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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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Organizers push past 2011 stage collapse to plan busy 2012 fair

By Suzannah Couch and Monica Harvey The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly one year after tragedy struck the Indiana State Fair, the people who organize the annual event are determined to move on. Indiana State Fair information Dates: Aug. 3 – 19 General fair hours: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday – Thursday; 8 a.m. […]

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Story & video: Hundreds flock to see remnants of town flooded in 1965

By Tim Grimes The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A diverse crowd – hundreds of people – gathered at the Salamonie Reservoir on Sunday. Young people, seniors, couples, families, people on motorcycles and a van full of women waited in a long line of cars to get a glimpse of something that disappeared decades ago. “I […]

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Northeast Indiana marsh to become the state’s 250th nature preserve

By Kendra Rhonemus The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels announced Tuesday that he intends to make Loblolly Marsh in Jay County the 250th state nature preserve. The designation still must be approved by the Indiana Natural Resources Commission, which will vote on the recommendation in September. But it appears to be a done […]

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Officials: Drought is bad but conditions could be much worse

By Tim Grimes The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – While the drought is not letting up anytime soon, officials say not to panic. Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman met with leaders from the agriculture community to talk about the drought on Monday. One of the issues of concerns is the availability of water – for farmers, for […]

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Camp Riley kids ski, climb, cook and more despite disabilities

Fun at Camp Riley in Indiana from The Statehouse File on Vimeo. By Olivia Ober The Statehouse File MARTINSVILLE, Ind. – This week at summer camp, 15-year-old Melanie Richmond of Evansville has enjoyed water skiing, climbing rock walls and other fun, physical activities. But Melanie’s participation in such events is not necessarily a given. The […]

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Video & story: Small farmers suffer from drought too

By Kendra Rhonemus The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The drought that has left much of Indiana with little or no rain for months has not just impacted big farms that sell corn and soybeans to customers across the country – and the world. It’s affected the little guys too, the ones who focus on delivering […]

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