Here are a few news items from across the state you might find somewhat interesting…

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz wants lawmakers to approve a $1,000 tax deduction in the new state budget to help families cover textbook costs and other education-related expenses.  (Indy Star)

A top Indiana lawmaker thinks the way to solve to some of the state’s recent education woes is to start with small steps, rather than tackling the entire problem at once.  (Chalkbeat Indiana)

Donald Trump’s campaign has named seven Hoosiers to a team of agricultural advisers.   (WIBC-FM)

The Hoosier Lottery says it is turning over 16 percent more in profits to state government than a year ago.  (WISH-TV)

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation is welcoming Ian Steff to their team as the new executive vice president and chief innovation officer. (The Statehouse File)

Cutting costs and staying up on new technology are two of the keys for the U.S. Bureau of Census as it prepares for the 2020 census. (Evansville Courier Press)