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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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Paving signals progress as I-69 creeps north

September 25, 2012
Associated Press
Paving on both northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 69 from Evansville to the U.S. 231 interchange in southern Greene County is nearly completed.
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Dems increase spending in tight Indiana Senate battle

September 24, 2012
Associated Press
Democrats eyeing a rare opportunity to pick up a U.S. Senate in a traditionally red state are buying television time in Indiana for the second consecutive week as they fight to maintain control of the chamber.
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Indiana workplace deaths up slightly last year

September 24, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A new report says the number of people dying on the job rose slightly in Indiana last year, to 122, the Indiana Department of Labor said Monday.
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State decides not to open Kokomo bypass early

September 24, 2012
Associated Press
State highway officials had considered opening a four-mile stretch of a U.S. 31 bypass around Kokomo this fall, but now they say motorists won't be able to drive on the road until next year.
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Billie Creek up for auction after sealed bids fail

September 23, 2012
Associated Press
The Parke County historic site's land, buildings and antiques will be auctioned publicly on Oct. 20 during the county's Covered Bridge Festival.
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Daniels tackles skeptics, prepares for Purdue job

September 22, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is meeting skeptics head-on as he educates himself about the challenges he'll face as the next president of Purdue University.
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Lawsuit tests Indiana's 'take your gun to work' law

September 22, 2012
Associated Press
New provisions of Indiana gun laws that allow people to keep guns in their cars at work and prohibit employers from asking about gun possession will get their first test in a lawsuit filed by an Indianapolis man.
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Lilly's Cialis gets European endorsement for new use

September 21, 2012
Associated Press
A European committee has endorsed the use of Eli Lilly and Co.'s erectile dysfunction drug Cialis to treat symptoms tied to an enlarged prostate.
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Indy hotel to pay $355,000 to settle race lawsuit

September 21, 2012
Associated Press
The operators of an Indianapolis hotel have agreed to pay $355,000 to settle allegations they underpaid and fired African-American housekeepers because of their race.
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Wind farm in limbo over tax-credit uncertainty

September 21, 2012
Associated Press
Unless Congress votes to extend renewable energy tax credits by the end of the year, E-on Climate & Renewables has to have all 125 wind turbines operational in Phase 1 of the Wildcat Wind Farm in northern Madison County and eastern Tipton County.
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Group seeks to halt spending on Ohio River bridges

September 21, 2012
Associated Press
A group that opposes two new planned Ohio River bridges is asking a judge to force Indiana and Kentucky to halt spending on the $2.6 billion project.
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iPhone 5 launch draws Apple fans worldwide

September 21, 2012
Associated Press
In a now familiar global ritual, Apple fans jammed shops from Sydney to Paris to pick up the tech juggernaut's latest iPhone. Analysts estimate Apple will ship as many as 10 million of the new iPhones by the end of September.
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Gregg seeks $500M for transportation investment

September 20, 2012
Associated Press
Gubernatorial candidates are outlining their plans to enlist more corporate help for transportation needs as Indiana faces a new drop in road funds.
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Indiana Supreme Court to hear voucher arguments

September 20, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court will decide whether the nation's largest school voucher program violates the state constitution.
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Weekly U.S. unemployment claims remain high

September 20, 2012
Associated Press
The Labor Department said Thursday that applications for unemployment benefits declined by 3,000 last week, to 382,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose for the fifth straight week, to 377,750, the highest level in nearly three months.
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Daniels' health care team says answers pending

September 19, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' team of federal health care overhaul leaders told state lawmakers Wednesday that even without clear answers on the new law, it will cost the state hundreds of millions more in the coming years.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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