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Indiana broadband director named to national board

Staff Report The StatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana’s director of broadband opportunities has been named to the national Broadband Advisory Committee, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch announced this week. Scott Rudd was named to the committee by Ajit Pai, chair of the Federal Communications Commission, who has  reached out to individuals who work on broadband issues across the country […]

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New survey shows concern with employers’ ability to help addicted workers

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–A statewide survey shows that Indiana employers are underestimating the impact of substance abuse on their workplaces. A survey looking at substance abuse within Hoosier companies was compiled by Indiana Workforce Recovery, an initiative started by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Wellness Council of Indiana, and results were released […]

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More tech jobs coming to Indianapolis

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— A tech company announced plans Tuesday to increase operations in central Indiana, with plans to create up to 75 high-wage jobs over the next four years. Gov. Eric Holcomb and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett joined executives from MetaCX, a Software-as-a-Service startup organization and a new High Alpha Studio company, at the […]

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Holcomb signs gaming expansion bill, new measure for carbon dioxide storage in Terre Haute

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the last three bills of the 2019 legislative session Wednesday, including a massive expansion of gambling and a plan to allow corporations to store carbon dioxide emissions underground. Early Wednesday, the last day for legislation to be signed, vetoed or allowed to become law without Holcomb’s […]

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Defense manufacturer announces Indiana location

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Swedish aerospace and defense manufacturer will launch its new advanced manufacturing facility near Purdue University. The manufacturer, Saab, announced Wednesday that the new location for its United States defense manufacturing facility will be at the Purdue-affiliated Discovery Park District Aerospace in West Lafayette. The new facility is expected to bring […]

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First round of trails funding announced

By Bryan Wells TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­—Gov. Eric Holcomb spent his 51st birthday in Speedway Thursday by handing out the first grants of his Next Level Trails program—$4.9 million for new trails connecting Speedway with the west side of Indianapolis. Holcomb was joined by Cameron Clark, director of the Department of Natural Resources, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and […]

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Amtrak supporters appeal for funding for Hoosier State line

By Andrew Longstreth TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—With the end of the legislative session nearing, Amtrak has only days left to hop on board the state budget. Unless the state agrees to add $3 million annually for Amtrak to the two-year state budget, the Hoosier State run by Amtrak between Indianapolis and Chicago will reach the end of […]

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House passes amendment to legalize hemp flower

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — In a close 49-47 vote that crossed party lines, the House passed an amendment to a hemp bill that will legalize selling and smoking the hemp flower in Indiana. Senate Bill 516 will create a hemp regulatory commission to work with the Indiana seed commissioner in approving licenses for […]

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Indiana’s burgeoning hemp industry could expand if new rules become law

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee unanimously approved a bill Thursday that could widen opportunities for hemp farming in Indiana. The expansion is made possible by Senate Bill 516, authored by Republican Sens. Randy Head of Logansport, Blake Doriot of Syracuse and Chip Perfect of Lawrenceburg. Rep. Sean […]

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Commentary: The day the Senate voted for loan sharks

By Mary Beth Schneider TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—It was one of the more unusual days in the Indiana Senate, as lawmakers took up two bills that stood in stark contrast to each other. One, Senate Bill 104, sought to rein in the predatory practices of payday-loan merchants who charge exorbitant fees and rates from the people who […]

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