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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New report says rural Indiana needs more investment to ensure economic stability, growth

By: - November 17, 2022

Rural Hoosiers “desperately” need state leaders and lawmakers to make greater investments in Indiana’s lesser-populated regions, especially as the younger and more educated workforce moves to more urban areas of the state. That’s according to a new report released Wednesday by the Indiana Community Action Poverty Institute, an Indianapolis-based advocacy group that seeks to prevent […]

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Indiana health department confirms first monkeypox-related death

By: - November 16, 2022

The Indiana Department of Health on Wednesday reported the first death of an Indiana resident in which monkeypox was a contributing factor. The individual had “multiple other health conditions” that contributed to the death, according to the state health department. IDOH officials said no other information about the patient will be provided, citing patient privacy […]

Indiana education department prepares to launch new data dashboard

By: - November 16, 2022

Indiana education officials are weeks away from launching a new online dashboard that seeks to increase transparency around school performance data. The new Indiana Graduates Prepared to Succeed (GPS) is expected to go live in December, although an exact launch date still has not been determined. Indiana Secretary of Education Katie Jenner told the Indiana […]

Indiana higher education commission advances funding model, despite some pushback

By: - November 11, 2022

Indiana’s higher education officials on Thursday approved recommendations for a new approach to funding higher education that is based on school-specific goals, rather than blanket recommendations. But some raised concerns about the prospective model, saying it still lacks clear goals for the state’s public colleges and universities. Others cautioned that it could unfairly shift the […]

Only half of Indiana school referendums get voter approval

By: - November 10, 2022

Indiana voters on Tuesday rejected half of the K12 operating fund referendums in the state, making it one of the worst nights for the school ballot questions in the last decade.  Three of the seven Indiana school districts that placed ballot questions to approve property-tax levies for operational funds failed to get enough voter approval. […]

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Supermajorities maintained; GOP leadership unchanged in House, Senate

By: and - November 10, 2022

Senate Republicans picked up a seat while the House GOP appears to have held its advantage pending final tallies — a red victory that maintained supermajorities and led to the re-election of leadership in both chambers Wednesday. Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray did have to fend off a challenge for control from Sen. Mark […]

Incumbents see easy wins in most Indiana congressional races

By: - November 8, 2022

Indiana Republicans secured easy victories in multiple congressional races, while Democrats still waited late Tuesday to see if their incumbent would come out on top in the hotly contested First Congressional District. The Associated Press called races in most of the congressional districts by 9 p.m. Tuesday. It was still unclear late Tuesday night who […]

GOP U.S. Sen. Todd Young claims second term victory over Democrat Thomas McDermott

By: - November 8, 2022

Republican U.S. Sen. Todd Young claimed victory against Democratic challenger Thomas McDermott Tuesday evening, calling it “a great night for the Republican Party.” The Associated Press called the race for Young at 8:26 p.m. Preliminary and unofficial poll results show the incumbent senator defeating McDermott with 59% of votes, with 29% of precincts reporting. “We […]

‘Crossing the Finish Line’ helps thousands of high schoolers earn college credits, credentials

By: - November 8, 2022

A statewide initiative funded by federal COVID-relief dollars has helped thousands of Indiana high school students finish up college credits and other high-value credentials, new data shows. The hopeful sign comes as state leaders continue to stress a need for more Hoosiers to earn post-high school credentials, whether at two- and four-year colleges, or through […]


Indiana state budget committee approves 35% increase to Frank O’Bannon Grant

By: - November 7, 2022

Thousands of Hoosiers will now qualify to have most or all of their college tuition and fees covered by financial aid after state leaders green-lit a request to up the number of grant dollars available to each student. The State Budget Committee last week approved a 35% increase to the maximum base-award amounts available under […]

Indiana education officials finding ways to cut down, revamp state education standards

By: - November 3, 2022

Indiana’s education leaders are revamping the state’s academic standards by cutting back current requirements and streamlining the content that teachers are required to cover in a school year. Determining what’s most important for Indiana students to learn is no easy task, however, as indicated by members of the Indiana State Board of Education during a […]

Judge rules ballot access lawsuit filed by Indiana Green, Libertarian parties can move forward

By: - November 2, 2022

A legal challenge to Indiana’s ballot access law will move forward after a federal judge ruled last week that the lawsuit brought by the Indiana Green and Libertarian parties requires a “fact-intensive” review. The lawsuit was filed in March in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. It alleges that minor parties […]