Samantha Horton

Business and economy reporter.

Samantha Horton is an Indiana Public Broadcasting reporter based at WBAA. She reports and writes stories on business and economic issues in Indiana. After graduating from the University of Evansville with a triple major in International Studies, Political Science and Communication, Samantha worked for three years at WNIN Public Radio in Evansville. She then joined WBAA to take on bigger role on reporting. So far, she enjoys working in WBAA as a business and economy reporter.

In her leisure time, Samantha enjoys running, trying different craft beers, and playing board games with her family. She ran a marathon last year and is looking forward to running one again this coming November. 

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Eli Lilly is joining other pharmaceutical companies working to fight the surge of COVID-19 cases in India. The country has reported almost 4,000 deaths Wednesday and is averaging over 300,000 new cases a day. 

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Indiana officials are making a second go of investing in capital projects around the state with the newly launched Indiana Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI). The program mirrors a previous version created by former Gov. Mike Pence.

Toyota is investing $803 million to further expand its facility in southwest Indiana. This is the most recent major investment the Japanese automaker has made over the last few years.


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The Indianapolis 500 will bring fans back this May after having none at last year’s race, at 40 percent capacity.

A bill that will give health care providers additional protections from COVID-19 liability lawsuits is on its way to the governor’s desk. Some trial lawyers worry the bill will limit Hoosiers from seeking legal action for their loved ones.

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The Indiana Chamber of Commerce expressed frustration that the state Senate is not creating a high enough tax on vaping devices or increasing the cigarette tax. The Senate’s proposed budget rolls back what the House approved earlier this session.

The percentage of small businesses saying they will have to possibly close in the next six months dropped from 25 percent last December to 13 percent in a recent survey, conducted by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

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The NCAA announced Friday a limited number of fans will be permitted to attend this year’s Division One Men’s Basketball Championship. Each venue may allow up to 25 percent capacity with physical distancing.

Indiana joined several other states in the country to protect businesses and other institutions from most COVID-19 lawsuits. While one small business advocacy group breathed a sigh of relief as Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the measure Thursday, some Hoosiers are concerned.


A worker at a factory in North Vernon, Indiana, works with a plastics manufacturing robot. A recent study released by the Brookings Institution shows 42 percent of Hoosiers are in a "good job." (Justin Hicks/IPB News)

Only 42 percent of Hoosiers have what is considered a good paying job according to a new report released Wednesday by the Brookings Institution. It details issues facing Indiana’s economy and what can be done to improve conditions.


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Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly is partnering with health care systems around the state to increase access and affordability around its COVID-19 antibody treatment. The company is working with the state of Indiana and health systems and has established three new infusion centers for its COVID-19 antibody therapy to treat those at high risk.

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Indiana businesses and institutions are one step closer to being protected from COVID-19 lawsuits. A House committee passed the bill but some still worry the protections go too far.

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Indiana state and local officials celebrated Monday after the NCAA announced all the men’s March Madness games will take place in central Indiana. Leaders expect the investments made to host the 68 teams will pay off.

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Indiana will host all of this year’s NCAA March Madness men’s tournaments following discussions with state and local officials about logistics and health concerns.

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After months of asking for a new round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, Congress passed a bill to finally offer some small businesses financial help. The $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill gives hope to small business owners trying to survive through the pandemic.

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