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Limited budgets force parks to survive on user fees

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – At least once a week Daniel May, a pastor at Church on the Rock in Dillsboro, sits under a park shelter prepping passages for his sermon or hiking one of the many trails at Versailles State Park. “My wife and I go to a state park every week,” said […]

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Hosts, neighbors share tales about the impact of Airbnbs

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — After raising four kids in Oregon, Jenine Saxton and her husband moved to Richmond and were lonely without having friends in the area. “I began to dread being alone in an empty house,” Saxton said. “But as Indiana is the crossroads of America, we hoped if we opened an […]

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IKEA brings revenue, jobs to central Indiana

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com FISHERS, Ind. — From comfy couches to colorful clocks, the country’s newest IKEA store offers thousands of items as well as a boost to central Indiana’s economy, bringing more jobs to the area and providing solar energy. “An average store generates $90 million revenue,” Richard Feinberg, professor of consumer science at […]

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Condemned killer challenges state’s execution process

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A death row inmate is challenging the state’s current method of execution on the grounds that the public should have had a chance to comment on the process put in place three years ago. The Indiana Supreme Court considered the fate of the state’s death penalty protocol Thursday after […]

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Rally-goers say gerrymandering hurts democracy

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — For 30 years, Edna Parkinson has supported the Republican Party as a fiscal conservative who was pro-life and believed in limited government. Yet despite her staunch Republican background, Parkinson said she does not like seeing a large majority of right-leaning lawmakers in the House and Senate. “To me, not […]

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Republicans pushing hard to unseat Donnelly

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — One of the most hotly contested Senate races in the nation is taking place here in the Hoosier state and no matter what happens in 2018, at least two current members of Congress will be unemployed. “If Republicans want to keep their majority [in the Senate], they have to […]

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Hoosiers call for laws to make voting easier

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — National Voter Registration Day was Tuesday, and some Hoosiers spent it asking lawmakers to change voting laws to make registering and casting ballots easier. The Interim Study Committee on Elections met to talk about voter participation and election results following the 2016 election. Last year, more than two million Hoosiers […]

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President Trump’s Indiana visit will outline tax reform proposal

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Following Vice President Mike Pence’s trip to Indiana last Friday, President Donald Trump will make his way to the Hoosier state Wednesday to announce new details on tax reform framework. He will outline the specific proposed rates for individuals, small businesses and corporations as well as talk about the […]

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Holcomb will be out of town for Trump’s visit

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — President Donald Trump will make a trip to Indiana Wednesday, but Gov. Eric Holcomb won’t be in attendance. Holcomb and the first lady previously planned to attend the Naval Seal Foundation Roundtable and Annual Dinner in Chicago. “Given my time in the Navy, it’s [an event] that is near and […]

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Lawmaker proposes to help long-time homeowners in revitalized neighborhoods

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Peggy Gamlin, a senior resident of Riverside, chose to stay in her westside neighborhood even through tough times, but now that the area is being revitalized she doesn’t want to face the possibility of losing her home. “I love my neighborhood,” Gamlin told the Interim Fiscal Study Committee Monday. […]

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