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Auto parts supplier expanding Indiana operations

November 30, 2012
Associated Press
Tenneco Inc. plans on spending $18.5 million to expand its northeastern Indiana operations after winning a contract to supply emission-control parts to Chrysler. The manufacturer said it will hire an additional 100 workers.
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Honda gets a makeover, revamps Civic to fix flaws

November 29, 2012
Associated Press
Just 19 months after its Civic compact, which is manufactured in Greensburg, hit showrooms and was slammed by critics, Honda has revamped the car, giving it a sportier look and upgrading the interior.
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Pence taps former lawmaker Espich as top lobbyist

November 29, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov.-elect Mike Pence has tapped Jeff Espich, a retired lawmaker with four decades of legislative experience, to guide his agenda through the Statehouse.
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Proposal would move up online sales tax collection

November 29, 2012
Associated Press
Two lawmakers say they plan to introduce legislation in the new year that would require Amazon.com and other online-only retailers with a presence in Indiana to begin collecting sales tax on July 1, 2013, six months earlier than expected.
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Retailers report weak sales gains for November

November 29, 2012
Associated Press
Major retailers such as Kohl's, Target and Macy's on Thursday reported slow sales in November as a strong start to the holiday shopping season wasn't enough to fully offset a slow start to the month caused by Superstorm Sandy.
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Feds clear WellPoint's $4.5B acquisition of Amerigroup

November 28, 2012
Associated Press
The government has dropped its antitrust concerns about health insurer WellPoint Inc.'s proposed acquisition of Amerigroup Corp., the Justice Department said Wednesday, clearing WellPoint to proceed with the $4.46 billion deal.
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Budget-writing Indiana lawmakers hear from agencies

November 28, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's budget picture is slowly taking shape, but the big questions about tax collections, tax cuts and how much will be spent on education remain to be seen.
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Pence appoints veteran Indiana aide chief counsel

November 28, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov.-elect Mike Pence announced Wednesday that Mark Ahearn would serve as his general counsel. Ahearn comes from the Indiana Department of Transportation and previously worked for Pence and former Sen. Dan Quayle in Congress.
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Lawmakers propose DCS hotline changes, new panels

November 27, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers reviewing the embattled Department of Child Services voted Tuesday to localize more decisions on when to investigate cases of child abuse and neglect and set up a permanent oversight committee at the Statehouse.
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Indiana police leader says he'd legalize marijuana

November 27, 2012
Associated Press
The head of the Indiana State Police is telling lawmakers he would legalize and tax marijuana if it were up to him.
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EU reviews cancer drug from Endocyte, Merck

November 27, 2012
Associated Press
Merck & Co. and Endocyte Inc. said Tuesday that European Union regulators will review their drug vintafolide as a treatment for ovarian cancer.
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Residents fight plan to turn golf course into farm

November 27, 2012
Associated Press
Most of the 158 acres that made up the Yule Golf Club in Alexandria was sold in an October auction for nearly $1 million to Yorktown farmer Dale Rinker, who is seeking city permission to use it for agriculture.
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Supreme Court ponders definition of work supervisor

November 27, 2012
Associated Press, Indiana Lawyer Staff
The Supreme Court, in response to an Indiana case, may make a final decision on whether to draw a legal line between work colleagues and work managers, at least when it comes to harassment and retaliation claims.
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Bloomington approves $27 million downtown hotel project

November 27, 2012
Associated Press
The Bloomington City Council has approved giving up some city property for construction of a $27 million Hyatt Hotel near the downtown courthouse square.
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Pence names Daniels aide to be budget chief

November 26, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov.-elect Mike Pence has tapped one of his top campaign aides and a veteran of Gov. Mitch Daniels' administration to lead the state's budget office.
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Proposal would move up online sales tax collection

November 26, 2012
Associated Press
Two lawmakers say they plan to introduce legislation in the new year that would require Amazon.com and other online-only retailers with a presence in Indiana to begin collecting sales tax on July 1, 2013, six months earlier than expected.
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Advocates prep for Indiana gay marriage battle

November 26, 2012
Associated Press
Supporters and opponents of gay marriage are already squaring off in a battle over whether to amend Indiana's constitution that could stretch until voters decide the issue in November 2014.
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IU researchers help address software security issues

November 26, 2012
Associated Press
Researchers from Indiana University's Pervasive Technology Institute will serve as collaborating partners on a major grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to address vulnerabilities arising during the process of software development.
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Items in '12 Days of Christmas' increase to $107,000

November 26, 2012
Associated Press
If you get buy all 364 items repeated throughout "The Twelve Days of Christmas" carol, you'll pay 6.1 percent more this year, according to the so-called Christmas Price Index that PNC Wealth Management updates annually.
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Purdue makes quick decision to fire football coach Hope

November 26, 2012
Associated Press
Purdue wants a football team that can get to the Rose Bowl, and decided Danny Hope was not the coach to take it there. Replacement names already percolating include Northern Illinois' Dave Doeren, Illinois State's Brock Spack and Ball State's Pete Lembo.
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New Indiana schools chief: GOP approval unnecessary

November 25, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's new superintendent of public instruction, Democrat Glenda Ritz, said she can make some policy changes for the state's schools without needing the approval of the Republican-controlled General Assembly and governor's office.
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Indiana taxpayers to see $111 credit from surplus

November 21, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana taxpayers will receive a $111 credit on their state income tax returns next year as the state distributes part of its budget surplus. The credit will be $222 for couples filing joint returns.
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Bosma: Indiana Legislature needs another 'odd couple'

November 20, 2012
Associated Press
House Speaker Brian Bosma used the ceremonial opening of Indiana's legislative session Tuesday to call for bipartisanship, even though Republicans now enjoy a supermajority that largely allows them to circumvent Democrats to push through their plans.
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Hostess, union unsuccessful in court-ordered mediation

November 20, 2012
Associated Press
The maker of Twinkies and Ding Dongs said late Tuesday that it failed to reach an agreement with its second-biggest union. As a result, Hostess plans to continue with a hearing on Wednesday in which a bankruptcy court judge will decide if the company can close its operations.
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Incoming Indiana schools chief dropping out of voucher suit

November 20, 2012
Associated Press
Incoming state school Superintendent Glenda Ritz says she intends to remove herself as a plaintiff in a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the state's popular school voucher program.
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