Trains that travel through Muncie will not increase dramatically in speed on Monday as a rail company had announced. IPR’s Cody Butler reports.
While the new Congress in Washington is discussing national gun control laws after recent high-profile shootings, states are also looking at their gun laws. College students hoping to have a voice are jumping into the debate using social media to advocate for carrying guns on college campuses. IPR’s Sarah Phinney reports.
Republican leaders say they’re close to deciding whether a proposed state constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage will get a hearing this year in the legislature. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports.
State lawmakers are pushing legislation that would create a financial literacy curriculum for the state – encouraging schools to teach skills such as investing, balancing a checkbook, and applying for loans. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports.
The fears of opponents of Indiana’s Right to Work law appear to be bolstered by statistics showing a significant decrease in the state’s union membership since 2011. But as Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, leaders on both sides of the debate say Right to Work likely had little effect.
Governor Mike Pence says he’s grateful Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz is focused on strengthening career and vocational education in Indiana’s high schools. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports.
Glenda Ritz officially became the first Democrat in nearly four decades to hold Indiana’s top elected education post last week. She faced down long odds to unseat incumbent Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett in the November elections. Now, she faces an equally steep challenge: navigating the tricky politics of the Republican-controlled General Assembly. But as StateImpact Indiana’s Kyle Stokes reports, the tone Ritz struck in her first week on the job is encouraging to some Indiana teachers — even to a conservative statehouse observer.
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New 6th District Congressman Luke Messer is returning to Indiana after his first two weeks in Congress to meet with Hoosiers at local restaurants. IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports.
Lawmakers are considering legislation that would place stricter limits on how much ephedrine and pseudoephedrine is bought and sold in the state. As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, those drugs are two of the key ingredients used in methamphetamine production.
Ball State University will not renew charters for seven of its charter schools across Indiana. Charters for schools in Gary, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, and Richmond will end on June 30th. Three schools – one in Indianapolis and two in Fort Wayne – are operated by the same company, Imagine Schools in Arlington, Virginia. Calls to their regional office in Fort Wayne went unanswered. Bob Marra heads the Ball State Office of Charter Schools. In a statement, he says the decision to not renew the schools was based on academic performance. Marra says not renewing a school’s charter usually leads to its closure.
In addition to the seven schools, two more have chosen not to renew their charter. Hoosier Academy-Muncie and West Gary Lighthouse Charter School will also close in June. The university currently sponsors 42 schools. Twenty of these were due for a review this year. Ball State says it previously has only ever revoked one charter – for Urban Brightest in Fort Wayne in 2004.