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Volunteers help Henryville try to rebuild after powerful tornado

By Sarah Seward The Statehouse File HENRYVILLE — The tornado that ripped through northern Clark County on Friday may have destroyed a high school and damaged more than 100 homes and businesses but the community’s spirit is thriving. Volunteers from across the town and the state worked around the clock to sort donations, distribute food […]

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State death toll now 13, investigators find EF-4 damage

Staff report The Statehouse File 13 deaths due to Friday’s storms: Clark County: 1 fatality in Henryville Jefferson county: 4 fatalities in Saluda Township near Chelsea Ripley County: 2 fatalities from the Holton area Scott County: 1 fatality in Lexington Township (southeast Scott County) Washington, 5 fatalities in New Pekin INDIANAPOLIS – A 15-month-old child […]

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Tornado damage photos from New Pekin

Reporter Sandie Love took the following photos during a trip Saturday to New Pekin, Ind. Tornado damage in New Pekin, Indiana from The Statehouse File on Vimeo.

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Homeowners in Southern Indiana try to pick up the pieces

Update: State officials reduced death totals to 12 on March 4, after this story was written. The story reflects the total when it was written. By Sandie Love The Statehouse File See a slide show of storm damage photos from New Pekin. Click here. NEW PEKIN — Sherry Clem’s house was nearly torn apart by […]

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Daniels visits storm ravaged areas of Southern Indiana where 14 died

Update: State officials reduced death totals to 12 on March 4, after this story was written. The story reflects the total when it was written. Staff report The Statehouse File Personal impacts See our story about the impact of the tornado in New Pekin. Gov. Mitch Daniels traveled on Saturday across areas of Southern Indiana […]

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Video: See one reporter’s search for the elusive hooded crane

More than 1,000 people from across the country headed to the Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area this month after a rare hooded crane from Asia showed up with a flock of sandhill cranes, who were making the wetlands area a migratory stopover. Tim Grimes, a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, made the trek too. See his […]

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State transfers Ernie Pyle home to nonprofit group

By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The state has transferred ownership of Ernie Pyle’s home and an adjacent museum to a nonprofit group that will now operate both for tourists. The Friends of Ernie Pyle are taking over the Hoosier journalist’s home in Dana, which had previously been operated by the Indiana Department […]

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State will work to preserve land as part of 200th birthday celebration

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The state is looking for conservation ideas and private donations as it implements a new Bicentennial Nature Trust that will be part of a larger effort to celebrate Indiana’s 200th birthday. Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman announced Tuesday that $20 million in state funding will serve as “seed […]

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Skillman announces new community fund

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Skillman announces new community fund

By Brandon Walker The Statehouse File Indianapolis — Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman announced Friday the launch of the Community Investment Fund of Indiana, which will provide seed money, loans and guidance for businesses that serve low-income or disadvantaged Hoosiers. Skillman also announced that Fifth Third Bank had made a grant of $200,000, the first such […]

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Nearly 29,000 holiday cards headed to soldiers in Afghanistan

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Standing before stacks of boxes ready for shipment, Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman announced Monday that her office had collected nearly 29,000 holiday cards that would be sent to troops deployed in Afghanistan. The cards – many handmade by Hoosiers of all ages and others donated by local […]

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