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Lawmakers will review specialty plate applications Tuesday

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A legislative committee will meet on Tuesday to review which nonprofit groups should get specialty license plates to help them make money. The Roads and Transportation Interim Study Committee will review seven organizations’ applications for specialty license plates but only five will get plates. Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, the […]

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State launches another transparency webpage

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state has launched a website ­– www.in.gov/mph – designed to offer more government transparency and a more user-friendly interface. The site doesn’t offer much new information but officials say it brings together data that had been scattered across other webpages, making it harder for Hoosiers to find. The […]

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School snacks go healthy: See what made the cut

Schools across Indiana and the nation are adjusting to a new rule for the types of snacks they can sell to students. The new rule “carefully balances science-based nutrition guidelines with practical and flexible solutions to promote healthier eating on campus,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which set the rules at the direction of Congress. […]

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Unemployment rate ticks up for first time in 10 months

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s unemployment rate increased slightly in June for the first time in the state in 10 months. Indiana’s unemployment rate had been on a steady decline that ended in May when the unemployment rate stayed the same. The rate in June rose from 5.7 percent to 5.9 percent. […]

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State to study constructing judicial building on Statehouse parking lot

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Pence administration will study whether the state should build a new judicial and government center on property north of the Statehouse under direction from the Indiana General Assembly last session. The mandate for the judicial study was tucked in a bill that deals with tax issues – and […]

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State officials confident transportation deal will prevent highway funding cuts

By Emily Metheny TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — State officials are so confident Congress will pass a deal to cover a shortfall in a federal highway fund that they have not solidified contingency plans that would be needed if the money runs out next month. Will Wingfield, a spokesman for the Indiana Department of Transportation, said the […]

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Pence wraps up UK trip with more business meetings

By Allie Nash TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence wrapped up his job-hunting mission Wednesday by meeting with a company he said is considering Indiana for its U.S. operations – but his office wouldn’t reveal the firm’s name or any details. “Out of respect for the company, we cannot share further details about the company […]

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Abortion rate fell again last year

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The abortion rate fell statewide in Indiana for a fifth consecutive year. Last year, 8,027 abortions were performed, an 8.9 percent drop since 2012 and the lowest number of pregnancies terminated in Indiana since 1975. The numbers are down more than 50 percent drop since the state’s all-time high […]

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Convenience stores to appeal cold beer rulings

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Convenience store owners announced Tuesday they will appeal state and federal court rulings that upheld a state law limiting cold beer sales to liquor stores. “Hoosiers are tired of paying the surcharges that apply to cold beer and are sick of having limited choices of where to buy cold […]

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Appeals Court to hear marriage arguments on Aug. 13

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A federal appeals court announced Monday that a three-judge panel will hear oral arguments in Indiana’s marriage case at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 13. The state is appealing a federal judge’s decision that struck down an Indiana law defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The […]

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