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Southern Indiana may get new phone numbers

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers in the 812 area code will have a chance to comment on a request to add a new area code to southern and south-central Indiana. The telecommunications industry has asked the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission – IURC – for a new area code for the southern portion of […]

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Commentary: Education is a sound investment

By Jill Long Thompson TheStatehouseFile.com  Years ago, as a doctoral student at Indiana University, I often was challenged to find two nickels to rub together.  In those days, even though I was able to pay my bills on time, my financial statements looked pretty bleak.  I worked continuously throughout my master’s and doctoral programs, but […]

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Educators say they like graduation waivers

By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Educators and education advocates testified Wednesday that they support a waiver system that allows students to graduate without passing End of Course Assessment tests. Supporters said that the waiver program provides flexibility to students who are competent in their courses, but may not be good at taking tests. “Everyone […]

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Poll shows support for Obama among young voters

By Ellie Price and Timothy Cox TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Pew Research Center poll released Wednesday showed strong support among young voters for President Obama. The poll found that 61 percent of voters ages 18 to 29 would like to see Obama get a second term, while 31 percent would rather see Republican candidate Mitt […]

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Commentary: Gregg and Pence have created a debate that counts

By John Krull The Statehouse File  INDIANAPOLIS – Something strange has happened in the Indiana governor’s race. It now is about things that matter. Just a short time ago, the two major party candidates – Democrat John Gregg and Republican Mike Pence – seemed locked in a stultifying pattern. Pence, the frontrunner, acted as if […]

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Pence unveils anti-poverty plan

By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence released an anti-poverty initiative Tuesday that focuses on reducing child poverty by promoting two-parent families. “The family is the underpinning of a child’s success in life,” Pence said. “To change the sad fact that one out of every five children in Indiana lives in […]

Commentary: Typical teachers’ unions

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Commentary: Typical teachers’ unions

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.org  As a kid growing up in Chicago in the late 1970s to mid 1980s, I learned that a teachers’ strike was nothing out of the ordinary.  At least every other year, the unions were either on strike or threatening to go on strike. To be honest, we shocked if there was a […]

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FSSA releases health care cost estimates

By Suzannah Couch TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration released a report Tuesday that says President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act will cost Indiana approximately $2.6 billion over the next seven years if Medicaid is expanded.  FSSA commissioned, Milliman Inc., the state’s actuary, to provide estimates for the Medicaid expansion in […]

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DCS pilots new program for children with mental illness

By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Department of Child Services rolled out a new plan Monday that it says will make the system easier to navigate for parents whose children have mental health illnesses. The new plan targets a narrow selection of children. Children who qualify are between the ages of 6 and 17 […]

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Ryan raises funds in Indianapolis visit

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan Monday used his first campaign stop in Indiana to do some fundraising and delivered a ringing endorsement of Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock. “Please, please send us Richard Mourdock. We need this man in the United States Senate,” Ryan told a midday crowd […]