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House bill aims to protect Hoosier victims of human trafficking 

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House bill aims to protect Hoosier victims of human trafficking 

Editor’s note: The phone number for the National Human Trafficking Hotline is 888-373-7888. By Isaac Gleitz  TheStatehouseFile.com  Lawmakers want to ensure that young Hoosiers, including those younger than 14, are protected from human trafficking. If enacted, House Bill 1200 will allow prosecutors to use video testimonies from victims who were under 14 when the offense […]

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Lawmakers say Indiana popcorn *butter* than all other snacks

By Kyra Howard  TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana is known for its corn—but did you know Indiana is second in the U.S. for popcorn production? Indiana produces almost 500 million pounds of popcorn each year.  Statistics like these are the reason the Senate Agriculture Committee voted to pass a bill designating popcorn grown in Indiana as the state […]

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Hope stirs across the state as health care workers receive vaccine

Hope stirs across the state as health care workers receive vaccine

By Tabby Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com Emily Hartman is an administrative coordinator at Community South Hospital in Indianapolis. After COVID-19 hit in March, she was moved to the hematology-oncology unit, where cancer patients receive chemotherapy. While helping the nurses and cleaning, Hartman also spent time with a male glioblastoma patient who had a fast-growing brain tumor and […]

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What difference will federal stimulus package make to Hoosiers?

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What difference will federal stimulus package make to Hoosiers?

By Erica Irish  TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Federal aid is on its way to Americans after President Donald Trump signed a coronavirus relief bill into law Sunday night.  The $900 billion stimulus package is the first significant effort in nine months to get financial aid to the people and institutions most affected by the ongoing pandemic. […]

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Indiana correctional facilities put on back burner during COVID-19 pandemic

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Indiana correctional facilities put on back burner during COVID-19 pandemic

By Taylor Wooten TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — For 41 people incarcerated at Indiana Department of Correction facilities, a prison sentence became a death sentence from the pandemic that has claimed the lives of 7,000 Hoosiers. Data for the toll on prisons is incomplete, with only totals of deaths and cases since the beginning of the pandemic […]

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Safe events to banish a blue, blue Christmas

By Sydney ByerlyTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—As with Halloween and this fall’s festivities, the holiday season is not immune to COVID-19.  Shortly after Thanksgiving weekend, the positivity rate for coronavirus began skyrocketing again across the country—Indiana included. More than 35 out of 92 counties are in the red zone, with the rest of the map in the orange, […]

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World of imagination awaits visitors at Eiteljorg’s Jingle Rails, even during pandemic

By Taylor Wooten TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — The nine trains featured at Eiteljorg Museum’s Jingle Rails exhibition chug on in spite of COVID-19 that continues to spread across the state. The annual exhibit is entering its 11th year with some big changes, including reserved time slots for all visitors, a one-way, socially-distanced path and Plexiglass shields separating people. […]

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Halloween 2020 looks different in a pandemic

By Sydney ByerlyTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Like every other activity in the year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Halloween festivities are being adapted to the reduce the risk of spreading the virus. There will be no trick or treating at the governor’s residence this year, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced earlier this week. He said he was planning to dress […]

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Governor honors Reginald Jones with Sachem Award

Governor honors Reginald Jones with Sachem Award

Staff reportTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Reginald O. Jones Sr., a Hoosier businessman, community leader and mentor, is the state’s newest recipient of the 2020 Sachem Award, the state’s highest honor. Gov. Eric Holcomb presented him with the award last week in a ceremony that honors those who have lived lives of virtue and excellence, bringing honor to Indiana. Previous recipients […]

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New multi-use trail dedicated in Clarksville

Staff reportTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The state completed another link in its Next Level Trails program Thursday with the dedication of a 1.9 mile link in Clarksville, Indiana’s oldest town. Gov. Eric Holcomb joined members of the Clarksville Town Council and Redevelopment Commission to officially open the newly completed Discovery Trail. The asphalt multi-use trail was built with […]

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