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Federal food aid benefits to shrink starting Friday

October 30, 2013
Jesse Wilson, The Statehouse File
More than 925,000 Hoosiers who accept government assistance to purchase food will receive fewer benefits starting Friday when a program enacted during the economic downturn expires.
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FCC fines Greenfield broadcaster for transmitting from silo

October 30, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The signal from Hoosier Public Radio Corp. interferred with an aircraft radio frequency, according to the federal agency.
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Insurer CEOs head to White House to talk Obamacare troubles

October 23, 2013
Bloomberg News
Health insurance execs, including WellPoint Inc. CEO Joseph Swedish, will meet with top White House officials Wednesday as the president seeks to contain political damage from the disastrous rollout of Obamacare.
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Builders of Obama's health website saw red flags

October 22, 2013
Associated Press
The government spent at least $394 million in contracts to build the federal health care exchange and data hub. The painfully slow and often unresponsive website has frustrated Americans trying to enroll for insurance plans.
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Indiana's insurance exchanges are priceyRestricted Content

October 19, 2013
J.K. Wall
The premiums offered by health insurers participating in the Obamacare exchanges put Indiana among the 10 most-expensive states in the country, according to data released last month by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Congress votes to end shutdown, avoid default deadline

October 16, 2013
Associated Press
Up against a deadline, Congress passed and sent a waiting President Barack Obama legislation late Wednesday night to avoid a threatened national default and end the 16-day partial government shutdown.
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Stocks soar on optimism for debt deal in Congress

October 16, 2013
Associated Press
Senate leaders announced a last-minute agreement Wednesday to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown.
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Three cities seek grant to boost manufacturing

October 16, 2013
Associated Press
Three central Indiana cities that once had thousands of auto workers have joined together in seeking a $20 million federal grant to help attract new businesses to their empty factories.
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Amtrak, state reach deal to keep Chicago route running

October 15, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin, Associated Press
The $2.7 million agreement will keep the Hoosier State passenger rail service between Indy and Chicago operating for one year.
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Prosecutors urge 20-year sentence for lawyer Conour in $7M fraud

October 15, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
The toll from fraud perpetrated by former personal-injury attorney William Conour has increased significantly from earlier estimates, federal prosecutors said in a sentencing memorandum filed Tuesday.
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House GOP preparing to counter Senate debt-limit plan

October 15, 2013
Associated Press
Top Republicans unveiled a plan that would repeal a new tax on medical devices and take away lawmakers' federal health care subsidies, in addition to funding the government through Jan. 15 and giving Treasury the ability to borrow normally through Feb. 7.
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Rokita: Default option would help cut spending

October 15, 2013
Associated Press
U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita suggested Monday that not raising the debt ceiling could become a good tool for curbing federal spending, despite chances the government would default on its loans.
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Shutdown talks heat up, but no resolution yet

October 10, 2013
Associated Press
President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans groped inconclusively Thursday for a compromise to end the 10-day-old partial government shutdown.
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Lilly scientists stole $55 million in trade secrets, indictment alleges

October 8, 2013
J.K. Wall
Three former employees of Eli Lilly and Co. allegedly transferred trade secrets that Lilly values at more than $55 million to a competing Chinese drug company, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday in federal court.
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State, schools sue U.S. government over Obamacare

October 8, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Fifteen Indiana school districts and the state of Indiana have filed a lawsuit challenging the federal health care law and subsidies that are available to Hoosiers under rules set by the IRS.
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600 people return to jobs at Grissom base

October 8, 2013
Associated Press
The employees returned to work Monday after four days on furlough last week because of the partial federal government shutdown.
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Stocks fall as government shutdown hits new week

October 7, 2013
Associated Press
Until now, the stock market has mostly moved sideways since the shutdown began at the start of the month, indicating that investors still expect lawmakers to come up with a deal.
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HEIGHT: New patients could overload the systemRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Jay Height / Special to IBJ
We all agree that something needs to be done for our challenged health care system. But is the new health care law what we need? Will this help those who are poor receive health care they need?
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MCCARTY: Clear the path to the federal MarketplaceRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Sally McCarty / Special to IBJ
Battles over the Affordable Care Act have raged since President Obama signed it into law in March 2010—and it’s time they stop.
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THOMAS: Confusion about health care act aboundsRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Matt Thomas / Special to IBJ
As president of a professional employer organization, I spend an enormous amount of time dealing with the complexities of the Affordable Care Act from the perspective of an employer sponsoring a health insurance plan.
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Shutdown to cost Indiana $33K each day it persists

October 2, 2013
Associated Press
Office of Management and Budget Director Chris Atkins said the state's cash reserves will keep many programs going up to a month before running short.
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Stocks rise as investors weigh effects of shutdown

October 1, 2013
Bloomberg News
Markets on Tuesday weren't fazed by the the first partial government shutdown in 17 years. Open enrollment for Obamacare exchanges helped WellPoint shares.
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Shutdown orders issued as Congress misses deadline

October 1, 2013
Associated Press
For the first time in nearly two decades, the federal government staggered into a partial shutdown Monday at midnight after congressional Republicans demanded changes in the nation's health care law and President Barack Obama and Democrats refused.
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Pence pleads for end to medical device tax

October 1, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Republican Gov. Mike Pence wrote a letter Monday urging members of the U.S. Senate to vote to repeal the medical device tax that is helping to finance Obamacare. But the Senate on Monday night voted not to repeal the tax, with all 54 Democrats voting to keep it.
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Shutdown means little to most Hoosiers in short term

October 1, 2013
Jesse Wilson, The Statehouse File
Most Hoosiers are unlikely to feel much impact as the federal government experiences a partial shutdown – unless it lasts awhile.
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