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Want to fly after 2020? Get a new secure ID

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — If you’re planning to fly in the U.S. after 2020, you might need to upgrade your driver’s license. Earlier this year, the federal government mandated that as of October 2020, people will be required to have secure identification, called Real ID, to board commercial airplanes, travel on Amtrak trains and enter […]

Commentary: Those we carry with us

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Commentary: Those we carry with us

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  THE KNOBS, Indiana – Memories and stories buzz around my head like flies. I stand in a cemetery tucked back in the hills between Salem and Scottsburg. The gravestones, a dozen rows deep, stretch the length of a football field. Many tilt with age. Some are more than 200 years old. […]

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New database to track hate based-incidents and crimes

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A project has been launched to create a database to track hate crimes and hate-based incidents across Indiana. The Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate announced the new Tracking Hate Database on Thursday morning at the inaugural Indiana Response to Hate Conference. The event, attended by around 200 people, focused on combatting and addressing […]

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State Fair officials hope for big turnout on final weekend

By Christian Sullivan  TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – With dry weather and some sunny skies expected for the weekend, officials are hoping for a big turnout in this final weekend of the Indiana State Fair. As another state fair wraps up, good weather and relatively mild temperatures are what separates this year’s event from the 2016 fair. […]

Commentary: Round and round, down and down, Trump goes

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Commentary: Round and round, down and down, Trump goes

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – It’s like watching a spinning top wobble on the edge of a table. The question isn’t whether it will fall, but how far, in what direction and how much damage will be done when it does. President Donald Trump’s response to the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, demonstrate that […]

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Study committee is revisiting Indiana’s civil forfeiture laws

By Cameron Mattern TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana Senate committee is taking up the issue of when and how the government can seize an individual’s property under state forfeiture laws. Dozens packed into the Senate Finance Committee room at the Statehouse Wednesday to hear testimony about the state’s forfeiture laws, which allow the seizure of […]

Racism has only one side — hate

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Racism has only one side — hate

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com Nothing says “hate crime” like the chilling events of last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. Why else would a self-described white supremacist turn his vehicle into a deadly weapon and slam into a crowd of people protesting Nazis, the Klan and the other hate-mongers who congregated in that bucolic college town? One […]

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Small school districts put students at a disadvantage, study says

By Cameron Mattern TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Students living in small Indiana school districts may be receiving fewer opportunities to succeed than those in larger school districts. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research released findings of a study showing that the size of a school corporation has […]

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Donnelly discusses 2018 Farm Bill with Hoosier farmers

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — For small farmers like Jeff Hawkins, the current farm bill pending before Congress is designed to help larger farms and offers little to smaller farms like his own. Hawkins, a fifth generation farmer from North Manchester in Wabash County, operates a 99-acre farm that belonged to his grandparents. He raises cattle, […]

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State funding training for high-growth jobs

By Cameron Mattern TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — The state is looking for ways to re-train Hoosiers to fill high-demand, high-wage jobs with two new programs. “The state of Indiana needs to make sure we are doing all we can to bridge the gap,” Gov. Eric Holcomb said. The governor, along with the newly-appointed Secretary for Career […]

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