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Health committee discusses drugs, eye-care for children

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than 10,000 Hoosiers received treatment for opioid addiction last year. Opioid addiction is in “epidemic proportions in this state,” said Dean Babcock, the vice president of Midtown Community Mental Health Center. The Interim Study Committee on Public Health, Behavioral Health and Human Services met Wednesday to discuss the […]

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State pushes students to finish college on time

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers joined 400 Hoosier students and family members for the official launch of the state’s new “15 to Finish” campaign on Monday at the Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. The statewide effort is designed to help more Indiana students graduate from college on time […]

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Appeals court to stick with 3-judge panel for marriage, denies ‘en banc’ review

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals court has denied the state’s request that all 10 of its judges consider the constitutionality of the state’s marriage law. Instead, the court will move forward with previously scheduled oral arguments on Aug. 26 before an appeals panel of three judges. They will review […]

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Health insurance plan runs out of money for new enrollees

By Emily Metheny TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —Indiana has stopped accepting new applications for the Healthy Indiana Plan because funding from the state’s tobacco tax can’t support more people. When HIP was renewed last year, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services permitted Indiana to adjust eligibility during the year if funding was not able to […]

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Indiana JAG students win $10 million in scholarships

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier students won more than $10 million in scholarship funds through Indiana’s Jobs for America’s Graduates program in 2014 – leading the nation in postsecondary money awarded. JAG is a state-based national non-profit organization focused on helping students overcome barriers to graduation. ”The role Jobs for America’s Graduates plays […]

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Local communities get money to eliminate ‘blighted’ homes

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Nine Indiana cities and counties have been awarded more than $10 million to help eliminate blighted and abandoned homes. The funds are a part of the Hardest Hit Fund Blight Elimination Program – drawn from $221.7 million in Hardest Hit money allocated to Indiana. Seven cities were awarded money: […]

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Ellspermann, other lt govs push back on EPA energy rule

By Allie Nash TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann has cosponsored a resolution adopted by the National Association of Lieutenant Governors aimed at protecting Indiana’s ability to use coal as a major source of power. Officials from Missouri, West Virginia, Alabama, South Dakota and Hawaii have also sponsored the resolution, which calls for federal […]

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2nd judge declares right-to-work law unconstitutional; state to seek stay

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Lake County judge has struck down Indiana’s 2012 right-to-work law that made it illegal for companies to compel non-union members to pay fees for union services. But Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Wednesday that he will ask for a stay to prevent the decision from taking effect […]

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State chooses 5 counties for preschool pilot program

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Allen, Jackson, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh counties will be part of the state’s preschool pilot program for low-income children. Gov. Mike Pence said at the Keynote Rotary Club of Indianapolis meetingthat the program will start in early 2015, although last month his office said it wouldn’t be ready until […]

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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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