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Want to help Harvey and Irma victims? Donate blood

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Blood collection agencies across Indiana are calling on Hoosiers to donate blood to assist those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. “We are encouraging eligible donors in parts of the country unaffected by the storm to give blood or platelets to ensure that there is sufficient blood supply,” said […]

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Stay safe and reduce costs as temps rise

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Higher temperatures across the state can lead to serious health complications and higher electric bills. While Hoosiers cannot control the weather, residents can take steps to stay safe and better manage electricity use and its cost. The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief […]

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Hoosiers urged to prepare for flooding

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­— Hoosiers are urged to prepare for the upcoming flood season and might want to consider flood insurance. According to the Indiana Department of Insurance, the state had record rainfall last year in June and above average precipitation in July that led to many flash flood watches and warnings across […]

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Lawmakers, staff roll up their sleeves to donate blood

By Gary Qi TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Legislators and government staff joined the Indiana State Capitol Blood Donor Challenge Wednesday. Legislators rolled up their sleeves for this friendly competition among several state departments, the Senate and the House of Representatives. Meg Ahlering, account manager with the American Red Cross, said legislators are “role models” for Hoosiers. […]

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Effort to install more smoke detectors leads to drop in fire deaths

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Fire officials say more homes with smoke detectors saved lives in 2015. The number of fire-related deaths in Indiana dropped 14 percent last year. “We applaud the first responders throughout the state who have worked tirelessly, day and night, to not only protect those in danger, but also to […]

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Red Cross seeks more blood, platelets donors

By Sandie Love TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Thousands of Hoosiers have responded to the call to donate blood platelets and certain blood types to the American Red Cross, but the need for more donors is still urgent. “We are grateful to the donors who have rolled up a sleeve to give blood or platelets to the […]