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High demand for road salt pushes costs up for state, city

September 29, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Department of Public Works will pay 11.5 percent more for road salt this winter than it did a year ago. Salt prices on regional bids across the state are now an average of 57 percent higher than last year's prices, according to INDOT.
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ATM, overdraft fees keep climbing, bank survey says

September 29, 2014
Associated Press
The average fee for using an out-of-network ATM has vaulted 23 percent over the past five years. It has notched a new high for eight years in a row.
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Indiana farm fatalities continue downward trend

September 29, 2014
Associated Press
The report says Indiana has had fewer than 30 documented deaths from farm-related accidents each year since 1996.
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Reservoir talk not moving Mounds shopping mall

September 29, 2014
Associated Press
Mounds Mall leasing official Jesse Wilkerson said new tenants are being actively sought for the mall, but it is exploring options for relocating, if necessary.
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NiSource to split into two publicly traded companies

September 29, 2014
Bloomberg News, Associated Press
Merrillville-based NiSource will continue to provide natural gas and electricity to more than 3 million customers, while Houston-based Columbia Pipeline Group will own 15,000 miles of natural gas transmission pipelines.
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Former workers file suit against state lawmaker

September 28, 2014
Associated Press
A state lawmaker who was one of nine Republican state senators to vote against a right-to-work law two years ago is accused in a lawsuit of failing to pay his employees more than $220,000 in wages and other benefits.
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Camp Atterbury ready for large groups of soldiers

September 28, 2014
Associated Press
With more beds and railroad tracks serving Camp Atterbury, the facility will be able to train some of the largest groups of soldiers since World War II. Now Camp Atterbury has to market itself across the nation to make the most of the new facilities.
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Few flights resume after Chicago fire throws air traffic for loop

September 26, 2014
Associated Press
A contract employee suspected of setting a fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control center brought two of the nation's busiest airports to a halt for hours Friday, sending delays and cancellations rippling through the air-travel network from coast to coast.
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Finish Line shares fall after quarterly results miss mark

September 26, 2014
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Shares in The Finish Line Inc. dropped as much as 12 percent Friday morning after the company reported second-quarter earnings and revenue that fell short of analyst expectations.
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Indiana unemployment agency wins anti-fraud grant

September 26, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development is receiving nearly $1.5 million from the federal government to help catch those who collect unemployment payments while still working.
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Purdue incentive compensation undecided for Daniels

September 26, 2014
Associated Press
The former Indiana governor's five-year contract with Purdue gives him a $420,000 annual base salary. He can also receive 30 percent more, or $126,000, based on bonuses.
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Program gets $1 million federal grant to mentor ex-cons

September 26, 2014
Associated Press
Volunteers of America of Indiana Inc. said Thursday the program will serve 250 adults being released from prison and jail and re-entering society in Indianapolis and surrounding Boone, Hancock, Hendricks, Hamilton and Morgan counties.
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Experts: Telemedicine can bridge mental health gap

September 25, 2014
Associated Press
Modern technology offers a way to deliver much-needed mental health care to rural sections of Indiana where little or none is available, experts told a legislative study committee Thursday.
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Advocates seek action on Indiana Medicaid plan

September 25, 2014
Associated Press
Health care advocates and industry lobbyists are asking federal officials for speedy approval of Indiana's request for a Medicaid expansion.
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Rise in bed sores pushes state medical errors to new high

September 25, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Overall, 111 medical errors were reported in 2013, the biggest number in any year since the state began reporting them in 2006.
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DeLaney asks for tougher rules after ethics conflict

September 24, 2014
Associated Press
An Indiana House Democrat is calling for a new ethics rule designed to close loopholes exposed by departing Republican House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner.
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Big-money donors play in quiet 2014 state election cycle

September 24, 2014
Associated Press
Campaign finance data collected by the state show that more than $35 million has been given to candidates and campaign committees so far this year.
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Indiana preschool pilot to begin in 4 counties

September 24, 2014
Associated Press
Four urban Indiana counties selected for a state-funded preschool pilot program will launch it in early 2015, officials said Wednesday during a day of meetings among state and local officials and educators.
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Tony Stewart won't face charges in deadly crash

September 24, 2014
Associated Press
A grand jury has decided against charging NASCAR star Tony Stewart in the August death of driver Kevin Ward Jr. at a sprint car race in upstate New York. Officials said Ward was under the influence of marijuana that night "enough to impair judgment."
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Report: Indiana high court heard 80 cases in last year

September 24, 2014
Associated Press
The court's annual report says the justices were asked to review 995 cases. Eighty of those cases made it to oral arguments. The justices read thousands of pages of briefs before deciding which cases to hear.
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More insurers to offer health law plans next year

September 23, 2014
Associated Press
The Health and Human Services department on Tuesday reported a net increase of 63 insurers joining the market in 43 states plus Washington, D.C.
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White takes next step in hoops career, becomes Fever coach

September 23, 2014
Associated Press
Stephanie White was the perfect fit to coach the Indiana Fever. After all, the Indiana native has virtually spent her whole life in the Hoosier state.
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State's way of paying public defenders debated

September 23, 2014
Associated Press
The state pays the salaries of its judges and prosecutors, but public defenders are paid by counties that are only partially reimbursed for their costs—an approach that some including the executive director of the Indiana Public Defender Council want to see changed.
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Indiana Toll Road operator set for short bankruptcy

September 23, 2014
Bloomberg News, Associated Press
The operator of the Indiana Toll Road, which paid $3.8 billion for a 75-year operating lease, won approval Tuesday of a schedule paving the way to exit bankruptcy court protection in just more than a month.
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Purdue: More students staying in, finishing school

September 23, 2014
Associated Press
Purdue says the increased success rates are due largely to efforts at recruiting and providing financial aid for students who are prepared for the school's academic challenges.
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