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Casey Smith

Casey Smith

A lifelong Hoosier, Casey Smith previously reported on the Indiana Legislature for The Associated Press. 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.

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Secretary of State Morales doles out $308K+ in spot bonuses

By: and - October 30, 2023

Indiana Secretary of State Diego Morales has given a spot bonus to nearly every employee in his office this year — including a family member and his former campaign manager — for a total of more than $308,000. New data obtained by the Indiana Capital Chronicle showed that just four of six offices led by […]

Indiana budget panel approves new autism therapy reimbursements, despite reservations

By: - October 27, 2023

State budget regulators on Friday approved a request from Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration to set new reimbursement rates for autism therapy services for Hoosier children with Medicaid. While the rate of $68 an hour is above what the FSSA originally proposed it is below an average rate of $91 an hour that has […]

Federal judge dismisses Satanic Temple lawsuit that sought to strike down Indiana’s abortion ban

By: - October 26, 2023

A federal judge in Indianapolis has dismissed an attempt by The Satanic Temple to block Indiana’s near-total abortion ban. The Satanic Temple — a nontheistic religious organization based in Salem, Massachusetts — filed a federal lawsuit last year, claiming that the new abortion ban violates Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The group maintained the […]

Indiana has a lawyer shortage. What might state lawmakers do to help?

By: - October 26, 2023

Indiana’s legal community is raising alarms about a statewide shortage of attorneys that has already led to barren courtrooms leaving hundreds of Hoosiers unrepresented. The concerns were discussed during an interim study committee meeting on Wednesday at the Statehouse. Justin Forkner, chief administrative officer for the Indiana Supreme Court, told members of the corrections panel […]

Indiana gubernatorial hopeful Brad Chambers emphasizes online safety for kids in first proposal

By: - October 25, 2023

Indiana gubernatorial contender Brad Chambers released his first policy proposal Wednesday with an emphasis on increasing online safety for Hoosier children. Chambers, who is vying for the 2024 Republican nomination for Indiana governor, said he wants to require stricter age verification, enhance online data protections and ensure age-appropriate classroom instruction “on the benefits and dangers […]

New performance report cards go live on each Indiana school’s website, replacing A-F grades

By: - October 24, 2023

To increase transparency around Indiana students’ education performance, new report cards issued by the state education department are now required to be posted on nearly every Hoosier school’s website. Beginning Oct. 15, each public and state-accredited non-public school must post online a performance report from the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) that shows how its […]

Citizens Energy backs out of massive LEAP district — but state leaders aren’t worried

By: - October 22, 2023

Indianapolis-based utility company Citizens Energy Group asked state regulators earlier this month to withdraw its proposal to supply million gallons of water per day to a massive high-tech park planned in Boone County. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), a quasi-public agency, is overseeing the LEAP Lebanon Innovation District.  Citizens spokeswoman Laura O’Brien told the […]

Holcomb, DNR officials break ground on new Potato Creek State Park lodge

By: - October 19, 2023

Indiana officials broke ground Thursday on a new lodge at Potato Creek State Park, making it the first lodge to be built in one of the state’s parks since 1939. The lodge will be the eighth to join the Indiana State Parks Inns system and sit on the south shore of Worster Lake at Potato […]

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Judge to consider U.S. Senate candidate John Rust’s plea to suspend Indiana election law

By: - October 19, 2023

A Marion County judge will hear arguments next month over whether to suspend an Indiana law that U.S. Senate candidate John Rust says unfairly precludes him from appearing on the ballot. The underlying lawsuit was filed in the Marion County Superior Court last month as part of Rust’s effort to get his name on the […]

Conservative Indiana lawyer Eric Miller announces he will close lobbying group by end of year

By: - October 17, 2023

Prominent Indiana lobbyist Eric Miller, a self-described “pro-family and pro-church” advocate, announced Tuesday he will close the doors to his conservative political advocacy group by the end of the year. Miller founded Advance America, formerly Citizens Concerned for the Constitution, in 1980.  The organization has boasted a political network that includes thousands of members drawn […]

Rust gives big to his campaign for Indiana’s open U.S. Senate seat, but Banks tops total donations

By: - October 17, 2023

U.S. Senate candidate John Rust gave big to his own campaign during the third quarter, which he says is a sign that he won’t be propped up by political action committees. Rust, an openly gay Hoosier running as a Republican, has contributed $1.6 million since he officially launched his campaign in September, according to his […]

Indiana National Guard, PRŪV strike 10-year deal for new Camp Atterbury testing ground

By: - October 16, 2023

A portion of Camp Atterbury will soon be home to a proving and testing ground for new technologies that could be useful to both civilians and the military — largely those involving autonomous vehicles. Officials announced the new deal during a ceremony on Friday. The 10-year, $940,000 lease of state-owned land and roadways within Camp […]