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Renovation uncovers artifacts

By Kendra Rhonemus The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Landscapers working at a Victorian home-turned-law office uncovered artifacts this week that could date back to 1870. Grave stone markers, broken glass and animal bones were lying just below the surface at the Blackburn and Green law office in Granger, a community just northeast of South Bend. […]

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Dates set for Supreme Court interviews

By Olivia Ober The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission released interview times Friday for candidates applying to be the state’s next Supreme Court justice. The 22 candidates to be Indiana’s 108th justice will interview over a two-day period. All interviews are open to the public. The applicants are looking to fill […]

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Teachers union wants education funds restored

By Suzannah Couch and Olivia Ober The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Though Indiana’s fiscal year closing with a $2 billion reserve means $100 refunds for taxpayers, some educators say the surplus should be used to fund programs and budgets that were cut. The Indiana State Teachers Association would prefer to see the money go toward […]

Voices from within the flames

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Voices from within the flames

By John Krull The Statehouse File  STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Col. – Half the state, it seemed, was on fire. People could smell the smoke from the wild fires counties away from the places where the land and the trees and the brush burned. Citizens of this mountain state – good people who had worked hard to […]

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Surplus means refunds for Hoosier taxpayers

By Olivia Ober The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana taxpayers will get an automatic refund worth at least $100 after the state closed the 2012 fiscal year with more than $2 billion in the bank, Gov. Mitch Daniels announced Tuesday. These reserves total more than 14 percent of what the state spends in a year. […]

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New fines for denying public access

By Monica Harvey The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Government officials who intentionally violate public access laws now face fines of $100 for the first offense and $500 after that under a new Indiana law that took effect July 1. The law, approved by state lawmakers during their 2012 legislative session, was an effort to create […]


Changes free up money for roads

By Suzannah Couch The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana transportation officials said they are pleased Indiana will get extra flexibility to spend nearly $1 billion per year in federal transportation funding, and won’t be penalized for leasing a toll highway, under a measure that Congress approved last week. The legislation authorizes $120 billion in spending […]

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Some Indiana cities cancel fireworks displays

By Tim Grimes The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The worst drought in Indiana since 1988 has prompted 85 counties to issue burn bans – and several Hoosier cities to cancel their fireworks displays. The restrictions on fireworks range from a strong encouragement that residents go to professional shows instead of lighting off their own to […]


Crane and IU join forces

Staff Report The Statehouse File A new partnership between Indiana University and the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division – often called just Crane – aims to create more opportunities for better products and private-sector employment. “This is an exceptional opportunity to promote entrepreneurship, product development and transfer through an agreement that recognizes the importance […]

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Pence calls for more and better vocational education

By Olivia Ober The Statehouse File GREENWOOD, Ind. — Republican Mike Pence said Tuesday that the first public policy initiative in his campaign for governor would be a push to improve technical and vocational education for Indiana high school students. He didn’t say, though, how the state would pay for the changes. Pence said he […]