For the second year in a row, Indiana third graders will have to pass a high stakes reading test or risk getting held back. It’s a lot of pressure for 8 and 9 year olds. But for some struggling readers, the IREAD-3 is an even bigger source of anxiety. That’s because the root cause of their difficulty is dyslexia, a learning disability. Most students with special needs can qualify for a good cause exemption that allows them to move onto fourth grade even if they don’t pass. But as StateImpact Indiana’s Elle Moxley reports, students with dyslexia don’t always qualify for the accommodations typically associated with a learning disability.
Muncie’s city government is joining forces with the city’s Kenmore neighborhood, a local university, and a local hospital to oppose a large proposed power substation from Indiana Michigan Power. As IPR’s Sarah Phinney reports, the city council passed an ordinance last night that would make it more difficult for the project to be built.
The State Fire Marshal wants lawmakers to extend the emergency rules created this summer to regulate outdoor stage equipment for another two years. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports.
The State Lottery Commission’s decision whether to hire a private company to manage the lottery will have to wait another week. As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, a decision had been expected at the commission’s meeting today.
House District 34 candidates Brad Oliver and Sue Errington debated in front of a crowd of voters at Ball State University last night. As IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, the candidates have very different views of how they would move Indiana forward if elected to the seat.
Aung San Suu Kyi visited Fort Wayne today to address the city’s large Burmese population. The tour is part of the Myanmar democratic opposition leader’s 17-day trip to the United States. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Sean Bueter reports.
Department of Child Services director James Payne resigned from his post today in the wake of allegations of impropriety regarding the DCS and a case involving his own family. As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, DCS Chief of Staff John Ryan now heads the state agency.
For the first time in six months, Indiana’s unemployment rate has surged ahead of the national rate, rising to 8.3 percent in August. But as Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, the state’s private sector also added jobs for the tenth consecutive month.
Muncie police have made two arrests related to a pre-dawn armed robbery near the Ball State University campus and say they are actively looking for one more suspect.
Sergeant Michael Engel says police have arrested 19-year-old Jihad Rashad Foster and 18-year-old Rayveen Symone Wilson, both of Muncie. He says they are each being charged with three counts of armed robbery — which is a class B felony.
According to a Ball State University emergency notification, five victims were robbed about 1:30AM this morning near the corner of Dill and Gilbert streets. They say the suspects were three black men in black clothing with a handgun.
Engel says the third suspect is not in custody and police are still looking for him.
With visiting family and a football game on campus this weekend, University Police Chief Gene Burton suggests that students use well-traveled, well-lit pathways to get to and from campus.