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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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State fair opens on light note as Hoosiers move on from last year’s tragedy

By Suzannah Couch The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Free milkshakes and hugs from Buttercup the Cow greeted hundreds of people who turned out Friday for the opening of the 17-day Indiana State Fair. The 2012 fair celebrates the “Year of Dairy Cows” and so it was no surprise that Gov. Mitch Daniels, Indiana’s first lady […]

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Video & story: Online art gallery will soon feature work of Hoosiers with disabilities

By Monica Harvey The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Arc of Indiana will soon launch Works of Arc, an online store that showcases artwork created by Hoosiers who have developmental disabilities. The online store is currently under construction. Kim Dodson, the group’s associate executive director, said there are still a few kinks to work out […]

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