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State schools superintendent Ritz on Governor’s new education agency

by Elle Moxley

November 29, 2013

Governor Mike Pence and Superintendent Glenda Ritz agreed this week to bring in an outside education group to mediate ongoing tension between the State Board and the Department of Education. But as StateImpact Indiana’s Elle Moxley reports, Ritz says the real problem in the state’s education sector is the governor’s new education agency. More »

Local stores open on Thanksgiving night for early Black Friday shopping

by Payne Horning

November 27, 2013

Black Friday deals are starting earlier than ever this year with many retailers set to open their doors on Thanksgiving evening. While the earlier hours may offer flexibility for customers, employees say it’s an inconvenience.  IPR’s Payne Horning reports. More »

Indiana state auditor Sawyer resigns

by Brandon Smith

November 26, 2013

Governor Mike Pence announced today that Indiana State Auditor Dwayne Sawyer will step down just four months after being appointed to the job.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports. More »

Ruling says State Board of Education did not break state law

by Elle Moxley

November 26, 2013

The state’s public access counselor says the members of the State Board of Education did not violate Indiana’s Open Door Law last month… when they drafted a letter to state lawmakers.  But, as StateImpact Indiana’s Elle Moxley reports, the opinion came with words of caution. More »

Ball State professor reported on Kennedy assassination from Dallas 50 years ago

by Stephanie Wiechmann

November 22, 2013

Today the country is remembering the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.  Ball State Professor Emeritus Steve Bell was a reporter 50 years ago and covered the assassination from Dallas.  IPR’s, Stephanie Wiechmann reports. More »

Muncie Republican announces run for state representative seat

by Payne Horning

November 22, 2013

A Muncie Republican has announced that he wants to challenge Democrat State Representative Sue Errington for her seat in next year’s election.  Twenty eight-year-old Stuart Keenan is a MITS dispatcher.  He says the 70-year-old Erringtion has not done enough to bring jobs to Muncie. Keenan says he grew up in northeast Indiana and moved to... More »

Legislature to focus on early childhood education next session

by Brandon Smith

November 21, 2013

Leaders of all four legislative caucuses say they will make access to early childhood education one of the top priorities in the upcoming session.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports. More »

Indiana wants to use federal money to demolish homes

by Stephanie Wiechmann

November 20, 2013

Indiana state housing officials are asking the United States Treasury for permission to use federal dollars to demolish abandoned homes around the state.  As IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, officials met in Muncie to describe how a new program – once approved – will work. More »

Indiana Department of Insurance says state can’t renew cancelled policies

by Brandon Smith

November 20, 2013

Indiana insurance companies will not be allowed to renew canceled health insurance policies to Hoosiers, despite President Obama’s directive.  As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, that’s because the Indiana Department of Insurance announced today it doesn’t have the legal authority to approve reversed cancellations. More »

Muncie Community Schools board votes to close Southside High School

by Stephanie Wiechmann

November 18, 2013

School board members in Muncie voted Monday night to close Southside High School and combine all city high school students into one building.  IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann has the details of the consolidation plan. More »

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