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Judge grants injunction on state’s controversial abortion law

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A controversial new law will not go into effect Friday after U.S. District Court Judge Tonya Walton Pratt granted a preliminary injunction. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky filed the lawsuit after the General Assembly passed a law earlier this year that would have banned abortions based on the fetus’ […]

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New transit center aims to put Indy en route to “world class” status

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —Rain or shine, snow or sleet – nothing keeps Indy-native Dixie Lawyer, 57, away from her local IndyGo bus stop. Since July 2011, Lawyer has used the public transit system to travel to and from her office at the Chase Tower in the heart of Indianapolis. “I truly enjoy the […]

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Sallie Mae announces Indianapolis expansion

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Brush up your resumes because Indianapolis will see 278 new jobs coming to town by 2018. Gov. Mike Pence, Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks joined Sallie Mae executives Thursday to cut the ribbon on its expansion. “Here in the Hoosier state, […]

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Fitch Rating reaffirms state’s AAA credit rating

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –Gov. Mike Pence announced Thursday Fitch Ratings reaffirmed Indiana’s AAA credit rating for its responsible management of state budgets, revenue and public debt. “Indiana is truly the fiscal envy of our nation,” Pence said in a statement. “Fitch’s affirmation of our fiscal management reflects what reflects what Hoosiers have come […]

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ACLU files lawsuit over Facebook censorship on behalf of Beech Grove residents

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Two Beech Grove residents are suing the City of Beech Grove for removing residents’ posts from the city’s Facebook pages and blocking them from posting future comments. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed the lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of Kymberly Quick and Deborah Mays-Miller. Both Quick and Mays-Miller […]

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30 laws in 30 days: Students completing core Spanish classes to have designation on transcript

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Students who complete a minimum core group of Spanish classes in high school will soon have something to show for it. House Bill 1209, signed into law earlier this year, outlines a core of Spanish class requirements for high school students. Upon successful completion of the courses, students will […]

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30 laws in 30 days: New law expected to decrease farmland property taxes

By Alaa Abdeldaiem TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Jack Maloney has farmed all his life. As a fourth-generation farmer, Maloney has never had another job. His 2,800 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat in Brownsburg, Indiana, have been around since 1861, and Maloney said he hopes they’ll be around for much longer. But the state hasn’t made […]

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Japan-based manufacturer breaks ground on new facility in northwest Indiana

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A Japan-owned manufacturer of automotive coatings for plastics, NB Coatings, broke ground on its new facility in northwest Indiana. NB Coatings North America – headquartered in Lansing, Illinois – is a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan-based Nippon Paint, which will invest more than $4.7 million to establish operations at NorthWind […]

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Indiana, Israel exchange economic, cybersecurity ideas at business summit

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — For the second year, Gov. Mike Pence joined business and government leaders Monday at the Indiana-Israel Business Exchange in an effort to strengthen economic ties and collaboration between the two states. Leaders of Israeli and Indiana businesses gathered with members from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Elevate Ventures, Indiana University […]

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30 laws in 30 days: Artisan distilleries to offer carryout sales on Sundays

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – You may not be able to buy alcohol at the grocery store on Sundays, but beginning this weekend a new law makes it legal for artisan distilleries to offer Sunday carryout sales. “Sundays will be a big thing for us,” said Ted Huber, owner of Huber’s Orchard, Winery and […]

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