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Indiana’s unemployment rate last month took its largest single-month jump in more than eight years.

Four months ago, Indiana’s unemployment rate had its biggest one-month improvement in more than 20 years. That trend is now going the other direction in August, as the state suffered its largest single-month increase in the unemployment rate since March of 2009.

Indiana will receive more than $3.5 million in federal funds to tackle the opioid epidemic. The money going to 21 health centers, will primarily be used to increase behavioral health services.

The Health Resources and Services Administration, or HRSA, will disperse more than $200 million in grants to qualifying health centers around the country that serve patients regardless of ability to pay.

Indianapolis’s Raphel Health Center CEO Dee Roudebush says the funding comes just in time.

Food Finders in Lafayette is good at doing just that: finding food. And CEO Katy Bunder feels she’s ahead of the game when it comes to finding fresh, nutritious options for her clients.

“I always remind myself that low income people want what high income people want – good healthy food,” Bunder says.

She says it’s one of the top requests, but in the past, produce hasn’t always been the best.

“Most of our produce was ugly and past its prime, so not surprisingly our clients were not clamoring for that,” Bunder says.

Eighty-four percent of Hoosiers have broadband internet access. Those that don’t live mostly in rural places – where poor connectivity is an economic problem.

The state legislature heard a range of ideas to fix that problem Thursday in their first of three study committee meetings on rural broadband.

Rep. Dave Ober (R-Noble County) says flat or shrinking populations make for tricky economics that will demand multiple solutions.

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will visit schools across Indiana Friday as the last stop on a six-state back-to-school tour.

DeVos is highlighting schools that she says are offering innovative and groundbreaking curriculum and teaching methods.

Mayors and public officials from 18 Indiana communities, as well as environmental advocates, business leaders, and young people met in Indianapolis Wednesday to talk about ways Indiana can adapt to impacts from climate change at the second annual Climate Leadership Summit.

Jim Poyser, the executive director of Earth Charter Indiana and the event’s organizer, says he sees bipartisan support on the local level for action on climate change.

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) was one of just six U.S. Senators invited to a White House dinner Tuesday to discuss President Donald Trump’s tax reform agenda.

Political analysts say Donnelly’s inclusion is a boost to his reelection campaign.

In a statement, Donnelly called the dinner a “good conversation.” He focused on his proposal to address outsourced jobs and use tax reform to punish companies that send positions overseas while rewarding those who return jobs to the U.S.

Opioid Talk Focuses On Issues And Solutions

Sep 12, 2017

The opioid epidemic was the topic of a discussion at Purdue University where Indiana’s drug czar, Jim McClelland, lead the talk.

Indiana’s executive director for drug prevention, treatment and enforcement, Jim McClelland was appointed by Gov. Eric Holcomb earlier this year and is tasked to tackle the state’s opioid epidemic.

He says the focus right now is to increase treatment access.

“Few people can recover without treatment,” McClelland says. “Medicated treatment is the gold standard, a combination of medication and behavioral therapy.”

State lawmakers vented frustrations Tuesday at a lack of details on what unemployment and employer tax fraud costs the state.

At the sole meeting of a summer study committee on those issues, regulators said the state may be missing millions in revenue because of fraud – but couldn’t say how much they’ve clawed back.

State workforce development officials say Indiana has the second-lowest benefits fraud rate in the nation – after Hawaii – and has saved more than $200 million by preventing and collecting on fraud in the past three years.

Three Indiana universities made the top 100 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “best” rankings for higher education institutions, released Tuesday.

The University of Notre Dame came in at No. 18 among all universities in the country.

Central Indiana To Compete For Amazon HQ2

Sep 11, 2017

Business and political leaders in the Indianapolis-area announced Monday that the city will make a proposal for Amazon’s next headquarters. The group has 30 days to submit their proposal to the tech giant.

Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett made the announcement alongside Scott Fadness, mayor of Indy suburb Fishers. The bid to lure the Amazon headquarters to Indiana will be a region-wide effort, including nine counties.

People who experience extreme weather events, such as droughts, hurricanes or tornadoes, aren’t highly more likely to support climate change change adaptation policies, according to a new study involving an Indiana University researcher.

While climate change does not cause extreme weather events, it can make them more intense, or happen more frequently.

UPDATE: Indianapolis officials have since announced their plans to formally bid for the Amazon project. Read the story here

State officials won’t say if Indianapolis will join the race to house Amazon’s next headquarters. And despite the Hoosier capital’s push to become a tech hub, analysts say the it may face an uphill battle if it opts to bid on the massive project.

More than 32 percent of Hoosiers are obese according to the latest assessment in the so-called State of Obesity Report.

The annual report from the Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranks Indiana 10th worst in the country for obesity. It was 15th last year.

Indiana continues to struggle in its new fiscal year as revenues came in below expectations in August.

Total state tax collections came in about $18 million off the mark in August. That puts the state more than $40 million behind projections this fiscal year.

Sales and corporate tax revenues continue to struggle. Corporate taxes in particular suffered last month, $31 million less than expected, which is about 700 percent below target.

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