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IU Public Policy Institute receives major grant

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana University Foundation announced a $6.6 million grant Friday from the Lilly Endowment to support the Indiana University Public Policy Institute. The institute’s director John Krauss said the grant will be used for a fundraising campaign to sustain the institute in the future. “This latest example […]

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Delph: IHSAA agrees to reconsider class basketball

By Krista Chittum The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, announced Wednesday that he is removing language regarding class basketball from Senate Bill 236 because the Indiana High School Athletic Association has agreed to reconsider the issue. The IHSAA will also hold public hearings across the state. Originally, Delph’s bill would have restored […]

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Fish population improving after White River fish kill

By Lauren Casey The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The White River’s fish population showed great improvements during a fall 2011 survey conducted by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Biologists collected the most species since the fish kill of 1999, evidence that the river is on the mend. They also noted an increase in wildlife […]

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More about the ‘duel’ Daniels mentioned in his speech

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels mentioned in his State of the State speech Tuesday that two legislators, a Democrat and a Republican, had gone to Kentucky to “fight a duel” in 1861. Since the speech, Daniels has received emails and calls from people who wondered about the outcome and […]

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Lawmaker proposes to let students say Lord’s Prayer; ACLU says it would be unconstitutional

By Jacie Shoaf The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A state senator has proposed a measure that would allow public schools to have their children say the Lord’s Prayer every day. Under a bill authored by Sen. Jim Tomes, R-Wadesville, public school corporations and charter schools could opt to have students recite the prayer at the […]

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House committee passes nepotism bill

INDIANAPOLIS — A legislative committee passed a bill Tuesday that addresses issues related to nepotism and conflict of interest in local government. House Bill 1005, authored by Rep. Kevin Mahan, R-Hartford City, prevents public officials from hiring their relatives. The bill also prohibits a person from both being an employee of a unit and serving […]

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Purdue to move to three-semester schedule

By Jacie Shoaf The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Purdue University plans to create a new trimester schedule that is meant to help students graduate earlier. Purdue officials will detail the new schedule in a press conference Wednesday. They said the change will allow students to graduate with a four-year degree in three years, while also […]

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See a weird tree? The state wants the photo.

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See a weird tree? The state wants the photo.

  By Kendra Rhonemus The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — The Department of Natural Resources is looking for the weirdest trees in Indiana, but they need your help. The DNR Forestry division is now accepting submissions for its 2012 issue of “Invasion of the Weird Trees,” an online publication updated every four years identifying the strangest […]

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State revenue exceeds expectations

By Megan Banta The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana’s total revenue for December 2011 was $1.12 billion – about $12 million more than projected during a revenue forecast last month, according to a report released Thursday. That figure is $53 million above the collections for the same period last fiscal year. Sales tax collections increased, totaling $529 […]

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Machining company to add more than 100 jobs in Whitley County

By Sandie Love The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Impact CNC announced Wednesday that it will establish a facility at Gateway Park in Columbia City, creating up to 106 new jobs for the city by 2014. Impact CNC, a new production machining company, plans to invest $12.9 million to purchase and equip a 30,000-square-foot facility, which […]

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