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This year, early voting has been up across the country. WBOI’s Zach Bernard and Lisa Ryan visited early voting locations in Northeast Indiana to see if they’re experiencing a similar trend.

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Jennifer Flora has seen first-hand how difficult it can be for people to receive mental health treatment in Indiana. Flora says the nonprofit organization in whose Tippecanoe County office she works, Mental Health America, fields an average of 20 calls a week from people considering suicide — and sometimes she can’t connect them with the doctors they need.

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Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has gone to federal court to represent Republican Gov. Mike Pence’s attempts to ban same-sex marriage and Syrian refugees. 

No matter who wins the presidential election on Tuesday, it's nearly certain Congress will be more narrowly divided come January.

And with no clear mandate likely coming out of 2016, there is little reason to be overly optimistic that the next Congress can escape the cycle of unproductivity and polarization that has gripped Washington in recent years.

The 115th Congress: Political Dynamics

With little chance of a Democratic House takeover in the 2016 election, the two likeliest scenarios are:

The Governors' Races: What To Watch

Nov 4, 2016

Voters in 11 states will be casting ballots for governor on Election Day, but the contests are close in only two of them.

The two squeakers are in North Carolina and Washington. In both states, Democratic women are running against Republican men. And in both states, the Republican is touting himself as the agent of change because of the Democrats' ties to current state government.

Democrats currently control four other statehouses in play this year and likely will keep control of all of them. Republicans are likely to lose one of the five governorships they hold.

An Associated Press review this week revealed Republican 9th district congressional candidate Trey Hollingsworth filed papers in at least five states that require him to live outside Indiana. A legal expert says there’s no financial incentive for doing so.

The AP revealed Hollingsworth is what’s called a “registered agent” for his company in at least five states. That means he must live in each of those states so legal paperwork can be served.

The first Impreza rolled off the line at Subaru’s only North American factory, in Lafayette, on Tuesday.

The car-maker hired 1,400 people, for a total staff of 5,500, and invested $1.3 billion to start producing the new model.

Subaru’s Lafayette capacity has grown 55 percent in the past two years, to nearly 400,000 vehicles a year.

They’re all made with parts from 28 Indiana suppliers, and steel from Northwest Indiana, says executive vice president Tom Easterday.

Indiana Colleges Launch Push For More Minority STEM Degrees

Nov 3, 2016

A group of six Indiana colleges will launch an initiative to double the number of students of color graduating with science, technology, engineering and math degrees.

The Indiana STEM Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation will begin in December to increase Indiana’s STEM minority pipeline. The $4.8 million project is funded by the National Science Foundation.

A report from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business characterizes the nation’s economy as underperforming.

Researchers say a lack of government and private investment may have set the national economy back. And while household spending is up and may have helped the economy, it can’t be the only factor working to improve growth.

Kelley School economist Kyle Anderson worked on the report. He says the country has seen growth in the past eight years since the recession, but not as fast as economists would have wanted.

City of West Lafayette

The mayor ruffled some Republican feathers a year ago by endorsing a couple candidates who weren’t Republicans.

This year, a state house race covering his city is one of the most watched in Indiana. Find out who the mayor has endorsed and why.

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Nineteen people are running for school board positions across Allen County this year, and they’re the only candidates who won’t have their party affiliation listed by their names.


Hoosiers will find a constitutional amendment on the ballot this November for the first time in six years.

Amending Indiana’s constitution is notoriously difficult. This amendment would protect a citizen’s right to hunt and fish, but it has some people wondering what it will actually do.

Public Question number 1 asks voters to “forever preserve” a Hoosier’s right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife.

Superintendent Candidates Clash On Management, Communication

Nov 2, 2016


On Election Day, past the presidential race on your ballot, past the governor, Indiana voters will decide Indiana’s top education official.

Democratic incumbent Glenda Ritz and Republican Yorktown superintendent Jennifer McCormick, have many things in common.

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The relationship between Indianapolis, in cash-strapped Marion County, and its affluent northern suburb of Carmel often draws comparisons with the famed rivalry between "Parks & Rec’s" fictional Pawnee and Eagleton.