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Skillman seeks ‘stellar communities’ for grants

Kendra Rhonemus The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman is looking for “Stellar Communities” to boost development in smaller cities and towns around the state. The Stellar Communities program was created last year by Skillman to contribute money to the smaller cities and towns for projects. The cities and towns selected in 2012 […]

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New jobs coming to Tippecanoe County

Brandon Walker The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Aloca Inc., a producer of aluminum used in beverage cans, aircraft and window frames, announced Wednesday the company plans to expand its operations to Tippecanoe County, creating nearly 75 new jobs by 2013. Aloca was found more than 120 years ago. Currently the company employs nearly 61,000 people […]

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Company to open call center in Madison County

Brandon Walker The Statehouse File ANDERSON — Career Horizons Direct announced Wednesday it would open a new call center in Madison County and create 180 jobs by 2015. The company, which does business as TeleServices Direct, is a worldwide provider of inbound and outbound call center services. TeleServices has more than 1,200 employees globally, with […]

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IU researchers predict growth in state’s economy

By Zach Osowski The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – According to researchers at Indiana University, the recovery predicted by the school’s Leading Index of Indiana is starting to become a realization. The LII, which was designed by the Indiana Business Research Center, is geared to reflect and project the health of the economy of Indiana. Its […]

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Human trafficking bill moves closer to becoming law

By Zach Osowski The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Senate Bill 4, a bill enacting harsher penalties on human traffickers passed unanimously out of a House committee Friday. The bill has been fast tracked by legislators so it can reach Gov. Daniels’ desk before the week of the Super Bowl. “The issue of human trafficking is […]

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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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