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Judge: Killer in Franklin College case is not competent to be executed

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A judge ruled Thursday that Michael Dean Overstreet – convicted of murdering Franklin College student Kelly Eckart in 2000 – is incompetent and cannot be executed. St. Joseph Superior Judge Jane Woodward Miller’s decision does not change Overstreet’s conviction or his death sentence. But, the state will be unable […]

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Steele seeks death penalty option in decapitation cases

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A state senator said Monday he’s pursuing legislation to ensure that anyone convicted of beheading a victim could be sentenced to death or life without parole. A case in Oklahoma inspired Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, to check Indiana law to see if decapitation would be an aggravating circumstance that […]

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State distributes $1.2 million to domestic violence shelters

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state has approved the distribution of $1.2 million in additional funding for Indiana’s domestic violence shelters. The money had already been earmarked for the programs but the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute board had delayed its distribution to gather more information and confirm the money will be spent to […]

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First-time inmates to get special programming at revamped Plainfield prison

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com PLAINFIELD, Ind. – Gov. Mike Pence is seeking to reduce recidivism rates that now top 35 percent with a new program designed specially for inmates new to the prison system. Pence said the First Time Offender Program will be the only one of its kind in the nation and will segregate up […]

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Karen Pence to collect phones for domestic violence victims

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – First lady Karen Pence will host a month-long effort to collect used mobile phones that will be distributed to domestic violence victims who need them. The event is part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and will be done in conjunction with HopeLine from Verizon, a program giving phones to […]

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Zoeller to seek additional consumer protections from 2015 legislature

By Lesley Weidenener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Zoeller will ask lawmakers in 2015 to expand consumer protections for Hoosiers by requiring more transparency for home repair contractors and debt collectors. Zoeller, a Republican, said the proposals are aimed at addressing some of the most common complaints received by his office, which serves as […]

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Seven more counties to participate in juvenile detention program

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFle.com INDIANAPOLIS – Seven new counties across the state will partner with the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative, which offers community-based alternative programs to the typical detention facility solution for juveniles. Allen, LaPorte, Bartholomew, Boone, Monroe, St. Joseph, and LaGrange counties will join the 12 counties that already have a partnership with the […]

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Coalition announces legislative agenda aimed at public fraud

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A group of officials representing local, state and federal governments will push a series of legislative proposals meant to protect public funds and speed the recovery of taxpayers dollars lost to fraud. The Public Integrity Coalition announced a 2015 agenda on Friday that includes additional whistleblower protections for public […]

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Alcohol police crack down on violations around college campuses

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State excise police have been cracking down on underage drinking around college campuses across the state – and the strategy is working, if arrests are a measure. The excise police – which enforce the state’s alcohol and tobacco laws – have logged 801 arrests or tickets related to college […]

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Photo gallery: Memorial for fallen officers

Gov. Mike Pence spoke Tuesday at Indiana Fraternal Order of Police Law Enforcement Memorial Service, which took place outside the Indiana Statehouse.

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