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New numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show Indiana has a significant increase in overdoses cases.

The report examines the most recent data on overdoses at emergency departments. Indiana experienced a 35 percent increase in visits a trend that Indianapolis EMS medical director Dan O’Donnell says isn’t surprising.

A bill to expand a pilot program for experimental post-traumatic stress disorder treatment was heard by a Senate committee this week. The proposal aims to connect Hoosier veterans with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

The therapy is the medicinal use of pure oxygen to heal. It’s a well-established treatment for decompression sickness or wounds that will not heal, but is experimental for PTSD.

School Funding Measure Nears Finish Line

Mar 7, 2018

As lawmakers close in on the end of the legislative session, they’re working to finalize a bill that would address the state’s school funding gap. The school funding shortfall for this fiscal year is estimated at more than $22 million.

The bill to address that shortfall would make up to $25 million from the state’s reserve funds available to bridge the gap.

The Senate sent legislation to the governor Wednesday to impose new abortion reporting requirements on all doctors and hospitals across the state.

The bill creates a long list of abortion complications. That list ranges from blood clots and cardiac arrest to anxiety and sleeping disorders. And the legislation says if a woman has ever had an abortion, and suffers one of those complications, any doctor or hospital that treats her must report that complication to the state.

DACA, Deportation Protests Prompt Peaceful Arrests

Mar 6, 2018

Faith in Indiana hosted a protest in downtown Indianapolis Tuesday, blocking a busy intersection to stand against deportation and to find a long-term DACA solution.

The demonstration intentionally blocked the intersection, prompting police to peacefully arrest about 15 protesters, mostly religious leaders. Protester Janice Wheater-Cowen says this sent an important message.

“We hope we made the point that these are families that we want to keep together,” she says.

Senate Approves School Financial Management Bill

Mar 6, 2018

Lawmakers in the Senate approved a controversial school financial management bill Tuesday.

Parts of the bill would heavily impact the function and oversight of Muncie and Gary schools and have stirred heated debate in recent weeks.

Egg Donation Helps Increase Healthy Food Access

Mar 6, 2018

An Indiana egg producer reaches the 1 million-family mark this week in its goal to help feed Hoosiers. The donation was part of a growing effort to provide food pantries with healthy food.

The Hatch program started three years ago to provide convenient, nutritious food to people living with food insecurity.

Rose Acre Farms in Seymour, Indiana, is one of the countries largest egg producers.

Expanded Feticide Bill Heads To Governor's Desk

Mar 6, 2018

Legislation headed to the governor would allow prosecutors to seek a murder charge against someone who attacks a woman and causes the death of her fetus.

Current law allows such charges if the fetus is viable. The legislation eliminates the need for viability.

Indiana state lawmakers will have to take sexual harassment training under legislation approved by the Senate Tuesday.

The measure mandates an hour of harassment training each year. Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) notes such training is already required for legislative staff.

“And so it’s time that we take the next step and have one for the members themselves,” Lanane says.

The House sent legislation to the governor Tuesday blocking local governments from banning short-term rentals such as Airbnb – while still allowing units to regulate the industry.

The bill says local governments can require permits for short-term rentals, with a one-time fee of up to $150. And Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne) says the bill allows local units to revoke those licenses after repeated complaints.

The Indiana House approved legislation Monday to create new studies on school safety.

The measure comes in the wake of a school shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 dead.

The unanimously-approved legislation compels the state’s secured school safety board to review school safety in Indiana and report to the legislature – including potential recommendations to improve it.

The Indiana House overwhelmingly approved legislation Monday to ensure recipients of the federal immigration program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA, can receive job licenses.


A telehealth kit includes a heart monitor, tablet, toys, items to collect saliva for cortisol measurements, a LENA vocal recorder and a vest to hold the recorder. (Purdue University photo/Mark Simons)

A Purdue University research project aims to identify early autism markers through telemedicine.

Indiana has the largest voucher program in the nation, but a recent report shows growth for the program is slowing down.

House lawmakers unanimously passed legislation Monday to require all Indiana public schools to offer a computer science course.

Nearly half of all Indiana public schools currently offer computer science classes. Rep. Robin Shackleford (D-Indianapolis) says the legislation she co-sponsors to spread that to all schools will help address Indiana’s skills gap.

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