The Indiana Department of Education wants more rural sites for this years summer food for kids program.

The Summer Food Service Program feeds children healthy meals when school is out for the summer. Most students that use the program qualify for free or reduced meals during the school year.

It’s a nationwide program funded through the USDA and administered by states. Indiana’s program boasted about 1400 hundred sites last year.

2018 Indiana State of the State Address

Jan 9, 2018

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 at 7 PM

88.1 WVPE and Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations present Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb's second address to a joint session of the Indiana General Assembly.

Courtesy Photo: The National Black Caucus of State Legislators


Lawmakers from across the country are gathering in Indianapolis this week for the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.

Rep. Robin Shackleford (D-Indianapolis) says many lawmakers in the organization face a similar challenge to her colleagues in Indiana – they’re the minority party in their statehouses and often struggle to prioritize legislation to help black and minority communities.

Shackleford says this conference is a way to address that challenge.

The University of Notre Dame
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Employees of the University of Notre Dame will still have access to no cost birth control after the end of the year through a third party provider.

Notre Dame announced last week it would no longer provide coverage to employees. Their health care provider, Meritain Health, announced it will continue to offer the coverage at no cost to plan members.

Notre Dames golden dome
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The University of Notre Dame will stop providing birth control coverage to students and employees at the end of the plan year. This has made it one of the targets of a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union.


Contraceptive coverage is required under the Affordable Care Act.