during a flood.

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Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita is suing an Indiana-based company that he said helped send at least 4.8 million illegal robocalls to Hoosiers.

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita is suing an Indiana-based company that he said helped send at least 4.8 million illegal robocalls to Hoosiers.

It costs at least $240 million a year to keep people locked up in local jails in Indiana, with some counties spending around a quarter of their yearly budget on incarceration. That’s according to a new study from the nonprofit Vera Institute of Justice.

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The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs wants more Hoosier military families to be aware of the help they can get from the state’s Military Family Relief Fund. And the agency is using a new law to help pay for an awareness campaign.

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