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Nashville, Rushville become first certified broadband-ready communities

By Max Bomber TheStatehosueFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— Nashville and Rushville are the first communities certified broadband ready under a program the General Assembly approved last spring. The designation is meant to show the communities are ripe for broadband investment and have taken steps to eliminate regulatory barriers. “Businesses have one more reason to invest in Indiana,” Gov. […]

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Low unemployment could mean trouble for businesses seeking workers

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s unemployment rate dropped below 5 percent in June for the first time in more than seven years as the state’s labor force continued to expand. The rate – which measures the number of people who are actively seeking work but unemployed – fell to 4.9 percent from […]

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Pence orders flags at half staff in honor of Tennessee shooting victims

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— Gov. Mike Pence has declared a period of morning after last week’s shootings in Tennessee, which took the lives of four U.S. Marines and one Navy sailor. Pence is directing flags at state facilities statewide to be flown at half-staff beginning Tuesday. Flags should be flown at half-staff until sunset on […]

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Zoeller joins Waltz, Houchin in 9th district GOP fight

By Braden Pelley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller on Monday publicly joined a crowded field of Republicans seeking what will be an open in Indiana’s 9th congressional district. State Sens. Erin Houchin of Salem and Brent Waltz of Greenwood already are in the race. “This is definitely going to be a spirited […]

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State wants colleges to take part in satisfaction survey

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has invited every public and private college in the state to take part in the nation’s first statewide Gallup-Indiana survey of undergraduate satisfaction. ”The benefits of a college degree extend beyond economic factors, but those benefits can be more difficult to measure: job […]

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Cook Pharmica adds 70 jobs in Monroe County

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Cook Pharmica, a privately-held contract development and manufacturing organization, plans to bring up to 70 new jobs to Monroe County by 2020. “With a $59 billion economic impact in Indiana, the strength of our life sciences industry has a tremendous effect throughout the state,” Gov. Mike Pence said in a […]

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Analysis: Fun race setting up in 9th District Republican primary

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – For a time, when Indiana’s 9th congressional district ran along the Ohio River, all eyes watched in November as close battles kept voters in suspense. That’s when Democrat Baron Hill and Republican Mike Sodrel traded the seat back and forth – and before Republican Todd Young knocked Hill off […]

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Commentary: Polishing the Peace Prize

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com Political campaigns are tough in many ways. One general problem with them is that candidates desperately need to do or say things that will generate interest or attention in their campaigns. But if they win, they immediately have to transition from being an entertainer to being a statesman. Two words that should strike […]

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Pence orders investigation of state Planned Parenthood clinics amid uproar over video

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­— Planned Parenthood facilities across the state are going under the microscope. On Thursday, Gov. Mike Pence ordered the Indiana State Department of Health to investigate Planned Parenthood clinics in cooperation with the attorney general’s office. The move comes after the emergence of a video released by anti-abortion activists who say […]

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State finishes year with money in the bank; Democrats say spend some of it

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Republican leaders boasted Thursday as they closed the books on the 2015 fiscal year, saying a $210 million surplus and more than $2.1 billion in the bank is a sign of Indiana’s financial integrity. But Democrats say the surplus just shows the state is hoarding money that could be […]