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College students get web messages about Lifeline Law

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Students returning to several Indiana colleges will be blasted with social media messages reminding them to call 911 to help friends who are in trouble, even if they’ve been drinking illegally. A new campaign to promote the Indiana Lifeline Law means students accessing the web through their colleges or […]

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Indiana officials say death penalty protocol is sound

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – With the possibility of an execution occurring yet this year, Indiana officials are standing by their death penalty process, despite controversies over prolonged lethal injections in other states. Doug Garrison, chief communications officer for the Indiana Department of Corrections, said officials are confident they have the right death penalty […]

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State to host training about teen sex assault and education

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State education officials will host a regional training event Friday about teen dating violence and safety in schools. The event – titled “Teen Dating Violence/Sexual Assault: Creating a Safe Environment at School” – is sponsored by the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana School Safety Academy. It’s designed to […]

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Video & story: Heroin traps young lives across Indiana

By Allie Nash TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Heroin use is on the rise – not just in Hollywood or New York, where living fast and dying young can seem a world away – but in less sophisticated cities, towns and suburbs across Indiana and the rest of the nation. Understanding the Heroin Crisis in Indiana 10 […]

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Video & story: Lawmakers make changes, get out of town quickly

Legislators return to the Statehouse for technical corrections session on Vimeo. By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislators met for a one-day session on Tuesday – for what most hope will be the only technical corrections day the General Assembly will ever need. Lawmakers used the technical corrections day to tweak some errors in a […]

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30 Laws: Hoosiers will get more privacy protection under new laws

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Police will soon have to get a warrant when attempting to access an individual’s cell phone or when obtaining information using a drone. House Bills 1009 and 1394 – which take effect July 1 – are meant to protect Hoosier privacy and establish limits on what law enforcement officials […]

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More counties joining juvenile justice initiative

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Four counties will join the eight currently participating in the Indiana Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative when group holds a kick-off meeting in June. The JDAI is a national juvenile justice reform initiative developed 20 years ago by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that aims to improve outcomes for children […]

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Lawmakers to tackle molesting, shoplifting problems at technical corrections day

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislators say they will tweak a new sentencing law so that it doesn’t reduce prison terms for some child molesters when they meet for a technical corrections day on Tuesday. The error is one of several lawmakers intend to fix during the one-day session. Rep. Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon, told […]

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30 Laws: Lifeline law expanded to help protect more kids

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Lifeline law will be expanding to add provisions that will shift it from one focused only on alcohol and drugs to one that focuses as well on those in need of medical attention. Senate Bill 227 adds new provisions to the Lifeline law that Sen. Jim Merritt, […]

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30 Laws: Giving a gun to a felon will be against the law

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com This is the fifth in a series of stories about new state laws, most of which take effect on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS – People who knowingly distribute firearms to felons – or to someone else who is ineligible to own one – could be charged with a crime under a law […]

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