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One of the few races all Hoosiers get to vote for this election is for superintendent of public instruction. The state superintendent runs the Department of Education and chairs the State Board of Education. In the first of a two-part series looking at the candidates in this race, we look at Democrat incumbent Glenda Ritz.

When Glenda Ritz first ran for state superintendent in 2012, she was the underdog.

Most families in a lead-contaminated public housing complex in East Chicago, Indiana will miss their first deadline to find new homes on Oct. 31.

It means they’ll get extensions through the end of the year, but why has it been so hard to find housing?

On a recent rainy day in East Chicago, landlord Clay Brooks drills open a plywood front door on one of a row of vacant houses and ducks inside.

“So this is one that we’re rehabbing,” he says. “As you can see, some things that need to get done. This is a three-bedroom.”

Russian studies used to be a much more robust field in the United States compared to today. Interest took a sharp decline after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

But now, as political tensions are on the rise between the two countries, interest in Russia at universities in the U.S. is also on the rise.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Regina Smyth, associate professor of political science and director of the Russian Studies Workshop at Indiana University in Bloomington.


Gubernatorial Candidates Face Off in Final Debate

Oct 26, 2016

From left to right, Republican Eric Holcomb, Libertarian Rex Bell, and Democrat John Gregg.

The last Indiana gubernatorial debate this year focused on health and social issues. And no issue revealed the differences between the three candidates more than a question about abortion and birth control.

The question on abortion mentioned this year’s anti-abortion bill, considered by even some Republicans in the legislature to be too restrictive. Republican candidate Eric Holcomb calls himself pro-life, though he says abortion isn’t a focus.

The High Price of Inequality

Oct 26, 2016
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In the poorest neighborhoods in Indianapolis, people live sicker, shorter lives. What would it take to narrow the health gap?

Indiana could add a fourth port to its shipping system on the site of a former coal plant in the Southeast region.

Indiana Michigan Power decommissioned its Tanners Creek power plant on the Ohio River in Lawrenceburg, just west of Cincinnati, last year.

Two weeks from Election Day, it looks more likely than ever that Democrats will win control of the Senate.

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North Montgomery High Principal Michael Cox says in the past, staff avoided broaching the subject for fear of contributing to additional suicide attempts.

Appeals Court Rules In Favor Of DCS Caseworker

Oct 25, 2016

The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a lawsuit over Department of Child Services caseloads can move forward.

Indiana law says DCS must provide enough caseworkers so that the average caseload doesn’t exceed 17 children. All but one of the 19 regions in the state exceeds that standard. The ACLU of Indiana sued DCS on behalf of Mary Price, a caseworker who oversees 43 children. The lawsuit aimed to force the agency to hire more caseworkers.

Study Committee Recommends Alcohol Law Changes

Oct 25, 2016

The Indiana Statehouse (Brandon Smith/IPB News)

A legislative study committee Tuesday Oct. 25 recommended a series of potential changes to Indiana’s alcohol laws. But controversial issues such as Sunday sales and cold beer in convenience stores didn’t make the cut.

Indiana State Capitol

The Indiana Gaming Commission says collecting delinquent child support from paid fantasy sports winners will be difficult. A legislative study committee discussed the issue Tuesday Oct. 25.

Legislation this year to regulate paid fantasy sports included language that requires operators to “make a reasonable effort” to withhold delinquent child support from a player’s winnings.

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump seized on rising health insurance premiums Tuesday as evidence that "Obamacare is just blowing up."

But the general manager of a Trump golf course in Florida corrected his boss for suggesting that Trump's own employees would be personally affected.

"All of my employees are having a tremendous problem with Obamacare," Trump told reporters during an appearance at the National Doral Golf Club in Miami. "What they're going through with their health care is horrible because of Obamacare."

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Since 2015, Indiana counties have established syringe-exchange programs with the hopes of curbing the spread of HIV and hepatitis.

The latest county to establish such a service — Allen County — has decided to call the program something different, a move other counties in Indiana are considering as well.

Oxford University Press has announced that its new edition of the complete works of William Shakespeare will credit Christopher Marlowe as a co-author on the three Henry VI plays.

Despite years of controversy about the authorship of some of Shakespeare's work, this is the first time a major publishing house has formally named Marlowe as a co-author.

A partnership between Indiana Black Expo, Indiana University and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education will identify, enroll and help students complete requirements for the 21st Century Scholarship program. (James Martin/Flickr)

A new initiative plans to enroll 500 new high school students in a state-sponsored college scholarship program for low-income students.