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  • IPS prepares for changes to sports programs due to high school closures

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – As Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) leaders prepare to close three high schools, some parents say they are concerned about the future of student athletes. IPS has announced plans to expand sports options for students as the district moves to an all-choice high school model. The IPS athletic director says students will have a chance to participate in rugby, lacrosse, diving or boxing. However, there are families who worry fewer schools will mean fewer spots for their kids […]

  • IPS to allow students to demonstrate for national school walkout

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A student-led effort to push for school safety will be visible in Indianapolis Wednesday. Many Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) students are planning to participate in the national school walkout event, scheduled to happen around the nation at 10 a.m. The movement comes in the wake of the Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead. The walkouts are planned for the one-month anniversary of the violent incident. Plans for these demonstrations vary from district to district. For […]

  • Bill that would give Ball State control over Muncie schools in the final stages at statehouse

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A school district plagued by a multi-million dollar deficit and under an emergency manager could soon face another major change. A bill in the final stages at the statehouse would give Ball State University control of Muncie Community Schools. There was plenty of disagreement at a conference committee for HB 1315 Monday morning. A main concern for many Muncie residents is that the bill would do away with a fully-elected school board. Instead, the Ball State board […]

  • Muncie residents attend town hall to discuss future of school district

    MUNCIE, Ind. – Dozens of residents filled a room at Muncie City Hall for a meeting about the future of their schools. Many expressed concerns about a bill, making its way through the statehouse, that would give Ball State University control over Muncie Community Schools. The school district is facing a multi-million dollar deficit and an emergency manager. The potential BSU takeover creates another phase of uncertainty for MCS families. “We all have the best interest of the community,” said parent […]

  • Police departments cover from officers attending funeral for Deputy Pickett

    BROWNSBURG, Ind. – As thousands of law enforcement officers attended the funeral for Deputy Jacob Pickett, others stepped up to cover shifts for them. Patrol cars from beyond the city limits were spotted throughout the day. The extra police officers and deputies took over tasks, like managing traffic along the procession route, to allow the officers who knew Pickett to attend the services. Plainfield Police sent ten of their own to Brownsburg. Those who assisted ranged from detectives to traffic […]

  • Students and teachers offer support to Deputy Pickett’s wife

    BROWNSBURG, Ind. – The outpouring of support for the family of Deputy Jacob Pickett continues. Now, even children are taking on projects to honor the deputy’s life. Pickett was shot in the line of duty last week and did not survive his injuries. A funeral is planned for Friday. The deputy’s wife is a teacher at White Lick Elementary in Brownsburg. Her fellow teachers, students and their parents are taking steps to show the community is behind the Pickett family. […]

  • Monroe County meetings focusing on school safety this week

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A central Indiana school district is hosting special meetings focused on safety this week. The leaders of the Monroe County Community School Corporation decided to host these meetings after the shooting at a Florida high school last month. “Any time an event like this happens, especially a tragedy such as this one, we take time to reflect and review our protocols and to make sure everybody knows what to do,” said Andrea Mobley, assistant superintendent for MCCSC. The […]

  • New therapy for Hoosiers dealing with Parkinson’s disease

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Dozens of therapists spent hours Saturday learning about a new therapy to help patients dealing with Parkinson’s disease. A program called “Delay the Disease” uses a sequence of exercises to enable patients to regain some control of their bodies and lead better lives. Parkinson’s can cause shaking, stiffness and trouble walking. “It can be sudden abrupt onset, it can be prolonged process,” said Dan McKinzie, the therapy and wellness coordinator for American Senior Communities. Through the therapy program, […]

  • Consultants provide update on full review of Indiana’s DCS

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A group tasked with doing a full review of Indiana’s Department of Child Services gave Hoosiers a better glimpse into the problems plaguing the agency Thursday morning. The consultants revealed concerns about staffing, responsiveness from local DCS offices and the availability of services for substance abuse. So far, the consultants have interviewed 141 people including judges, foster families and DCS staff.  They said they have yet to interview former DCS director Mary Beth Bonaventura, whose strongly worded […]

  • Carmel teen recovering from strokes, brain tumors raises money for Riley

    CARMEL, Ind. – Around 1,100 Carmel High School students will spend part of their weekend dancing to raise money for Riley Children’s Hospital. One of the participants has spent a lot of time in the hospital due to two strokes and two brain tumors. Senior Bella Simons is using her health troubles as motivation to make a difference.The 17-year-old is recovering after undergoing major brain surgery about six weeks ago. “I still can’t write,” Simons said. “The stroke completely messed […]