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The legacy of Governor Mitch Daniels

by Brandon Smith

December 12, 2012

Governor Mitch Daniels’ eight years in office is being remembered as a time of big changes and sweeping reform that’s left the state markedly different than it was.  Both supporters and opponents say Daniels was decisive and left no doubt as to who was in charge.  But as Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, whether... More »

Indiana state schools chief to head Florida’s schools next year

by Elle Moxley

December 12, 2012

Ousted Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett has a new job — Florida Commissioner of Education.  Florida’s Board of Education voted this morning to give Bennett the Sunshine State’s top appointed education job. As StateImpact Indiana’s Elle Moxley reports, the policies Bennett enacted in the Hoosier State helped land him the job. More »

Indiana officials announce nine companies to create 2,500 jobs

by Brandon Smith

December 11, 2012

After already breaking the state’s record for job commitments in 2012, nine more companies have pledged to create more than 2,500 jobs over the new few years in locations around Indiana.  As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, Indiana secured those commitments despite offering some of the lowest tax incentives in the region. More »

Daniels asks for performance-based Purdue contract

by Brandon Smith

December 10, 2012

The Purdue University Board of Trustees is preparing this week to vote on Governor Mitch Daniels contract as the school’s new president.  As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, Daniels says he has insisted the contract be based largely on his performance in the position. More »

Madison County Republicans to choose new county recorder

by Stephanie Wiechmann

December 10, 2012

Madison County Republicans are meeting tonight to choose a new county recorder to replace Angela Shelton, who resigned last month.  Party chairman Troy Jerrills says six candidates applied for the recorder position. Three currently work in some government position in the county.  Rick Gardner is a member of the Madison County Council.  Nick Vores is... More »

Indiana and Marijuana

by Sarah Phinney

December 7, 2012

This week, Washington became the first state to implement the legalization of small amounts of marijuana and Colorado is next.  A recent national poll by Public Policy Polling shows that 58 percent of Americans support the measure.  39 percent do not.  Other states are now evaluating their stance on marijuana… including Indiana.  IPR’s Sarah Phinney... More »

National groups ask Indiana to spend more on tobacco prevention programs

by Brandon Smith

December 7, 2012

Indiana ranks 26th in the country in funding for tobacco prevention programs.  As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, national groups like the American Cancer Society and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids are calling on the state to put more money into prevention funding. More »

State schools superintendent prepares to say goodbye to Indiana for a possible Florida job

by Kyle Stokes

December 6, 2012

Florida Department of Education officials announced this week that outgoing Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett is a finalist for their open state schools chief position.  As StateImpact Indiana’s Kyle Stokes reports, Bennett says he’s had a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity to serve as Indiana’s top education official. More »

Governor Daniels speaks on Indiana’s economic future

by Brandon Smith

December 6, 2012

As Governor Mitch Daniels prepares to leave office next month, he says the state can’t let up on the progress and reforms of the last eight years.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports on the governor’s talk with members of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce today. More »

State Board of Education changes teacher licensing rules

by Kyle Stokes

December 5, 2012

A state panel has voted to make it easier for non-education majors who earn Bachelor’s degrees to get teaching jobs.  That’s one part of a broad package of changes to Indiana’s rules for teacher licensing the State Board of Education approved today.  As StateImpact Indiana’s Kyle Stokes reports, opponents fear the new standards sets the bar too low. More »

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