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Commentary: King would have mourned Trayvon, preached compassion for shooter

By John Krull The Statehouse File ATLANTA, Ga. – Circumstance brought me to this city – a place where Martin Luther King Jr., his father and his grandfather all preached –  just days after Trayvon Martin was shot and killed while walking through a gated community in Florida wearing a hoodie. The shooter, volunteer neighborhood […]

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Public hearings to measure support for multi-class, high school basketball

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers will have a chance to express their views on the state’s multi-class basketball tournament – which is now 16 years old – during a series of 11 public hearings across the state in April and May. The public meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m at the […]

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Roundtable backs plan to boost college degree attainment

By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File The Indiana Education Roundtable on Wednesday endorsed a state higher education plan that aims to significantly boost the number of Hoosiers who receive degrees after high school. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education plan will push to increase the Hoosier population with a two-year or four-year college degree from […]

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Voters can submit questions for April 11 debate featuring Lugar and Mourdock

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers can now submit questions for an upcoming U.S. Senate debate between incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar and his GOP challenger, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock. Voters can go to the Indiana Debate Commission’s website – http://indianadebatecommission.com/submit-your-debate-question – or its Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/IndianaDebateCommission – to make suggestions. Hoosiers whose […]

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Amazon to create fulfillment center, add more than 1,000 jobs in Jeffersonville

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Amazon.com announced Tuesday that it will build a new fulfillment center in Jeffersonville and create as many as 1,050 jobs by 2015. Amazon – which recently struck a deal with Gov. Mitch Daniels to begin collecting sales taxes in 2014 on purchases from Hoosiers – said it […]

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Hoosiers aren’t keeping up with nation in population with college degrees

By Greg Margason The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The percentage of the nation’s population with a college degree is inching up but Indiana’s rate is stagnate and the state runs the risk of falling further behind without changes to its education system, according to a report issued Monday. Indiana is currently off track to meet […]

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Food stamp programs under fire nationally

By Pamela M. Prah Stateline.org The odds of winning one of Michigan’s high-stakes lottery games are 1 in 10,000, but the probability of two people hitting million-dollar jackpots and still be collecting food stamps has to be even more remote. That is exactly what happened in Michigan, stoking a nationwide debate over whether the program is […]

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Former New Mexico governor campaigning for president as Libertarian

Gary Johnson talks about his Libertarian presidential bid from The Statehouse File on Vimeo. By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File  FRANKLIN – Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson – a candidate for president – said his decision to leave the Republican Party and become a Libertarian has helped him embrace the best of both Democrat […]

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Daniels names Mark Massa to Indiana Supreme Court

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels has appointed his former chief counsel – Mark Massa – to serve on the Indiana Supreme Court and replace retiring Chief Justice Randall Shepard. Massa, 51, who clerked for Shepard and has served as a deputy state and federal prosecutor, will not serve as […]

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Watch for tax scams as April 17 deadline approaches

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – State officials warned Friday about scams related to tax preparation as the April 17 deadline for income tax returns approaches. “Unscrupulous tax preparers are promising large refunds and getting taxpayers to pay for the service upfront,” the Indiana Department of Revenue said in a statement. “By the time […]

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