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Indiana American water rates to increase slightly under settlement

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana American Water customers will see an increase in rates next year under an agreement the company reached with consumer advocates. But the hike won’t be as high as the company requested. The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor announced a settlement with the company that would allow the […]

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State’s unemployment rate holds steady at 5.7 percent

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s unemployment rate held steady at 5.7 percent for the month of October. The private sector added 2,500 manufacturing jobs during the month – ranking Indiana third in the nation for manufacturing job growth. Similarly, the transportation and utility trades added 3,300 jobs in October – placing the […]

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Judge: Killer in Franklin College case is not competent to be executed

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A judge ruled Thursday that Michael Dean Overstreet – convicted of murdering Franklin College student Kelly Eckart in 2000 – is incompetent and cannot be executed. St. Joseph Superior Judge Jane Woodward Miller’s decision does not change Overstreet’s conviction or his death sentence. But, the state will be unable […]

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Consumer counselor urges denial of Duke infrastructure plan

Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Duke Energy should not be allowed to raise rates to pay for its $1.87 billion infrastructure and technology update plan, according to a state agency that represents customers. The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor has recommended that state regulators deny Duke’s request, which is meant to improve service to […]

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Pre-K applications now available in Allen, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh counties

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Families in four of the five counties that are part of a state pre-kindergarten pilot can now sign up to receive a grant for the program. Children eligible for the first phase of the pilot will include 4-year-olds living in Allen, Lake, Marion or Vanderburgh counties who will start […]

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House to focus on domestic violence issues, charity in 2015 session

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The legislature will take a look at laws about domestic violence and funding dedicated to help victims as part of an effort by the Indiana House to raise awareness about the problem. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, announced Tuesday that the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence will be the […]

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Story & photos: GOP leaders say education funding to be focus of 2015 session

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican legislative leaders want to restore their credibility among Indiana teachers with proposals they say will mean more money for education and drive more dollars into classrooms and away from administration. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said on the General Assembly’s Organization Day he has assembled a team of […]

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Feds say yes to original HIP, discussions continue on HIP 2.0

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Federal officials have given Indiana the OK to extend its Healthy Indiana Plan one more year – but have not yet acted on the state’s request to expand HIP to thousands more Hoosiers. The action by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services means residents now signed up for […]

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Legislative leaders say fights among education officials are unacceptable

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislative leaders say they remain frustrated at the “dysfunctional” relationship among state education officials and will step in if the sides can’t resolve their differences – soon. On the eve the legislature’s Organization Day for the 2015 session, House Speaker Brian Bosma said he’s concerned enough that he’s thinking […]

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Pence wants HIP 2.0 approval now; delay could cause confusion

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Thousands of Hoosiers who are buying health coverage through a federal insurance exchange could face confusing changes if Indiana gets permission to offer its own program sometime next year. Open enrollment starts Saturday in the federal marketplace. Last year, some 25,000 Indiana residents whose incomes are between 100 percent […]

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