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St. Joseph County, Indiana Habitat for Humanity is counting down for the start of the 35th annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Works Project during the last week of August. The non-profit hosted a “Kid’s Day” Tuesday for those moving into new homes to mingle with future neighbors.

Jim Williams is the President and CEO of St. Joseph County Habitat for Humanity. He stands under a pavilion at Potawatomi Park in South Bend, as he tries to avoid a collision with kids present for the ‘Kid’s Day’. He says events like this help build a sense of community for those in the program.

Indiana Coal Miners Rally To Keep Pensions

Jul 12, 2018
Hoosier coal miners will join a rally in Columbus, Ohio, to protect their pensions. (Photo courtesy United Mine Workers of America)
Lauren Chapman

Indiana coal miners will join a rally to protect their pensions Thursday in Columbus, Ohio. That’s where a congressional committee plans to discuss what to do about multi-employer pension funds that are in danger of going under due to the recession. 

Fort Wayne Children's Zoo Giraffe Dies

Jul 12, 2018
Provided by the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

In the social media post dedicated to her memory, zoo officials said "Zahra was loved by all, and her loss is felt deeply. We share this heartbreak with our animal care professionals, who cared for her every single day of her life. We thank them for their outstanding work, not only with Zahra, but with all the animals here at the Zoo."


Muncie Ball Jar Factory To Close Next Summer

Jul 10, 2018

Ball canning jars will soon no longer be made in Muncie for the first time since the company’s first jars came off the line in 1888.  IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports.

After founding a company in Muncie – a town with enough natural gas to create a booming factory – and lending the family name and financial support to a local teacher’s college, the Ball Corporation’s headquarters left Muncie for Colorado in 1962.  But Ball jars have continued to be made in part in Muncie.  That is, until next summer, according to current owner Newell Brands.

Volunteers at a Randolph County food pantry spent their time with US Sen. Todd Young (R-Indiana) asking him not to vote to reduce federal food assistance programs through the next version of the federal Farm Bill.  As IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, Young visited several service agencies in Winchester.



Less than two months after they were wounded in the shooting at Noblesville West Middle School, Ella Whistler and Jason Seaman took center stage at the Noblesville Fourth of July Parade.

Whistler and Seaman served as the parade Grand Marshals.

Community members lined the parade route and gave the two a standing ovation.

Hundreds gathered outside the Indiana Statehouse to protest the Trump administration's immigration policies. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

End family separation: that was the message of hundreds gathered in Indianapolis Saturday.

The event was one of dozens across the country this weekend to protest the Trump administration’s immigration policies.

A court hearing for the 13-year old charged in the Noblesville school shooting of his teacher and a student is rescheduled for this fall.

The juvenile hearing is now set for Sept. 10 and 11 in Hamilton Couty Circuit Court, according to the court administrator Wednesday. Last week, the court approved a request from the suspect’s attorneys for more time to review evidence in the case.

Update, 11:40 a.m.: The Bailey family will receive $650,000 as part of the settlement.

In the agreement, which was released to the media Tuesday morning, the City of Indianapolis agrees to continue de-escalation training for its officers, and IMPD will allow members of the public to attend the first three sessions in that training.

IMPD Chief Bryan Roach also agrees to meet with the Bailey family in the next 30 days.

More Emergency Responders In Indiana Relying On Drones

Jun 25, 2018
Barbara Brosher / WFIU/WTIU News


An increasing number of Indiana police and fire departments are using drone technology to help navigate emergency situations. It’s part of a growing national trend.

According to the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College, the number of public safety agencies with drones has increased more than 80 percent in the past year.

Their success has other industries looking to drones for solutions.

Drones Cheaper, Faster Than Planes In Emergencies