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National study on children finds increased child poverty and low birthweights in Indiana

by IPR News

August 17, 2011

According to a new national study focusing on children, Indiana’s child poverty rate is significantly worse than a decade ago.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports. Smith — Child Poverty Increases The same Annie E. Casey Foundation study found a majority of Indiana babies continue to be born with low birthweights – 82 percent of... More »

Anderson hosts Indianapolis Colts training camp through 2016

by IPR News

August 16, 2011

The Indianapolis Colts will be training in Anderson through the year 2016.  The city and the Colts signed a new agreement today, keeping the NFL training camp in Anderson for the next five years.  City officials say last year’s camp brought eighty-five thousand visitors to the city.  Economic Development Director Linda Dawson says the city... More »

Indiana State Fair holds memorial for stage collapse victims

by IPR News

August 15, 2011

A memorial at the Indiana State Fair this morning remembered victims of a weekend stage collapse.  Five people died and more than 40 were injured on Saturday night when a burst of storm winds tore through the state fair’s grandstand stage, toppling steel rigging and lights onto the crowd between acts of that night’s concert.  Junie... More »

An Eyewitness to Tragedy

by IPR News

August 14, 2011

Tyler Roark–Tragedy at State Fair IPR’s Marcus Jackman talks to Mr. Tyler Roark, of Yorktown. Roark, his wife, and their 12 year old daughter were among those seated on the racetrack for the Sugarland concert Saturday night at the State Fair in Indianapolis. The Roarks and a friend had just got up to seek shelter... More »

StateImpact Indiana: SimSchool

by IPR News

August 11, 2011

Charter schools are a statewide priority for Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. But right now, all but nine of the state’s charter schools are in Indianapolis or Gary – and these schools are absent in rural areas.  StateImpact Indiana’s Ben Skirvin set out to create a hypothetical charter school in the farmland of southern Indiana to... More »

Judge may rule on voucher program challenge soon

by IPR News

August 11, 2011

A Marion County judge today says he may rule on a preliminary injunction request to Indiana’s new school voucher program as early as next week.   Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports. Smith — Voucher Decision Expected Soon More »

Longtime Hoosier farm familes honored at state fair

by IPR News

August 10, 2011

Families with farms that have survived at least one hundred years were honored at the Indiana State Fair today.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports. Smith — Hoosier Homestead Awards More »

Legislators debate raising driving age

by IPR News

August 8, 2011

A committee of Hoosier legislators is debating whether Indiana teens should have to wait until their 17th birthday to get a driver’s license if they don’t take a driver’s education course.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports. Smith — Raising Driver Age Debate More »

Search Continues for Missing Muncie Y.O.C. Worker

by IPR News

August 5, 2011

Muncie officials continue the search for a Youth Opportunity Center employee who’s been missing since Monday, after her car was found Thursday morning. The 1997 Pontiac Sunfire belonging to 40-year-old Kimberly Nelson was found yesterday at a trailhead in McCulloch Park. Police say they found nothing to indicate that anything happened in or near the... More »

School Bus Safety Tips from the Indiana State Police

by IPR News

August 5, 2011

Parents are an important part of a total safety program for children who travel by school bus. Children need to learn to be safe pedestrians as they walk to and from the bus as well as to be safe riders when they’re on the bus. Here’s how you can help: • Have your children put... More »

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