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30 Laws in 30 Days: Families to receive diplomas for deceased high school seniors

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 23rd in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — Jerrold Parker was only weeks away from finishing his classes at Pike High School when he was murdered in Indianapolis on February 3, 2016. “It feels […]

Commentary: Don’t ask for whom the bell tolls

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Commentary: Don’t ask for whom the bell tolls

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – They tell their stories. They tell their stories of love and loss, of fear and hope, of laughter and tears, of life and death. I’m sitting in a radio studio talking about the upcoming “Before I Die” festival in Indianapolis with Lucia Wocial, a lnurse ethicist with the IUPUI […]

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Survey: Eight out 10 Hoosier employers affected by prescription drug abuse and misuse

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – One of the riskiest things you could do as a Hoosier adult used to be to get behind the wheel – something most of us do every single day. Today, adults in Indiana are more likely to die from a prescription drug overdose than in a car crash. A recent survey […]

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Former Democratic lawmaker Wayne Townsend dies at 89

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Former state lawmaker Wayne Townsend – who was the Democratic nominee for governor in 1984 – died Friday. He was 89. A farmer in Blackford County, the Democrat served three terms in the Indiana House and then 16 years in the state Senate. “As a longtime state legislator, Sen. […]

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EMS workers would get death benefit under bill headed to governor

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that provides payments to the families of emergency medical responders who die in the line of the duty is headed to Gov. Mike Pence for approval. The House approved the bill 85-0 on Thursday. The bill by Rep. Karlee Macer, D-Indianapolis, establishes the Public Safety Officer Special Death Benefit […]

Rep. Harris to be remembered at calling and services on Friday, Saturday

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Rep. Harris to be remembered at calling and services on Friday, Saturday

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Arrangements have been announced for the funeral of Rep. Earl Harris, D-East Chicago, who died Monday. The visitation will take place from 2-8 p.m. CDT Friday at the Divinity Funeral Home in East Chicago. The family will be available from 6-8 p.m. The funeral will take place at 11 […]

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Terminal patients could get experimental drugs under bill headed to Senate

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The “right to try” bill that would allow terminally ill patients to access potentially life-saving medications not yet approved by the FDA unanimously passed a Senate committee on Wednesday. Currently, patients with a terminal illness – like other patients – cannot use medications until they have been fully approved […]

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House passes bill to offer death benefits for EMTs

By Chris Arnold TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would provide a special death benefit to emergency medical technicians and paramedics has passed the Indiana ouse and now moves to the full Senate for consideration. Rep. Karlee Macer, D-Indianapolis, authored House Bill 1080, which passed the House by a vote of 92-1. It creates a […]

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EMS workers would be eligible for death benefits under bill

By Chris Arnold TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An Indiana lawmaker is pushing a bill that would make EMS providers eligible for death benefits if they die as a direct result of injury or illness while performing their duties. Rep. Karlee Macer, D-Indianapolis, presented House Bill 1080 to the House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee on […]

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Rep. Phyllis Pond loses battle with lung disease

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican state Rep. Phyllis Pond of New Haven has died just weeks after announcing she would resign her seat in the General Assembly due to a lung disease. Pond, 82, had been the longest serving female House member in state history. She was first elected in 1978 and became the […]

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