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Hoosier infant mortality rates decrease

Staff reportTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana’s infant mortality rate decreased in 2019 to the lowest level in state recorded history, which state leaders take as evidence that efforts to improve rates and address issues of disparities are working. “While we celebrate these results, our work is far from finished, and we won’t rest as we work to protect […]

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Safety grant will help with child car seat inspections

Staff ReportTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute has received federal funds for iPads that will enable child passenger safety technicians to inspect cars with up-to-date technology. The iPads will be distributed to more than 100 locations across Indiana where parents can register the car or booster seat and check for recalls when the seat is […]

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Marion County toughens COVID-19 response with $1,000 fines for health violations

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Businesses and individuals in Marion County who choose not to follow safety requirements to limit the spread of COVID-19 could now see fines of $1,000 for first-time violations, according to an updated public health order.  “The time for warnings is over,” Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said in a virtual press […]

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Slow release of nursing home COVID-19 data leaves lawmakers concerned for schools

By Andrea RahmanTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Now that the state is finally releasing data about COVID-19 outbreaks in individual nursing homes, two lawmakers are calling on the governor to release similar information about schools across Indiana. State Rep. Edward DeLaney, D-Indianapolis, pushed for numbers from long-term care facilities to be released to the public. He recently […]

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Colleges plan return to campus while COVID-19 cases in younger people spike

By Taylor Dixon TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — While many colleges and universities across the state are preparing for students to return to campus in a month, the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rapidly rise among all Hoosiers but are highest among the college-age 20-29 group. Nearly one in five new cases—17.7%—of the highly contagious virus are […]

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Federal court strikes down part of 2018 Indiana abortion law while upholding clinic inspections

By Andrea RahmanTheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS – A U.S. district court judge has struck down part of a 2018 Indiana law that would have required abortion providers to submit complication reports while upholding a requirement about abortion clinic inspections. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Young struck down part of the law after reviewing a lawsuit from the […]

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Indiana joins nation in allowing patients to obtain insulin without a prescription

By Tabby Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS — Diabetics in Indiana who need insulin will be able to get their medicine from a pharmacist without a prescription starting January 2021.  Senate Enrolled Act 255 allows Indiana to join the rest of the nation that allows the state to purchase insulin without a prescription from doctors. “Insulin isn’t […]

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Lawmakers seek to lower Indiana’s smoking rate by raising minimum age to 21

By Andrea Rahman   TheStatehouseFile.com     INDIANAPOLIS — Those who wish to smoke or vape in Indiana will now have to be at least 21 years old, thanks to a new law that went into effect July 1. Lawmakers passed the new law in March of this year, falling in line with federal legislation that raised the minimum […]

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Governor slows down Indiana’s reopening as COVID-19 cases rise

By Hope ShrumTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — As Gov. Eric Holcomb delayed a full reopening of businesses and activities due to a rise in COVID-19 cases, his administration announced that it will post virus infection data from individual long-term health care facilities, which officials have resisted doing for months. During Holcomb’s weekly press briefing Wednesday, Dr. Dan […]

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New law encourages youth to wear helmets in effort to prevent injuries and deaths

By Tabby FitzgeraldTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — With more than 1,000 bicycle-related deaths and hundreds of thousands of injuries in the United States each year, Indiana Rep. Randall Frye, R-Greensburg, had hoped to pass a law that would require children to wear a helmet when riding a bike and fine the parents who failed to listen.  But […]

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