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State urges Hoosiers to use safe practices when setting off fireworks

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— In advance of Fourth of July festivities, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is asking Hoosiers to use fireworks responsibly. “Having more knowledge on fireworks safety and taking smart precautions when handling fireworks can lead to safer celebrations,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson in a statement. “Fireworks make the […]

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ACLU files lawsuit over Facebook censorship on behalf of Beech Grove residents

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Two Beech Grove residents are suing the City of Beech Grove for removing residents’ posts from the city’s Facebook pages and blocking them from posting future comments. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed the lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of Kymberly Quick and Deborah Mays-Miller. Both Quick and Mays-Miller […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: New law aims to make volunteer firefighters more visible on the road

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s volunteer firefighters will soon be allowed to affix a blue LED light on their personal vehicles for use when responding to an emergency call. The General Assembly passed House Bill 1038 earlier this year. The law aims to clear up some confusion as to whether LEDs were a […]

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Contest urges young people to steer clear of distracted driving

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The winners of Indiana’s “Drive Now, TXT L8R” campaign social media contest were announced Tuesday. “Drive Now, TXT L8R” is a social media contest that was started in 2014 following a spike in accidents related to texting and driving. The goal is to raise awareness of all forms of […]

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Indiana receives 23rd consecutive Achievement Award

By Alaa Abdeldaiem TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – For the 23rd consecutive year, Indiana was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. State Auditor Suzanne Crouch made the announcement Monday that the state received the award for its 2015 comprehensive annual financial […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Process in place to help unclaimed veterans have a proper funeral

By: Jackson Hughes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­­— Fallen Hoosier heroes are now more likely to be properly laid to rest, even if they are unclaimed, thanks to a new law. The General Assembly passed Senate Bill 145 earlier this year and will take effect July 1. Sen. Jim Banks, R-Colombia City, co-authored the legislation and said the […]

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Todd Young accepts Baron Hill’s challenge to debate

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Republican U.S. Rep. Todd Young has said he will participate in two debates ahead of the November election for the open U.S. Senate seat. “We enthusiastically have accepted the debate commission’s invitation to do two debates,” Young said. “We think the commission does a great job and we’re going to […]

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Carson joins House sit-in, demanding vote on gun control measures

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. Rep. Andre Carson, D-Indiana, joined Democrats in Washington as they staged a sit-in to protest to push for movement on gun control. “My colleagues & I have had enough,” Carson posted on Twitter Wednesday. “We are sitting-in on the House Floor until we get a vote to address gun […]

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DeLaney to introduce gun control legislation

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Rep. Ed Delaney, D-Indianapolis, wants to propose gun control legislation during the next General Assembly. “Indiana has very, very limited laws on gun safety, and in the case of James Wesley Howell, we utterly, utterly failed to enforce our very weak laws,” DeLaney said during a press conference Tuesday. […]

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Japanese steel producer to open Shelbyville facility, create new jobs

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Japan’s largest steel producer will establish operations in Shelbyville with plans to create 70 new jobs by 2021. “Indiana is home to the largest Japanese investment per capita in the nation,” Gov. Mike Pence said in a statement, “and today I’m proud to welcome yet another Japan-based firm to the […]

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