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In the first three months of the year, law enforcement got 72 hits from felony arrestee DNA samples, including an unsolved rape from 2016. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

A 2017 law that took effect in January allows police to take DNA samples from anyone arrested for a felony. And police already got more than 70 hits from such samples that could help close unsolved cases.

Lawmakers Target May 14 For Special Session

Apr 17, 2018
House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says he’s confident legislators will only need one day of special session to conclude their work. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

State lawmakers are targeting May 14 for a special session to address a few issues that couldn’t get over the finish line during the regular session that ended last month.

Through nine months of the current fiscal period, Indiana tax collections have only met the budget plan’s expectations three times. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana tax collections fell further behind the state’s budget plan last month.

Through nine months of the current fiscal period, Indiana tax collections have only met the budget plan’s expectations three times. That’s after failing to do so in March – about $48 million off the mark.

Indiana Black Legislative Caucus Chair Rep. Cherrish Pryor (D-Indianapolis) says the events help lawmakers tell constituents about the results of the legislative session and give citizens an opportunity to connect with their government. (Lauren Chapman/IP
Brandon Smith

  

Indiana’s black state legislators will hold a series of town halls around the state, beginning this weekend.

This is the third year for the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus’s town halls. Caucus Chair Rep. Cherrish Pryor (D-Indianapolis) says the events help lawmakers tell constituents about the results of the legislative session and give citizens an opportunity to connect with their government.

High School Focus In Workforce Development Efforts

Apr 5, 2018
2018 workforce development legislation focused in part on improving career counseling in high school. (WFIU/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

State leaders are focused on ensuring Indiana has a workforce capable of meeting the state’s job needs for the next few decades. And that conversation increasingly turns to the state’s public schools, tying high school education to workforce development.

When asked whether it’s too much to ask a 14-year-old to decide what they want to do with the rest of their life, Gov. Eric Holcomb is direct.

Indiana Republican Party National Committeewoman Anne Hathaway says a recent report giving Indiana a failing grade for policies aimed at helping women isn’t fair. (Indiana Republican Party)
Brandon Smith

An Indiana Republican leader says a recent report giving Indiana a failing grade for policies aimed at helping women isn’t fair.

A new Indiana law requires school coaches to undergo training for heat-related medical issues. (U.S. Air Force)
Brandon Smith

A new Indiana law requires school coaches to undergo training for heat-related medical issues. The measure’s author says it’s the “last piece of the puzzle” to help coaches protect student athletes’ health.

Sales Tax On Food In Vending Machines Eliminated

Mar 29, 2018
(Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Lawmakers this session eliminated what they saw as a quirk of state law – sales tax on food sold in vending machines.

Most food bought at the grocery store is exempt from the state sales tax, says Rep. Dave Ober (R-Albion).

“But some of those same items, if they’re purchased through a vending machine, are charged the seven percent tax,” Ober says.

A new state law establishes a hierarchy for family members in health care decision-making. (Steve Burns/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

A new state law establishes a hierarchy for family members in health care decision-making.

It deals with situations where the patient can’t make decisions for themselves – and hasn’t designated a representative.

WFIU/WTIU News

Indiana’s Republican U.S. Senator wants to expand national efforts to address infectious diseases caused by substance abuse disorders.

The Scott County HIV outbreak helped spark the idea for the legislation.

The “Eliminating Opioid-Related Infectious Disease Act” would allow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to expand education, monitoring and treatment efforts for infectious diseases like HIV and Hepatitis C.

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