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30 Laws in 30 Days: Ethnic course could be the start of a brighter future

By Christian Sullivan TheStatehouseFile.com  Editor’s note: This is the 19th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — This fall students at Indiana high schools will have the opportunity to take a class about ethnic and racial studies with the goal of educating youth […]

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Former lawmaker’s book traces family that sent 33 men to the Civil War

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— Former state Rep. Mike Murphy now writes history instead of creating it. Murphy’s book, “The Kimberlin’s Go to War: A Union Family in Copperhead Country,” tells a story of the hardships the Southern Indiana family faced during the Civil War. The Kimberlins, the first white settlers of Scott County, sent […]

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Think you know your presidents? Take this quiz and find out

By Logan Macaluso TheStatehouseFile.com As Donald Trump takes office as the 45th president of the United States, let’s test your knowledge of presidential history. For instance, did you know Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died within an hour of each other on the 50th anniversary of America’s independence? Test yourself and take the quiz. […]

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The misfortunes of the vice presidents from Indiana

By Christian Sullivan TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana has produced five vice presidents, but history shows that they didn’t have the best of luck once in office. “I just want to give Mike Pence an advanced warning that sometimes Hoosiers and the vice presidency do not go well together,” said Ray Boomhower, senior editor of the […]

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Tour guide brings life to Statehouse history

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A quiet group of high school volleyball players took in their surroundings as their tour guide, Jim Johnson, introduced a few facts about the historic Indiana Statehouse.   “There’s a lot of weddings here,” Johnson, 72, said. “Did you know you could get married here at the Statehouse?”  A […]

Commentary: Our past, as it never was

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Commentary: Our past, as it never was

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – History can be a great teacher. But we have to be willing to learn the lessons. It has occurred to me often as we Americans slog our way through this dispiriting presidential campaign in this age of relentless divisiveness that many of our troubles stem from the fact that […]

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Donnelly pays a visit to state fair’s Pioneer Village

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The only thing setting Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, apart from pioneers at the Pioneer Village Thursday was his lack of overalls. The Indiana senator spent the morning at the Indiana State Fair where Donnelly went back in time and explored Indiana long before any attendees were even born — the […]

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Hoosier politicians part of the crowd for Pope’s address

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Several members of Indiana’s congressional delegation welcomed and applauded Pope Francis’ address to Congress Thursday morning, even though he spoke about such divisive issues as immigration, income inequality, climate change and the death penalty. It was the first time in American history that a pontiff addressed Congress. The significance of […]

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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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Bill would require ethnic history to be taught in state schools

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Elementary students and high schoolers may soon spend more time studying cultural and ethnic history. A bill proposed by Sen. Greg Taylor, D- Indianapolis, would require that all public elementary schools and high schools add cultural and ethnic history subjects to their social studies curriculum. Currently, the subject is […]

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