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Hoosiers urged to exercise caution when using fireworks

By Eddie Drews TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Independence Day is traditionally one of the loudest holidays of the year across the nation but it can also be one of the most dangerous. “Hoosiers using fireworks this summer need to be both safe and legal when doing so,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson in a statement. […]

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Bus law serves Special Olympics athletes

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – For 47 years the Porter County Special Olympics team has utilized the Valparaiso Community School district’s buses to get to and from events. This year that almost changed because of a law many people were unaware of. Lorrie Woycik, a retired Special Olympics co-coordinator, followed her usual routine but […]

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Hoosier politicians react to decision of insurance providers

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Two health insurance providers, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and MDwise, announced Wednesday they would not be offering health plans under the Affordable Care Act in Indiana for 2018. Wednesday marked the deadline for insurance companies to submit proposed rates to the Indiana Department of Insurance. “Today’s news again confirms […]

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Senate passes school bus bill through committee unanimously

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana General Assembly is fast tracking a bill that will make public school transportation services available to Hoosiers with developmental disabilities. House Bill 1507 amends a current law and has passed the committee on Family and Children Services unanimously Monday. The Porter County Special Olympics program previously used […]

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Easier access to driver’s licenses could improve lives of foster teens

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Breann Delaney is passionate about bettering the lives of teenage foster children, especially those who are seeking employment or have a desire to better their education. “Foster children who went through traumatic experiences at no fault of their own deserve normalcy,” Delaney said. The passion for a normal life […]

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Financial help expanded for Hoosier women battling breast and cervical cancer

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –More Hoosier women are now eligible for financial assistance to help diagnose breast and cervical cancer, state health officials say. The Indiana Breast and Cervical Cancer Program – BCCP – released new guidelines last week that expand funding options for women who fall below the 200 percent federal poverty line […]

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INDOT warns motorists to watch for deer

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –The Indiana Department of Transportation is warning drivers this fall to be on high alert for deer on the roadways. Franklin resident Mike Rivera struck a deer earlier this fall when he was driving on a dark suburban road. Rivera says he didn’t see the animal before his car clipped […]

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HIP 2.0 ads to blanket TV, radio and web

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The new Healthy Indiana Plan, otherwise known as HIP 2.0, will begin a statewide advertisement campaign on Monday. The campaign is designed to bring an awareness of the program to the hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers who qualify for the plan. On Monday, the state will begin running TV, […]

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Video & story: Torr withdraws bill that could have changed liability in traffic accidents

Torr scraps seat belt bill from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A state lawmaker killed a bill Monday that would have let juries know if victims in a car accident were wearing seat belts. Rep. Jerry Torr, R-Carmel, said he didn’t have the votes to pass House Bill 1011 and so […]

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Pence seeks meeting with Obama about health care

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence plans to talk with Barack Obama about the state’s low-income health care plan while the president is in Indiana on Friday for a speech about the economy. Pence sent a request for a private meeting to the White House on Thursday morning, just a day […]

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