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Top Republican Kenley to retire from Senate

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­­ — One of the most powerful leaders in the Indiana Statehouse is retiring after 25 years of public office. Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, will be step down from his seat on Sept. 30. “It’s been my privilege to serve the people of Senate District 20 at the Statehouse for the […]

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Hoosiers remember ‘The King’ on 40th anniversary of final performance

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Forty years ago, one 16-year-old girl stood among 18,000 other people in the presence of Elvis Presley at Market Square Arena – a day she remembers as one of the best days of her life. Just feet away from the King of Rock ‘N’ Roll, Jeanne Drews of Indianapolis […]

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Hoosier author explores presidential campaign cycles in Indiana

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Many probably don’t remember the presidential campaigns of southern segregationist, George Wallace. Fewer will remember that he drew numerous votes and support in his campaigns through Indiana in 1964, 1968 and 1972. “Campaign Crossroads: Presidential Politics in Indiana from Lincoln to Obama” by Andrew Stoner delves into the influences […]

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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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