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Government sues to close tax preparer in 5 cities

March 28, 2012
Associated Press
The U.S. Justice Department is going to court in an effort to close a tax preparation company called Instant Tax Service and its offices in Indianapolis and four other cities, accusing franchisees of preparing fraudulent tax returns to maximize refunds and extract large tax preparation fees.
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Indiana panel sets new college degree goals

March 28, 2012
Associated Press
The resolution looks to increase on-time graduation rates at both two- and four-year campuses and double the number of college graduates produced in the state by 2025. The plan also aims to have 60 percent of Indiana adults with college degrees by 2025.
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Two charged in $2.2M scheme against Colts' Freeney

March 28, 2012
Associated Press
A financial adviser for Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney and the adviser's lover have been arrested on federal wire fraud charges that allege they swindled about $2.2 million from the lineman.
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State likely to grow in middle, population report says

March 28, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's population is projected to grow by 1 million people by 2050, to nearly 7.5 million people in total, but most of the growth will occur in the Indianapolis area, especially in the northern suburbs.
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Wabash National shares rise on $360M deal

March 27, 2012
Associated Press
Shares of Indiana-based Wabash National Corp. jumped Tuesday after the maker of truck trailers said it would diversify its business by purchasing liquid-transportation company Walker Group Holdings LLC for $360 million.
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Indiana fruit growers hope cold stays away after heat

March 27, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana fruit growers whose trees were lured into blooming weeks ahead of normal by a March heat wave surveyed their orchards Tuesday following a night of freezing or near-freezing temperatures that threatened the trees' tender blossoms.
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Hoosier Lottery watching Illinois' online-sales effort

March 27, 2012
Associated Press
The Hoosier Lottery hasn't started formally looking at online sales. But spokesman Al Larsen said the lottery will consider it depending on how the program in Illinois works out.
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Anderson baseball-complex plan hits financing snag

March 27, 2012
Associated Press
Construction on The Farm, a $7.5 million baseball and softball facility along Interstate 69, has hit another snag while city officials and project developers continue to negotiate acceptable financing terms.
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Device maker Biomet paying $22.7M to settle bribery case

March 26, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana-based Biomet Inc. has agreed to pay $22.7 million to settle U.S. criminal and civil allegations that it bribed government-employed doctors in Argentina, Brazil and China for eight years to win business with hospitals.
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Judge rejects some of Indiana's claims against IBM

March 26, 2012
Associated Press
The core issue in a dispute over a project to modernize Indiana's welfare system — whether IBM breached the billion-dollar contract — wasn't addressed when a judge dismissed 17 of the state's claims against the computer giant, an attorney for the state said Monday.
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Indiana Supreme Court back to work with new leader

March 26, 2012
Associated Press
Brent Dickson will preside as the acting chief justice on the Indiana Supreme Court following the retirement of longtime Chief Justice Randall Shepard.
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'Repo Games' TV show to feature Indiana contestants

March 26, 2012
Associated Press
Anderson will be heavily featured in a game show that gives residents who are facing a repossession a chance to have their vehicle paid off on the spot by answering questions correctly.
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Butler's Stevens turns down Illinois coaching job

March 25, 2012
Associated Press
A person familiar with the basketball coaching search at the University of Illinois says the Illini are interested in talking to Ohio University's John Groce after being turned down by Brad Stevens of Butler University.
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Libertarians pick Boneham to run for governor

March 24, 2012
Associated Press
Former television reality show star Rupert Boneham has been selected as the Libertarian Party's candidate for Indiana governor.
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Cummins boom drives up demand for apartments

March 24, 2012
Associated Press
A hiring boom at engine maker Cummins and the economic recovery are leaving many people in search of apartments out in the cold in Columbus.
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Daniels names former counsel Massa to high court

March 23, 2012
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels on Friday named 50-year-old Mark Massa to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard from the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Judge orders Sugarland to testify in April on stage collapse

March 23, 2012
Associated Press
The country duo's Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush had proposed giving depositions in May regarding the deadly 2011 state fair accident, but on Friday Marion Superior Court Judge Theodore Sosin instead ordered testimony early next month.
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Lilly receives Europe's OK for new Byetta use

March 23, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press, Associated Press
European regulators have approved an expanded use for the diabetes treatment Byetta, developed by Eli Lilly and Co. and Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. The FDA approved the same expanded use last fall.
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Manufacturer expanding northeast-Indiana operations

March 23, 2012
Associated Press
Busche Enterprise Division Inc. said it will spend about $17 million to buy, expand and equip a factory near its headquarters in the Noble County town of Albion, adding up to 120 workers by 2015.
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Court: Indiana can't deny welfare without reason

March 22, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court said Thursday that the state Family and Social Services Administration can't deny Medicaid, food stamps or welfare to people without first doing a better job of telling them why.
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Insurers speed health care overhaul preparations

March 22, 2012
Associated Press
The nation's big insurers are spending millions to carry out President Barack Obama's health care overhaul even though there's a chance the wide-reaching law won't survive Supreme Court scrutiny.
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Indiana United Ways get $3.15M for storm recovery

March 22, 2012
Associated Press
The Lilly Endowment is giving a $3.15 million to the Indiana Association of United Ways to help southern Indiana recover from recent tornadoes and other storms.
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Lawsuits filed over school bus crash that killed 2

March 22, 2012
Associated Press
Indianapolis-based personal-injury attorney Ken Nunn says some of the injuries to children from a school bus crash in Indianapolis that killed the driver and a student could have been prevented if the bus had seat belts.
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Indianapolis attorney pleads guilty to theft charges

March 22, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
An Indianapolis attorney has pleaded guilty to theft charges after prosecutors say she took nearly $600,000 from two accounts for which she was responsible.
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Sugarland wants to delay stage testimony until May

March 21, 2012
Associated Press
The country duo Sugarland want to wait until May to give depositions in lawsuits over a stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair because they're preparing to tour, their attorney argued in court motions filed Wednesday.
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