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Veterans Affairs department rejects call for leader to quit

May 6, 2014
Associated Press
The Indianapolis-based American Legion, the nation's largest veterans service group, called Monday for the resignations of U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and two of his top aides amid an investigation into allegations of corruption and unnecessary deaths.
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Light turnout expected for Tuesday elections

May 6, 2014
John Sittler, The Statehouse File
The primary will be the first in a dozen years that the ticket won’t be led by a statewide office. But county races are on the ballot and so are all 100 seats in the Indiana House of Representatives and half of the state's 50 Senate seats.
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Marriage vote fallout limited to few Indiana races

May 5, 2014
Associated Press analysis
A handful of Republican legislators are facing tough primary battles from challengers who blame them for delaying a constitutional amendment that would solidify the law.
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Negative ads shake up 2014 GOP primary battles

May 4, 2014
Associated Press analysis
What has otherwise been a fairly sleepy primary cycle suddenly started to wake up in the past week, when negative ads from an otherwise soft-spoken veteran lawmaker hit the airwaves in Indianapolis.
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Election key step in town's change into city

May 4, 2014
Associated Press
An Indianapolis suburb will begin the transition from the town to city this Tuesday, as voters in Fishers vote in its first municipal primary election.
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Keystone-style overhaul discussed for key Hamilton County corridor

May 3, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
A study recommends replacing as many as 10 signalized intersections along State Road 37 with roundabout interchanges, dropping the highway under the cross streets.
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City's bid team revving up for Super Bowl pitch

May 3, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis officials plan to use a downtown light show and $30 million in pre-raised corporate cash to wow the NFL’s team owners into granting the Circle City the title of Super Bowl host for the second time in six years.
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UPDATE: Indiana education waiver could be at risk, Feds say

May 2, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana's efforts to set its own educational course could be in danger if the state fails to correct issues with the implementation of its No Child Left Behind waiver, the U.S. Department of Education said.
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Committee OKs $8.3 million for emergency road work

May 1, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Public Works Committee of the Indianapolis City-County Council approved $8.3 million in emergency road repairs Thursday night, after the list of proposed projects was revised to include every council district.
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Indiana Grown Commission now accepting applications

May 1, 2014
Jesse Wilson, The Statehouse File
The IGIC was created by a law signed by Gov. Mike Pence on March 27. The legislation creates a commission that oversees the programs that market and promote Indiana-produced agriculture.
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Indiana counties with vote centers on the rise

May 1, 2014
Associated Press
Residents in 16 out of Indiana's 92 counties can head to designated vote centers during next Tuesday's primary elections, up from seven counties in 2012.
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Interactive Intelligence plans $28M building, 430 hires

May 1, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Local software firm Interactive Intelligence Group Inc. announced Thursday afternoon that it plans to hire 430 employees by the end of 2016 as part of a major expansion of its headquarters.
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Daniels says trip for political meeting was appropriate

May 1, 2014
Associated Press
Purdue University President Mitch Daniels said his trip to a conference in Georgia attended by several Republican presidential hopefuls was a chance to promote the school and meet potential donors.
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House ethics panel finds Turner didn't violate rules

April 30, 2014
Associated Press
The House Ethics Committee expressed concerns Wednesday that House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner's efforts to kill a proposed nursing home moratorium did not achieve the "highest spirit of transparency" and vowed to tighten those rules.
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Jasper engine firm to hire 235 for new plant

April 30, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Jasper Engine & Transmission Exchange expects to buy, renovate and equip a 220,000-square-foot facility near its headquarters in the southwest Indiana city.
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Democratic councilors wrangle road repairs for districts

April 30, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis might forego repairing some heavily traveled, winter-damaged roads to instead focus on shoddy streets spread among all City-County Council districts.
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Indianapolis fire chief stepping down with illness

April 30, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Brian Sanford, who has led the department since 2008, will remain in the position until a replacement can be found.
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Supreme Court upholds EPA rule on cross-state pollution

April 30, 2014
Associated Press
The 6-2 ruling was an important victory for the Obama administration in controlling emissions from power plants in 27 Midwestern and Appalachian states. Texas led 14 states, including Indiana, and industry groups in challenging the rule.
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Japanese manufacturer plans 220 jobs in Mooresville

April 29, 2014
 IBJ Staff
A subsidiary of TOA Industries Co. Ltd. plans to spend $72.1 million to construct and equip an additional 360,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space at its existing facility in Morgan County.
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Indiana forms coalition to fight public corruption

April 29, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said the Public Integrity Coalition will educate and train officials from counties, cities, towns, townships and other local government units.
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UPDATE: Panel proposes tax hikes to add hundreds of officers

April 29, 2014
 IBJ Staff
A City-County Council task force recommended Monday an increase in the income taxes dedicated to public safety. It also backed eliminating a homeowner tax break.
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Bike advocates choose Indy for protected lanes

April 28, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard is scheduled to join U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Tuesday for a press conference on the Green Lane Project.
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UPDATE: Presidential debate interest renewed at Purdue

April 28, 2014
Associated Press
The appointment of Purdue University President Mitch Daniels to the Commission on Presidential Debates raises the question of whether the university would bid to host one of the debates for the 2016 race.
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City predicts rising property values around justice center

April 28, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The argument that the complex could help revitalize the neighborhoods near the former GM stamping plant southwest of downtown could be crucial for securing the support of residents.
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MORTON: Indy's road to Oz will end soon for sports team owners

April 26, 2014
David B. Morton
The seemingly endless yellow brick road to Oz, or what residents of central Indiana have come to accept as privately owned professional sports franchises seeking financial sustenance to build and upgrade, is nearing a tipping point of practical expenditures.
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