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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Indiana attorneys debate overreach, obligation to ‘protect unborn’ in latest abortion ban hearing

By: - December 6, 2023

Does Indiana’s near-total abortion ban violate some Hoosiers’ religious freedom? That question was at the heart of debate Wednesday in the Indiana Court of Appeals, where lawyers for the state maintained it’s incumbent on the government to protect “unborn children,” starting at the point an egg is fertilized. The latest arguments over the new abortion […]

Indiana education secretary supports stricter third grade retention law — with some exemptions

By: - December 6, 2023

Indiana’s top education official on Tuesday said she wants Hoosier lawmakers to toughen the state’s third grade retention policies — while keeping some exemptions in place — as part of an “urgent” push to improve dismal literacy rates. Secretary of Education Katie Jenner maintained that too many Indiana third-graders who lack foundational reading skills are […]

Indiana lawmakers want to hold back more 3rd graders. Will it actually improve literacy?

By: - December 4, 2023

As they scramble to improve literacy rates among Hoosier students, state lawmakers seem adamant to toughen Indiana’s policy that requires most kids who are deficient in reading to repeat the third grade. But the proposal has so far been met with skepticism from Hoosier teachers, school officials and education experts who maintain that a more […]

Indiana teachers union presses reticent state lawmakers to reopen budget in 2024 session

By: - November 30, 2023

Indiana’s largest teacher’s union is calling for better collective bargaining, increased pay for support staff and more say over curriculum in the upcoming legislative session. Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA) President Keith Gambill said Tuesday that Hoosier educators are also seeking new social and emotional learning support for students. “These priorities … reflect what educators […]

Indiana cities are dishing out thousands of dollars to get out-of-state workers to relocate

By: - November 13, 2023

Museum passes, concert tickets, coworking spaces and thousands of dollars in cash are enticing hundreds of families to relocate to Indiana — and even more are expected to make the move as a growing incentive program continues to expand. More than three dozen Hoosier communities have tapped into new funding pools created to help them […]

Indiana’s public colleges and universities are slowly — but surely — moving to e-transcripts

By: - November 10, 2023

Hoosier students at both the high school and college levels will soon have their academic transcripts converted into a common digital file as part of a yearslong initiative to better manage — and share — educational records. Indiana’s Commission for Higher Education (CHE) met Thursday to discuss the effort that has been ongoing since 2005. […]

Chambers gets campaign boosts from past IEDC business associates

By: - November 9, 2023

Indiana gubernatorial candidate Brad Chambers’ campaign is likely to receive tens of thousands of dollars from an upcoming fundraiser hosted by racing legend Michael Andretti, adding to the Republican hopeful’s support from the state’s top business leaders. While a common event for a political candidate, it’s Chambers’ previous working relationship with the Andretti empire that’s […]


Indiana state Rep. Bob Morris named as defendant in disputed business merger lawsuit

By: - November 7, 2023

Republican Rep. Bob Morris is being sued for his alleged involvement in a disputed business merger in which the original owners say they were forced out of the $28 million deal. Tradition Transportation Group, or TTG, a northern Indiana transportation company, recently obtained a temporary restraining order against Morris, as well as the company’s former […]

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New research suggests Indiana’s increased charter school enrollment could have benefits

By: - November 6, 2023

More Hoosier parents are opting to send their kids to charter schools, and new research insists that moving away from traditional public schools increases students’ likelihood to achieve academically and after graduation. A study released last week from the University of Arkansas dives into the “cost-effectiveness and return on investment” of charter school attendance in […]

Indiana legislative committee weighs cannabis legalization but fails to make recommendations

By: - November 2, 2023

Could Indiana be moving towards less stringent marijuana laws, or even total cannabis legalization? State lawmakers floated those questions Wednesday during a six-hour meeting at the Statehouse. The Interim Study Committee on Commerce and Economic Development is examining “the legalization of adult-use cannabis in Indiana as it relates to workforce impacts and teen use.” Although […]

New IU study highlights billions in annual losses from untreated mental illness in Indiana

By: - November 1, 2023

Untreated mental illness in the Hoosier state comes at a cost of more than $4 billion a year, according to a new Indiana University study. The research published by the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health found that one in five Indiana residents with mental illness do not receive the treatment they need. […]

New local health initiatives taking shape across Indiana as novel state funding becomes available

By: - October 31, 2023

Local health officials across Indiana are gearing up to receive their share of a historic wave of state funding meant to increase disease prevention efforts and improve Hoosiers’ overall well-being. The vast majority of Indiana’s counties opted to participate in a statewide program designed to revamp the state’s public health investment — which until now […]