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Push to increase access to healthy food with business incentive

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Days after Double 8 Foods closed on the north side of Indianapolis in July 2015, Maxine Thomas wanted to help her neighbors access the food they needed. “It was devastating because this was a store you thought would always be there, first and foremost” Thomas said. “For them to […]

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Vaping bill under review after court ruling

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana lawmakers are putting a bill on hold after courts ruled part of current vaping law unconstitutional. The latest version of Senate Bill 1 would remove the strict security restrictions that essentially created a monopoly. Only one security firm, Lafayette-based Mulhaupt’s, could met the requirements. SB 1 also would […]

Video: Legislation would increase access to healthy food

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Sales tax proposed for out-of-state merchants

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Out-of-state retailers who do business in Indiana will be required to collect a tax from their customers making online purchases from them. Senate Bill 545 passed the Senate by a 42-1 vote, with only Sen. Jim Buck, R-Kokomo, dissenting. Specifically, the bill requires retail merchants outside of Indiana to […]

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Rexnord petition asks governor to help save jobs

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Rexnord employees met at the Statehouse Thursday to turn in a petition to Gov. Eric Holcomb in hopes of trying to keep jobs in the city. Employee Gary Canter has worked with Rexnord for about eight years and hopes the petition will change his life. “This is my second […]

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Mother who lost daughter supports youth suicide training in schools

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —  On a rainy night in May 2012, Lana Swoape came home to find her daughter’s body. Just two weeks shy of her 16th birthday, Swoape’s daughter Tori had used a scarf to hang herself using her bedroom doorknob. “I blame myself. I was with her every day,” she said. […]

Commentary: In the land of America’s heart

Commentary: In the land of America’s heart

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com Through the magic of social media, I got connected to an old friend from my high school days this week. She is a middle school English teacher in Jasper, Indiana and has been living there for nearly 30 years. Jasper is a small town not far from Vincennes, another small town […]

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Hill announces support for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill announced his support for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch Thursday. Hill is one of 20 state attorneys to sign the letter of support. Each of those attorney generals are Republicans. “Judge Gorsuch is an outstanding jurist with a proven commitment to upholding the U.S. […]

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Tesla bill moves forward after compromise

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers reached a compromise that will keep Tesla Motors in the Indiana auto industry. The legislation in its original form would have prevented auto manufacturers from selling directly to the public. Tesla owners came out in full force to testify against the legislation, because Tesla Motors sells its electric […]