Archive for August, 2009

New Dropout Program Stops in Indiana

An organization trying to decrease the number of high school dropouts nationally made a stop today in Indianapolis. As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports, it’s the first of many Indiana stops that will be made this school year by a very unusual school bus that aims to scare kids with the potential consequences of quitting school.

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Indiana Congressmen in State Capital Meeting on Health Care

Three of Indiana’s Republican and Democratic congressmen were in the state capital today, making their respective cases to constituents about what, if any, health care reform they think should happen. Republican Congressmen Dan Burton and Steve Buyer held a closed to the public joint meeting at Marion County’s downtown Public Library with physicians, insurance companies, and hospitals about the health care reform proposals now before Congress. Buyer said he’s open some reforms, but Democrats won’t see Republican votes for any reform that includes a public health care plan.

“We would support catastrophic coverage, we would support helping with portability and pre existing conditions and we also continue to support expanding health savings accounts.”

Just two blocks away, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Democrat Andre Carson took questions from rotary club members. It was a far more controlled environment than the town hall exchanges most people have seen on TV, but it was not without its controversy. After a heated exchange with Indianapolis resident Jerry Mann, Carson had this to say:

“We want to hear from people who have serious and honest critiques about this proposal. No piece of legislation is perfect. We want to hear honest critiques. But what we don’t want is to have plants in the audience backed by the insurance lobby.”

Carson has not hosted any town halls in the state. Burton and Buyer plan a joint town hall tonight in Danville, just west of Indianapolis.

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State Treasurer Weighs in on Health Care Debate

Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock is among those in the state opposed to federal health care reform speaking out on the issue. He spoke with Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland about why he thinks other Hoosiers should oppose the plans too, and the difference between those, and the state’s own public option health care plan.

NEA Joins In On Health Care Reform Debate

The National Education Association is now the latest group to weigh in on the national health care reform debate. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland spoke with NEA president Dennis Roekel about why he says health care reform is also an education issue for Hoosier children and educators. (come back soon for an interview from one of Indiana’s well known opponents of health care reform, Indiana State Treasurer, Richard Mourdock)

Attorney General Details New School Discipline Law

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says as school gets underway, he’s been informing teachers of their rights under a new school discipline law aimed at protecting them from frivolous lawsuits. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports.

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Budget Committee Plans FSSA/IBM Contract Review

The Indiana State Budget Committee is planning to review how well the IBM Corporation is doing with a plan to fix problems with Indiana’s privatized welfare system. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports.

First Indiana West Nile Death Reported

The first death from West Nile virus this year has been reported by the Indiana state health officials. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports.

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