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Retail sales weaken in December, but cap a record year

January 13, 2012
Associated Press
For all of 2011, U.S. retail sales totaled a record $4.7 trillion. That was a gain of nearly 8 percent over 2010 — the largest percentage increase since 1999. But the final month of the year was a dud.
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Indiana county leaders worried over 911 funding

January 12, 2012
Associated Press
County officials across Indiana scrambling to find money to pay for 911 emergency services say they aren't confident of getting help from state legislators, who might be leery of boosting cellphone fees during an election year.
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Indiana fair concerts going to expanded coliseum

January 12, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana State Fair Commission decided Thursday to permanently move its outdoor grandstand concerts indoors and authorized spending $3.8 million to help prepare their new home: The Pepsi Coliseum located nearby on the north side Indianapolis fairgrounds.
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Indiana senator wants automatic tax refund revised

January 12, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate's lead budget writer says the state needs to save more money before it begins sending taxpayers automatic refund checks.
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Gender bias suit filed against Quest Diagnostics

January 12, 2012
Associated Press
The $100 million lawsuit was brought in U.S. District Court by sales managers Erin Beery in Indianapolis and Heather Traeger in Bradenton, Fla., two employees of the company's AmeriPath division.
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Indiana House schedules initial right-to-work vote

January 11, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's House of Representatives has scheduled its first vote on divisive right-to-work legislation that has prompted stall tactics by Democrats through the first week of the 2012 legislative session.
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Indiana House panel backs smoking-ban bill

January 11, 2012
Associated Press
The House health committee voted 9-3 in favor of the bill Wednesday after adding an exemption for retail tobacco shops. The bill would prohibit smoking in most public places and workplaces, including bars.
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Indiana chief justice says court can help economy

January 11, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard used his final speech to the Legislature on Wednesday to chart how far the state's judicial system has come during his 25 years heading the state's highest court.
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Indiana legislators consider basketball tourney bill

January 11, 2012
Associated Press
The Senate's education committee conducted a hearing Wednesday afternoon on a bill that would force a return of the state's old single-class basketball tournament, along with provisions to block school districts from starting their academic year before Labor Day and require the teaching of cursive writing.
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Closed meeting angers wounded store clerk's family

January 11, 2012
Associated Press
The family of a convenience store clerk critically injured in an October shooting harshly criticized an Indiana agency's decision to hold a closed-door meeting Wednesday with trade groups on efforts to boost safety at the 24-hour facilities.
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Purdue to move to year-round academic system

January 11, 2012
Associated Press
The move announced Wednesday by Purdue President France Cordova will break the academic year into three 13-week trimesters with a larger lineup of summer courses.
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Governor defends right-to-work in State of the State speech

January 10, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels defended divisive right-to-work legislation that he only recently put his name behind, while asking House Democrats to end their boycott of the measure.
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Daniels gives more modest agenda to Indiana lawmakers

January 10, 2012
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels asked Indiana lawmakers on Tuesday to approve a statewide smoking ban and dedicate more money toward victims from last summer's state fair stage collapse during his final State of the State speech.
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Drugmaker plans 234 Terre Haute jobs by 2016

January 10, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A California-based pharmaceutical company says it expects to hire 234 people by 2016 at a new operation on the site of a former Pfizer Inc. drug plant near Terre Haute.
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Attorney General asks high court to hear candidacy dispute

January 10, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has asked the state Supreme Court to decide whether Charlie White can remain secretary of state.
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Indiana Senate backs tougher sex-trafficking law

January 10, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has approved a bill to toughen penalties for sex trafficking, and supporters hope it will become law before football fans converge on Indianapolis for the Super Bowl in less than a month.
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HHGregg shares sink on disappointing earnings

January 10, 2012
Associated Press
Appliance and electronics retailer HHGregg Inc.'s stock price fell more than 15 percent Tuesday after it reported lower-than-expected earnings for the fiscal third quarter.
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Indiana House Democrats boycott again over labor bill

January 10, 2012
Associated Press
Most Indiana House Democrats have resumed their legislative boycott, hours after a dispute in which a Republican committee chairman refused to allow consideration of any proposed changes to a divisive right-to-work bill.
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Honda to build new Acura model in Indiana

January 10, 2012
Associated Press
Honda Motor Co. unveiled a trio of new vehicles Monday, including an entry-level car for the Acura brand that will be built in Greensburg.
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Bill would make eminent domain tougher for state colleges

January 10, 2012
Associated Press
An Indiana lawmaker is sponsoring a bill that would make it more expensive for state-supported universities to acquire land by eminent domain.
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Legislation seeks more aid for college athletes

January 9, 2012
Associated Press
The legislation would require large athletic programs to cover all sports-related medical expenses incurred by athletes. In addition, the legislation would require colleges to continue providing financial aid to students whose athletic scholarships are revoked despite being in in good standing.
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Indiana Supreme Court will hear IBM case

January 9, 2012
Michael W. Hoskins
The Indiana Supreme Court will decide whether Gov. Mitch Daniels must appear for a deposition and testify in an ongoing lawsuit challenging the cancelled IBM contract to modernize the state’s welfare system.
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Indiana reaches online sales tax deal with Amazon.com

January 9, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Amazon.com will begin collecting Indiana's 7-percent sales tax from customers in 2014 under an agreement with the state announced Monday.
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Top budget aide to Indiana governor steps down

January 9, 2012
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels' top budget official is stepping down after being part of the Indiana governor's administration since he took office seven years ago.
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Indiana airports hope Super Bowl brings more business

January 9, 2012
Associated Press
The Indianapolis Super Bowl host committee has listed 17 regional airports as additional landing spots outside of the Indianapolis area for people headed to the game on Feb. 5.
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