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House to focus on domestic violence issues, charity in 2015 session

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The legislature will take a look at laws about domestic violence and funding dedicated to help victims as part of an effort by the Indiana House to raise awareness about the problem. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, announced Tuesday that the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence will be the […]

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Indiana among 18 states that pay for gambling addiction treatment

By Michael Ollove Stateline.org Michael Rosen, an admitted gambling addict, is well-acquainted with the danger of proximity to temptation. Twice during substantial periods of abstinence, he found himself – by chance, he insists – staying in hotels with casinos. And both times, he didn’t remain in his room. “I couldn’t resist,” he said. Now 71 […]

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Committee recommends land-based casinos, live dealers at horse tracks

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Riverboat gambling operations would be allowed to rebuild on land and horse track casinos could use live dealers for table games under a recommendation approved Thursday by a legislative study committee. But the proposal – approved unanimously – would not allow horse track casinos in Anderson and Shelbyville to […]

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Land-based casinos, live dealers among changes study committee likely to recommend

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Live dealers in race-track casinos. Riverboat gambling operations rebuilt on land. And more assistance for a resort in French Lick. Those are among the ideas that a panel of lawmakers appears increasingly likely to recommend to try to prop up a gambling industry rocked by competition from Ohio and […]

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It’s official: Court orders marriage licenses issued to gay couples

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – County clerks across Indiana can begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples under a mandate the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued Tuesday morning. The move comes one day after the U.S. Supreme Court opted not to consider requests from Indiana and four other states to uphold their laws banning […]

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Video & story: Gay marriage now legal in Indiana, high court opts not to review lower court decision

Gay marriage now legal in Indiana from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Hannah Troyer & Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gay marriage is now legal in Indiana. The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from Indiana and four other states, a move that leaves in place lower court rulings that legalize same-sex unions. Those rulings […]

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Gun permit system to go online – only

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers seeking a gun permit will no longer be able to apply using paper after a new electronic system goes online Oct. 1. The system – available at the Indiana State Police website at in.gov/isp – will also give those with existing gun permits new options for renewals and […]

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State to spend $1.3 million on campaign to reduce infant mortality

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state will spend $1.3 million on a public awareness campaign aimed at reducing Indiana’s rate of infant deaths, which is among the highest in the nation. A combination of television, radio, online, transit and other ads will launch next month with messages meant to encourage breastfeeding and prenatal […]

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Indiana appeals marriage ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state has asked the United State Supreme Court to declare its ban on gay marriage constitutional. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed an appeal with the nation’s highest court on Tuesday. He’s asking the justices to overturn last week’s 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, which declared Indiana’s […]

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7th Circuit declares Indiana, Wisconsin gay marriage bans unconstitutional

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has declared the Indiana and Wisconsin bans on gay marriage unconstitutional with a blistering ruling that wholly rejects arguments that heterosexual marriage best protects children. But the court did not order the states to begin issuing marriage licenses or to recognize couples who have already been […]

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