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May 14 special session will take on tax and school bills

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­–Gov. Eric Holcomb is giving lawmakers one day to address four key bills that they failed to act on before the end of the General Assembly’s 2018 session in March. “With sharp focus, I’m confident they can finish in a single day,” Holcomb said Friday in a proclamation setting May 14 […]

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Miss Heart of the Midwest shares personal story of child abuse

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–A childhood of sexual, physical and emotional abuse is the reason Miss Heart of the Midwest fights to end the pain other children suffer. Jessica Hopper spent her childhood either at her grandmother’s home or her parents’ home. For nine years, her grandmother’s boyfriend sexually abused Hopper. When she became aware […]

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Holcomb names members to new workforce cabinet

Staff Report The StatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —Gov. Eric Holcomb’s workforce development agenda continues to move forward as he picks the latest members of his workforce cabinet. On Wednesday, Holcomb announced 13 appointments to Indiana’s Governor’s Workforce Cabinet, a group created in the regular session to assess and realign the state’s workforce development programs and services.  “We […]

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New state post will focus on rural broadband access

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A new position for supporting broadband coverage across the state is now accepting applications.  Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch announced that interested candidates are now able to apply for the post of director of Broadband Opportunities, which will focus on supporting broadband coverage throughout Indiana.   “The lack of quality and affordable […]

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New law results in DNA matches to old criminal cases

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Of the thousands of DNA samples that have been collected so far this year by the Indiana State Police, 244 have been matched with old, criminal investigations. As of Jan. 1, 2018, Senate Enrolled Act 322 requires all felony arrestees to submit a DNA sample taken by a cheek swab along […]

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Crane plays key role in U.S. national security

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly continues to bring defense leaders to see the work being done at the warfare division in Crane, Ind. Monday, the Indiana Democrat hosted Sen. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat and ranking member of the Senate Armed Service Committee, joined Donnelly as they toured several labs […]

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Trade war could have impact on Indiana’s farmers

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Phil Ramsey, owner of Ramsey Farms in Shelbyville, is nervous about how a potential trade war with China would affect him. In March, President Donald Trump announced he would impose tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum. China responded by announcing it would target American products, such as pork, beef, cars and soybeans with […]

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Last Mile program gives women inmates a second chance

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –Indiana inmate Virginia Hooten hopes The Last Mile program will be the doorway to possibilities for a better life. Last year, 24-year old Hooten was sentenced to a term of nine years in the Department of Correction, three of which include probation, after being convicted of dealing drugs. Now, she […]

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Hoosiers commemorate 50th anniversary of King assassination, Kennedy speech

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—For U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights pioneer, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Indianapolis holds 50-year-old memories that have made it difficult for him to return to. Lewis was one of many at the park when Robert F. Kennedy shared the news that Dr. Martin Luther King […]

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New CBD oil law clarifies murky regulations

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —After living with diabetes for 51 years, Dr. Pamela Reilly has been able to lower her insulin levels by 45 percent. She used CBD oil—also known as cannabidiol—to make that change. Reilly, a naturopathic physician who started the Good Works Wellness Research in Fishers, has seen the impact that CBD […]

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