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State could run up more legal fees after losing abortion case

By Victoria Ratliff TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Attorney General Curtis Hill said he expects to appeal the state’s latest loss after a federal court judge ruled that Indiana’s newest abortion law is unconstitutional. Hill said Tuesday in a written statement that his office is reviewing the ruling issued late Friday by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Evans […]

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Court to decide whether seizure of car for minor drug offense was excessive

By Victoria Ratliff TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—More than five years after the state seized his car, Tyson Timbs was back before the Indiana Supreme Court Friday arguing that taking his $40,000 car for a $260 drug deal is excessive and unconstitutional. Timbs had used his Range Rover when he sold heroin to an undercover police officer, but […]

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Federal authorities join operation to stop robocalls

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Robocall numbers have gone up to the point where Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is creating an operation to prevent these illegal calls from ever happening in the first place. “Operation Call it Quits” announced 94 actions targeting operations around the country. The operation is aimed to help prevent these prerecorded calls from […]

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DCS and governor sued over level of care for vulnerable children

By Victoria Ratliff TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— A disability rights group has sued the state’s Department of Child Services to force change at an agency that has high numbers of children in an overburdened foster care system. Indiana Disability Rights, an Indianapolis organization that advocates on behalf of children, filed the civil rights lawsuit in U.S. District […]

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New law bars animal abusers from owning pets

Editor’s note: This is a story in an occasional series about the impact of legislation passed in the 2019 session of the Indiana General Assembly. By Lacey Watt TheStateHouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Eeyore was a malnourished pit bull terrier mix with a heart condition when a stranger dropped him off at IndyHumane in November 2018. The only information […]

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Fireworks damage may not be covered by insurance

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—With Independence Day fast approaching, the Indiana Department of Insurance wants Hoosier homeowners and renters to know that their property insurance may not cover the use of fireworks. Many homeowners and renters insurance providers don’t provide coverage for illegal acts committed by insured, including the illegal use of fireworks. This includes the […]

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Attorney General’s office issues wedding scam warning

By Haley Carney TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Wedding season has arrived and unfortunately so does the risk of being scammed while planning the big day. Betsy DeNardi, director and chief counsel of Consumer Protection for the Indiana Attorney General’s office, wants to make sure any couple planning their wedding is aware of the do’s and don’ts of hiring […]

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Exonerated prisoners may be entitled to compensation under new bill

Editor’s note: This is one story in a series about new laws that have an impact on Hoosiers. By Haley Carney TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Kristine Bunch spent 17 years in prison for her her conviction on charges she set fire to her Decatur County home, killing her 3-year-old son, Anthony, in the summer of 1995. Except, she […]

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Attorney General Curtis Hill’s accusers file federal lawsuit

By Abrahm Hurt   TheStatehouseFile.com     INDIANAPOLIS—Four women who say they were groped by Attorney General Curtis Hill have filed a lawsuit claiming they have been subjected to harassment and discrimination since making their complaints more than a year ago. The four women sued Hill and the state of Indiana in U.S District Court Tuesday for sexual harassment, gender […]

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Indiana Council Against Senior Exploitation aims to protect vulnerable Hoosiers

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Secretary of State Connie Lawson has partnered with other experts in fraud prevention to create IN-CASE, or the Indiana Council Against Senior Exploitation, to protect seniors against those who would exploit them. IN-CASE began four years ago when the senior medical patrol director of the Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging […]

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