General News

Lawmakers Propose Aid For East Chicago Lead Crisis

Jan 13, 2017


Northwest Indiana legislators have introduced four pieces of legislation to provide state aid for the lead contamination crisis in East Chicago, Indiana.

Rep. Earl Harris, Jr. says his bill’s first priority is resident safety.

“So it really works on how we help out the area in terms of excavation, removing contaminated soil, restoration, and also relocating residents in the area,” Harris says.

Legislation Filed To Repeal ISTEP With Yet-To-Be Decided Replacement Test

Jan 12, 2017

Proposed legislation from the Indiana House’s top education lawmaker would end the state’s controversial ISTEP+ exam in 2018 and pave the way for a yet-to-be determined replacement.

This may sound familiar.

Last year, lawmakers voted to eliminate the assessment following outcry from teachers, parents and lawmakers over the length, makeup and roll out of the test.

The hope was a new exam could be in place soon. But lawmakers said this month it could take two years to create it.

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The Tippecanoe County Coroner’s office says foul play is not suspected in the death of a Purdue University student.

The coroner’s office early Thursday afternoon released that information after completing an autopsy on the man.

The office says it will not identify the man at this time

Previously reported:

Purdue University Police and the Tippecanoe County Coroner’s office are investigating the death of a male student.

The state board of education released district A-F grades Wednesday for the 2015-2016 school year. More than 150 schools saw their rating dip, with 90 percent of Indiana schools receiving a B or C rating.

Only 23 school corporations received an A rating. Gary Community Schools in northwest Indiana received the state’s single F rating.

Purdue University is seeing more research funding from its corporate partners, a trend that has officials hoping they can be less reliant on public funding.

Purdue gets about a quarter of its research funding from the private sector. An average of 500 companies chip in every year.

But the school’s corporate and global partnerships officer, Dan Hirleman, says the funds those companies contribute have increased from $37 million in 2013 to as much as $55 million the past few years.

South Bend Mayor Announces Run For DNC Chair

Jan 5, 2017

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg ended weeks of speculation when he announced in a video Thursday he’ll run for Democratic National Committee chair.

“Right now, as Democrats, we’re at our lowest level of national, state and local influence in nearly a century,” Buttigieg says in the announcement. “It’s time to make a new plan for our future.”

“Right now, as Democrats, we’re at our lowest level of national, state and local influence in nearly a century. It’s time to make a new plan for our future.”

—Mayor Pete Buttigieg, D-South Bend

Pelath Wants Citizen-Led Referenda

Jan 5, 2017


House Minority Leader Scott Pelath wants Hoosier voters to have a larger role in shaping policy. He proposes allowing citizen-led referenda.

About half the states in the country allow citizen-initiated referenda – where voters can put binding public questions on their ballot if they, for instance, gather enough signatures. Indiana is not one of those states. But Pelath wants it to be.

Senate Democrats Push Hate Crimes Bill

Jan 3, 2017


While the Indiana Senate Democrats are only nine people in the 50-member Senate, one of their priorities might see some traction in the 2017 session.


It’s a special day for the high school students in Alyssa Parr’s advanced art history class at Milan High School.

They are taking a field trip to the National Gallery in London, looking at Neoclassical pieces they’ve been studying. But the class of 30 didn’t need to travel for this field trip. Instead, students are taking a virtual tour of the museum, navigating the marble hallways and viewing gold leaf, vaulted ceilings on their laptops.

“There’s that horse again,” Parr says to the class, as her mouse hovers on a painting of a horse.


One of every two computer science students at Indiana colleges will leave the state after graduation, according to a recent study.

It has schools such as Purdue University trying new ways to reverse that economic loss, by investing in trendy fields where students want to work – such as virtual reality, or VR.

It’s the next big thing in the video game industry, which is now worth more than the film industry.