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ISTEP+ scores improve slightly over last year, up 8 points in three years

By Suzannah Couch The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana students fared slightly better this year on Indiana’s ISTEP+ standardized tests while overall scores have improved significantly in the past three years, the Department of Education reported Tuesday. About 71 percent of students passed both the English language arts and math sections of the test this […]

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Heat in cars can kill children quickly

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Heat in cars can kill children quickly

High Temperatures Mean Danger for Kids in Cars from The Statehouse File on Vimeo.   By Tim Grimes The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – How long does it take for a car to be hot enough to kill a child? Half a day? An hour? How about ten minutes? Jan Null is a meteorologist and a […]

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Dates set for Supreme Court interviews

By Olivia Ober The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission released interview times Friday for candidates applying to be the state’s next Supreme Court justice. The 22 candidates to be Indiana’s 108th justice will interview over a two-day period. All interviews are open to the public. The applicants are looking to fill […]

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Teachers union wants education funds restored

By Suzannah Couch and Olivia Ober The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Though Indiana’s fiscal year closing with a $2 billion reserve means $100 refunds for taxpayers, some educators say the surplus should be used to fund programs and budgets that were cut. The Indiana State Teachers Association would prefer to see the money go toward […]

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15 lawmakers’ voting records match Chamber’s positions

By Suzannah Couch The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Scores given by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce show that one out of every 10 state lawmakers earned a perfect score this year when it comes to votes on issues the business lobbying group considered important. Fifteen Indiana lawmakers scored 100 percent on votes for measures that […]

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State budget officials pin illegal immigration costs at $130 million

By Tim Grimes The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Illegal immigrants cost Indiana about $130 million a year, the state’s budget officials estimated in a new report. The report came from a unique feature of the 2011 immigration law, which now is being challenged in court. In addition to imposing stricter immigration procedures, the law also […]

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Surplus means refunds for Hoosier taxpayers

By Olivia Ober The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana taxpayers will get an automatic refund worth at least $100 after the state closed the 2012 fiscal year with more than $2 billion in the bank, Gov. Mitch Daniels announced Tuesday. These reserves total more than 14 percent of what the state spends in a year. […]

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New fines for denying public access

By Monica Harvey The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Government officials who intentionally violate public access laws now face fines of $100 for the first offense and $500 after that under a new Indiana law that took effect July 1. The law, approved by state lawmakers during their 2012 legislative session, was an effort to create […]

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Changes free up money for roads

By Suzannah Couch The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana transportation officials said they are pleased Indiana will get extra flexibility to spend nearly $1 billion per year in federal transportation funding, and won’t be penalized for leasing a toll highway, under a measure that Congress approved last week. The legislation authorizes $120 billion in spending […]

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Some Indiana cities cancel fireworks displays

By Tim Grimes The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The worst drought in Indiana since 1988 has prompted 85 counties to issue burn bans – and several Hoosier cities to cancel their fireworks displays. The restrictions on fireworks range from a strong encouragement that residents go to professional shows instead of lighting off their own to […]

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