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Hoosier serviceman killed in military plane crash

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers are mourning the death of Ryan Lohrey, an Indiana native Navy corpsman. Lohrey was one of 16 servicemen killed in a plane crash Monday. The tanker plane carrying the servicemen crashed in rural Mississippi. “Words cannot express the depth of sorrow I feel for his wife and two young […]

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Indiana blood supply remains low after holiday week

By Christian Sullivan TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana faces a critically low blood inventory due to a lack of donors during the week of the Fourth of July.  Less than a two-day supply is considered critical, and Indiana reached less than a half-day supply last week. Andrea Fagan, director of public relations and marketing for the […]

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Former Sen. Gard to chair alcohol revision commission

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Former Sen. Beverly Gard will chair the Alcohol Code Revision Commission, which has been tasked with updating the state’s alcohol laws, many of which have not been changed since the end of Prohibition.  “Bev Gard is a nationally respected former state legislator who brings a wealth of experience in public […]

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Attorney General advises to be on the lookout for IRS scams

Staff Report   TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers need to be on the lookout for potential scammers posing as the Internal Revenue Service. The Office of the Attorney General and the Consumer Protection Division said the office is still receiving complaints of IRS phone scams even after the conclusion of tax season. Potential scammers will pose as […]

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Hoosiers urged to exercise caution when using fireworks

By Eddie Drews TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Independence Day is traditionally one of the loudest holidays of the year across the nation but it can also be one of the most dangerous. “Hoosiers using fireworks this summer need to be both safe and legal when doing so,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson in a statement. […]

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Bus law serves Special Olympics athletes

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – For 47 years the Porter County Special Olympics team has utilized the Valparaiso Community School district’s buses to get to and from events. This year that almost changed because of a law many people were unaware of. Lorrie Woycik, a retired Special Olympics co-coordinator, followed her usual routine but […]

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Trump picks Indiana’s Jerome Adams for U.S. surgeon general

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams has been nominated by President Donald Trump to be the next United States surgeon general. “Dr. Jerome Adams is a dedicated champion for overall health and wellness and genuinely cares about citizens in every corner of our state,” Gov. Eric Holcomb said in […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Pawnshops allowed to accept additional firearms for loans

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 24th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS – For years gun owners could secure a loan at a pawnshop with a long gun, such as a rifle or shotgun, but handguns were a different […]

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Indianapolis establishes sister city relationship with Onitsha, Nigeria

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The city of Indianapolis has established a new sister city relationship with Onitsha, Nigeria. Mayor Joe Hogsett and the Office of International and Latino Affairs announced the agreement Thursday and will commemorate the relationship with a ceremony Friday. Onitsha is the state’s ninth sister city but the first on the […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: BMV will soon collect emergency contact data

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the eighth in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will be required to create and maintain an emergency contact database for Hoosiers, making it easier for law enforcement to […]

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