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What’s behind Indiana’s increase in child abuse reports?

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Shortly after an elementary principal alerted deputies something might be wrong with a child who had been absent from school for a few days, the frightened 9-year-old boy was laying in the fetal position in the lobby of the Johnson County Sherriff’s Office. The boy’s pale face was bruised, […]

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Community providers trained on overdose reversal medication

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Members of the community made their way to the Indianapolis Police Department for a training day on how to administer Narcan, a medication that counteracts the effects of an overdose from opioids such as Oxycontin or heroin. The rise in overdoses over the past several years has prompted officials […]

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Bill to allow DNA collection at time of arrest passes House

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would allow DNA samples to be collected upon a felony arrest passed the Indiana House with a 81-16 vote Tuesday. House Bill 1577, if passed into law, would allow for DNA samples to be taken from those who have been arrested, instead of waiting until they […]

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Hoosiers warned not to answer phone calls from unknown numbers

By Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­­ — Unknown numbers calling your phone may seem harmless or a little annoying, but answering might lead you to more problems than you may be able to handle. “The simple answer is if you do not know who is calling you, do not answer the phone,” Attorney General Curtis Hill […]

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Measure to collect DNA upon arrest returns to the Statehouse

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – After several years of debate, lawmakers are once again discussing allowing police to collect a DNA sample from people arrested for a felony. “Which will enable us to hopefully catch more felons and serial rapist and murders,” the bill’s author, Rep. Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon, said. Under current Indiana law […]

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Bill would allow domestic violence victims to get a temporary gun permit

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Domestic violence victims may be allowed to carry guns legally without a permit, at least temporarily. House Bill 1071 would allow those who have been granted a protective order to use that order to obtain a temporary permit to carry a gun. Those wishing to use the order as […]

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Hate crimes legislation moves to Senate for consideration

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Judges would have the right to consider bias motivation when deciding a perpetrator’s punishment if a hate crimes bill becomes law. “This is an attempt, if you will, to allow judges, that we elect that the people elect, prosecutors, which the people elect, to apply factors in closing sentence […]

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Lawmakers debate rescuing pets from hot cars

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– Legislators considering a bill that would give immunity to good Samaritans who rescue pets locked in hot cars could be walking a fine line. Pet owner Arial Burrus thinks rescuing pets is a good idea, but is worried about how a Hoosier would know it was a dangerous situation […]

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Lawmakers to study invoking parental privilege in court

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers are taking a closer look at a bill that would allow parents to invoke parental privilege in court. If enacted, Senate Bill 99 would allow parents to not testify against their child in court. Monica Kelsey, a medic and firefighter from Woodburn, said she was on duty when […]

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Bill proposing teens be tried as adults in pharmacy robberies advances

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would require 16- and 17-year-olds who rob a pharmacy to be tried as adults passed the Senate Monday despite concerns about race and the treatment of juveniles. Senate Bill 170, authored by Sen. Mike Young, R-Indianapolis, passed the Senate with a 36-12 vote. Young wrote the […]

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