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Special Olympics bus bill passes Senate

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate Thursday passed House Bill 1507 that will allow Special Olympics organizations to use school buses for transportation to their events. The bill was introduced because the Porter County Special Olympics program was using the Valparaiso School District buses to transport children. However, an insurance company determined that […]

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Attempts to amend school chief bill fail

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Two Democrats tried to alter a bill that would make the Superintendent of Public Instruction an appointed position but both amendments failed in the House Thursday. House Bill 1005, authored by House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, would eliminate the position the position of the Superintendent of Public Instruction in […]

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House Republican road funding plan heads to the Senate

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House passed the Republicans’ $1.2 billion road funding plan Thursday with no support from Democrats. House Bill 1002, which passed by a 61-36 vote, calls for Hoosiers to pay an additional 10 cents per gallon in gas taxes,  $15 more to register vehicles and a new $150 […]

Commentary: Gov. Holcomb, always trust the dogs

Commentary: Gov. Holcomb, always trust the dogs

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com I live in a household that supported John Gregg for governor last fall. That is except for our soon to be famous dog, Birdie. As far as I know, Birdie and Gov. Eric Holcomb never met. But the Holcomb campaign went after the canine demographic with their “Hounds for Holcomb” outreach. […]

Immigrant rights advocates march from Garfield Park to Statehouse

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Adrian Gutierrez works at a restaurant on the east side of Indianapolis Monday through Friday. But on Thursday, he didn’t go to work. Instead, he marched four miles from Garfield Park to the Statehouse steps as part of a nationwide movement known as “A Day Without Immigrants.” While holding […]

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Student journalists protection bill passes committee unanimously

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – If a bill that would protect student journalists and their media advisors from censorship by school administrators had been in law 13 years ago, one Hoosier teacher might not have lost his job. Chad Tuley served as the student newspaper advisor for the Franklin Central High School student paper […]

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Hoosiers warned not to answer phone calls from unknown numbers

By Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­­ — Unknown numbers calling your phone may seem harmless or a little annoying, but answering might lead you to more problems than you may be able to handle. “The simple answer is if you do not know who is calling you, do not answer the phone,” Attorney General Curtis Hill […]

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Puppy perseverance: Rep. Friend’s three-legged dog overcomes obstacles