General News

Top Health Groups Form Advocacy Alliance

Nov 17, 2016

 

Several of Indiana’s top health care organizations are joining forces to combat what they call the state’s “embarrassing” and “shameful” health record.

Indiana ranks 9th worst in the country for overall health issues. Community Health Network CEO Bryan Mills says Indiana’s health problems can’t be ignored.

“If you look at the healthiness of our state as compared to other states, unfortunately it’s embarrassing,” Mills says. “And it’s embarrassing year after year, after year.”

The Indiana Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the University of Notre Dame and other state private universities can keep police records closed to the public.

The justices say the school’s police were not government entities when ESPN filed the lawsuit in 2014. But a recent change in state law means newer records are fair game.

A group of Indiana lawmakers called this month to speed up emergency funding for the demolition of a lead-contaminated public housing complex in East Chicago, Indiana.

U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, a Democrat who’s represented Northwest Indiana’s first district since 1985, says the town’s economy needs this assistance to recover.

East Chicago residents have asked a federal judge to let them be part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s lead and arsenic clean-up agreement with chemical companies.

Residents and their lawyers filed a motion in federal court last week to intervene in the EPA’s consent decree with Dupont and Atlantic Richfield.

That decree is basically a settlement, signed in 2014, saying Dupont and Atlantic Richfield will pay for the EPA to clean up the affected area.

With Jennifer McCormick’s defeat of current State Superintendent Glenda Ritz on Tuesday, the Ritz administration now has two more months in office. McCormick will be sworn in in January.

The unexpected election result came in the middle of huge education policy transitions in the state.  Responsibility for that will transfer from Ritz’s administration to a new, unknown administration under McCormick.

The creation of a new state assessment

South Bend will join a national coalition of cities working to use data and technology to improve public spending and services.

Bloomberg Philanthropies started the “What Works Cities” initiative last year. Now it’s more than halfway to helping 100 mid-sized cities use data to streamline how they serve and govern residents.

South Bend is one of the smallest cities in the program, with a population of around 100,000 people.

 

Republican Jennifer McCormick has ousted Democrat Glenda Ritz to become the state’s leading education official.

With 54 percent of the vote, the Associated Press reports McCormick has won the race for state superintendent of public instruction, with 84 percent of polls reporting .

“We have a lot of work to do,” McCormick says. “But we’re ready to get to work.”

Holcomb Wins Gubernatorial Race

Nov 8, 2016

 

Republican Eric Holcomb will become Indiana’s 51st governor. The Associated Press called the race for Holcomb as he led Democrat John Gregg 52 percent to 45 percent, with about 95 percent of the precincts reporting.

Holcomb’s victory marks the fourth consecutive win in the governor’s race for the GOP. He will replace Republican Mike Pence, who left a re-election bid to run for vice president alongside Donald Trump.

Indiana’s next attorney general is Curtis Hill, a Republican from northern Indiana who has been the Elkhart County prosecutor since 2002.

With 95 percent of polls reporting, the Associated Press reports Hill has defeated Democrat Lorenzo Arredondo, with 63 percent of the vote.

Hill will be stepping into the position after two-term Attorney General Greg Zoeller stepped down to make an unsuccessful bid for a U.S. House seat.

Right To Hunt And Fish Approved By Voters

Nov 8, 2016

 

Indiana passed a constitutional amendment to protect a Hoosier’s right to “hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife.” The Associate Press projects the amendment will pass with 80 percent of voters favoring, 20 percent opposing and 52 percent of precincts reporting.

The constitutional amendment, known on the ballot as Public Question 1, states:

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