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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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What to know about Indiana’s latest college completion rate gains

By: - October 10, 2022

Although Indiana’s statewide college completion rates continue to show improvement, education officials caution there aren’t enough Hoosiers earning degrees overall to meet the state’s workforce needs. A final report released last week by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) showed the on-time college completion rate for 2021 graduates continued a five-year improvement trend. Extended-time […]

Is Indiana welcoming to immigrants?

By: and - October 7, 2022

As Gov. Eric Holcomb participates on another international economic development trip this year, advocates at home wonder whether Indiana is doing enough to overcome its bureaucratic hurdles and welcome immigrants to the Hoosier State.  Ellen Wu, a history professor at Indiana University with a focus on immigration, said people tend to remember America as more […]

Biden to pardon all federal offenses for simple marijuana possession, review criminalization

By: , , and - October 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday announced executive actions that would pardon thousands of people with prior federal offenses of simple marijuana possession. He will also direct U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra and Attorney General Merrick Garland to review how marijuana is classified under federal law as a Schedule I drug, the Drug […]

Indiana Farm Bureau outlines priorities for upcoming federal farm bill

By: - October 6, 2022

Indiana’s largest farmer advocacy group says it’s prioritizing commodities, conservation and nutrition in its lobbying efforts around the next federal farm bill. Indiana Farm Bureau, an agricultural organization that seeks to support Hoosier farmers, made the announcement after members of Indiana’s congressional delegation spent time during their recent six-week recess to meet with the state’s […]

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Hoosiers with commercially-held loans might not qualify for federal student debt relief

By: - October 4, 2022

Some Hoosiers may no longer qualify for President Joe Biden’s student debt relief plan after federal officials quietly changed the eligibility qualifications late last week. The U.S. Department of Education indicated Thursday that privately held loans will not be forgiven. That means borrowers who took out Federal Family Education Loans (FFELs), or Perkins Loans, are […]

Could Morales allegations tilt Secretary of State’s race?

By: and - October 4, 2022

Republican Secretary of State candidate Diego Morales has fielded controversy since his first unsuccessful bid for public office in 2018, but could a pair of sexual misconduct allegations less than a month before Election Day endanger his latest campaign? Two longtime former Republicans divulged decade-old allegations of sexual assaults in interview transcripts published this week […]

Up for debate: Can Indiana’s religious freedom law strike down the state’s abortion ban?

By: - October 3, 2022

Indiana’s controversial religious freedom law is at the heart of at least two ongoing lawsuits that seek to strike down the state’s near-total abortion ban, fueling debate about where to draw lines between religion and policy. The first legal challenge — a class action lawsuit filed last month by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) […]

Indiana auditor says all automatic taxpayer refund checks have mailed out

By: - September 29, 2022

The Indiana Auditor’s Office has printed and mailed all of the state’s automatic taxpayer refund checks, the agency announced on Thursday. More than 1.5 million checks finished printing on Sept. 21, and the last batch of checks were sent to the postal service the next day. A paper shortage in August had delayed the first […]

Indiana BMV weighs more branch closures, pushes for more digital transactions

By: - September 29, 2022

Some Hoosiers are pleading with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles to keep local branches open as the agency debates additional closures and pushes for more digital service transactions. The Indiana BMV has completely closed eight branches around the state since 2019, according to agency data. More than a dozen other locations have additionally downsized […]

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Holcomb leads economic development trip to Europe to discuss manufacturing, energy

By: - September 28, 2022

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb will lead a nine-person delegation to Germany and Switzerland next week to build on business discussions surrounding medical device manufacturing in Indiana, as well as the state’s role in the global energy transition. The trip begins on Monday in Germany, where Holcomb is scheduled to meet with representatives of some of […]

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Court denies Rokita request to fast-track appeal over abortion ban injunction

By: - September 28, 2022

The Indiana Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected a request from Attorney General Todd Rokita to fast-track his appeal of the pause on the state’s near-total abortion ban. A three-judge panel unanimously denied the request without further explanation. Rokita, a Republican, asked the Appeals Court to set aside a preliminary injunction issued by a lower […]

Indiana lawyer files first significant lawsuit against Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan

By: - September 27, 2022

A public interest lawyer in Indiana is suing to block President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan on the basis that he would be forced to pay state taxes on the canceled debt. It’s one of the first significant legal challenges to Biden’s plan. The federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court […]