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Indiana communities receive funding for blighted homes

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — 10 communities will receive additional funding to help eliminate blighted and abandoned homes. The awards total approximately $4.3 million in an effort to decrease foreclosures. Kokomo (Howard County) and Richmond (Wayne County) will get the highest awards – $1.8 and $1.3 million in funding, respectively. Areas of the state receiving […]

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Half a million in grants available for pre-K programs

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com      INDIANAPOLIS – More than $500,000 in grants will be provided to help support Indiana’s first publicly funded pre-kindergarten program, which the governor has dubbed On My Way Pre-K. Indiana’s Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning are partnering with Early Learning Indiana to provide the grants that are meant […]

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Essay contest honors historical female Hoosiers

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com      INDIANAPOLIS – Students in fifth through ninth grade have a chance to visit the Indiana Statehouse as a special guest of first lady Karen Pence through an essay writing challenge. The Hoosier Heroine Essay Contest asks students to write a political, cultural or personal essay based on a pivotal moment in […]

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Governor’s letter urges Congress to reform corporate tax code, repeal medical device tax

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — In a letter to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, Gov. Mike Pence encouraged both chambers to reform the corporate tax code and repeal the medical device tax entirely. In 2014, Pence signed legislation into law to reduce Indiana’s state corporate tax rate […]

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Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs names new state women’s veteran coordinator

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs has named Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Laura McKee as its new state women’s veteran coordinator. McKee is an Indiana University graduate who has served in the Air Force for 25 years. “We are very pleased to announce the selection of Laura McKee for this vital […]

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Soldiers and Sailors Monument to receive additional repairs

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Soldiers and Sailors Monument located in downtown Indianapolis will undergo further inspections and repairs throughout the coming months. Additional scaffolding will be installed beginning Monday as crews look to continue maintenance on one of the city’s most notable landmarks. In late October, workers placed scaffolding on the south and […]

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Indiana Hospital Association rolls out new hospital cost-comparison website

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com The Indiana Hospital Association has developed a new website that will help Hoosiers understand hospital billing. The website can be found at mycareinsight.org and compares the costs of different hospitals across the state side-by-side, and illustrates hospital charge data in a compiled list. “Our goal with careINsight was to create an easy-to-use […]

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Indiana gets federal money for composites programs

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana will receive up to $15 million in federal money as part of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation. Indiana is one of six states chosen to collaborate with the federal Department of Energy in a project to expand research, development, and job creation in composite material technology. […]

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10-digit dialing begins in Southern Indiana next month

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana residents and businesses in the southern third of the 812 area code are preparing for changes that will take place early February. Starting Feb. 7, any phone call made in the 812 area code must be dialed using the full 10-digit telephone number. Local calls with remain local […]

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Vectren to offer cash rebates for natural gas users

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana, based out of Evansville, will continue offering cash rebates to natural gas customers. The energy company will offer a new rebate in 2015 of $100 to put toward a programmable thermostat with Wi-Fi connectivity. Other rebates include $250 toward a natural gas furnace and $400 […]

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