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Indiana Statehouse capacity limit angers Dems

December 30, 2011
Associated Press
A plan by Indiana officials to limit the number of people who can be inside the Statehouse at any given time has angered Indiana Democrats and union officials.
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Daniels, Beshear reach agreement on bridges

December 29, 2011
Associated Press
Construction on two new bridges costing $2.6 billion and spanning the Ohio River between Kentucky and Indiana could begin in late 2012, with the spans open before the end of the decade, Kentucky and Indiana officials said Thursday.
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Walgreen expects to lose most Express Scripts biz

December 29, 2011
Associated Press
Drugstore operator Walgreen Co. said Thursday it expects to lose almost 90 percent of prescriptions handled by pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts Inc. after it leaves Express Scripts' networks on Jan. 1.
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State supreme court upholds Indiana robocall law

December 29, 2011
 Franklin College News Bureau
The Indiana Supreme Court has upheld a state law restricting automated robocalls. In a 4-1 decision Thursday, the court held the state law that requires a live operator on the phone before a recorded message doesn't violate the right to free speech.
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Daniels: Lawmakers will decide on more state fair money

December 29, 2011
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels will push for more money for victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse, but lawmakers will have to decide how much.
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Indiana: Two percent fail job-training drug tests

December 29, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana officials say a drug-testing program that started in July for people seeking job training has led to about 2 percent of applicants failing.
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Unemployment claims rise after steady declines

December 29, 2011
Associated Press
The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week after three weeks of declines. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dropped for the fourth straight week.
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Bargain hunters divided holiday shopping season

December 29, 2011
Associated Press
The holiday shopping season turned out to be two seasons: the Black Friday binge and a last-minute surge before Christmas. Together, they added up to decent sales gains for most retailers.
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Bugs may be resistant to genetically modified corn

December 29, 2011
Associated Press
One of the nation's most widely planted crops — a genetically engineered corn plant that makes its own insecticide — may be losing its effectiveness because a major pest appears to be developing resistance more quickly than scientists expected.
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Fatal shooting creates human resources issue for Kroger

December 28, 2011
Associated Press
Kroger officials are reviewing the actions of a manager who fatally shot a would-be robber inside a grocery store while it was busy with customers.
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Judge moves hearing on Indiana secretary of state

December 28, 2011
Associated Press
A Marion Circuit Court judge has delayed a hearing sought by Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White in his bid to remain in office.
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Anderson mayor resigns, takes back police job

December 27, 2011
Associated Press
A central Indiana city's mayor has resigned with less than a week left to go in his term. Anderson Mayor Kris Ockomon submitted his resignation at a safety board meeting Monday.
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Two women charged with faking state fair claims

December 27, 2011
Associated Press
Two Indianapolis women were charged Tuesday with making false claims to try to collect money from funds intended for victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse.
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Amid leadership issues, Indiana Dems fight over future

December 26, 2011
Associated Press
Before he changed his mind, Dan Parker's decision to step down as party chairman was seen by many as an opportunity to find fresh blood to lead Democrats through fights to win back the governor's office and a U.S. Senate seat next year.
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Durham's attorney alleges feds abused wiretaps

December 21, 2011
Greg Andrews
Indicted financier Tim Durham's attorney alleges "the government has engaged in a course of conduct that ... constitutes gross misconduct so severe that dismissal is warranted."
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Vectren locks out union workers in dispute

December 17, 2011
Associated Press
Vectren has locked out 270 union workers at several Indiana worksites after the union rejected a proposed three-year-contract.
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CME Group says it's staying in Illinois

December 16, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday signed tax-break legislation designed to keep the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Sears Holding Co. from fleeing the state. CME had talked to Indianapolis officials about moving to central Indiana.
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State AG to challenge order for Daniels to testify

December 16, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana judge on Friday ordered Gov. Mitch Daniels to be deposed in two lawsuits over the state's cancellation of a $1.37 billion contract IBM received to modernize the state's welfare system, but the state attorney general said he would challenge the order.
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Daniels appoints new general counsel

December 16, 2011
Associated Press
Anita Kolkmeier Samuel, Mitch Daniels' assistant general counsel and policy director, replaces David Pippen, who recently resigned to become chairman of the environmental law group at Indianapolis law firm Bose McKinney & Evans LLP.
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Panel hears arguments over Indiana abortion funding

December 15, 2011
Associated Press
A federal agency will reconsider whether Indiana violated federal law when it decided to cut off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.
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Inquiry into Wheldon's death in crash completed

December 15, 2011
Associated Press
IndyCar officials say several factors contributed to the Oct. 16 accident that claimed the life of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon.
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House Speaker: State lawmakers may seek smoking ban

December 15, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says lawmakers may seek passage of a statewide smoking ban before the nation's attention turns to Indianapolis for the February Super Bowl.
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Job market looks better as unemployment claims sink

December 15, 2011
Associated Press
The number of people applying for benefits fell last week to 366,000, the fewest since May 2008. If the number stayed that low consistently, it would likely signal that hiring is strong enough for unemployment rates to fall.
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Almost all state fair claimants accept offers

December 14, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Attorney General's office said Wednesday that 63 of the 65 claimants have confirmed they'll accept the settlements over the State Fair stage collapse.
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Budget official: State was warned about tax collections

December 14, 2011
Associated Press
Democrat Erik Gonzalez of the state's budget-forecasting committee said his panel warned the Indiana Department of Revenue something was wrong with corporate tax collections two years before the state discovered it misplaced $320 million.
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