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Welfare drug testing bill passes Senate committee

by Brandon Smith

March 13, 2013

Opponents of legislation that would require some welfare recipients to be drug tested say the bill risks driving children deeper into poverty.  But as Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, the measure cleared its first hurdle towards passage in the Senate today. More »

Muncie Mayor Tyler testifies on ephedrine restricting bill

by Sarah Phinney

March 13, 2013

Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler will join other mayors from around Indiana today to testify at the Statehouse on a bill that would set tighter restrictions on over-the-counter drugs that are used in the making of methamphetamine.  IPR’s Sarah Phinney reports. More »

House committee approves “family friendly” schools bill

by Brandon Smith

March 12, 2013

An Indiana House committee is advancing a bill that aims to increase parental involvement in education.  As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, the proposal would label some schools as “family friendly.” More »

Education reform supporters rally at Statehouse

by Brandon Smith

March 11, 2013

A rally at the Statehouse today celebrated Indiana’s statewide voucher program and expanded charter schools.  As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, it also renewed the push for strengthening school choice. More »

Ball State campus “all clear” after morning search for possible gunman

by Stephanie Wiechmann

March 11, 2013

Ball State University police were searching campus this morning for a man allegedly seen with a gun near the school’s library.  IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports. More »

State schools superintendent tells Anderson she wants to change school testing

by Stephanie Wiechmann

March 10, 2013

Indiana’s state schools superintendent met with local legislators, teachers, and parents in Anderson this weekend to talk about the help she needs from the legislature to advance education.  As IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, she found support from the crowd about changing school testing in Indiana. More »

Americans for Prosperity to air ads on Pence’s proposed tax cut

by Brandon Smith

March 8, 2013

Tea Party group “Americans for Prosperity” is entering the debate in Indiana over Governor Mike Pence’s proposed ten percent income tax cut.  As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, the organization announced it will air TV ads in support of the tax cut. More »

Indiana budget bill presented to state Senate committee

by Brandon Smith

March 8, 2013

The Senate Appropriations committee got its first official look at the budget bill yesterday.  Fiscal leaders say healthcare funding will be the largest area of contention moving forward.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports. More »

StateImpact Indiana: Quality Pre-K

by Elle Moxley

March 7, 2013

President Obama announced last month he wants to work with states to make high-quality preschool available to every 4-year-old in the country.  His proposal comes as Indiana lawmakers consider a pilot program that would put state dollars toward early education for the first time.  But as StateImpact Indiana’s Elle Moxley reports, those already in the... More »

Food banks might see increase because of federal budget cuts

by Stephanie Wiechmann

March 5, 2013

Indiana is publicizing how the federal budget cuts — known as the sequester — will affect the average Hoosier.  For many families, that might include finding first-time help at a food bank.  IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports. More »

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