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Q&A: Meet Rep. Ryan Hatfield, focused on criminal justice

  By Christian Sullivan TheStatehouseFile.com  This story is a part of a question and answer series with newly-elected members of the Indiana General Assembly. INDIANAPOLIS – Newly-elected Rep. Ryan Hatfield, D-Evansville, wants to be a voice for the people through his economic and criminal justice agendas.  “I was a deputy prosecutor prior to running, prosecuting […]

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Regional Cities Initiative funding to support more than 100 projects

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence ceremonially signed legislation Tuesday providing funding for a program designed to foster regional growth in Indiana. Pence signed House Bill 1001, which is also the state’s short-term road funding plan, at the Signature School’s Robert L. Koch II Science Center in Evansville. “Through the Indiana Regional Cities […]

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State Board of Education schedules community conversations for three failing schools

Staff Report TheStatehousefile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Board of Education announced Monday the scheduling of community conversations for three schools that have received failing accountability grades for five consecutive years. State law requires the board to hold public hearings at each school to hear from the community and school leaders about how to help […]

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Newest House member sworn in Tuesday

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Holli Sullivan was sworn in Tuesday as state representative for Indiana House District 78, replacing Suzanne Crouch who was named state auditor last week. The swearing-in came just a few hours before legislators convened for the 2014 General Assembly after weather delayed the start a day. “My goal right […]

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Indiana Supreme Court weighs arguments in Evansville smoking ban case

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Supreme Court will decide whether the city of Evansville gets to exempt the only casino in town from a law that bans smoking nearly everywhere else. At issue in part is whether one business or industry can make enough money to be exempted from rules that apply […]

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Teen’s quest to change state labor law is almost complete

By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill inspired by a 13-year-old Southern Indiana boy’s desire to referee youth soccer passed the House on Monday and could be signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence as early as this week. Matthew Burkart of Newburgh said he was told two days before he was to start […]

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Mayors want help with meth, roads and abandoned homes

By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A coalition of mayors from across Indiana are teaming up for a push to have pseudoephedrine sold only with a prescription and gasoline tax revenue used only for funding road construction and maintenance. The demands are part of a campaign announced Wednesday to push the General Assembly to give […]

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Food company will bring plant, jobs to Evansville

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A global food manufacturer announced plans Thursday to build a plant in Evansville and create as many as 41 new jobs by 2013. California-based PGP International, which specializing in extruded ingredients, plans to invest about $17.2 million to construct and equip a 70,000 square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility in Vanderburgh […]