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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.

Most eligible Indiana schools hesitant to sign up for federal free meal program, per new report

By: - June 5, 2023

The lion’s share of Hoosier schools that qualify for a federal free meal service program don’t take advantage of it, according to a new national report. Across the country, 6,419 school districts — 67.5 percent of those eligible — adopted the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) in one or more schools for […]

Here’s what to expect from likely appeals in the licensing litigation against local OB-GYN

By: - June 1, 2023

A lengthy appeals process could play out following a state regulatory decision last week to sanction an Indianapolis OB-GYN in a divisive abortion case.  The Indiana Medical Licensing Board ruled that Dr. Caitlin Bernard violated state and federal patient privacy laws when she publicly discussed a 10-year-old rape victim seeking an abortion in Indiana.  But […]

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Rep. Jim Lucas jailed on OWI, leaving scene after crash in Jackson County

By: - May 31, 2023

Republican state Rep. Jim Lucas was arrested and held in the Jackson County Jail Wednesday morning after police said he drove while intoxicated and left the scene of a crash. Lucas crashed his vehicle on Interstate 65, just north of Seymour, around midnight, an Indiana State Police spokesperson told the Indiana Capital Chronicle. Police said […]

Advisory opinion calls on Indiana officials, private attorneys to avoid conflicts of interest

By: - May 30, 2023

In a recent advisory opinion, the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission doubled down on expectations that public officials and government lawyers avoid potential conflicts when moving between public and private service, or when moving from one government agency to another. Up for interpretation is Indiana Professional Conduct Rules as they apply to former government employees […]

Indiana Medical Licensing Board rules Bernard violated patient privacy laws

By: - May 26, 2023

The Indiana Medical Licensing Board ruled Thursday that Indianapolis OB-GYN Dr. Caitlin Bernard violated state and federal patient privacy laws when she publicly discussed a 10-year-old rape victim seeking an abortion in Indiana.  The licensing board deemed Bernard did not improperly report child abuse, however, and is fit to practice medicine.  Ultimately she was given […]

New pre-admission program seeks to get more Hoosiers into colleges statewide

By: - May 23, 2023

A new statewide program seeks to put more Hoosiers on track for college — and get them earlier admission decisions. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE) outlined its “Indiana Pre-Admissions: Your Path to College” initiative last week, indicating that rising high school seniors — the 2024 graduating class — will be the first to participate. […]

Indiana higher ed commission lays out early plans for university funding, new career programs

By: - May 19, 2023

Indiana’s Commission for Higher Education (CHE) on Thursday outlined its plans for big changes to Indiana’s education landscape — some of which take effect in just a few weeks. The goal is to increase the number of Hoosiers with post-high school credentials and boost the state’s dismal college-going rate. State lawmakers put the commission on […]

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Indiana Supreme Court hears arguments in condemnation case against Duke Energy

By: - May 18, 2023

A Bloomington manufacturer argued before the Indiana Supreme Court Wednesday that it was unfairly forced to modify building plans for a new warehouse, claiming Duke Energy Indiana took part of its land without compensation. Counsel for the utility pushed back, however, maintaining before the justices that Duke has easement rights to ensure the safe transmission […]

New research underscores widespread, pandemic-fueled learning loss in Indiana

By: - May 16, 2023

Indiana students lost nearly six months of learning in math and over four months in reading as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research from Harvard and Stanford universities. The new Education Recovery Scorecard released last week offers the first comparable view of district-level learning loss that occurred in Indiana between 2019 […]

Indiana governor joins other GOP leaders opposing Biden’s proposed Title IX changes

By: - May 15, 2023

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and 24 of his fellow Republican governors have asked the Biden administration to withdraw its proposed rule changes expanding Title IX protections to transgender athletes.  That’s despite Holcomb’s previous refusal to sign an Indiana bill banning transgender girls from playing on K-12 girl’s school sports teams. The governor vetoed the bill […]

Indiana’s governor to be among the highest paid after new salary increases take effect

By: - May 12, 2023

A pay raise for Indiana’s top elected officials will make the state’s next governor one of the highest paid in the nation. State lawmakers included the increases in the next biennial budget, although new salaries won’t take effect until Jan. 1, 2025. The Indiana governor’s salary will raise 48% to be equal to that of […]

State offices tasked with making Indiana high school curricula more career-centered

By: - May 11, 2023

Multiple state offices are on the clock to put in motion statewide career-centered education and training programs that seek to graduate Hoosier students who are better prepared for the workforce. The House and Senate compromised in the final hours of the legislative session on a massive Republican-backed plan that, at its core, seeks to expand […]