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Curtis Hill named vice chairman of GOP attorneys general group

By Dionte Coleman TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, under fire from his own party after allegations of sexual misconduct, has found a more welcoming reception from the Republican Attorneys General Association. The national group has picked Hill to be its vice chairman, joining Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who was named chairman despite currently […]

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State and feds obtain $5.1 million settlement in Medicaid dental fraud

By Dionte Coleman TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Two dental firms have agreed to a $5.1 million settlement after being accused of submitting false claims for payment to Indiana’s Medicaid program. Between Jan. 1, 2009 and Sept. 3, 2013, Samson Dental is accused of violation of Indiana’s law that prohibits the corporate practice of dentistry by influencing ImmediaDent’s staff […]

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Hill avoids criminal charges, civil suit on the way

By James Polston TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—A special prosecutor has decided against filing criminal charges against Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, but the state’s top lawyer will be facing a civil complaint from the four women he is accused of groping at a downtown bar in March. Fort Wayne attorney Daniel Sigler called a press conference Tuesday […]

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Committee makes no recommendation on proposed hate crime law

By James Polston TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A committee assigned to study hate crimes legislation decided to punt to the Indiana General Assembly Wednesday, making no specific recommendation for the 2019 legislative session. After hearing hours of testimony, the Interim Study Committee on Corrections and Criminal Code voted on its final report stating that every approach […]

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Young explains Kavanaugh vote

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, said Friday he believes Dr. Christine Blasey Ford suffered “some trauma” and was the victim of misconduct. But, Young added, “that misconduct was something Judge (Brett) Kavanaugh was in no way responsible for.” Young spoke to reporters by conference call Friday morning. He reaffirmed that […]

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Abuse and neglect claimed the lives of 59 children in Indiana

By Dionte Coleman TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Fifty-nine children, some as young as one month old, died as the result of abuse or neglect in 2016, the Indiana Department of Child Services reported Wednesday. The annual Child Fatality Report, which covers July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016, records the stories of children, many of whom died at […]

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Supreme Court makes progress with electronic filing, reducing paperwork

By Dionte Coleman TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Supreme Court is continuing to go high-tech to reduce the paperwork created by 1.3 million cases filed in state courts in the past year. The goal is to switch almost every county court system to electronic filing over the next year, said Chief Justice Loretta Rush as […]

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Attorney General’s office files lawsuit against car dealership operators

By Eddie Drews TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill’s office has filed a lawsuit under the state’s Deceptive Consumer Sales Act directed at used car lots accused of defrauding customers. The lawsuit filed Thursday names two defendants, Jerramy Johnson and Jeffrey Presnell, who have owned and operated several Indianapolis car dealerships. The suit […]

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Committee works on proposals to combat human trafficking

By James Polston TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— Indiana lawmakers are considering what action they can take to help both the adult and child victims of human trafficking. The Interim Study Committee on Corrections and Criminal Code met Wednesday and discussed a range of issues that could end up as legislation before next year’s Indiana General Assembly. The […]

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Robocalls pose a challenge for lawmakers, attorney general’s office

By Dionte Coleman TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – As communications technology advances, it has become more of a challenge for regulators to stop robocalls, unwanted telephone solicitations and other attempted scams. That was the message Indiana lawmakers heard as they met Tuesday in the chamber of the state House of Representatives to discuss the Indiana Telephone Solicitation […]

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