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Zoeller, Merritt take message about lifeline law to Indiana college campuses

By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Attorney General Greg Zoeller and Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, are on a campus tour across Indiana to promote a law that could save high school and college-aged kids who drink to excess and need emergency assistance. On Wednesday, the pair visited Purdue University, Wabash College and DePauw University after […]

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Lawmaker calls police, prosecutors to meeting about synthetic drugs

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State officials and law enforcement personnel are planning an emergency meeting to develop what the organizer is calling an “aggressive, results-driven approach” to eliminating the sale of synthetic drugs in Indiana. Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, said he called for the meeting after a TV report about a 17-year-old girl who […]

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Tippecanoe County judge becomes second woman on Indiana Supreme Court

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana will have its first female Supreme Court justice in 13 years – and only the second in the state’s history. Gov. Mitch Daniels announced Friday that he was appointing Tippecanoe County juvenile court judge Loretta Hogan Rush to the state’s highest court. “In studying Judge Rush’s stellar legal and […]

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AG to take appeals court work away from Department of Child Services

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced Thursday that his office will take over appeals court work from attorneys at the Department of Child Services to ensure that the state’s legal strategy is consistent. But a key DCS official said more discussion should take place before the change is final. […]

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10 schools win visit from Indiana Supreme Court justices

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Supreme Court justices plan to visit 10 schools as part of a statewide contest to celebrate Constitution Day. The schools were chosen from among 40 applicants. Teachers had to describe why a visit from one of the state’s five justices would benefit their classrooms. Court officials said the program […]

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State senators ask court for right to defend immigration law

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Three state senators frustrated that Attorney General Greg Zoeller has largely given up a legal fight to defend Indiana’s immigration law have asked a federal judge for permission to intervene in the case. Republican Sens. Mike Delph of Carmel, Phil Boots of Crawfordsville and Brent Steele of Bedford were […]

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State, Indy to crack down on synthetic drug sales

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State, Indy to crack down on synthetic drug sales

By Zach Osowski TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced Wednesday they are teaming up to get “bath salts” and other illegal, synthetic drugs off store shelves. Curry said police are aware of “at least a dozen” convenience stores and gas stations that have been knowingly selling […]

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Committee says law already protects children born of rape from mother’s attacker

By Megan Banta The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS—Lawmakers spent an hour Wednesday debating a proposal that would permit a court to terminate the parental rights of rapists whose victims became pregnant. But the group eventually voted 7-1 that the legislation wasn’t necessary. The proposal, authored by Sen. Ed Charbonneau, R-Valparaiso, passed the Senate during the 2012 […]

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New program makes key information handy for domestic violence victims

By Monica Harvey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A private-public partnership is launching a new program meant to help domestic violence victims take action more quickly against those who may be trying to hurt them. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and Verizon Wireless announced Tuesday that some people granted protection orders will receive Hope Cards that will […]

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Two men, one woman are the finalists for state’s next high court justice

By Tim Grimes The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels will choose the next justice of the Indiana Supreme Court from among two judges and an attorney selected as finalists by a state commission. After several hours of closed-door deliberations, the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission picked Hamilton Superior Judge Steven Nation, Tippecanoe Superior Judge […]

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