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Bill for 211 services sails through Statehouse

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana legislators are hoping to improve the 211 telephone system with a change in overseers. Indiana 211 offers information to Hoosiers who need help with emotional or physical abuse, public health, housing, veteran’s aid, and other health and human services. The line is accessible in all 92 counties, 24/7, […]

Video: An inside look at Indiana’s 211 service centers

Video: Meal packing marathon to help feed the homeless


Commentary: Fight still on for nonpartisan redistricting bill

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Commentary: Fight still on for nonpartisan redistricting bill

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com A map that has been floating around on the internet sites shows how the country in less than two decades has devolved into a sharply divided nation where legislative districts are either overwhelmingly red or blue. No purple. Just mostly red and some blue. You might think that map, which is […]

Commentary: Let’s think a little about thinking

Commentary: Let’s think a little about thinking

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com During WWII, Winston Churchill was asked to cut funding for the arts. He replied, “then what are we fighting for?” Our president has proposed his first budget that features many things worthy of attack. In fact, his first proposed budget almost seems like a wartime suggestion in that it invests only […]

Some lawmakers fear Hoosier health care threatened by GOP plan

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Republicans support the GOP health care plan that could replace 7-year-old Obamacare, but Democrats fear the policy could be disastrous for Hoosiers. The U.S. House of Representatives delayed an expected vote Thursday on their version of a health care plan, the American Health Care Act. If enacted, the […]

Student journalist protections advance in the Senate

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would protect student journalists’ freedom of speech and press rights is on its way to the Senate floor with a few key changes. The bill’s author, Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, said House Bill 1130 would not allow schools or school corporations to suppress school sponsored […]