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Opioid epidemic gets $50 million treatment

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s opioid crisis has educators and lawmakers proposing cutting edge measures to the combat the growing problem. Indiana University is investing $50 million in a project to reduce addiction while Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, wants tougher criminal penalties. “We’re attacking this epidemic on all fronts,” said Gov. Eric Holcomb […]

Commentary: Colleges, universities and the combat between truth and error

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Commentary: Colleges, universities and the combat between truth and error

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Thomas Jefferson said it best. “This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it,” Jefferson wrote to […]

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Youngest Indiana delegate sees the convention as a dream come true

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com PHILADELPHIA — At the age of 14, Krishna Pathak knew he would visit the Democratic National Convention one day. And he was right. But the Indiana University sophomore, now 18, never dreamed he would be Indiana’s youngest delegate at the 2016 convention. “I think it’s great,” Pathak said. “I don’t leave Indiana […]

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Flags fly at half-staff in honor of Navy SEAL killed in Iraq

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has directed flags to be flown at half-staff in Monroe County, after news that a Navy SEAL with Indiana ties was killed in the line of duty in Iraq. “I ask all Hoosiers to join me today in mourning the loss of U.S. Navy SEAL Charlie Keating […]

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Bernie Sanders calls for “political revolution” at Indiana University

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – College students and young adults flocked to listen to Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at the Indiana University Auditorium Wednesday night. Prior to his speech, Frances Brown, a recent graduate from Bloomington, excitedly anticipated which topics the candidate would discuss. “He’s going in the right direction with his […]

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Hoosiers asked to check vaccination records before going to university events

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Since at least 50 mumps cases have been confirmed at four Indiana universities, state health officials are reminding Hoosiers to check their vaccination records before attending university events. “College campuses can be breeding grounds for illness because students are in frequent close contact in dorms and at social events,” State […]

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Vaccine clinics set up to prevent new mumps cases

By Gary Qi TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — After 13 mumps cases diagnosed at Indiana University and Butler University, the Indiana State Department of Health is working to prevent the further cases of the disease. “This week at the vaccine clinics that being held at both Butler and IU Bloomington, people can receive a third dose, if […]

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Video & story: Divisive religious freedom bill moves to full House

Religious Freedom Bill Heads to Full House from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A controversial bill meant to protect private storeowners from being forced to take part in business transactions that violate their religious beliefs passed a House committee along party lines on Monday. The vote came after more than 100 […]

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Bill that aims to cut student debt heads to full Senate

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill to make students more aware of the debt they’re amassing to pay for college passed the Senate Education Committee unanimously Wednesday and now heads to the full Senate. House Bill 1042 requires that public colleges provide students with an annual report that details a total loan amount […]

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New project will compare local governments

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS- A project launched this month by Indiana University will enable state policymakers, local officials and citizens to evaluate the impact of state laws on local government. The project titled “Fiscal Benchmarking for Indiana’s Local Governments” will produce timely and accessible information about the fiscal health of local governments for state […]

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