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Rush makes Hoosier history

Chief Justice Loretta Rush makes Hoosier history from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Emily Metheny TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Justice Loretta Rush made history Monday by being sworn in as Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court – the fist woman to hold the position in the state’s history. Rush is taking the place of Brent Dickson, […]

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Federal judge to hear arguments in state Obamacare case in October

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A federal judge has set oral arguments for Oct. 9 in a case that could strip Hoosiers of their ability to get federal subsidies for health insurance. Southern District Judge William T. Lawrence ruled late Tuesday that Indiana and 39 school districts can largely move forward with a case […]

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Indiana officials say death penalty protocol is sound

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – With the possibility of an execution occurring yet this year, Indiana officials are standing by their death penalty process, despite controversies over prolonged lethal injections in other states. Doug Garrison, chief communications officer for the Indiana Department of Corrections, said officials are confident they have the right death penalty […]

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Loretta Rush to be first female chief justice in Indiana

By Allie Nash TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana made history Wednesday afternoon when a nominating panel selected Loretta Rush to be the next chief justice of the Indiana Supreme Court. She is the first woman in the nearly 200 years of the court to hold the position. “I’m thrilled to serve the state of Indiana in […]

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Health committee discusses drugs, eye-care for children

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than 10,000 Hoosiers received treatment for opioid addiction last year. Opioid addiction is in “epidemic proportions in this state,” said Dean Babcock, the vice president of Midtown Community Mental Health Center. The Interim Study Committee on Public Health, Behavioral Health and Human Services met Wednesday to discuss the […]

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Police tell Brooks, Merritt that heroin is growing problem

By Allie Nash TheStatehouseFile.com NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – Local, state and federal law enforcement told a congresswoman and a state senator on Tuesday that Indiana has a growing problem with heroin addiction and deaths. Officials from Madison, Marion, Hartford and Hamilton counties were among those who came to a listening session in Noblesville hosted by U.S. […]

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30 Laws: New law lets parents protect kids’ credit

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Changes are coming for children and consumer protection. Starting July 1, parents and guardians will be able to put a security freeze on their children’s credit reports – at least until the kids are 16 years old. State Rep. Dan Forestal, D-Indianapolis, said the law – passed by the […]

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Video & story: Lawmakers make changes, get out of town quickly

Legislators return to the Statehouse for technical corrections session on Vimeo. By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislators met for a one-day session on Tuesday – for what most hope will be the only technical corrections day the General Assembly will ever need. Lawmakers used the technical corrections day to tweak some errors in a […]

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Lawmakers to tackle molesting, shoplifting problems at technical corrections day

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislators say they will tweak a new sentencing law so that it doesn’t reduce prison terms for some child molesters when they meet for a technical corrections day on Tuesday. The error is one of several lawmakers intend to fix during the one-day session. Rep. Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon, told […]

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Brent Dickson to step down as Indiana chief justice

By Emily Metheny TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Chief Justice Brent Dickson announced Wednesday he will step down as the state’s highest judge before Sept. 1 after just two years in the position – but he will stay on as an associate justice until he’s forced by law to retire in 2016. “It has been a […]

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