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Former Notre Dame president dies at age 97

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, the 15th president of the University of Notre Dame, passed away in South Bend on Thursday night at the age of 97. Hesburgh holds the title of Indiana’s longest serving university president, having led Notre Dame for 35 years. Hesburgh guided the university from 1952 to […]

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State tax revenue fails to meet January projections

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana tax revenue in January fell significantly below projections – surpassing anticipated amounts in only two major categories. The state took in $1.36 billion in general fund revenue during January. That’s $63.5 million less than estimates predicted but $32.5 million more than January 2014, a month in which snow and […]

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Bill to require civics test for high school students passes committee

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier students could be required to pass a national civics test in order to graduate high school if a bill that passed the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday becomes law. Senate Bill 269, authored by Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, requires students to take the same test administrated to immigrants […]

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State launches foreign-language website for economic development

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state has launched a multi-language website aimed at enticing international businesses to consider Indiana for investment and job creation. InvestIndiana.com is “a conversation starter,” said Indiana Commerce Secretary Victor Smith. “Indiana and international businesses both speak the same language, and that’s a language of growth and opportunity,” Smith said […]

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Indiana receives $21.5 million from court settlement

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana will receive $21.5 million after reaching a settlement stemming from the 2008 recession. The settlement involves Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC, a credit rating agency that is the recipient of a number of state and federal complaints concerning dishonesty to its investors. The complaints manifested into lawsuits […]

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Unemployment rate increases slightly in December

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Unemployment rate increases slightly in December

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s unemployment rate saw a slight increase in the month of December – the first time in two months the number has fluctuated. During October and November, the state’s unemployment rate held steady at 5.7 percent, but an influx of private sector job seekers bumped the percentage to 5.8, […]

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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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