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Limited budgets force parks to survive on user fees

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – At least once a week Daniel May, a pastor at Church on the Rock in Dillsboro, sits under a park shelter prepping passages for his sermon or hiking one of the many trails at Versailles State Park. “My wife and I go to a state park every week,” said […]

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Hosts, neighbors share tales about the impact of Airbnbs

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — After raising four kids in Oregon, Jenine Saxton and her husband moved to Richmond and were lonely without having friends in the area. “I began to dread being alone in an empty house,” Saxton said. “But as Indiana is the crossroads of America, we hoped if we opened an […]

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Opioid epidemic gets $50 million treatment

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s opioid crisis has educators and lawmakers proposing cutting edge measures to the combat the growing problem. Indiana University is investing $50 million in a project to reduce addiction while Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, wants tougher criminal penalties. “We’re attacking this epidemic on all fronts,” said Gov. Eric Holcomb […]

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IKEA brings revenue, jobs to central Indiana

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com FISHERS, Ind. — From comfy couches to colorful clocks, the country’s newest IKEA store offers thousands of items as well as a boost to central Indiana’s economy, bringing more jobs to the area and providing solar energy. “An average store generates $90 million revenue,” Richard Feinberg, professor of consumer science at […]

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New state website designed to fight opioid epidemic

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — With the creation of Indiana’s Next Level Recovery website, Hoosiers can now have direct access to all state resources on the opioid crisis without jumping from site to site. “The Next Level Recovery website will be the front porch for Hoosiers looking for information and resources on opioid addiction,” Gov. Eric […]

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Wind turbines spur property rights debate

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Some companies and citizens are at odds when it comes to who should have the power to determine where wind turbines are built. “I’ve lived in the same house for 60 years and I like to get to get up and see the sunrise not a bunch of metal […]

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Condemned killer challenges state’s execution process

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A death row inmate is challenging the state’s current method of execution on the grounds that the public should have had a chance to comment on the process put in place three years ago. The Indiana Supreme Court considered the fate of the state’s death penalty protocol Thursday after […]

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School accountability grades see a minor increase in As

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The 2017 school accountability grades show a subtle improvement from the previous year In the grades released Wednesday by the Indiana Department of Education, almost 25 percent of school improved one or more letter grades. Nearly 6 percent of schools improved their letter grades to an A. Overall, 62 percent […]

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The search for the food desert solution

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Thousands of Hoosiers don’t have a way to go get healthy food, but lawmakers are working to bring healthy food to them instead. “We are really excited about hopefully bringing more food to more people living in urban and rural areas,” Sen. John Ruckelshaus, R-Indianapolis, said following Wednesday’s Interim […]

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Upstart tech company to create more than 250 new jobs

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com FISHERS, Ind. — A year ago Brent Oakley’s idea for a business was just taking shape. Now he expects to create 250 more tech jobs in central Indiana by 2020. Fuzic, founded in 2016 in Fishers, provides location-based businesses with a way to create music playlists and audio announcements with a […]

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