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General Assembly passes statewide smoking ban

by Brandon Smith

March 9, 2012

A statewide smoking ban is headed to the governor’s desk for his approval.  The General Assembly passed the bill after weeks of debate and compromise.  But as Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, many legislators aren’t satisfied with the results. More »

StateImpact Indiana: Pre-K Funding

by Sara Wittmeyer

March 8, 2012

A measure that’s poised for passage in the legislature would provide $80 million to fully fund all-day kindergarten.  But that means another area won’t get any money – pre-kindergarten, or pre-K.  The PEW Research Center reports that other states have doubled their investment over the last decade.  But as StateImpact Indiana’s Sara Wittmeyer reports, Indiana... More »

Unopposed candidates return to Hoosier ballots

by Brandon Smith

March 8, 2012

A bill passed by the legislature and headed to the governor’s desk would put unopposed municipal candidates back on election ballots.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports. More »

Gas leak evacuates downtown Muncie

by IPR News

March 7, 2012

Muncie Police have closed roads and evacuated parts of downtown Muncie because of a large gas leak.  South Walnut Street is closed from 21st to 26th Street.  Also, 23rd Street is closed from High Street to Franklin.  Police gave no timeline on when that leak will be repaired and when those roads will be reopened. More »

Voters appeal Lugar residency challenge decision

by Brandon Smith

March 7, 2012

A group unhappy with the Indiana Election Commission’s denial of a challenge to Senator Richard Lugar’s residency — and qualification to run for reelection — has filed an appeal of that decision.   The Election Commission ruled unanimously against a challenge to Senator Lugar’s candidacy.  And three state attorneys general over the years have written letters... More »

Will the statewide smoking ban be passed?

by Brandon Smith

March 7, 2012

Lawmakers are working on a final draft of a statewide smoking ban…but there are still significant sticking points to overcome and only three days of session left.  And as Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, some legislators say it’s possible the ban won’t get passed this year. More »

Henryville students may not take ISTEP exam because of tornado damage

by Indiana Public Broadcasting

March 6, 2012

This week, most Hoosier students are taking the state standardized test known as the ISTEP exam.  But for the southern Indiana town of Henryville, whose school was destroyed by Friday’s tornadoes, this week is far from normal.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Jo Ann Klooz reports. More »

Progress Rail’s second job fair shows less of a crowd

by Cody Butler

March 5, 2012

Last month, thousands of job seekers began lining up for Progress Rail’s job fair at 4 AM, hoping to be interviewed for open positions at the locomotive manufacturer.  But on Saturday, the company’s second job fair attracted a much smaller crowd.  IPR’s Cody Butler reports. More »

Governor Daniels cites legislative priorities in final session days

by Brandon Smith and Stephanie Wiechmann

March 2, 2012

Governor Mitch Daniels says he’s spoken with legislative leaders in the last few days on what he’d like them to focus on getting done in the final days of the 2012 legislative session.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports. Daniels also says he’s prepared to accept a weakened statewide smoking ban if that’s what it... More »

StateImpact Indiana: Teachers & Failing Schools

by Kyle Stokes

March 1, 2012

Students at four Indianapolis Public Schools facing state takeover had to make a tough choice earlier this month.  They had to decide if they wanted to stay at their school or transfer to another IPS school next year.  Officials at the companies taking over the schools say they need the students’ answers so they can figure out... More »

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