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Fairgoers pick bison – long gone from Indiana – to be unofficial state mammal

By Tim Grimes The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – With less than 90 days until the 2012 election, Hoosiers are preparing to vote for candidates they want to serve as governor, senator, and representative. But a winner already has been determined in an election at the Indiana State Fair. Hoosier fairgoers chose the bison as their […]

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Fair attendance is lowest since event expanded to 17 days

By Megan Banta The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — The just-finished Indiana State Fair experienced its lowest attendance since the fair changed to a 17-day format and the second lowest number of visitors in the past 10 years. This year the fair attracted 853,941 people. That’s about 2 percent less than last year, when the fair […]

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Salmonella outbreak traced to cantaloupes; state urges Hoosiers to throw the fruit away

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State health officials are urging Hoosiers to throw away cantaloupes purchased since July 7 following an outbreak of Salmonella that has sickened 14 Indiana residents and roughly 150 people nationwide. The Indiana State Department of Health is investigating whether the outbreak has come from farms in Southwest Indiana and is […]

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All of Indiana now disaster area but drought conditions improve

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Farmers and small businesses in all of Indiana’s 92 counties have now been declared eligible for drought assistance, even as the weather situation appears to be improving slightly. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared 78 counties as primary natural disaster areas and the remaining 14 as contiguous areas, […]

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Simulator will let teens experience effects of distracted driving

By Megan Banta TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute is offering teen drivers across the state a hands-on opportunity to learn about the dangers of texting while driving. In partnership with Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and AT&T, the institute will hold a series of five events around the state where students can […]

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State fair attendance keeps pace with last year

By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File Indiana State Fair attendance has topped 537,000 people through its first 10 days, a total that is “almost identical” to last year’s count, a spokesman said Monday. The total includes people who attended concerts at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, which the fair is using for major shows until it renovates […]

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Hoosier foods featured at new pavilion

By Olivia Ober The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Fair is often known for its sugary and greasy treats. Fair food like cotton candy, ice cream, burgers and anything deep-fried are popular for Hoosier fairgoers year after year. But just outside the rows of typical fair venders that line the streets lies the […]

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Q&A: A primer on the swine flue

By Suzannah Couch TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – With the 2012 Indiana State Fair in full swing and Hoosiers coming in contact with livestock, including pigs, the threat of the swine flu is back in Indiana with cases the virus being found throughout the state. There are now 120 confirmed cases of variant influenza A, or swine […]

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At the fair, cats get their competition spotlight too

By Tim Grimes The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – There are entire buildings at the Indiana State Fair dedicated to showing cows, pigs and sheep. But in a mid-sized room in the Farm Bureau Building, cats are the ones on display. “When you touch a cat, sometimes it sends chills down your spine.” said Joy Fabbi-Combs, […]

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A bat, bison and mastodont battle in fair’s state mammal election

By Olivia Ober The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – While Republicans and Democrats are battling to gain Hoosiers’ votes at the polls this November, another sort of election is taking place inside the confines of the Indiana State Fair – one that involves very different kinds of politicians.  About the candidates: Name: Mastodont Age: Extinct. Lived […]

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