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Communities invited to ‘State of the Child’

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Youth Institute has launched a State of the Child Campaign with events across Indiana that will provide data on how children are faring compared to their peers across the state and nation. Communities are invited to contact IYI to host a local State of the Child event.

Each local State of the Child presentation will be based on findings from IYI’s recently published 2018 Indiana Kids Count Data Book. The 24th annual book presents data on child well-being in the areas of health, safety, economics, education and families and communities. A spotlight begins each section to raise awareness of and outline solutions for important issues affecting children.

State of the Child events are scheduled for Feb. 20 in Chandler and Wabash, Feb. 24 in Kendallville, March 1 in Brookville, March 2 in New Albany, March 6 in Marion, March 8 in Lafayette, March 16 in Williamsport, March 26 in Columbus, April 6 in Carmel, and April 24 in Marengo.

Communities wishing to host an event may contact Charlie Geier, IYI’s vice president of impact and data solutions, at cgeier@iyi.org or 800-343-7060, ext. 2738.

Indiana Supreme Court rejects challenge to execution combo

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court has ruled prison officials can change execution drugs without going through a public review.

The Indianapolis Star reports the court Tuesday rejected a challenge by death row inmate Roy Ward. The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled last June that the Department of Correction didn’t follow proper procedures in selecting a new three-drug combination in 2014.

However, the Supreme Court in a unanimous nine-page ruling said the state’s new three-drug combination is “not subject to the Administrative Rules and Procedures Act.”

The state had argued Indiana law doesn’t require such a rulemaking process and would unduly delay executions. Indiana has 12 death row inmates but no executions are currently scheduled.

Ward was convicted in the 2001 rape and murder of 15-year-old Stacy Payne in Spencer County.