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Slight rise in 2016 Indiana high school graduation rates

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana high school graduation rates are up less than 1 percent point in 2016 compared to 2015, according to data released by the Indiana Department of Education Thursday. The department reported a high school graduation rate of 89.07 percent in 2016. In 2015, the state saw a high school graduation […]

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“Indianans” no more: federal government to call us “Hoosiers”

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —The name Hoosiers is officially on the books in the new federal government style guide. “I’m pleased the federal government has granted our request and will now call us what we call ourselves: Hoosiers,” Democrat Sen. Joe Donnelly said. “This is a welcome and long overdue change.” This comes after Donnelly […]

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Holcomb’s Hanover roots celebrated by college’s choir at his inauguration

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Hanover College Choir sang their support for fellow Hanover Panther, Gov. Eric Holcomb, during his inauguration Monday. The choir performed the “Star-Spangled Banner” at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum at the Indiana State Fairgrounds before the swearing-in ceremony for the state’s 51st governor.  Privately before the event, the choir […]

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Pence departs for Washington

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Vice President-elect Mike Pence bade his final farewell to the Hoosier state and departed for the nation’s capital Monday afternoon, just an hour after attending Gov. Eric Holcomb’s inauguration ceremony. Joined by his wife Karen, his daughter Charlotte, and his furry friends — a bunny named Marlon Bundo and […]

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INDOT to track Santa’s arrival to Indiana

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —Santa Claus is coming to town and the Indiana Department of Transportation will track his journey across the Hoosier state on Dec. 24. Santa and his reindeer friends are expected to enter the state around 6 p.m. Friday. He will spend a half hour in each of INDOT’s six regional districts […]

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Pence serves homeless hot meals

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — As he served trays filled with hot food and brightly decorated Christmas cookies Wednesday, Gov. Mike Pence chatted with homeless men during lunch at Wheeler Mission. “I see you on TV quite a bit,” a man said as he received his lunch from the vice president-elect. “Sorry about that,” […]

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More failing schools with accountability formula change

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — After changing the method for calculating school accountability grades, Indiana has more failing schools and fewer schools with A’s. The Indiana Department of Education Tuesday released A-F accountability grades for 2016. Failing schools increased by 3.5 percentage points. Schools earning an A dropped by 31.8 percentage points. Members of […]

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State: Anthrax discovery is not a public health threat

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A southern Indiana cattle farm is under quarantine after a bull died from anthrax. While not uncommon in western states, an anthrax diagnosis is unusual for Indiana. In an advisory to the agricultural industry, Indiana Board of Animal Health said its records do not show any reports of the disease […]

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Record voter turnout in 2016

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Of Indiana’s 4.8 million registered voters, 58 percent cast a ballot in the November general election. According to a report from the Secretary of State’s office, that makes 2016 a record setting year with 2,807,676 Hoosiers casting a ballot, more than in 2008 and 2012. The report, however, said this […]

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Former Daniels chief to serve same role for Holcomb

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb added Earl Goode to his future administration Monday. Goode, who is currently the co-chair of Holcomb’s transition team, will serve as his chief of staff come Jan. 9. Goode served as Mitch Daniels’ chief of staff for over six years. He was also president for several GTE Telephone […]

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