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Pence says Germans, Hoosiers share common goals, values

By Ally Marlow TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence told an audience of business and government leaders gathered Wednesday in Berlin that the mutual values and goals of Germany and Indiana will allow an already stable relationship to keep flourishing and help everyone reach prosperity. “In America we speak of life, liberty, and the pursuit […]

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Pence’s first day in Germany includes visits with service members

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com Gov. Mike Pence visited Ramstein Air Base on Monday, the first stop on his jobs and economic development tour in Germany. Pence said he was honored to visit the base, which serves as headquarters of U.S. Air Forces Europe and home to the 86th Airlift Wing. He and first lady Karen […]

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Pence to leave for German trade mission

By Jacie Shoaf TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence, first lady Karen Pence and other state officials will be visiting Germany for a one-week trade mission starting Saturday to bring jobs and investment to Indiana. “As the third largest foreign source of Hoosier jobs, Germany plays a pivotal role in our Hoosier economy,” said Pence. […]

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State unemployment rate drops again in February

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent in February, when the number of unemployed Hoosiers fell to less than 200,000 for the first time in more than five years. Over the past year, the state’s unemployment rate has declined 1.8 percentage points – the fourth largest decrease in the […]

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GE to bring jet engine plant, 200 jobs to Lafayette

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The world’s largest jet engine manufacturer announced Wednesday that it will invest $100 million into a new assembly plant in Lafayette and create as many as 200 jobs by 2020. General Electric Aviation will build a 225,000 square foot facility to assemble its new LEAP engine as part of […]

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Unemployment rate drops – again

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s unemployment rate is now the lowest it’s been since September 2008, but House Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, said officials need to “take a longer look before gushing praise.” According to the Department of Workforce Development, Indiana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped 0.4 percentage points to 6.4 […]

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Senate passes bill to pause energy conservation program

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill to allow a pause in a demand side management program called Energizing Indiana passed the Senate 37-8 on Monday. Supporters of Senate Bill 340 said that the current DSM program is not energy efficient and needs to be “paused” by the end of 2014. The bill’s authorl, […]

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Bill to protect vets from discrimination passes Senate

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill to prohibit employers from discriminating against veterans is one step closer to becoming law after it passed the Indiana Senate on Tuesday. House Bill 1242, authored by Rep. Martin Carbaugh, R-Fort Wayne, would ban an employer from refusing to hire anyone because of his or her status […]

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House sends industrial hemp bill back to Senate

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House approved a bill Monday that would allow farmers to grow hemp – a non-hallucinogenic cousin of marijuana – if the federal government lifts restrictions on the crop. Senate Bill 357 passed 93-4 and moves back to the Senate where it has already passed. The Senate can now […]

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Hemp legalization bill moves to full House

By Antonio Cordero TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The legalization of the production of industrial hemp is a step closer to reality after the House Agricultural Committee passed an amended bill Tuesday. Industrial hemp can be used in a variety of ways, including the production of fuel. This is becoming a major issue in light of the […]

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