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Indianapolis establishes sister city relationship with Onitsha, Nigeria

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The city of Indianapolis has established a new sister city relationship with Onitsha, Nigeria. Mayor Joe Hogsett and the Office of International and Latino Affairs announced the agreement Thursday and will commemorate the relationship with a ceremony Friday. Onitsha is the state’s ninth sister city but the first on the […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: BMV will soon collect emergency contact data

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the eighth in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will be required to create and maintain an emergency contact database for Hoosiers, making it easier for law enforcement to […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Secrets of the legislature may be revealed in oral history project

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — If you wonder what happens behind the scenes as your state lawmaker is working on the budget, you just might get the chance to hear the […]

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Planned Parenthood files suit against new abortion legislation

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky filed a lawsuit Thursday against new legislation that would change the process of a minor getting an abortion. Senate Enrolled Act 404, which was signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb last month, would require that before a minor can have an abortion […]

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Students urged to bike to school

By Deonta Larkins TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier schools and parents are encouraged to help students walk or bike to school next Wednesday on National Bike to School Day. “When students incorporate physical activity into their commute to school, they arrive ready to learn,” Allan Henderson, program manager of the Health by Design’s Safe Routes to […]

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Indy kicks off 500 festivities with mascot race

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – To start the greatest month in the city of Indianapolis, kids and adults gathered on Monument Circle to begin the countdown to the greatest spectacle in racing. “This has become, over the last few years, the official kick off for the month of May,” Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug […]

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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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Four TheStatehouseFile.com reporters win award

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Four student journalists for TheStatehouseFile.com claimed a third-place award at the 38th annual Society of Professional Journalists “Best of Indiana” gala. TheStatehouseFile.com – a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students – won the honor in the “Coverage of Government or Politics” category. Franklin College students Shelby Mullis, Adrianna […]

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Airbnb-style rentals safe from state control, for now

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would have prohibited local municipalities from banning Airbnb style-rentals died in the final hours of the legislative session. House Bill 1133, which ultimately failed to garner enough support from legislators in both the Senate and House, would have allowed state government to prohibit local municipalities from […]

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Cannabidiol bill heads to the governor

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would make Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, oil legal passed the Indiana House unanimously Friday. House Bill 1148, authored by Rep. William Friend, R-Macy, would grant immunity to individuals who use CBD oil to treat specific forms of epilepsy that don’t respond to traditional treatment. The […]

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