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Indiana Supreme Court upholds Indianapolis smoking ban

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers who want to avoid second hand smoke can continue to breathe easy in Indianapolis after the Indiana Supreme Court ruled to uphold the current smoking ban. The Indianapolis ordinance was first passed in 2005, banning smoking in public businesses. The original ordinance exempted bars and taverns that had […]

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Is RFRA in the rearview?

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS — Despite the national attention surrounding the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act during last year’s the NCAA men’s Final Four, many visitors during this year’s women’s tournament felt comfortable in the city. Nearly 30,000 people came to Indianapolis for the tournament, including Steven Van Fleet who traveled from Connecticut to see […]

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SR 37 recommended to connect I-69 to Indianapolis

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Using State Road 37 between Martinsville and Indianapolis to build I-69 is the “logical choice,” according to transportation officials. “This route offers the strongest opportunities for economic growth, most significant safety improvements, and greatest reduction in congestion of all route alternatives evaluated,” Brandye Hendrickson, the Indiana Department of Transportation commissioner, […]

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Bicentennial torch relay route revealed

By Gary Qi TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana bicentennial torch will travel through 260 cities and towns and across 3,200 miles on it’s newly revealed route. “The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay is not only the premier event of our state’s bicentennial celebration, but it is also an opportunity for Hoosiers from counties large and small to showcase […]

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Indianapolis to be ‘global business center,’ not HQ for DowDuPont

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Leading companies in agriculture announced plans to locate a “global business center” in Indianapolis, but the city will not be home to Dow Chemical and DuPont’s merged business headquarters. “Dow and DuPont have played integral roles in shaping the success of Indiana’s economy, and we are proud that Indiana will […]

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Indianapolis City-County Councillor running for for Sen. Patricia Miller’s seat

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­­– Aaron Freeman, an Indianapolis City-County Councillor, announced Wednesday he will run as a Republican for the seat being vacated by Sen. Patricia Miller. Miller, R-Indianapolis, recently announced she would retire at the end of the year. “My experience as a practicing attorney, coupled with the active role on the Indianapolis […]

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Commentary: Time for Indiana to pass a tougher hate-crime law

By Rep. Greg Porter and David Sklar Special to TheStatehouseFile.com It has been a bittersweet year. Even as we extended civil rights and equality to millions of Americans and thousands of Hoosiers, we also witnessed the tragic shootings at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, of the newscaster and cameraman in Moneta, Virginia, and most […]

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Rolls-Royce announces $600 million in investment plans for Hoosier state

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Rolls-Royce executives announced Monday the company plans to pour more than $600 million into its operations in the Hoosier state over the next five years. “Indiana leads the nation in advanced manufacturing, and Rolls-Royce has been an integral part of our state’s industry for the past 100 years,” Gov. Mike […]

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Crawford memorial service to include Statehouse viewing

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —Hoosiers and lawmakers will start to say their goodbyes to former state Rep. Bill Crawford, D-Indianapolis, Thursday. Crawford’s former colleagues in the Indiana General Assembly will receive Crawford’s casket at the north doors of the Statehouse at 9:30 a.m. His body then will lie in state the Statehouse rotunda from […]

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Former Indy Mayor Bill Hudnut recognized for contributions to tourism

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Former Indianapolis Mayor William H. Hudnut III is being recognized for his long-standing contributions made to the tourism and business sectors of the Hoosier capital. Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and the Indiana Office of Tourism Development announced Hudnut is this year’s recipient of the 2015 Will Koch Indiana Tourism Leadership […]