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Nearly 80,000 miles of roadways wind through Indiana. From well-traveled interstates to curving country roads, hardworking Hoosiers maintain this vital infrastructure connecting us. As we make record investments in infrastructure improvements and construction crews ramp up work this summer, …

As a former nurse and member of the Senate Committee on Health and Provider Services, the health and well-being of Indiana residents is one of my highest priorities. Recently, it was brought to my attention that Indiana ranks among the worst states in the country for diagnosing and treating sepsis.

A few months ago, the federal debt we have accumulated over the past decades crossed the $22 trillion mark. That’s a record. And it’s surely not going to be the last.

INDIANAPOLIS – It’s a pity people can’t choose the time in which they live – and serve.

With the rising cost of tuition, it is important to plan for college and other higher education expenses. From textbooks to room and board, the costs can add up quickly. It is never too early to start saving for your student’s future. Fortunately, there are financial aid opportunities availa…

There's a new understanding among higher education institutions of all kinds nationwide: we've come to realize that we’re stronger when we work together. Partnerships among former competitors, and collaboration among institutions that once appeared to have little in common, are becoming much…

NORMANDY BEACHHEAD, June 17, 1944 – In the preceding column we told about the D-day wreckage among our machines of war that were expended in taking one of the Normandy beaches.

It is de rigueur for the current crop of Democrat presidential candidates, including Hoosier Pete Buttegieg from South Bend, to call for elimination of the Electoral College. They blame this venerable institution for their loss in the last election since Hillary Clinton had a plurality of po…

NORMANDY BEACHHEAD, June 16, 1944 – I took a walk along the historic coast of Normandy in the country of France.

The state of Indiana operates on a biennial budget. Every two years, lawmakers work together to enact a law outlining appropriations for state programs like Medicaid, corrections and K-12 education. As we crafted the next budget, our students, teachers and schools remained a top priority wit…

NORMANDY BEACHHEAD, June 12, 1944 – Due to a last-minute alteration in the arrangements, I didn’t arrive on the beachhead until the morning after D-day, after our first wave of assault troops had hit the shore.

A bullet pinged past the soldier’s ear as he crouched behind bushes near the frontlines. A soldier near him suddenly lurched forward, letting out a horrible scream as he crumpled to the ground and died. All gave some, some gave all.

Proposed changes to an advertising requirement for employers in the U.S. could mean that soon, many eligible American workers will not learn about available job opportunities in the U.S.

The air here in Madison is heavy with the perfume of honeysuckle. Trees are leafy and lush and the undergrowth is spreading its green coat through the woods. Wildflowers poke through everywhere in splashes of purple, pink, yellow and white. And the birds sing, free and happy in the balmy air.

As I travel across the state, I continue to hear stories from Hoosier innovators who are solving 21st century challenges, small businesses who are hiring their first employees and global companies who are growing and finding success here. And, thanks to job creators and hardworking Hoosiers,…

It's a nationwide epidemic that can no longer be ignored: the use of tobacco products, particularly e-cigarettes and vaping devices, among teenagers and young adults.

While in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, it was sad to learn of the death of former Sen. Richard Lugar.

Taking the courses necessary to obtain a college degree can cost students and their families tens of thousands of dollars. Because of this, some students do not pursue higher education, and those who do are often faced with significant debt once they graduate.

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month, and 2019 is the year Indiana must take significant additional steps to protect our youngest and most vulnerable residents. Indiana has the third highest rate in the country of substantiated child abuse and neglect cases per 1,000 children. That’s far too…

A couple of weeks ago I was speaking to a group of students and decided to start with a point-blank question: Is Congress doing a good job? There were perhaps 100 people in the room, and not a single one raised his or her hand.

“When I was a child…” We all have likely said this, wrapping ourselves in nostalgia about what we perceived as a carefree, easier time. In many ways, to have been a child decades ago was less complicated. While today’s students have access to technology, information, and opportunities like n…

Indiana, along with the rest of the nation, continues to see more and more residents develop an addiction to opioids, devastating individuals, families and entire communities. In 2016, more Americans died from drug overdoses than the total number of Americans killed in the Vietnam War. About…

Here’s a surprise: the skills that can be used to win in politics are increasingly the skills needed to produce good policy. Let me explain.

One pork sandwich every eight hours for six straight days. That’s the only food that border patrol provided to Adnan Asif Parveen, a Muslim immigrant who was detained in South Texas in January because his work permit had expired and was pending renewal. Mr. Parveen reportedly informed offici…

March is the month of my 80th birthday. I grew up in a hilly and woodsy section of semi-rural Ohio. A neighbor’s car rolled down one of those hills and into a lake. When retrieved by a wrecker, the car was full of fish. A wag called out, “That’s a heck of a way to go fishing.”

Recently, Chinese president Xi Jinping met with senior Trump administration officials in Beijing, where they’ll attempt to defuse trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies. If they failed, the United States would raise tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods starting March 1.

Tyson Timbs, the Marion defendant who challenged the 2015 seizure of his $42,000 Land Rover after selling less than $400 worth of heroin, joins the selective and unexpected grouping of Hoosier litigants who shaped constitutional law by way of this state. Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ru…

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Obituaries

Clifford "Kip" Nordmeyer Sr., 79, husband of Gerry Nordmeyer, died June 22. Visitation is Wednesday, June 26, 4-7 p.m., at Meyers Funeral Home and funeral Thursday, June 27, 10 a.m., at St. Anthony, Morris. Full obit at www.meyersfuneralhomes.com

85, of Greensburg, formerly of Batesville, passed away June 10, 2019. Visitation: Friday 4-8pm with funeral service 1pm Saturday, all at Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville. Burial in Batesville Methodist Church Cemetery. Full obituary at www. meyersfuneralhomes.com

Donald J. Baechle Sr., age 88 of Bradenton, Florida, and formerly of Batesville, died Thursday, June 6, 2019, at his home. Born April 28, 1931, in Sunman, Indiana, he is the son of Ada (nee Herzog) and Charles Baechle. He married Darlene Siebert June 25, 1955, at St. Louis Church. Don went t…