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Survey searches for government inefficiency

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State officials are working to identify burdensome or obsolete state reporting requirements to help improve the efficiency of local governments. “While many of these processes improve accountability and transparency at the local level, other requirements could be in desperate need of revision or outright repeal,” Rep. Doug Gutwein, R-Francesville, said […]

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Students pay the price for ISTEP calculator mix-up

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Sarah Jansen isn’t a fan of math and the thought of having to retake part of the math ISTEP in early December for a reason that isn’t her fault frustrates her. “I worked hard to prepare for the test. How was I supposed to know I wasn’t allowed to […]

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Families of fallen officers could continue to receive health insurance

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — While serving as a conservation officer for 30 years, Sen. Michael Crider saw friends die in the line of duty and immediately wondered what would happen to their families. “Early in my career, a DNR officer died in a plane crash at 27,” Crider said to the Interim Study […]

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Hoosiers argue cold beer sales could harm minors

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Just days before he was supposed to move to Oklahoma for college, Brett Finbloom went to his buddy’s house for a goodbye party, but he didn’t return home. “Your son’s heart has stopped and the paramedics are working on him,” police said to Finbloom’s father, Norm Finbloom, on the […]

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Want to help Harvey and Irma victims? Donate blood

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Blood collection agencies across Indiana are calling on Hoosiers to donate blood to assist those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. “We are encouraging eligible donors in parts of the country unaffected by the storm to give blood or platelets to ensure that there is sufficient blood supply,” said […]

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3.8 million Hoosiers affected by Equifax breach

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Following a recent data breach, all Hoosiers are advised to check their credit score to ensure their personal information is safe. Equifax, a company that checks credit reports and scores, released Thursday that a data breach occurred between mid-May and July, causing 143 million Americans to have their information […]

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Indiana shelters help Texas animals after Hurricane Harvey

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When Deb Gizynski saw images of the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey, she and her team immediately jumped into action. Bella’s House, a small animal rescue in Griffith that Gizynski founded, sent four volunteers to Texas. Equipped with leashes, blankets and food, the volunteers worked tirelessly for five days […]

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Car Free Day inspires eco-friendly transportation

By Makenna Mays TheStateHouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Every day is Car Free Day for Michael Gatto, who rides his bike to work and runs at least five times a week. “Exercise and the environment, those are the main ones,” he said when explaining the reasons why he avoids using a car. More Hoosiers will be joining […]

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Free admission to Indiana museums Sept. 23

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANPOLIS – On Saturday, Sept. 23 Hoosiers can visit more than a dozen Indiana museums for free. Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by “Smithsonian” magazine encouraging the exploration of museums and celebrating the Smithsonian Institution. The participating museums will allow free entry to anyone with a ticket downloaded from […]

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Ukraine native to serve as newest senator

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — When Victoria Spartz took the stage at a caucus to determine who would fill Sen. Luke Kenley’s seat, her accent was strong, but her passion for American politics was stronger. “I’ll tell you a story about my accent,” Spartz, a Ukraine native, said to start her introduction to […]

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