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Commission recommends local vote on alcohol permits

By James Polston TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A commission reviewing the state’s alcohol laws recommended Friday that legislatures give communities a voice on how many alcohol permits would be allowed in some areas. The Alcohol Code Revision Commission voted on the final recommendations for lawmakers to consider in the 2019 legislative session after a two-year process […]

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DCS making connections with Instagram

By James Polston TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— While in times of trouble, the Indiana Department of Child Services has launched an Instagram account aiming to share the daily lives of agency employees, stakeholders and partners, as well as the children and families helped by the agency.  “DCS touches real families and real communities in every corner of our state,” Director Terry Stigdon said […]

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Lawmaker wants to block public dollars from schools with discriminatory policies

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana lawmaker is attempting to block state dollars from going toward any Indiana school with discriminatory policies after an Indianapolis Catholic high school suspended an employee for her same-sex marriage. Rep. Dan Forestal, D-Indianapolis, submitted language to the Indiana legislature’s drafting officials Wednesday in response to the recent […]

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Indiana loses another abortion case in federal court

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—A federal appellate court has struck down another Indiana law aimed at making it more difficult for women to get an abortion. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Wednesday that the Indiana law requiring women to get an ultrasound 18 hours before an abortion created an undue burden and […]

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Blindsided: American families face increasing odds against international adoption

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–After 11 months of paperwork and preparation, Natalie Young was ready to jumpstart her potential son’s adoption from Guatemala. All she needed was approval from his birth country. One day shy of getting the green light to move forward, Young and her family were blindsided. “I got the email Tuesday morning […]

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Federal judge strikes down Indiana’s latest abortion law

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—A federal judge Thursday issued an injunction barring Indiana from enforcing a law requiring doctors to report abortion complications to the state beginning July 1. U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled that the Indiana law, enacted in the 2018 legislative session, was too vague.  Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky sued in […]

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Lawmaker proposes using federal money to help DCS

By Brynna Sentel TheStateHouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—A state lawmaker is recommending that Indiana tap into a federal child care fund to help more than 500 foster care parents who are on a waiting list to receive assistance. The Child Care and Development Fund, a federal-state partnership to provide low-income families with child care help, has an extra […]

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Governor taps surplus to improve DCS

By Janet Williams and Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Eric Holcomb is tapping the state’s surplus to immediately implement some of the changes to the state’s Department of Child Services recommended by an outside assessment of the agency. The $25 million will go toward increasing the pay of employees of the troubled state agency as well […]

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Miss Heart of the Midwest shares personal story of child abuse

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–A childhood of sexual, physical and emotional abuse is the reason Miss Heart of the Midwest fights to end the pain other children suffer. Jessica Hopper spent her childhood either at her grandmother’s home or her parents’ home. For nine years, her grandmother’s boyfriend sexually abused Hopper. When she became aware […]

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Hoosiers commemorate 50th anniversary of King assassination, Kennedy speech

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—For U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights pioneer, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Indianapolis holds 50-year-old memories that have made it difficult for him to return to. Lewis was one of many at the park when Robert F. Kennedy shared the news that Dr. Martin Luther King […]

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