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The search for the food desert solution

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Thousands of Hoosiers don’t have a way to go get healthy food, but lawmakers are working to bring healthy food to them instead. “We are really excited about hopefully bringing more food to more people living in urban and rural areas,” Sen. John Ruckelshaus, R-Indianapolis, said following Wednesday’s Interim […]

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Road funding bill moves forward

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana House is moving forward with a road funding bill that would raise gas taxes by 10 cents per gallon and allow for future tolling of the state’s highways. Tuesday, the House considered amendments to House Bill 1002, which would raise $700 million in additional funds for infrastructure […]

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Q&A: Meet Rep. Chris May, surprise political ambitions lead to Statehouse

By James Polston TheStatehouseFile.com This is a question and answer series with newly-elected members of the Indiana General Assembly. Some responses have been edited for brevity and clarity. INDIANAPOLIS ­— Rep. Chris May, R-Bedford, never dreamed of becoming a politician. “It was just one of those things that the dominos kind of just fell at […]

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Q&A: Meet Rep. Dave Heine, farmer turned lawmaker

By Alexa Freeman TheStatehouseFile.com This story is a question and answer series with newly-elected members of the Indiana General Assembly. Some responses have been edited for brevity and clarity. INDIANAPOLIS – Rep. Dave Heine, R-Fort Wayne, has spent his entire life in northeast Indiana and is focused on making the area, as well as the […]

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Hoosiers encouraged to walk or bike to school on May 4

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Community service organizations are encouraging Hoosiers walk or bike to school and work on May 4 to promote healthy transportation options. Indiana Safe Routes to School Partnership and Health by Design want schools and parents to participate in the National Bike to School Day. Last year, more than 45 schools […]

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New law: Mini-trucks are now free to roam the roads

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com This is the first in a month-long series of stories about new laws in Indiana. INDIANAPOLIS — Mini-trucks, rev your engines. Starting Jan. 1, mini-truck drivers will be allowed to use Indiana roads and highways for travel. A bill signed into law this spring would allow for mini-trucks to travel on state […]

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Webcast: 2015 session wrap up

Anchors Natavia Howell and Adam Lee have the headlines for the last week of the 2015 legislative session. TheStatehouseFile.com webcast – May 2, 2015 from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo.

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Republican budget spends more on schools, changes how dollars are distributed

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House Republicans released their first draft of the state’s next two-year budget Monday, which included more than $16 billion in K-12 education funding – a 4.7 percent increase from the previous biennium and significantly more than suggested by Gov. Mike Pence. K-12 education comprises 52 percent of […]

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Regulators nix cost recovery for BlueIndy electric car program

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission denied a petition from Indiana Power and Light, which sought to recover $12.3 million to install charging stations for electric vehicles as part of the BlueIndy electric vehicle project. The decision could put the controversial project in jeopardy. In a meeting on Wednesday, the […]

Commentary: A tidal pattern that could lift many boats

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Commentary: A tidal pattern that could lift many boats

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com MERRILLVILLE, Indiana – When Bill Hanna and Ty Warner talk about trains, buses and roads, they’re really talking about other things. Jobs. Communities. Lives. Hanna is the president of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority. Warner is the executive director of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission. The three of us […]

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