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State picks a dozen land projects, purchases for initial bicentennial program funding

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An inner city lake, several local trails, and wetlands areas are among the dozen spaces across Indiana chosen as the first Bicentennial Nature Trust projects under a program launched by Gov. Mitch Daniels. The projects will receive more than $2.3 million from the trust, which is funded through state […]

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Hoosiers can try 50 free activities this weekend at DNR’s Outdoor Experience

By Suzannah Couch TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers seeking to try archery, fly fishing or another outdoor activity will have their chance this weekend at the fourth annual Hoosier Outdoor Experience at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis. About 20,000 people attended the free event last year and Marty Benson, the assistant director of communications for […]

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Drought eases further across Indiana

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Rain from the storm that had been Hurricane Isaac dropped enough rain on Indiana last weekend to move all parts of the state out of the exceptional or extreme drought categories. The U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday shows that nearly two-thirds of state is now categorized as in severe […]

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Remnants of hurricane will bring much needed rain this weekend to Indiana

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s dry fields, creek beds and rivers could get some relief – and likely even some flooding – when what’s left of Hurricane Isaac makes its way up the Mississippi Valley and into Indiana this weekend. The National Weather Service predicts the weather system – which has been […]

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19 Hoosiers diagnosed with Salmonella connected to cantaloupes

By Suzannah Couch TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Nineteen Hoosiers have now been diagnosed with Salmonella as part of a multi-state outbreak that has been traced at least in part back to Chamberlain Farms of Owensville. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising anyone who has purchased cantaloupe from the Southern Indiana farm to throw the […]

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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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