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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.

Billions of gallons of water could be diverted to Boone County project site via new pipeline

By: - August 14, 2023

Early testing shows a Wabash River aquifer can supply enough water for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation’s proposed pipeline project that would send up to 100 million gallons daily to a massive — and controversial — high-tech park planned in Boone County. That’s according to an IEDC official — alongside a water expert hired by […]

State lawmakers weigh ongoing child care ‘deserts’ across Indiana

By: - August 10, 2023

Rising concerns over a lack of affordable and accessible child care in Indiana bubbled up at the Statehouse Wednesday, prompting calls for new statewide policies that would make it easier for additional care providers to open — without breaking the bank for families. A legislative panel made up mostly of Hoosier lawmakers heard more than four […]

ACLU lawsuit contends new Indiana law prevents police officers from being held accountable

By: - August 8, 2023

A lawsuit filed in federal court by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana on Tuesday challenges a new state law that prohibits citizens from being within 25 feet of law enforcement officers. The law, which went into effect on July 1, is called a violation of constitutional rights by the ACLU, which claims that […]

DOC plans to close Indiana State Prison as part of new Westville project — which now tops $1.2B

By: - August 8, 2023

The Indiana Department of Correction plans to close the state prison in Michigan City after a new, $1.2 billion prison facility was approved last week by budget regulators. That’s a change from the DOC’s previous plan to keep both the old and new prison sites open. The Indiana Budget Committee on Friday gave the greenlight […]

Indiana budget committee OKs $120M IEDC request for hushed auto manufacturing facility project

By: - August 7, 2023

Indiana’s budget panel on Friday approved a $120 million request from the state’s economic development agency to close a deal on a hushed advanced manufacturing project, despite transparency concerns from some Democrats on the committee.  The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) made the nine-figure ask to provide performance-based incentive funds for an automotive company planning […]

Pence criticizes Trump and ‘crackpot lawyers’ at Indiana State Fair campaign stop

By: - August 2, 2023

Speaking at an Indianapolis campaign stop Wednesday, former Vice President Mike Pence further distanced himself from his previous boss, Donald Trump, as tensions continue to flare on the nomination trail. Pence came to town to talk about the economy but Trump’s latest legal crisis pulled focus from that. The former president was indicted on felony […]

Indiana Planned Parenthood clinics stop providing abortions, although ban stays paused

By: - August 1, 2023

Planned Parenthood announced Tuesday that its Indiana clinics have stopped providing abortion care, even though the state’s near-total ban on the procedure still remains on hold. Rebecca Gibron, CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, Hawai’i, Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky, said during a news conference that the nonprofit’s 11 health centers in Indiana will remain open. Planned […]

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Indiana’s near-total abortion ban isn’t going back into effect — yet

By: - August 1, 2023

Despite confusion and hesitancy among health care providers, Indiana’s near-total abortion ban will not take effect until the state Supreme Court certifies its June ruling. Indiana Supreme Court justices tossed out a wide-ranging preliminary injunction in late June when they largely upheld the state’s abortion ban on constitutional liberty grounds.  But until the high court […]

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Indiana Medical Licensing Board finalizes ruling that Bernard violated patient privacy laws

By: - July 31, 2023

The Indiana Medical Licensing Board has finalized administrative charges against Indianapolis OB-GYN Dr. Caitlin Bernard, who board members determined violated state and federal patient privacy laws when she publicly discussed a 10-year-old rape victim seeking an abortion in Indiana.  A final order and letter of reprimand were filed last week, two months after the board […]

Indiana lawmakers could further dilute state wetlands protections following SCOTUS decision

By: - July 26, 2023

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling from earlier this year will effectively remove federal protections for most of Indiana’s wetlands — and enable Hoosier lawmakers to repeal already-weakened state protections for those areas. The high court ruled in May that federal protections for wetlands under the Clean Water Act only apply to wetlands with a continuous […]

GOP Rep. Jim Lucas kept off interim committees after pleading guilty to DUI crash misdemeanors

By: - July 21, 2023

Republican State Rep. Jim Lucas is effectively in time-out after ​​he pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors in connection with his May arrest for driving under the influence. The GOP lawmaker from Seymour was not appointed to any interim study committees convened for 2023. Between legislative sessions, elected members spend time dedicated to specific topics and […]

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita targets reproductive health care, diversity in latest letters

By: - July 20, 2023

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita is continuing his fight on culture wars issues, this time on reproductive health care records and workplace diversity. In a letter he signed onto last month, Rokita opposed a draft federal privacy rule that would block state officials from accessing information on residents’ reproductive health care services — including abortions […]