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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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Bernard to go before Medical Licensing Board this month, despite Rokita attempt to delay hearing

By: - May 9, 2023

The Indiana Medical Licensing Board will hold a hearing later this month on a complaint against Indianapolis OB-GYN Dr. Caitlin Bernard, despite an attempt by the Attorney General’s Office to further delay the matter. Bernard, who is at the center of a controversial abortion case, will appear May 25 and Board members will weigh whether […]

Allen County judge pauses Sen. Tyler Johnson malpractice case, but keeps court filings public

By: - May 8, 2023

An Allen County judge on Monday paused proceedings in an Indiana senator’s medical malpractice case for a month, but declined to keep the lawsuit filings confidential.  Sen. Tyler Johnson, R-Leo — an ER physician — previously moved to temporarily halt the case and related deadlines, based on the “privileges and immunities afforded to Dr. Johnson as […]

Rokita hires GOP lawyer Jim Bopp to help keep confidential a report about AG’s former job

By: - May 8, 2023

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita has retained well-known conservative attorney Jim Bopp under a $250,000 contract to aid with various legal matters.  The first is to represent him in an ongoing legal battle to keep confidential a report about the private-sector job he also held while beginning his term in state office. Bopp and two other […]

Allen County judge denies Indiana’s preliminary injunction request in TikTok lawsuit

By: - May 8, 2023

An Indiana judge on Thursday denied the state’s motion for a preliminary injunction in its lawsuit against TikTok and parent company ByteDance. Allen County Superior Court Judge Craig Bobay said in his ruling that the state hasn’t “shown a reasonable likelihood of success on the merits at trial” and “is not likely to prevail in […]

Holcomb signs new two-year budget, 90 other bills into law

By: - May 5, 2023

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb gave his final stamp of approval Thursday to the state’s next two-year budget, which features big spending on health care, accelerated tax cuts and a near-universal private school voucher program. The $44 billion plan is the last Holcomb will sign before his term concludes at the end of 2024.  The biggest […]

McCormick officially enters governor’s race

By: - May 4, 2023

After teasing a run for months, Democrat Jennifer McCormick announced Thursday she is entering the race for governor in 2024. “Everywhere I visit, no matter where I go, one thing is clear — Hoosiers do not recognize the out-of-touch divisiveness coming out of the statehouse. They expect a leader who believes in using common sense […]

Indiana taxpayers will send millions more to charter schools in new state budget

By: - May 3, 2023

Indiana lawmakers gave charter schools major funding boosts in the next state budget after advocates ramped up lobbying efforts in the 2023 legislative session to extend more benefits to the traditional public counterparts. New appropriations for charter schools are part of a $1.487 billion increase in tuition support for schools of all types. Much of […]

Indiana bills on birth control, speed cameras, military tax exemptions are latest to become law

By: - May 2, 2023

Dozens of new bills were signed into law Monday by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, including those that will allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control, establish a pilot program for speed cameras in road work zones and exempt military members from paying state income taxes. The 68 bills passed during the 2023 legislative session — which came […]

Indiana DCS director Terry Stigdon — who took over agency amid controversy — will resign

By: - May 1, 2023

Indiana Department of Child Services Director Terry Stigdon will step down from the agency this week, the governor said Monday. It’s the second resignation announced in a matter of days — on Friday, Gov. Eric Holcomb’s office released that Department of Workforce Development Commissioner David Adams will depart after eight months on the job. Stigdon […]

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The big wins — and some losses — of Indiana’s 2023 legislative session

By: , and - May 1, 2023

Of the 1,154 bills filed, Indiana lawmakers approved 252 of those in the 2023 legislative session, with many still waiting for a final signature from the governor. The Republican-controlled General Assembly convened for 110 days, during which education, health care and taxes dominated much of the discourse.  The highlight, however, was the passage of Indiana’s […]

Chaotic, twelfth-hour push nets $312M increase for traditional K-12

By: and - April 28, 2023

Outrage from public school officials over dismal funding in the next two-year state budget prompted lawmakers to add a twelfth-hour K-12 spending boost in Indiana’s spending plan in a chaotic final day that yielded several so-called ‘final’ draft budgets. Even as rumors circulated for hours midday, Republican leadership declined to identify the hold-up, not publicizing the […]

Legislature backtracks, offers some property tax relief

By: and - April 28, 2023

Indiana’s Senate stripped out the House’s solution to high property tax bills more than two weeks ago. But on Thursday, lawmakers reversed course, offering up what they said was more than $100 million worth of property tax relief in compromise provisions. They also — late Thursday and early into Friday — finalized several more proposals: […]