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Rising water costs tax Hoosiers

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Water prices are steadily rising for Hoosiers because of over usage and old infrastructure, which causes leaks, water conservation advocates said Wednesday. “The impact is so significant because water is a basic necessity of life,” said Kerwin Olsen, executive director of the Citizens Action Coalition. “We need to figure […]

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Governor, first lady get flu shot

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb rolled up his sleeve Tuesday to get his flu shots part of a gubernatorial tradition. “That wasn’t too bad,” Holcomb said after getting his shot. “Now let’s hope I don’t have to play basketball for a few days because my arm is for sure going to […]

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State partners with nonprofit to boost internet access in Indiana schools

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana is partnering with EducationSuperHighway, a nonprofit organization committed to removing roadblocks to internet access for schools, to give all Hoosier students high-speed internet in the classroom. Gov. Eric Holcomb, Dr. Jennifer McCormick, superintendent of public instruction, and Evan Marwell, CEO of EducationSuperHighway, gathered at Blue and Gold Academy […]

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Free help for filling out federal student aid paperwork

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Students can now apply for federal student aid, and the Student Financial Aid Association will be available to help with the process on College Goal Sunday. Financial aid professionals will offer free FAFSA filing assistance at 2 p.m. on Nov. 5 at 39 locations throughout the state starting. Volunteers will […]

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Indiana WIC launches mobile app to help clients

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A new app has been launched for the Indiana Women, Infants and Children program that will make it easier for clients to access nutritious food and other health benefits. “We are excited to see that WIC clients within our seven-county pilot downloaded the app more than 1,000 times in the […]

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Lack of reliable internet leaves rural Hoosiers in the dark

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In southeastern Indiana in the middle of miles of cornfields is a long stretch of road that is home to students, laborers and farmers, but lacks one necessity of the 21st century – access to efficient internet service. “It’s very frustrating not having the internet because it limits what […]

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Neighbors may be alerted before CAFO expansion

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — If a mega farm wants to build or expand in the future, it may soon have to first alert neighbors. “I believe the neighbors and businesses nearby should have a say about the CAFOs,” Sen. Susan Glick, R-LaGrange, said at Thursday’s Agriculture and Natural Recourses Interim Study Committee meeting. […]

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Airbnb proposal on hold

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Proposed legislation to control how local communities can regulate Airbnbs was put on hold Wednesday by the Interim Study Committee on Commerce and Economic Development. “The primary objective of this is a person’s homestead deserves protection and that person’s property rights deserve protection,” said Sen. Mark Messmer, R-Jasper. It […]

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Limited budgets force parks to survive on user fees

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – At least once a week Daniel May, a pastor at Church on the Rock in Dillsboro, sits under a park shelter prepping passages for his sermon or hiking one of the many trails at Versailles State Park. “My wife and I go to a state park every week,” said […]

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Hosts, neighbors share tales about the impact of Airbnbs

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — After raising four kids in Oregon, Jenine Saxton and her husband moved to Richmond and were lonely without having friends in the area. “I began to dread being alone in an empty house,” Saxton said. “But as Indiana is the crossroads of America, we hoped if we opened an […]

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