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The women’s studies program at Indiana University--Purdue University Fort Wayne will not be eliminated, as was previously suggested in a plan to cut costs. The new proposal will cut costs by eliminating one job, and cutting the director’s pay.


Indiana’s Commission on Improving the Status of Children approved a strategic plan that Chief Justice Loretta Rush says will help focus its work.

The process of developing and approving the commission’s strategic plan took months. Chief Justice Rush, who co-chairs the commission, says the result is a focus on four areas: child safety, juvenile justice, mental health/substance abuse and education.

And she says the plan will drive the commission’s work.

Trump Names Oklahoma Attorney General To Lead EPA

Dec 7, 2016


President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

Pruitt is notable for suing the EPA over environmental regulations, including the Clean Power Plan. Indiana is also party to that lawsuit.

State officials say the death of cow on a Southern Indiana farm is being attributed to Anthrax.

“Even though our citizens may think about white powders in envelopes, etc., this is a natural exposure in the environment,” says Indiana State Veterinarian Bret Marsh.

The Indiana State Board of Animal Health is working at the farm to find out what lead a cow to be exposed to Anthrax. Marsh would not disclose the exact location of the farm as the investigation is ongoing.


President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign promise to “put coal miners back to work” was met with welcome ears by Indiana’s coal industry.

But many energy experts are skeptical of Donald Trump’s promises. For example, even if Trump rolls back some of President Obama’s environmental protection rules, the national price of natural gas still makes it a more competitive fuel source than coal.

But Indiana Coal Council President Bruce Stevens says natural gas is not as competitive in Indiana.

Ro James: Tiny Desk Concert

Dec 5, 2016

Lots of us try to be cool, but the trick has always been in the subtleties; they're what allow us to walk that thin line between cool and corny. Enter Ro James.

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Rep. Pat Bauer (D-South Bend) says he hopes “third time’s the charm” for a bill that would allow police to take DNA from everyone they arrest for a felony.

In Indiana, police collect a person’s DNA after a felony conviction and send the sample to a national database for comparison with DNA from other crimes. But Bauer’s bill would allow law enforcement to collect DNA after any felony arrest.

He’s authored that bill twice with no success. But he says, after two years and a study committee on the topic, he’s gathering support to push it through.

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Donald Trump descended on Indiana this week to praise Carrier Corporation’s decision to partly reverse its plan to ship 2,000 jobs to Mexico.

The president-elect and his running mate, Mike Pence, credit Trump’s deal-making prowess, of course. But the real prowess belongs to Indiana’s use of the almighty dollar. It’s the fungible asset that drives where business invests to create jobs and build communities. Or doesn’t.

Workers celebrated at Indianapolis’s Carrier factory Thursday when President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced a deal to save more than 1,000 of their jobs.

Dawnn Kinnard is a second-generation Carrier worker whose father still works there too, after 44 years. After listening to Trump speak, she says she was heartbroken when she first found out they’d lose their jobs.

“Today I’m elated, really just to get my dad to be able to retire when he wants to retire,” Kinnard says.

State superintendent-elect Jennifer McCormick announced her transition team Friday. The 17-person team will help McCormick is hiring her cabinet at the Department of Education and preparing her new administration. She takes office Jan. 9.

The transition team consists of many public school principals, superintendents and leaders in higher education.

There's no shortage of speculation about how the incoming Trump administration, whose appointees so far are staunch abortion opponents, might crack down on access to the procedure.

But reproductive rights groups say the big picture is getting lost: Women in large parts of the country already have limited access to abortion, due to hundreds of Republican-backed laws passed by state legislatures over the past half-decade.

A new move from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, HUD, will require public housing to go smoke free.

The new rule aims to protect people living in low-income, government supported housing units from the harms of secondhand smoke.

Last night, President-elect Donald Trump began what’s billed as a “thank you” tour, telling a partially-filled arena in Cincinnati that the “old rules no longer apply. Anything we want for our country is now possible.”

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A $6 billion healthcare bill making its way through Congress could have significant effects on health, industry and research in the Hoosier State.

There were moments when watching the Trump and Clinton campaigns discuss the election at the Campaign Managers Conference at the Harvard Institute of Politics was like watching The Jerry Springer Show without the chair-throwing (or paternity disputes).

