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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.

Biden officials visit Purdue as part of national push to bolster semiconductor production

By: - September 14, 2022

State and federal officials on Tuesday descended upon Purdue University’s campus as part of a national campaign to bolster the domestic manufacturing of semiconductor chips. Gov. Eric Holcomb joined two Biden administration Cabinet secretaries — Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo — in West Lafayette to tour the microelectronic training facility […]

More dual credit options for Indiana high schoolers could boost dismal college-going rate

By: - September 12, 2022

More Hoosier high schoolers than ever before have the option to earn college-level credit while still in secondary school — an opportunity that Indiana education officials say could boost the number of students who pursue some form of higher education. For the 2022-23 academic year, 141 high schools and nearly a dozen postsecondary institutions will […]

ACLU files second lawsuit challenging Indiana’s near-total abortion ban

By: - September 8, 2022

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana on Thursday filed a second lawsuit challenging Indiana’s near-total abortion ban that is set to take effect in one week. The class action lawsuit was filed in Marion County Superior Court on behalf of Hoosier Jews for Choice, as well as five anonymous women who represent a variety […]

A look inside the Hoosier history enshrined in Indiana’s gubernatorial portraits

By: - September 8, 2022

Frank O’Bannon is sitting at his desk. Harold Handley sports a bowtie. The dome atop the Indiana Statehouse peeks behind Edgar Whitcomb.  How Indiana’s executive leaders are depicted in their gubernatorial portraits is largely up to them. It’s a tradition that dates back to 1869, when then Gov. Conrad Baker began collecting pictures of the […]

Indiana colleges ramp-up monkeypox awareness, but vaccines still limited

By: - September 7, 2022

Schools across Indiana walked back COVID-19 restrictions at the start of the new fall term, but colleges and universities are now focusing on keeping the monkeypox virus at bay. The Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) has confirmed 172 monkeypox cases in Indiana since June 17, according to the department’s new statewide dashboard. Nearly 20,000 cases […]

Indiana job training program loans out nearly $1 million in first year

By: - September 6, 2022

An interest-free loan program funded by Indiana taxpayers has dished out nearly $1 million to students seeking technical training, although some advocates caution that such lending plans could be misleading to students. The Accelerate Indiana program launched last fall after state lawmakers rushed to spend the state’s surplus of federal COVID-19 relief money during the […]

Indiana Supreme Court upholds firing of Catholic high school teacher in same-sex marriage

By: - September 1, 2022

The Indiana Supreme Court ruled Wednesday to uphold the Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis’s decision to fire a Cathedral High School teacher for being in a same-sex marriage. In a 4-0 decision, the court found the Archdiocese has autonomy protection under the First Amendment, which allows churches to decide matters of faith and doctrine without government […]

GOP Sen. Kyle Walker picks up endorsements after abortion bill fallout

By: - September 1, 2022

GOP Sen. Kyle Walker this week received several key endorsements in his Senate re-election campaign. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce announced its support Tuesday, marking the first candidate endorsement made by the state’s largest business advocacy organization. The Indiana State AFL-CIO and Indiana State Pipe Trades Association followed suit Thursday. Walker, of Indianapolis, is up […]

HIV laws, funding for mental health in Indiana justice system weighed by lawmakers

By: - August 31, 2022

Lawmakers and other stakeholders on Tuesday discussed possible changes to Indiana laws concerning HIV-specific criminal penalties and sentence enhancements. The Republican-led summer study committee also weighed additional funding and other resources for the state’s psychiatric hospitals and community care centers that serve incarcerated individuals who have mental health or behavioral concerns.  Recommendations from the committee […]

Abortion providers file lawsuit against Indiana’s near-total abortion ban

By: and - August 30, 2022

A group of Indiana abortion care providers on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in state court challenging Indiana’s near-total abortion ban that is set to take effect in just 16 days. The suit — filed in Monroe County Circuit Court by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana on behalf of Planned Parenthood, Whole Women’s Health […]

$240K for Indiana’s special legislative session

By: - August 30, 2022

Indiana taxpayers were out close to a quarter of a million dollars for a special legislative session that saw the passage of a near-total ban all abortions in the state, as well as a deal providing wraparound social services and inflation relief. House and Senate officials provided the Indiana Capital Chronicle with data on the […]

Routine childhood vaccinations are down in Indiana, boosting concerns as schools resume

By: - August 29, 2022

More than a third of Indiana’s youngest kids are behind on routine vaccinations, prompting renewed efforts by public health officials to boost immunization rates, especially in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Only 58% of Hoosier children aged 19-35 months have completed what is known as the 4:3:1:3:3:1:4 immunization series, which is recommended to prevent […]