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Legislation making the state schools superintendent an appointed position is in limbo as the House weighs its options.

FAFSA Filing Deadline is April 15 In Indiana

Apr 13, 2017

This Saturday is the deadline for Indiana students to fill out their application for college financial aid, including the federal Pell Grant.

To receive financial aid for college, students must complete the FAFSA — that’s the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

“Every prospective college student—whether they’re a high school senior or a returning adult—should complete the FAFSA,” Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers said.

School Explores Benefits Of Teaching With Music

Apr 13, 2017


From the parking lot at Tindley Genesis Academy in Indianapolis – you can hear music.

Outside of the school, it’s a dull thumping, but once you enter the front door, drumming, shrieking and synchronized chanting greets you – before the secretary has a chance to say hello.

It’s coming from the gym.

Second through fourth grade classes stand on the sidelines of the basketball court, drumming, dancing and taking turns singing their class chants.

Legislation allowing police to take DNA from anyone arrested for a felony is on its way to the governor’s desk.

The Senate advanced the bill after a lengthy debate about its constitutionality.

Proponents of the measure argue that taking a DNA sample from an arrestee is the same as taking their mugshot or fingerprints. And Sen. Aaron Freeman (R-Indianapolis) says that’s supported by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The author of a bill barring local communities from banning short-term rentals – such as Airbnb – put a clock on final negotiations over the controversial measure.

Rep. Matt Lehman’s (R-Berne) bill – as it currently stands – would limit rentals to no more than 30 days in a row and 180 days total in a year. It would also require owners to have liability insurance.

Gov. Eric Holcomb will soon have to decide whether to sign a bill dealing with parental notification of abortion after the Senate advanced the measure.

Girls under the age of 18 can go to court to get consent for abortion if their parents don’t give that consent.

A new report from the Animal Welfare Institute says Indiana lags in enforcing humane slaughter rules at small, state-inspected meat plants – that it issues citations, but never stops production.

The Indiana Board of Animal Health took issue with that logic, saying its inspectors are doing their jobs.

Indiana’s new revenue forecast is slightly more optimistic about the state’s fiscal picture for the next two years. But House and Senate fiscal leaders say it doesn’t change their budget plans.

U.S. Steel Chemical Spill Threatens Lake Michigan

Apr 12, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency is responding to a chemical spill, which threatens beaches and the nearest public water intake, from the U.S. Steel facility in Portage.

US Steel reported Tuesday the wastewater spill into Burns Waterway, about 100 yards away from Lake Michigan. In a statement released late Wednesday, U.S. Steel says the spill resulted from an equipment failure and it has idled all production processes at the facility.

The Environmental Protection Agency and East Chicago’s mayor remain at a standstill over the future of a lead-contaminated public housing complex.

After Mayor Anthony Copeland doubled down on his insistence that the EPA clean West Calumet Housing Complex to a residential standard, the EPA has maintained it can’t move forward with cleanup until it gets more information from the city.

A bill headed to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s desk would allow governments to charge the public up to $20 an hour for public records searches.

If a public records request takes more than two hours to complete, Rep. Kathy Richardson’s (R-Noblesville) bill says the government agency can charge up to $20 an hour for the work.

Former governor Mike Pence vetoed such a bill two years ago.

The Senate made a change to the measure, exempting title records search companies from having to pay the fee.

House Sends Telemedicine Expansion Bill To Governor

Apr 11, 2017

House lawmakers voted to send a bill to the governor that expands Indiana’s telemedicine services, though some legislators are still uncomfortable with that expansion.

The telemedicine bill expands those remote care services to Indiana’s Medicaid patients. And it lifts a ban on prescribing certain controlled substances via telemedicine, such as Ritalin and Adderall.


A preference for one chamber’s version of the road funding bill has emerged as the public got what’s likely its last chance this session to testify on the measure.

During testimony from local officials, logistics and trucking industry representatives, union leaders, and others, a common theme materialized: they like the House version of the road funding bill better than the Senate’s.

Building and Construction Trades Council leader Pete Rimsans says the House bill creates a bigger return on investment.

Black Students With One Black Teacher More Likely To Graduate

Apr 10, 2017

There’s a new study out and it finds black students who have just one black teacher in elementary school are less likely to drop out and are significantly more likely to graduate high school.

The study’s major takeaways:

The Indiana Senate gave its final approval to a bill revamping the state’s net metering policy on Monday. The bill now heads to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s desk, where solar advocates are hoping he’ll veto it.

The bill’s author, Sen. Brandt Hershman (R-Buck Creek), says he’s comfortable with the changes made in the House, which the Senate approved 37-11.

“As I’ve said all along, I’m not opposed to solar, it’s just that the current subsidy is too lucrative considering the current state of affairs,” says Hershman.