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Analysts say health care law means fewer on job

February 4, 2014
Associated Press
Several million American workers will cut back their hours on the job or leave the nation's workforce entirely because of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, congressional analysts said Tuesday.
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U.S. Senate sends massive farm bill to Obama

February 4, 2014
Associated Press
The sweeping farm bill that Congress sent to President Obama Tuesday has something for almost everyone, from the nation's 47 million food stamp recipients to Southern peanut growers, Midwest corn farmers and the maple syrup industry in the Northeast.
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U.S. venture gathers drugmakers to take on major diseases

February 4, 2014
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co., Pfizer Inc. and eight other large drugmakers will partner with the U.S. government in a $230 million effort to identify new approaches to treat Alzheimer’s, diabetes, lupus and arthritis.
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Obama speech to challenge Congress on minimum wage

January 28, 2014
Associated Press
Challenging lawmakers to help him create greater economic opportunity, President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union address Tuesday to announce he's raising the minimum wage for new federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour.
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View of health rollout improves, but only slightly

January 27, 2014
Associated Press
Negative perceptions of the health care rollout have eased, a new poll finds. But overall, two-thirds of Americans say things still aren't going well.
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Minimum wage bills pushed in at least 30 states

January 26, 2014
Associated Press
A pitch last week from Indiana Democrats was a nonstarter. But a Quinnipiac University poll this month found 71 percent of Americans in favor of raising the minimum wage—including more than half of Republicans polled.
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Indiana missing out on IPO fever

January 25, 2014
Chris O'Malley
A new law might encourage more companies to go public.
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State panel backs bill for welfare drug testing

January 22, 2014
Associated Press
The bill would require Indiana residents to be screened through a questionnaire and drug tested if they show a likelihood of addiction.
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Obamacare small-biz plan lags as employers stand pat

January 17, 2014
Bloomberg News
Greeted by higher premiums, less generous coverage and more paperwork, small businesses are choosing to renew existing health plans rather than buy them through President Barack Obama’s program.
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Indiana joins Feds in reviewing merger of Sysco, US Foods

January 17, 2014
Bloomberg News
Sysco, with annual revenue of about $44 billion, is the top operator in the U.S. food distribution business. Adding No. 2 US Foods would create a corporation in charge of at least a quarter of the North American market.
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U.S. Senate ready to send $1.1T spending bill to Obama

January 16, 2014
Associated Press
The Democratic-controlled Senate planned to give final congressional approval to the immense spending measure, possibly as early as Thursday. The Republican-run House passed the package Wednesday in a lopsided 359-67 vote.
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Jobless-benefits extension bill stalls in U.S. Senate

January 9, 2014
Associated Press
Legislation to resurrect long-term jobless legislation stalled in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, triggering recriminations from both sides of the political aisle and putting Indiana Sen. Dan Coats in the middle of the battle.
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Lawmakers confused by cut in state’s tobacco funds

January 8, 2014
Allie Nash, The Statehouse File
A hearing about tobacco funding Wednesday in the House Public Health Committee left many legislators still searching for answers.
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FEMA rejects Indiana's appeal of tornado aid request

January 8, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana may seek low-interest federal loans for six counties hit by tornadoes and other severe November weather now that federal officials have rejected the state's disaster aid request.
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Showdown set on unemployment bill in U.S. Senate

January 7, 2014
Associated Press
The new year looks a lot like the old one in the Senate, with Democrats scratching for votes to pass an agenda they share with President Barack Obama, and Republicans decidedly unenthusiastic about supporting more spending.
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Justice delays health law's birth control mandate

January 1, 2014
Associated Press
The Supreme Court has thrown a hitch into President Barack Obama's new health care law by blocking a requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations provide health insurance that includes birth control.
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Indiana population growth continues to lag behind U.S.

December 31, 2013
Associated Press
Census Bureau estimates released Monday show Indiana's population grew by about 33,000 people from 2012 to 2013, topping out at about 6.57 million residents.
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FAA rejects Indiana's bid for drone test site

December 30, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana had teamed with Ohio to secure one of the highly coveted test sites for unmanned aircraft.
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With website on mend, Obamacare enrolls 2 million so far

December 30, 2013
Associated Press
The windfall comes at a critical moment for health care reform, which becomes "real" for many Americans on Jan. 1 as coverage through the insurance exchanges and key patient protections kick in.
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Pence, other guvs urge progress on trade agreements

December 24, 2013
Associated Press
Pence says international trade is vital to Indiana's economic growth and fiscal prosperity. In 2012, Indiana exported $34.4 billion to countries around the world.
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Feds extend Obamacare deadline as customers rush site

December 23, 2013
Bloomberg News
The deadline to enroll in plans that begin Jan. 1 now is midnight Tuesday for most of the U.S. On Monday, healthcare.gov fielded nearly 50,000 simultaneous visitors, triggering a queuing system.
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Obama names IU law prof to environmental panel

December 23, 2013
Associated Press
Eric Dannenmaier of the Indiana University Robert McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis will join a federal committee that promotes enforcement of evironmental laws.
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Bipartisan budget agreement clears Congress

December 18, 2013
Associated Press
Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Wednesday scaling back across-the-board cuts on programs ranging from the Pentagon to the national park system.
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Bipartisan budget agreement nears final passage

December 18, 2013
Associated Press
Year-end legislation to ease Congress' chronic budget brinkmanship and soften across-the-board spending cuts moved to the cusp of final passage Tuesday, a rare display of Senate bipartisanship.
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Federal workers' pensions targeted in budget deal

December 16, 2013
Associated Press
Their retirement programs are notably generous compared to the norm in private industry. But for federal workers hired after 2012, the pension program is turning less generous.
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