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Universities, lawmakers act to control college costs

By Ellie Price and Jacie Shoaf The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana colleges are working to meet lawmakers’ calls to reduce the cost of tuition and shorten the time required to receive a degree. One school has reduced its fees for students, two are encouraging students to take summer classes and others are considering ways […]

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Video: One-on-One with Rep. Cindy Noe talking about her alcohol bill

Rep. Cindy Noe, R-Indianapolis, is sponsoring legislation that would change Indiana’s alcohol laws by allowing Sunday sales in liquor stores and groceries and let groceries, convenience stores and drug stores sell Indiana-brewed beer. Here’s what she said when The Statehouse File went One-on-One with her Thursday: 1-on-1: Rep. Noe talks about her Sunday alcohol sales […]

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Chief justice delivers final, emotional address

By Sandie Love The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Chief Justice Randall Shepard gave his final State of the Judiciary speech Wednesday, highlighting the court’s most recent achievements and recognizing colleagues that brought him near tears. The beginning of Shepard’s speech refers to the courts of Indiana as once being like a “collection of Lone Rangers” […]

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Oklahoma workers speak out against RTW in their state

By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Two Oklahoma workers spoke to labor supporters at the Statehouse Tuesday about the negative effects of right to work, as part of an AFL-CIO press conference. Indiana AFL-CIO President Nancy Guyott introduced the speakers as “the people who actually live and work under the conditions that were […]

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Bill would give parents more authority to make school a charter

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Parents could vote to convert traditional schools to charters under a bill an Indiana House committee passed Wednesday. But several lawmakers said they might not vote for House Bill 1219 when it moves to the House floor unless the bill is amended. The bill would convert schools […]

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Experts disagree about whether Indiana’s primary will matter

By Megan Banta and Krista Chittum The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS—Given Mitt Romney’s wins in the Republican New Hampshire primary and Iowa caucus, political experts are split about whether Hoosier voters will matter when Indiana’s primary rolls around on May 8. Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, said it’s likely that […]

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Video: Rep. Sheila Klinker’s shoes help define her style

Rep. Sheila Klinker, D-Lafayette, is not only known at the Indiana General Assembly for her unwavering dedication to Purdue University and her Tippecanoe County district but also for her a fascinating collection of shoes. Here’s Rep. Klinker talking about her shoes and why she has so many.   Indiana Rep. Sheila Klinker: on her shoe […]

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Democrats say Daniels’ speech fell short

By Brandon Walker The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Democrats said they were disappointed Tuesday after hearing Gov. Mitch Daniels’ final State of the State Address. House Minority Leader Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, said all of Daniels’ speeches have been the same, but he always falls short and that he was disappointed by this year’s effort. […]

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Commentary: Daniels, protestors won’t go quietly

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Mitch Daniels won’t go out quietly. That became clear at his eighth and last State of the State address Tuesday night. An hour before the speech began, the Indiana State Police opened the doors to the Statehouse and right-to-work protestors started filing in. They kept coming all […]

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State of the State: Daniels uses final address to make case for RTW

By Megan Banta The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — In his final State of the State Address, Gov. Mitch Daniels laid out his case for why right to work would be good for Indiana even though it is such a divisive issue. “Because economic opportunity, and building America’s best home for jobs, is the central goal […]

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