The 2016 campaign was an ugly, knock-down, drag-out fight between two different visions of America. So it was fitting that the typically polite and clinical quadrennial gathering of campaign professionals would erupt into shouting matches and accusations raw with emotion.

On Donald Trump's visit to Carrier in Indiana on Thursday, he mentioned a phone call that he made to the CEO of United Technologies, the air conditioning company's parent. As Trump describes it, that call led to Carrier announcing it will not move as many jobs to Mexico as it had planned.

"We can't allow this to happen anymore with our country. So many jobs are leaving and going to other countries, not just Mexico," Trump said.

President-elect Donald Trump delivered a campaign-style speech at what was billed as the first stop in a thank-you tour in Cincinnati, Ohio, tonight, in which he pledged to unite America while at the same time recounting old grievances against the news media, and his political opponents.

Trump also used the occasion to announce he will nominate retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis as secretary of defense, calling him "the closest thing we have to Gen. George Patton of our time."

When the 2017 General Assembly convenes in January, it will tackle one of the biggest education issues of the year: replacing the state’s assessment, the ISTEP+. Last session, the General Assembly passed a bill eliminating the current ISTEP+ and saying the replacement must be in effect by spring 2018.

This gives the legislature, the Department of Education, a test vendor and school districts less than a year to create and implement the new test.

The announcement that President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence helped persuade Carrier to keep 1,000 factory jobs in the U.S. is a pretty big win. After all, they ran on a message of protecting The American Worker, and Trump isn't even in the White House yet.

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  On Tuesday, President-elect Donald Trump's transition team and Indianapolis-based Carrier announced a deal to keep 1,100 jobs in Indiana.

Trump unveiled the details of that deal at a press conference at Carrier's plant on the west side of Indianapolis Thursday afternoon.

Drought Affecting Parts Of Southern Indiana

Dec 1, 2016


More than half of Indiana is experiencing abnormally dry soil conditions and parts of 22 southern Indiana counties are experiencing moderate or severe drought.

But Ken Scheeringa, Indiana’s associate state climatologist, says the situation isn’t as bad as it could be.

“The timing is everything. Summer time is not good. Fall is not so bad,” says Scheeringa.

Summer drought conditions affect crop production, but since harvest has wrapped up, Scheeringa says the impacts of a fall drought are limited.

President-elect Donald Trump travels to Indiana Thursday to announce that Carrier Corporation will keep several hundred manufacturing jobs in the state, instead of moving them to Mexico.

And tonight in Cincinnati, Trump will hold his first rally of a month-long tour to thank supporters in battleground states.

President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence travel to Indiana Thursday to announce the details of a deal with Carrier that will save about half of the 2,100 jobs the manufacturer planned to move to Mexico.

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President-elect Donald Trump has picked Seema Verma, a healthcare consultant who has helped shape health policy in Indiana, for a key role in the federal government. Verma will head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the part of the Department of Health and Human Services that includes Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.  

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Indiana University trustees are expected to discuss the possible restructuring of IPFW during a meeting Thursday, but not much is known about what, if anything, will be decided.

As Trump Claims To Have Saved Carrier Jobs, Details Are Hazy

Dec 1, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — In persuading Carrier to keep hundreds of jobs in Indiana, President-elect Donald Trump is claiming victory on behalf of factory workers whose positions were bound for Mexico. But the scant details that have emerged so far raise doubts about the extent of the victory.


On today's show, we'll talk about Trump's trip to Indiana amid news that he struck a deal with Carrier to keep 1,000 jobs from going to Mexico, and look at criticism against United Technologies — Carrier's parent company — for buying back its own shares. Plus: We'll interview our correspondent Scott Tong about a joint report between Marketplace and APM Reports that found an EPA study — which examined hydraulic fracturing's impact on drinking water — was changed at the last minute to downplay the risk of pollution. 

Federal Court Hears LGBT-Workplace Bias Appeal

Nov 30, 2016
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The full Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago heard arguments Wednesday on whether the 1964 Civil Rights Act should be expanded to protect LGBT employees.

Kimberly Hively was a math teacher at Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana. She alleges she was denied promotions and eventually fired because she is a lesbian. According to the ACLUD, 22 states and the District of Columbia have anti-discrimination laws on the basis of sexual orientation. Indiana, where Hively worked, is not one of them.