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Two Indiana environmental groups merge

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — The Hoosier Environmental Council  and the Legal Environmental Aid Foundation announced Monday that the two not-for-profits have merged and will continue operations as the Hoosier Environmental Council. The merged group will focus on “advocating for priorities that advance Indiana’s environment and business climate such as clean energy, 21st […]

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INDOT employee killed in crash after helping motorist

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — An employee of the Indiana Department of Transportation died Thursday in a crash on Interstate 65 after he stopped to help a motorist. Greg Lawdermilt of the agency’s Seymour District had gone back to his car after helping a motorist in Jackson County when a semi tractor-trailer hit […]

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Local income tax rates change in five counties

Income tax rates changed Thursday for residents or workers in five Indiana counties under action taken by local officials. Tax rates increased for residents of Jasper, Martin and Tipton counties. In Martin County, the non-resident rate has also increased. The income tax rate for residents of Carroll County has decreased, while in Hendricks County, the […]

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State seeks trails users for advisory board

INDIANAPOLIS – The state is looking for bicyclists, canoeists and other recreational trail users to serve on the state’s Trails Advisory Board. The 14-member board advises Department of Natural Resources Director Robert Carter Jr. on trails-related issues. Federal officials also require that the state has a Trails Advisory Board to receive funding from the Recreational […]

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Daniels selected for GOP governors’ post

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Daniels selected for GOP governors’ post

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will serve as chairman of the Republican Governors Public Policy Committee during the last year of his term leading Indiana. The Republican Governors Association – which aims to elect GOP state leaders and is now meeting Orlando – announced its new office holders Wednesday for the 2011-2012 election cycle. […]

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DNR seeks workers for state parks

INDIANAPOLIS – The state continues to seek workers for a new state parks program that offers housing and a stipend to those who participate. The Department of Natural Resources’ Division of State Parks & Reservoirs has received federal grant funding for the program, which is called the Indiana Heritage Corps. The DNR wants to find […]

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Conference at ISU to focus on agri-business issues

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The 2011 Indiana Rural Summit – scheduled for Dec. 1-2 in Terre Haute – will focus on entrepreneurism and agriculture-related development. The two-day event, presented by the Indiana Rural Roundtable, will take place at Indiana State University and bring together rural leaders and citizens to “develop creative ways […]

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2012 annual entrance permits for state parks and reservoirs now available

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Annual state park permits for 2012 are now available for purchase online. The permits – which allow entrance to any Indiana State Park – are $36 for state residents. They are available at www.InnsGifts.com. The Golden Hoosier Permit is available for $18 at the same website to those […]

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State OKs new shovel-ready sites

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The state has designated 13 more economic sites across the state as “shovel ready,” which means businesses should be able locate in the areas quickly. The sites are located in Dubois, Fulton, Gibson, Greene, Johnson, Monroe, Shelby, Steuben, Vanderburgh, Wabash, Wayne, White and Whitley counties and join 80 […]

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House Democrats offer legislative agenda that includes preschool

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana General Assembly would fully-fund all-day kindergarten, cap school class sizes through sixth grade and create a preschool voucher program under a legislative plan unveiled Monday by House Democrats. Minority Leader Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, said the plan – which also includes tax credit and loan […]

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