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Navy Q&A yields insight into discovery of USS Indianapolis

By Cameron Mattern TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The USS Indianapolis sunk swiftly 72 years ago in the closing days of World War II, disappearing beneath the ocean in a mere 12 minutes. With the ship went all of its records, making it difficult to find the wreckage over the decades, said Dr. Richard Hulver, Naval History […]

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Crider announces run for Congress

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — State Sen. Mike Crider, R-Greenfield, officially announced that he is a candidate for the seat in the U.S. House of Representatives currently occupied by U.S. Rep. Luke Messer. Messer, who currently holds the seat for Indiana’s 6th District, which stretches across 19 counties in Indiana from Muncie down to the […]

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Small business owners say alcohol law reforms needed

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Many small business owners who sell alcohol say they struggle to interpret and operate under Indiana’s current alcohol laws. Doug Pendleton, who owns the Grapevine Cottage in Fishers and Zionsville, operates a gourmet food and wine shop. He said that he faces opposition from package liquor store owners who […]

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Keep gun license laws, police groups tell lawmakers

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana law enforcement officials are standing against a proposed measure that would eliminate the current handgun licensing process for Hoosier gun owners. Representatives from the Indiana State Police, the Indiana State Police Alliance and district departments asked lawmakers Tuesday to consider keeping the law in place at the first […]

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State Rep. Thomas Washburne departing General Assembly

By Christian Sullivan TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – After five years and a three-hour commute, state Rep. Thomas Washburne, R-Inglefield, is stepping away from politics after his term ends in 2018. Washburne said he is shifting his focus to his family, as living three hours away in the Evansville area has created its fair share of difficulties […]

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Sanders rallies for jobs, condemns violence at Indy event

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Rain could not stop thousands of Hoosiers from kicking off their week with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, on Monument Circle. The former presidential candidate launched his multi-state “Pickup Tour” in Indianapolis Monday afternoon with a focus on jobs and the economy. Sanders is hosting the tour in conjunction […]

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Holcomb to lead new trade mission to Japan

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —  Gov. Eric Holcomb, business leaders and economic development officials will travel overseas next month to Japan to encourage investment and trade. “The cultural and economic ties between Indiana and Japan are storied and strong,” Holcomb said in a statement. “With more than 280 Japanese businesses operating in Indiana today, the […]

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Donnelly announces re-election campaign in Anderson

By Cameron Mattern TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A passionate crowd of Democrats made their way to the United Auto Workers building in Anderson Monday where they cheered on U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly as he announced his run for a second term. “The American tradition is to make sure that, as a nation, we give a chance […]

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State Fair attendance up, but short of record

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —  The 2017 Indiana State Fair themed “The Wonderful World of Food” drew more than 900,000 visitors. State Fair officials said the 906,732 fairgoers were a 24 percent increase from 2016. But it fell short of the all-time high of 978,000 fairgoers in 2013. “Celebrating ‘The Wonderful World of Food’ gave […]

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Want to fly after 2020? Get a new secure ID

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — If you’re planning to fly in the U.S. after 2020, you might need to upgrade your driver’s license. Earlier this year, the federal government mandated that as of October 2020, people will be required to have secure identification, called Real ID, to board commercial airplanes, travel on Amtrak trains and enter […]