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Lawson running for second secretary of state term

By Deonta Larkins TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced Thursday that she will run for a second term in 2018. During her first term, the office recovered more than $50 million from criminals who have scammed Hoosiers and worked to create voting centers across the state. Twenty-six counties have adopted the voting […]

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Hoosiers fear what changes to healthcare might bring

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — In the hours leading up to the vote in Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Hoosiers were feeling unsure of what’s to come. Thursday, before Congress voted for the repeal of ACA, a handful of Hoosiers gathered at the Indiana Democratic Party headquarters to urge Indiana’s […]

Solar bill officially signed into law

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers looking to invest in solar panels will now receive significantly less money for the extra energy generated by their rooftop panels.. Senate Enrolled Act 309 landed on Governor Eric Holcomb’s desk last week after passing both the Senate and House. He signed the legislation into law Tuesday. “I support […]

New tech company to bring 2,000 jobs to the state

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An Indian tech company is bringing its first of four expected technology and innovation hubs to Indianapolis, and adding as many as 2,000 jobs in the state by 2021. Infosys specializes in consulting, technology and next-generation services. The company also offers a variety of technological products, including data and […]

Time running out for 10 endangered Indiana buildings

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Across Indiana stand old buildings that have been part of the history of the towns and cities that Hoosiers love. For many of those old buildings, the wear and tear of the years have taken a toll and as a result, they’re falling into disrepair. Indiana Landmarks identified 10 […]

Hoosiers petition Holcomb to veto solar energy bill

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– Phil Teague joined several fellow solar energy entrepreneurs outside Gov. Eric Holcomb’s office Monday, urging him to veto a bill that would change the future of Indiana’s solar industry. Accompanied by Reggie Henderson, vice president of Telamon Energy Solutions, and Jesse Kharbanda, executive director of the Hoosier Environmental Council, […]

Daughter’s death by suicide spurs mother to action

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lana Swoape, a single mom of three kids, was perhaps closest to her middle child, her daughter, Tori. Tori was a fair-skinned, biracial girl with light eyes and light hair — light enough to turn blonde in the summer. She had a bubbly personality and found something in common […]

A closeted childhood: The long-lasting impact of Riley’s Child Protection Program on one child abuse victim

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An emaciated 2-year-old looks at the camera with fear in eyes wet with tears. Ribs show. A notecard with her name, Brandi Zachary, written in pencil covers her naked body. “That was me,” Brandi said. The photo was taken on May 4, 1995, when Brandi showed up to Riley […]

Education chief will be appointed, not elected in eight years

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A decades-long debate over how the state’s top education official should be picked came to an end Thursday. Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill into law which would remove the state superintendent of public instruction post from Indiana ballots. Beginning in 2025, the governor will select a secretary of […]

Parkway renamed to honor Mel Simon

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Mel Simon did much to promote the development of Indianapolis, and today Indianapolis found a way to give back to him and his family. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Simon served in the U.S. Army, which led him to being stationed at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis in 1953. After leaving the military, […]