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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.

Hoosiers will see mailed tax refund checks as early as next week

By: - August 9, 2022

Hoosiers who still haven’t received their $125 Automatic Taxpayer Refund can expect to see checks in a matter of weeks, state officials said. Folks across the state should also see the $200 payment approved during the special legislative session arrive soon, too. After a paper shortage delayed the first round of checks by several weeks, […]

Top Indiana companies wait to oppose new abortion ban until after it’s enacted

By: - August 8, 2022

Major Indiana companies that previously declined to publicly comment on a near-total abortion ban are now speaking out against the newly-enacted restrictions, saying the the move could inhibit business growth and make it harder to retain skilled workers. One of Indiana’s largest employers and oldest companies, Eli Lilly and Company, was the first to step […]

Indiana governor signs near-total abortion ban

By: - August 5, 2022

Indiana’s governor signed into law late Friday a Republican-backed bill that will ban virtually all abortions in the state, making it the first to enact abortion-restricting legislation since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.  The ban takes effect on Sept. 15, at which point Indiana will have one of the most restrictive abortion […]

Kansans got to decide on abortion. What does it mean for Hoosiers?

By: - August 4, 2022

Indiana lawmakers have a new political calculus to consider after Kansans voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to keep abortion protections in their state’s constitution. Roughly 60% of voters in Kansas rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have removed language that guarantees reproductive rights. It would have also put the issue of abortion in the hands of […]

Indiana House committee advances abortion ban bill to full chamber

By: - August 2, 2022

An Indiana House committee on Tuesday advanced a Republican-backed bill that would ban virtually all abortions in the state, though the panel removed several controversial amendments that were added in the Senate. The committee heard more than 100 Hoosiers speak over nearly eight hours before voting 8-5 to advance the abortion ban to the full House […]

Doctors, hospitals push back on abortion bill

By: - August 1, 2022

A Republican-backed bill that would ban virtually all abortions in Indiana enters the next round of debate Tuesday, while hospitals and physicians across the state push back against the proposal. Senators debated the bill for more than three hours on Saturday before voting to advance the bill to the House during a special legislative session. […]

Indiana Senate narrowly advances abortion ban to House

By: - July 30, 2022

Indiana lawmakers narrowly voted Saturday to advance a Republican-backed bill that would ban virtually all abortions in the state. Senators debated the bill for more than three hours before voting 26-20 on the bill during a special legislative session. That was the fewest number of votes needed to advance the bill to the House chamber, […]

Indiana Republicans vote-down amendment to remove rape, incest exception from abortion bill

By: - July 29, 2022

Indiana lawmakers voted down a contentious amendment that would have removed exceptions for rape and incest from a Republican-backed bill that seeks to ban virtually all abortions in the state. That was after more than two hours of heated debate on the proposal late Thursday night during a special legislative session. Eighteen Republicans joined Democrats […]

Sen. Todd Young’s bill to support U.S.-made semiconductor chips gets Senate approval

By: - July 28, 2022

A bill to bolster the manufacturing of semiconductor chips in the United States won Senate approval Wednesday after being championed by Indiana Republican Sen. Todd Young for several years. U.S. Senators voted 64-33 in favor of the bipartisan-backed bill, which now advances to the U.S. House of Representatives. The measure is expected to pass in […]

Longtime Indiana senator leaves Republican caucus amid abortion bill debates

By: - July 26, 2022

Indiana Sen. Mike Young has resigned from the Republican caucus amid disagreements over the GOP approach to abortion-restricting legislation. That’s according to a letter obtained Tuesday by the Indiana Capital Chronicle. Young, a longtime Republican lawmaker from Indianapolis, addressed the letter to Senate President Pro Tempore Rodric Bray. It is unclear the status of Young’s […]

Indiana senators advance abortion ban bill to full Senate

By: - July 26, 2022

A Republican-backed bill that seeks to ban virtually all abortions in Indiana advanced to the full Senate Tuesday after adding more restrictions to the exceptions allowing rape and incest victims to access abortions. The move came after hours of public testimony in widespread opposition to the proposal. Senate Bill 1 now heads to the full […]

No supporters on first day of Indiana abortion bill debate

By: - July 26, 2022

Droves of abortion-rights and anti-abortion activists who descended on the Indiana Statehouse Monday were opposed to a Republican proposal that would ban virtually all abortions in the state. The widespread pushback indicates an upward battle for Indiana’s Republican supermajority, which is seeking to limit access to abortions in Indiana after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned […]