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Senate committee hears testimony on hate crime bill

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — La’Kysha Gardner’s 15-year-old son, Jason, was beaten nearly to death and left in a ditch because of his race. His attacker was sentenced to 30 days. “I sat in the courtroom yesterday and watched a young man who almost killed my child receive 30 days,” Gardner told the Senate […]

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Student journalist talks freedom, responsibility ahead of bill review

By Erica Irish and Eddie Drews TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Drew Tapp, editor-in-chief of Southport High School’s The Journal, is no stranger to journalism education and its ongoing struggle in Indiana politics. As the Southport senior manages 28 student journalists, Tapp works under the oversight of an administration that could review or censor any of his […]

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Senate bill calls for carbon monoxide testing in vehicles

By Amari Thompson TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Savannah Bettis was traveling home from a shopping trip with her boyfriend when she got a bad headache and passed out. Her boyfriend, Jesse Hurt, immediately called her parents and began heading to the hospital. But moments later, he, too, passed out and crashed the car. Savannah, who was looking forward […]

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Donnelly joined bipartisan group to end government shutdown

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Living on coffee, donuts and popcorn for the weekend, Sen. Joe Donnelly and nearly two dozen other lawmakers sat in a small Senate office passing a foam basketball around as they negotiated an end to the three-day government shutdown. “In true Hoosier tradition, we passed it around and whoever […]