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Student journalist protections advance in the Senate

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would protect student journalists’ freedom of speech and press rights is on its way to the Senate floor with a few key changes. The bill’s author, Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, said House Bill 1130 would not allow schools or school corporations to suppress school sponsored […]

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Rally to encourage lawmakers to improve access to healthy food

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­ — Advocates held a rally Tuesday to push lawmakers to consider legislation that would improve access to healthy food. The Indiana Healthy Food Access Coalition supports Senate Bill 277, which would provide grants for businesses that want to offer fresh foods in the areas that desperately need them. Retailers could […]

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Synthetic urine could soon be illegal

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Synthetic urine is causing problems for companies trying to drug testing employees. “We definitely see a lot of people using these products on a day to day basis,” Tiffany Ellefson, ‎vice president at Midwest Toxicology Services, said. The Midwest Toxicology Service, an organization based in Indianapolis, helps companies manage […]

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STEM students will compete for statewide honors

By Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A new competition is seeking the top four high school students in science, technology, engineering and math in Indiana. Gov. Eric Holcomb and Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick announced the competition to recognize the top STEM students who go above and beyond in demonstrating innovation and entrepreneurship. […]

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Eiteljorg’s new exhibit features man’s best friend

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Eiteljorg Museum’s new exhibit has something to offer for dog lovers and people of all ages. “Dogs: Faithful and True” features different paintings, photographs, and other various artworks and artifacts that explore the role of dogs and their connection with humans. The exhibit opened March 4, and is already […]

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FAFSA college financial aid deadline extended to April 15

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana is extending the Free Application for Federal Student Aid deadline for college students to April 15 because of issues with one of the application’s tools. The extension comes after recent issues with a federal data retrieval tool that complicated the process for students and families attempting to submit […]

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IDs for veterans’ surviving spouses would make it easier to provide benefits

By Deonta Larkins TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation to make it easier to identify the spouses of deceased veterans passed out of a House committee Wednesday by a unanimous vote. Sen. Michael Crider, R- Greenfield, said that Senate Bill 382 would allow a surviving spouse of a veteran to request veteran status on his or her […]

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Mother battling cervical cancer asks lawmakers for help

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — At the young age of 27, Erica Frazier’s life was changed forever. That is when she found out she had cervical cancer — a painful experience no woman ever wants to go through. “I have a 7-year-old son at home and I’ve had cancer more than half of his […]

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Bill would send adoption notice to grandparents

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Some Indiana grandparents could soon receive notification of a child’s adoption if one lawmaker’s bill continues to make strides. The idea for House Bill 1245 came to Rep. Mike Karickhoff, R-Kokomo, after what he calls a tragic case. “There was a positive relationship between grandparents and the parent remarried […]

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Legislators, state employees donate blood

By Deonta Larkins TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The regional chapter of the American Red Cross set up operations at the Statehouse Wednesday to collect blood donations from Indiana lawmakers, state employees and other volunteers. The blood drive drew a steady stream of donors, including Sen. Phil Boots, R-Crawfordsville. When asked how many times he has donated, […]

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