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Ritz asks for money to cover textbook costs

September 5, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz is also asking for a 3-percent increase in education spending.
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NCAA asks for dismissal of 2 scholarship lawsuits

September 4, 2014
Associated Press
The NCAA and 11 conferences that have played major college football in recent years have filed a motion to dismiss two antitrust lawsuits that accuse the association of illegally capping compensation to athletes.
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Court ruling over gay marriage sparks celebration, confusion

September 4, 2014
Associated Press
Supporters of gay marriage celebrated in Indiana on Thursday after a federal appeals court upheld a ruling that the state's ban on same-sex unions is unconstitutional. But many took a cautious approach to the ruling, noting the legal fight is far from over.
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UPDATE: Court rules against gay marriage bans in Indiana, Wisconsin

September 4, 2014
Associated Press
The unanimous decision from an U.S. appeals court in Chicago found the bans were unconstitutional. The states could ask for a re-hearing at the appeals court or could appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Ex-Indiana Secretary of State White gets Internet show

September 4, 2014
Associated Press
Former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White might have been convicted of voter fraud, but he's getting his own Internet radio talk show.
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Lilly says new insulin fares better than rival's in late-stage tests

September 4, 2014
Associated Press
The Indianapolis-based drugmaker said Thursday that peglispro produced statistically significant lower blood sugar levels in patients when compared to people who took the Sanofi insulin Lantus in two late-stage studies of people with type 1 diabetes.
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Indiana Legion set to dedicate new headquarters

September 4, 2014
Associated Press
After 88 years in its current downtown Indianapolis location, the group is marking its move from downtown to the former Fort Benjamin Harrison in Lawrence.
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Lin Dunn's Hall of Fame career comes to an end

September 3, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Fever coach Lin Dunn's postgame meeting with her players Wednesday was unlike any season wrap-up speech she had ever given.
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Colts aim to stay course during Irsay's absence

September 3, 2014
Associated Press
The Colts went back to work Wednesday as team owner Jim Irsay started his six-week suspension by the National Football League, just four days before the season opener against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
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State OKs rules to license teachers without education degrees

September 3, 2014
Associated Press
The State Board of Education approved new rules Wednesday for teacher licensing that make it easier for college graduates without education degrees to get jobs in Indiana classrooms.
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Pence fills opening on Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission

September 3, 2014
Associated Press
James Huston fills a vacancy on the IURC created in May when James Atterholt, who had been the panel's chairman, stepped down to become Pence's chief of staff.
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Purdue still wants ex-chancellor report kept secret

September 3, 2014
Associated Press
Purdue University is continuing efforts to keep secret a report about the ouster of the Fort Wayne campus chancellor, even though federal and state judges have ruled it isn't protected by attorney-client privilege.
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Repayments to church scam investors wrapping up

September 3, 2014
Associated Press
The last refund checks to devout investors who lost millions in what amounted to a religious Ponzi scheme are ready to be mailed after being tied up in court for nearly a decade.
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Kokomo lines up team for new baseball stadium

September 3, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
The Kokomo team will be part of the 12-team Prospect League, which features top collegiate players and includes teams in the Indiana cities of Terre Haute and Richmond. Other teams are in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Illinois and West Virginia.
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Ohio/Indiana center forms partnership on drones

September 3, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
A joint venture between Ohio and Indiana aimed at advancing drone operations for businesses and government has formalized its partnership with a southwestern Ohio city and airport.
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Purdue to mark expansion of Discovery Park

September 3, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Purdue University is planning a ceremony to mark the opening of a nearly $29 million facility that will consolidate drug research centers at the school, as well as a $16 million expansion of a cancer research center.
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U.S. prosecutors from across nation meeting in Indy

September 3, 2014
Associated Press
Federal prosecutors from across the country are gathering in Indianapolis to discuss ways to reduce the number of guns in the hands of criminals, among other violent crime initiatives.
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Indiana blocks $78 million in wrongful tax refunds

September 3, 2014
Associated Press
The state Department of Revenue says a special investigations unit discovered more than 39,000 returns relying on identity theft to falsely claim $39 million.
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Auto parts supplier plans Indiana factory, 253 jobs

September 3, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Tenneco Inc. announced Wednesday that work is underway preparing an existing 150,000-square-foot building in a Jeffersonville industrial park for the factory.
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Work progressing on eastern Indiana wind farm

September 2, 2014
Associated Press
Dozens of 320-foot-tall towers are going up in an eastern Indiana county for what will be another wind farm in the state.
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UPDATE: Irsay pleads guilty to misdemeanor in drug case

September 2, 2014
Associated Press
Colts owner Jim Irsay will be on probation for a year and be required to submit to drug tests. His driver's license has been suspended for one year.
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Fee approved for Vectren to replace Indiana pipes

September 1, 2014
Associated Press
The approval from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission gives Vectren permission to charge a monthly fee to cover 80 percent of the project's estimated $865 million cost. The fee will show up on customer bills starting in 2015 and continue through 2021.
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RV industry leaders say rebound picking up speed

September 1, 2014
Associated Press
Key manufacturers and suppliers have announced recent expansions, the stock market is at an all-time high, and consumers are more confident in the future, industry leaders say.
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Indiana gay marriage supporters push hard in 2014

September 1, 2014
Associated Press
Voters who'd hoped to decide whether to place the state's gay marriage ban in the Constitution won't find the issue on the November ballot. But same-sex marriage is still playing a role in many political races, giving Democrats hopes of gaining a critical foothold in the heavily Republican state.
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Indiana cases could define conflict of interest

August 31, 2014
Associated Press analysis
The question of what constitutes a conflict of interest and why it matters for public officials has run throughout a string of high-profile ethics scandals in Indiana recently.
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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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