Indiana Legislature Revisits Statewide Smoking Ban

Members of an Indiana legislative study committee are taking up the issue of a statewide smoking again.  As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports, this is the fourth attempt to get some comprehensive legislation passed. Hear the Story

State Says Revenue Up for August

State revenue data for August has been released, showing Indiana’s state tax collections are up more than eight percent from the same period last year.  As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports, it also indicates state money is considerably higher than what was forecasted.  Hear the Story

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Ellsworth Calls Coats Gitmo Ad ‘Patently False’

U.S. Senate candidate, Congressman Brad Ellsworth says a television ad from his Republican opponent tells lies about his stance on the Guantanamo Bay prison and detainees held there.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports. Hear the Story

Indiana Medical Errors Report Shows Fewer Mistakes at Hospitals

A report out today from the Indiana State Department of Health shows the number of preventable surgery and patient care mistakes last year in the state’s hospitals and surgery centers.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports. Hear the Story

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Committee Revisits Making Teen Sexting Against the Law

A legislative study committee took up the issue of sexting today during a hearing at the Indiana Statehouse.  As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports, they’re doing so with the idea of reintroducing a bill to make it a crime.  Hear the Story

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Bennett Delivers First State of Education Address

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett delivered the first State of Education address last night  to a crowd at Creston Middle School in Indianapolis.  In it, he shared glimpses of his agency’s agenda for the upcoming legislative session.  Top on that list: tying teacher pay and evaluations to student performance.

“Currently, we only reward teachers based on the number of years they teach and the number of degrees they hold.  Equally disturbing is this: our most enthusiastic and effective teachers find themselves at the end of each year wondering if they’re secure in their jobs and this is regardless of how effective they are in the classroom.  They’re insecure based solely on the fact that they’ve taught for fewer years.”

State Representative John Barnes attended the speech.  A social studies teacher in Warren Township schools, where Bennett’s address was delivered, he took issue with the superintendent’s message that schools needed to start putting students first, saying teachers enter the profession because they love kids.  He did support the notion of changing the system for teacher pay, but instead focusing salary increases on teachers working in the state’s lowest performing schools.

“That’s an argument for what we call combat pay, which I think, for want of a better term, is something most teachers agree with.  That if you’re going to have teachers go to areas with more need, we should absolutely pay them more.”

The rest of the speech was a snapshot of the status of Indiana education.  Bennett mentioned in particular, improved ISTEP scores and school frugality in tough economic times.

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Indiana Supreme Court Nominees: Part 2

Indiana Public Broadcasting is bringing you interviews with the final nominees for Supreme Court Justice.  The candidates are now being vetted by Governor Mitch Daniels administration, and he has 60 days to make a final decision about who will replace retiring justice Theodore Boehm.  The first candidate you heard from was Indianapolis attorney Karl Mulvaney.  Now, Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland speaks with another candidate, Marion Superior Court Judge Robyn Moberly.  Hear the story

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