Indiana liquor stores and alcohol distributors are partnering with the state on a new campaign to combat underage drinking. As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, the new effort is called “We Don’t Serve Teens.”
The long-time president of Anderson University has announced his retirement from leading the small Christian university. Dr. James Edwards says the 2014 – 2015 school year will be his last in office – his 25th year as president. Edwards began serving in 1990 as the college’s fourth president.
Anderson University spokesman Chris Williams says Edwards is the longest-serving president of any college in the state of Indiana.
Edwards is a graduate of Anderson University and the Anderson University School of Theology. He is an ordained minister and also earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree at the Ohio State University.
Indiana state schools officials announced today that schools with numerous missed days because of winter weather can make up that time by adding more hours to the school day. Typically schools add make-up days during Spring Break or at the end of the year. But this year, the Indiana Department of Education says it will allow districts to make up the time in additional minutes or hours. Adding about an hour each school day for a week would be equivalent to making up one school day. By state law, schools don’t have to make up time missed during days when they operated on two or three hour delays.
Indiana Department of Transportation officials want the General Assembly to release $400 million in transportation funding — and today, Senate lawmakers found out how that money would be used. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports.
Congressman Luke Messer visited a Muncie bakery as one of his stops to listen to the people he is representing. IPR’s Lisa Ryan reports on what concerns people had for Messer.
Officials with Muncie Community Schools say they will not provide bus transportation for students next year because voters denied a tax referendum that would fund the service. But to stop service so soon, they’ll need permission from the state. As IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, the district and the public made their case to the state Monday night.
The Indiana Natural Resource Commission has approved the state’s first underwater nature preserve. Near the shore of Indiana Dunes State Park and just 28 feet under the waters of Lake Michigan lies the remains of a ship called The JD Marshall, which sank in 1911. The ship and the 100 acres surrounding it will now be called the J-D Marshall Preserve. Mike Molnar is the director of the DNR’s Lake Michigan Coastal Program.
The site is open for diving and will be used to educate Hoosiers on the history and conservation of Lake Michigan shipwrecks.
Democrat Mike Claytor says he will run for State Auditor, seeking to become the first CPA to hold the position. But as Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, Republicans are questioning Claytor’s status as an Indiana resident.
Indiana Senate Democrats are proposing the creation of pre-kindergarten programs in every public school. Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane says high quality pre-K produces students who are more likely to graduate high school, earn a higher income, and own a home and less likely to require remediation or commit crimes. Lanane unveiled his proposal four months ahead of the start of the 2014 legislative session.
Lanane says he thinks statewide pre-k could cost around $197 million, based on the cost of the state’s full-day kindergarten program.
Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann says Indiana is beginning to see new problems with developing and maintaining an adequate life sciences workforce. As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, the issues aren’t receiving much attention from the state’s many workforce development efforts.