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Exhibit takes visitors inside natural disasters

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The moment you step into the Indiana State Museum’s new exhibit, you’re greeted by the sounds of earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes. “The Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters” exhibit uses interactive experiences to let visitors explore nature’s destructive forces. In one area, visitors can see what makes the ground shake. […]

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Scammers preying on Hoosier storm victims

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Home improvement scammers are traveling door-to-door with the hope of luring Indiana homeowners into paying for home repairs following a recent round of storms in the Hoosier state. Often traveling from out of state, these storm-chasing contractors offer immediate services that include a variety of shoddy, overpriced or unneeded work […]

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Hoosiers urged to prepare for severe weather

By Gary Qi TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — As severe weather season approaches, safety officials say now is the time to prepare for dangerous storms. This week is the Severe Weather Preparedness Week. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is encouraging Hoosiers to prepare. “Hoosiers are well aware that the arrival of spring brings with it an […]

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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 […]

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Podcast: Legislative news for Monday, March 5, 2012

In today’s podcast, hear what Gov. Mitch Daniels said after surveying tornado damage over the weekend and find out what to expect in the last week of the legislative session. Listen now: Check back daily for our news summary.

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Volunteers help Henryville try to rebuild after powerful tornado

By Sarah Seward The Statehouse File HENRYVILLE — The tornado that ripped through northern Clark County on Friday may have destroyed a high school and damaged more than 100 homes and businesses but the community’s spirit is thriving. Volunteers from across the town and the state worked around the clock to sort donations, distribute food […]

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Tornado damage photos from New Pekin

Reporter Sandie Love took the following photos during a trip Saturday to New Pekin, Ind. Tornado damage in New Pekin, Indiana from The Statehouse File on Vimeo.

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Homeowners in Southern Indiana try to pick up the pieces

Update: State officials reduced death totals to 12 on March 4, after this story was written. The story reflects the total when it was written. By Sandie Love The Statehouse File See a slide show of storm damage photos from New Pekin. Click here. NEW PEKIN — Sherry Clem’s house was nearly torn apart by […]

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Daniels to visit storm-damaged areas of Southern Indiana

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mitch Daniels will travel to Southern Indiana on Saturday morning to visit areas damaged by Friday’s deadly storms. Severe storms ripped across Southern Indiana on Friday, killing at least six people and damaging homes and other properties. “Once again Mother Nature has dealt harshly with Indiana,” Daniels […]