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Mental health funding decreases in many states

Indiana has made small funding cut By John Gramlich Stateline.org staff writer South Carolina has slashed general fund appropriations for mental health programs by 39 percent over the last three years. During the same span, North Dakota increased its appropriations by 48 percent. Indiana mental health funding FY 2009: $249.9 million FY 2012: $245.6 million […]

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John Gregg to start campaign tour Saturday

INDIANAPOLIS — Democrat John Gregg will launch what he’s calling the official kickoff of his 2012 campaign for governor with an event Saturday in his hometown of Sandborn. Gregg, a former speaker of the Indiana House, confirmed in August that he would seek the Democratic nomination for governor. But his announcement said that this weekend’s […]

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IU opens new Indiana maps to public

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana University is now making historic maps of more than 300 locations in the state available to the public. The Sandborn Company created the maps starting in 1867 for assessing fire insurance liability for buildings in U.S. cities. IU officials say they are “considered a treasure trove of […]

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Firearms season starts for deer Saturday

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Firearms season for white-tailed deer in Indiana opens Saturday and the Department of Natural Resources predicts another year of near-record harvest numbers. Deer biologist Chad Stewart said conditions for the 2011 season are shaping up similarly to the 2010 season. “I’d hate to predict a record, but we […]

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Daniels adds state park founder to portrait gallery

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels has added a portrait of Col. Richard Lieber, founder of Indiana’s state parks, to the Hoosier Heritage Gallery hung on the south wall of his office. Born in Düsseldorf, Germany in 1869, Lieber moved to Indianapolis in 1891. He was a reporter for the Indiana […]

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Governor to have knee surgery

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mitch Daniels will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday to repair a torn meniscus. Indianapolis surgeon Sandy Kunkel, who performed the governor’s rotator cuff surgery earlier this year, will handle Friday’s operation as well. “Forty years of running has finally caused some wear and tear,” […]

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Hancock County workers to pay higher income taxes

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Hancock County income tax rate will go up to 1.65 percent on Tuesday under action taken by county officials. The current rate is 1.55 percent. The increase means a worker with taxable income of $50,000 will pay $50 more annually. The county’s rate is the only one […]

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License branches will open longer for Election Day

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Bureau of Motor Vehicles will extend hours for state license branches on Nov. 7 and Nov. 8 to issue state identity cards and driver’s licenses to those who may need them to vote on Election Day. Full service license branches will be open from 8:30 a.m. to […]

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Three state parks to close for goose hunts

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Ouabache, Shakamak, and Whitewater Memorial state parks will be closed Nov. 28-29 for controlled Canada goose hunts that are meant to control their populations. Officials a the Department of Natural Resources say large amounts of goose waste at park beaches, picnic areas and in bank-fishing locations have raised […]

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Most state parks to close for deer reductions

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Twenty-one state parks in Indiana will close temporarily in the coming weeks for two rounds of hunts that are meant to control the population of deer. The first reduction is Nov. 14-15, with a second round Nov. 28-29. The participating parks will close to the general public the […]

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