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First Lady and friends adjust to life in political spotlight

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — She’s a jack of all trades — an artist, a firearms instructor, a cook. “She does everything,” Miriam Weaver said. “We’ve shot guns with her and then watched how great she is at entertaining and having people over and making sure everybody in the room is happy.” She looks […]

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First Dog Henry dishes on life in the residence, social media popularity

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — With a bowtie around his neck, grey floppy ears and a cute beard, First Dog Henry Holcomb prances through the Hoosier State — tail wagging and tongue panting. The 6-year-old Miniature Schnauzer is often seen tagging along with his mom, First Lady Janet Holcomb, at events or hanging out […]

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Indiana’s First Lady serves fairgoers at the Dairy Bar

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Fairgoers lined up at the Dairy Bar for a milkshake and other goodies and some saw a familiar face on the serving side of the counter. First Lady Karen Pence joined other volunteers, including high school students, to serve customers for an hour on Tuesday afternoon. Following Indiana’s former […]

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Food organization will be first lady’s major grant recipient this year

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Feeding Indiana’s Hungry will be the second major grant recipient from first lady Karen Pence as part of her annual fundraising luncheon on Thursday. The Indiana First Lady’s Charitable Foundation’s second annual fundraiser is modeled after the U.S First Lady’s Luncheon. The event will have similar features, including a […]

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Video & story: First lady visits moms, babies at Indiana Women’s Prison

First Lady visits Indiana State Women’s Prison on Vimeo. By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In an effort to protect the bond children have with their mothers, the Indiana Women’s Prison has taken steps to continue that bond while mothers are incarcerated. First Lady Karen Pence visited the Indiana Women’s Prison on Wednesday to get […]

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Governor’s residence opens for more tours in December

Staff report TheStsatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers will have more opportunities in December to visit the Indiana Governor’s Residence and see the home’s holiday decorations. “This season, we encourage all Hoosiers to consider visiting the residence and hope they will leave inspired to spread the holiday spirit to others around our state,” first lady Karen Pence […]

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First lady’s foundation to benefit food pantry group

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A group that represents food banks across Indiana will be the recipient of this year’s major grant from the First Lady’s Charitable Foundation. The grant will be awarded at the First Lady’s Luncheon next April. “With the holidays right around the corner, now is as critical time as ever to […]

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Karen Pence to collect phones for domestic violence victims

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – First lady Karen Pence will host a month-long effort to collect used mobile phones that will be distributed to domestic violence victims who need them. The event is part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and will be done in conjunction with HopeLine from Verizon, a program giving phones to […]

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First Lady’s foundation donates $100,000 to Riley

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –Indiana’s current first lady and former first ladies came together Wednesday to present a $100,000 check to the Riley Hospital for Children’s Art Therapy Initiative. After becoming Indiana’s first lady, Karen Pence said she wondered how she could make a difference in Indiana. In November 2013, Pence announced the formation […]