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New syringe exchange law causes hope and concern in Scott County

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  AUSTIN, Indiana — While walking down the streets of Austin, the sounds of dogs barking and sight of the trash in the ditches distract from the smaller, less noticeable objects lying on the ground: syringes. The bright orange caps are the only thing that help the needles stand out in the […]

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Education, roads, drugs among priorities in Holcomb’s budget

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb has proposed a slight increase in education spending in his proposed $32 billion two-year budget plan that was introduced to the state budget committee Tuesday. Micah Vincent, director of the state’s Office of Management and Budget, laid out the 2018 and 2019 fiscal year plan to […]

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Roads, pre-K, workforce: Holcomb reveals his legislative agenda

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Better roads and bridges as well as an expanded pre-K program are top priorities under Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb’s administration.   He announced the five themes of his legislative agenda Thursday. “Heading into my first legislative session as Indiana’s governor, the guiding principle that shapes my agenda is to improve […]

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Holcomb: Five key areas to take Indiana to next level

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — In one of his first public addresses as governor-elect, Eric Holcomb previewed his plan to create a stronger, more diverse economy and an affordable state government for Hoosier taxpayers. Promising a more in-depth look at these areas when the session kicks off in three weeks, Holcomb gave a glimpse […]

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Gregg reveals plan to fight crime, drug epidemic

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A seven-part public safety plan unveiled by Democratic candidate for governor John Gregg Thursday is designed to tackle the state’s drug epidemic and cybercrimes. The “Safe Communities Plan” also lays out his strategies to combat sexual violence against children, reduce recidivism and offer support to state and local law enforcement […]

Commentary: Opioid abuse a unique problem that requires systemic solutions

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Commentary: Opioid abuse a unique problem that requires systemic solutions

By Greg Zoeller Special to TheStatehouseFile.com During my watch as Indiana’s Attorney General, our state and nation have come to realize what the former head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Dr. David Kessler, recently called one of the “great mistakes of modern medicine.” The opioid addiction epidemic is uniquely an American disease as […]