General News

Hoosiers Numbers Up As ACA Enrollment Ends

Dec 14, 2017

Friday marks the last day Hoosiers can sign up for health insurance coverage in the Affordable Care Act’s Marketplace.

A flux of people enrolled when the open enrollment started Nov. 1 despite a cut in promotional material.

The enrollment period was shorter this year as President Donald Trump scaled back parts of the Obama-era federal law. Still, early numbers show about 79,000 Hoosiers had picked a plan on the healthcare.gov website through last week. That’s compared to about 71,000 at the same time last year.

A new report from the National Institute on Drug Abuse finds teens are using many substances at historically low rates and Indiana teens are in line with national trends.

The annual Monitoring the Future study has tracked drug use trends for eighth, 10th and 12th graders for over 40 years.

Education Advocates Stress Importance Of Informed Care

Dec 14, 2017

Indiana lawmakers and state officials say addressing the state’s ongoing opioid addiction crisis is a top priority for 2018, and education advocates say those goals fit in with something teachers need to learn more about: trauma-informed care.

Advocates say stressed out students don’t absorb information well, and a parent’s drug problem is just one type of challenge that complicates a child’s ability to learn. That’s why the state’s largest teachers union plans to advocate for more teacher training on what’s called trauma-informed instruction.

Non-profit Hosts Protest Seminar in Elkhart County

Dec 11, 2017
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Update: According to Elkhart County Commissioner Mike Yoder's Facebook page, the plan hearing for CoreCivic's proposed detention facility will be postponed for 30 days. The Plan Commission will now hear the proposal in February, and County Commissioners will approve or deny the plans in March. 

One of Indiana’s key teacher unions says public school educators feel disrespected, and it plans to work on restoring that respect during the upcoming legislative session. Indiana State Teachers Association President Teresa Meredith says the union’s 2018 legislative priorities focus on improving neighborhood public schools and shifting the way people talk about teaching, because she says it’s one way to draw more people into the field.

One of Indiana’s key teacher unions says public school educators feel disrespected, and it plans to work on restoring that respect during the upcoming legislative session. Indiana State Teachers Association President Teresa Meredith says the union’s 2018 legislative priorities focus on improving neighborhood public schools and shifting the way people talk about teaching, because she says it’s one way to draw more people into the field.

One of Indiana’s key teacher unions says public school educators feel disrespected, and it plans to work on restoring that respect during the upcoming legislative session. Indiana State Teachers Association President Teresa Meredith says the union’s 2018 legislative priorities focus on improving neighborhood public schools and shifting the way people talk about teaching, because she says it’s one way to draw more people into the field.

The State Board of Education approved a controversial rewrite of the high school graduation requirements Wednesday in the face of opposition from school leaders, teachers, parents and professional associations.

During nearly six hours of public comment before the vote, dozens of educators asked for more time to vet the plan since the cost and details around implementation are unknown.

Earlier, more than 200 school leaders, teachers, and officials wrote letters to the state education department raising concerns with the proposal.

Prosecuting Attorneys Hold Conference Against Marijuana Legalization

Dec 6, 2017

Luke Niforatos, from the national group Smart Approaches to Marijuana, says marijuana legalization in Colorado has been "a nightmare." He says the group is also against putting people in prison for petty crimes involving the drug. (Photo by Drew Daudelin)

The Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council Wednesday delivered a firm warning to state lawmakers about marijuana legalization.

Leaders of the council say they’ll fight any legislation to legalize marijuana in the state, whether it’s for recreational or medical use.

The FDA has approved a device developed in Indiana that helps reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms. The NSS-2 BRIDGE is a nerve-stimulating device placed behind the ear which sends electrical pulses to the brain.

It’s been shown to reduce severe effects of opioid withdrawal, such as nausea and vomiting. Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) says the technology fills a gap in treatment.

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