Government & Economic Development

Indiana panel OKs overhaul of school grading system

February 9, 2012
Associated Press
A state panel has approved changes to Indiana's A-to-F grading standards for public schools despite complaints that the new rules are too complex for schools and parents to understand.
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Warehouse company expands in Franklin

February 9, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
A refrigerated warehouse company plans to expand its facility in Franklin, investing $26 million and creating as many as 50 jobs by 2014.
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Indiana lawmaker says school bus fees increase danger

February 8, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's public school districts wouldn't be able to end school bus service for their students under a proposal advancing in the General Assembly after protests from parents in a suburban Indianapolis district who now face annual bills of more than $400 a child for rides to and from school.
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Right-to-work boycott fines put on hold by Indiana high court

February 8, 2012
Associated Press
The state Supreme Court placed on hold Wednesday all legislative fines against Democrats who boycotted the Indiana House during the right-to-work battle until it rules on whether it's legal for those fines to be deducted from their paychecks.
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Company: Sugarland resisted delaying state fair concert

February 8, 2012
Associated Press
Sugarland resisted delaying the start of a concert at the state fair despite threatening weather that caused a deadly stage collapse, the fair's top official testified against the company that built the stage rigging.
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Toyota plans to add 400 jobs in southwest Indiana

February 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday afternoon it would add 400 jobs in Princeton after consolidating production of its Highlander mid-size SUV.
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Indiana stage builder cited in state fair disaster

February 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The State Labor Department says the company that built the stage ahead of last summer's deadly Indiana State Fair collapse showed "plain indifference" to safety standards.
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Local air-freight operator fined $1M for security violation

February 8, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
OHL Solutions Inc. will pay a $1 million fine for shirking its duty to screen for explosives cargo bound for passenger planes at Indianapolis International Airport, U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett announced Wednesday morning.
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Indiana tax collections below target for January

February 7, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's state tax collections came in slightly below projections for January, the first monthly shortfall since the new state budget year began last July.
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Indiana House panel leader leery of creationism bill

February 7, 2012
Associated Press
The leader of the Indiana House Education Committee said Tuesday a proposal specifically allowing public schools to teach creationism alongside evolution in science classes could be unworkable.
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Marion County judge blocks right-to-work fines

February 6, 2012
Associated Press
A Marion County judge ordered Indiana House Republicans to return fines levied against House Democrats in the right-to-work battle last year and blocked $1,000-a-day fines levied this year.
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Senate passes comprehensive charity gambling billRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Not-for-profits with multiple affiliates in the state would need only one gambling license to run fundraisers.
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Closing arguments under way in White trial

February 3, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White's defense lawyer rested Thursday without presenting a case against voter fraud charges that could oust White from office. Clsoing arguments got under way Friday.
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Indiana union leader promises no Super Bowl skirmish

February 2, 2012
Associated Press
The president of Indiana AFL-CIO is promising union members will not disrupt the Super Bowl festivities in Indianapolis after efforts to block right-to-work legislation failed.
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Indiana liquor law could crimp Super Bowl parties

February 1, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana is among a handful of states that ban carryout liquor sales on Sundays. Even hosting the NFL's most-celebrated spectacle won't change that.
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Daniels signs right-to-work bill into Indiana law

February 1, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana has become the first Rust Belt state to enact a right-to-work labor law, prohibiting employment contracts that require workers to pay union fees or join unions.
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Indiana Senate sends right-to-work bill to Daniels

February 1, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana's Senate passed right-to-work legislation Wednesday morning by a vote of 28-22, placing the state on the verge of becoming the Rust Belt's first to enact the contentious labor law.
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House approves $5 million for state fair victims

January 31, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's House of Representatives is advancing a plan to give an additional $5 million to victims of last year's stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair.
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Indiana Senate backs creationism teaching proposal

January 31, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's public schools would be allowed to teach creationism in science classes as long as they include origin-of-life theories from multiple religions under a proposal approved Tuesday by the state Senate.
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Trial of Indiana secretary of state gets under way

January 31, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's secretary of state began facing voter-fraud charges Tuesday in a case that could decide if he remains as the state's top election official.
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Statewide smoking ban passes House

January 31, 2012
Hayleigh Colombo
Even if Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard follows through on a threat to veto the tougher citywide smoking ban council members passed Monday, a similar measure still pending in the General Assembly would prohibit lighting up in public places statewide.
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Senate backs ban on college retirement age

January 30, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has approved a bill to prohibit state universities from setting mandatory retirement ages for school administrators.
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Daniels signs new penalties for sex trafficking

January 30, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a law Monday giving prosecutors more tools to battle human sex trafficking ahead of this weekend's Super Bowl.
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Indiana Senate broadens teaching creationism proposal

January 30, 2012
Associated Press
Legislators on Monday broadened a proposal aimed at allowing Indiana's public schools to teach creationism in science classes to require that such courses include origin-of-life theories from multiple religions.
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Indiana House dilutes drug tests for lawmakers

January 30, 2012
Associated Press
The lawmaker-testing proposal is part of a bill that would mandate Indiana's welfare recipients take drug tests before receiving any assistance.
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