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Hoosiers remember ‘The King’ on 40th anniversary of final performance

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Forty years ago, one 16-year-old girl stood among 18,000 other people in the presence of Elvis Presley at Market Square Arena – a day she remembers as one of the best days of her life. Just feet away from the King of Rock ‘N’ Roll, Jeanne Drews of Indianapolis […]

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State asks parents, advocates to weigh in on new education law

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A school’s accountability grade is more than a letter on the page for Cesar Roman. For the Indianapolis parent of five children, that A or F is an indicator of the teacher-student-parent partnership and level of academic education a school has to offer. Roman addressed the A-F school accountability ratings at […]

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Indigo Girls, Big & Rich among Indiana State Fair free stage entertainers

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Fair has released its free stage schedule for this summer, with performances from Big and Rich, KC & the Sunshine Band, and Indigo Girls. The shows will start on Aug. 7 and go through Aug. 23. The current line-up for the performances is: Aug. 7: Indigo Girls […]

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Benefits of school music programs touted by teachers, students

By Ally Marlow TheStatehouseFile.com What started as a normal meeting of the Education committee Wednesday quickly turned into a history lesson on music education. Before any details of Senate Bill 276 were discussed, “Rusty” Briel, the executive director of the Indiana state school music association, talked to committee members about the state’s longstanding tradition of […]

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Christmas events scheduled for Statehouse rotunda

By Jacie Shoaf TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The public is invited to attend two Christmas at the Capitol events featuring musical performances by Hoosier groups this weekend in the Indiana Statehouse. The event will occur at 5 p.m. on Friday with more music again at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The event is free. The program will […]

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Indiana congressman leads session on hip hop, politics

By Jessica Wray SHFWire WASHINGTON – Hip hop artists, activists and an Indiana congressional leader shared the same table Friday afternoon to talk about the role of hip hop music and culture as a social movement for the African-American community. The session, organized by third-term U.S. Rep. André Carson, a Democrat from Indiana’s 7th District, […]

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Hoagy Carmichael portrait added to governor’s gallery wall

Staff Report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Howard Hoagland “Hoagy” Carmichael’s portrait is the newest addition to the Hoosier Heritage Art Gallery that hangs on the south wall of Gov. Mitch Daniels’ office. The portrait – by an unknown artist – replaces a painting of the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Cook and is on […]