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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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Statehouse 101: New lawmakers learn the basics at orientation

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — With a little over a month before the General Assembly is in session, the freshmen are in town for orientation. “There’s a tremendous amount of information today and tomorrow that we’re receiving,” said Ryan Hatfield, a Democrat who will represent Evansville in 2017. The two-day new legislator orientation Tuesday […]

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Protecting Indiana’s power grid from cyber threats

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — As the threat of cyberattacks grow, state officials and researchers are working to keep Indiana’s power grid safe. They’re focused, in particular, on microgrids — smaller versions of larger electric grids that serve small geographic areas such a college campus or downtown area. Duke Energy, the Indiana Office of Utility […]

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Pence to remain governor as he transitions to VP

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Vice president-elect Mike Pence said he will not resign as governor of Indiana as he takes on additional roles within the new presidential administration. Pence is working with Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb to create a smooth transition of power. He joined Holcomb Monday at the Statehouse for a cabinet meeting […]

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Governor-elect Holcomb builds his administration

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Holcomb administration is now hiring. Next Level Indiana Inc., the non-profit transition board for Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb, launched a website Friday to accept resumes. NextLevelIndiana.com will also share information related to the transition and activities related to the inauguration. “We encourage any and all aspiring public servants who […]

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Drop in telemarketer complaints after raid

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Reports to the attorney general’s office about the IRS imposter scam have dropped since a raid last month. The office received nearly 500 complaints in September, but that decreased to 67 in October after police in India broke up the telemarketing ring. In early October, Indian police arrested 70 people […]

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Seat open after state senator wins congressional race

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, has resigned from his seat in the Indiana General Assembly after being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Banks, who will represent the 3rd District, submitted his letter of resignation Wednesday to allow his replacement to be selected before the start of the 2017 […]

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Indiana students vote Clinton, Young in statewide mock election

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Normally teachers spend time trying to break students’ habits, but Indiana teachers are trying to create a new one with the help of the Indiana Kids’ Election program. Indiana Kids’ Election is designed to get students in grades K-12 in the habit of voting at a young age to […]

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