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Pence renews talks over $2.1B fertilizer plant

April 8, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana economic development officials have renewed talks with Pakistan-connected developers who want to build a major fertilizer plant in southwestern Indiana, one year after the state withdrew its support for the project over national security concerns.
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Ex-owner of troubled dental clinic pleads guilty to tax evasion

April 8, 2014
Associated Press
The former owner of a central Indiana dental clinic being investigated for Medicaid fraud has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for not paying more than $850,000 in taxes.
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UPDATE: Experts question some Indiana teacher evaluations

April 7, 2014
Associated Press
Education policy experts say results of the first Indiana teacher evaluations that rank only 2 percent as needing improvement show some schools aren't taking the rating system seriously.
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Bennett campaign ethics hearing further delayed

April 7, 2014
Associated Press
Former Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett's hearing over charges that he violated state ethics laws was moved Monday to August as defense attorneys review thousands of pages of evidence turned over by the state inspector general.
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NCAA's Emmert: Unionization 'grossly inappropriate'

April 7, 2014
Associated Press
President Mark Emmert said Sunday that the NCAA wants to allow the big conferences with moneymaking teams to write their own rules, and those changes could solve many athletes' complaints more effectively than unionization.
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Manufacturers help drive recycling bill to passage

April 6, 2014
Associated Press
A state lawmaker who co-authored legislation setting a goal for Indiana to eventually recycle at least half of its municipal waste says the state's resource-hungry manufacturing industry was a key to the bill's passage this year.
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Groups hope to revive Indiana Commerce Connector

April 6, 2014
Associated Press
A group of central Indiana manufacturers and warehousing companies hopes to revive a proposal for a highway that would connect the region's major interstates and communities.
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Reservoir opponents warn of impact on rare wetland

April 6, 2014
Associated Press
Kevin Tungesvick, a local restoration ecologist, said the proposed $350 million Mounds Lake Reservoir would inundate the Mounds Fen State Nature Preserve, which features a wetland that formed following the last ice age.
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U.S. Steel idles Gary mill due to lack of ore

April 5, 2014
Associated Press
The company temporarily halted steelmaking at its massive northwestern Indiana mill because the ice-covered Great Lakes have cut off the mill's access to vital iron ore.
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Republic Airways pilots reject contract offer

April 4, 2014
Associated Press
Pilots for Indianapolis-based Republic Airways overwhelmingly rejected a proposed 4-year contract that the company said would have put them at or near the top of wages for pilots at regional airlines.
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Indiana seed commissioner seeks federal hemp OK

April 4, 2014
Associated Press
Although the Indiana Legislature approved a measure allowing hemp to be grown in the state, the state still needs permission from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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U.S. employers add 192K jobs; jobless rate unchanged

April 4, 2014
Associated Press
March's job gain nearly matches last year's average monthly total, suggesting that the job market has mostly recovered from the previous months' severe winter weather.
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Letterman surprises audience with retirement announcement

April 3, 2014
Associated Press
Indianapolis native David Letterman said he will step down in 2015, when his current contract with "The Late Show" on CBS-TV expires. The Ball State grad has hosted a national late-night show since 1982.
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Growing demand for apartments pushing up rents

April 3, 2014
Associated Press
With demand for apartments surging, rents are projected to rise for a fifth straight year. Even a pickup in apartment construction is unlikely to provide much relief anytime soon.
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Harsh winter costs Indiana highway agency $57M

April 3, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Transportation used 437,000 tons of salt and more than 5 million gallons of salt brine, and its trucks logged nearly 8.8 million miles.
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Applications for U.S. jobless benefits rise slightly

April 3, 2014
Associated Press
Despite the increase, the number remains close to pre-recession levels and points to stable hiring.
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Indiana mayors frustrated by FEMA aid rejection

April 3, 2014
Associated Press
State officials had sought federal grants for government and certain not-for-profit organizations in 49 counties to cover storm costs.
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Ball State down to five presidential finalists

April 3, 2014
Associated Press
The new president will replace Jo Ann Gora, who plans to retire in June after 10 years leading the 18,000-student university in Muncie.
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College athletes take labor cause to Capitol Hill

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
Northwestern University athletes pressed their case for collective bargaining rights during meetings Wednesday with lawmakers, as a vote was scheduled for them to decide whether to authorize a union.
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INDOT seeks proposals to privatize Amtrak Chicago route

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Transportation is seeking bids from companies interested in operating train service run by Amtrak between Chicago and Indianapolis.
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Thousands of artifacts seized at Indiana home

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
Authorities seized thousands of Native American, Russian, Chinese and other artifacts that have "immeasurable" cultural value from the private collection of a 91-year-old man in central Indiana, the FBI said Wednesday.
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Drivers brace for U.S. 31 closure near Indianapolis

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
Residents and businesses in the northern suburbs of Indianapolis are preparing for the start of an eight-month closure of U.S. 31 as part of the project upgrading it to interstate standards.
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UPDATE: Nine at dental practice charged in fraud probe

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
Prosecutors have charged the owner of an Anderson dental practice and eight of her employees in connection with a Medicaid fraud investigation.
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Big health care insurers bulk up executive pay

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
WellPoint CEO Joe Swedish wasn't the only health insurance exec making big bucks last year. Aetna Inc. Chairman and CEO Mark T. Bertolini saw his total compensation more than double, to top $30 million.
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Supreme Court voids overall political contribution limits

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
The justices said in a 5-4 vote that Americans have a right to give the legal maximum to candidates for Congress and president, as well as to parties and PACs, without worrying that they will violate the law when they bump up against a limit on all contributions.
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