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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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.


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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Animal health company Elanco announced plans Friday to locate its new global headquarters in Indianapolis.

The company will use about half of the former General Motors stamping plant site for the new campus. 

Elanco will invest more than $300 million in its Indiana operations, further increasing the company’s presence in the state.

The former GM plant location has been vacant since 2011.

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A new auto racing team is working to create a pipeline to diversify not only IndyCar drivers but the motorsports industry as a whole. Force Indy will focus on hiring and training Black men and women into various roles in auto racing.

IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) officials announced the new professional team Thursday in Indianapolis.

The Force Indy team will be introduce and train Black men and women in all the roles that make up a team including mechanics, engineers, drivers and staff.

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The NCAA is considering moving all 67 March Madness games to Indianapolis. The organization hopes to consolidate venues to reduce risk during the pandemic.

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One in five small businesses in Indiana will have to permanently close by November without another round of federal loans, according to a small business advocacy group. The organization is urging Congress to pass additional Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan funding.

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Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly is moving to Phase 3 testing of a treatment to prevent COVID-19 after initial success. The next step will be to test the drug at nursing homes where the pandemic has hit hard.

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The Indy 500 will run without people in the stands this year. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced the decision Tuesday, reversing previous plans to maintain some attendance during the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) announced Tuesday fan attendance will be further limited to the Indy 500.

Last month, IMS officials announced the race would reduce the number of spectators to 50 percent. Now only 25 percent will be allowed to watch the event at the track.

Purdue University researchers developed a new COVID-19 test that could be more affordable and time efficient. The test will first be used by health care providers before then offering it to consumers for use at home.

The new trade deal between the United States, Mexico and Canada went into effect Wednesday. The new agreement doesn’t drastically impact Indiana agriculture, but it is still welcome news to farmers. 

The new United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) is expected to help Hoosier farmers by expanding exports for poultry producers and giving American dairy farmers more access to the Canadian market.

Indiana Farm Bureau president Randy Kron said the USMCA gives farmers some certainty during a time when COVID-19 has hurt supply chains.