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Governor signs state smoking ban into law

March 19, 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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Building rentals help school district make ends meet

March 19, 2012
Associated Press
Franklin is planning to raise $120,000 by renting the performing arts center and middle school auditorium this year — six times what the district made in rental fees four years ago.
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Popular barbershop gets makeover from community

March 18, 2012
Associated Press
Whiteland residents have rallied around a beloved barber who has been cutting hair in the Johnson County community for more than four decades by helping him remodel his shop.
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Daniels says he has no interest in vice presidential nomination

March 16, 2012
Bloomberg News
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who declined to seek the U.S. presidency this year, said he isn’t interested in being selected as the Republican vice presidential nominee.
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Indiana school district expected to end bus fees

March 16, 2012
Associated Press
A cash-strapped Indiana school district that angered parents by turning its buses over to a not-for-profit that began charging for children to ride will likely end that practice soon.
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Daniels names longtime state senator as secretary of state

March 16, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana state Sen. Connie Lawson will replace ousted Secretary of State Charlie White as Indiana's top elections official.
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Supporters say fines will give teeth to Indiana access law

March 16, 2012
Associated Press
A bill approved by lawmakers allows judges to order civil fines of up to $500 against open-records law violators. Gov. Mitch Daniels has until Tuesday to decide whether to sign the bill into law.
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Corn crop could be 'huge' on warm weather, economist says

March 16, 2012
Associated Press
Corn production in the United States, the world’s biggest shipper of the grain, will be “huge” as warm weather encourages farmers to plant early to avoid the risk of late-season frost damage, economist Dennis Gartman said.
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Company says right-to-work not reason for expansion

March 15, 2012
Associated Press
MBC Group President Eric Holloway said Thursday that he always planned to expand his Brookville operations and that a state press release issued two weeks ago mistakenly quoted him as saying right-to-work legislation factored into his decision.
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Elections board: Lugar must register elsewhere in county

March 15, 2012
Associated Press
An elections board ruled Thursday that U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar can't vote at the Indianapolis home he sold in 1977 but can register elsewhere in the county, a partial victory for tea party activists who allege the Republican incumbent has committed voter fraud for decades
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Supreme Court rejects Democrats' election-chief challenge

March 15, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that ousted Secretary of State Charlie White had been eligible to run for office in 2010, rejecting a Democratic challenge and clearing the way for Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels to appoint a replacement.
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Foreclosures surge in most states, including Indiana

March 15, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana saw default notices climb 37 percent in February compared to February 2011. Scheduled home auctions were up 92 percent from the previous year.
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Pence starts Indiana tour, has promised policy ideas

March 14, 2012
Associated Press
U.S. Rep. Mike Pence was set to begin a statewide "listening" tour as Hoosiers wait to hear more specific ideas from the Republican gubernatorial hopeful.
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Indiana panel passes new water quality rules

March 14, 2012
Associated Press
An Indiana regulatory panel passed new rules Wednesday aimed at protecting the quality of the state's waterways. The new rules are aimed at lowering the levels of pollutants released into waterways by companies.
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Three Anderson workers fired over relatives' HUD funds

March 14, 2012
Associated Press
Three employees of an Anderson department that receives federal money for affordable housing have been fired for failing to notify city and federal officials that they had relatives whose housing was paid for with the funds.
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Indiana says it can't afford to add seat belts to buses

March 13, 2012
Associated Press
A state education official said Monday's accident was the first fatality of a school-age child riding or getting on or off an Indiana school bus since 2009.
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Lower unemployment means no more extended benefits

March 13, 2012
Associated Press
About 10,000 Indiana residents who have been unemployed for more than 79 weeks will no longer be eligible to receive 20 more weeks of extended federal benefits after April 15 because the state's three-month average unemployment rate is no longer 110 percent higher than it was three years ago.
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County commissioner pushes to invalidate I-69 vote

March 13, 2012
Associated Press
A Monroe County commissioner is pushing to invalidate a Bloomington planning panel's vote that added a contentious section of the Indianapolis-to-Evansville Interstate 69 extension to the group's local highway plan.
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Minor Indiana school reforms find last-minute success

March 12, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers signed off on minor school changes at the close of the 2012 session while reining in broader efforts sought by state schools Superintendent Tony Bennett.
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Daniels: Indiana added more jobs than thought in 2011

March 12, 2012
Associated Press
Daniels said Monday that the state is set to release new data showing that 43,000 jobs were added in the private sector last year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics originally stated Indiana added 27,000 jobs.
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Purdue gets grant to develop cheaper solar cell

March 11, 2012
Associated Press
Purdue University researchers are working to increase the efficiency of a new solar cell that they say could become a significant player in energy production.
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Bloomington officials narrowly OK I-69 extension

March 9, 2012
Associated Press
A Bloomington planning panel voted narrowly Friday to back off its opposition to a section of the Interstate 69 extension from Indianapolis to Evansville that would pass through Monroe County.
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Indiana legislators approve smoking restrictions

March 9, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has narrowly approved a statewide smoking ban proposal, sending it to the governor for his expected signature into law. The ban exempts Indiana's bars, casinos and private clubs such as veterans and fraternal organizations.
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Economy adds 227,000 jobs, jobless rate unchanged

March 9, 2012
Associated Press
U.S. employers added 227,000 jobs in February to complete three of the best months of hiring since the recession ended.
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Indiana House approves statewide smoking-ban bill

March 8, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana House voted Thursday night to approve a statewide smoking ban bill, setting up a vote Friday in the state Senate on whether the restrictions will be on their way to becoming law.
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