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Program helps low-income Hoosiers keep warm this winter

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — As chillier weather arrives, some Hoosiers have to make the decision between warming their homes or putting food on the table. “It’s often comes down to making that choice in the winter,” said Jessica Di Santo, director of communications for United Way of Central Indiana. But through the Low […]

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New Jersey governor speaks out against opioids

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — As a presidential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie walked into an event in New Hampshire where he met a family whose story would later make a difference for thousands of Americans nationwide. “They came to tell me they were touched by a video I put out against opioids […]

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FFA blue and gold dominates downtown Indy

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The streets of Indianapolis are running blue for the National Future Farmers of America Convention, which started Wednesday and will wrap up on Saturday. “We were given books to get signatures from every state,” said FFA member Tripp Johnson, whose signature blue and gold jacket was emblazoned with his […]

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Rising water costs tax Hoosiers

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Water prices are steadily rising for Hoosiers because of over usage and old infrastructure, which causes leaks, water conservation advocates said Wednesday. “The impact is so significant because water is a basic necessity of life,” said Kerwin Olsen, executive director of the Citizens Action Coalition. “We need to figure […]

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State partners with nonprofit to boost internet access in Indiana schools

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana is partnering with EducationSuperHighway, a nonprofit organization committed to removing roadblocks to internet access for schools, to give all Hoosier students high-speed internet in the classroom. Gov. Eric Holcomb, Dr. Jennifer McCormick, superintendent of public instruction, and Evan Marwell, CEO of EducationSuperHighway, gathered at Blue and Gold Academy […]

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Lack of reliable internet leaves rural Hoosiers in the dark

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In southeastern Indiana in the middle of miles of cornfields is a long stretch of road that is home to students, laborers and farmers, but lacks one necessity of the 21st century – access to efficient internet service. “It’s very frustrating not having the internet because it limits what […]

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Airbnb proposal on hold

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Proposed legislation to control how local communities can regulate Airbnbs was put on hold Wednesday by the Interim Study Committee on Commerce and Economic Development. “The primary objective of this is a person’s homestead deserves protection and that person’s property rights deserve protection,” said Sen. Mark Messmer, R-Jasper. It […]

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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 […]