Coaltion Aims At Reducing Smoking In State

A coalition including the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Indiana State Medical Association has formed to work toward reducing smoking and improving the health of Hoosiers in other ways. The group called the Alliance for a Healthier Indiana announced Thursday its primary focus heading into the new year will be reducing tobacco use as […]

Jury Fails To Reach Verdict in Triple Murder Case

A jury has failed to reach a verdict in the triple slaying trial of a 19-year-old Fort Wayne man. The Journal-Gazette reports the jury deliberated for more than eight hours Thursday before telling the judge they couldn’t reach a verdict in the trial of Artavius Richards. Prosecutors say the February killings of three men happened […]

Unemployment Up In Indiana

Indiana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has decreased slightly to 4.4 percent in October from September. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development notes Friday that’s below September’s rate of 4.5 percent and below the national average of 4.9 percent. Indiana’s labor force, which includes workers and those seeking employment, has increased by more than 83,000 over […]

ISTEP Scores Down

Student scores dropped slightly on Indiana’s ISTEP standardized test that they took last spring. The Indiana Department of Education said Thursday that about 52 percent of students passed English and math, down from 53.5 percent who passed both in 2015. Some school leaders want state officials to protect schools from their ratings being lowered after […]

One Store, Maybe Two, to Close in Muncie Mall

These are challenging times for brick and mortar stores and it looks as though the Muncie Mall will lose at least one store early next year. Pacific Sunwear of Calfornia or PacSun as it’s known will close Jan. 28 as part of the company’s nationwide consolidation efforts. Also, Aeropostale has signs up reading “store closing.,” […]

Convicted Sex Offender Fails to Register in Delaware County

A convicted sex offender who moved from Texas to Delaware County has failed to register with local authorities. The Star Press reports 37 y ear old Aaron Buchanan was arrested Tuesday for failing to do so. The investigation into his whereabouts came after a Delaware County Sheriff’s deputy was contacted by a Texas probation official. […]

Reluctance to Make ISTEP Changes

The leader of a state committee is hesitant to make specific recommendations for replacing Indiana’s much-maligned ISTEP student test even though some members say that’s exactly what is needed. The board a couple of weeks left to make recommendations to state legislators for revamping the state’s standardized exams.

Indiana School Vouchers Could Become National Model

School voucher programs in the nation’s capital and Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s home state of Indiana could serve as a blueprint for a Trump administration plan to use public money to enable disadvantaged students to attend the public or private school of their choice. President-elect Donald Trump rarely discussed education during his campaign, and when […]

Boil Water Order in Place Until 10pm Tuesday

You need to keep boiling water before using it until 10 Tuesday night in Muncie and some of the surrounding area. Officials with American Water Company say valves were opened too wide and that allowed too much water to rush through a the treatment plant system, prompting the order. By moving too quickly, that water […]