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Indiana School for the Blind leaves its mark on the state, nation

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This story is a part of series tracking how money and resources in the state’s $32.3 billion two-year budget and other programs are spent. INDIANAPOLIS – High school senior Jadyn Rudd was born legally blind and was in second grade before her family learned she is deaf in her right […]

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Rising insulin prices force diabetic Hoosiers to make tough choices

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – For six years, Erin Roberts worked two jobs in order to afford the life-saving medication her son depended on for survival. “It was really hard,” she said. “I feel like I missed a lot of family life because I was working as a registered nurse, and so I would […]

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Indiana colleges hold line on tuition increase

Deonta Larkins TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s Commission for Higher Education has recommended that the state’s public universities and limit tuition increases to no more than 1.4 percent over next two years. Under state statute, the commission has the responsibility of recommending non-binding tuition and mandatory fee targets every two years for each of Indiana’s public […]

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Do Indiana laws criminalize HIV-positive Hoosiers?

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Travis Spoor sits in the Kosciusko County Jail, accused, again, of failing to tell his sexual partner that he is HIV-positive. The 37-year-old is facing malicious mischief charges in three counties for leaving his partners exposed to the disease without their knowledge. He faces up to two and a […]

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Train service to Chicago is growing

Deonta Larkins TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers traveling to Chicago by train will have more and faster service as ridership and revenues continue to grow. Amtrak and the Indiana Department of Transportation announced a new schedule for service between Indianapolis and Chicago. The new schedule for the Hoosier State, which operates four days weekly, is also […]

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Indiana is number one in Midwest for business

By Deonta Larkins TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana is ranked first in the Midwest for business the second year in a row by Chief Executive magazine. The magazine’s “Best & Worst States for Business” ranking is based on surveys of more than 500 CEOs and Indiana is ranked fifth in the nation according to Chief Executive. […]

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New funding to inspire local producers through Indiana Grown

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This story is the first in a series tracking how money in the state’s $32.3 billion two-year budget is spent.  INDIANAPOLIS — When his father began to suffer from serious medical problems later in life, Mark Boyer knew that something had to give.  “He had a heart attack, open-heart surgery, […]

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State Supreme Court celebrates career of retiring colleague

By Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — After 26 years of service on the state’s highest court, Robert Rucker officially retires as a Supreme Court justice later this week. The state Supreme Court chamber was filled with laughter as friends and colleagues shared stories about Rucker. They held a retirement ceremony Monday to celebrate his service […]

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How a recent Indiana Supreme Court ruling strengthens gun shop protections

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When walking into Beech Grove Firearms on the city’s southeast side, barrels stand ready, pointing through the glass cases. The guns, attached to wood pegs so they lay upright and have handwritten price tags hanging off, are both powerful and somehow homey in numbers. The shop is standard, with […]

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Hoosiers fear what changes to healthcare might bring

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — In the hours leading up to the vote in Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Hoosiers were feeling unsure of what’s to come. Thursday, before Congress voted for the repeal of ACA, a handful of Hoosiers gathered at the Indiana Democratic Party headquarters to urge Indiana’s […]

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