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Drivers reminded to be safe as highway construction kicks off

By Gary Qi TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — As the highway construction season kicks off this week, the Indiana Department of Transportation wants to put a spotlight on driver and worker safety during national Work Zone Awareness Week. INDOT is investing more than $850 million on more than 770 construction projects scheduled to begin this year across the […]

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Indiana Supreme Court upholds Indianapolis smoking ban

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers who want to avoid second hand smoke can continue to breathe easy in Indianapolis after the Indiana Supreme Court ruled to uphold the current smoking ban. The Indianapolis ordinance was first passed in 2005, banning smoking in public businesses. The original ordinance exempted bars and taverns that had […]

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Community members asked to watch for signs of child abuse

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers are being asked to keep an eye out for the signs of child abuse. Community members and child welfare advocates gathered in the Statehouse Monday to recognize April as Prevent Child Abuse Awareness month. The governor said the community is key to preventing child abuse. “The truth of […]

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Registry tracking child abuse convicts to be available by 2017

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — State leaders hope to improve child safety with the creation of “Kirk’s Law.” Gov. Mike Pence ceremonially signed the legislation, mandating the creation of a child abuse registry, in Goshen Wednesday. The law is named after 19-month-old Kirk Coleman. Prosecutors said the toddler died while under the supervision of his daycare. […]

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Bogus cancer charities shut down

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Attorney General, the Federal Trade Commission and agencies from all 50 states are working to dismantle two nationwide bogus cancer charities and ban their president from profiting from any charity fundraising in the future. Cancer Fund of America Inc., Cancer Support Services Inc. and their leader, James Reynolds, […]

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State still attempting to block aid to Syrian refugees despite new ruling

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The State of Indiana will move forward with its case despite a denial for a stay in the fight surrounding the resettlement of Syrian refugees. U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt ruled in February that the state cannot block aid to Syrian refugees. Then on Tuesday, Pratt denied Gov. […]

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Donnelly meets with Obama’s Supreme Court nominee

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly met with Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland Monday to discuss his experience as a judge and his previous work in the Justice Department. “Judge Garland and I had a substantive conversation. I had the chance to get to know him, ask him questions, and learn […]

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Pence vetoes private university police bill

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence vetoed a measure that would have allowed private university police departments to release less information about crimes than public police departments. “I have long believed in the public’s right to know and a free and independent press,” Pence said in a statement. “Limiting access to police records […]

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New registry will track convicted child abusers

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A statewide registry of convicted child abusers will soon be made available to the public. “I think it’s fantastic. I think going to be a good tool for parents to use when they are screening daycare provider for their children and that was what started the whole bill,” said […]

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Pence signs into law seven bills designed to combat drug abuse

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence has signed into law seven bills designed to punish drug dealers as well as treat and prevent addictions. “Sometimes people ask me what keeps me up at night and I say without hesitation—as much as a dad, as a governor—it is the scourge of drug abuse […]

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