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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.

Indiana teacher shortage persists ahead of new school year

By: - July 14, 2022

Schools across Indiana are struggling to fill more than 2,300 open teaching positions ahead of the upcoming school year.

Indiana governor walks back comment on abortion bill

By: - July 12, 2022

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said he has no "ultimatums" for an abortion-restricting bill, but he struggled to articulate his stance on any of the incoming legislation.

Political donations unlikely to sway Indiana lawmakers on abortion

By: - July 12, 2022

Pro-choice and anti-abortion groups have donated more than $250,000 to Hoosier candidates and campaigns in the last 20 years.

Federal judge lifts order against Indiana abortion procedure ban

By: - July 8, 2022

A federal judge has allowed an Indiana law that largely bans a common second-trimester abortion procedure to take effect.

Indiana clean energy advocates ‘concerned’ about policy plans

By: - July 8, 2022

Advocates for clean energy and the environment said they had hoped to see more concrete policy plans in Indiana’s latest Republican and Democratic party platforms that were released at respective state conventions last month. They also expressed concerns about the state’s perpetual dependence on coal, an energy source which the Indiana Republican Party embraced and committed […]

Indiana Democrats on first day of special session: “Where are Republicans?”

By: - July 7, 2022

Indiana Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday criticized their Republican counterparts, who were absent from the Statehouse on what was supposed to be the first day of a special legislative session. Gov. Eric Holcomb’s proclamation summoned the General Assembly back to the capital starting Wednesday to trigger a second wave of tax refund payments meant to provide Hoosiers […]

Indiana farmers battle production cost spikes

By: - July 6, 2022

Indiana farmers are facing steep increases in food production costs brought on by inflation and supply chain holdups.

What will Indiana lawmakers accomplish in special session?

By: - July 4, 2022

Indiana lawmakers will wait until late July to reconvene for a special legislative session, raising additional questions about what consensus they might reach on inflation relief and abortion restrictions.

These new Indiana laws take effect today

By: - July 1, 2022

Several new Indiana laws take effect Friday, just weeks before the General Assembly reconvenes for a special legislative session.

$500 million Indiana READI grants to be designated by end of year

By: - July 1, 2022

A wave of projects across Indiana are set receive new economic development funds meant to help expedite project completion timelines.

Indiana governor says no “red lines” on possible abortion legislation

By: - June 30, 2022

Indiana’s governor he’ll sign any abortion-restricting measures that make it to his desk during the upcoming special legislative session.

Indiana COVID-19 numbers down after scaled-back reporting

By: - June 30, 2022

COVID-19 numbers are down after state officials scaled back reporting protocols, and vaccines are available for virtually all residents.