Federal Government

Postal Service plans to eliminate Saturday delivery

February 6, 2013
Associated Press
The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to deliver packages six days a week under a plan aimed at saving about $2 billion annually, the financially struggling agency says.
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U.S. Postal Service hiring 400 workers in Indiana

January 24, 2013
Associated Press
The U.S. Postal Service says it's hiring 400 new employees across Indiana, including in Indianapolis, but job-seekers have to apply online by Sunday night.
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Health insurance changes daunting for Indiana employersRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
Scott Olson
A portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requiring companies in 2014 to begin offering health insurance to more workers is causing a lot of anxiety.
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SHORT: Obsolete laws, regulations stifle advance of 'telehealth'Restricted Content

January 19, 2013
Jeffrey W. Short / Special to IBJ
You might remember seeing Elroy Jetson sitting in front of a television in the Jetson home, with Astro, his trusty dog, and Jane, his mother, at his side, while the doctor appeared on the screen providing medical care to Elroy. This scene is no longer so futuristic.
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Ex-gubernatorial candidates, biz leaders seek national debt fix

January 18, 2013
Associated Press
A group of Indiana political and business leaders are joining a national effort to pressure Washington, D.C., politicians to find a long-term debt fix.
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U.S. unemployment rate remains at 7.8 percent

January 4, 2013
Associated Press
U.S. employers added 155,000 jobs in December, a steady gain that shows hiring held up during the tense negotiations to resolve the fiscal cliff.
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'Cliff' deal sends stocks up, but problems lurk

January 2, 2013
Associated Press
The "fiscal cliff" compromise, even with all its chaos, controversy and unresolved questions, was enough to send the stock market shooting higher Wednesday, the first trading day of the new year.
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Despite deal, taxes to rise for most Americans

January 2, 2013
Associated Press
While the tax package that Congress passed New Year's Day will protect 99 percent of Americans from an income tax increase, most of them will still end up paying significantly more federal taxes in 2013.
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Lugar's storied political career comes to a closeRestricted Content

December 22, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Colleagues and friends say Lugar’s commitment to foreign policy, which earned him a Nobel Peace Prize nomination, and his belief in bipartisanship, which contributed to his thrashing by Tea Party favorite Richard Mourdock in the May primary, will be sorely missed when he leaves the Senate in January after 36 years.
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Lugar starting Washington program for UIndy

December 7, 2012
Associated Press
Lugar is starting an internship program with the University of Indianapolis that will operate out of Washington, D.C. He has also agreed to deliver a handful of lectures each year as a distinguished professor at the private university.
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U.S. economy adds 146,000 jobs as unemployment rate slips

December 7, 2012
Associated Press
The Labor Department's report Friday offered a mixed picture of the economy. Hiring remained steady during November in the face of looming tax increases. But the jobless rate slipped in part because more people stopped looking for work.
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Indiana manufacturers struggling with fuel economy standardsRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Dan Human
Automakers and suppliers are pumping more money into research and development at a time many of their sales departments struggle with a slowing global economy.
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SCHAFIR: Businesses face tough decisions over health careRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Harlan Schafir / Special to IBJ
Now that the election is over, it seems clearer that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, will likely move forward. The question is whether business owners will be able to steer their employees to state exchanges and wash their hands of health care coverage.
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Indiana legislative leaders ponder health costs

November 19, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's top lawmakers said Monday they're not sure what to expect from the federal health care law other than greater costs at a time the state's budget is already stretched thin.
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Lawmakers brace for health law, potential costs

November 18, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers can add confusion over the federal health insurance law to their already overflowing plate when they return for their 2013 legislative session in January.
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States gain delay on deadline for health-law marketplaces

November 16, 2012
Bloomberg News
States received an extra month from the Obama administration to decide whether to build online marketplaces for medical insurance after Republican governors pressed their resistance to the president’s health-care law.
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Pence solidifies opposition to state exchange

November 15, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov.-elect Mike Pence closed the door on a state-run health insurance exchange Thursday, arguing that the estimated $50 million cost of the state program was not worth the limited autonomy granted in return.
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Pence not ruling out health partnership with feds

November 14, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov.-elect Mike Pence has ruled out building a state-run health insurance exchange but appears to be leaving open the option of running a joint venture with the federal government as a critical decision deadline draws near.
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State delegation to Congress may bring less clout, more energy

November 12, 2012
Associated Press
The state's delegation to Capitol Hill will be its least experienced in many years, although those new members can bring new energy to Washington, D.C., a former longtime Indiana congressman said.
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Stocks plunge after election, and as Europe woes deepen

November 7, 2012
Associated Press
The Dow Jones industrial average plummeted as much as 369 points, or 2.8 percent, in the first two hours of trading. It recovered steadily in the afternoon, but slid into the close and ended down 313, its biggest point drop since this time last year.
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Indiana GOP adds seat in U.S. congressional delegation

November 7, 2012
Associated Press
Susan Brooks' victory over Democratic U.S. Rep. Scott Reske on Tuesday breaks a half-century of Republican male dominance in the state's U.S. congressional delegation.
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Messer defeats Bookout, wins Pence's 6th seat

November 6, 2012
Associated Press
A former state leader of the Republican Party and school choice supporter will succeed Mike Pence as Indiana's 6th District representative in Congress.
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Donnelly wins Senate race over Mourdock

November 6, 2012
Bloomberg News
Democrat Joe Donnelly defeated Richard Mourdock for an open U.S. Senate seat in Indiana, one of Republicans’ must-win races in their effort to gain control of the chamber.
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Romney wins Indiana as state returns to GOP

November 6, 2012
Associated Press
Mitt Romney brought Indiana back into the Republican fold Tuesday, reclaiming a traditionally GOP state that was usurped by Democrat Barack Obama in 2008 on his way to his first term as president.
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Exit polls shows economy still the top concern

November 6, 2012
Associated Press
Rising prices and unemployment were heavy on the minds of national and Indiana voters Tuesday even as a glimmer of optimism peeked through, with 4 in 10 saying the nation's economy is getting better.
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