General News

Appeals Court Rules In Favor Of DCS Caseworker

Oct 25, 2016

The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a lawsuit over Department of Child Services caseloads can move forward.

Indiana law says DCS 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. The ACLU of Indiana sued DCS on behalf of Mary Price, a caseworker who oversees 43 children. The lawsuit aimed to force the agency to hire more caseworkers.

Study Committee Recommends Alcohol Law Changes

Oct 25, 2016

The Indiana Statehouse (Brandon Smith/IPB News)

A legislative study committee Tuesday Oct. 25 recommended a series of potential changes to Indiana’s alcohol laws. But controversial issues such as Sunday sales and cold beer in convenience stores didn’t make the cut.

Indiana State Capitol

The Indiana Gaming Commission says collecting delinquent child support from paid fantasy sports winners will be difficult. A legislative study committee discussed the issue Tuesday Oct. 25.

Legislation this year to regulate paid fantasy sports included language that requires operators to “make a reasonable effort” to withhold delinquent child support from a player’s winnings.

A partnership between Indiana Black Expo, Indiana University and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education will identify, enroll and help students complete requirements for the 21st Century Scholarship program. (James Martin/Flickr)

A new initiative plans to enroll 500 new high school students in a state-sponsored college scholarship program for low-income students.

Elkhart To Identify Lead Drinking Water Pipes

Oct 24, 2016

Utility Service Manager Laura Kolo says Elkhart has over 20,000 water service lines. The composition of about 2,000 of those lines is unknown, but Kolo estimates less than 200 are made of lead. Credit: Seth Perlman/AP

New Program Aims To Reduce Number Of Infant Deaths

Oct 13, 2016
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Every woman who gives birth at one of seven Indiana University Health hospitals across the state will receive a sleep sack through a new initiative to decrease infant deaths.  The sacks are like wearable blankets, unlikely to get caught around a baby’s nose and mouth.

The initiative is funded through a partnership with Riley Children’s Health and the Indianapolis Colts, and Riley’s Dr. Kim Schneider says unsafe sleep practice is one of the top three causes of infant death in Indiana, but it is a preventable one.

Sarah Fentem / WBAA

Indiana’s bicentennial torch relay is just days from wrapping up in Indianapolis. But before its big finish, the torch received a lively homecoming Wednesday morning as it passed through Purdue University on its 92-county journey through the state.

Students serenaded the torch relay in front of Bailey Hall and the Boilermaker special greeted the procession with a whistle.

Torchbearer Linda Eales, clad in the official yellow torchbearer windbreaker, was waiting with a small group of friends for her turn to carry the flame to the edge of Purdue’s campus.  

Dunes National Lakeshore could become a national park, but only if Indiana’s U.S. Congressional delegation get’s their way. U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, a Democrat from northwest Indiana, introduced a bill Sept. 29 to redesignate Dunes National Lakeshore as Dunes National Park. In a statement, Visclosky said “It is past time that the rest of the nation recognizes the environmental wonder and significance of the lakeshore dunes in Northwest Indiana.” Visclosky said he hopes a Dunes National Park would receive more tourism dollars.

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 While many Central Indiana towns are using Community Crossings for paving projects in traffic-heavy areas, one is using the money as a stepping stone to revamp an entire section that’s become somewhat of a horror attraction.

Battle Ground Town Council president Steve Egly says the damage to Northgate Drive is environmental. But that’s not why people avoid it.

There is only one property on the several grassy lots – an abandoned Days Inn, which he says is scaring both commuters and property owners away from the area.

Annie Ropeik / Indiana Public Broadcasting

A week after two tornadoes tore through Kokomo, more than a dozen people are still housed in the city’s emergency shelter and officials don’t yet have an estimate of how much cleanup will cost.

Mayor Greg Goodnight says that’s in part because some damage is still being discovered.

Goodnight says he met with one man who thought his property had only lost a few trees, with his home emerging from the strong winds unscathed.