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Modern Indiana love stories are beautiful, but expensive

By Chelsea Howell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — On November 22, 1956, high school sweethearts by the name of Marvin Sweeney and Valerie Jordan walked down the aisle and made one of the biggest commitments of their young lives to each other. Marvin, a recent Purdue University graduate, was nervous, but excited. For more than four years, […]

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Committee talks body cameras for Indiana law enforcement

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Interim Study Committee on Government started the discussion Wednesday on the benefits and ramifications of providing the state’s law enforcement with body cameras. Jim Corridan, Indiana state archivist, said putting body cameras on law enforcement in Indiana could be a costly move. He said the oversight committee adopted […]

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Pence announces disaster loans made available to 27 flood-damaged counties

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Residents in 27 counties will have an opportunity to apply for low-interest disaster loans to help them get back on their feet after flooding caused extensive damage in some parts of the state earlier this year. Gov. Mike Pence announced Wednesday the loans were made available by the U.S. Small […]

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Study committee takes up issue of DNA sampling for arrestees

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers on the Correction and Criminal Code Interim Study Committee discussed Rep. Pat Bauer’s, D-South Bend, proposal to collect DNA samples from those arrested for felony charges. Currently, DNA is only kept in a database for those convicted of a felony. Bauer, D-South Bend, authored House Bill 1551 for […]

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Group recommends a significant reduction in IPL’s requested rate hike

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An agency that represents customers says Indianapolis Power & Light doesn’t need to raise customer rates as much as it has proposed to keep customers safe and electric service reliable. The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor has recommended that state regulators approve only 8 percent of IPL’s proposed […]

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New report highlights benefits Energizing Indiana offered Hoosiers

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A final data report shows that Energizing Indiana, the former statewide energy efficiency program, was successful in creating more jobs, reducing energy consumption, and saving ratepayers money. Energizing Indiana, created by former state Governor Mitch Daniels, was shut down after the Indiana General Assembly and Governor Mike Pence decided to […]

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Letter to the editor: Repeal of common construction wage law unnecessary

March 31, 2015 To the Editor: The legislation to repeal our state’s common construction wage law (House Bill 1019) is unnecessary and shortsighted. If one were planning to build a house, the prudent course of due diligence would be to research possible home builders, while the primary decision factors would be quality of workmanship and […]