Maycomb Paynes /

A proposal that would have allowed hunters to use high-powered rifles is off the table. The state Natural Resources Commission voted against the proposal Tuesday after determining there was not enough public support for the measure.

Natural Resources Commission member Pat Early says there was no biological or environmental need, so the proposal was really just a social issue.

Terre Haute Women-Only College Goes Co-Ed

May 19, 2015

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is opening its doors to undergraduate male students for the first time in its 175-year history.

The Terre Haute-area school’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted to go co-ed after a year of debate. The decision was partially motivated by a survey that found less than 2-percent of young women are willing to consider attending a women-only college.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods President Dottie King says the school was not able to make a single-sex learning environment appealing to applicants, despite several attempts to do so.

Noah Coffey /

It looks like Governor Mike Pence could have his first challenger on the Republican ticket when he runs for re-election in 2016.

Indiana businessman Bob Thomas who last week announced he was exploring a run for either Governor or Indiana‘s 3rd Congressional District, has decided to focus his efforts on the former.

Thomas made that statement Monday.

He says it will be difficult to beat Pence in the primary, but he plans on advertising himself as an alternative candidate who is focused of fixing what‘s wrong with Indiana.

Rachel Morello / StateImpact Indiana

Like many families, Indiana schools have to budget their expenses.

Instead of setting aside money for groceries, they budget for student lunches. In place of a mortgage, schools have to pay to upkeep their facilities.

But a school district rarely has a stable income. It depends on a lot of changing factors – like the number of students enrolled each year, whether voters approve a referendum agreeing to pay extra taxes, or how the state legislature decides to calculate state funding.

Maine Dept. Of Education /

Former Indiana state school superintendent Tony Bennett will not be charged in Marion County for any ethical violations that occurred while he was in office. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry says despite rumors to the contrary, all allegations against Bennett have already been addressed by the State Ethics Commission.

Former Indiana State Inspector General David Thomas investigated Bennett’s administration in 2013, after the Associated Press published emails revealing that Bennett used state resources for his failed 2012 reelection campaign.