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Commentary: Where the heart is

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Commentary: Where the heart is

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – This holiday will be a quiet one. When our children were small, my wife and I would bundle them up for Thanksgiving. We often traveled east, starting out at either my sister’s place in upstate New York, where my birth family would gather, or in northwest Connecticut, where my […]

Commentary: Those we carry with us

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Commentary: Those we carry with us

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  THE KNOBS, Indiana – Memories and stories buzz around my head like flies. I stand in a cemetery tucked back in the hills between Salem and Scottsburg. The gravestones, a dozen rows deep, stretch the length of a football field. Many tilt with age. Some are more than 200 years old. […]

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Pence’s official portrait displays faith and family

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — In Vice President Mike Pence’s official governor’s portrait, he sits on his desk in an unbuttoned suit with a gentle smile. A family photo, a stack of books and a Bible sit in the background. “First off, let me just say, I do have more than one tie,” Pence […]

Commentary: The boys who endured

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Commentary: The boys who endured

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com NORTHFIELD, Minnesota – They were so young. My uncle, 90, and my father, just shy of 89, stare at an old photograph. It’s a picture of children standing on the steps of the Oddfellows Orphan Asylum in this small Minnesota town. There are words at the base of the photograph: Happy […]

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Life for Hoosier children improves in education, health

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — New data shows Indiana children are seeing improvements in health and education, but their economic well-being as well as family and community is decreasing. “There’s a lot of room for hopefulness in this year’s rankings and this data,” said Tami Silverman, president and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute. […]

Commentary: A memory in the blood

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Commentary: A memory in the blood

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  DURHAM, North Carolina – This country haunts me. My ancestors might say it is a blood memory. My mother’s people were Scotch-Irish who arrived in the Carolinas in the 1760s after being battered and bounced around from their ancient home in Scotland to Northern Ireland by the complicated politics created by […]

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State allocates $3.5 million for services to pregnant women, new moms

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence announced Monday the state has entered into a year-long contract with Real Alternatives to provide free pregnancy and parenting services. “After seeing the success of the Real Alternatives pilot program in northern Indiana, the importance of expanding the contract statewide became clear,” Pence said in a media […]

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Department of Child Services to add more than 100 caseworkers to help ease burden

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence announced on Thursday morning the Indiana Department of Child Services would add 113 additional caseworkers. The move comes just a day before DCS will present their annual report before the state budget committee. “I’m proud of the efforts they have made but nevertheless because we’re talking […]

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Planned Parenthood facilities of Indiana and Kentucky found to be in compliance with state laws and regulations

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — On Thursday, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky announced that on July 28 it received official notice from the Indiana State Department of Health that the health centers at the center of a recent investigation are compliant with state regulations. “We are pleased this unfounded complaint is resolved,” Betty […]

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Pence communications director Christy Denault resigns to spend time with family

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Mike Pence’s communications director will leave the administration next month, just as the Republican governor is trying to recover from backlash over a divisive religious freedom law. Christy Denault, who started with Pence during his campaign for governor in 2012, said in a resignation letter that the “time has […]

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