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Bloomington man leads FBI to first child porn ring of its kind

By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Seven men have pleaded guilty and two more have agreed to do so in connection with a child pornography ring – one that exploited infants – that law enforcement officials discovered in November 2010 while investigating a Bloomington case. The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Thursday the results […]

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Task force finds small claims court problems that ‘need to be addressed now’

By Lauren Casey The Statehouse File An investigation of the Marion County Small Claims Courts has found serious problems with the management and procedures of the township-based judicial system. A task force created by the Indiana Supreme Court released a report Tuesday following a four-month investigation of the practices inside the courtrooms. Read the full […]

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Zoeller, Kahne and others support campaign to stop texting and driving

By Jacie Shoaf The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Racecar drivers, corporate and government leaders – including Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller  joined together Tuesday for the first ever nationwide Stop the Texts Day. Stop the Texts Day is part of an Ad Council campaign called “Stop the Texts. Stop the Wrecks.” The public service announcement […]

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Daniels signs illegal entry bill

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov Mitch Daniels signed a bill into law Tuesday that gives Hoosiers the right to use force against police officers who are entering their homes unlawfully. Senate Enrolled Act 1 is state lawmakers’ reaction to a controversial decision last year by the Indiana Supreme Court that stripped […]

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Walking drunk now legal in Indiana – sometimes

By Greg Margason The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a bill into law Monday that is meant to let Hoosiers walk drunk in public or ride in a car while intoxicated without fear of arrest – unless they’re causing a problem. Senate Bill 97 narrowed the scope of the state’s public intoxication […]

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Daniels picks Connie Lawson as secretary of state

By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels on Friday appointed state Sen. Connie Lawson, R-Danville to replace the convicted Charlie White as Indiana secretary of state. “Indiana has probably never been served by a secretary of state better prepared on day one,” Daniels said. Lawson has served in the Senate since […]

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Daniels signs bill to battle synthetic drug trade

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a bill Thursday that would tighten the state’s law against synthetic drugs meant to mimic the effects of marijuana and cocaine and make it easier to punish businesses that put the illegal product on their shelves. The new law – passed by the […]

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Daniels to have ‘a long look’ at illegal entry bill before decision to sign or veto

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels said Monday he hasn’t decided whether he’ll sign or veto a bill that is meant to give Hoosiers more authority to block police who try to enter their homes illegally. Senate Bill 1 passed late Friday night – just hours before lawmaker adjourned their […]

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Nation’s AGs file court papers to formalize mortgage settlement

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has joined with 48 other state attorneys general and the U.S. Department of Justice in filing a civil complaint in federal court against the country’s five largest mortgage servicers, a step to formalizing a settlement reached last month. The suit alleges that the […]

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House and Senate vote to overturn Indiana Supreme Court’s illegal entry decision

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The General Assembly passed a bill late Friday that would give Hoosiers more authority to physically block police from entering their homes unlawfully. The bill now moves to Gov. Mitch Daniels to be vetoed or signed into law. Senate Bill 1 is a reaction to a controversial […]

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