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As report shows bias crimes laws often unused, businesses say they make a needed statement

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Research can’t definitively prove the effectiveness of hate crimes laws, but Indiana business leaders say the mere act of passing such a law here will post a welcome sign at the state’s borders. In fact, a new Indiana University report released Monday found that while many bias crimes go […]

Commentary: Time to leave the free-lunch fantasy club

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Commentary: Time to leave the free-lunch fantasy club

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Things cost. That’s a fundamental truth, one we ignore at our peril. The reality, though, is that there is one area of American life in which we routinely ignore this truth. In fact, we take pride in ignoring it. And it’s costing us. That area is government. A few […]

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Legislation would give imprisoned parents more chances to bond with children

By Bryan Wells TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—A bill that would give incarcerated parents more opportunities to build their relationships with their children won the unanimous approval of a Senate committee Monday. Rep. Karlee Macer, D-Indianapolis, and author of House Bill 1432, appeared before the Senate Family and Children Services Committee to explain her legislation, which passed out […]

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Veterans, minority advocates say payday loans are ‘like an addiction’

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — When 38-year-old Steven Bramer Jr. returned home from a combat tour in the Iraq War in 2005, he carried the scars of an enemy attack and psychological trauma. Since then, he’s struggled with addictions, first to narcotics and alcohol; then, more recently, to payday loans. Bramer’s challenges began during […]