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Pence wraps up UK trade trip after blitz of meetings

July 17, 2014
The governor met Wednesday with a company considering Indiana for its U.S. operations, but his office would not identify the firm.
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Indiana to study peer cities to learn growth strategies

June 25, 2014
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. will conduct a study to compare Indiana cities to others across the region that are economically booming, the IEDC announced Wednesday.
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State makes moves to clean up voter lists

June 20, 2014
Many Hoosiers will be receiving postcards this week requesting updated information as part of a statewide effort to clean up voter-registration information.
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Planned Parenthood employee out after video sting in Indy

June 12, 2014
At a local clinic, an undercover agent for an opposing group asked about sexual role-playing and recorded the conversation. Planned Parenthood officials say the exchange does not reflect their standards or protocols.
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Several education-related bills signed into state law

March 25, 2014
In addition to approving legislation to end Common Core standards in Indiana, Gov. Mike Pence on Monday signed four other education-related bills into law.
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Technical diploma bill headed to full Senate

February 26, 2014
A bill that would create a career and technical diploma for high school students passed the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.
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Pence: Session ‘productive’ so far, agenda largely intact

February 6, 2014
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Thursday he’s pleased with the way his agenda is faring at the halfway point of the 2014 session of the General Assembly.
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Biological drug bill advances to full Senate

January 23, 2014
The Indiana Senate is set to consider legislation that could give patients access to more options for drug treatments that derive from biological organisms.
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Lawmakers confused by cut in state’s tobacco funds

January 8, 2014
A hearing about tobacco funding Wednesday in the House Public Health Committee left many legislators still searching for answers.
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  1. Looking at the two companies - in spite of their relative size to one another -- Ricker's image is (by all accounts) pretty solid and reputable. Their locations are clean, employees are friendly and the products they offer are reasonably priced. By contrast, BP locations are all over the place and their reputation is poor, especially when you consider this is the same "company" whose disastrous oil spill and their response was nothing short of irresponsible should tell you a lot. The fact you also have people who are experienced in franchising saying their system/strategy is flawed is a good indication that another "spill" has occurred and it's the AM-PM/Ricker's customers/company that are having to deal with it.

  2. Daniel Lilly - Glad to hear about your points and miles. Enjoy Wisconsin and Illinois. You don't care one whit about financial discipline, which is why you will blast the "GOP". Classic liberalism.

  3. Isn't the real reason the terrain? The planners under-estimated the undulating terrain, sink holes, karst features, etc. This portion of the route was flawed from the beginning.

  4. You thought no Indy was bad, how's no fans working out for you? THe IRl No direct competition and still no fans. Hey George Family, spend another billion dollars, that will fix it.

  5. I live downtown Indy and had to be in downtown Chicago for a meeting. In other words, I am the target demographic for this train. It leaves at 6:00-- early but doable. Then I saw it takes 5+ hours. No way. I drove. I'm sure I paid 3 to 5 times as much once you factor in gas, parking, and tolls, but it was reimbursed so not a factor for me. Any business traveler is going to take the option that gets there quickly and reliably... and leisure travelers are going to take the option that has a good schedule and promotional prices (i.e., Megabus). Indy to Chicago is the right distance (too short to fly but takes several hours to drive) that this train could be extremely successful even without subsidies, if they could figure out how to have several frequencies (at least 3x/day) and make the trip in a reasonable amount of time. For those who have never lived on the east coast-- Amtrak is the #1 choice for NY-DC and NY-Boston. They have the Acela service, it runs almost every hour, and it takes you from downtown to downtown. It beats driving and flying hands down. It is too bad that we cannot build something like this in the midwest, at least to connect the bigger cities.

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