Only 16 percent of people taking a recent Ball State University survey think marijuana should remain illegal in Indiana.  But those that support legalization are split on how Hoosiers should get to use the substance.  IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports.


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52 percent of Hoosiers say Gov. Eric Holcomb is doing a good job, compared to just 13 percent who disapprove. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

A majority of Hoosiers approve of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s job performance in Ball State’s annual Hoosier Survey.

Purdue University researchers have released a report highlighting challenges the state’s tourism industry may face in the upcoming century due to climate change, as well as offering suggestions for how to prepare.

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Despite wind chills and snow flurries making Minneapolis feel like it was 11 degrees, the weather was not the only thing that was unbearable for the Purdue football team Saturday.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers made this day truly miserable for their visitors, clobbering them 41-10.

The Boilermaker offense came in averaging almost 500 yards of offense per game, but were held to 211 yards in total. David Blough had a head-shaking performance, throwing for only 142 yards on the day and a single touchdown.

Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) resigned Friday as the chairman of the powerful Education & Career Development Committee. He said in a statement the position is rewarding, but it has also been demanding for him and his family. 

Rural Opioid Consortium Gets $200,000 Federal Boost

Nov 9, 2018

The Indiana Rural Opioid Consortium has received $200,000 in new funding to expand and continue to build a network in Hoosier communities that lack resources to tackle the opioid crisis. 

On Friday, the Indiana Department of Education announced its six-year plan to further implement science, technology, engineering, and math into Indiana’s K-12 schools. This push aims to prepare Indiana’s students for college and careers.

In the upcoming legislative session, the IDOE plans to request $20 million in funding to support STEM programs across the state.

Amanda McCammon, the IDOE’s Workforce & STEM Alliances chief, says helping schools overcome funding challenges and providing equitable access to STEM programs across the state will be essential.

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Indiana is one of five states without a hate crimes law. After a Carmel synagogue was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti this summer, the push to pass one was re-energized. But a hate crimes law may not help police or prosecutors.

Indiana Tax Revenues Slip In October

Nov 9, 2018
Indiana’s tax collections came in below target last month, dipping after a strong September. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana’s tax collections came in below target last month, dipping after a strong September. Yet the state is still on track for the overall fiscal year.

Conflicting Research On Opioid Use From Purdue

Nov 9, 2018
Rebecca Wilcox / Purdue University

Different research groups from Purdue University are recommending contrasting action plans regarding opioid use. With one study attempting to treat opioid addiction, and another battles both alcohol abuse and depression.

Purdue professors Richard van Rijn from the department of medicinal chemistry and molecular pharmacology and Laura Schwab-Reese and her team in health and kinesiology, who notes that depression affects nearly one in twelve Americans over 18 this year in her team’s report.

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Only 16 percent of people taking a recent Ball State University survey think marijuana should remain illegal in Indiana.  But those that support legalization are split on how Hoosiers should get to use the substance.  IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports.


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Stan Lee was always a hero of mine; a feeling I share with many comic book fans. But it wasn't until recently – and especially following his death Monday at age 95 – that I began to realize that some of my love for him came specifically from my perspective as a black kid who grew up reading comic books in the 1970s.

52 percent of Hoosiers say Gov. Eric Holcomb is doing a good job, compared to just 13 percent who disapprove. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
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A majority of Hoosiers approve of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s job performance in Ball State’s annual Hoosier Survey.

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