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Indy tech firm grows with app connecting students with colleges

By Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An app that connects college students with their schools and the surrounding community has translated into big growth for a local technology company. ClearScholar, a student engagement platform, was founded last year and originally had 11 full-time associates. On Wednesday, the company announced that it is expanding by moving […]

Young Indiana legislators join the Millennial Action Project

By Deonta Larkins TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Some of state’s youngest legislators have created the Indiana Future Caucus to organize millennial lawmakers like themselves across party lines to address issues affecting their generation. “The people gathered today are young legislators committed to building our state to be a healthier, stronger, with greater opportunity, and to be […]

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Committee amends overhaul to vaping regulations

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislators are hoping Wednesday’s revisions to the overhaul of the state’s e-liquid rules will be enough to pass it through the House.  The Senate made the e-liquid bill a priority at the beginning of this legislative session, and its importance only increased after a ruling from the 7th Circuit […]

Commentary: Pitch and catch on the shores of history

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Commentary: Pitch and catch on the shores of history

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  HAMILTON, Bermuda – My son and I throw the baseball on haunted ground. We didn’t know it when we started. We just wanted to find a place where he could work his arm a bit while on break. We chose a lovely little green park by the water, kicked our shoes […]

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Fear keeps students quiet about learning disabilities

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – As a teenager with a learning disability, Hannah Harding relied heavily on teachers to help guide her through school. But now as a college student, she’s on her own.  Harding was diagnosed with a nonverbal learning disability in middle school, after years of struggling in the classroom. “I would […]

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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, […]