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Whirlpool to close Indiana center, move work to Michigan

August 6, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Whirlpool Corp. announced Monday it plans to shut down the last of its operations in a southern Indiana city, a plant that employed more than 1,500 workers a few years ago.
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Dickson sworn in as Indiana's new chief justice

August 6, 2012
Associated Press
Longtime Indiana Supreme Court Justice Brent Dickson has been formally sworn in as the state's first new chief justice since 1987.
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Persian Gulf country wants Purdue aviation program

August 6, 2012
Associated Press
Purdue University is considering offering its aviation management classes through a school in Qatar that has partnered with several other U.S. universities.
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Couple works to bring good from wedding day crash

August 6, 2012
Associated Press
Tom and Lauren Hanley's wedding day turned tragic two years ago when a traffic accident killed a groomsman and injured others in their bridal party. The Indianapolis couple is now using some of their settlement in a lawsuit from the crash to support a mutual passion.
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Fair handles first thunderstorm under new procedures

August 5, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana State Fair officials say they're happy with the first real test of their new, 425-page emergency plan implemented after a stage collapse amid high winds killed seven people and injured dozens of others a year ago.
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Farmers to get advice on coping with crop losses

August 5, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana farmers worried about what to do with their withered corn crops will gather in Vigo County this week to discuss crop insurance, cattle feeding options, and other topics related to the drought. Purdue University agricultural experts say some crops already are beyond saving.
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Daniels still waiting on lobbying decision

August 4, 2012
Associated Press
Questions remain whether Indiana's governor will be covered by the state's "revolving door" law when he becomes president of Purdue University. State ethics rules require a one year cool-down period for public officials after leaving office, preventing them from working as lobbyists.
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Refinery problems, spill drive up Great Lakes gas

August 3, 2012
Associated Press
Several Great Lakes states have seen prices surge about 40 cents per gallon in the last week. That follows a pipeline rupture and shutdown in Wisconsin and equipment problems at refineries in Indiana and Illinois.
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IU's CFO poised to take top job at Temple University

August 3, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana University senior vice president Neil Theobald is the sole finalist to be the next president of Temple University in Philadelphia. Theobald is chief financial officer at IU, overseeing a budget of about $3.1 billion.
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Caterpillar laying off 167 workers in Lafayette

August 3, 2012
Associated Press
Caterpillar Inc. says it's laying off nearly 170 workers at its Lafayette Large Engine Center in response to a drop in demand.
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U.S. unemployment rate ticks up despite rise in hiring

August 3, 2012
Associated Press
U.S. employers added 163,000 jobs in July, the Labor Department said Friday, a somewhat hopeful sign after three months of sluggish hiring. However, the unemployment rate rose to 8.3 percent, up from 8.2 percent in June.
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Daniels seeks candidate input on health exchange

August 2, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels asked the three gubernatorial candidates this week for their input as he decides whether to establish a state health insurance exchange.
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Most Indiana fair stage-collapse victims accept settlement

August 2, 2012
Associated Press
Most victims of a deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair have agreed to accept shares of a $13.2 million settlement offer from the state and two private companies, the state attorney general's office said Thursday.
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NCAA committee endorses new penalty structure

August 2, 2012
Associated Press
Nearly a year after promising to impose harsher sanctions on the most egregious rule-breakers, NCAA leaders endorsed a proposal Thursday that would make schools subject to the same crippling penalties just handed to Penn State.
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Duke Energy earnings creep up on higher rates

August 2, 2012
Associated Press
Duke Energy Corp.’s earnings rose 2 percent in the second quarter on higher electric rates, but newly acquired subsidiary Progress Energy saw earnings plummet as a result of planned nuclear plant outages.
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Deadline arrives for Indiana fair disaster claims

August 1, 2012
Associated Press
Victims of the deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair faced a Wednesday deadline to make claims against a $13.2 million settlement offer from the state and two private companies, but it could be weeks before they learn their share of the money and even whether the deal will go forward.
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N.C. regulators hire law firm to probe Duke Energy

August 1, 2012
Associated Press
North Carolina utilities regulators said Wednesday they have hired a former federal prosecutor with experience digging into corporate affairs to reveal whether regulators were misled ahead of a takeover that created America's largest electric company.
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Former city official takes top job at Indiana ACLU

August 1, 2012
Associated Press
Jane Henegar, who was Indianapolis' deputy mayor from 2000 to 2006 under then-Mayor Bart Peterson, is the new executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana.
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Indiana backs off defense of new immigration law

July 31, 2012
Associated Press
The state attorney general's office said Tuesday that it no longer will defend most of the disputed portions of Indiana's new immigration law, as they were rendered invalid when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down similar parts of an Arizona law in June.
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Pence seeks tax cut; Gregg equal pay for women

July 31, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana gubernatorial candidates John Gregg and Mike Pence both want to help working Hoosiers, but on Tuesday proposed different ways to do it.
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Judge won't dismiss charge against ex-utility boss

July 31, 2012
Associated Press
A judge has refused to dismiss an official misconduct charge against Indiana's former top utility regulator, David Lott Hardy.
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Small farmers struggle as drought kills vegetables

July 31, 2012
Associated Press
Small fruit and vegetable farmers throughout the Midwest are struggling with unusual heat and a once-in-decades drought. Some have lost crops, and sales at farmers markets are down.
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Democratic report blasts for-profit colleges; ITT stock sinks

July 30, 2012
Bloomberg News, Associated Press
For-profit colleges put revenues above education, and charge students high tuition and loan rates that could leave them in debt for years, a Senate Democratic report said Monday. Stock in for-profit colleges tumbled after the report.
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Legal drama over Duke Energy merger lingers

July 30, 2012
Associated Press
The investigations into whether regulators and consumers were misled in the run-up to the merger of North Carolina's two Fortune 500 energy companies could continue quietly for months after a deadline arrives next week.
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Ivy Tech revs up for new automotive program

July 29, 2012
Associated Press
An Indiana college is revving up an intense new automotive program designed to increase graduation rates and help students earn technical certificates in less time.
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