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GOP leaders say gay marriage ban not priority

January 24, 2013
Associated Press
The Republican leaders of Indiana's General Assembly said Thursday they have not decided whether to take up a constitutional ban on gay marriage, one day after a pair of House lawmakers filed separate proposals to place the ban before voters in 2014.
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Indiana senator seeks gas plant contract review

January 24, 2013
Associated Press
A top Indiana senator is calling for a review of Indiana's plans to subsidize a proposed coal-gasification plant.
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Indiana House panel backs online sales tax collection

January 24, 2013
Associated Press
Amazon.com and other online-only retailers would have to start collecting Indiana's 7-percent sales tax this summer under a bill endorsed by a state House committee.
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Lugar to join IU faculty, donate papers to school

January 24, 2013
Associated Press
Former Sen. Richard Lugar will join former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton as a professor in Indiana University's new School of Global and International Studies.
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U.S. Postal Service hiring 400 workers in Indiana

January 24, 2013
Associated Press
The U.S. Postal Service says it's hiring 400 new employees across Indiana, including in Indianapolis, but job-seekers have to apply online by Sunday night.
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Republic to fly for American, buy up to $4B in aircraft

January 24, 2013
Associated Press
American Airlines has signed a 12-year agreement for Republic Airways Holdings Inc. to operate 76-seat regional jets. It also agreed to purchase up to 94 new aircraft from Brazilian plane maker Embraer.
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Lawmakers press Pence aide on school dollars

January 23, 2013
Associated Press
The Pence budget calls for roughly $6.4 billion in education spending in each of the next two years, with another $64 million for high-performing schools beginning the summer of 2014, at the start of the 2015 budget year.
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Bill aimed at boosting Indiana casinos advances

January 23, 2013
Associated Press
The Senate Public Policy Committee voted 9-0 in support of a bill that would overhaul the state's casino taxes, along with allowing Indiana's 10 riverboat casinos to move inland to adjacent property and permit live table games at the two horse track casinos.
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Unions suffer sharp decline in membership

January 23, 2013
Associated Press
Union membership plummeted last year to the lowest level since the 1930s. In Indiana, where a new right-to-work law took effect last March, the state lost about 56,000 union members.
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Indiana bill to overturn school standards delayed

January 23, 2013
Associated Press
The chairman of the Indiana Senate's Education Committee says he's working on a compromise to a bill that would pull the state from the Common Core State Standards national education initiative.
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Ball State pulls sponsorship of 7 charter schools

January 22, 2013
Associated Press
Ball State University has pulled its sponsorship of seven Indiana charter schools plagued by long-running academic woes, including one in Indianapolis.
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Indy utility plans $511 million in power plant upgrades

January 22, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis Power & Light said ratepayers could expect a 2-percent to 3-percent annual increase for a "number of years," but said he did not know how long the increases would be in effect.
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Daniels starts at Purdue with fact-finding tour

January 21, 2013
Associated Press
Former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has started his tenure as president of Purdue University with a fact-finding tour that students said impressed them with his willingness to engage them on changes he's considering for the university.
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Pence address set to expand on 1st-year priorities

January 21, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence might be shying from specifics ahead of his first State of the State address, but the details of a first-year agenda that will focus on jobs training, expanded spending on private schools and an across-the-board tax cut are largely known at this point.
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Indiana lawmakers aim to shore up riverboat casinos

January 21, 2013
Associated Press
Lawmakers have introduced legislation to help Indiana's riverboat casinos hold onto business in the face of growing competition from casinos in neighboring states.
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Indiana Beach owes $347,000 in taxes, county says

January 20, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Beach Amusement Resort on Lake Shafer neglected to pay an estimated $180,000 in innkeeper's taxes and about $167,000 in 2011 property taxes, according to White County officials.
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Shape of 'jobs budget' depends on the state

January 20, 2013
Associated Press
The proposals of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley epitomize the reality of the Red State and Blue State philosophy of just what a 'jobs budget' looks like.
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Environmentalists concerned about Indiana agenda

January 18, 2013
Associated Press
One of Indiana's largest environmental groups said Friday it was concerned that this year's General Assembly may weaken Hoosiers' ability to protect themselves from pollution and other health risks.
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Lilly drug chosen for Alzheimer's prevention study

January 18, 2013
Associated Press
Researchers have chosen an experimental drug by Eli Lilly and Co. for a large federally funded study testing whether it's possible to prevent Alzheimer's disease in older people at high risk of developing it.
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Ex-gubernatorial candidates, biz leaders seek national debt fix

January 18, 2013
Associated Press
A group of Indiana political and business leaders are joining a national effort to pressure Washington, D.C., politicians to find a long-term debt fix.
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State lawmakers unlikely to toughen smoking ban

January 18, 2013
Associated Press
It appears health advocates have little chance of seeing Indiana's smoking ban extended to include bars.
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Insurers may prove choosy with overhaul exchanges

January 17, 2013
Associated Press
The leader of the nation's largest health insurer warned Thursday not to assume widespread participation from his company in part of health care overhaul's coverage expansion that unfolds later this year.
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Governor, Indiana House GOP seek vouchers, pre-K aid

January 17, 2013
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence and top Republican legislators plan to barrel ahead this year with the "freight train" of education changes sought by Indiana's former governor, including proposals to expand school vouchers and use private money to send children to preschool.
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Pence names human services chief, ag director

January 17, 2013
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday named Debra Minott, an attorney with health care regulatory experience, to run the Indiana's human services agency while it implements the looming Medicaid expansion. Pence also named Gina Sheets to lead the Agriculture Department.
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Judge dismisses Indiana right-to-work law challenge

January 17, 2013
Associated Press
U.S. District Court Judge Philip Simon in Hammond ruled that none of the union's arguments against the law could succeed in federal court, although a challenge could still be made in state courts.
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