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Casey Smith

Casey Smith

A lifelong Hoosier, Casey Smith previously reported on the Indiana Legislature for The Associated Press. Smith has had internships and fellowships at the Investigative Program in Berkeley, California, The Indianapolis Star, the Investigative Reporting Workshop in Washington, D.C., The Washington Post, National Geographic, USA Today and other publications. Internationally, she has reported on water quality across South America. She holds a master’s degree in investigative reporting and narrative science writing from the University of California/Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. She previously earned degrees in journalism, anthropology and Spanish from Ball State University, where she now serves as an instructor of journalism.

What does Indiana’s transgender athlete ban mean for schools?

By: - December 5, 2022

After Indiana’s law banning transgender girls from competing in girls school sports took effect in July, at least one Hoosier school district is grappling with what the new statute does — and does not — require of schools. The controversy centers around a proposed plan to codify the state ban in district policy — a […]

Judge denies injunction blocking investigation into OB-GYN who handled controversial abortion

By: - December 2, 2022

A Marion County judge on Friday chose not to block an investigation into two Indianapolis-based doctors who say they are being targeted by Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita. But while Marion County Superior Court Judge Heather Welch denied an injunction she did find that Rokita violated state confidentiality laws when he publicly discussed his office’s […]

New Indiana program seeks to train more teachers for English language learners

By: - December 2, 2022

Indiana will spend $2 million on a new program that intends to train more Hoosier educators to teach students who are English language learners. The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) recently announced the Indiana Teachers of English Learners Licensure (I-TELL) initiative. The program aims to boost the number of teachers licensed to help English-learning, as […]

Rokita advances complaint against Bernard to Indiana Medical Licensing Board

By: - November 30, 2022

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita on Wednesday sent a complaint against an Indianapolis-based doctor who is at the center of a controversial abortion case to the Indiana Medical Licensing Board. The Republican attorney general said in a statement that Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an OB-GYN, “failed to immediately report the abuse and rape of a child […]

AG asks Indiana Supreme Court to hear COVID-related class-action lawsuit against Ball Sate

By: - November 29, 2022

The Indiana attorney general wants the Indiana Supreme Court to weigh in on a lawsuit that seeks punitive damages for COVID-related college campus closures. The class-action lawsuit against Ball State University was filed by a student at the school last year. The legal challenge claims Ball State has refused to reimburse students for tuition and […]

Indiana lawmakers, teacher unions outline education priorities for 2023 legislative session

By: - November 28, 2022

Indiana’s top Republican lawmakers said they plan to prioritize school choice and enact a plan to “reinvent” high school education during the next legislative session. That will largely involve an expansion of work-based learning opportunities available for high schoolers. The goal is to graduate Hoosier students who are better prepared for the workforce — and […]

Behind-the-scenes: Eye to eye with the Indiana House Chamber chandelier

By: - November 24, 2022

Peek inside the House Chamber at the Indiana Statehouse and it’s impossible to miss the brightly-lit fixture crowning high overhead: a massive brass chandelier.  It contains no crystals and minimal flourish, but the chandelier —  hanging from the ceiling 25-feet above — is a sort of homage to lawmakers as they carry out Hoosiers’ business […]

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Mike Pence recalls RFRA, Capitol Insurrection during Indianapolis book talk

By: - November 23, 2022

Former vice president Mike Pence praised his Hoosier roots and shared memories from his home state during a short talk at the Indiana Historical Society Tuesday evening. The previous Republican Indiana governor additionally recalled critical moments in his career, from serving as a representative in the United States Congress and later earning the top seat […]

Tax cuts, education dominate Organization Day

By: and - November 22, 2022

Leaders of both Republican caucuses floated the idea of exploring continued tax cuts and education investments Tuesday during Organization Day, which marks the beginning of the 2023 legislative session.  The day includes swearing in newly elected legislators and formalizes the votes for leaders in the House and Senate chambers.  GOP Senate President Pro Tem Rodric […]

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Indiana abortion doctor testifies she properly reported 10-year-old rape victim’s abuse

By: - November 22, 2022

An investigator at the Indiana Attorney General’s Office said in court Monday that the agency is still pursuing consumer complaints against an Indianapolis-based doctor who is at the center of a controversial abortion case. This despite testimony and evidence that appears to show Dr. Caitlin Bernard communicated with Ohio authorities even before performing the abortion […]

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Judge delays ruling on doctors’ request for emergency injunction against AG Rokita

By: - November 18, 2022

Lawyers for two Indianapolis-based doctors maintained in court on Friday that they are being targeted by Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita, who they say is trying to use “frivolous consumer complaints” to gain access to patient medical records. Legal counsel for Rokita’s office pushed back, however, arguing that one of the doctors violated patient privacy […]

MacKenzie Scott makes unsolicited $3 million donation to Indianapolis-based charter school

By: - November 18, 2022

An Indianapolis-based charter school announced this week that it will receive an unsolicited $3 million donation from MacKenzie Scott, ex-wife to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. The discretionary gift came as a surprise to Paramount Schools of Excellence, said chief executive officer Tommy Reddicks. The funds are already earmarked for the ongoing construction of two new […]