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Daniels touts funding for teacher, judge pensions

October 4, 2012
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels said Thursday that $207 million will be invested in teacher pensions, along with $90 million toward judges' pensions and $32 million for police pensions.
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U.S. unemployment-aid applications rise again

October 4, 2012
Associated Press
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose to a seasonally adjusted 367,000 last week, a rise of 4,000 from the previous week. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, was unchanged at 375,000.
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Operations start at Amazon's new Indiana warehouse

October 4, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Officials say Amazon.com Inc.'s new warehouse and distribution center in southern Indiana has started operations with more than 1,000 workers.
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Indiana panel approves lottery outsourcing deal

October 3, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's lottery commission voted Wednesday to hire a private company to take over its marketing and other services in the hopes that it will boost the lottery's profit by about $100 million a year.
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Report: Indy visitors pay high taxes for travel

October 3, 2012
Associated Press
Visitors pay among the highest travel taxes in the nation when they come to Indianapolis — 17 percent on hotel rates, 15 percent on rental cars and 9 percent on meals.
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Candidate Gregg tempers Indiana Democrat expectations

October 2, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana gubernatorial candidate John Gregg sought to downplay expectations from fellow Democrats Tuesday about what he might do if he beats the odds and gets elected next month.
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Rail line being revived between Indiana cities

October 2, 2012
Associated Press
The $5.5 million rail line project will return tracks between Kokomo and Tipton into service.
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Dems, GOP launch on-air ad spree for Senate seat

October 1, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana has quickly become a major battleground in the race for control of the U.S. Senate, with national Republicans and Democrats forking over more cash this week to tea party favorite Richard Mourdock and Democrat Joe Donnelly.
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Bernanke makes strong defense of Fed rate policies

October 1, 2012
Associated Press
In a speech in Indianapolis, Chairman Ben Bernanke offered a sharp defense Monday of the Federal Reserve's bold policies to stimulate the weak economy, while cautioning Congress to respect its private discussions.
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Founder of Hoosier Racing Tire dies at 85

September 28, 2012
Associated Press
Robert Newton, 85, the founder of northern Indiana-based Hoosier Racing Tire, which made tires for NASCAR and other racing series, has died.
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Lawmakers seek stage-safety rules that small events can handle

September 27, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers pondering new rules governing the type of temporary outdoor stage rigging involved in the 2011 State Fair stage collapse say they want to make sure the state doesn't overwhelm smaller events like county fairs with regulations.
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State drug fraud cases on the rise, study says

September 27, 2012
Associated Press
Federal and state prosecutors have collected more than $30 billion from drug companies for alleged fraud and illegal marketing over the last 20 years, according to a new report by consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.
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Unemployment aid applications hit 2-month low

September 27, 2012
Associated Press
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits plunged to its lowest level in nine weeks. Other economic figures released Thursday were mainly disappointing.
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Nature Conservancy HQ gets top green certification

September 27, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Nature Conservancy's energy-efficient Indiana headquarters has been certified with a top energy rating for innovations that include three wind turbines.
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$1B fertilizer plant proposed for southwest Indiana

September 27, 2012
Associated Press
A $1 billion nitrogen fertilizer plant proposed for southern Indiana's Spencer County would create 1,200 construction jobs over three years and about 80 full-time jobs.
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Daycare operators indicted for possible fraud

September 26, 2012
 IBJ Staff
A husband and wife who operated numerous daycare centers in the Indianapolis area have been indicted for allegedly scheming to defraud the government of possibly millions of dollars.
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Panel delays vote on outsourcing Indiana lottery

September 26, 2012
Associated Press
A decision on hiring a vendor or leaving lottery operations as they are had been scheduled for Wednesday, but the vote was moved to Oct. 3 instead, to give officials more time to digest two proposals.
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Sentencing date set for convicted financier Durham

September 26, 2012
Associated Press
A federal judge has set a November sentencing for Indiana financier Tim Durham and two business associates convicted of swindling thousands of investors out of more than $200 million.
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Whirlpool readies shutdown of 220-worker Evansville center

September 26, 2012
Associated Press
The company said it would try to relocate as many employees as possible to Michigan, though 30 percent are eligible for retirement in 2014.
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IndyCar exploring tire options beyond Firestone

September 25, 2012
Associated Press
IndyCar said Tuesday it is exploring partnerships with tire manufacturers besides Bridgestone Firestone, which has been the sole supplier for the series and under contract through the 2014 season.
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Utility operator seeks to join Carmel-based MISO

September 25, 2012
Associated Press
Arkansas regulators have promised to decide quickly whether Entergy Corp. has met the state's conditions to join a regional transmission group, while the utility appears to have made progress toward satisfying regulators in Mississippi.
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Indiana schools chief wants district accountability

September 25, 2012
Associated Press
The accountability measures that have been introduced for individual Indiana schools should be extended to entire school districts, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett said Tuesday night in his State of Education speech.
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Notices going to those eligible for mortgage settlement

September 25, 2012
Associated Press
More than 37,000 Indiana borrowers who lost homes to foreclosure soon will receive claim forms for payments under the national mortgage settlement.
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Vectren agrees to settlement in Indiana gas explosion

September 25, 2012
Associated Press
Vectren Corp. has agreed to pay $75,000 in penalties and take other steps in response to a natural gas explosion that destroyed a southern Indiana home and injured five people.
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Judge throws out Indiana teacher contract forms

September 25, 2012
Associated Press
A judge has ruled that a standard teacher contract form that would have allowed Indiana school districts to change the hours or days that teachers work without adjusting their pay is illegal.
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