Four high school students across central Indiana have died by suicide in just the last two years. Some close to the victims say they were bullied at school. One family of a bullied student has worked to see an anti-bullying program put into his Henry County school. IPR’s Cody Butler explains.
The Indiana Supreme Court heard arguments today in the case of Ex-Secretary of State Charlie White – and is closer to naming who White’s permanent successor will be. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports.
Anderson’s electric vehicle developer Bright Automotive is closing its doors. IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports.
A new annual state report out today says fewer Indiana children died from abuse or neglect in fiscal year 2010. The report from the state Department of Child Services shows that 25 children died as a result of abuse or neglect from July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010. That’s a decrease from 38 deaths in fiscal year 2009.
In a press release accompanying the annual report, agency director James Payne praises the department’s centralized call center in Indianapolis, which he says is helping the department be more effective. But it was this call center that Indiana House Democrats targeted in a news conference late last week. House Minority Leader Patrick Bauer says the centralized call center causes cases to slip through the cracks.
From 2003 to 2006, Indiana saw more than 50 child abuse and neglect deaths each fiscal year. This year, 22 of the 25 deaths recorded were of children younger than five. Seventeen cases involved children under age three.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Over 100 people braved the slick roads on Saturday morning to hear Republican politicians debate in hopes of winning the support of precinct committeemen from Delaware and Henry counties. IPR’s Sarah Phinney reports.
The Indiana Election Commission ruled today that G-O-P gubernatorial hopeful Jim Wallace will not appear on the state’s May 8th primary ballot. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports.
Ousted Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White has been sentenced to a year of home detention on charges related to voter fraud. A Hamilton County jury found White guilty of six felonies on earlier this month. Today, he was sentenced on the charges including false registration, voting in another precinct, submitting a false ballot, theft, and two counts of perjury. Prosecutors said White listed his ex-wife’s address instead of a condo he had with his then-fiancee on his voter registration form … because he didn’t want to give up his Fishers Town Council salary after moving out of that district. White has said he stayed at his ex-wife’s house when he wasn’t on the road campaigning and did not live in the condo until after he remarried. White’s sentence includes community service hours and a fine. He is expected to appeal.
A decades-long process of revising the official definition of autism is drawing to a close, and the changes that revision might bring have many people who are living with the diagnosis concerned. Some experts say the changes will clarify the murky definition for the developmental disorder. But as StateImpact Indiana’s Kyle Stokes reports, others worry the changes could take away a label that’s often key in getting help for autistic students in Indiana schools.
A Senate committee today allocated more money for victims of last year’s State Fair stage collapse. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports.
The Indiana State Excise Police have begun a pilot program aimed at reducing underage drinking near college campuses. The new effort puts more excise police in target areas like bars and neighborhoods known for college parties in cities like Muncie. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Gretchen Frazee reports.