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Jobs initiative transforming Indianapolis neighborhood

By James Polston TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, toured a historically troubled Indianapolis neighborhood Monday to learn how residents’ lives are being transformed through initiatives that provide jobs and second chances. Brookside is a neighborhood on the northeast side of Indianapolis that has, in the past, been an area of high crime […]

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Child Services adds new deputy director in staff support role

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Child Services adds new deputy director in staff support role

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Child Services has announced that Heidi Monroe will be its new deputy director of permanency and practice support, providing customer service in specialized areas to the field staff. “My choice to work for DCS is based on my desire to help children heal and grow from […]

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Charity gaming laws might be due for a change

By Dionte Coleman TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – For decades, bingo games and other forms of gaming have provided a major funding source for local posts of the American Legion in Indiana and other nonprofit organizations. But with the advent of other legal gambling outlets, rules that prevent organizations from providing even small compensation for the volunteers […]

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Indiana program connects skill development with workplace needs

By Dionte Coleman TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric Holcomb along with the Markle Foundation and Microsoft on Thursday announced Skillful Indiana, which will bring new investment, partners and innovation to Indiana’s workforce agenda. Skillful Indiana will help people find high-demand jobs and develop the skills they need to fill them as well as help employers […]

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Committee makes no recommendation on proposed hate crime law

By James Polston TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A committee assigned to study hate crimes legislation decided to punt to the Indiana General Assembly Wednesday, making no specific recommendation for the 2019 legislative session. After hearing hours of testimony, the Interim Study Committee on Corrections and Criminal Code voted on its final report stating that every approach […]

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Holcomb, business owners talk tech

By Dionte Coleman TheStatehouseFIle.com INDIANAPOLIS – Tuesday morning, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and a group of panelists met at Smash Social, an Indianapolis coffee shop, to discuss ways to empower Hoosier small businesses. Panelists included government officials, business owners, entrepreneurs and a representative from Amazon. “More than half of all items sold on Amazon come […]

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Young explains Kavanaugh vote

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, said Friday he believes Dr. Christine Blasey Ford suffered “some trauma” and was the victim of misconduct. But, Young added, “that misconduct was something Judge (Brett) Kavanaugh was in no way responsible for.” Young spoke to reporters by conference call Friday morning. He reaffirmed that […]

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All Pro Dad and state kick off foster care and adoption campaign

By James Polston TheStatehouseFile.com     INDIANAPOLIS — All Pro Dad and Indiana Department of Child Services kicked off a foster care and adoption awareness campaign Thursday at Lucas Oil Stadium.  All Pro Dad is a fatherhood program that offers support, tips and advice to help dads be actively engaged in their children’s lives from […]

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ISTEP scores out and show few gains

By James Polston TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS — The wait for parents, students and teachers to see the spring 2018 ISTEP+ test results finally ended Wednesday.   The Indiana Department of Education postponed the planned release of the results in early September because two issues with the test were discovered.   IDOE wanted to wait until the issues were […]

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DCS officials update committee on progress of changes to organization

By Dionte Coleman TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Department of Child Services reported back to the Interim Study Committee on Courts and the Judiciary Wednesday about the organization’s changes stemming from the recent annual child fatality report. The report found that in 2016 abuse and neglect claimed the lives of 59 children in Indiana – most of […]

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