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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Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita’s effort to prolong a court battle over an emergency powers law was prevented by a Marion County judge Tuesday.

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It’s still extremely early in the 2024 race for Indiana governor. But the only Republican who’s formally announced his bid is trying to stake an early claim in the race.

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Hoosiers will get a state tax refund when they file their taxes next year.

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More Hoosier veterans are now able to get support from the state’s Military Family Relief Fund.

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Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita lost in court again over a controversial emergency powers law recently created by the General Assembly.

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Indiana is no longer requiring K-12 schools to implement any COVID-19 precautions or restrictions. State health officials say those decisions must now be made at the local level.

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Indiana health officials say they’re not planning any more statewide COVID-19 restrictions – even as they sound the alarm about a rise in cases related to the virus’s delta variant.

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The Indiana Democratic Party spent the last month “on offense,” touring the state to promote the Biden administration’s COVID-19 relief package, the American Rescue Plan.

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Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita is joining 36 other state attorneys general in a lawsuit against internet giant Google.

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Indiana lawmakers will study topics in the coming weeks that include human trafficking, a racial achievement gap in K-12 schools and unemployment benefits for gig economy workers.

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Hoosier citizen advocacy groups want U.S. Sens. Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Mike Braun (R-Ind.) to vote for the federal voting reform bill known as the “For The People Act.”

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Gov. Eric Holcomb’s lawsuit against the Indiana General Assembly over emergency power legislation can move forward – despite Attorney General Todd Rokita’s best efforts to block it.

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It will still be weeks before Indiana lawmakers can gather to redraw congressional and state legislative district boundaries. That’s because of delays in getting necessary information from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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The Indiana Department of Insurance is warning Hoosiers that many insurance policies won’t cover fireworks damage unless they’re used legally.

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Indiana legislators created more than 200 new laws this year. And most of them take effect July 1. That includes controversial measures governing environmental regulations, heavy trucks and the events of 2020.

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Indiana’s COVID-19 public health emergency isn’t over yet. Gov. Eric Holcomb extended the emergency declaration another month Wednesday, through the end of July.

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A federal judge Wednesday blocked a major part of Indiana’s latest anti-abortion law from taking effect. The halted provision deals with a controversial "abortion reversal" protocol.

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Indiana will have a new head of its Family and Social Services Administration come August. Current Secretary Dr. Jennifer Sullivan announced Wednesday she is leaving the agency.

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The U.S. Department of Justice has settled with a health care company accused of filing hundreds of thousands of dollars in false claims at the federal prison in Terre Haute.

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The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention recently made one last extension to the nationwide eviction moratorium.

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Indiana abortion providers took another step this week in their effort to strike down many of the state’s abortion regulations.

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The Biden administration is officially ending the work requirements in Indiana’s Medicaid program.

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The future of Indiana’s revenge porn law is being put to the test. The state Supreme Court on Thursday heard arguments about whether the law violates the First Amendment.

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Indiana’s current legislative maps are more skewed towards one party – in this case, Republicans – than 95 percent of all legislative maps in the country over the last 50 years.

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Federal courts won’t expand vote-by-mail in Indiana any time soon after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case on the issue Tuesday.

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The initial fate of a major provision in Indiana’s newest anti-abortion law will be decided soon.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb said he’s still opposed to the state providing financial incentives as a way to encourage more Hoosiers to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

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U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) said Indiana should be a strong competitor for a new regional technology hub created in his Endless Frontier Act.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb said he does not support public schools requiring a COVID-19 vaccination.

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Attorneys for Gov. Eric Holcomb and Attorney General Todd Rokita faced off in court Wednesday over an emergency powers lawsuit.

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