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Suicide awareness training bill passes House by unanimous vote

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would require all teachers and other staff members who have regular contact with students to be trained in youth suicide and prevention awareness passed through the House with a unanimous vote 93-0. Author of the bill, Rep. Julie Olthoff, R-Merrilville, asked her fellow lawmakers to vote […]

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Exceptional youth worker to be honored with cash prize for professional development

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— The Indiana Youth Institute is looking for Hoosiers making a difference in the lives of young people and there’s a cash prize for the winner. The Indiana Youth Institute is teaming up with the Central Indiana Community Foundation to create an annual award. The winner gets a $2,500 cash prize to […]

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Zoeller calls on FDA to protect youth from e-cigs

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Attorney General Greg Zoeller is calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to include and prohibit e-cigarettes under the Tobacco Control Act to protect youth from the addiction and adverse health effects of nicotine. This plea is a result of growing concern as more Hoosier youths have access to […]

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Committee considers bill to ban powdered alcohol as company prepares to sell

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House Public Policy Committee postponed a vote Wednesday on a bill that bans powdered alcohol – one day after the company that founded the product announced it had received federal approval to sell it. Senate Bill 6, authored by Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, prohibits Palcohol, which can be […]

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Bill aims to help kids who’ve been trafficked into sex trade

By Ben Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Parents of missing children could receive additional help if a bill passed unanimously Wednesday by the House Family, Children, and Human Affairs Committee becomes law. House Bill 1216, authored by Rep. Randy Truitt, R- West Lafayette, would require the Indiana State Police superintendent to create a pamphlet to be […]

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Video & story: Heroin traps young lives across Indiana

By Allie Nash TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Heroin use is on the rise – not just in Hollywood or New York, where living fast and dying young can seem a world away – but in less sophisticated cities, towns and suburbs across Indiana and the rest of the nation. Understanding the Heroin Crisis in Indiana 10 […]