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Pence gaining heavyweight support for 2016 presidential bid

April 16, 2014
Bloomberg News
Republicans are searching for a candidate who can unite the party's pro-business establishment with its small-government activists. Pence's allies say the temperate-toned governor has a record that pleases both.
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Education officials release draft of academic standards

April 15, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The proposed standards for grades K-12 combine elements of Common Core, previous Indiana guidelines and recommendations from outside organizations. State law requires standards be approved before July 1 for use in the 2014-15 school year.
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Indiana universities, manufacturers helping launch Digital LabRestricted Content

April 12, 2014
Sam Stall
Indiana manufacturers, universities and various state groups are abuzz about their involvement with the freshly minted, Chicago-based Digital Lab for Manufacturing—even if they’re not yet sure what their exact role will be.
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Law firms fight 'onerous' tax shift for service businesses

April 10, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
The proposed switch in accounting methods could create cash-flow nightmares for medical-service providers, accounting, engineering, consulting and other professional-services companies with revenue over $10 million.
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Indiana seed commissioner seeks federal hemp OK

April 4, 2014
Associated Press
Although the Indiana Legislature approved a measure allowing hemp to be grown in the state, the state still needs permission from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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Indiana mayors frustrated by FEMA aid rejection

April 3, 2014
Associated Press
State officials had sought federal grants for government and certain not-for-profit organizations in 49 counties to cover storm costs.
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Supreme Court voids overall political contribution limits

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
The justices said in a 5-4 vote that Americans have a right to give the legal maximum to candidates for Congress and president, as well as to parties and PACs, without worrying that they will violate the law when they bump up against a limit on all contributions.
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Pence continues to seek repeal of medical device tax

March 31, 2014
 The Statehouse File
A number of Indiana lawmakers – including both of the state’s U.S. senators – have advocated for the elimination of the tax, in part because the state is home to several key medical device manufacturers.
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Deadline brings crush of Indiana health coverage applicants

March 31, 2014
Associated Press
The last-minute flood of applicants in Indiana mirrored national trends as people sought to at least start the process Monday.
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Obama says more than 6M signed up for health care

March 27, 2014
Associated Press
Like much else about Obama's health care law, the milestone comes with a caveat: The administration has yet to announce how many consumers actually closed the deal by paying their first month's premium.
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Feds grant extra time to enroll for Obamacare

March 26, 2014
Associated Press
People who've started applying for health insurance but aren't able to finish before the March 31 enrollment deadline will get extra time, the Obama administration announced Tuesday.
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Indiana braces for flood insurance subsidy changes

March 24, 2014
Associated Press
Thousands of Indiana homeowners who live in flood-prone neighborhoods are bracing for insurance premium increases, despite Congress' latest fix for the government's debt-saddled flood insurance program.
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State asks feds for help with overseas-based robocalls

March 19, 2014
Erika Brock, The Statehouse File
In 2013, there were about 14,000 complaints from consumers who received unwanted solicitation calls despite being on the list.
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U.S. agrees to $1.2B settlement with Toyota

March 19, 2014
Associated Press
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said it is the largest financial penalty of its kind ever imposed on an auto company.
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Illiana Expressway eligible for low-interest loan

March 17, 2014
Associated Press
The proposed Illiana Expressway linking northwestern Indiana with Chicago's south suburbs is eligible for a low-interest federal loan for up to one-third of the cost of the $1.5 billion project.
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Rokita takes on FAA medical ruleRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
General aviation pilots abhor the Federal Aviation Authority’s third-class medical certificate, which requires them to get a physical from an FAA-approved doctor every two years, but the industry has yet to take down that bureaucratic hurdle.
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Obama seeks overtime pay for more salaried workers

March 12, 2014
Associated Press
Bypassing Congress, President Barack Obama intends to order changes in overtime rules so employers would be required to pay millions more workers for the extra time they put in on the job.
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No-holds-barred tactics lifted developer Ozdemir

March 8, 2014
Cory Schouten
Ersal Ozdemir, who heads the development and construction firm Keystone Group, has charmed elected officials for years with big ideas—and hundreds of thousands of dollars in political contributions.
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U.S. House backs bill to block EPA power plant rule

March 6, 2014
Associated Press
The Republican-controlled U.S. House moved Thursday to block President Barack Obama's plan to limit carbon emissions from new power plants, an election-year strike at the White House aimed at portraying Obama as a job killer.
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Two-year extension offered for canceled health plans

March 5, 2014
Associated Press
The extension was part of a major package of regulations that sets ground rules for 2015, the second year of government-subsidized health insurance markets under Obama's law — and the first year that larger employers will face a requirement to provide coverage.
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Feds find numerous issues at state workplace-safety agency

March 5, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration uncovered problems in several areas of Indiana's workplace safety program during an investigation. In a report issued Wednesday, OSHA issued 22 recommendations for the state agency.
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Insurers’ Obamacare losses may reach $5.5 billion, U.S. says

March 5, 2014
Bloomberg News
Health insurers such as Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. and Louisville-based Humana Inc. stand to receive $5.5 billion next year to cover losses from Obamacare in a program the law’s opponents label a bailout.
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Climate case at Supreme Court looks at EPA's power

February 24, 2014
Associated Press
The Obama administration is squaring off at the Supreme Court with industry groups and Republican-led states, including Indiana, over a small but important program aimed at limiting power-plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.
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Potholes devouring municipal budgets locally, across U.S.

February 24, 2014
Bloomberg News
About three-fourths of U.S. states and many cities, including Indianapolis, have outspent their maintenance budgets dealing with the extreme weather.
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Homeowners in flood zones fear insurance spike

February 20, 2014
Associated Press
Steep increases are being felt from south Louisiana to New England to Columbus, Ind., are required by the Biggert-Waters Reform Act of 2012. That legislation, signed by President Obama two years ago, set into motion a process designed to start shaving down the flood insurance system's mounting deficit.
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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