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Ryan White’s school remembers his legacy on 30th anniversary

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com ARCADIA, Ind. — With security and the press surrounding him, Ryan White walked through the halls of Hamilton Heights High School for his first day of school there 30 years ago, feeling loved, welcomed and a sense of normality for the first time in years. “I’m just one of the kids, […]

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‘No correlation’ between early voting and voter turnout, secretary of state says

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — As far as Secretary of State Connie Lawson is concerned, the candidates and the issues, not necessarily the number of early polling sites, drive voter turnout. Rather, she said to a group of lawmakers Wednesday at the Interim Study Committee on Elections, early voting benefits people who vote in […]

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Alternative to formal guardianships proposed

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Advocates for the developmentally disabled want lawmakers to consider legislation creating an alternative to formal guardianships that would make it easier for the disabled to make their own decisions and function independently. An interim study committee chaired by Sen. Rodric Bray, R-Martinsville, discussed the relatively new supported decision making […]

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Agriculture experts educate lawmakers

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Rebecca Schroeder made a two-and-a-half-hour trip to the Statehouse from her northeast Indiana home so her daughter can have a career in Indiana agriculture. “I want there to be opportunities for her in the future in Indiana so she doesn’t have to go to another state to follow her […]

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Indiana implements new opioid prescription monitoring program to reduce addiction

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Spending summers poolside with his family at his Brownsburg home, and hanging out with friends on the weekends were some of Brandon George’s favorite activities growing up. But quickly, the carefree weekends came with consequences — consequences that could have cost him his life. George began drinking and using […]

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Indiana and Chinese province celebrate 30-year partnership

By Eddie Drews TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — As Indiana and the Chinese province of Zhejiang approach the 30th anniversary of their partnership, Gov. Eric Holcomb renewed the agreement with Zhejiang Party Secretary Che Jun, who traveled from China to mark the occasion. “They chose our state because of our great business climate, our balanced budgets, our […]

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Type 2 diabetes on the rise, solutions are elusive

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly a decade ago, Indiana State Rep. Vanessa Summers walked into her doctor’s office for a regular check up. She left as a newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetic.     “I didn’t get scared until I was there for three hours,” said the Indianapolis Democrat. “He was trying to […]

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Small business owners say alcohol law reforms needed

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Many small business owners who sell alcohol say they struggle to interpret and operate under Indiana’s current alcohol laws. Doug Pendleton, who owns the Grapevine Cottage in Fishers and Zionsville, operates a gourmet food and wine shop. He said that he faces opposition from package liquor store owners who […]

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Keep gun license laws, police groups tell lawmakers

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana law enforcement officials are standing against a proposed measure that would eliminate the current handgun licensing process for Hoosier gun owners. Representatives from the Indiana State Police, the Indiana State Police Alliance and district departments asked lawmakers Tuesday to consider keeping the law in place at the first […]

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Sanders rallies for jobs, condemns violence at Indy event

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Rain could not stop thousands of Hoosiers from kicking off their week with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, on Monument Circle. The former presidential candidate launched his multi-state “Pickup Tour” in Indianapolis Monday afternoon with a focus on jobs and the economy. Sanders is hosting the tour in conjunction […]

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