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PENDLETON -- U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visited the Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility Wednesday to see a “second chance” program aimed at teaching incarcerated youth to become software engineers.

DeVos spoke to nine teens in The Last Mile -- a one-year program that hopes to end recidivism by teaching computer skills that may lead to tech jobs or further education. Indiana was the first state outside of California to adopt the coding program. It’s now in five state correctional facilities.

National Drug Czar Visits Indiana To Talk Opioids

Aug 14, 2019

The head of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy visited Indiana this week to talk with state leaders about the opioid crisis. Drug Czar Jim Carroll says that he wants to share with other states and the federal government what led to a recent drop in overdose deaths in Indiana. 

Health leaders are raising awareness about a new initiative to tackle Indiana's high infant and maternal mortality rates. The state launched a public awareness campaign this week. 

Indiana faith leaders called on Gov. Eric Holcomb Tuesday to “disarm hate.”

Indiana National Guard Head Resigns Amid Scandal

Aug 12, 2019

Indiana National Guard leader Courtney Carr is retiring in the wake of a defamation lawsuit against him.

Gov. Eric Holcomb says he recommended Carr step down.

Days after a student with a gun was arrested outside a Muncie high school, Gov. Eric Holcomb held an event highlighting two school safety bills in Southern Indiana Friday, but Democrats in the General Assembly are calling for more action on school safety and firearms during the next legislative session. 

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Veterans’ military pensions will be 100 percent exempt from Indiana’s income tax in the next four years. And the state is using that to recruit retiring servicemembers to Indiana.

Gov. Eric Holcomb pushed lawmakers to exempt military pensions from the income tax for years. In 2019, he finally got his wish. It will ultimately cost Indiana nearly $15 million per year in revenue when the pensions are fully exempt. Holcomb says it’s a major recruiting tool.

Gov. Eric Holcomb urged people who see something to say something in the wake of this weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

Holcomb's Path To Re-election Likely An Easy One

Jul 15, 2019

Gov. Eric Holcomb officially launched his re-election bid Saturday and political analysts say Holcomb’s path to a second term is likely an easy one.

Gov. Eric Holcomb asked the United States Department of Agriculture Friday to designate 88 counties as disaster zones. To be able to request a county be designated an agricultural disaster area, at least 30 percent of a single crop must be damaged or lost.

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