Samantha Horton

Last month, we welcomed Samantha Horton to our station. She is Indiana Public Broadcasting reporter, mainly reporting on business and economic issues in the States of Indiana for WBAA. After graduated from Evansville University with a triple majors degree (International studies, Political science and Communication), Samantha worked for a Public Radio at Evansville for three years, and then she joined WBAA because she wanted to take a bigger role on reporting. So far she enjoyed working in WBAA as business and economy reporter.

In her leisure time, Samantha enjoys running, trying different craft beers and playing board games with her family members. A little fun fact about her is that she signed up Marathon last year and she will give anther try this year on November.

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This year’s Indy 500 will have a new female-owned team and driver competing in the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Paretta Autosport will work to integrate women across the team from driver to engineer to media relations.

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The Racing Capital of the World will welcome a new race to the track in 2021.

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A proposed plant that would turn coal into diesel fuel in southwest Indiana has overcome a legal challenge to its air permit.

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After months of asking for a new round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, Congress passed a bill to finally offer some small businesses financial help. The $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill gives hope to small business owners trying to survive through the pandemic.

Courtesy of Elanco

Industry leaders are applauding Elanco’s decision to keep its global headquarters in Indiana. Some hope the company’s commitment to stay in Indiana sends a message that the Hoosier State can compete at attracting companies of all sizes to locate and stay long term.

Courtesy of Elanco

Animal health company Elanco announced plans Friday to locate its new global headquarters in Indianapolis. Its headquarters have been in Greenfield, but will move about 25 miles to Indy’s west side and build on the site of the former General Motors stamping plant. 

The company will use about half of the industrial site's 91 acres for the new campus. 

The new campus is a part of a $300 million investment Elanco is making in its Indiana operations, further increasing the company’s presence in the state.

Samantha Horton / IPB News

After low prices the last few years, wholesale turkey prices increased during the pandemic by about 15 percent over last year. The increase will hit those with lower incomes especially hard.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

The U.S. government has agreed to purchase 300,000 doses of Eli Lilly’s COVID-19 antibody treatment. It plans to pay $375 million for the vials of the drug.


The Purdue Ag Economy Barometer continues to show optimism recovering in the agriculture industry after a record drop this spring in response to COVID-19. However, farmers are less optimistic on the trade front than earlier this year.


CORRECTION: A previous version of this story called Novartis a Swedish pharmaceutical company. That was incorrect. It is a Swiss pharmaceutical company.

Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis's subsidiary Advanced Accelerator Applications (AAA) broke ground Monday on a new production facility in Indianapolis. The company plans for construction to be complete in 2023.