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Scammers preying on Hoosier storm victims

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Home improvement scammers are traveling door-to-door with the hope of luring Indiana homeowners into paying for home repairs following a recent round of storms in the Hoosier state. Often traveling from out of state, these storm-chasing contractors offer immediate services that include a variety of shoddy, overpriced or unneeded work […]

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Justice Slaughter takes part in formal investiture ceremony

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s 109th Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Slaughter took the bench earlier this summer but Thursday marked his official investiture ceremony. “Thank you Gov. Pence for charging me with the privilege as serving as a member of our state’s highest court,” said Slaughter. “I hope his appointment of me will […]

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Taylor’s new strategy for proposing hate crime legislation

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — For the fifth time, Sen. Greg Taylor, D-Indianapolis, will try to get a hate crime law on the books in Indiana. During the 2017 legislative session, he wants to add the hate crime provision to another proposed piece of legislation that is designed to protect police officers. A hate […]

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Zoeller, Colts hosting contest to fight prescription drug abuse

Staff Report TheStatehouseFIle.com INDAINAPOLIS – Attorney General Greg Zoeller is teaming up with the Indianapolis Colts to invite Indiana’s middle school and high school students to enter the #kickRxabuse video challenge to help combat teen prescription drug abuse. To enter the contest, students must create and upload a 30 second YouTube video highlighting the dangers […]

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New protections for police officers being discussed by lawmakers

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana lawmakers are discussing strengthening penalties when a law enforcement officer or their family is harmed, regardless of whether they are on- or off-duty. “With the recent targeting and violence against police officers, it’s imperative for Indiana to update its laws to protect our public safety officers both on- […]

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Gun reform group founded by Hoosier makes DNC appearance

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com PHILADELPHIA — When Terrell Bryant lost two of his best friends to gun violence, he stepped in to make a change. “My first friend, when I first entered kindergarten—he died to gun violence,” he said. “My teammate on the basketball team my senior year, I lost him to gun violence. You […]

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Scammers take no break between tax seasons

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Attorney General’s Office is urging Hoosiers to stay vigilant when it comes to identifying IRS scams and impersonation. Despite the end of tax season, the AG Office said consumers are still targeted. “The IRS impersonation scam is now the most common scam targeting Hoosiers,” said Attorney General […]

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Indiana lawmakers share in grief after terrorism attack in France

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Every year, France’s Bastille Day is a day of celebration commemorating a major event in the French Revolution. This year’s event, however, was marred by tragedy. 84 people are confirmed dead, according to CNN, and many more were injured after a truck drove into a crowd of people celebrating […]

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Text to 911 service available statewide

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana has become the first state in the nation to employ a text 911 service statewide. “Indiana has the largest deployment of ‘Text to 911’ in the United States,” Treasurer of the State, Kelly Mitchell said in a statement. “Since 911 was created, Indiana has been a leader in […]

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Annual police bicycle ride kicks off days after Dallas tragedy

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Police officers from across the state laced up their shoes, buckled their helmets and pedaled toward Richmond, Indiana Monday morning for the 15th annual Cops Cycling for Survivors Bicycle Ride. The 13-day ride, which raises funds and awareness of sacrifices made by Hoosier law enforcement and their families, covers […]

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