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2011 State of Education Address

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September 14, 2011

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett gives the 2011 State of Education Address from Indianapolis.  (28 minutes in length) State of Education 2011 More »

Indianapolis Public Schools will not sue state over schools takeover

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September 13, 2011

The superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools says he is backing out of plans to sue the state over a state takeover of six underperforming Indianapolis schools.  IPS Superintendent Eugene White had earlier promised a lawsuit if the state Board of Education voted to take control of the schools.  Now, White says IPS will not fund... More »

Watson and WellPoint

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September 12, 2011

Patients of the WellPoint health insurance companies may soon get their diagnostic and treatment advice from Watson, the IBM computer system.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports. Smith — Watson and WellPoint More »

Muncie’s Jackson Street Bridge closes

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September 12, 2011

Muncie’s Jackson Street Bridge is now closed until July of 2012 and the 11,000 cars that use the bridge will need to find a new way to cross the White River.  Road crews will completely demolish the existing bridge and build a new one in its place — for a cost of $3.1 million.  Delaware... More »

The Economist says Progress Rail Services not hiring 650 workers

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September 9, 2011

A national business magazine is reporting Progress Rail Services will only bring half the jobs they promised to Muncie by 2012.  In an article published yesterday, The Economist says the company has had trouble finding qualified workers for the 650 jobs they announced in October of 2010.  A company spokeswoman says Progress Rail Services currently... More »

US Secretary of Education visits Indiana

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September 9, 2011

The U.S. Secretary of Education is praising Indiana’s efforts to turn around low-performing schools.  Arne Duncan spoke to state superintendent Tony Bennett and a group of political and business leaders in Merrillville yesterday. Duncan on Indiana Schools Duncan says that while steps have been made to improve schools, educators must do more to make Indiana’s... More »

University presidents explain tuition hikes to state budget committee

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September 8, 2011

The leaders of Indiana’s colleges and universities were called to the Statehouse today to appear before the budget committee.  The university presidents were asked to justify recent tuition increases which exceeded the recommendations of the state Commission on Higher Education.  Ball State University President Jo Ann Gora says universities aren’t to blame for rising tuition... More »

StateImpact Indiana: 9/11 in Classrooms

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September 8, 2011

It’s been 10 years since planes struck the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.  That means there’s a generation of children who don’t have memories of September 11th, 2001.  Teachers now have to decide how to teach students about the event – especially when they have their own memories.  StateImpact Indiana’s Ben Skirvin talks with... More »

Indiana DNR offers free admission to state parks on Sunday

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September 7, 2011

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is offering free admission to Indiana’s state parks, reservoirs, and forests this Sunday – as part of a remembrance of the terrorist attacks 10 years ago.  DNR Director Robert Carter says ten years ago, people visited the parks – sometimes in record numbers – to find peace and solitude. ... More »

Legislative study committee tackles project labor agreements

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September 7, 2011

A legislative study committee today examined whether to eliminate union agreements dictating wages on public projects.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports. Smith — PLA Debate More »

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