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SCOTUS begins issuing new opinions, with another expected related to the power of federal agencies, the battleground state of Wisconsin gets a ruling on alternative voting sites, and coastal work is being done to help salt marshes withstand hurricanes.

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The Supreme Court for now protects access to abortion drug mifepristone, while Senate Republicans block a bill protecting access to in-vitro fertilization. Wisconsin's Supreme Court bans mobile voting sites, and colleges deal with funding cuts as legislatures target diversity programs.

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As summer nears, America's newest and largest international dark sky sanctuary beckons, rural job growth is up, but full recovery remains elusive, rural Americans living in prison towns support a transition, while birth control is more readily available in rural areas.

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An Evansville police officer leaves his job over accusations of abusing department AI technology, southern Indiana residents are asked not to use restaurant drive-thrus, Indy Parks wants community input on upgrades, Indiana's AG files a lawsuit claiming product deception, and two Indiana cities are ranked regarding residents' bank credit limits.

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A new Rural Climate Partnership report found rural communities have not been prioritized in efforts to help them harness the benefits of clean energy and energy efficiency. (Adobe stock)

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Indiana's rural climate impact: Urgent call for action

A new report from the Rural Climate Partnership revealed a significant climate impact on rural Americans, including more than one in five Hoosiers…

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According to the 2024 Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Indiana saw the fifth-highest decrease nationally in uninsured children between 2019 and 2022. (Adobe stock)

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Report: Overall child well-being ranking slightly slips in IN

Indiana ranks 27th in child well-being, according to the 2024 Kids Count Data Book by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, slipping three spots from last …

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CICPIndiana.com reports the average wage in the life sciences industry, $108,800, is twice that of the average-wage worker in the private sector. (Adobe Stock)
Top Indiana industry leaders team up for youth STEM careers

Companies are consistently looking for fresh talent in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. A central Indiana organization is …

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The approval of Indiana's PathWays for Aging Program followed two public comment periods, in 2023 and early 2024. (Adobe Stock)
IN Medicaid launches PathWays Program for Aging

The federal agency overseeing state entitlement programs, including Medicaid, has approved Indiana's proposed waivers and amendments for managed care …

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The Brennan Center for Justice reports voters in almost half the country will face new voting restrictions in the upcoming general election. (Adobe Stock)
Common Cause Indiana may challenge restrictive voting laws

An Indiana watchdog group said it is considering legal action in response to new state voting laws the group believes disenfranchise voters. Julia …

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The American Council for Suicide Prevention said in 2022, firearms were the most common method used for suicide, followed by suffocation including hangings, and poisoning including drug overdoses. (Adobe Stock)
IN Black male suicides leave survivors without closure

June is Men's Health Awareness Month. Mental health professionals noted suicide rates are up and can be linked to the loss of a loved one or economic …

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A 2024 Bureau of Labor statistics reports in 2023, 11% of men and 10% of women belonged to unions. (Adobe Stock)
IN airport security contract boosts workplace rights

The power of unions in America is growing as members are less hesitant to strike for fair workplace policies and livable wages. One union's …

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The current Farm Bill is set to expire Sept. 30, 2024. (Adobe Stock)
IN food banks concerned about draft Farm Bill

Groups fighting hunger in Indiana said they are deeply concerned about proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and other nutrit…

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A 2021 Indiana Department of Health report claims the majority of overdose deaths are among people  between ages 18 and 60, with males comprising 64% of all overdose deaths. (Adobe Stock)
IN opioid overdoses decrease, other drugs may reverse trend

Drug overdoses are decreasing in Indiana. The data is encouraging, but too late for one mother who lost her son to a heroin overdose. The Centers …

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Indiana University's campuses are vastly different in size and scope. IU Indianapolis has around 24,000 students, while IU Bloomington has around 48,000. (Adobe file)
Distinct vibes at IU Indianapolis pro-Palestinian protest

By Claire Rafford for Mirror Indy.Broadcast version by Joe Ulery for Indiana News Service reporting for the Mirror Indy-Free Press Indiana-Public News…

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According to Zippia.com, 43% of race car mechanics have a Bachelor's degree, 23% have an associate<br />degree and 18% hold a high school diploma. (Adobe Stock)
IN kids gain abilities in racing and life

The motor sports season is in full swing and back in 1991, two Indianapolis race fans started an organization to teach kids about more than speed…

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According to WorkingNation, more than 100,000 Americans miss work because of child care problems. (Adobe stock)
Indiana expanding shared-cost child care program

By Victoria Lim for WorkingNation.Broadcast version by Joe Ulery for Indiana News Service reporting for the WorkingNation-Public News Service Collabor…

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