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Commentary: Federal crop insurance helps many farm families

By Jill Long Thompson The Statehouse File Here in Indiana and across the country, farmers are facing the worst drought conditions in more than half a century. Following several years of strong commodity prices and good yields, many of us were pretty optimistic at the beginning of the crop season. We are once again reminded […]

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John Gregg proposes pre-K pilot program

By Tim Grimes The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Democrat John Gregg announced Wednesday that if he is elected governor, he would launch a pilot program to get kids into schools at a younger age. “These kids are like sponges at three, four and five,” said Gregg while standing outside of Deming Elementary School in Terre […]

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Mourdock airs ad that Democrats say has misleading claims

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Richard Mourdock on Wednesday launched his first general election television commercial, an attack on the federal health care law and his Democratic opponent Joe Donnelly’s vote for it. “The Supreme Court made one thing clear,” Mourdock says in the ad. “ObamaCare will raise our taxes.” Mourdock […]

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More Hoosier counties, farmers qualify for drought disaster assistance

By Lauren Casey The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Federal officials have declared additional counties in Indiana as disaster areas due to drought, which means more Hoosier farmers can now qualify for emergency assistance. Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, the state’s secretary of agriculture, announced that 14 additional counties in Indiana have been declared primary natural disaster […]

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Indy will go for 2nd Super Bowl after first game has reported $176 million impact

By Kendra Rhonemus The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – City and state officials announced Wednesday that Super Bowl XLVI had a $176 million economic impact on Central Indiana and that they will join forces to bid for the championship game again in 2018. “We’ve known since the game on Feb. 5 – when the Super Bowl […]

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Unusual ads seek to associate Pence with Hoosier values

By Olivia Ober The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence is airing ads meant to introduce Hoosier voters to his values, but they don’t include the promises, proposals or personal details characteristic of most campaign commercials. Instead, the ads are essentially feel-good stories – one about the teamwork that emerged after floods […]

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Judge: State must pay IBM for equipment, other costs for welfare eligibility system

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A Marion County judge ordered the state Wednesday to pay $52 million plus interest and fees to IBM, the spurned partner in its controversial welfare modernization program. The total includes $40 million that Superior Judge David Dreyer had previously ordered plus a new $12 million judgment that […]

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Video & story: State police crack down on cigarette littering

State police crackdown on littering to prevent fires from The Statehouse File on Vimeo. By Monica Harvey The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – State police are cracking down on people who do not properly dispose of their cigarettes or other lit tobacco products as part of an effort to prevent fires during the state’s drought. Chief […]

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State drowning deaths are on pace for higher number

By Tim Grimes The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – At least 35 Hoosiers have drowned this year in Indiana’s lakes, pools, ponds and rivers. The number appears to be on pace to beat the 46 open-water drowning deaths that Indiana conservation officers investigated in 2011. But Lt. Bill Browne, head of the Department of Natural Resources […]

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Commentary: Women have come far in politics but still have ways to go

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman recalled a time just after she had been elected to the Indiana Senate. She represented a Senate district in Southern Indiana. At some town hall meetings and other gatherings in the district, she found herself joined on stage by five other state senators […]

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