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Indiana’s foster care to adoption program receives national recognition

By Thomas SamuelTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana has been recognized as the best state in the nation at moving foster care children into permanent homes through adoption. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb received a federal award of more than $4.7 million on behalf of Indiana from U.S. Administration of Children and Families Assistant Secretary Lynn Johnson in a virtual press event […]

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Colleges and universities contributing to higher number of COVID-19 cases in counties

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Reopening Indiana colleges and universities is leading to spikes in COVID-19 cases in certain counties, state health officials said Wednesday.  Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box explained that as counties with major universities have reopened this fall, cases have continued to increase. In particular, Box noted at a virtual […]

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Energy task force urged to include distributed energy resources in its work

By Taylor Wooten TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Activists advocating for clean energy policies have signed a letter to the 21st Century Energy Policy Development Task Force urging that customer-owned distributed energy resources, or DERS, be part of the discussion of the state’s future energy needs. The distributed energy resources include items individuals can use to save and create energy, like […]

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Indiana National Guard provides relief for Hoosiers throughout pandemic

By LaMonte Richardson Jr.TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana National Guard has spent the COVID-19 pandemic delivering food, helping to administer tests for the virus, providing emergency medical care, distributing food aid and supporting prison staff around the state.  Brig. Gen. Dale Lyles, adjutant general of the Indiana National Guard, provided an update Wednesday to the Public Safety […]

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Lawmakers urged to define what consent means in rape cases

By LaMonte Richardson Jr.TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—For more than an hour Tuesday, a panel of Indiana lawmakers heard from sexual assault survivors and advocates urging them to pass legislation to clearly define the meaning of consent. The Corrections and Criminal Code Interim Study Committee met in a combined in-person and virtual format to hear from people who […]

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Indiana joins petition asking FCC to review how social media sites regulate political speech

By Erica IrishTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana joined forces with several states last week to urge the Federal Communications Commission to look at how political speech is moderated on popular social media websites.  Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill signed onto a letter with the attorneys general from Texas, Louisiana and Missouri. Their statement comes alongside an executive order President Donald […]

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Chief Justice Rush tests positive for COVID-19

Staff reportTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush is in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. The Office of Judicial Administration issued a news release Monday noting the positive test. Court spokesperson Kathryn Dolan said the chief justice is not hospitalized and is in the early stage of the virus. She is […]

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August state revenues see boost from late income tax payments

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — State revenue totals for August surpassed estimates despite the COVID-19 pandemic, mostly thanks to $80 million in individual income tax payments that were collected last month. Indiana’s monthly revenue report, released Friday, shows that general fund revenues are still lower than expected when excluding payments that were deferred or late. […]

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State Superintendent McCormick endorses Weinzapfel for attorney general

By Taylor WootenTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Republican State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick announced Thursday that she is endorsing Democratic Indiana attorney general candidate Jonathan Weinzapfel. “This isn’t about politics, this is about who has the experience, the integrity and the vision to best represent all Hoosiers, especially our children,” McCormick said in a press […]

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RESTART Act aims to help small businesses through COVID-19 pandemic

By LaMonte Richardson Jr. TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, joined Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet from Colorado in a digital discussion Thursday morning to push for extended federal assistance to businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program, called “Saving small businesses from permanent closure,” was sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute, […]

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