Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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Some of Indiana’s law enforcement agencies are changing the way they operate based on an outside review of the state’s policing policies and procedures. 

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The Indiana Supreme Court is trying to help avoid evictions by getting landlords and tenants into diversion programs. 

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Gov. Eric Holcomb is appealing a judge’s ruling in his emergency powers lawsuit against the General Assembly.

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The Indiana General Assembly has two new members, one a Republican and one a Democrat.

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Indiana Sen. Scott Baldwin (R-Noblesville) has been linked to the anti-government extremist group the Oath Keepers.

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Indiana lawmakers want to improve the system for reviewing child deaths.

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State health officials say they’re worried fewer people will get vaccinated against the flu this year.

Indiana recently recorded its first flu death of the season. And the state has offered the flu vaccine at some of its COVID-19 vaccination sites, since the two can be taken together.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box said she’s concerned about the larger implications of COVID vaccine hesitancy.

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The U.S. Supreme Court this week denied a request from a group of truckers to hear their appeal in a case over Indiana Toll Road rates.

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It costs at least $240 million a year to keep people locked up in local jails in Indiana, with some counties spending around a quarter of their yearly budget on incarceration. That’s according to a new study from the nonprofit Vera Institute of Justice.

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The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs wants more Hoosier military families to be aware of the help they can get from the state’s Military Family Relief Fund. And the agency is using a new law to help pay for an awareness campaign.

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Another Hoosier is joining the Biden administration. The president Friday nominated former U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly to be ambassador to the Vatican.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb said he’s evaluating all his options after a major loss in his legal battle with state lawmakers.

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U.S. Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) fielded questions from Hoosiers in a virtual town hall Thursday on a wide range of topics – from wage growth to health care costs and energy issues.

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Indiana Republican lawmakers scored a huge victory Thursday in their court battle with Gov. Eric Holcomb over emergency powers.

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Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita urged federal lawmakers this week not to approve legislation strengthening a federal voting rights law.

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Two independent analyses of Indiana’s redistricting maps say the districts drawn by Republicans are heavily skewed in favor of Republicans.

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Indiana’s 2021 redistricting process is officially over. Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the bill creating new legislative districts into law Monday.

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Indiana’s 2021 redistricting work is over, as lawmakers finished drawing new district lines at the end of last week. But lawmakers didn’t officially bring the 2021 legislative session to an end.

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Hoosiers are one stroke of the pen away from having a big part of their political futures locked in for the next decade.

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The Indiana Senate will get a new member before next session. Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Ogden Dunes) announced Thursday she will resign, effective Nov. 1.

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Indiana’s official public health emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic will continue for at least another month.

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Indiana Senate Republicans rejected all proposed changes to their redistricting map Thursday that had been prompted by public concerns.

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Hoosiers should expect a change in their food stamp benefits as October begins – with most getting an increase.

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State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box is urging pregnant people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Box said she’s worried about the increasingly apparent harm the virus can pose to them and their babies.

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State health officials say there are positive signs that Indiana may be emerging from the surge of COVID-19 cases it’s experienced the last couple months. But they still urge caution, as the health care system continues to be strained.

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Republicans made a slight adjustment to their proposed Senate redistricting map Tuesday before advancing the redistricting bill to the full Senate.

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The Indiana House dismissed an attempt by one lawmaker this week to ban any COVID-19 vaccine mandates in the state. But that likely won’t be the last time this issue comes up in the General Assembly.

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Indiana State Sen. Phil Boots (R-Crawfordsville) announced Friday he will retire next year, opting not to run for re-election.

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A pair of state lawmakers say drivers in Indiana need a “hard reset in what’s expected of them behind the wheel.” Those lawmakers are proposing short- and long-term solutions to reckless driving amid an increase in traffic fatalities.

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Indiana House Republicans approved a redistricting bill Thursday that likely maintains GOP supermajorities in the Statehouse and eliminates any competitive races for Congress.

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