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Holcomb Requests $5M More For School Safety Funding

Mar 9, 2018

Gov. Eric Holcomb wants lawmakers to deliver an additional $5 million this year for schools to spend on safety upgrades.

Indiana currently spends $10 million a year for school safety grants, which fund security improvements and school resource officers.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) says lawmakers are prepared to deliver that money and help fund an audit by the Department of Education of all school safety plans.

“DOE feels there might be a cost to that, a fiscal for them, so we need to talk about how to do that,” Long says.

Indiana tax collections surpassed expectations in February for the third consecutive month – and only the third time this fiscal year.

Total tax collections were about $30 million better than expected last month. The positive month was spurred by individual income tax collections more than 30 percent better than projected. Sales taxes came in essentially right on target.

Attributing it to the tax changes made by congressional Republicans late last year, Walmart handed out bonuses to employees across the country Thursday.

Two bonuses were given out: one being a one-time cash bonus of up to $1,000 and the other a quarterly bonus based on the store’s sales performance where the employee is located.

Walmart spokesperson Anne Hatfield says it’s a day for celebration for all employees.

Legislative leaders say both chambers have reached agreement on legislation to address Indiana’s workforce development issues.

The measures will begin taking steps this year as the legislature prepares to implement the bulk of its workforce efforts in next year’s budget.

Some of the legislation’s provisions will get underway in 2018. That includes expanded eligibility for student workforce grants and money for employers, says House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis).

Indiana Up One Spot In Women And Children Report

Mar 8, 2018

A new look at health rankings for women and children finds Indiana inched up a spot from 36th to 35th out of 50 states.

In one area, Indiana still struggles.  Maternal mortality in Indiana ranks 46th and the state’s infant mortality rate is 42nd.

The annual Health of Women and Children Report from United Health Foundation reflects numbers from 2016. Senior advisor Deenen Vojta says the data shows challenges that women in Indiana face.

Dyslexia Legislation Headed To The Governor

Mar 8, 2018

Advocates for dyslexia awareness say not enough teachers know how to identify and help students with the learning disability early on, but a bill the General Assembly approved this week aims to change that.

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill into law Thursday standardizing perinatal care in the state to lower Indiana’s infant mortality rate.

The new law creates a system to help expecting mothers identify the facility that can best deliver the level of care that they need.

“When you think about the 623 babies that didn’t make it past their first year in the state of Indiana, it’s clear that we have work to do,” Holcomb says.

State lawmakers are arguing over labeling and testing requirements for cannabidiol, or CBD, manufacturers in the final days of the 2018 session.

The Senate this session put certain labeling and testing requirements into CBD legislation. That includes a provision to require all manufacturers to submit their CBD oil to an independent lab for inspection.

Rep. Tom Washburne (R-Inglefield) says his chamber wants to minimize such requirements.

A recently-founded group of conservative students and Republican municipal leaders is working to bring what it calls a conservative voice to energy conversations in Indiana.

Indiana Conservatives Alliance for Energy aims to connect Republicans who care about renewable power.

New numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show Indiana has a significant increase in overdoses cases.

The report examines the most recent data on overdoses at emergency departments. Indiana experienced a 35 percent increase in visits a trend that Indianapolis EMS medical director Dan O’Donnell says isn’t surprising.

A bill to expand a pilot program for experimental post-traumatic stress disorder treatment was heard by a Senate committee this week. The proposal aims to connect Hoosier veterans with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

The therapy is the medicinal use of pure oxygen to heal. It’s a well-established treatment for decompression sickness or wounds that will not heal, but is experimental for PTSD.

School Funding Measure Nears Finish Line

Mar 7, 2018

As lawmakers close in on the end of the legislative session, they’re working to finalize a bill that would address the state’s school funding gap. The school funding shortfall for this fiscal year is estimated at more than $22 million.

The bill to address that shortfall would make up to $25 million from the state’s reserve funds available to bridge the gap.

The Senate sent legislation to the governor Wednesday to impose new abortion reporting requirements on all doctors and hospitals across the state.

The bill creates a long list of abortion complications. That list ranges from blood clots and cardiac arrest to anxiety and sleeping disorders. And the legislation says if a woman has ever had an abortion, and suffers one of those complications, any doctor or hospital that treats her must report that complication to the state.

DACA, Deportation Protests Prompt Peaceful Arrests

Mar 6, 2018

Faith in Indiana hosted a protest in downtown Indianapolis Tuesday, blocking a busy intersection to stand against deportation and to find a long-term DACA solution.

The demonstration intentionally blocked the intersection, prompting police to peacefully arrest about 15 protesters, mostly religious leaders. Protester Janice Wheater-Cowen says this sent an important message.

“We hope we made the point that these are families that we want to keep together,” she says.

Senate Approves School Financial Management Bill

Mar 6, 2018

Lawmakers in the Senate approved a controversial school financial management bill Tuesday.

Parts of the bill would heavily impact the function and oversight of Muncie and Gary schools and have stirred heated debate in recent weeks.

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