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Right-to-work referendum amendment ready, but House Democrats still aren’t on the floor

by Brandon Smith

January 20, 2012

An amendment by House Democrats to place Right to Work on a statewide referendum has been redrafted and filed, but Democrats remain off the floor.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports. Smith — Amendment Ready, Dems Not While the Democrats remain off the House floor, Republicans continue to hand down $1,000-a-day fines for the third... More »

StateImpact Indiana: Opt Out

by Kyle Stokes

January 19, 2012

Every Indiana third grader will take a new reading exam in March.  This year, for the first time, every student who doesn’t pass it can’t move on to the fourth grade.  That’s raised concerns about the increasingly high stakes of standardized testing.  In small numbers, some parents are even organizing resistance.  As StateImpact Indiana’s Kyle... More »

Michelle Bernard speaks to students about voting

by Virginia Stigall

January 18, 2012

A large crowd packed Pruis Hall on the Ball State campus Tuesday night for a speech by television political analyst Michelle Bernard.  As IPR’s Virginia Stigall reports, Bernard highlighted the difference voters can make on their surroundings. Stigall — Bernard Speech More »

House Democrats fined per day for not appearing on House floor

by Brandon Smith

January 18, 2012

With Democrats a no-show on the floor of the House today, Republicans began assessing $1,000-a-day fines.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports. Smith — Democrat Fines Begin More »

Unlawful police entry bill headed to state Senate floor

by Brandon Smith

January 17, 2012

A bill granting citizens the right to resist unlawful police entry into their homes is headed to the Senate floor after a committee passed it today.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports. Smith — Barnes Bill in Senate Committee More »

Democratic legislators turn out for Anderson right-to-work public meeting

by Sarah Phinney

January 16, 2012

Over a hundred people filled a United Auto Workers hall in Anderson on Saturday for a public forum sponsored by Occupy Anderson to discuss right-to-work legislation.  IPR’s Sarah Phinney was there. Phinney — Anderson Right-to-Work Meeting More »

Democrats want to turn right-to-work into a voter referendum

by Brandon Smith

January 13, 2012

House Democrats will offer an amendment on the Right to Work bill that would put the question to the voters in November’s election.  As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, they want assurances the attempt won’t be blocked by procedure. Smith — Dems Want Right-to-Work Referendum More »

StateImpact Indiana: New Harmony closes

by Ben Skirvin

January 12, 2012

New Harmony School was opened more than two hundred years ago as part of an experiment to create a utopian community.  At the center of that experiment was the idea that quality education is part of happiness.  In some ways, that grand test has finally ended.  Following a thirty percent cut in state funding, one... More »

Changes proposed for Indiana automatic taxpayer refund

by Brandon Smith

January 12, 2012

Senator Luke Kenley wants to make changes to Indiana’s automatic taxpayer refund.  If passed, it would be harder for Hoosiers to get a refund in the future.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports. Smith — Potential Changes to ATR More »

Purdue University will go to trimester schedule

by IPR News

January 11, 2012

Purdue University administrators have announced a plan to increase the number of summer courses offered on its campuses over the next eight years.  As StateImpact Indiana’s Kyle Stokes reports, school officials believe it will help more students earn their degrees on time. Stokes — Purdue Summer Classes More »

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