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Department of Education explains concerns about student journalists bill

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com   Editor’s note: TheStatehouseFile.com is a publication of the Pulliam School of Journalism at Franklin College. The Indiana High School Press Association, which lobbied in support for House Bill 1130, is headquartered at Franklin College. INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Education is sharing its concerns about a failed House bill that […]

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Indiana progressing slowly in providing opportunities for disabled population

By Darian Eswine TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — For more than 25 years, Indiana has made advances in helping provide a better life for people with disabilities. But in terms of providing opportunities, some wonder, could the state could be falling behind? The Background Gregory Fehribach, an attorney in Indianapolis practicing law for 30 years, was a […]

Commentary: The ‘potty police’ and acts of cruelty

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Commentary: The ‘potty police’ and acts of cruelty

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Mark Twain said it best. “Human beings can be awful cruel to one another,” he wrote in “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” I’m thinking of that Twain quote as Indiana Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, Melissa Bickel and I talk over the air about the rights of transgender Hoosiers. […]

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New attempt to allow Sunday alcohol sales

By Jay Siskin TheStatehouseFile.com A House bill would give Hoosiers the opportunity to buy alcohol on Sundays. “Sunday is one of the busiest shopping days for Hoosier families,” said Rep. Tom Dermody, R-LaPorte. “We’re one of the last states to end the ban of alcohol on Sundays.” Eleven other states limit Sunday sales to beer […]

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SOTs: Sunday alcohol sales (HB 1399 & HB 1274)

SOUND: Matt Bell Big Red Liquors/Spokesperson [0:10] “Alcohol is a drug and when it’s misused or used irresponsibly the impacts are devastating on families on communities and on businesses.” [0:22] “We know Hoosiers are drinking more. We know the costs continue to soar on our state. We regulate this drug for a reason. Making it […]

Commentary: Fear and the rustle of the restroom door

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Commentary: Fear and the rustle of the restroom door

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Sophocles said it best. “To him who is in fear everything rustles,” the ancient philosopher said. Fear forms a refrain in the second conversation about transgender citizens I’ve had in several days. This one is over the air, as I interview Myranda Warden of the Indiana Youth Group, among […]

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Gender issue bill would affect intersex children in custody of the state

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Rep. Edward Clere, R-New Albany, hopes his bill about consent for intersex children in state custody will open up a broader discussion on gender issues. “It’s not a familiar topic,” Clere said. “I’m hoping to spark interest in the issue here in Indiana.” House Bill 1242 would prevent intersex […]

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Monroe County to launch needle exchange to stem hepatitis C outbreak

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Monroe County will start a needle exchange program under a public health emergency declared Tuesday. “Monroe County is experiencing an epidemic of hepatitis C tied to intravenous drug use,” said State Heath Commissioner Jerome Adams. “The syringe exchange is part of a comprehensive approach that will connect residents with […]

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Madison County becomes second to launch needle exchange under new law

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Madison County will launch a needle exchange program to try to stem the spread of Hepatitis C spread through intravenous drug use. State health officials on Tuesday approved the Madison County plan under a law the General Assembly passed just this spring. It’s the first community to use the […]

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New law: Tax credit program falls to the wayside in favor of grants for historic properties

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A new grant program will create a fresh start for Hoosier developers to preserve and rehabilitate historic properties that could bring more tax revenue to the state, starting in fiscal year 2017. With the switch, the state is abandoning a tax credit program that had the same purpose but […]

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