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Indiana blood supply remains low after holiday week

By Christian Sullivan TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana faces a critically low blood inventory due to a lack of donors during the week of the Fourth of July.  Less than a two-day supply is considered critical, and Indiana reached less than a half-day supply last week. Andrea Fagan, director of public relations and marketing for the […]

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Former Sen. Gard to chair alcohol revision commission

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Former Sen. Beverly Gard will chair the Alcohol Code Revision Commission, which has been tasked with updating the state’s alcohol laws, many of which have not been changed since the end of Prohibition.  “Bev Gard is a nationally respected former state legislator who brings a wealth of experience in public […]

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Thirteen-day bike ride continues cycle of support for law enforcement

By Eddie Drews TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —Dan Dudley is setting out on his bicycle to take a 1,000-mile journey to honor his brother. Every summer, dozens of police officers and law enforcement family members and friends ride around the perimeter of Indiana to raise funds and awareness of the sacrifices made by Hoosier law enforcement families. […]

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Attorney General advises to be on the lookout for IRS scams

Staff Report   TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers need to be on the lookout for potential scammers posing as the Internal Revenue Service. The Office of the Attorney General and the Consumer Protection Division said the office is still receiving complaints of IRS phone scams even after the conclusion of tax season. Potential scammers will pose as […]

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Rules for notary public changing

By Deonta Larkins TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s notary laws are being brought into the 21st century, in line with the rest of the nation. The law signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb will take effect July 1, 2018 and will have an impact on the more than 90,000 notary publics statewide. Notary publics are authorized by the […]

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Top Republican Kenley to retire from Senate

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­­ — One of the most powerful leaders in the Indiana Statehouse is retiring after 25 years of public office. Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, will be step down from his seat on Sept. 30. “It’s been my privilege to serve the people of Senate District 20 at the Statehouse for the […]

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State expands treatment options in fight against drug epidemic

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com GREENWOOD, Ind. – Soon Hoosiers struggling with drug addiction will have more access to treatment. The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration is adding five opioid treatment centers, making a total of 19 in the state. These treatment centers will offer medication assisted treatment or “MAT,” which includes medication and counseling […]

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Hoosiers urged to exercise caution when using fireworks

By Eddie Drews TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Independence Day is traditionally one of the loudest holidays of the year across the nation but it can also be one of the most dangerous. “Hoosiers using fireworks this summer need to be both safe and legal when doing so,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson in a statement. […]

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Bus law serves Special Olympics athletes

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – For 47 years the Porter County Special Olympics team has utilized the Valparaiso Community School district’s buses to get to and from events. This year that almost changed because of a law many people were unaware of. Lorrie Woycik, a retired Special Olympics co-coordinator, followed her usual routine but […]

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Protecting pets this Fourth of July

By Eddie Drews TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Remi, a 7-year-old West Highland Terrier Poodle mix, is one of many dogs that will not enjoy the Fourth of July. “Remi has seen fireworks,” said Jessi Dickerson, Remi’s owner, “and it was not a pleasant experience for him.” Dickerson, a Greenwood resident, said Remi has incredibly high anxiety […]

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