Indy lawyer could inspire more women to launch tech startups

In 2013, Haley Altman sat in her office after midnight surrounded by hundreds of documents, looking for the one needed to close a $30 million-dollar deal.

Altman had spent 10 years working as a transactional lawyer, helping venture capital firms and businesses with funding, acquisitions and initial public offerings.

At that moment, she decided what her profession really needed was technology that helped lawyers digitize all their documents, allow for e-signatures, smooth out business transactions — and ditch the mounds of paper.

But she couldn’t find anything that did the job.

“I took the next step on trying to build it on my own,” Altman said.

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Bible, family picture grace Vice President Mike Pence’s official portrait as governor

He sits on his desk with law books on his left and a family portrait and Bible on his right. With a casual smile and unbuttoned suit jacket, Vice President Mike Pence’s official portrait as governor of Indiana aims to show a man serving the state, not the federal government.

It also reflects his Christian faith and family focus.

“The portrait is really just about paying tribute to all those who are not the subject of the portrait,” Pence said Friday at the painting’s unveiling at the Statehouse.

Pence, the state’s governor from 2013-17, was accompanied at the unveiling by Second Lady Karen Pence, his daughter Audrey Pence, his mother Nancy Pence and Gov. Eric Holcomb and his wife, Janet. State and local officials also attended. The event was open to the public, drawing about 300 people to the south atrium.

After his mother, wife and daughter removed draping to unveil the portrait, Pence’s voice cracked with emotion as he gave his remarks.

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How a low-key pharmacy could help ease the opioid epidemic

Drug addicts are resourceful when they want chronic pain medication.

They can go “doctor shopping,” looking for doctors who fail to check the state’s drug monitoring database. They can duplicate prescriptions that are supposed to be filled in the months ahead. And they can steal, a method that has ranked Indiana highest for pharmacy robberies.

Now, a new pharmacy hopes to tackle the state’s opioid epidemic by keeping a tight rein on prescriptions and thieves away from their front door.

Cordant Health Solutions, a Denver-based health care company, opened a controlled substance pharmacy in Indianapolis in October. Physicians send drug prescriptions for chronic pain electronically or via couriers to the pharmacy. After checking the state’s prescription drug database and, if applicable, a patient’s drug test results, the pharmacy delivers the medication to the patient’s home or work.

It is not a walk-in pharmacy. The doors are closed to the public. The address is not shared publicly.

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‘Walking school’ shows amputees a new life without wheelchairs

INDIANAPOLIS — After a moped exploded six years ago, Christopher Allen McCoy was in a coma for four months. He woke up in a hospital, missing both of his legs and his right hand.

“I was so scared,” said McCoy, 32. “I hated myself.”

McCoy sat in his wheelchair for three years after waking up, unsure of what he now could be. Amputees are often scared to use prosthetics because they do not have enough support or training to learn how to use them, leading them to give up and use a wheelchair.

For McCoy, that fear ended when he started following famous athletes with upper- and lower-extremity prosthetics. Two of his role models, Paralympic gold medalists Dennis Oehler and Todd Schaffhauser, invited McCoy to try out their Amputee Walking School in Indiana.

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The ups, downs and what’s new for Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration

The Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration has been around for decades, but organizers continually look for new ways to make the event stand out.

It’s not always easy, organizers said. But it’s always rewarding.

“The reason why we’ve lasted so long is based upon strong collaboration that we have with partners, with the government, with the city of Indianapolis and with the state,” said Tanya Bell, president and CEO of Indiana Black Expo.

This year’s 11-day Summer Celebration, underway through July 16, has new sponsors, new programs aimed at higher education access and retention for black youth and — for the first time in the event’s 47 years — free admission to the many exhibits, conferences and workshops at the Indiana Convention Center.

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