Indiana

Education
2:43 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Education officials approve licensing changes

A state panel has voted to make it easier for non-education majors who earn Bachelor’s degrees to get teaching jobs.  That’s one part of a broad package of changes to Indiana’s rules for teacher licensing the State Board of Education approved Wednesday. But opponents fear the new standards sets the bar too low.

The State Board’s final 9-2 vote ends months of debate on the proposal known as “REPA II.”  State education officials say the new guidelines give schools more flexibility in the teacher hiring process. 

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Politics & Government
10:49 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Judge: atheist group cannot solemnize marriages

A U-S District judge has ruled against atheist organization the Center for Inquiry in its bid to strike down Indiana’s marriage statute as unconstitutional.

Marriage in Indiana is a two-step process: receiving a marriage license and making the marriage official.  The state’s marriage statute specifies who can perform that second step – the clergy of any religious group and certain government officials like mayors and judges. 

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Money
1:28 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Indiana's unemployment rate drops in October

Indiana’s private sector added 7,700 jobs last month and lowered its unemployment rate to 8%.

The unemployment rate fell 0.2% in October, the largest single month drop since April.  It also marked a decrease for the second consecutive month after gaining or holding steady for six months. 

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Education
10:28 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Voucher challenge comes up this week

The Indiana Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the state’s school voucher program Wednesday, but at least one analyst says the challenge is facing an uphill battle.

Earlier this year, Marion Superior Court Judge Michael Keele denied a school voucher challenge that was brought by teachers and parents and backed by the Indiana State Teachers Association.  The Supreme Court decided to take the case on appeal directly, rather than allowing the state Court of Appeals to hear it first. 

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Money
12:05 pm
Sat October 20, 2012

Unemployment rate falls, despite job losses

Indiana’s private sector lost nearly 6,000 jobs in September, the first decline in nearly a year.  Yet the state’s employment rate also fell for the first time since April.

Indiana’s unemployment rate had gone up or held steady for five months while, at the same time, the private sector created jobs. 

Last month, that trend changed as the unemployment rate fell to 8.2%.  University of Indianapolis economist Matt Will says while September’s jobs report isn’t positive, it also isn’t time to panic. 

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Politics & Government
2:17 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Governor's portrait unveiled

Governor Mitch Daniels poses with his official portrait, unveiled Tuesday. The Indiana Governors Portraits Collection now totals 53 such works.
Brandon Smith Indiana Public Broadcasting

As Governor Mitch Daniels’ official portrait was unveiled Tuesday, he says he hopes the accomplishments of his administration will far outlast Hoosiers’ memory of him.

The portrait shows Daniels standing in his office, without a suit coat, leaning against a chair and holding a pen in his hand.  Lafayette native Richard Halstead, one of 43 applicants, was commissioned by the Indiana State Museum to paint it. 

Halstead says Daniels had only one request – that the painting not be artificial or unnatural.

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News
2:29 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Court: DCS can interview children who witness abuse

The Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled the Department of Child Services can interview children without a parent’s permission if those children are witnesses to cases of abuse.

Last year, a 12-year-old girl alleged that her stepfather sexually abused her. During a later interview at a child advocacy center in Bloomington the girl recanted her statements.

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Politics & Government
10:53 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Gubernatorial candidates spar at first debate

Gubernatorial candidates Mike Pence and John Gregg briefly launched attacks on each other’s records during Wednesday’s gubernatorial debate.  But none of the candidates used the forum to say things they haven’t already been saying.

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Politics & Government
5:23 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Parties hold parties to celebrate debate

The Indiana Republican Party is holding a presidential debate watch party Wednesday as President Obama and Governor Romney take the stage in Denver.  The state Democratic Party will likely host an event for the second debate.  

State Republican Party spokesman Pete Seat said the debate parties are a great way to connect with friends and fellow Republicans and experience the debates in a community setting. 

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Politics & Government
4:26 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Without action, farm programs to expire at month's end

Farm groups have expressed concern that key programs such as crop insurance and disaster relief are under threat when current provisions expire at the end of the month.

House leadership has been reluctant to call the bill for a vote, due to a deep political divide over cuts to the food stamp program, which accounts for 20% of the bill.

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