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New law: Budget authorizes new state park lodge

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Potato Creek could be the first Indiana State Park in nearly 80 years to get a new inn. Gov. Mike Pence has proposed building a $25 million lodge to be called the Bicentennial Inn at the property in North Liberty. It will be named for Indiana’s 200th birthday coming […]

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Free fishing, programs available this weekend

By Braden Pelley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State officials are trying to get Hoosiers hooked on fishing. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources will hold free-fishing weekend June 6 and 7 with many programs and locations to go fishing. Clint Kowalik, coordinator of the GoFishIN in the City program said, “It’s a good chance for the […]

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Video & story: Odd pair on cross-country charity trek make pit stop in Indy

Man walks through Indianapolis with his goat from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Braden Pelley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Steve Wescott and his goat, Leeroy Brown, have been on a three-year journey across the United States to help raise money for an orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. Wescott and the goat launched their journey May 2, 2012, and […]

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New law: Mini-trucks are now free to roam the roads

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com This is the first in a month-long series of stories about new laws in Indiana. INDIANAPOLIS — Mini-trucks, rev your engines. Starting Jan. 1, mini-truck drivers will be allowed to use Indiana roads and highways for travel. A bill signed into law this spring would allow for mini-trucks to travel on state […]

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Toll road gets new manager following bankruptcy, state-approved sale

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Toll Road has a new manager. Out is ITR Concession Company, the international consortium that in 2006 paid $3.8 billion to lease the toll road for 75 years but then filed for bankruptcy eight years later. In comes IFM Investors, a company chosen by the toll road […]

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State shuts key interstate ramp from I-65 to I-70 for bridge work

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A temporary shutdown of the northbound Interstate 65 ramp to westbound Interstate 70 will begin Wednesday so workers can rehabilitate two ramp bridges that are more than 40 years old. The ramp will be closed for roughly two months. Construction will include repairing the ramp bridges over Morris and […]

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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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