State of Indiana /

 A legislative committee responsible for studying issues within the state’s criminal justice system has a particularly crowded agenda this year, and some lawmakers are questioning whether some of those topics – including Indiana’s sexual assault crisis – will get the attention they need.

The Corrections and Criminal Code committee was assigned 20 different topics to study this summer.  No other committee has more than ten items on its agenda; most have around five.  Topics include offender job programs, elder abuse, human trafficking, and the underreporting of sexual assault. 

Joshua Duffy /

The federal government Monday denied Indiana’s request for financial help for local governments after this summer’s flooding. 

Governor Mike Pence late last month asked FEMA to provide emergency grants to 19 counties that suffered severe flooding.  The grants would have paid up to 75-percent of expenses to, for example, repair damage to roads, bridges and utilities. 

Montgomery County Health Department /

The Montgomery County Health Department is trying to build an area-wide health assessment through public survey.

The study asks residents and those who use the county’s services to answer questions about their personal health needs. Public Health Accreditation Coordinator Luke Wren says the anonymous responses will be built into a health improvement plan.

Wren says he’s hoping to get responses faster this year than during an earlier survey.

Claire McInerny / StateImpact Indiana

The way to a meaningful college education is becoming increasingly complicated. The nation’s job force is demanding a college degree at the same time it’s becoming more and more expensive to get one.

Tuition is increasing and grants and financial assistance aren’t keeping pace. Young people are taking out thousands of dollars to get just a bachelor’s degree.

Charlotte Tuggle / WBAA

Purdue's football team put itself in a lot of holes last year -- both on the scoreboard and at the bank -- in part because the offense was rarely flashy or exciting to watch. Saturday offered a glimmer of hope that's changing.

The Boilermakers jumped ahead early with a 75-yard scoring drive in the first two minutes, ending with a 57-yard touchdown pass from Austin Appleby to Cameron Posey. Later, Purdue would drive another quick 70 yards in six plays.

Indianapolis International Airport /

Indianapolis International Airport fell silent this morning to mark the 14th anniversary of 9/11.

Gov. Mike Pence stood silently facing the tarmac for five minutes, alongside four police officers bearing two memorial wreaths, a fire helmet and a police officer's cap, symbols of the first responders who died at the World Trade Center.

Pence told the crowd the anniversary is a time to remember not only September 11's victims and their families, but the police, firefighters and armed forces responsible for keeping the country safe from future attacks.

NYC Department of Education /

There’s been much gnashing of teeth recently about the grades assigned to Indiana schools.

Some say a delay in releasing ISTEP scores should release schools from their letter grades this year.

Others say a loophole in state law forbids the state from assigning them this year. The state attorney general says there’s no problem at all. 

Here to attempt to sort out the mess are StateImpact Indiana reporters Claire McInerny and Rachel Morello.

  As one of the most devastating natural disasters to hit US soil, Hurricane Katrina still haunts New Orleans to this day. Don Brown gives an excruciating account of the immense damage in  his book, Drowned City. Politically neutral but full of truth, Drowned City uses graphic depictions to reveal the very real emotions and actions of those who weathered the storm. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

State of Indiana /

Indiana Attorney General and congressional candidate Greg Zoeller is worried about potential reverberations among America’s allies in the wake of the United States’ nuclear deal with Iran.

Senate Democrats blocked a resolution to reject the deal Thursday afternoon, solidifying the agreement between the U.S. and the Middle Eastern country.

Zoeller, who has not read the agreement in its entirety, says he knows members of Congress have access to information the general public doesn’t, and so declined on making a definitive statement on how he would have voted on the deal. 

Jack Sandlin /

An Indianapolis city-county councilor is the first entry into the race for an open state Senate seat.

Republican Jack Sandlin is emphasizing his two decades with the Indianapolis Police Department, including a stint as deputy chief. He says he can bring an important perspective to debates over how to control spiraling meth and heroin traffic.

Sandlin says the state needs to go after heroin suppliers while making it easier for users to get treatment. He says the latter has too often been neglected.

Purdue University

Purdue University has settled a dispute with its independent student newspaper over one of the paper's journalists allegedly being roughed up by campus police.

Neither the university nor The Exponent newspaper has disclosed terms of the settlement of the case that dates to paper’s coverage of the January 2014 murder of Purdue student Andrew Boldt by another student, Cody Cousins.

Lafayette Mayor's Office

Last month, we asked Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski about the John Myers pedestrian bridge's readiness for some fall festivals. He said the bridge might be ready in time. A couple weeks later, WBAA first learned of the railing issues that keep the bridge closed even now.

A week after that, Roswarski formally announced the bridge’s railings had some major issues.

Ryan White
Gretchen Frazee / WFIU

Legislation inspired by Kokomo native Ryan White’s fight against HIV and AIDS discrimination recently marked its 25th anniversary. The Ryan White CARE Act has been re-authorized five times and provides funding for communities to combat the diseases.  The CARE Act offers healthcare assistance for those who can't afford or otherwise find treatment.

Pacers Buy Fort Wayne Mad Ants Basketball Team

Sep 10, 2015
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Fort Wayne Mad Ants

The Indiana Pacers announced Wednesday the franchise has bought Fort Wayne’s basketball team.

The Fort Wayne Mad Ants will now function as a development team for the Pacers.

The Pacers had assigned players to the Mad Ants before the purchase. But now Pacers’ President Larry Bird says the deal will give the Indianapolis team more of an opportunity to develop young talent.

Ivy Tech President Tom Snyder To Step Down

Sep 10, 2015
Indiana Public Media

Ivy Tech Community College President Tom Snyder, who's led the statewide network of two-year schools since 2007, will retire next year.

The Ivy Tech Board of Trustees approved a transition contract today that lets Snyder step down about a year before his current contract ends in mid-2017.

Under Snyder’s eight-year tenure, Ivy Tech has become the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system.

Board Chairwoman Paula Hughes says details on a search committee to find a new president will be announced soon.