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Trump approves Donnelly’s suicide prevention hotline study

Staff ReportTheStatehouseFile.com   President Donald Trump signed a measure this week to improve suicide prevention hotline resources, as outlined in a bipartisan bill spearheaded by Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana.  The National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act was introduced by Donnelly this year with help from Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. Now law, it will require the Federal […]

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Brown County town leader appointed to director of broadband opportunities post

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS — Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch told a small audience at the state fairgrounds Thursday whom she had appointed to lead the state into what she called Indiana’s “next great economic development frontier.”  Effective Aug. 20, Scott Rudd, who currently serves as the town manager and director of economic development […]

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Lawmaker wants to block public dollars from schools with discriminatory policies

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana lawmaker is attempting to block state dollars from going toward any Indiana school with discriminatory policies after an Indianapolis Catholic high school suspended an employee for her same-sex marriage. Rep. Dan Forestal, D-Indianapolis, submitted language to the Indiana legislature’s drafting officials Wednesday in response to the recent […]

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Department of revenue commissioner outlines plan to collect sales tax from out-of-state sellers

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — State officials are just over a month away from requiring certain companies who sell goods and services from out-of-state locations in Indiana to register their businesses and agree to follow a new sales tax collection rule. In a discussion arranged by Rep. Gregory Porter, D-Indianapolis, at a State Budget […]

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Children’s commission will tackle mental health, more at Wednesday meeting

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS — The Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana announced they will meet tomorrow and hold conversations regarding several topics important to the welfare of children. Julie Whitman, the commission’s executive director, said they will address a “packed agenda” in their discussion that includes a range of topics. […]

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New DNA collection rule for felony arrests yields 500 matches to past crimes

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Eight months after a law requiring state police to collect DNA samples from anyone arrested on a felony charge took effect, the policymakers behind the measure are praising what they see as positive results. In a press release last week, the office of Rep. Greg Steuerwald, R-Danville, reported the […]

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Indiana gaming regulators enlist market experts to study sports betting legalization

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS — Regulators behind the Indiana gaming industry are taking steps to gather a clear idea of the possibilities of sports betting in the state, months after the Supreme Court struck down a 1992 law prohibiting the practice in all but four states. In late July, the Indiana Gaming Commission […]

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Alcohol code revision meeting turns to training of local enforcement boards

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — One of the first Alcohol Code Revision Commission meetings under new Chairman Bill Davis ended with worries that local boards of the state’s Alcohol and Tobacco Commission are not being trained properly. After two hours of discussion on the meeting’s scheduled items Friday, a line-up that included finding an […]

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Governor’s school safety report calls for more mental health resources

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Eric Holcomb has released a study on school safety that recommends regular active shooting drills and boosting mental health spending to identify troubled students and enhance services available. “Ensuring every one of our students has a safe place to learn and grow is of the utmost importance,” Holcomb said in a […]

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Farming experts try to educate public, stay afloat in trade war

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The soybean has become a de facto symbol of the Indiana farmer.   Shuttles carrying families from the south to the north venues of the Indiana State Fair, a hub for state agriculturalists, are emblazoned with signs that read “powered by soy diesel.” Near the Indiana Soybean Alliance’s Glass […]

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