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Out of Office: The family’s bees-ness

Out of Office is an occasional series about the people and place of Indiana. By Victoria Ratliff   TheStatehouseFile.com MARTINSVILLE, Ind.— Tracy Hunter’s life in beekeeping took root more than a century ago when his maternal grandfather, Gilbert Perigo, was given a beehive as a high school graduation present from his parents. By 1910, Perigo […]

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Humanitarian Dr. George Rapp receives 2019 Sachem Award

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Dr. George Rapp, an orthopedic surgeon and humanitarian, is this year’s recipient of the Sachem Award, the state’s highest honor. Gov. Eric Holcomb will present Rapp with the award at a ceremony Tuesday. First Lady Janet Holcomb announced Rapp’s honor Thursday evening at the Hoosier Art Salon’s 95thAnnual Exhibition preview event […]

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Immigrants celebrate Independence Day as new citizens

By Victoria Ratliff TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—To shield his then 8-year-old son from war, Baitullah Khoram moved his family to the United States in 2014 after working for the U.S. Air Force in Afghanistan. Wednesday, the 39-year-old father and his wife, Zubaida, each gripped an American flag that is now their flag as they and 96 other immigrants […]

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Eiteljorg showcases Native American culture at annual festival

By Victoria Ratliff TheStateouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—DG House spent the early years of her career as a photographer for the New York Rangers hockey team and doing more mainstream artwork. In 1995, she decided to be more involved with her culture as a member of the Cherokee of Northeast Alabama tribe. She began photographing, painting, and capturing […]

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Four Indiana Students Receive Governor’s STEM Team Honors

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Annie Ostojic already has an impressive resume: Named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Energy list, The Best Schools 50 Smartest Teens list, and holds patents for creating a microwave that saved energy and for creating a battery charger that takes indoor light and recycles it. All at the age of […]

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Hundreds gather at Statehouse to remember former Sen. Birch Bayh

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers said goodbye Wednesday to a senator, but also a father. Hundreds packed the Indiana Statehouse to say farewell to former U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh, who died March 14 at age 91. His son Evan Bayh, who served as Indiana’s governor before following his father’s footsteps to the Senate, […]

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Holcomb, Hogsett, friends celebrate Richard Lugar’s life

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —Huddled under a few tents outside on a rainy afternoon, public officials, friends, family and former staffers gathered to celebrate the life of Richard Lugar as a leader on the world stage who never forgot his Hoosier roots. Gov. Eric Holcomb, one of the politicians who paid tribute Lugar Monday, […]

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GOP lawmakers want to make it tougher to change gender on driver’s license

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the vote count on the amendment. It is 9-4, not 5-4. By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — One day after a Republican lawmaker withdrew an amendment to change gender identification rules for Indiana motorists, a colleague succeeded in passing a separate proposal that accomplishes a similar […]

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Newly designed exhibit celebrates 30th anniversary of the Eiteljorg

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — “I often ask if Mr. Eiteljorg would be happy, and I think he would.”  John Vanausdall has been president of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art for nearly 23 years, and on the museum’s 30th anniversary, he couldn’t help but think how the founder, Harrison Eiteljorg, […]

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Legislators feed the state

By Andrew Longstreth TheStateHouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— Members of the Indiana House of Representative helped to feed hungry Hoosiers on Wednesday, filling backpacks with donated snacks and other food items that will be distributed to children in need. Wednesday’s effort was part of a partnership that state representatives formed in January with the Salvation Army, starting a […]

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