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Illiana Expressway eligible for low-interest loan

March 17, 2014
Associated Press
The proposed Illiana Expressway linking northwestern Indiana with Chicago's south suburbs is eligible for a low-interest federal loan for up to one-third of the cost of the $1.5 billion project.
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Indiana unemployment rate drops to 6.4 percent

March 17, 2014
Associated Press
Figures released Monday by the state Department of Workforce Development show Indiana's jobless rate for January fell four-tenths of a percentage point from the month before.
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Irsay arrest may bring NFL punishment, sharpen scrutiny on bowl bid

March 17, 2014
Anthony Schoetle
The drug-related arrest of Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay could bring repercussions from the National Football League and might play a factor in the city's bid for the 2018 Super Bowl.
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Financial emergency sparks cuts in Connersville

March 16, 2014
Associated Press
The city's clerk-treasurer estimates the city's general fund will have less than $15,000 in the bank as of May 1, yet its monthly payroll and claims typically exceed $700,000.
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Pence signs bill allowing state fair alcohol sales

March 16, 2014
Associated Press
The law ends a 67-year ban on selling alcoholic beverages at the Indiana State Fair, positioning Indiana to join 48 other states that allow the practice.
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Statehouse victories tempered by Senate, budget concerns

March 16, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Gov. Mike Pence and House Republicans entered the 2014 legislative session with big plans for education, taxes and roads, but they often found themselves running into Senate roadblocks.
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Biomet plans $40.5 million upgrade, 150 jobs

March 16, 2014
Associated Press
Biomet's project calls for building renovations and adding 3-D printing and optical scanning technology. The Warsaw-based company would also upgrade an incubation center for surgeons interested in introducing a new product, technology or technique.
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Lawsuits challenge Indiana's gay marriage ban

March 14, 2014
Associated Press
Ken Falk, chief legal counsel for the ACLU of Indiana, said he expects the growing number of federal lawsuits will be consolidated into a single challenge against the state's marriage law.
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Indiana lawmakers kill drug screening for welfare

March 14, 2014
Associated Press
The measure failed in the last minutes of the General Assembly session Thursday. The House passed the measure 81-17, but the Senate voted 24-24 against the bill.
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Lawmakers query Ball State on intelligent design

March 14, 2014
Associated Press
Four conservative Republican Indiana legislators are questioning Ball State University's decision to prohibit the teaching of intelligent design in a science course.
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Ex-Purdue president taking over science foundation

March 14, 2014
Associated Press
The U.S. Senate this week confirmed President Barack Obama's nomination of France Cordova to lead the federal agency that has a $7 billion budget to award grants for scientific research around the country.
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Statehouse update: Guns in school parking lots, concussion training, veterans clinics and more

March 13, 2014
Associated Press,  The Statehouse File
High-profile bills on mass-transit, road funding and business taxes passed the Indiana General Assembly on Thursday, but so did several other pieces of legislation. Here's a rundown.
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Indiana lawmakers pass package of business tax cuts

March 13, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
The corporate income tax and state banking tax would be reduced to 4.9 percent and local governments would be left to decide whether to cut the business equipment tax.
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Accrediting agency places Martin University on probation

March 13, 2014
Associated Press
Only 2.6 percent of Martin University's full-time students graduated within four years and its six-year completion rate of 14.3 percent "was also extremely low," the North Central Association's Higher Learning Commission said.
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Preschool pilot program headed to Pence's desk

March 13, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The General Assembly has approved a pilot program to send low-income children in five counties to preschool.
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Pence signs military relief fund changes into law

March 13, 2014
Associated Press
The measure will make about 26,000 Indiana veterans who served in the Armed Forces or National Guard after Sept. 11, 2001, eligible for grant payments through the state's Military Family Relief Fund starting July 1.
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U.S. retail sales rebound after two slow months

March 13, 2014
Associated Press
Retail sales bounced back in February after suffering a steep decline during a bitterly cold January. Shoppers spent more on autos, clothing and furniture, the Commerce Department said.
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RV supplier plans expansion in Indiana, 150 jobs

March 13, 2014
Associated Press
Lippert Components is planning to start operations at a closed South Bend distribution center and hire more than 150 workers this year.
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Company must pay back Indiana businesses

March 13, 2014
Associated Press
A company has agreed to refund to nearly 1,200 Indiana businesses the money they paid for services that they erroneously believed were required by law.
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Bosma: $400M for roads, $15M for preschool program

March 12, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana would spend heavily on new road construction and launch a preschool pilot program under a pair of last-minute deals reached between Statehouse Republican leaders.
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Food restrictions back in Indiana welfare bill draft

March 12, 2014
Associated Press
A contentious measure to screen and drug-test some welfare recipients and to limit food-stamp use to only "nutritional" foods has resurfaced in the Indiana General Assembly with little time left to vote on the bill.
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Obama seeks overtime pay for more salaried workers

March 12, 2014
Associated Press
Bypassing Congress, President Barack Obama intends to order changes in overtime rules so employers would be required to pay millions more workers for the extra time they put in on the job.
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UPDATE: Governor to sign Indiana recycling bill

March 12, 2014
Associated Press
Legislation that sets a goal for Indiana to eventually recycle at least half of its municipal waste is headed to Gov. Mike Pence's desk after passing the General Assembly.
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Indianapolis leaders tout plan to curb violence

March 12, 2014
Associated Press
Last year, the city shifted 100 officers to patrol duty to help combat crime. Despite that, Indianapolis suffered 125 homicides in 2013, its highest tally in seven years.
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Lawmakers seek to remove Indiana from Common Core

March 12, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate voted 35-13 Wednesday to end the state's use of federal Common Core standards and instead adopt a series of state-written guidelines.
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