Samantha Horton

Last month, we welcomed Samantha Horton to our station. She is Indiana Public Broadcasting reporter, mainly reporting on business and economic issues in the States of Indiana for WBAA. After graduated from Evansville University with a triple majors degree (International studies, Political science and Communication), Samantha worked for a Public Radio at Evansville for three years, and then she joined WBAA because she wanted to take a bigger role on reporting. So far she enjoyed working in WBAA as business and economy reporter.

In her leisure time, Samantha enjoys running, trying different craft beers and playing board games with her family members. A little fun fact about her is that she signed up Marathon last year and she will give anther try this year on November.

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A van full of bras, underwear and menstrual products made stops in Indiana as a part of a multi-state tour. The organization, I Support The Girls, launched the Vangina Tour to raise awareness of the lack of access many women have to essential items.

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After last year’s in-person convention was canceled due to COVID-19, thousands of tabletop game enthusiasts return to downtown Indianapolis for Gen Con this week. Vendors hope pent-up demand from the past two years encourages purchases.

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The Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection program recently announced more than $400 million in its first round for businesses across the country. Indiana companies received a small portion of the money from the program that aims to save thousands of U.S. jobs.

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More than 47,000 Hoosier households were using a payday loan in the last 12 months according to the Indiana Institute for Working Families. A new coalition aims to advocate for and educate Hoosiers about the dangers of payday lending.

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The federal child tax credit expansion could gradually increase consumer spending in the state by more than $700 million according to a recent report from Hoosier Action and Community Change Action. The new policy is helping parents cover expenses they may not have been able to otherwise.

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USA Gymnastics (USAG) and the Survivors' Committee proposed a new, $425 million settlement to compensate survivors of sexual abuse and improve safety for athletes. The proposal was filed Tuesday as part of USAG’s plan to get out of bankruptcy with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Southern Indiana.

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The Indiana Farm Bureau held its annual delegate session virtually for the second year in a row in light of the pandemic and recent surge in COVID-19 cases. Members from all over the state brought suggestions for policy positions they believe the organization should support. Some technology challenges during the event highlighted one ongoing policy issue: the need for rural broadband improvements.

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Just more than half of eligible Hoosiers 12 and over are fully vaccinated so far. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Wellness Council of Indiana launched a campaign Monday to recognize employers that encourage their workers to get vaccinated.

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U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh visited northwest Indiana Monday to tell local leaders to start planning ways to use money from the federal infrastructure bill. Indiana is set to receive more than $8 billion if the legislation passes the House in its current form.

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Indiana officials are giving regions around the state an additional month to submit proposals for up to $50 million for economic development.

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Indiana-based craft distiller West Fork Whiskey broke ground on its second location Tuesday. The company said it will be one of the state’s largest agritourism destinations.

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Hoosier business leaders around the state are calling for Congress to pass the Equality Act that will extend anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ+ people. 

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Farmers’ optimism fell for a second month in a row showing rising concerns in farmland rental prices and input costs, such as seed, fertilizer and labor.

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Purdue University trustees will take up a request Wednesday to give up ownership of WBAA, the NPR member station in West Lafayette. The negotiations with WFYI in Indianapolis are part of a national trend in the loss of local news from acquisitions and mergers.

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College student athletes will now be able to profit off their name, image and likeness – or NIL. The NCAA Board of Directors approved the interim policy Wednesday. But some worry this could further hurt Black student athletes.

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The landscape of collegiate amateur sports is changing with the most recent ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court. The NCAA is facing increasing pressure to change policies following the court’s unanimous decision Monday that the Indianapolis-based organization is violating antitrust laws and could change the competitive field of college recruitment.

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Many Hoosier workers believe their companies have room for improvement when it comes to ethics according to Marian University’s first survey on business ethics in Indiana.

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Hotels are seeing more demand as people take vacations, and more are expected over the summer. But the industry’s recovery is uneven and Indiana’s will likely take longer than other areas. A national hotel industry group is urging Congress to pass legislation that would give direct relief to hotel operators and workers needing the financial help to fill the gap while travel returns.

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The Indiana Farm Bureau (INFB) has signed up more than 3,500 people to the organization's health plans since first going into effect at the beginning of this year. While not all applicants have been accepted, one member says the program is overall an improvement.

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Paretta Autosport’s debut in the Indianapolis 500 this past weekend further raised awareness of the lack of women in motor sports. The mostly women team made history with a female owner, a female driver and majority women pit crew. While not having the finish they wanted on the track, the team is making progress off the track.

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The mostly-women team Paretta Autosport made history at the Indianapolis 500 Sunday. The team’s owned by a woman, with a woman driver and crew members.

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Helio Castroneves won his fourth Indianapolis 500 Sunday to the loud cheers of fans. He's now tied for the record number of wins in the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

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Teams are preparing for this weekend’s Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Hoosiers in central Indiana will be able to watch the Indianapolis 500 live this weekend.

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The majority women’s team Paretta Autosport will make history racing in this year’s Indianapolis 500. The rookie team fought it out Sunday to secure the final position in the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

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Scott Dixon will start in the pole position for the Indianapolis 500 for a fourth time. The one-time Indy 500 winner hopes to kiss the bricks again this year.

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The Force Indy auto racing team made its debut recently at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Black-owned team is already feeling the impact they’re making on motor sports.

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A land-based fish farm in Indiana is preparing the first commercial harvest of its genetically engineered salmon. AquaBounty’s fish is the first genetically modified animal for human consumption on the US market. The company said the full harvest, more than five tons, has already been sold. 

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Global pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly is planning for employees working from home to return to their Indianapolis offices this summer. Officials say this is another step towards businesses returning to what operations were before the pandemic.

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Eli Lilly is joining other pharmaceutical companies working to fight the surge of COVID-19 cases in India. The country has reported almost 4,000 deaths Wednesday and is averaging over 300,000 new cases a day. 

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