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Senators support parents’ choice in sex education

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—When it comes to educators, minors and taboo topics likes sex, Indiana’s senators erred on the side of parents Tuesday. Lawmakers approved Senate Bill 65, authored by Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, 37-12, to require schools to send out permission slips for any in-class discussion on three specific areas of human sexuality: […]

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Senate Republicans sink hate crime legislation

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Hate crime legislation appears to be dead for the 2018 session after Senate Republicans Tuesday pulled it, saying they were unable to find common ground to advance the bill. Senate Bill 418 would have allowed judges to weigh everything from race and sex to gender identity and sexual orientation as aggravating […]

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Gary officials demand answers for pharmacy closings

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — For some 80,000 residents of Gary, Indiana, access to medicine is becoming an everyday struggle. Karen Freeman Wilson, the city’s mayor, said this is because three different Walgreens pharmacies and one Fagen pharmacy have closed without warning over the past three years. “This is an issue, and we don’t […]

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Mother makes plea to include disabled children in silver alert updates

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — In 2016, Jennifer Dawson said her worst fears as a parent came true. The Brookston mother told lawmakers in a House Family, Children and Human Affairs Committee Tuesday that her then 15-year-old autistic son, Brock Dawson, wandered away from his Terre Haute residential care facility’s campus. For several days, […]