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Indiana Native To Lead NASA's Johnson Space Center

May 16, 2018

A Hoosier has been chosen as the next director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.  Mark Geyer was born in Indianapolis and received his bachelors and masters degrees in aeronautics at Purdue University.  

Geyer has spent nearly 30 years with NASA.  His most current role is with the human explorations and operations missions where he provided direction for all NASA missions involving humans. 

In a statement from NASA Geyer said it’s an honor to lead the center.

Senate Public Policy Committee Chair Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) says he’ll give a hearing to a bill next year to legalize sports betting. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

A key Senate committee chair says legislation to legalize sports betting in Indiana will get a hearing next session.

That comes after this week’s Supreme Court decision that allows states to authorize such wagering.

Controversial Issues Dominate 2018 Study Committees

May 15, 2018
House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says he's not sure hate crimes need to be studied further. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana lawmakers will consider a number of controversial issues in study committees this year – including hate crimes and the Department of Child Services.

Rod Bray Chosen To Become New Senate GOP Leader

May 15, 2018
The Senate GOP caucus elected Sen. Rod Bray (R-Martinsville), right, to become the new Senate President Pro Tem. Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper), left, will become the new Majority Floor Leader, replacing Bray. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana Senate GOP caucus voted Monday to make Sen. Rod Bray (R-Martinsville) the new Senate President Pro Tem.

Bray will replace current leader Sen. David Long (R-Fort Wayne), who will retire this fall.

Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) says some Hoosier taxpayers would have seen tax increases without legislation approved during the special session. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Lawmakers approved two substantial tax measures during Monday’s one-day special session.

Many of the provisions sought to conform state tax laws with major policy changes made by the recent federal tax reform bill – which Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) says is part of what made a special session necessary.

Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) says the latest legislation builds on previous school safety investments. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana schools will now have access to a little more money to upgrade their safety infrastructure.

The new money is possible through legislation approved during Monday’s one-day special session of the General Assembly.

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) says he'll vote for President Trump's controversial nominee for CIA Director Gina Haspel. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) announced Saturday he will vote for President Donald Trump’s nominee for CIA Director Gina Haspel.

The Hoosier senior senator becomes the second Democrat to publicly announce their backing for the controversial nominee.

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President Donald Trump unveiled his new slogan,"Keep America Great” at his campaign rally yesterday in Elkhart to a welcoming crowd. Protesters across the street however, had other thoughts about the president’s impact.

 

President Donald Trump’s supporters waited outside of the Elkhart middle school venue for hours before the rally. And they got an earful of chants against the president.
 

Indiana Corporate Tax Collections Continue To Struggle

May 10, 2018
The state has now brought in more than $100 million less in corporate taxes than even updated, pessimistic projections predicted. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana tax collections are still behind the state’s budget plan – by a small amount – as the final quarter of the fiscal year began.

Total revenues are about $26 million less than planned through 10 months of the current cycle. That’s a small miss – only about two-tenths of a percent off the mark. It was helped by a strong April, which brought in about $42 million more than expected.

Bills For Special Session Largely Unchanged

Apr 30, 2018
Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says the substantive change to the bills is an adjustment to new Internal Revenue Services regulations. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Legislation lawmakers will consider during their special session is now online for the public to view. The bills are mostly unchanged from the regular session’s end.

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