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Azar Nominated For HHS Secretary

Nov 13, 2017

President Donald Trump announced the nomination of a former Eli Lilly executive as Health and Human Services Secretary Monday. Alex Azar is the latest Hoosier headed to Washington for a post in the federal health sector.

IU To Turn GHG Emissions Into Plant Fertilizer

Nov 13, 2017

Indiana University wants to improve its sustainability – and it’s turning to a novel way of recycling to do so. The school’s main campus will turn its greenhouse gas emissions into plant fertilizer with the help of a photobioreactor.

The machine is made out of PVC pipe and will sit on top of the university’s central heating plant. There, it will capture plant emissions, which will be used to feed algae, which project co-leader Chip Glaholt says will be turned into plant fertilizer.

The Indiana Commission On Improving the Status of Children is working to tackle one part of the shortage of mental health providers.

Indiana Association of Resources and Child Advocacy executive director Cathleen Graham says the shortage of professionals comes from a number of factors: Indiana has almost doubled the number of children in the welfare system and the opioid epidemic contributed to longer stays in the system while parents and guardians get sober.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb visited the Ethos Science Center in Elkhart today to outline his priorities for the upcoming legislative session. The 2018 Next Level Agenda is the Governor’s plan to help build Indiana’s workforce.
 

One of the governor’s top priorities is to fill  more well paying and in demand jobs across the state. He said there’s about 92,000 jobs that are unfilled in the state alone, and about 29,000 more in the works that could remain unfilled if the state doesn’t address jobs training.  
 

Worker Injuries, Illness On The Decline

Nov 10, 2017

Indiana workplaces set a new low last year for on the job injuries and illnesses last year. Since 1992, the Indiana State Department of Labor has tracked the data that reports on Injuries and illnesses related to work incidents. There were more than 84,000 incidents in 2016 – a 5 percent drop from 2015 and a 69 percent drop from a 1994 high.

Grow With Google Training Launches In Indianapolis

Nov 10, 2017

Google’s Grow With Google initiative – a nationwide technology training tour – kicked off in Indianapolis Friday. The two-day conference is the beginning of a relationship between the tech giant and Indiana.

Nearly 2,000 Hoosiers registered for digital workshops and training with Google.

The initiative’s Community Engagement head Erica Swanson says Indianapolis is fifth in the country for growth in technology jobs.

Drug Commission Formally Opposes Medical Marijuana

Nov 9, 2017

The Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse voted Thursday to formally oppose the decriminalization of marijuana in any form. The resolution that came one day after Gov. Eric Holcomb took the same stance.

Two members of the commission asked that it take a stand against medical marijuana in Indiana, according to the commission’s executive director Jim McClelland.

The American Legion and AMVETs want the Indiana General Assembly to push forward with legislation decriminalizing medical marijuana. The groups join marijuana advocates and Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) in calling for action.

Veterans made a direct response to challenges from Gov. Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council for their lack of support on the issue.

OUCC Says I&M Rate Increase Too High

Nov 9, 2017

The state’s utility consumer advocate says Indiana-Michigan Power’s proposed rate increase is too high.

Indiana-Michigan Power’s increase would go towards infrastructure upgrades, such as replacing power lines and trimming trees to avoid outages. Customers could see their monthly bill go up by about $26.

But public testimony in the case has been overwhelming negative. Anthony Swinger is a spokesperson for the Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, which represents the public in utility rate cases. He says the OUCC concluded the utility doesn’t need that much.

 

The new non-profit, Accelerator for America, launched in South Bend today. The group, chaired by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, was developed with South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.


Accelerator for America aims to provide strategic or financial support to help strengthen people’s economic security nationwide. That includes organizations that promote jobs and skills training in communities.
 

ISDH Highlights Link Between Infant Mortality, Opioids

Nov 8, 2017

Preliminary findings of an Indiana State Department of Health study highlight a link between the state’s high infant mortality rate and the drug epidemic.

Indiana has one of the worst infant mortality rates in the country, with around seven out of every 1,000 infants dying before their first birthday.

Since 2016, the state health department has been testing umbilical cord samples of at-risk infants – babies born to mothers with a history of drug use or those who show symptoms of use.

ISTA Reacts To Governor's 2018 Agenda

Nov 8, 2017

Gov. Eric Holcomb released his 2018 agenda Wednesday, outlining a number of possible changes to education policy for the sake of better workforce alignment. One facet includes increased licensing flexibility for educators who teach in STEM fields – science, technology, engineering, and math – and Indiana State Teacher’s Association President Teresa Meredith says that proposal lacks specificity.

Holcomb Won't Support Marijuana Decriminalization

Nov 8, 2017

 

Gov. Eric Holcomb says he won’t support any push to decriminalize marijuana, even for medical use.

Governor Holcomb Unveils 2018 Agenda

Nov 8, 2017

Gov. Eric Holcomb wants to create new levels of bureaucracy to better align workforce needs with education and training. Those new levels would replace failed versions created during the Pence administration.

A state committee recommended sweeping changes to high school graduation requirements Tuesday even as many of the details remain unknown.

If approved by the State Board of Education students, starting with the class of 2023, would choose from multiple academic tracts to satisfy three graduation requirements that are designed to better prepare them for college or career.

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