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  • School at heart of grade-change flap drops to ‘F’

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis charter school at the center of Indiana’s grade-changing scandal saw its grade drop from an “A” to an “F” in school grades released today.

    December 20, 2013

  • Indiana’s unemployment rate drops to 5-year low

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.5 percent for October, marking its lowest level since late 2008 as the recession deepened.

    November 22, 2013

  • Indiana lawmakers proposing new day care rules

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana day cares that receive federal money would face new requirements for training and staff-to-child ratios under bills three lawmakers plan to introduce in the next legislative session.

    November 20, 2013

  • Pence asks Sebelius for meeting on health care

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence has requested a meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to discuss issues that may be blocking a federal approval of using the state’s health savings accounts to expand Medicaid coverage for needy people in Indiana.

    November 19, 2013

  • MAUREEN HAYDEN: Democrat leaders want marriage amendment pulled

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s Democratic leaders in the Statehouse called for their Republican counterparts to pull the controversial same-sex marriage ban amendment off the legislative table, urging them to focus their energies instead on education, the economy and jobs.

    November 19, 2013

  • Chaotic education board raises ‘Rules’ questions

    Amid the chaos and fighting that has become Indiana’s Board of Education meetings of late, the question has popped up: Why not follow Robert’s Rules of Order?

    November 18, 2013

  • bennett grades2.jpg UPDATE: Ex-Indiana schools chief faces ethics complaint

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Indiana schools Superintendent Tony Bennett is accused of using state resources for political reasons in a complaint filed with the state’s ethics commission today.

    November 14, 2013 1 Photo

  • Bayh among new advisers to Middle East think tank

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh is joining a Middle East think tank in Washington.

    November 12, 2013

  • Gov. Pence issues proclamation declaring Larry Bird Day in Indiana

    INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence today issued a proclamation declaring Saturday, Nov. 9 as Larry Bird Day in Indiana. The proclamation coincides with the official dedication of a 15-foot bronze statue of Bird at Indiana State University in Terre Haute.

    November 8, 2013 1 Story

  • MAUREEN HAYDEN: 'Return on Investment' report by Indiana Commission on Higher Ed compares value of college degrees

    Indiana higher education officials have long been promoting the value of a college degree, but a new report shows some degrees are much more valuable than others.

    November 8, 2013

  • Judge hears from AG in Ritz-board of ed legal tilt

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Marion County judge is considering Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s argument that state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz cannot sue members of the State Board of Education without his permission.

    November 5, 2013

  • news school bill.jpg Pence announces school safety grants

    Flanked by fourth-grade members of the Ambassadors Club and student council at Cedar Elementary School here, Gov. Mike Pence announced more than $9 million in grants for schools statewide to enhance their security.

    November 1, 2013 1 Photo

  • Ritz expects effort to diminish her authority

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz, a Democrat, said Wednesday she is wary of what she sees as a broad effort by Republicans to strip her power, amid growing tension between her and the State Board of Education she nominally chairs.

    October 10, 2013

  • Conservative think tank paid Daniels for speech

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A Purdue University spokeswoman says school President Mitch Daniels was paid for a speech at a conservative Minnesota think tank’s fundraiser that some believe broke his pledge to avoid partisan politics.

    October 9, 2013

  • Indiana, schools sue over IRS health overhaul rules

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana and 15 public school districts are suing the Internal Revenue Service for allegedly overstepping its authority in imposing “employer mandate” regulations on state and local governments under the federal health care overhaul.

    October 8, 2013

  • Congressman standing firm on government shutdown

    Todd Rokita of Indiana’s Fourth Congressional District has been an outspoken opponent of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — a k a Obamacare — since it was signed into law in 2010.

    On Tuesday, the first day the federal government partially shut down in 17 years, the Republican congressman wasn’t backing down.

    October 1, 2013

  • Moderate rates set for Indiana insurance exchange

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Insurance plans in the coming federal health insurance exchange are expected to run from just under $100 per month for some single adults to close to $1,000 for family of four.

    September 25, 2013

  • Democrats, labor question Indiana annuity change

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic lawmakers and labor unions are asking the state pension board to delay a change in Indiana’s pension law they say will cost retiring workers thousands of dollars per year.

    September 23, 2013

  • Indiana incomes continue behind national levels

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — New Census Bureau figures show that the income of Indiana households trailed the national median by 9 percent last year.

    September 18, 2013

  • Pence issues flag directive to honor victims of Washington Navy Yard tragedy

    INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence is directing flags at state facilities statewide to be flown at half-staff beginning today, Sept. 17, in honor of the victims of yesterday's shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. Flags should remain at half-staff until sunset Friday, Sept. 20.

    September 17, 2013

  • Gov. Pence departs for 9-day trade mission to Japan

    INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence is traveling to Japan for his first overseas trade mission as governor.

    September 5, 2013

  • State’s reading test results show ‘achievement gap’ for at-risk students

    More Indiana third-graders are passing the state’s reading proficiency test, but students who live in poverty or don’t speak English as their native language are failing the test at a higher rate than their counterparts.

    September 5, 2013

  • Pension board change cuts retiree payouts

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana lawmakers are pressing the head of Indiana’s pension system for answers about a change that would cut into how much retirees collect from their annuity plans.

    August 27, 2013

  • New Indiana state auditor sworn into office

    INDIANAPOLIS — Dwayne Sawyer has been sworn in as the new state auditor, making him the first black Republican to hold a statewide office in Indiana.
    The state’s chief justice administered the oath to Sawyer during a ceremony today at the Statehouse.

    August 19, 2013

  • New Indiana roadway map highlights tourist stops

    INDIANAPOLIS — The new Indiana roadway map highlights many of the state’s tourism destinations.

    August 13, 2013

  • Indiana DOE finds ‘manipulation’ of ‘A-F’ formula

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz says Department of Education staffers have found evidence of “manipulation” in the state’s school grading formula as part of a review stemming from a grade-changing scandal.

    August 7, 2013

  • Official: Indiana infant mortality rate ‘horrible’

    EAST CHICAGO, Ind. — Indiana’s top health official said the state’s infant mortality rate remains among the nation’s highest, despite efforts to combat what he called a “horrible” situation.

    August 7, 2013

  • BMV to credit drivers overcharged for licenses

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles says motorists the agency charged too much for driver’s licenses will receive credit for the amount they were overcharged.

    July 12, 2013

  • MET022211statehouse empty.jpg Court lets walk-out fines against House Democrats stand

    INDIANAPOLIS — House Democrats who had to pay more than $100,000 in fines after they walked out of the Indiana Statehouse won’t get the help they sought from the Indiana Supreme Court.

    June 18, 2013 2 Photos

  • Gingerich_AP PHOTO.jpg Prison sentence of 12-year-old prompts new juvenile sentencing law

    Three years ago, when 12-year-old Paul Henry Gingerich became the youngest person in Indiana ever sent to prison as an adult, his story gained international attention and sparked questions about whether children belong behind bars with grown-up offenders.

    June 14, 2013 2 Photos

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