Advocates say overmedication of children in foster care still a problem

BY: - September 1, 2022

Nearly a decade ago, the Indiana Department of Child Services and Family and Social Services Administration acknowledged a problem: too many children in foster care were getting psychotropic medication instead of mental healthcare.  The agencies launched the Indiana Psychotropic Medication Advisory Committee in 2013, vowing to increase oversight and make policy recommendations. Just one year […]

State launches milk drives for Hoosier babies

BY: - August 11, 2022

The Indiana Department of Health has partnered with the Milk Bank to host milk drives to provide donor milk to Hoosier babies. The infant formula shortage continues to impact families and infant health across Indiana and the rest of the United States. Indiana has been particularly affected by not only shortages in stores and safety […]

Groups ask Supreme Court, legislature to weigh in on gender marker case

BY: - August 5, 2022

The Indiana Court of Appeals is divided over changing a child’s birth certificate gender marker. Now, a group of outside organizations want clarity. The case revolves around a transgender girl whose mother filed — back in 2019 — to change her gender marker to female to allow her to fully participate in school. The girl […]

Indiana planning first opioid settlement payout

BY: - August 5, 2022

Indiana received its first payment from its share of a national, $26 billion settlement with opioid manufacturers and distributors in mid-July, and expects to receive two more this year. Local governments could see their first payments this year. “The plan is to distribute all of that money at one time, rather than distribute payments piecemeal,” […]

Rokita’s TikTok legal battle part of array of contingency fee contracts

BY: - August 1, 2022

When Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita’s office jumped onto a multi-state, bipartisan investigation of social media giant TikTok, it wasn’t initially clear his office would outsource the work to a Washington, D.C.-based boutique legal firm for free — almost. “We’re going to find out whether or not the Chinese, and by definition, if you’re a […]

Statewide petition drive launched to demand women’s fundamental rights

BY: - July 26, 2022

The Indiana Democratic Women’s Coalition is launching an online petition demanding an Indiana Constitutional Guarantee of Women’s Fundamental Rights and has already gathered about 2,000 signatures. The petition calls for health care and reproductive freedom, protection for school-aged girls, economic equality, and dignity. “The U. S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade motivates […]

Arrest confirms Indiana abortion for Ohio 10-year-old

BY: - July 14, 2022

Columbus police have arrested a 27-year-old for rape in the case of a 10-year-old who traveled to Indiana late last month for an abortion, The Columbus Dispatch reported Wednesday. Ohio Republican leaders, who passed and implemented a law making rape victims ineligible for abortions after six weeks, have been trying to raise doubts about the […]

Soil conservation on upward trend in Indiana

BY: - July 11, 2022

According to a recent soil conservation survey, Indiana farmers planted an estimated 1.5 million acres of overwinter living covers in the late fall of 2021 – matching the record 1.5 million acres planted in 2020, according to the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. Overwintering living covers (also known as cover crops and small grains, like […]