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Immigrants celebrate Independence Day as new citizens

By Victoria Ratliff TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—To shield his then 8-year-old son from war, Baitullah Khoram moved his family to the United States in 2014 after working for the U.S. Air Force in Afghanistan. Wednesday, the 39-year-old father and his wife, Zubaida, each gripped an American flag that is now their flag as they and 96 other immigrants […]

DCS names new deputy general counsel

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DCS names new deputy general counsel

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Department of Child Services announced on Thursday that Erin Lahr will now serve as deputy general counsel, providing legal advice and making sure the organization remains in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. DCS’s main mission is working with families, the state and local community partners to help […]

Commentary: A moment and a memory in America

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Commentary: A moment and a memory in America

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  HANOVER, Ind. – They burned a cross on my grandfather’s yard. It happened long ago, in the days after World War II. My grandfather was a school principal in this small Southern Indiana college town overlooking the Ohio River. I don’t know the why of the cross burning. My grandfather never […]

Commentary: Rethinking reparations

Commentary: Rethinking reparations

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.org  There’s been a lot of talk lately about reparations. For those of you who aren’t quite sure what I’m talking about, reparations is simply the name for addressing the effects of slavery and segregation laws by providing some kind of restitution to their descendants.  Congress has been holding hearings on the […]