Staff Reports

Staff Reports

Indiana Capital Chronicle staff - Casey Smith, Niki Kelly, Whitney Downard, Leslie Bonilla Muñiz

Fort Wayne Air National Guard base converts to F-16 Fighting Falcons

By: - January 17, 2023

The 122nd Fighter Wing in Fort Wayne has been officially approved for conversion to the F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft under passage of the National Defense Authorization Act. The move sets events in motion to replace the 122nd FW’s 21 A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft with the F-16,  a news release said. “We look forward to transitioning […]


Federal grant to aid early childhood education

By: - January 5, 2023

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning has been awarded a $42 million federal grant to be used over three years to improve early childhood opportunities. The grant was issued in partnership with the Indiana Department of Education Office of Kindergarten Readiness. A news release said the money […]

Abuse, neglect deaths of children rose in 2021

By: - January 3, 2023

Sixty children died from abuse and neglect in 2021, a report issued Friday by the Indiana Department of Child Services found. That is up from 50 in 2020. The agency investigated 271 child fatalities in which abuse or neglect was suspected to be a factor but 22% were found to be from caregiver maltreatment. Of […]

Garten named to Budget Committee

By: - January 2, 2023

State Sen. Chris Garten, R-Charlestown, is the newest m ember of the Indiana State Budget Committee. Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray appointed him to replace alternate member, Sen. Liz Brown, R-Fort Wayne. The committee facilitates the revenue forecasting, budget development and budget implementation processes and evaluates the fiscal and policy impacts of legislative proposals […]

New leadership for Black legislative caucus

By: - December 22, 2022

The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus met this week and elected Rep. Earl Harris, D-East Chicago, as chairman and Rep. Carolyn Jackson, D-Hammond, as vice chair. Harris, who formerly serviced as vice chair, succeeds State Rep. Robin Shackleford, D-Indianapolis, as Chair. “I’m very excited to begin this new chapter of Chair of the IBLC,” Harris said. […]

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Woman fined, barred from state employment

By: - December 9, 2022

The Indiana Ethics Commission on Thursday approved a settlement that bars a woman from ever working for the state of Indiana again and fined her $5,000. Bridget Murphy worked at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management from 2004 until her termination in February 2020. She was inspections chief and oversaw a team of 15 that […]

Rokita sues TikTok in Allen Superior Court

By: - December 7, 2022

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita on Wednesday filed two lawsuits in Fort Wayne against TikTok — both related to false claims made by the company about its video-sharing app of the same name. “The TikTok app is a malicious and menacing threat unleashed on unsuspecting Indiana consumers by a Chinese company that knows full well […]

Holcomb released from hospital

By: - December 4, 2022

Gov. Eric Holcomb was released from the hospital Saturday and is resting at home, according to a tweet from his office signed by his press secretary. He was hospitalized Thursday after going to the doctor with what he thought was the flu. But he was diagnosed with pneumonia instead. “Out of an abundance of caution […]

Morales taps transition team

By: - November 21, 2022

Secretary of State-elect Diego Morales on Monday announced a 13-person transition team — co-chaired by a former state office holder — following his easy election night victory. A news release said the team will offer organizational and logistical support and includes individuals with decades of experience in both the public and private sectors. “I am […]

Holcomb to honor Pat Koch with Sachem Award

By: - November 18, 2022

Gov. Eric Holcomb will honor community leader and originating partner of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari Patricia (Pat) Koch with the 2022 Sachem Award, the state’s highest honor, at a Dec. 2 ceremony. The event will be conducted at Will Koch Family Auditorium at Heritage Hills High School. “Pat Koch is a Southern Indiana powerhouse […]

Rokita announces $3.1 billion tentative settlement with Walmart over opioid allegations

By: - November 15, 2022

Attorney General Todd Rokita on Tuesday announced a $3.1 billion tentative settlement with Walmart to resolve allegations that the company contributed to the opioid addiction crisis by failing to appropriately oversee the distribution and dispensing of opioids at its stores. “The opioid crisis has devastated far too many Hoosier families,” he said in a news […]

State legislator to run for mayor of Indianapolis

By: - November 10, 2022

Indianapolis Democrat Rep. Robin Shackleford announced Thursday she will enter the race for Indianapolis mayor. She currently chairs the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus, and made the announcement at the Madam Walker Legacy Center. “Madam Walker symbolizes the hope that I have for this city and what it can do,” Shackleford said in a news release. […]