In an effort to distribute donations to victims of the state fair stage collapse as soon as possible, the State Fair Commission announced today they will create a new relief fund and hire an outside consultant. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports.
For the first time, the Indiana Department of Education is giving letter grades to schools, in an effort to make its yearly performance data easier to understand. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports.
The Indiana Board of Education will meet Monday to vote on what course to take with schools in the sixth year of academic probation. If the board follows state Superintendent Tony Bennett’s recommendations and initiates the takeover of five schools, Indianapolis Public School leaders pledge to file a lawsuit. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports.
An autopsy at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital has confirmed that the body found Wednesday in Muncie is that of a missing Muncie woman. 40-year-old Kimberly Nelson was last seen the morning of August 1st. Her car was later found about a mile from where her body was discovered – in a wooded area between the Cardinal Greenway and Granville Avenue. Her badly decomposed body was found by Ag Best employees. Delaware County Coroner Scott Hahn says the autopsy found Nelson died from asphyxiation due to hanging. He has ruled her death a suicide. Hahn had earlier refused to speculate whether the body was Nelson’s. But this evening, he tells the Muncie Star Press that some of Nelson’s personal effects were also found in the woods.
Indiana’s three largest universities increased tuition this year with promises to offset the increased costs with more scholarships. However, many of these funds are tied to endowments, and the instability of the financial markets may decide whether the schools can honor these promises. StateImpact Indiana’s Ben Skirvin recently spoke to people at all levels of the scholarship process – from endowment managers to financial aid officers – and to students concerned about how to pay for their education.
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Speaker of the House Brian Bosma says Indianapolis Representative Phil Hinkle should resign his seat amid accusations he initiated a sexual encounter with a young man at an Indianapolis hotel. As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, Bosma has already has begun removing the six-term Republican from committee leadership posts.
If Hinkle would resign, precinct committee leaders in his district would choose a successor. New district boundaries do not take effect for state Representatives until 2012 – so that decision would lie with precincts that voted for the office in the November 2010 election.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says he will spend more time in Indiana leading up to the 2012 elections, working to ensure President Obama doesn’t win the Hoosier state. Priebus spoke at the Indiana GOP headquarters in downtown Indianapolis today. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports.
A 24-year-old woman from Ohio will become the seventh fatality from the Indiana State Fair’s stage collapse. Megan Toothman’s family says the woman is brain-dead and currently on life support at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, awaiting surgery to donate her organs. Indiana authorities previously announced her death earlier today, and then corrected their report. Toothman is a cheerleading coach at Turpin High School in Cincinnati. Six others have died from injuries suffered when powerful winds toppled the state fair stage onto fans waiting for the country act Sugarland to perform on August 13th.
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School districts across Indiana say they’re feeling the pinch of the property tax cap. Twenty-five school districts asked voters for more money over the past year. Sixteen were turned down. In Marion County’s Franklin Township schools, the budget cuts mean students must pay to be bused to school. StateImpact Indiana’s Kyle Stokes reports from the first-week traffic jam outside the middle school.
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