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Indiana School for the Blind leaves its mark on the state, nation

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This story is a part of series tracking how money and resources in the state’s $32.3 billion two-year budget and other programs are spent. INDIANAPOLIS – High school senior Jadyn Rudd was born legally blind and was in second grade before her family learned she is deaf in her right […]

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Nominate a hard working senior citizen for the Golden Hoosier Award

By Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Golden Hoosier Award, one of the highest honors given to Indiana senior citizens. The annual award began in 2008 and honors Indiana senior citizens who are the unsung heroes of their community. “What an honor it is to recognize senior Hoosiers […]

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Daughter’s death by suicide spurs mother to action

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lana Swoape, a single mom of three kids, was perhaps closest to her middle child, her daughter, Tori. Tori was a fair-skinned, biracial girl with light eyes and light hair — light enough to turn blonde in the summer. She had a bubbly personality and found something in common […]

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Parkway renamed to honor Mel Simon

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Mel Simon did much to promote the development of Indianapolis, and today Indianapolis found a way to give back to him and his family. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Simon served in the U.S. Army, which led him to being stationed at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis in 1953. After leaving the military, […]

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Your old suit could inspire a woman’s life

By Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers, legislative staff and state employees are donating gently used business suits to help women become successful in work and life.   “This is a perfect place to collect suits because people here at Statehouse absolutely look professional in their work,” Secretary of State Connie Lawson said. During the […]

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Want to throw a chair at IU’s Assembly Hall? Try this game

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— No Indiana University basketball coach has ever recreated coach Bobby Knight’s infamous act of throwing a chair across Assembly Hall. But thanks to one Indiana University senior, lawmakers got that opportunity Tuesday at the Statehouse. Katherine Onofrey created a virtual reality (VR) program that puts players at center court in […]

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Hoosier Holocaust survivor honored with Sachem Award

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Seventy-three years ago, Eva Mozes Kor watched as her family was ripped apart at the gates of a concentration camp, never to be seen again. Just days before, Kor was packed into a cattle car with hundreds of other Jews, including her parents and three sisters. Her family traveled […]

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Artwork created by Hoosier women is showcased at the Statehouse

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A painting that shows a family relaxing in their backyard garden decorating a wall of Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch’s office was among the winners of last year’s Hoosier Women Artists contest. But they forgot to tell one of the winners. “I hadn’t heard from them and I knew it […]

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Eiteljorg’s new exhibit features man’s best friend

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Eiteljorg Museum’s new exhibit has something to offer for dog lovers and people of all ages. “Dogs: Faithful and True” features different paintings, photographs, and other various artworks and artifacts that explore the role of dogs and their connection with humans. The exhibit opened March 4, and is already […]

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Lawmakers to show off hidden talents at Hoosier Idol

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — State legislators are dusting off their dance shoes and warming up their vocal chords in preparation for the fifteenth consecutive Hoosier Idol. Hoosier Idol brings the state’s legislators together and the proceeds benefit Mental Health America of Indiana. An event in the fall also helps fund the organization. The […]

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