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Attorney general at odds with governor over needle exchanges

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Attorney General Curtis Hill finds himself on the opposite side of Gov. Eric Holcomb and fellow House Republicans on the issue of syringe exchange programs. Hill testified against House Bill 1438, which would allow a county or city to enact its own syringe exchange program rather than have to […]

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Petition denouncing total abortion ban delievered

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Dozens of Hoosiers gathered at the Statehouse Wednesday with nearly 3,000 signatures on a petition denouncing Rep. Curt Nisly’s proposed total abortion ban. The Indiana Reproductive Justice Coalition, which represents 10 Indiana organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, delivered […]

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Female legislators push for drop in cervical cancer deaths

By Christian Sullivan TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Proposed legislation aims to compel the state Department of Health to develop a strategy to reduce the number of women who die from cervical cancer in Indiana. Rep. Sharon Negele, R-Attica, joined by co-author, Rep. Holli Sullivan, R-Evansville, said the proposal would require the health department to develop a […]

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Improving fresh food availability by stimulating business

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Forty-two ounce Styrofoam cups line the counter. As a child shakes a bag, candy dances in its bright red package. He is begging his mother for what “is only a dollar.” Chip bags of every color fill the white, rusty racks, selling for just over one dollar. But nowhere […]

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State: Anthrax discovery is not a public health threat

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A southern Indiana cattle farm is under quarantine after a bull died from anthrax. While not uncommon in western states, an anthrax diagnosis is unusual for Indiana. In an advisory to the agricultural industry, Indiana Board of Animal Health said its records do not show any reports of the disease […]

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Health leaders want to raise cigarette tax, smoking age

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A coalition of Indiana health and business professionals is asking lawmakers to raise the cigarette tax and the legal smoking age with the goal of improving the health of Hoosiers. “If Indiana was a patient, we would say that she in critical condition,” Anthem President Rob Hillman said. In […]

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Public health emergency declared in Allen County

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A public health emergency has been declared in Allen County, allowing the county health department to establish a syringe exchange program in an effort to stop the spread of hepatitis C. The increase in hepatitis C cases puts county residents at risk for other diseases spread through intravenous drug use, […]

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Lack of fresh food alarms legislator

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, is worried about the lack of availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in parts of Indiana. “People who live here and work here should be buying food from Indiana,” he said. “We want to make more fresh food available to people who don’t have the […]

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Attorneys, financial planners to offer advice at free event

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers can receive free financial and legal advice during an upcoming event hosted by the Secretary of State’s office. Financial planners, attorneys and medical clinicians will be on hand to provide guidance at Straight Answer Saturday. “Many citizens don’t know where to turn when it comes to important questions about […]

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Republican party declares pornography a public health crisis

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com  CLEVELAND — A new edition to the Republican party platform includes a declaration that viewing pornography is damaging to the viewer’s health. “The internet must not become a safe haven for predators,” the platform reads. “Pornography, with its harmful effects, especially on children, has become a public crisis that is destroying […]

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