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Governor seeks aid for farmers deluged by rain

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—With record rainfall inundating the state over the past 12 months, Gov. Eric Holcomb is seeking federal aid for Hoosier farmers. Holcomb announced last week the state is requesting federal disaster aid for 88 out of 92 counties because of losses caused by flooding and excessive rain during this planting season. […]

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Democrats want answers in virtual charter school investigation

STAFF REPORT The StatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana House Democrats are searching for answers in the current virtual charter school investigation. The investigation came after Daleville Community Schools stopped its business relationship with two Indiana virtual charter schools, Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy, after numerous allegations arose that these two schools were inflating […]

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State ends fiscal year with record reserves

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana ended the current fiscal year with more money in its reserves than ever before: a whopping $2.27 billion. Gov. Eric Holcomb, saying “Indiana’s economy is on a roll,” already knows how he wants to spend some of it. Holcomb said he would like to get the green light from the […]

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Dr. Woody Myers becomes first Democrat to enter governor’s race

By LaMonte Richardson TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS- Dr. Woody Myers, a former state health commissioner, on Wednesday became the first Democrat to officially get in the race for governor. “I’m running for governor because Indiana has too many pre-existing conditions that typical politicians just can’t treat,” Myers said. Myers will seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican […]

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State wants $40 million back from two virtual charter schools

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–Indiana wants $40 million slashed in future state funding to recoup dollars given to two virtual charter schools that allegedly inflated their enrollment numbers. But getting the money, despite Wednesday’s recommendation by the State Board of Education recover it, won’t be easy. One, the Indiana Virtual School, closes in September and […]

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Eating Indiana duck in Mexico: The lieutenant governor’s trip across the border

  By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch is networking in Mexico this week. Her mission: To expand Indiana’s existing agricultural and tourism ties with this nation’s southern neighbor. Crouch, who returns to Indiana Thursday, is visiting both Mexico City and the state of Hidalgo on her five-day trade mission. In a […]

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The green flag waves on the 2020 governor race

  By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Although the primary election is 10 months away, the Democratic race to challenge the Republican incumbent, Gov. Eric Holcomb, in 2020 is already intensifying. Wednesday, Dr. Woody Myers, a former state health commissioner, will hold a press conference in front of the former Wishard Hospital emergency room for […]

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Abortion rate rises for second consecutive year

By Victoria Ratliff TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–The number of abortions in Indiana rose by about 3.2% in 2018, the second consecutive year in which the tally went up. According to the Terminated Pregnancy Report, compiled annually by the Indiana Department of Health using data provided by patients before their abortions, there were 8,037 abortions in 2018, up […]

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Statewide campaign to address stigma around mental health and substance use

ByAbrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS– A new effort was launched Monday in Indiana to combat stigma surrounding mental health and substance use disorders. The Indiana Recovery Council’s “Stigma Never Helps” campaign is focusing on the words and language people use and has created educational resources at StigmaNeverHelps.com for people to download and share. The council, which […]

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Protesters demand changes at immigrant detention centers

By Victoria Ratliff and Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com FRANKLIN, Ind.—Calling the treatment of migrant children at the nation’s borders inhumane, protesters urged Indiana members of Congress Tuesday to pressure the Trump administration to free them. MoveOn, a national public policy advocacy group, organized protests around the country, including in Franklin, Richmond, Crawfordsville and Indianapolis. In Franklin, […]

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