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Old phones help survivors of domestic abuse

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Outdated and unused cellphones are giving hope to survivors of domestic violence. From now until the end of the month, first lady Karen Pence is hosting her third annual HopeLine from Verizon phone drive. HopeLine provides new phones equipped with 3,000 minutes to survivors so they can stay in touch with family, […]

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Ten-digit dialing starts soon for the 317 area code

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — In less than two weeks, anyone with a 317 telephone area code will have to use 10 numbers when dialing. Beginning Oct. 15, calls placed with seven numbers will not be completed. A recording will ask the caller to try again with the 317 area code. This change is needed […]

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Underused cellphone towers to help expand broadband

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The state plans to lease cellphone towers to help increase access to broadband in rural areas and fund bicentennial projects. According to the agreement, Ohio-based Agile Networks will pay an upfront fee of $50 million. The state then gets a share of the revenue generated, an anticipated $36 million for […]

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Candidates for governor discuss pre-K, infrastructure

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — All three candidates for governor met Tuesday to discuss issues facing Indiana, including expanding pre-K, improving the state’s infrastructure and the effect of civic leadership. The Indiana University Public Policy Institute hosted the gubernatorial forum after gathering data about what Hoosiers want from the next governor. The data, complied […]

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Digital analytics show Pence dominating the online political conversation

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com CLEVELAND — In an online political shift, Gov. Mike Pence has been leading the digital discussion since the big announcement that he’d be Donald Trump’s running mate. “The conversation went from around Donald Trump—which is what we had seen from over a year—to Gov. Pence,” Michael Venet, an account executive for a […]

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Criminals use ransomware to target Hoosiers

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Cybercriminals are using a growing form of hacking to target Hoosiers and gain control of their computers and information. Just recently a not-for-profit healthcare facility fell victim to a ransomware attack, forcing it to transfer patients to a different hospital and reroute emergency responders to another facility. Ransomware attacks usually […]

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Taking flight: Indiana’s role in the future of space exploration

By Ian Mullen TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana is a quiet contributor to the aerospace industry, but as the landscape becomes worldwide, the state has a choice to make. “What people don’t realize is how much of the space program actually does come from Indiana,” said Dan Dumbacher, professor of practice at Purdue University’s School of […]

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Robotics kits offered to elementary schools to encourage STEM education

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A first of its kind robotics program will give elementary school students in Indiana a hands-on education. The new program will give schools across the state the opportunity to receive free robotics kits. Fourth and fifth grade students will then be able to learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics […]

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Pence executive order creates Executive Council on Cybersecurity

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence issued an executive order Wednesday to create the Indiana Executive Council on Cybersecurity to prevent, respond to and recover from all types of cyber security issues, including attacks. The Indiana Executive Council on Cybersecurity will be made up of 23 members from various public and private organizations […]

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Political campaigns warned about the use of robocalls

By Gary Qi TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — As the primary election approaches, Indiana General Attorney Greg Zoeller is warning politicians to follow the state telephone privacy laws. Zoeller sent reminder letters directly to the state chairmen of three parties to help Hoosiers avoid prerecorded, auto-dialing calls. The law restricts the use of technology that automatically dials […]

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