General News

Health Needs Survey Headed To Hoosiers

Apr 2, 2018
Jill Sheridan

Many Hospital systems around the state have partnered to survey more than 80,000 households about their healthcare needs. The survey starts this week and Community Health Network hopes it can help improve service and identify factors that lead to poor health.

The My Community Health Needs Assessment survey will target communities across 39 counties in Indiana. 

(Sakeeb Sabakka/Flickr)
Lauren Chapman

A recent report says some federal grant money for teachers is turning into loans instead, and some Indiana universities were already hesitant to use the program.

Lindsey Wright / IPBS

James Mahoney loves to watch wild animals walk around his seven-acre property in southern Indiana. That’s why he put up trail cameras on some of the trees.

“Anything that walks in front of this camera, out to so many feet, 50 feet or so, it will take its picture and you’ll see it walk by,” Mahoney says. 

Mahoney has a special compassion for animals. He owns several horses and chickens. He even rehabilitates animals, currently a fox named Baby.

That’s why it’s somewhat surprising for people to learn he’s been hunting and trapping animals his entire life.

Protesters filled the main floor of the Indiana Statehouse Saturday after snow drove them indoors. (Jeanie Lindsay/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Hundreds of demonstrators circled the Indiana Statehouse this weekend to protest gun violence.

Organizers moved the rally inside the statehouse because of the weather, and limited entryways meant some people had to wait for hours to get in. As they stood in line their chants of "enough is enough" echoed those coming from inside the rotunda.

Health Focus At New Children's Museum Experience

Mar 16, 2018
Riley Sports Experience opens to the public at The Children's Museum in Indianapolis. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis will launch a 7.5 acre exhibit this weekend that promotes family fitness. The museum teamed with Riley Childrens' Hospital and hopes to be a national leader in this field.

The indoor/outdoor Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience aims to get children excited about good health habits. 

Barbara Anguiano / WVPE


A new grassroots movement based in Washington, DC hopes to encourage South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg to run in the 2020 presidential election.  

The movement has no association with Buttigieg or his campaign. Mark Meier lives in Washington DC, and launched the effort, despite never meeting the South Bend mayor. But, he says Buttigieg has a lot of the qualities the Democratic Party needs in a candidate. He said it all began when he read an article about the mayor.



DNR Proposes Allowing Trapping, Hunting Bobcats

Mar 16, 2018
Lindsey Wright / WFIU

The Department of Natural Resources is proposing to change several fish and wildlife policies, but one in particular is causing heated controversy.

The organization wants to allow the hunting and trapping of bobcats, a species considered endangered in the state until 2005.

Lindsey Wright / WFIU

Animal control workers could be required to euthanize certain nuisance animals under proposed changes from the Department of Natural Resources.

The fish and wildlife policy change would require workers to kill raccoons, coyotes, and opossums.

Mike Meservy, owner of Advanced Pest Control, has been doing animal control work for 14 years. He says many residents use his service because he traps and relocates most animals. He also questions the morality of such a policy. 

This I Believe: Be Your Own Best Friend

Mar 15, 2018
Harrison High School

  Being alone seems like a terrifying thought. The word “lonely” can have many different meanings. Isolation, boredom and overthinking are a few common words that I associate with the thought of being alone. I believe even though it is easy to dread, alone time is extremely beneficial.

Spending time without others around me used to seem like the worst thing that could happen. I dreaded the idea of being alone with my own thoughts. I used to spend most of my time surrounded by people, constantly. I relied on others to distract me from the feeling of loneliness. I did not know what to do if someone was not there to hold my hand through life. I had to learn that it is okay to hold your own hand. I needed to learn to be my own best friend.


Indiana FSSA, Indiana 2-1-1 and Open Beds representatives announce a new partnership. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

A new partnership to improve access to substance use disorder and mental health treatment was announced today. Open Beds, the state’s Family and Social Services Administration, FSSA and Indiana 2-1-1 have teamed on a new online platform.

Finding the right care for the right person at the right time is the goal of the partnership that provides a website for providers to locate treatment options when they’re needed.