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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Hoosiers who attended the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus’s virtual town hall Thursday expressed concerns about racial justice and COVID-19.

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Indiana housing advocates say the Hoosier State faces a rental housing crisis with its eviction moratorium set to expire at the end of the month.

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Indiana’s casinos have been given the green light to reopen after COVID-19 shut them down for nearly three months.

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The 2020 Indiana State Fair has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Ogden Dunes), left, and former Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel are Indiana Democrats' candidates for attorney general.Credit Courtesy of the Tallian and Weinzapfel campaignsEdit | Remove

The Indiana Democratic Party’s state convention is virtual this year, due to COVID-19. And in partnership with Indianapolis station WISH-TV, the party broadcast some of the typical convention events Thursday – speeches from party leaders and discussions of key issues like health care and education.

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The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus wants Gov. Eric Holcomb to ban the use of chokeholds by police during arrests, one of a series of actions the caucus recommended Friday to address justice reform.

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Hoosiers whose jobs were affected by COVID-19 could get access to some help with utility costs.

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The Bureau of Motor Vehicles will soon reopen to walk-in customers at its branches statewide.

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It’s currently unlikely Hoosiers will have access to expanded vote-by-mail for this fall’s general election.

Republican leaders aren’t endorsing it after using it in the primary.

Concerns around COVID-19 prompted Indiana leaders to allow any Hoosier who wanted one to get a vote-by-mail ballot this year. And around 500,000 more people did so than in the 2018 or 2016 primaries. Democratic leaders like state party chair John Zody say that’s why it’s needed in November.

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La próxima semana el estado de Indiana pondrá en marcha un nuevo programa que le permitirá a los residentes del estado utilizar los beneficios del programa de Asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria (SNAP por sus siglas en inglés) para recibir sus alimentos a domicilio.