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Cannabidiol bill advances to full Senate for action

By Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Legislation to make it easier for parents whose children have medical conditions like epilepsy get access to cannabidiol passed a Senate committee Wednesday. House Bill 1148, authored by Rep. William Friend, R-Macy, cleared the Corrections and Criminal Law Committee by a 7-2 despite objections from prosecutors. Cannabidiol, also known […]

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Texting and driving can be fatal

Deonta Larkins TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Jill Biddle, of Kirklin, lost her daughter, Maria Droesch, 17, in a car crash in June 2016 after Maria veered into oncoming traffic while texting and driving. On Tuesday, the young woman’s blue Grand Prix sat on a trailer in the middle of the Statehouse plaza, a mangled heap of […]

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Senate changes the combination of taxes in road funding plan

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A road funding plan that would cost drivers more money at the pump and could add tolls to Indiana roadways moves forward in the Senate with a new combination of tax increases. The House Republican plan included a 10-cent increase on both diesel and gas taxes. However, the Senate […]

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Significant changes coming to solar bill

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A House committee is expected to make significant changes to a solar bill before voting on it Wednesday. Nearly 60 people testified on the controversial bill last week, which could decrease the amount of money credited to rooftop solar generators through net metering. Over the past three months, the […]

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Goodwill’s Nurse-Family Partnership creates lifetime bonds

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Nidia Cuevas dreams of the day she can serve Hoosier families as a nurse. Cuevas, an Indianapolis resident, was 19 when she found out she was pregnant with Oliver, her now two-year-old son. “In the beginning, I was a bit lost with my pregnancy. I was worried about school, […]

Commentary: Muslim experience defines what it means to be American

Commentary: Muslim experience defines what it means to be American

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com Aysha Ahmed is a lot of things. The young Noblesville woman is British, Pakistani, Muslim.  And most of all, she is American. She took center stage last year at a Columbus, Ohio rally where vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine was campaigning. As a volunteer in Columbus, Ohio for Hillary Clinton’s campaign […]