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Ex-Franklin College president pushes toward 2022 trial

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Ex-Franklin College president pushes toward 2022 trial

By Alexa Shrake  TheStatehousefile.com  STURGEON BAY, Wis.— Former Franklin College President Thomas Minar refuses to budge on a plea deal and continues his legal battle.  Minar appeared on Zoom for a status update Monday morning for the first time since June.  “Matters are not resolved yet,” Minar’s attorney Brett Reetz said.  Reetz said he and […]

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Mental health organization offers insight on supporting those in need

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Mental health organization offers insight on supporting those in need

Trigger warning: The following article talks about the topic of suicide, which some readers may find disturbing. Reader’s discretion is advised.  By Ashlyn Myers TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—With September being Suicide Prevention Month, a Johnson County organization is urging people to enroll in prevention and awareness classes.  Hope Thompson is the project coordinator for Upstream Prevention, a […]

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Guns, loopholes in laws exacerbate domestic violence problem, study finds

Guns, loopholes in laws exacerbate domestic violence problem, study finds

By Haley Pritchett TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS— In America, one in three women have experienced physical violence by a partner.  Four and a half million have been threatened with a firearm, and of those women, a million of them were shot at.  The risk of homicide goes up by 500% when a firearm is involved.  These facts […]

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Afghans arrive in Indiana, but their struggle is not yet over

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Afghans arrive in Indiana, but their struggle is not yet over

By Haley Pritchett TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS— Afghan refugees are here.  Earlier this week, part of the group flew into Camp Atterbury through a sped-up placement process. Moving refugees can take years, but with the urgent state of Afghanistan, it has taken a couple of days.  Before they even arrived on American soil, they were given background […]

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New COVID-19 guidelines will attempt to slow delta’s surge

New COVID-19 guidelines will attempt to slow delta’s surge

By Claire Castillo TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana hospitals are becoming increasingly overwhelmed by the surge of COVID-19 delta variant cases, moving the governor to release a new set of guidelines Wednesday. As of Sept. 1, there were 4,735 new COVID-19 cases in the state, a daily average of 4,192. Between Aug. 1 and Sept. 1, there were […]

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For stressed Hoosier teachers, some free time outside

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For stressed Hoosier teachers, some free time outside

By Claire Castillo TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Spending 20 minutes or more with nature a day can help relieve stress, according to Harvard Health. Cornell found that if college students spend a minimum of 10 minutes in a nature setting, their stress levels decrease within minutes.  So it seems appropriate that Hoosier teachers are being thanked […]

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“This is the darkest time of the pandemic”: State health officials expect COVID-19 numbers to worsen

By Carolina Puga Mendoza TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—Health officials spoke in some of the bluntest terms yet about Indiana’s health situation as COVID-19 cases increase in all age groups and people continue to ignore health recommendations.  On Friday, State Health Commissioner Kristina Box and Chief Medical Officer Lindsay Weaver gathered the media to comment on the ongoing […]

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SORA withstands challenge from sex offenders calling the list discriminatory

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SORA withstands challenge from sex offenders calling the list discriminatory

Trigger warning: This story contains mentions of rape and sexual assault. If you need help, reach out to the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673. By Carolina Puga Mendoza TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—A court challenge to Indiana’s Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) has failed. The state attorney general’s office helped win a case against six men who […]

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Phishing scam targets Hoosier high-school sports lovers

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Phishing scam targets Hoosier high-school sports lovers

By Claire Castillo TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana High School Athletic Association is warning sports fans about a trend in internet scamming.  It involves hundreds of what look like real high-school sports livestreams on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube that are actually phishing attacks attempting to steal your personal data and install malware on your device.  These posts […]

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Governor announces new health commission to focus beyond COVID-19

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Governor announces new health commission to focus beyond COVID-19

By Carolina Puga Mendoza TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—While public focus is on Indiana’s response to the current increase in COVID-19 cases, government officials are focused on improving the state’s overall health.  At a press conference Wednesday, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the creation of the Governor’s Public Health Commission, an attempt to address the problems of the state’s […]

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