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Gold Statehouse basement could get gray makeover

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The basement of the Indiana Statehouse – the place where thousands of school kids, tour groups and people with disabilities enter the historic building – could be getting a bit of a facelift. A cool palette of gray and blue could soon replace the gold, green and burgundy scheme […]

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Video & story: In tiny Austin, needle exchange is controversial

Scott County Public Health Nurse talks about the Opana addiction from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com AUSTIN, Ind. – Until the news of the HIV outbreak in Scott County broke, the area’s drug problem was “a hush, hush thing.” That’s what Tammy Breeding says. Breeding, a single mother of three, lives in the […]

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Lawmaker: Soccer stadium bill is dead

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers have killed a proposal to renovate an Indiana University-Purdue University track venue into a soccer stadium with just hours left in the 2015 legislative session. “There were just a lot of moving parts around financing and agreements and we just frankly weren’t able to get to the finality […]

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Fenced hunting bill dies in Senate – again

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – For the second year in a row, a bill to set restrictions and regulations for fenced hunting operations has been stopped in its tracks on the Senate floor. On Tuesday, senators voted 27-23 against House Bill 1453 – a bill that would have legalized and regulated an industry that […]

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Story & video: National Guard opens new headquarters building in Indy

Indiana National Guard unveils new headquarters facility from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana National Guard is opening the doors to a new joint force headquarters in Indianapolis. The facility is meant to provide workspace to more than 900 civilian and military personnel. Adjutant General R. Martin Umbarger said that […]

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Fenced hunting bill now eligible for Senate vote

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An amendment to a fenced deer hunting bill being considered in the Indiana General Assembly would make breaking the new hunting rules a Class D felony. House Bill 1453 sets in place new regulations that would legalize fenced-deer hunting, but only for hunting businesses that were already operational in […]

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IUPUI stadium overhaul would replace proposed soccer project

By Andi TenBarge TheStathouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee on Tuesday approved a $20 million proposal to renovate an IUPUI track stadium into a permanent home for the Indy Eleven soccer team. The plan replaces legislation backed by the minor league soccer team and passed by the House that would have helped fund a new […]

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State appeals fenced hunting case; Zoeller appeals for legislative action

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The attorney general has asked the Indiana Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that says the state can’t regulate fenced deer hunting under current law. But Republican Greg Zoeller said his first choice is for lawmakers to step in and resolve a long-running dispute over whether the operations are […]

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Construction on Bicentennial Plaza could be underway this fall

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A $2 million project to beautify the plaza west of the Indiana Statehouse could start as soon as September if it’s approved by the General Assembly. The Bicentennial Plaza will include a fountain, an “enduring flame” sculpture, and upright columns that represent Indiana’s 92 counties. Funding for the project […]

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House passes stadium bill; Long says not a priority for Senate

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House approved a bill Wednesday to help fund a stadium for the Indy Eleven soccer team, but the leader of the Senate said the legislation will not be a priority for that chamber. “I think it’s a little difficult to talk about helping getting a soccer stadium built when […]

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