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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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Gubernatorial candidates turn in signatures

February 9, 2012
Associated Press
Democrat John Gregg and Republican Mike Pence submitted plenty of signatures to get their names on Indiana's ballot for governor. Fishers businessman Jim Wallace, however, said he came up 111 signatures shy of the number needed to make the ballot.
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Indiana panel OKs overhaul of school grading system

February 9, 2012
Associated Press
A state panel has approved changes to Indiana's A-to-F grading standards for public schools despite complaints that the new rules are too complex for schools and parents to understand.
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Indiana among 10 states getting No Child Left Behind waivers

February 9, 2012
Associated Press
President Barack Obama on Thursday will free 10 states, including Indiana, from the strict and sweeping requirements of the No Child Left Behind law, giving leeway to states that promise to improve how they prepare and evaluate students, The Associated Press has learned.
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Indiana lawmaker says school bus fees increase danger

February 8, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's public school districts wouldn't be able to end school bus service for their students under a proposal advancing in the General Assembly after protests from parents in a suburban Indianapolis district who now face annual bills of more than $400 a child for rides to and from school.
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Right-to-work boycott fines put on hold by Indiana high court

February 8, 2012
Associated Press
The state Supreme Court placed on hold Wednesday all legislative fines against Democrats who boycotted the Indiana House during the right-to-work battle until it rules on whether it's legal for those fines to be deducted from their paychecks.
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Company: Sugarland resisted delaying state fair concert

February 8, 2012
Associated Press
Sugarland resisted delaying the start of a concert at the state fair despite threatening weather that caused a deadly stage collapse, the fair's top official testified against the company that built the stage rigging.
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Lawsuit filed over denial of senior's home care

February 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A Carmel-based health insurer once owned by Conseco Inc. is being sued for refusing to pay claims for in-home care submitted by California senior citizens.
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Koch family takes another step toward Kentucky park

February 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The owners of Holiday World have taken another step toward re-opening an amusement park near Louisville known as Kentucky Kingdom that closed more than two years ago.
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