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Tallian to push legalization of medical marijuana

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – After several failed attempts to pass laws that would decriminalize marijuana, state Sen. Karen Tallian has decided to enact a different strategy. In the 2015 session, Tallian, D-Portage, plans to introduce legislation that would legalize medical marijuana in the state and establish an agency to create and oversee its […]

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State won’t appeal ruling that killer is incompetent to be executed

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state will not appeal a judge’s decision that Michael Dean Overstreet – who was convicted of the 1997 abduction, rape and murder of a Franklin College student – is incompetent to be executed. Overstreet was sentenced to death in 2000 in the death of 18-year-old Kelly Eckart. But […]

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Indiana joins lawsuit against Obama’s immigration policy

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana will join 16 states in a lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama’s new immigration policies. The suit – spearheaded by Texas – asks a judge to declare the president’s executive order unconstitutional because it’s a policy change that did not receive congressional approval. Pence will use outside attorneys to […]

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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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