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A new director is appointed to the Indiana Gaming Commission

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A new leader is at the helm of Indiana Gaming Commission. Gov. Mike Pence announced on Friday that Sara Gonso Tait will take over as the Executive Director of the commission. Her appointment is effective beginning Monday. Tait’s new position became available when current leader Ernest Yelton announced his retirement. […]

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New education appointees hopeful ahead of first meeting

By Max Bomber & Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS– Five new members are gearing up for their first Board of Education meeting on Wednesday. It will be the first meeting since the new appointments were made. Five members remained on the board, while another five are newly appointed. State Superintendent Glenda Ritz is also still on […]

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BMV, smoking, student testing among topics for study committees

By Max Bomber TheStatehousefile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana legislators will spend part of the summer studying how to restore the public’s trust in the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, an agency that’s charged with mismanagement and overcharging customers. It’s one of 40 topics study committees will consider in advance of the 2016 legislative session. Changes to the […]

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Discrimination against gays won’t be part of summer study committee roster

By Keith Kassen TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State lawmakers will not conduct a public study of gay rights issues in Indiana in advance of the 2016 legislative session. Legislative leaders on Thursday approved 40 topics for work by summer study committees, but adding sexual orientation to the state’s civil rights law was not one. Senate President […]

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More than 1,000 School Safety Specialists graduate program

Staff Report TheStateHouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than 1,000 additional Hoosiers are now certified to handle crisis and emergencies in state schools. The Indiana Department of Education graduated 1,200 people from the School Safety Academy Basic Training and Advanced Academy last week. The basic training course covers school safety laws, storm preparedness and response, emergency response, […]

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State ed board gets five new members; Elsener, Oliver aren’t reappointed

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State Board of Education will have five new members when it goes back to work in June – the result of an overhaul ordered by the General Assembly. The new board will be without some of its most divisive figures from the past two years – including Marian […]

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Bird flu causes restrictions on fairs, exhibits and sales

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Bird flu has hit Indiana again. The Board of Animal Health has banned owners from moving their birds to places where they’ll be in contact with others to try to stop the spread of the illness. The move comes after 77 birds in tested positive for virus. Shows, exhibitions […]

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Indiana’s jobless rate drops to 5.4 percent, equals national average

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped considerably in April to 5.4 percent – the same as the national rate. That’s down 0.4 percentage points from the March rate and 2.1 percentage points lower than it was two years ago, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Indiana is only about […]

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ISU law enforcement take part in antidote training

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana State University campus law enforcement officials are now more prepared to handle overdose emergencies thanks to a training program supported by the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force. The training on Tuesday taught emergency personnel on the ISU campus how to administer heroin/opiate antidote naloxone. Attorney General Greg […]

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New ed board will get new executive director

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A newly appointed State Board of Education will get to choose its own executive director. Robert Guffin, the man currently in the position, announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of May after roughly a year in the position. That change comes as the board undergoes changes […]

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