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Ellspermann writes to EPA requesting quick action on renewable energy requirements

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann is requesting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency take action on setting renewable energy volume requirements for 2014, 2015 and 2016. In a letter to the EPA Administrator, Ellspermann noted the uncertainty in the volumes requirements significantly impacts Hoosier farmers and biofuels industries in Indiana. Gov. Mike […]

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Salem elementary school to get a tornado safe room thanks to $1.6M grant

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS– An elementary school in Salem is getting ready for a major addition to its campus – one that is intended to make the area a safer place for students, teachers and staff. On Friday Salem Community Schools was awarded a federal grant of nearly $1.6 million for the construction of […]

Commentary: Planned Parenthood and a Hoosier show trial

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Commentary: Planned Parenthood and a Hoosier show trial

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The latest dispute regarding Planned Parenthood illustrates much of what is wrong with American politics. For those who haven’t followed the story, an activist with a long history of opposing reproductive rights made several visits to Planned Parenthood offices. He filmed several of the exchanges he had with Planned […]

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Pence appoints dozens to state boards, commissions

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has made appointments to the following boards and commissions. Business Law Survey Commission Noell Allen, Hancock County, appointed to serve at the pleasure of the governor Stuart Gutwein, Tippecanoe County, appointed to serve at the pleasure of the governor Janet Monroe, Marion County, appointed to serve at […]

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Feds approve Indiana’s NCLB waiver for schools

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Federal officials have granted the state a three-year waiver that frees Indiana schools from some of the requirements of the controversial No Child Left Behind Act. The approval comes about 18 months after federal officials had expressed some concerns about the way the state was monitoring troubled schools and […]

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Nashville, Rushville become first certified broadband-ready communities

By Max Bomber TheStatehosueFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— Nashville and Rushville are the first communities certified broadband ready under a program the General Assembly approved last spring. The designation is meant to show the communities are ripe for broadband investment and have taken steps to eliminate regulatory barriers. “Businesses have one more reason to invest in Indiana,” Gov. […]

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Low unemployment could mean trouble for businesses seeking workers

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s unemployment rate dropped below 5 percent in June for the first time in more than seven years as the state’s labor force continued to expand. The rate – which measures the number of people who are actively seeking work but unemployed – fell to 4.9 percent from […]

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Pence orders flags at half staff in honor of Tennessee shooting victims

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— Gov. Mike Pence has declared a period of morning after last week’s shootings in Tennessee, which took the lives of four U.S. Marines and one Navy sailor. Pence is directing flags at state facilities statewide to be flown at half-staff beginning Tuesday. Flags should be flown at half-staff until sunset on […]

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House Republicans pen letter of support for Planned Parenthood investigations

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – House Speaker Brian Bosma is just one of 59 House Republican Caucus members who sent a letter of support to Gov. Mike Pence amidst the call for an investigation into Planned Parenthood facilities. The letter reads, in part, “We are writing to express our concerns regarding the recent revelations surrounding […]

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New A-F grading criteria for schools approved by state

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The State of Indiana has given the final approval to the new A-F accountability rule for schools. The new rule will base the grade rating for schools on performance and growth weighed equally. Performance and growth will be weighed 50/50 in grades 3-8 and 20/20 in high schools. High schools […]

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