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New hope for DNA collection after felony arrest

By Derreck Stahly TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Legislators will once again try to pass a law that would allow police to collect DNA from people arrested on a felony charge. Currently Indiana collects DNA samples from convicted felons for use in the DNA database. That law has been in effect for almost 11 years. “Keeping our […]

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State: Anthrax discovery is not a public health threat

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A southern Indiana cattle farm is under quarantine after a bull died from anthrax. While not uncommon in western states, an anthrax diagnosis is unusual for Indiana. In an advisory to the agricultural industry, Indiana Board of Animal Health said its records do not show any reports of the disease […]

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Trump, state incentives part of plan to save Carrier jobs

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — After running a campaign focused on keeping jobs in the United States, President-elect Donald Trump toured the Carrier Corp. facility where he helped save at least 1,000 jobs and promised more business deals to come. “My dad started 44 years ago. He still works here,” said Dawn Kinnard, who […]

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Panel gives recommendations for ISTEP replacement

By Derreck Stahly TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A panel charged with recommending a replacement for the ISTEP cast a vision Tuesday for a shorter, more efficient standardized test for Hoosier schoolchildren. The recommendations are designed to address many of the concerns that the public has with the controversial standardized test. The panel has struggled with the […]

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Significant turnover brings wave of new lawmakers

By Derreck Stahly TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Organization Day has arrived at the Statehouse and newly-elected lawmakers are settling into their new roles. “A lot of new faces. A lot of new energy. Diverse group from all parts of the state,” Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said. “We’re lucky to have a talented […]

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Statehouse to become Habitat for Humanity construction zone

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — This spring lawmakers will set aside legislation and instead pick up hammers to build a Habitat for Humanity house on the Statehouse lawn. “Homeownership is still truly the American dream,” Sen. Jean Breaux, D-Indianapolis, said, “but it still continues to elude far too many Hoosiers.” In March legislators from […]

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Health leaders want to raise cigarette tax, smoking age

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A coalition of Indiana health and business professionals is asking lawmakers to raise the cigarette tax and the legal smoking age with the goal of improving the health of Hoosiers. “If Indiana was a patient, we would say that she in critical condition,” Anthem President Rob Hillman said. In […]

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2016 ISTEP scores lower than 2015

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — After legislators voted to prevent the low 2015 ISTEP scores from negatively affecting educators, the overall 2016 scores for grades three through eight are lower than before. The 2016 test was the second year with the more rigorous standards. The 2015 scores serve as a baseline, according to the […]

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Protecting Indiana’s power grid from cyber threats

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — As the threat of cyberattacks grow, state officials and researchers are working to keep Indiana’s power grid safe. They’re focused, in particular, on microgrids — smaller versions of larger electric grids that serve small geographic areas such a college campus or downtown area. Duke Energy, the Indiana Office of Utility […]

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Drop in telemarketer complaints after raid

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Reports to the attorney general’s office about the IRS imposter scam have dropped since a raid last month. The office received nearly 500 complaints in September, but that decreased to 67 in October after police in India broke up the telemarketing ring. In early October, Indian police arrested 70 people […]

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