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.


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.

Courtesy of Invenergy

Property tax uncertainty could drive away some companies looking to build solar farms in Indiana. That’s according to a presentation for the 21st Century Energy Policy Development Task Force on Thursday.


A Trump administration official visiting Indiana this week met with Hoosier farmers discussing issues currently facing the agriculture community including trade and the coronavirus.

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A small business advocacy group says Indiana entrepreneurs are frustrated by President Donald Trump’s decision to wait until after the election to pass another federal stimulus package. The delay puts small businesses further on edge with no relief coming any time soon.

Courtesy of Walmart Inc.

Walmart is addressing the increase of e-commerce demands with plans for a new facility just outside of Indianapolis. The new e-commerce fulfillment center will be the company’s largest in the country.

Courtesy of Purdue University Center for Commercial Agriculture

The Purdue Ag Economy Barometer shows farmer sentiment across the country improved in August. The confidence is at the highest level since the pandemic hit U.S. agriculture.

FILE PHOTO: Zach Herndon / IPB News

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Thursday $51 million in funding to continue expanding access to broadband in the state. The investment comes at a time when COVID-19 has made reliable internet even more critical.

The WNBA stood with major sporting leagues across the country postponing playoff games for several days last week. One Indiana Fever player said part of her role as a professional athlete is to advocate for social justice.

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Drivers will begin practicing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next week for the “greatest spectacle in racing,” knowing that come race day the stands won’t be packed with people.