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Daughter’s death by suicide spurs mother to action

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lana Swoape, a single mom of three kids, was perhaps closest to her middle child, her daughter, Tori. Tori was a fair-skinned, biracial girl with light eyes and light hair — light enough to turn blonde in the summer. She had a bubbly personality and found something in common […]

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A closeted childhood: The long-lasting impact of Riley’s Child Protection Program on one child abuse victim

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An emaciated 2-year-old looks at the camera with fear in eyes wet with tears. Ribs show. A notecard with her name, Brandi Zachary, written in pencil covers her naked body. “That was me,” Brandi said. The photo was taken on May 4, 1995, when Brandi showed up to Riley […]

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Education chief will be appointed, not elected in eight years

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A decades-long debate over how the state’s top education official should be picked came to an end Thursday. Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill into law which would remove the state superintendent of public instruction post from Indiana ballots. Beginning in 2025, the governor will select a secretary of […]

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Parkway renamed to honor Mel Simon

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Mel Simon did much to promote the development of Indianapolis, and today Indianapolis found a way to give back to him and his family. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Simon served in the U.S. Army, which led him to being stationed at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis in 1953. After leaving the military, […]

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New syringe exchange law causes hope and concern in Scott County

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  AUSTIN, Indiana — While walking down the streets of Austin, the sounds of dogs barking and sight of the trash in the ditches distract from the smaller, less noticeable objects lying on the ground: syringes. The bright orange caps are the only thing that help the needles stand out in the […]

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Governor signs budget, big road funding initiative into law

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric Holcomb gave his final approval of the state’s $32.3 billion two-year budget and road funding plans Thursday. “Both these bills are going to transform our state from where we gather today, from this very moment in the people’s house, to where we want to be five, 10, […]

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Staff now allowed to carry guns inside the Statehouse

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — General Assembly staff can now pack heat inside and around the Statehouse. Senate Bill 43 immediately went into effect after Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the bill into law Wednesday. The bill, authored by Sen. Jim Tomes, R-Wadesville, allows the employees to carry guns inside the Statehouse if they have […]

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Pharmacies that supply execution drugs will be kept secret

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Buried in the state’s massive 168-page budget bill is a provision that keeps secret the names of the pharmaceutical companies that would supply the drugs in Indiana’s lethal injection executions. Gov. Eric Holcomb is expected to sign the state’s $32 billion biennial budget this week with the provision on […]

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Holcomb plans to sign law banning “ban the box” legislation

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Even as Gov. Eric Holcomb is banning the box for applicants for employment with the executive branch, he said he plans to sign into law legislation that stops local municipalities from taking similar action. Banning the box refers to laws that bar employers from asking potential employees about past […]

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Holcomb weighs controversial cold beer, abortion, solar bills

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb got almost everything he wanted from the 2017 legislation session but now he’s faced with the decision on whether to sign the two most controversial bills of the session. Holcomb held a news conference Tuesday to talk about his legislative successes, including doubling the money for […]

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