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Zoeller in Cuba to fight human, drug trafficking

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Attorney General Greg Zoeller is in Cuba to discuss the fight against human trafficking and drug trafficking with his Cuban counterparts. Zoeller and several other state attorneys general departed Sunday and are scheduled to return Wednesday. Despite differences in the countries’ legal systems, Zoeller said the goal of the trip […]

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Attorneys, financial planners to offer advice at free event

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers can receive free financial and legal advice during an upcoming event hosted by the Secretary of State’s office. Financial planners, attorneys and medical clinicians will be on hand to provide guidance at Straight Answer Saturday. “Many citizens don’t know where to turn when it comes to important questions about […]

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Gregg reveals plan to fight crime, drug epidemic

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A seven-part public safety plan unveiled by Democratic candidate for governor John Gregg Thursday is designed to tackle the state’s drug epidemic and cybercrimes. The “Safe Communities Plan” also lays out his strategies to combat sexual violence against children, reduce recidivism and offer support to state and local law enforcement […]

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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 INDIANAPOLIS – 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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