Purdue's collection is Indiana's largest, with more than 1.5 million specimens from across the globe.
The Regional Cities Initiative could approve dozens more projects in the coming weeks.
The funding will go toward cleaning up former industrial sites and redeveloping land.
The Fish and Wildlife division received extra funding over the past few years, allowing them to work on more one-time projects.
Health officials are calling for strong communication and increased public health funding to improve needle exchange programs.
Glenda Ritz's campaign for governor is facing another formal complaint; Purdue President Mitch Daniels has been named to a national budget advisory group.
The General Assembly hasn’t increased dollars in the state’s Public Mass Transportation Fund for seven years.
The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has significantly reduced Indianapolis Power and Light‘s $16 million plan for BlueIndy.
$40 million of the education increase Pence is asking for would go to charter schools. The increase would amount to about $1,500 per charter school pupil.
Without needed donations and funding, the Humane Society of Johnson County could potentially shut down in May 2015.