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State officials are taking the road funding debate outside the statehouse, to rural locations across the state.

The meetings between the Department of Transportation and Indiana Farm Bureau are a chance for rural residents to speak up about their infrastructure needs.

Larry Pullam was one such resident at a recent meeting in Crawfordsville. He's a retired corn and soybean farmer from Hendricks County, and says he never felt like he had a voice in the infrastructure conversation before the meeting.

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Indiana’s Department of Child Services says it’s doing all it can to comply with caseload requirements in state law and that a court can’t order it to do more.

Lawyers for the agency made that case Wednesday before the Indiana Court of Appeals.

Indiana law says the Department of Child Services 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. Caseworker Mary Price oversees 43 children.

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Indiana's Farm Service Agency has officially run out of loan money for everyday farm operating costs. But Congress is stepping in to keep the FSA's real estate loans afloat.

The Farm Service Agency predicted it would run out of loan money by this month.

That was after low commodity prices and wet weather in 2015 made it tough for some farmers to pay their operating costs, or pay back their banks -- and more banks, in turn, asked the FSA to help with the debt.

Courtesy Governor Mike Pence

Indiana governor Mike Pence will be in the spotlight tonight as he delivers the keynote speech at the Republican National Convention.

In selecting Pence as his running mate, presidential candidate Donald Trump more than once has touted the corporate tax cuts implemented during Pence’s administration to attract new investment and create jobs.

Pence also has impacted health issues during his nearly four years as governor and 12 years in Congress. 

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Jake Harper looks at the governor’s record on health policy in Indiana.

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The panel creating the framework for a new state assessment is now considering a different timeline for the new test.

The 2015 General Assembly created the panel of educators, legislators and business leaders to create a list of recommendations for how to overhaul the state’s assessment taken in third through eighth grade, as well as one year in high school.

The law says the panel must have its recommendations in by December, but that may be revised.

Testing expert Ed Roeber consulted with Indiana when legislators left Common Core and made a new state assessment.

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The race to replace Mike Pence on the Indiana Republican gubernatorial ticket has a fourth candidate.

Senator Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) sent an email to members of the Indiana GOP’s state committee, announcing his intention to seek the Republican nomination for governor.

Tomes says his six years as a state senator gives him legislative experience while he’s learned the relationship between other government branches and agencies.

Brandon Smith

Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg says Governor Mike Pence’s departure from the race to run instead for vice president will not change his message or his strategy, even though he has been shifting away from talking about Pence.

Even before Gregg announced his gubernatorial run, the message out of the Democratic Party was “Fire Mike Pence.” Gregg, though, says his message as a candidate has never involved the governor.

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The Indiana Republican Party will choose its replacement for Mike Pence on the gubernatorial ticket in a little more than a week. 

Once Mike Pence withdrew his name from the ballot so he could run on Donald Trump’s ticket, three key figures in Indiana politics wasted no time formally announcing their intention to seek the GOP nomination for governor.

Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb and U.S. Representatives Susan Brooks and Todd Rokita pulled their names from their own races within hours. 

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Medical resident Braca Cantor is on her lunch break during one of her rotation shifts at St Vincent's in Indianapolis. She’s carrying a cardboard clam of cafeteria food and has her long white doctor’s coat on…which is significant. As a med student, she used to wear a short white coat—“One is like a cocktail dress and the other is like….you’re going to a gala.”

 

Planned Parenthood will close six of its clinics in Indiana by the end of the year. But it won't affect the availability of abortion services in the state.

The women's health provider will close its Muncie and Terre Haute clinics this month, and merge four others with nearby neighbors.

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