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Lt. Gov. Skillman leads trade mission to China

June 11, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Lt. Governor Becky Skillman has embarked on her second trade mission to China in hopes of boosting the market for Indiana-made goods.
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Democrats see opportunities in non-Indy convention

June 11, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Democrats will host their annual state convention outside Indianapolis for the first time as the party tries to energize voters in an area dominated by Republicans.
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Plastics company nears reopening of central Indiana plant

June 11, 2012
Associated Press
Officials expect a plastic packaging manufacturer to start production this summer at a former central Indiana auto-parts factory that closed six years ago.
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Chrysler investment paying off at Kokomo plant

June 8, 2012
Associated Press
On the cusp of realizing the end result of a historic, $1.3 billion investment in Kokomo's plants, Chrysler officials here and in Detroit, Mich., are riding high.
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Turkey processor moving ahead with Indiana plant

June 8, 2012
Associated Press
Work could start this month on a new turkey processing plant in southwestern Indiana a company expects to open with about 350 workers.
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Pence taps Bush, Daniels advisers to shape policy

June 7, 2012
Associated Press
The team of policy advisers assembled by Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence reflects his efforts to assuage social and religious conservatives who have built him into a national brand while catering to business-minded conservatives who have ruled under outgoing Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.
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Purdue trustees meet in private for president search

June 7, 2012
Associated Press
Purdue University's trustees are planning their sixth private meeting this year in the ongoing search for the school's next president.
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Johnson County flood victims still reeling 4 years later

June 7, 2012
Associated Press
The devastating 2008 flood continues to have repercussions for victims. They are still paying off the tens of thousands of dollars they had to borrow in some cases to hang new drywall, lay down new carpeting and replace major appliances.
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Study proposed on future of Anderson's Wigwam gym

June 6, 2012
Associated Press
An architect is proposing a study for finding a new use for Anderson's closed Wigwam gymnasium, possibly turning it into a convention center.
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Mo-ped sales on the rise amid high gas prices

June 6, 2012
Associated Press
Mo-ped sales at Indianapolis-based Midwest Scooters have doubled within the past six months, said Steve Schafer, the store's general manager.
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Calumet buying Royal Purple for about $335 million

June 6, 2012
Associated Press
Indianapolis-based Petroleum refiner Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP is buying high-performance lubricants maker Royal Purple Inc. of Porter, Texas, for about $335 million, the companies announced Wednesday morning.
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New group trying to raise profile of community colleges

June 6, 2012
Associated Press
Community college leaders in Virginia, Indiana and other states say their schools' roles in giving students an affordable education and job training are undervalued, so they're banding together to fight for federal policy changes.
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Indianapolis fighting spread of ash borer in parks

June 6, 2012
Associated Press
Crews are treating ash trees in Indianapolis' city parks to combat the spread of the tree-killing emerald ash borer.
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Indiana GOP ready for Paul delegates at convention

June 5, 2012
Associated Press
Paul has effectively suspended his race for president, but his supporters have pressed on with hopes of crafting the party's national platform by winning delegate seats in state-level convention battles.
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Domestic-partner benefits proposal introduced

June 5, 2012
Associated Press
Health-care benefits would be offered to the domestic partners of Indianapolis city workers under a proposal introduced Monday night to the City-County Council.
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Indiana hires Deloitte to assess $500M in mistakes

June 4, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's state budget leaders picked international accounting firm Deloitte on Monday to determine the scope of an external audit looking at how the state lost track of more than $500 million in tax revenues.
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Indiana state tax collections take May dip

June 4, 2012
Associated Press
May's state tax revenue came in $143 million below projections. That comes after April's revenue was up about $159 million due to faster-than-usual tax returns processing.
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Pepsi dropping its name from Indiana fairgrounds arena

June 4, 2012
Associated Press
Pepsi is dropping its name from the Indiana State Fairgrounds' Pepsi Coliseum after more than 20 years as the arena's title sponsor. Fair officials could not agree on a new naming rights contract with PepsiCo Inc.
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Dead fugitive from central Indiana defrauded hundreds

June 4, 2012
Associated Press
Oregon authorities say 62-year-old Phillip Ferguson died last week from a gunshot wound to the head soon after fleeing from two officers and an FBI agent. Ferguson vanished in 2000 after being accused of bilking more than 600 investors out of $30 million.
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WellPoint seeks to diversify by buying contacts retailer

June 4, 2012
Bloomberg News, Associated Press
WellPoint Inc. plans to buy lens retailer 1-800-Contacts Inc. in a deal worth an estimated $900 million, giving the insurer its first direct-to-consumer business outside selling individual health coverage.
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Local company part of $470 million paper mill deal

June 4, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis-based holding company Schwarz Partners LP has formed a joint venture with The Kraft Group LLC to buy two major paper mills from industry giant International Paper Co. The mills are part of a three-mill sale worth $470 million.
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Indiana panel moves toward audit of $500M in mistakes

June 4, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's state budget leaders on Monday are expected to take another step toward finding what caused more than $500 million in tax-revenue accounting errors, but a final answer is still a long way off.
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Voucher supporters tout Indiana program's 1st year

June 3, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's school voucher program has finished its first year with enrollment on the rise and supporters trumpeting the program's successes.
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U.S. stock market plunges after dismal jobs report

June 1, 2012
Associated Press
A dismal U.S. jobs report and other evidence of a global economic slowdown clobbered U.S. stocks Friday.
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Police car maker not giving up on Indiana plans

June 1, 2012
Associated Press
A company with plans for building high-tech police cars at an eastern Indiana factory has added a venture capitalist on board as it tries to raise millions of dollars to get off the ground.
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