The first deep dive in decades investigating the status of Indiana's public health infrastructure has identified nearly three dozen areas in need of improvement.
The State Budget Agency announced Friday Indiana took in $1.48 billion from all general fund revenue sources for July.
Michael Gableman has been fired, marking an end to the more than $1.1 million taxpayer-funded, GOP-ordered review that has failed to uncover any evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election.
"Data shows a direct link between reading by the end of third grade and future learning," said Katie Jenner, Indiana secretary of education.
Republican Jennifer-Ruth Green describes herself as "unashamedly and unapologetically pro-life," while Democratic U.S. Rep. Frank J. Mrvan said he favors abortion rights for women.
The ramps will be closed for concrete restoration work until early September, depending on weather conditions, according to INDOT.
The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance convened a public hearing Wednesday night following receipt of a taxpayer petition for state review of all the land values in Lake County.
Prior to Election Day, Adam Steen said he expected to defeat Robin Vos in a landslide. Instead, the initial count indicated Steen lost in a squeaker.
The election will be a bit trickier in LaPorte County since it's split between the 1st Congressional District, represented by U.S. Rep. Frank J. Mrvan, D-Highland, and the 2nd Congressional District.
The Indiana Court of Appeals has reinstated a lawsuit alleging the city of Michigan City, through its then-Mayor Ron Meer, defamed LaPorte County Prosecutor John Lake and his wife, Mary Lake.
"Given this new law, we will be forced to plan for more employment growth outside our home state," said Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Co.
Indiana is the first state to legislatively impose new abortion restrictions following the June 24 Dobbs v. Jackson ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that rescinded the right to abortion.
"I urge our state to begin taking proactive steps as well so we can get out ahead of this health issue before there’s a further spike in cases," said state Sen. Eddie Melton, D-Gary.
The government of Indiana is on the verge of mandating nearly every Hoosier woman who becomes pregnant to carry the pregnancy to term and deliver a baby.
If Senate Bill 2 is approved by the House Friday, the Republican-controlled Senate need only consent to the revisions to send the legislation to Gov. Holcomb to be signed into law.
"I really believe this bill is where it needs to be. It's in a good place," said state Rep. Wendy McNamara, R-Evansville, a LaPorte native and sponsor of the legislation.
Former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is leading an effort to persuade Congress to reduce the federal budget deficit to tame inflation, bolster the economy and slow the growth of the national debt.
Even if a tax and spending agreement is soon reached, Hoosiers likely won't see any benefits from it until late September or October — depending on what's in it and how long it takes to implement.
State Rep. Wendy McNamara, R-Evansville, chairwoman of the House Committee on Courts and Criminal Code, said the changes are "a thoughtful way forward" that "shows compassion for mothers and babies."
The Indiana Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit claiming Gary's policy of prioritizing local public safety and protecting the rights of immigrants runs afoul of Indiana's prohibition on sanctuary cities.
The American Action Network currently is spending $450,000 to air cable TV and digital ads blaming U.S. Rep. Frank J. Mrvan, D-Highland, for high gas prices.
The House Committee on Public Health is scheduled to hear public testimony on the legislation at the Statehouse beginning at 8 a.m. Region time Tuesday.
"Hoosiers who believe they may have been exposed or who develop symptoms consistent with monkeypox are urged to contact a health care provider," said Dr. Kristina Box, state health commissioner.
The Republican Senate reluctantly agreed to advance a prohibition all abortions in the state, with limited exceptions for pregnancies caused by rape or incest, or when the life of the mother is at stake.
On Friday, the Indiana House voted 93-2 to advance its family and children spending plan to the Senate, while the Senate voted 46-1 to send its proposal for "wraparound services" to the House.
Despite pleas by state Sen. Eddie Melton, D-Gary, the Republican-controlled Senate voted along party lines Friday to reject an attempt to insert the needed fix into Senate Bill 3.
It's not clear whether Senate Bill 1 will reach the 26 votes required for approval, even though Republicans, who generally oppose abortion, control 39 seats in the 50-member chamber.
A number of Northwest Indiana officials quietly are working to fix a seemingly minor tax issue that will have a huge impact on several Region taxing districts if left unaddressed.