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Tracking Election Coverage: September 11-24

Sep 26, 2016

My office is tracking NPR's candidate coverage, online and on its morning and evening newsmagazines, in response to requests from listeners. From Sept. 11 through Sept. 24, there were 42 stories focused primarily on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, compared with 34 stories focused mostly on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson was the main focus of one story during that period.

Donald Trump could stand to benefit from his reported vice presidential pick Mike Pence in a number of ways, in particular from his strong Christian identity, which might help Trump gain needed support in evangelical communities.

But Pence initially endorsed Ted Cruz, albeit without enthusiasm, and there were some reports that the Indiana governor disliked Trump. Less than a week after Cruz dropped out, Pence endorsed Trump.

A shriek went up around the young executives of a start-up company as they made their way to a beaming Bill Clinton. They had just won the million dollar Hult Prize for an idea they dreamed up and launched over the last 12 months.

Democrat John Gregg got a bit of a head start in the race for governor – he’s spent a year campaigning, rolling out policy proposals for months.

Republican Eric Holcomb became Indiana’s lieutenant governor a little more than seven months ago, and two months ago, replaced Mike Pence as the Republican nominee for governor.

Where do they stand on the issues?

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Republicans in the House proposed a tax increase, the gas tax increase. Is that something you’d support as governor?

District 26 Candidates Debate Schools, Mental Health

Sep 23, 2016
Charlotte Tuggle / WBAA

One of the biggest issues in this year’s race for the Indiana House of Representatives District 26 seat may be how to improve the state’s education system.

In the first debate of the race Thursday, Democratic candidate Vicky Woeste said the state needs to reject what she calls the ALEC-driven education agenda, referring to the conservative group which drafts right-leaning legislation for statehouses across the country.

A Complete Guide To Early And Absentee Voting

Sep 23, 2016

What Does Early Voting Data Tell Us?

For those who can't wait to get this election over with, there's good news — early voting is starting.

The bad news: That only applies to you if you live in one of 37 states that offer some kind of early voting (in person, absentee or by mail) without an excuse needed.

More than 1 in 3 people is expected to cast a ballot early this year. On Friday, voters in Minnesota and South Dakota can start turning in absentee ballots. On Saturday, they can do so in Vermont, and ballots will go out in New Jersey.

Government officials first found high levels of lead and arsenic at an East Chicago lead smelting plant in 1985. Thirty years later, after countless soil samples and elevated blood lead level tests, clean-up has begun. Why did it take so long?

Robert Kaplan oversees the Environmental Protection Agency’s work in the Midwest – he’s the Region 5 Administrator.

“I’m showing you an overhead aerial flight from 1949, and you’ve got the DuPont facility over here, you’ve got some other facilities over here, you’ve got two pre-existing neighborhoods,” Kaplan says.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund program was started in 1980, and since its inception, it has added 49 sites in Indiana to its National Priority List.

A Superfund is a site designation by the EPA to receive state and federal money to clean up hazardous waste that poses a threat to public health.

To determine if the threat level is high enough to warrant state and federal assistance, the EPA uses a Hazard Ranking System scored from 0-100. Sites ranking 28.5 and above are eligible for state and federal cleanup assistance.

Nick Janzen / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Wearing overalls and a John Deere baseball cap, 79-year-old Norman Greer stands on the front porch of his home, looking out at his property. There's a grain bin, some tractors, a barn, and rows of corn and soy beans.

"Where I live, right here, is 52 acres, and I farm 300 acres," Greer says. He's also raised hogs and cattle, but as he points out vacant animal pens, he says, "I've gotten too old to fool with it."

Annie Ropeik / Indiana Public Broadcasting

 

Still, Daniels, who has rheumatoid arthritis and is on disability, says she's worried.

Courtesy Cummins Engine

New census data puts Columbus, Ind. in the top 20 cities for start-up business growth nationwide.

Studies have been showing for years that this country's middle class is shrinking.

Now, the nonpartisan Pew Research Center has added another dimension to the story: Its examination of government data shows the problem is not confined to the Rust Belt or Appalachia.

In fact, the middle is shrinking from coast to coast.

Muslims In Indiana Discussion

Sep 19, 2016

What does it mean to be a Muslim and an American in Indiana? 

Residents are invited to participate in a community discussion on Tuesday, September 20 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.  

"People who come will be surprised at how long the history of Muslims in the Hoosier state is and how deeply apart of Indiana Muslims have been, especially since the 1920's" says Professor of Religious Studies at IUPUI, Dr. Edward Curtis.

Wisconsin Has An Unclear Route To Toll Roads

Sep 19, 2016

Wisconsin now has a transportation budget proposal on the table for 2017-18, which Gov. Scott Walker rolled out on September 14. But Walker and the Republican-led state legislature may not be any closer to agreeing on how to make up a $1 billion shortfall in transportation funding, which is mostly dedicated towards road repair and construction.

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