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Lugar, Mourdock prepare for lone debate in Senate race

April 8, 2012
Associated Press
Until now, Indiana's Senate Republican primary race between longtime U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar and Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock has been dominated by television ads, millions of campaign phone calls and foment among Indiana's strong base of conservative voters:
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Merger of pollution boards worries enviros, chamber

April 6, 2012
Associated Press
A new state law that merges three longtime rule-making boards into a single panel is stoking concerns among business and environmental groups about what the shift could eventually mean for Indiana's environmental regulations.
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Public tours planned for Indianapolis catacombs

April 6, 2012
Associated Press
Public tours are expected start this summer of catacombs dating to the 1880s underneath City Market in downtown Indianapolis.
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U.S. unemployment rate dips, but job growth slows

April 6, 2012
Associated Press
The job market slowed in March as companies hit the brakes on hiring amid uncertainty about the economy's growth prospects. The unemployment rate fell slightly, but mostly because more Americans stopped looking for work.
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Daniels reputation on line with Indiana's $205M tax error

April 5, 2012
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels has built a national image as a persnickety fiscal manager with an eye for detail, but two massive accounting errors that have tilted Indiana's books by more than half-a-billion dollars threaten to tarnish that reputation as the popular Republican prepares to leave office.
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Indiana officials step down after $205M in local taxes mishandled

April 5, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The head of Indiana's Department of Revenue and two other officials are resigning after $205 million in local option income taxes were not distributed to counties. Marion County will get an extra $41 million from the oversight.
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Tribune Broadcasting and DirecTV reach 5-year deal

April 4, 2012
Associated Press
DirecTV subscribers in 19 U.S. markets, including Indianapolis, have regained access to a host of channels that had been blacked out since Sunday because of a contract impasse with Tribune Broadcasting.
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Democrats, Mourdock attack Lugar on gas prices

April 4, 2012
Associated Press
U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar's opponents are hitting the embattled incumbent on policies they say would be driving gas prices higher than they already are.
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Governor signs state smoking ban into law

April 4, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the smoking ban bill and other legislation during a ceremony Monday morning at his Statehouse office.
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Cook Group to restore southern Indiana movie theater

April 4, 2012
Associated Press
Bloomington-based medical device maker Cook Group announced Tuesday it would restore the 750-seat Tivoli Theatre in downtown Spencer, which was built in 1928 and boarded up in 1999.
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Daniels, hopefuls support Indiana corn ethanol

April 3, 2012
Associated Press
The Democrat and Republican running to replace Gov. Mitch Daniels spent most of their Tuesday morning talk with Indiana corn growers and ethanol producers outlining their similarities, starting with the fact that their campaign vehicles run on E85 ethanol blends.
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IBM: Indiana canceled deal because of budget woes

April 3, 2012
Associated Press
The real reason Indiana canceled its nearly $1.4 billion contract with IBM for a troubled welfare automation system was state budget problems, a lawyer for the computer giant argued Tuesday. But the state said IBM was more concerned about profit than getting assistance to needy people.
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Sugarland video depositions slated for next week

April 3, 2012
Associated Press
Members of the country duo Sugarland will give video depositions from West Virginia next week in lawsuits over the Indiana State Fair stage collapse that killed seven people and injured dozens of others.
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Ex-Democratic official charged in ballot petition forgery

April 3, 2012
Associated Press
A former Democratic Party county chairman in northern Indiana has been charged with leading a scheme to forge signatures on petitions to place Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the state's 2008 presidential primary ballot.
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Zoo extends hours as warm weather brings big crowds

April 3, 2012
Associated Press
Zoo officials say the zoo will be open an extra hour, until 5 p.m., through this week to accommodate the visitors coming out during the early spring warmth as many area school districts are on spring break.
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EPA moves closer to approval of 15-percent ethanol gas

April 2, 2012
Associated Press
The federal government announced Monday it has taken a step toward wide distribution of fuel containing 85 percent gasoline and 15 percent ethanol by allowing manufacturers to register as suppliers.
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Another veteran justice leaving Indiana Supreme Court

April 2, 2012
Associated Press
Justice Frank Sullivan Jr. announced Monday that he will be leaving the court after 19 years to join the faculty at Indiana University's law school in Indianapolis. Sullivan says he will remain on the court until near the start of the law school's fall semester.
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New Indiana Supreme Court justice takes oath

April 2, 2012
Associated Press
The newest member of the Indiana Supreme Court has been sworn into office. The court says Mark Massa took the oath to become Indiana's 107th Supreme Court justice during a private ceremony Monday morning.
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Airlines' treatment of passengers slowly getting better

April 2, 2012
Associated Press
Based on traditional yardsticks — lost bags, delayed flights, lousy service and bumpings from full planes — airlines are doing a better job, say private researchers who have analyzed federal data on airline performance.
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Tribune Broadcasting says no DirecTV deal

April 1, 2012
Associated Press
Tribune Broadcasting said there's been no settlement with DirecTV Inc. in their contract negotiations, which means DirecTV subscribers in 19 U.S. markets, including Indianapolis, have lost access to certain programming.
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Deal allows Lugar to move Indiana voter registration

March 30, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar will switch his voter registration to his family farm in resolving a dispute with local election officials who ruled that he couldn't vote using the address of an Indianapolis home he sold in 1977.
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IHSAA to make 11-stop tour to debate class system

March 29, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana High School Athletic Association Commissioner Bobby Cox and state Sen. Mike Delph have announced an 11-stop statewide tour to discuss Indiana's class basketball system.
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Greenwood rejects cross-country bicycle route

March 29, 2012
Associated Press
A proposed cross-country bicycle route won't cut through downtown Greenwood and could be rerouted out of Johnson County altogether.
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New standardized test could be tougher than ISTEP

March 29, 2012
Associated Press
State Superintendent Tony Bennett said the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, test in the 2014-2015 school year will be more difficult than the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress Plus exam.
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U.S. weekly jobless claims fall to lowest level in four years

March 29, 2012
Associated Press
The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly unemployment benefit applications fell by 5,000, to a seasonally adjusted 359,000. That's the smallest number of applicants since April 2008. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined to 365,000.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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