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The Impact of Extended Unemployment Benefits

by Brandon Smith

September 10, 2012

Ball State economist Michael Hicks says national research suggests that, at the height of the recession, nearly 13 thousand Hoosiers might have been putting off a job search because of the extended length of time unemployment benefits are available.  But as Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, Hicks cautions against a knee-jerk reaction to a... More »

SWAT teams come to Muncie to be put to the test

by Sarah Phinney

September 10, 2012

According to the FBI, 128 police officers were killed in the line of duty in 2010.  The country’s elite SWAT teams try to prepare for high-intensity situations any way they can.  This weekend 16 teams from Indiana and Illinois came to Muncie to compete against one another in individual and team challenges.  The last event... More »

StateImpact Indiana

by Kyle Stokes

September 6, 2012

As the popularity of online courses has exploded nationwide, Indiana education officials have green-lighted plans to open schools that attempt to combine the best computerized and classroom instruction. It’s a model known as “blended learning.” Charter operators have already gotten the okay to build more than two dozen schools in Gary, Fort Wayne, South Bend,... More »

INDOT Priorities and Funding

by Brandon Smith

September 6, 2012

With a new state budget in the works during the next legislative session, Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Michael Kline says he’s formulating the state’s priorities…and how to pay for them.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports. More »

Ball State University files eminent domain request for Hiatt Printing

by Sarah Phinney

September 5, 2012

The Ball State Board of Trustees unanimously voted today to file a complaint with Delaware County to use eminent domain to acquire the land next to campus where local business Hiatt Printing sits.  IPR’s Sarah Phinney reports. More »

Senate candidate Richard Mourdock visits Ball State Republicans

by Stephanie Wiechmann

September 5, 2012

Indiana GOP Senate hopeful Richard Mourdock spent last night discussing politics with college-age Republicans at Ball State University.  IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports. More »

Do Not Call Roundtables

by Brandon Smith

September 4, 2012

Government officials, legislators, industry leaders and consumer advocates are exploring ways to crack down on violators of the federal and state Do Not Call lists in a series of roundtables around the state.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports. More »

IU study finds importance of criminal histories

by Gretchen Frazee

September 3, 2012

Most people imprisoned for low-level felonies have several prior convictions.  That’s the finding of a new study from the Center for Criminal Justice Research at Indiana University’s Public Policy Institute.  As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Gretchen Frazee reports, that could change the state legislature’s effort to reform criminal sentencing. More »

Legislative study committee on outdoor stages begins work

by Brandon Smith

September 3, 2012

A legislative study committee begins work this week to establish more permanent regulations to help prevent another tragedy like the State Fair stage collapse.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports. More »

State education head wants to consider district-wide state takover option

by Brandon Smith

September 3, 2012

State superintendent Tony Bennett says he wants to see the General Assembly address school reform on a broader, district-wide level.  As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, Bennett wants that discussion to take place as soon as possible. More »

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