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Indiana tax revenue better than expected for July

August 3, 2011
Associated Press
The new budget year is off to a good start for Indiana's state government with about $23 million more in tax revenue coming in than expected.
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IU union urges president to not accept big raise

August 3, 2011
Associated Press
The union that represents Indiana University's support staff is urging IU's president to turn down a 22-percent pay raise, saying the money could instead go toward preventing layoffs at a campus library.
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Indiana State Fair to promote soybean industry

August 3, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana State Fair will celebrate the versatility of the soybean and its $2.5 billion impact on the state during its 17-day run beginning Friday.
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Indicted elections chief hires ex-prosecutor Brizzi

August 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White has hired former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi as his lead defense attorney in his fight against voter fraud charges.
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Proposed wind farm seeking approval in Tipton

August 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
An energy company that wants to build a massive wind farm in central Indiana has taken another step toward that goal.
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Most Indiana lawmakers vote against raising debt ceiling

August 2, 2011
Associated Press
A majority of Indiana's congressional delegation bucked the trend and voted against emergency legislation to raise the nation's debt ceiling, drawing praise from a tea party official.
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Democrat Gregg wants to improve manufacturing base

August 2, 2011
Associated Press
Former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg said Tuesday he would focus on rejuvenating the state's manufacturing base if he is elected governor next November.
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Wife of Pacers owner testifies against nanny

August 2, 2011
Associated Press
The wife of Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon testified Tuesday that she knew nothing about violence in the past of a nanny who worked for her and said she would not have hired her if she had known.
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Stocks slump as concerns about economy grow

August 2, 2011
Associated Press
The Dow Jones industrial average sank 265 points on Tuesday and all three major stock indexes fell more than 2 percent as investors reacted to more signs of weakness in the U.S. economy and poor earnings from several big companies.
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Obama signs debt bill after final Senate vote

August 2, 2011
Associated Press
The Senate emphatically passed emergency legislation Tuesday to avoid a first-ever government default, rushing the legislation to President Barack Obama for his signature just hours before the deadline.
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Environmental groups sue to block I-69 construction

August 2, 2011
Associated Press
Citizens for Appropriate Rural Roads and the I-69 Accountability Project said the road expansion would violate federal environmental laws.
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Debt deal would have little impact on economy until 2014

August 1, 2011
Associated Press
The deal reached by Congress to raise the debt ceiling and cut more than $2 trillion in public spending should have only a minor impact on the economy for the next two years. Almost all the cuts would be made in 2014 or beyond.
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Indiana asks court to lift Planned Parenthood order

August 1, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana asked a federal appeals court Monday to lift a judge's order blocking parts of a new abortion law that cuts some public Planned Parenthood funding, saying the issue should be decided by Medicaid officials and not the courts.
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Trial starts in nanny's suit against Pacers owner

August 1, 2011
Associated Press
A nanny who worked for Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon and his wife testified in a wrongful-firing case Monday that the couple knew of her tumultuous life, but decided to keep her on their staff.
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Debt deal gaining steam in Washington, D.C.

August 1, 2011
Associated Press
A crisis-conquering deficit-reduction agreement struck by the White House and congressional leaders after months of partisan rancor picked up momentum Monday.
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Lugar: Norquist tax pledge, others hamper Congress

July 31, 2011
Associated Press
Sen. Richard Lugar is the only Republican in the state's Congressional delegation who hasn't signed Norquist's pledge, which requires the signer to "oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes."
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Critics knock school superintendent pay-cap idea

July 29, 2011
Associated Press
The suggestion that Indiana lawmakers impose a limit on the pay for school district superintendents doesn't seem to have much support.
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Economy growing at slowest pace since recession

July 29, 2011
Associated Press
The economy expanded at a meager 1.3-percent annual rate in the spring after scarcely growing at all in the first three months of the year, the Commerce Department said Friday. The combined growth for the first six months of the year was the weakest since the recession ended two years ago.
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Dry streak becoming worrisome for Indiana farmers

July 29, 2011
Associated Press
Central Indiana is on pace for perhaps its driest July on record, with the state's eastern half already in low-level drought conditions.
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Democrats appeal Indiana elections chief decision

July 29, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Democrats on Thursday appealed a decision allowing embattled Republican Secretary of State Charlie White to stay in office while he fights voter fraud charges.
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Experts tell state panel marijuana prohibition has failed

July 28, 2011
Associated Press
A state panel heard from a parade of experts Thursday as it began studying whether to legalize marijuana in Indiana or reduce criminal penalties on small amounts of the drug.
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Health care use trend may temper premium hikes

July 27, 2011
Associated Press
Consumers may catch a little break when their health insurance policies renew. Lower-than-expected use of health care has helped push insurer earnings higher and that may temper how much they increase premiums.
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Work starting on $8.8M center at Crane tech park

July 27, 2011
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels joined local officials for a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for the $8.8 million center for the WestGate at Crane Technology Park. The 64,000 square-foot, two-story building will include training classrooms and office space.
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State commerce chief backs right-to-work law

July 26, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's chief economic development officer told state lawmakers Tuesday that Indiana has lost deals to attract businesses because it lacks a right-to-work law.
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ISTA says new teacher contract forms violate state law

July 26, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana State Teachers Association is asking a judge to block state education officials from putting new teacher contract forms for the 2011-2012 school year into use.
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