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House Democrats still fighting for LGBT rights this session

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­ – House Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, hasn’t given up on up on adding LGBT rights to Indiana legislation this year. “You do not want to be caught up on the wrong side of this debate in the coming years,” said Pelath Monday during House session. “You will regret […]

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INDOT selecting contracting team to widen I-65 in Lake County

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Four contracting teams are competing for a construction project to widen three lanes in each direction of Interstate 65 in Lake County. The Indiana Department of Transportation said the plan is to improve as much of I-65 as the $70 million budget allows. The project will include where I-65 currently […]

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2016 ISTEP technical issues being addressed

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Recent tests of the system that gives the ISTEP exam uncovered some technical issues. The Indiana Department of Education said readiness tests were performed to determine if the vendor, school computers, and the network is able to handle the strain of thousands of students logging onto take ISTEP. The department […]

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Eric Holcomb drops out of the race for U.S. Senate

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Former Indiana Republican Party chairman Eric Holcomb is dropping out of the race for the U.S. Senate. “Today I withdrew my name as a candidate for the United States Senate as Janet and I believe we have been called to serve our beloved state in a different capacity,” said Holcomb […]

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Indiana Historical Society offers ancestry research workshops

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­­ – The Indiana Historical Society is offering two workshops in February that will help people discover their family lineage. “If you do your family history and family research, you start realizing that you and your ancestors have been apart of history, and it makes it more personal, and it brings […]

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Indiana organization honored for rapid response after disasters

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Homeland Security will be honored with an award for its ability to quickly inspect buildings after a disaster. “The [Indiana Building Emergency Assessment and Monitoring Team’s] ability to rapidly respond and assess building safety is crucial to our state’s response to a disaster,” said Gov. Mike […]

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Flags at half-staff in honor of former Gov. Edgar Whitcomb’s passing

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Flags are flying at half-staff in honor of former Gov. Edgar Whitcomb’s passing. Gov. Mike Pence ordered the flags should be flown at half-staff for seven days from his death Thursday. “Gov. Ed Whitcomb was a great man whose life of courage, service and adventure inspired generations of Hoosiers and […]

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DraftKings, FanDuel legislation heads to the House

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS­ – Fantasy sports games participants are one step closer to consumer protection. Senate Bill 339, a bill that would provide basic consumer protection and transparency to Hoosiers who take part in fantasy sports games, such as DraftKings and FanDuel, passed the Senate. “Daily fantasy sports are becoming increasingly popular across […]

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World-traveling Hoosiers warned about the Zika virus

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Health officials are asking Hoosiers, especially pregnant women, to be careful when traveling to countries where the Zika virus has been detected. The Zika virus is primarily spread through mosquito bites, though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there have been isolated cases of spread through sexual contact […]

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State Board of Education approves 2015 school accountability grades

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Board of Education approved the 2014-15 school accountability grades Wednesday. From 2014 to 2015, schools receiving A’s remained unchanged at 46 percent, B’s went down 33 percent to 32 percent, C’s unchanged at 19 percent, D’s dropped from 3 percent to 2 percent, and F’s unchanged at […]

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