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Zoeller to seek additional consumer protections from 2015 legislature

By Lesley Weidenener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Zoeller will ask lawmakers in 2015 to expand consumer protections for Hoosiers by requiring more transparency for home repair contractors and debt collectors. Zoeller, a Republican, said the proposals are aimed at addressing some of the most common complaints received by his office, which serves as […]

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Tippecanoe woman who is blind wins Teacher of the Year award

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A high school English teacher in Tippecanoe County who went blind in her youth has been named the state’s 2015 Teacher of the Year. Kathy Nimmer, who has been teaching for 22 years at Harrison High School, received the award at a Tuesday ceremony. “I am incredibly excited to honor […]

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Tax caps having greatest impact for owners of rental property, farms

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The owners of rental homes and apartments are among the property owners that are helped most by a tax cap system the state fully implemented in 2010. In all, the tax caps reduced bills – and therefore reduced revenue to local units of government and schools – by $766 […]

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Colts join effort to fight prescription drug abuse among teens

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – High schools across the state have the chance to win $5,000 and a pep rally from the Colts by taking a pledge not to abuse and share prescription drugs. The school with the highest percentage of pledges wins. The pledge contest – which runs through Oct. 22 – is […]

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Seven more counties to participate in juvenile detention program

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFle.com INDIANAPOLIS – Seven new counties across the state will partner with the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative, which offers community-based alternative programs to the typical detention facility solution for juveniles. Allen, LaPorte, Bartholomew, Boone, Monroe, St. Joseph, and LaGrange counties will join the 12 counties that already have a partnership with the […]

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Coalition announces legislative agenda aimed at public fraud

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A group of officials representing local, state and federal governments will push a series of legislative proposals meant to protect public funds and speed the recovery of taxpayers dollars lost to fraud. The Public Integrity Coalition announced a 2015 agenda on Friday that includes additional whistleblower protections for public […]

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Advocates push for federal approval of HIP 2.0

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Groups that support the state’s plan to expand health care coverage for low-income Hoosiers gathered in the Indiana Statehouse on Thursday to urge the federal government to approve the proposal so it can be implemented. Gov. Mike Pence submitted the proposed expansion of the existing Healthy Indiana Plan earlier […]

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Drop off your drugs this weekend

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –Hoosiers looking to dispose of any unused or unwanted medications are encouraged to participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Indiana residents need to remember that more than half of people who abuse prescription painkillers for the first time say they […]

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Pre-K pilot program representatives meet to discuss best practices

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Representatives from the five selected counties for the state’s pre-kindergarten pilot program met for the first time Wednesday to share innovative work and best practices to improve early education. “I am profoundly grateful for the efforts of these local stakeholders who, along with the state, are staunchly committed to providing […]

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Alcohol police crack down on violations around college campuses

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State excise police have been cracking down on underage drinking around college campuses across the state – and the strategy is working, if arrests are a measure. The excise police – which enforce the state’s alcohol and tobacco laws – have logged 801 arrests or tickets related to college […]

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