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Auditors: Tech issues, worker rush led to state tax errors

December 17, 2012
Associated Press
Auditors investigating Indiana's Department of Revenue are saying outdated technology and a work culture that sacrificed accuracy for speed led to $526 million in tax errors from the state.
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Buyer of vacant Connersville factory gets more time

December 17, 2012
Associated Press
Officials of an eastern Indiana city are giving the potential buyer of a large vacant auto parts factory more time to close on the purchase.
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Pence's inner circle includes old, new hands

December 16, 2012
Associated Press
Mike Pence's staff says he likes to chew over an issue extensively before presenting it to the public, and wants to hear from multiple sides before making up his mind.
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Daniels' Purdue pay 10th among Big 10 presidents

December 16, 2012
Associated Press
Outgoing Gov. Mitch Daniels would be paid $420,000 a year in his new job as president of Purdue University under an incentive-based contract approved by the school's board of trustees' compensation committee.
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Mississippi power group to join Carmel MISO

December 14, 2012
Associated Press
Hattiesburg-based SMEPA, which generates and wholesales power to 11 electric cooperatives serving 410,000 Mississippi customers, says it will join Carmel-based Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator in December 2013.
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State expects to extend Healthy Indiana Plan a year

December 14, 2012
Associated Press
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services agreed to a waiver that would allow the state to continue the program unchanged for a year.
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Pendleton turns to past to revitalize its downtown

December 14, 2012
Associated Press
The town 25 miles northeast of Indianapolis was approved for the state's branch of Main Street, a project of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, aimed at helping communities revitalize their downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts.
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400 workers to be laid off at Indiana Humvee plant

December 14, 2012
Associated Press
AM General says it plans to lay off 400 employees at its military assembly plant in northern Indiana beginning Jan. 1.
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Chrysler seeks tax incentives on Kokomo plant

December 14, 2012
Associated Press
Chrysler Group LLC is seeking tax incentives for its transmission plant in Kokomo at the same time it's asking Tipton County officials for similar incentives on a vacant plant.
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Indiana farmers fear estate tax changes

December 14, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana farmers say they have a lot to lose should the nation go over the so-called fiscal cliff, a set of automatic spending cuts and tax hikes set to take effect in January unless the White House and Republicans negotiate a compromise.
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Marian University wins national football title

December 13, 2012
Associated Press
Marian University of Indianapolis captured its first national title Thursday night in only its sixth season of football.
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Pence keeps transportation, National Guard chiefs

December 13, 2012
Associated Press
Pence announced that Maj. Gen. Martin Umbarger would continue as the head of Indiana's National Guard and Michael Cline would continue serving as state transportation commissioner.
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Indy home explosion investigation costs: $308,674

December 13, 2012
Associated Press
The Indianapolis Department of Public Safety says it has spent more than $300,000 on manpower and other expenses investigating an explosion that killed a couple and decimated their neighborhood on the southeast side.
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Indiana Supreme Court considers punitive damage cap

December 13, 2012
Associated Press
A top state attorney defended Indiana's punitive damages law Thursday against claims that it renders trials meaningless by forcing judges to reduce awards in lawsuits without telling jurors.
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Indy firm to clean up tainted Terre Haute site

December 13, 2012
Associated Press
Terre Haute officials this week awarded a $2.7 million contract to an Indianapolis company for the removal of soil to a depth of 10 feet on much of a 20-acre site where Terre Haute Coke and Carbon operated from 1926 until 1988.
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Home seizures by banks rise in Indiana, nationally

December 13, 2012
 IBJ Staff, Bloomberg News, Associated Press
Home repossessions rose in 29 states and the District of Columbia in November, led by an increase of 96 percent in Indiana. However, the number of homes starting on the path to foreclosure declined to the lowest level in six years.
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Johnson County officials repeal public smoking ordinance

December 13, 2012
Associated Press
Johnson County commissioners voted unanimously this week to repeal a tough new public smoking ordinance less than a month before it was scheduled to go into effect.
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Daniels: Some firms concerned about marriage bill

December 12, 2012
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels said Wednesday he has been hearing from companies that fear that a measure that would put Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage into the state constitution might also prevent firms from offering benefits to gay couples.
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Substance at Indiana plant sends 32 to hospital

December 12, 2012
Associated Press
Health officials in central Indiana say a material resembling red crushed pepper that apparently sickened 32 workers at an Amazon distribution center in Plainfield was organic and not a threat to anyone's health.
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Indiana school chief Bennett takes Florida post

December 12, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's state superintendent of public instruction was hired Wednesday as Florida's new education commissioner. Tony Bennett lost a bid for re-election in Indiana last month.
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Indy school district gets $29M federal grant

December 11, 2012
Associated Press
The Education Department says the Warren Township school district is expected to receive about $29 million from the federal Race to the Top competition.
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Cummins to buy back up to $1B in stock

December 11, 2012
Associated Press
Cummins Inc. said Tuesday that its board approved the repurchase of up to $1 billion in stock. The Columbus-based engine maker said it has nearly completed its previous $1 billion buyback plan authorized in February 2011.
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Duke Energy CEO apologizes to regulator over probe

December 11, 2012
Associated Press
The head of Duke Energy said he regrets that officials with the nation's largest electric company went too far in their criticism of North Carolina regulators responsible for setting rates in its top power market, according to a letter released Tuesday.
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Michigan becomes latest right-to-work state

December 11, 2012
Associated Press
Michigan lawmakers gave final approval Tuesday to right-to-work legislation, dealing a devastating and once-unthinkable defeat to organized labor in a state that has been a cradle of the movement for generations.
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WellPoint reaffirms 2012 earnings forecast

December 11, 2012
Associated Press
WellPoint Inc. is sticking with a 2012 earnings forecast that it had cut in July, and the nation's second-largest health insurer said it expects next year's earnings to be on par with this year's performance.
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