Marion County

A third person in Indiana has died from the novel coronavirus – a second Marion County resident. 

Indiana has reported the state’s first presumed case of illness from the new coronavirus.

A new fund will direct money to Indiana programs that address social issues related to health. Indiana University Health is providing $100 million to create the Community Impact Investment Fund.

Ryan Mears Elected Marion County Prosecutor

Oct 7, 2019

Ryan Mears has been elected the next Marion County Prosecutor by the Marion County Democratic Party.

The Marion County Democratic Party held a caucus meeting Saturday morning to allow committee people to cast their votes for prosecutor. Mears assumed the role of acting prosecutor after Terry Curry resigned from the position on Sept. 23 for health reasons.

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill announces a lawsuit against the Sackler family. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

Indiana’s Attorney General filed a new lawsuit aimed at the family behind Purdue Pharma. The state becomes the latest to accuse members of the Sackler family of exacerbating the opioid crisis.

Food insecurity in Indiana is down slightly according to an annual report from Feeding America but Hoosiers are still more likely to face hunger than the national average.

Syringe Access Program Rolls Out In Indianapolis

Apr 11, 2019
The new Marion County syringe exchange mobile unit is unveiled in Indianapolis. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

Indiana’s ninth syringe exchange program was launched in Marion County. 

Syringe Exchange Approved For Marion County

Jun 20, 2018
Syringes for exchange. (Photo: Jake Harper Side Effects)
Jill Sheridan

Marion County is the latest in Indiana to establish a syringe exchange program.  The Indianapolis program adopted by the City-County Council Monday is in response to a hepatitis C outbreak. 

The rise in cases, an estimated 1,000 new cases in 2017, prompted health officials to declare an epidemic last month.  

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Marion County’s system of electing judges has been deemed illegal after a federal appeals court ruling; which leaves the unanswered question of what will replace it.

Last week the appeals court unanimously ruled the system denied voters a genuine choice.

For 40 years, Marion County has allowed Democrats and Republicans to nominate half the year's Superior Court candidates to all but ensure an evenly split bench. The major-party slates have not been challenged by a third-party candidate since 2002.

Indy Mayor Hopes To See Pre-K Program Extend State-Wide

Mar 14, 2015
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The mayor of Indianapolis hopes putting his signature on a pre-K funding ordinance will both lower crime in the Circle City and send a message to the Statehouse.

Greg Ballard signed off on a more than $20 million  funding program to be used for at-risk Marion County students. The funding will stretch over five years and offset the costs of preschool for some 1300 students.

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