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New hope for DNA collection after felony arrest

By Derreck Stahly TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Legislators will once again try to pass a law that would allow police to collect DNA from people arrested on a felony charge. Currently Indiana collects DNA samples from convicted felons for use in the DNA database. That law has been in effect for almost 11 years. “Keeping our […]

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Protecting Indiana’s power grid from cyber threats

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — As the threat of cyberattacks grow, state officials and researchers are working to keep Indiana’s power grid safe. They’re focused, in particular, on microgrids — smaller versions of larger electric grids that serve small geographic areas such a college campus or downtown area. Duke Energy, the Indiana Office of Utility […]

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Drop in telemarketer complaints after raid

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Reports to the attorney general’s office about the IRS imposter scam have dropped since a raid last month. The office received nearly 500 complaints in September, but that decreased to 67 in October after police in India broke up the telemarketing ring. In early October, Indian police arrested 70 people […]

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Voter registration fraud investigation expands to 57 counties

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — More than half the counties in Indiana are now a part of a state police investigation into voter registration application fraud. Detectives expanded their investigation Thursday from nine counties to 57 counties. They’re looking into a group called the Indiana Voter Registration Project. Detectives served a search warrant Tuesday at the […]

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Investigation into voter registration fraud expands

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Police investigation into fraudulent voter application information is larger than originally thought. Hundreds of voters may have had their registrations altered. In August detectives started looking into a group called the Indiana Voter Registration Project and their actions in Marion and Hendricks counties. Now the state police […]

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Old phones help survivors of domestic abuse

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Outdated and unused cellphones are giving hope to survivors of domestic violence. From now until the end of the month, first lady Karen Pence is hosting her third annual HopeLine from Verizon phone drive. HopeLine provides new phones equipped with 3,000 minutes to survivors so they can stay in touch with family, […]

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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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