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September 18, 2023

Monday, already!

It's Arika again, this time with fighting words: Purdue is better than IU, but Notre Dame beats 'em both. (But Butler is the best in the Midwest. #GoDawgs.)

  • Don't @ me. Take it up with U.S. News & World Report.

☀️ Today's weather: Sunny, with a high near 74.

🏁 Sounds like: "Back Home Again in Indiana," sung by Jim Nabors at the Indy 500.

Today's newsletter is 942 words — a 3.5-minute read. Edited by Lindsey Erdody and copy edited by Bill Kole.

1 big thing: Hoosiers are here to stay

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Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

We Hoosiers like to stay in Indiana, it seems.

Driving the news: Nearly 69% of native Hoosiers were still living in Indiana in 2021, according to a new Dallas Fed report.

  • The report used U.S. Census Bureau data to rank each state's "stickiness," determining which are best at retaining their native residents.

Why it matters: Residents sticking around is key to maintaining a stable population and workforce, which is vital to economic growth, per the study.

Zoom out: Indiana came in 18th nationally for "stickiness." Texas came in first with 82%, and Wyoming came in last at about 45%.

  • Four of the five "stickiest" states had below-average state and local tax burdens, the report's authors pointed out.

The intrigue: Indiana ranks 9th nationally in overall state business tax climate, while Wyoming — which does not have corporate or individual taxes — ranks 1st, according to the Tax Foundation think tank.

📬 Tell us: What keeps you in Indiana?

  • I'm a Hoosier born and raised, who left for a few years but returned for work and family. I'm betting many of you are from here too.
  • Hit reply and share your story.

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2. ğŸŽ“ Indiana's top colleges

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Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

The University of Notre Dame is still Indiana's best university.

Driving the news: U.S. News & World Report released its 2023-24 Best Colleges rankings this morning.

Why it matters: U.S. News is one of the most influential college rankings and has shaped the hierarchy of higher education since 1983.

Yes, but: The list (and others like it) has become polarizing.

  • Last year, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said college rankings are "a joke."

The big picture: Notre Dame is consistently the top-ranked school in the state and the only to regularly place among the top 20 in the nation.

  • It ranked 20th among national universities this year, down two spots from last year.

Meanwhile, Purdue University moved up eight spots to No. 43.

  • Indiana University's Bloomington campus dropped one spot to No. 73.

Details: The annual rankings also include a plethora of specific categories.

  • U.S. News releases regional lists and ranks everything from the best public schools to the most innovative. It also rates individual programs, down to the best undergraduate engineering program at a school that doesn't offer a doctorate.
  • Rose-Hulman has taken the top spot on that last list for the past 25 years.

Zoom in: Butler University was once again named the best Midwest university.

  • Taylor University ranked No. 3 among best Midwest colleges.

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3. Pit stop: Where the news is getting real litigious

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Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

🏫 Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita is asking a Marion County court to block the sale of two Indianapolis Public Schools buildings, arguing that IPS is not following a new state law requiring districts to share property tax dollars with charter schools.

  • IPS says it is. It asked for an injunction to block the state's $1 school building sale law. (Chalkbeat Indiana)

⚖️ Rokita is also suing IU Health, claiming the hospital system did not enforce privacy laws related to an abortion provided by Dr. Caitlin Bernard to a 10-year-old rape victim last summer. (Indiana Capital Chronicle)

🏈 Indy will host the Big Ten Football Championship this year and next, as it has since its inception in 2011, but hosting duties are up for grabs starting in 2025. The Indiana Sports Corp. wants to keep the game and its estimated $20 million economic impact. (WTHR)

✍️ Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett's wife, Stephanie, has filed for divorce. Hogsett is running for re-election in November, seeking his third term. (IndyStar)

4. 🏈 Colts get first win of the season

A win is a win, right? Photo: Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

The Colts won against the Houston Texans 31-20 yesterday, but no one is happy.

Driving the news: Quarterback Anthony Richardson left the game in the second quarter with what turned out to be a concussion.

What happened: Richardson took a hit as he crossed into the end zone for his second rushing touchdown within the first six minutes of the game.

  • He played for two more Colts possessions before going into the injury tent to be evaluated, and then left for the locker room and was ruled out for the rest of the game.

The intrigue: Colts backup quarterback Gardner Minshew did pretty well.

  • He completed 19 of 23 passes for 171 yards, with one touchdown and no interceptions.

What we're watching: How long Richardson is out.

  • The NFL requires players to pass its five-step concussion protocol, which includes symptom-limited activity, aerobic exercise, football-specific exercise, non-contact practice and full-contact practice, before being allowed to play, per the IndyStar.

5. Meatless Monday: Tough choices at Easy Rider

Shea did not steer me wrong. Photo: Arika Herron/Axios

👋 Arika here!

The hardest thing about my recent visit to Easy Rider — the Fountain Square diner that opened last year in the former Pure Eatery spot — was choosing between the breakfast tacos and the chilaquiles.

But wait. There's a biscuits and gravy burrito on special and you can get it with vegan gravy.

  • Plus: You can swap out the chorizo in dishes like the huevos rancheros and omelet for an Impossible version.

I couldn't decide and asked the server to break the many-way tie.

What to order: The huevos rancheros, with Impossible chorizo. Corn tortillas are layered with the chorizo and a smoky tomato sauce, dotted with pico and queso fresco and topped with over-easy eggs.

Cost: $14.

Pro tip: Get the vegan gravy. I ordered a side (you know, for science) and it's thick, flavorful and studded with bits of vegan sausage. 🤤

If you go: 1043 Virginia Ave., Suite 3. Open 8am to 9pm Wednesday and Thursday, 8am to midnight Friday, 9am to midnight Saturday and 9am to 4pm Sunday.

Our picks:

🧦 Arika wears Birks with socks.

🧐 Lindsey thinks IU should be ranked above Purdue in any and all categories.

ğŸ’ž James is on parental leave.