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10:17 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Special Membership Gift: 2014 NPR Wall Calendar

The 2014 NPR Wall Calendar

This year we have a special holiday membership gift: The 2014 NPR Wall Calendar!

What does NPR look like to you?

Each year NPR asks prominent artists, who are also avid NPR listeners, to answer that question in their favorite medium. This year’s calendar features 14 incredible images, each representing NPR in its own way, crafted by talented artists who are also loyal NPR listeners. An NPR product truly created by the listeners for the listeners.

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News
6:00 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Change To Indiana's Criminal Code Could Increase Prison Population

Applied Research Services analyst John Speir
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Independent analysts say the overhaul of Indiana’s criminal code will increase the prison population unless the law also pushes prosecutors and judges to direct more offenders into community corrections programs.

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News
6:14 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Healthy Indiana Plan Coverage Extended

More than ten thousand Hoosiers set to lose health insurance coverage through the Healthy Indiana Plan will get to keep those plans for a few more months. The state is reacting to enrollment issues surrounding the Affordable Care Act.

Up to now, a family of four earning about $47,0000 per year – 200 percent of the federal poverty level – was eligible for the Healthy Indiana Plan, the state’s health insurance program for low-income Hoosiers. Beginning in January, that income threshold will be lowered to 100 percent, roughly $23,000 a year for that family of four.

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6:16 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Indiana SNAP Benefits Changing Schedule

Nearly a million Hoosiers on food stamps will receive phone calls in the next few days as the state gets the word out about a change in the timing of their benefits. The change is meant to ease the burden on grocery stores.

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1:58 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Hoosiers Celebrate Mandela at the Statehouse

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly speaks at a remembrance of former South African President Nelson Mandela Sunday at the Indiana Statehouse.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana political, community and faith leaders gathered at the Statehouse Sunday to mourn the death and celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela.

Listen to Brandon Smith's story about a gathering at Indiana Statehouse Sunday celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela.

Though many of the speakers at the service for the late South African leader expressed sorrow at his passing, the focus was on Nelson Mandela’s legacy and the example he set for people across the world. 

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Politics & Government
7:28 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Dermody Could Have Big Impact On Hoosier Gaming

A new chairman in the Indiana House Public Policy committee is giving gaming industry officials hope for more success in the legislature.

Indiana’s gaming industry has been hit hard in the last few years, both by the recession and increased competition from neighboring states. 

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News
6:00 am
Sat December 7, 2013

Conflict Within The State Board Of Education May Delay Revising Education Standards

Superintendent Glenda Ritz has been at odds with the rest of the State Board of Education for months, and now some Board members say they’re worried the ongoing dispute will delay important work revising Indiana’s academic standards.

When state lawmakers paused rollout of the Common Core in the spring, they gave the State Board of Education a July 1, 2014, deadline to revisit Indiana’s academic standards.

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News
6:15 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Lawmakers Are Still Staying Out Of The Ritz Fight

Legislative leaders say they are reluctant for the General Assembly to intervene in the fight between State Superintendent Glenda Ritz and the State Board of Education. That’s despite a flare-up this week in the ongoing conflict. 

Superintendent Ritz Wednesday accused Governor Pence’s new education agency of trying to oust her as chair of the State Board. The allegations came almost immediately after a mediation session between the State Board and Ritz that failed to yield many positive results.

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News
5:54 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Governor Pence Unveils His 2014 Legislative Agenda

Indiana Governor Mike Pence.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Mike Pence’s 2014 legislative agenda is full of proposals that would increase spending while curtailing state tax revenues heading into a non-budget session of the General Assembly. That agenda includes a phase-out of the state’s business personal property tax.

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Education
2:18 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Email from Pence's Education Agency Suggested Reducing Ritz's Power

Indiana Superintendent for Public Instruction Glenda Ritz.

State Superintendent Glenda Ritz says emails from Governor Pence’s new education agency reveal an attempt to oust her as State Board of Education Chair. But Pence administration officials say that attempt is going nowhere.

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