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Koch family could get Kentucky Kingdom answer this week

February 21, 2012
Associated Press
The Kentucky State Fair Board will discuss and vote on a tentative operating agreement with the owners of Holiday World in Santa Claus, Ind. A spokeswoman said the Koch family may rename Kentucky Kingdom.
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Dem Donnelly campaigns on Lugar residency issue

February 21, 2012
Associated Press
Democrat Joe Donnelly is picking up a popular line of attack against Sen. Richard Lugar as he looks to win the veteran politician's seat in November.
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Warmer-than-usual winter could ruin state's fruit crops

February 17, 2012
Associated Press
Early warm temperatures could be bad news for the state's profitable blueberry and apple crops, which bring in more than $13 million each year. It could also hurt Indiana's growing wine-grape industry.
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Indiana fair victim testifies on state plan for found money

February 16, 2012
Associated Press
A high school tennis player who was crippled in last summer's deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair testified Thursday as legislators considered whether to double the amount the state is paying for victims.
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Committee to push for safer late-night stores in Indiana

February 16, 2012
Associated Press
Since 2006, six people have been killed and 27 people have been seriously injured in violent crimes at late-night stores in Indiana.
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Lawmakers eye early finish after contentious start

February 16, 2012
Associated Press
Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma told House members Thursday that he and Senate President Pro Tem David Long were planning to wrap things up by March 9. The 2012 session is formally scheduled to end by March 14.
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Former Daniels aide challenges Wallace GOP bid

February 16, 2012
Associated Press
A former longtime aide to Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is challenging GOP businessman Jim Wallace's qualifications to run for governor.
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Bill seeks school superintendent contract disclosure

February 16, 2012
Associated Press
A bill that would require Indiana's school boards to disclose all financial details of proposed superintendent contracts before voting on them drew only positive comments during a public hearing before a legislative panel.
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Foreclosure activity edges higher in January

February 16, 2012
Associated Press
Banks took back more U.S. homes in January than in the previous month, the latest sign that foreclosures are accelerating after slowing sharply last year. Foreclosures were up 69 percent in Indiana compared to January 2011.
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Indiana measles outbreak illustrates disease risk

February 15, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana is battling its second measles outbreak in two years, even though its vaccination rate exceeds the national average. Health officials say the cases, traced to a Super Bowl event, illustrate just how vulnerable the public is to exposure from sources at home and abroad.
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Legislators advance ban on school bus fees

February 15, 2012
Associated Press
A legislative committee has endorsed a bill that would prohibit Indiana's public school districts from charging fees for school bus service.
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Plan to drug-test Indiana welfare recipients stalls

February 15, 2012
Associated Press
A bill to require drug-testing for some Indiana welfare recipients has failed in a legislative committee after concerns were raised about the possible $1 million cost to start the program.
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Daniels wants few exemptions to Indiana smoking ban

February 15, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says he hopes legislators will send him a statewide smoking ban bill with a short list of exemptions.
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Indiana tea partiers challenge Lugar residency

February 15, 2012
Associated Press
Richard Lugar's tea party challenger stood Wednesday morning outside the Indianapolis home the Republican U.S. senator sold decades ago to make the case his opponent no longer has much to do with the state he represents.
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Utility exec: Coal-gas plant's 'time has passed'

February 14, 2012
Associated Press
A utility executive told a legislative committee Tuesday that a drop in natural gas prices as a result of the nation's shale-gas boom have made a proposed southern Indiana coal-gasification plant a project "whose time has passed."
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Indiana legislators back bill for alcohol amnesty law

February 14, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana legislators are nearing agreement on a bill that would shield people from arrest on alcohol charges if they report that someone is intoxicated and needing medical help.
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State Supreme Court rules Daniels doesn't have to testify

February 13, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court said Monday afternoon that Gov. Mitch Daniels doesn't have to answer questions under oath in a $400 million lawsuit that the state filed against IBM Corp.
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Feds take over SCB Bank in Shelbyville

February 11, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Muncie-based First Merchants Bank will assume the deposits and some of the loans of SCB, the third Hoosier bank to fail since the banking crisis began three years ago.
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Many Indiana House Democrats calling it quits

February 10, 2012
Associated Press
More than quarter of the Democratic members of the Indiana House aren't trying for re-election this year, further boosting the chances of Republicans strengthening their hold on the chamber.
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Daniels would consider post under GOP president

February 10, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who decided last year against a presidential run, says he would consider serving in the cabinet of a new Republican president but believes it's "very improbable" the eventual nominee would tap him as a running mate.
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Top Indiana House budget writer won't seek new term

February 10, 2012
Associated Press
Rep. Jeff Espich of Uniondale, the leader of the Indiana House's budget-writing committee, announced Friday that he won't seek re-election this fall and will end 40-year legislative career.
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Bloomington hires firm to plan technology park

February 10, 2012
Associated Press
Development officials have hired a company to plan a downtown Bloomington technology park they hope can eventually spawn a bustling high-tech business hub in the southern Indiana city.
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Schools chief: No Child waiver helps Indiana students

February 9, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana will take advantage of a federal waiver on provisions of the No Child Left Behind act to create better education for students, State School Superintendent Tony Bennett said.
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Advocates want no weakening of Indiana smoking ban

February 9, 2012
Associated Press
Anti-smoking advocates aren't happy about an 18-month exemption for bars that's included in a bill for a statewide smoking ban, and are aiming to prevent the proposal from being watered down.
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13K Indiana foreclosure victims to get $2K checks

February 9, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana homeowners will receive about $43 million in refinanced loans while other borrowers will get $30 million worth of loan-term modifications and other relief as part of a $25 billion nationwide settlement with the country's biggest mortgage lenders.
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