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What’s behind Indiana’s increase in child abuse reports?

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Shortly after an elementary principal alerted deputies something might be wrong with a child who had been absent from school for a few days, the frightened 9-year-old boy was laying in the fetal position in the lobby of the Johnson County Sherriff’s Office. The boy’s pale face was bruised, […]

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Child abuse, teen violence higher in Indiana than other states

By Ashley Steeb and Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— Children in Indiana are surviving, but they may not be thriving, according to new data released Monday. The Indiana Youth Institute released their annual KIDS COUNT in Indiana Data Book, which provides information on how Hoosier children are managing. The numbers show the state’s child abuse and […]

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Community providers trained on overdose reversal medication

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Members of the community made their way to the Indianapolis Police Department for a training day on how to administer Narcan, a medication that counteracts the effects of an overdose from opioids such as Oxycontin or heroin. The rise in overdoses over the past several years has prompted officials […]

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Amendments offered to state budget see little success

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFIle.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Several amendments were offered on Thursday to the state’s two-year budget, but only one saw positive results. The successful amendment, offered by Rep. Lloyd Arnold, R-Leavenworth, would allow state conservation officers to be under the same pay raise system as other state police officers. “Initially their raises were going […]

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Statehouse Chambers don’t agree on pre-K funding

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — The Senate Appropriations Committee is calling for less pre-kindergarten spending than the plans proposed by both the Indiana House and Gov. Eric Holcomb. The committee Thursday altered Senate Bill 276 to include a $3 million increase to the On My Way Pre-K pilot program, which sends low-income children to […]

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Holcomb’s first law: Providing transportation options for students with disabilities

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed his first bill into law, surrounded by Special Olympians Thursday. House Bill 1507 allows Special Olympics groups to rent school buses for the kids to travel to their events. “This bill moved to my desk quickly with bipartisan support, because it is a common-sense, […]

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Superintendent bill needs major changes to survive in the Senate

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The House bill which would make the state school chief position appointed needs “substantial changes” before the Senate will hear it, according to Sen. Pro Tempore David Long, R-Fort Wayne. The bill authored by House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, would eliminate the superintendent’s position and replace it with a […]

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Levementum brings new technology jobs to Indianapolis

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A new tech company expanding to Indianapolis next month is expected to bring dozens of new high paying jobs to Hoosiers. Levementum is an Arizona-based tech based company that teaches its employees how to use different digital tools, like Salesforce, so they are able to help their partners better […]

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Indiana attorney general supports Trump’s recommendation for empty Supreme Court seat

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill urged the state’s two senators to approve President Donald Trump’s nomination to fill the empty U.S. Supreme Court seat. Hill’s press conference Wednesday was one of 11 organized by the Judicial Crisis Network held across the nation in states with vulnerable Democratic senators up […]

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Abortion bill focuses on strengthening parental rights

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Judiciary committee passed a bill Wednesday that would strengthen the rights of parents whose child wants to get an abortion. Current Indiana law requires that an unemancipated minor to have the consent of a parent or legal guardian to have an abortion. However, the adult accompanying the minor […]

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