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While fenced hunting regulations advance, debate continues

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A decade of discussion about high fenced deer hunting preserves is advancing as a House committee passed new regulations. “If we don’t pass this bill, then I will tell you that once again we are going to go through another calendar year where we don’t have any regulation at […]

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Bill would prevent sales of ivory

By Alexis Weidner TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A new bill aims to stop the killing of elephants, rhinoceros and walrus for their ivory tusks. House Bill 1052 would ban all ivory sales within Indiana with a few exceptions. The bill was created in response to the growing ivory trade in Africa and Asia Minor that is […]

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Students hope to catch firefly bill at the Statehouse

By Shelby D. Salazar TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS ­­– A second grade class project is giving students a life lesson in politics. Kayla Xu, 8, was gathering information about Indiana to complete her assignment on the state last year when one fact would not stop bugging her: Indiana is one of the only states in the country […]

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State encourages citizens to find alternative ways to dispose of leaves

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Environmental Management says when it comes to leaves the key words are crush them or pack them, but don’t burn them. “Many local communities have yard waste collection,” Carol Comer, IDEM commissioner, said in a statement. “This allows homeowners to have their leaves and brush composted […]

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Governor declares October energy efficiency awareness month in Indiana

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –Gov. Mike Pence declared October as Energy Efficiency Awareness Month in a Oct. 8 proclamation following President Barack Obama’s national announcement Sept. 29. The main goal is to drive utility energy costs down and provide a better living community, according to a press release from Pence’s office. In a report […]

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The Great ShakeOut aims for earthquake preparedness

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — More than 22 million people worldwide, including over 700,000 Hoosiers, registered to participate in The Great ShakeOut at 10:15 a.m. Thursday. The eighth annual worldwide earthquake drill was an opportunity for individuals and communities to practice how to protect themselves during an earthquake, wherever they may be, according to […]

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More than 1,500 acres to be preserved and restored by NIPSCO

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) is planning to preserve and restore land for public education and enjoyment. The nearly 1,630 acres of land will also be a focus for improving the biodiversity and habitats for many of the region’s plant and animal life. NIPSCO provided nearly $2 million […]

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Wet weather causing extra challenges for orchards and threatening tree health

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A soggy summer filled with heavy rain, flooding and thunderstorms is threatening the health of trees across Indiana. Leaf scorch – the browning of leaves – branch dieback and premature defoliations are symptoms noted on mature oak, tulip and maple trees. Purdue University tree experts said homeowners and landowners […]

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Gov. Pence continues to call for change to the Clean Air Act regulations

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence continues to vow to Hoosiers and the nation that Indiana will not comply with tough carbon emission restrictions unveiled Monday. “Indiana will also continue to vigorously challenge the legality of this rule in the federal courts,” Pence said in a statement. “Far too much is at stake […]

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Disaster declaration request made for more than 50 counties after wet spring and summer

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Last week, Gov. Mike Pence sent a letter to U.S Department of Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack requesting a secretarial disaster declaration for 53 of Indiana’s 92 counties. The request comes after crop damage and losses caused by flooding and excessive rain since May 1 of this year. “Recent and unprecedented heavy […]

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