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New database to track hate based-incidents and crimes

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A project has been launched to create a database to track hate crimes and hate-based incidents across Indiana. The Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate announced the new Tracking Hate Database on Thursday morning at the inaugural Indiana Response to Hate Conference. The event, attended by around 200 people, focused on combatting and addressing […]

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Study committee is revisiting Indiana’s civil forfeiture laws

By Cameron Mattern TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana Senate committee is taking up the issue of when and how the government can seize an individual’s property under state forfeiture laws. Dozens packed into the Senate Finance Committee room at the Statehouse Wednesday to hear testimony about the state’s forfeiture laws, which allow the seizure of […]

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Small school districts put students at a disadvantage, study says

By Cameron Mattern TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Students living in small Indiana school districts may be receiving fewer opportunities to succeed than those in larger school districts. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research released findings of a study showing that the size of a school corporation has […]

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State funding training for high-growth jobs

By Cameron Mattern TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — The state is looking for ways to re-train Hoosiers to fill high-demand, high-wage jobs with two new programs. “The state of Indiana needs to make sure we are doing all we can to bridge the gap,” Gov. Eric Holcomb said. The governor, along with the newly-appointed Secretary for Career […]

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Indiana pioneers crowdfunding community projects

By Christian Sullivan TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­— Wendy Blake wanted to make Greensburg a distinct city with its own identity. She and other residents wanted art and streetscape items like benches to make the community more inspiring. But they weren’t sure how they would fund it. “If there are things that we want,” she said, “we […]

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Pence returns to Indiana to applaud anti-violence organization

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Vice President Mike Pence praised the Ten Point Coalition for leading the nation in finding peaceable solutions in violent neighborhoods. Pence applauded these initiatives during the faith-based coalition’s annual luncheon Friday in Indianapolis. The Ten Point Coalition, known for its work in combatting gun violence in the state’s capital, […]

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McLinn family champions national ‘Right to Try’ legislation

By Christian Sullivan  TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­­­– Jordan McLinn is an eight-year-old boy with a disease with no known cure. His condition, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, is caused by a genetic mutation that prevents the body form producing a protein that the muscles need to work properly called dystrophin. Without the protein, the muscles become damaged and […]

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Attorney general wants to cut crime by spreading coalition’s model

By Eddie Drews TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — In an effort to reduce crime across the state, Attorney General Curtis Hill is launching a program to help cities replicate a successful crime-reduction model. Hill is partnering the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition, a faith-based organization geared toward fighting crime. Members of the coalition take part in peace walks […]

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Students discover career possibilities on Indiana road trip

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Three college students are hitting the road in a bright green RV to interact with businesses across the state in hopes of finding their future. Dengke Wang, Shannon Newerth and Jaedyn Zavala will spend two weeks traveling 829 miles to interview employers and spotlight the state’s industries including health, […]

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Sonny Perdue talks about agriculture issues with Indiana farmers

By Abrahm Hurt and Christian Sullivan TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue discussed a new farm bill with a gathering of Indiana farmers that focused on getting fair prices for their produce. Perdue joined Gov. Eric Holcomb, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and U.S. Sen. Todd Young in a roundtable discussion at the […]

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