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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.

Indiana attorney general files appeal to strike down injunction on the state’s abortion ban

By: - September 23, 2022

The Indiana Attorney General’s Office filed an appeal late Thursday night that seeks to throw out an injunction on the state’s near-total abortion ban. Lawyers representing the state are hoping to advance the issue straight to the Indiana Supreme Court.  “Only this court can provide the final word on this hotly contested, high-profile, pure question […]

New Indiana education dashboard set to go live this fall

By: - September 23, 2022

Indiana education officials will soon launch a new online dashboard that seeks to increase transparency around school performance data. Members of the State Board of Education announced Wednesday that the new Indiana Graduates Prepared to Succeed (GPS) will go live this fall, although an exact launch date has yet to be determined. The site will […]

Judge issues preliminary injunction, pausing Indiana’s near-total abortion ban

By: - September 22, 2022

An Owen County judge issued a preliminary injunction Thursday in a lawsuit that seeks to strike down Indiana’s near-total abortion ban — halting the state’s new abortion law that officially took effect Sept. 15.  Judge Kelsey Blake Hanlon, a Republican, said in her ruling that the ban “materially burdens the bodily autonomy of Indiana’s women […]

Indiana lawmakers consider changes to law enforcement record keeping, data sharing

By: - September 22, 2022

Indiana lawmakers are weighing options for an improved statewide records system that would make it easier for local law enforcement to share crime statistics and information about offenders. Members of a bipartisan interim study committee this week also reviewed new criminal justice data and considered testimony about the need to combat a rise in juvenile gun […]

White House: More than 850K Hoosiers eligible for student loan debt forgiveness

By: - September 21, 2022

More than 850,000 Hoosiers could see at least some of their federal student loan debt forgiven through President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness program. Roughly 856,400 Hoosiers are eligible to have at least $10,000 in student loan debt canceled, the White House announced Tuesday. Most of those recipients – about 555,500 – could have up […]

Indiana CollegeChoice CD 529 Savings Plan sees record investment, surpassing $20 million

By: - September 21, 2022

Hoosiers are investing more than ever before in the state’s 529 college savings plan CDs, according to the Indiana treasurer of state. For the first time, the state’s CollegeChoice CD 529 Savings Plan has surpassed $20 million in assets, Indiana Treasurer of State Kelly Mitchell announced Tuesday. This milestone marks the highest balance on record […]

Owen County judge weighs arguments in lawsuit challenging Indiana’s abortion ban

By: - September 19, 2022

An Owen County judge heard arguments Monday centering on the right to privacy in a lawsuit that seeks to put a pause on Indiana’s near-total abortion ban. The judge presiding over the case will next decide whether or not to issue a preliminary injunction, which would temporarily stop the ban from being enforced.  Judge Kelsey […]

Indiana governor defends state’s abortion law as legal challenge against the ban heats up

By: and - September 16, 2022

Indiana’s Republican governor continued to defend the state’s near-total abortion ban after the new abortion law took effect on Thursday, saying he’s not concerned about possible economic repercussions or impacts on the state’s ability to retain and attract skilled workers. The Hoosier state is the first in the nation to approve abortion-restricting legislation since the […]

GM announces $491 million investment to support EV production at Marion plant

By: - September 16, 2022

General Motors plans to spend $491 million to expand and upgrade operations at its Marion Metal Center, the company announced Thursday. The investment is meant to help increase production of GM’s “future vehicles,” including electric cars, company officials said.  The automaker said it will purchase and install two new press lines, complete press and die […]

Indiana’s abortion ban officially takes effect. Here’s what you need to know.

By: - September 15, 2022

Indiana’s near-total ban on abortions officially takes effect Thursday. The state is the first in the nation to approve abortion-restricting legislation since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade.  Indiana’s Republican-dominated Legislature approved the ban in August during a special legislative session that saw nearly two weeks of long days and heated […]

Democracy Day: How does a bill become a law?

By: - September 15, 2022

Our newsroom doesn’t take democracy for granted, and we hope you don’t either. This story is part of a collaboration called Democracy Day, in which newsrooms nationwide are drawing attention to threats to democracy. We hope it reminds us all to value our democracy and work to protect it. Below you will learn about the legislative […]

Lawsuit to strike down Indiana’s abortion ban gets new judge

By: - September 14, 2022

A critical court hearing set for next week could put a pause on Indiana’s near-total abortion ban, with behind-the-scenes maneuvers over the judge and counsel in the meantime. The new law is still set to take effect on Thursday but the Republican judge – the third tasked in the case – is a Republican who […]