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Spartz sworn in as senator after Kenley’s retirement

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Victoria Spartz became the state’s newest senator Wednesday after being sworn in to fill Sen. Luke Kenley’s former seat. “I am eager to begin my first session with the General Assembly,” Spartz said in a statement. “It is a privilege to be the voice of the constituents in Senate District […]

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Ukraine native to serve as newest senator

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — When Victoria Spartz took the stage at a caucus to determine who would fill Sen. Luke Kenley’s seat, her accent was strong, but her passion for American politics was stronger. “I’ll tell you a story about my accent,” Spartz, a Ukraine native, said to start her introduction to […]

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Q&A: Meet Scott Willis, running for Hamilton County Senate seat

By Gary Qi TheStatehouseFile.com   Editor’s note: This story is a part of a question and answer series covering the Indiana primary. All candidates in this race have been invited to interview. Some responses have been edited for brevity and clarity.  CARMEL, Ind. — Scott Willis is challenging incumbent Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Carmel, in the May […]

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Kasich to hold a town hall in Hamilton County

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Tuesday Ohio governor and Republican presidential candidate John Kasich will listen and talk with Hoosiers during a town hall event. Kasich will be at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds in Noblesville. Doors open at 10 a.m. and the program begins at 11:00 a.m. Click here to register for tickets. TheStatehouseFile.com is […]

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U.S. 31 reopens in time for holiday drivers

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Traffic along U.S. 31 in Hamilton County is expected to flow more smoothly after recent construction to the freeway. Since 2011, more than $300 million has been invested to upgrade 13 miles of the highway. This includes building 49 bridges and 12 interchanges through Carmel and Westfield. Gov. Mike Pence, […]

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Improvements planned for SR 37 in Hamilton County beginning in 2018

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Road 37 in Hamilton County between 126th Street and 146th Street is getting a $124 million facelift. “Modern infrastructure is key to building the types of communities that invite investment and job growth,” said Gov. Mike Pence in a statement. “As communities like Fishers and Noblesville continue to grow […]

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30 Laws: Mass transit votes won’t come for two years

By Emily Metheny TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Central Indiana voters won’t see proposals to raise taxes for mass transit on the ballots until at least 2016. Lawmakers authorized the referendums in legislation that becomes law July 1 but local officials say they are only now in the planning stages for eventual votes – at least in […]

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Story & video: Anthropologists look for evidence of Underground Railroad at Central Indiana cabin

Boxley Cabin from The Statehouse File on Vimeo.   By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File SHERIDAN, Ind. – On a broad piece of land in this tiny Hamilton County town rests a sturdy cabin dating back to the late 1800s. Beside the cabin, the handle of a trowel points towards the sun, the sharp end […]