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Last year, football fans witnessed the Mother of all Michigan-Michigan State games. For the first time in years, both teams were ranked, revved up, and ready to go.

The Spartans moved the ball much better than the Wolverines, but still trailed Michigan until the last play of the game.

How was that possible?

Because Michigan’s fantastic punter, an Australian named Blake O’Neill, was having the game of his life, pinning the Spartans deep in their own end, time and again.  

Investigators were looking into why a charter aircraft carrying Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and more than 40 others slid off the runway Thursday night while landing at LaGuardia Airport in the New York City borough of Queens.

NPR's Scott Detrow reports that Pence, Donald Trump's running mate, and everyone else on board was safe after the jet touched down in stormy weather and just kept going.

If you’ve watched TV or listened to the radio in Indiana the last few months, you’ve probably heard something like this: "Bail out Bayh: a sellout, not a senator."

And this: "Congressman Todd Young will hurt our families."

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis political scientist Aaron Dusso says there’s a reason there are so many of those ads: conventional wisdom in political campaigns is that negative ads help depress turnout for one’s opponent.

Election Places Focus On Affordable Care Act Debate

Oct 27, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS – The success or failure of the Affordable Care Act or ACA, is hotly debated. In Indiana, more than half a million Hoosiers are now covered because of it, but a new federal report indicates that a small percentage of those people will see rising rates.

Q&A With Democratic Gov. Candidate John Gregg

Oct 27, 2016

This story is part of a three-part series showcasing the candidates for Indiana governor. See the Q&A with Libertarian candidate Rex Bell here

Democrat John Gregg got a bit of a head start in the race for governor – he’s spent a year campaigning, while his Republican opponent only became the nominee over the summer. And that’s meant Gregg’s been rolling out policy proposals for months.

NAEP Report Card: IN Students Boost Science Scores, Gaps Remain

Oct 26, 2016

Indiana students are showing gains in fourth grade and eighth grade science scores, and continue to exceed the national average on a closely watched national test.

Despite gains, large achievement gaps remain between white students and their black and Hispanic classmates, according to results released Thursday. While some gender gaps have closed nationally, they are not closing as quickly in Indiana.

Q&A With Libertarian Gov. Candidate Rex Bell

Oct 26, 2016

This story is part of a three-part series showcasing the candidates for Indiana governor. 

Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Rex Bell’s primary goal is, of course, to win his race. But that’s challenging as a third party candidate — and he says influencing the race is a victory, too. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith sat down with Bell to talk about where he stands on issues in the race.

This conversation has been edited for clarity and conciseness:

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story included a tweet and image of one of the students with the flag. That was incorrect. That was from a high school in Texas, and the image and tweet have been removed from the story.

Three students came to school at Bloomington High School North Wednesday wearing Confederate Flags as capes.

The students wore the flags around their necks for the entire school day, which some other students said made them feel unsafe.

One of the few races all Hoosiers get to vote for this election is for superintendent of public instruction. The state superintendent runs the Department of Education and chairs the State Board of Education. In the first of a two-part series looking at the candidates in this race, we look at Republican new-comer Jennifer McCormick.

At a recent meeting of the Yorktown School Board, there’s a lot of smiles and even some laughs.

One of the few races all Hoosiers get to vote for this election is for superintendent of public instruction. The state superintendent runs the Department of Education and chairs the State Board of Education. In the first of a two-part series looking at the candidates in this race, we look at Democrat incumbent Glenda Ritz.

When Glenda Ritz first ran for state superintendent in 2012, she was the underdog.

Most families in a lead-contaminated public housing complex in East Chicago, Indiana will miss their first deadline to find new homes on Oct. 31.

It means they’ll get extensions through the end of the year, but why has it been so hard to find housing?

On a recent rainy day in East Chicago, landlord Clay Brooks drills open a plywood front door on one of a row of vacant houses and ducks inside.

“So this is one that we’re rehabbing,” he says. “As you can see, some things that need to get done. This is a three-bedroom.”

Russian studies used to be a much more robust field in the United States compared to today. Interest took a sharp decline after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

But now, as political tensions are on the rise between the two countries, interest in Russia at universities in the U.S. is also on the rise.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Regina Smyth, associate professor of political science and director of the Russian Studies Workshop at Indiana University in Bloomington.

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Gubernatorial Candidates Face Off in Final Debate

Oct 26, 2016

From left to right, Republican Eric Holcomb, Libertarian Rex Bell, and Democrat John Gregg.

The last Indiana gubernatorial debate this year focused on health and social issues. And no issue revealed the differences between the three candidates more than a question about abortion and birth control.

The question on abortion mentioned this year’s anti-abortion bill, considered by even some Republicans in the legislature to be too restrictive. Republican candidate Eric Holcomb calls himself pro-life, though he says abortion isn’t a focus.

The High Price of Inequality

Oct 26, 2016
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In the poorest neighborhoods in Indianapolis, people live sicker, shorter lives. What would it take to narrow the health gap?

Indiana could add a fourth port to its shipping system on the site of a former coal plant in the Southeast region.

Indiana Michigan Power decommissioned its Tanners Creek power plant on the Ohio River in Lawrenceburg, just west of Cincinnati, last year.

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